At the end of 2011 when I first thought about writing a blog, I had no clue what I was doing. I can hear some of you saying “yup me too”. It’s taken quite some time for me to realize that it isn’t what I write; it is why.
The why is: I love my Savior and Lord Jesus, who through the plan of the Holy Lord God of heaven, completed the required penalty for SIN. That payment- DEATH! (both physical and spiritual). After mourning because my sin nailed the Perfect Lamb to the cross, I confessed my sinfulness and turned from it (repentance). The, ‘wow’, the Almighty Lord God of heaven adopted me into His family, because I personally accepted Jesus death. After I repented (turned completely away from that sin filled life) I lost “all my earthly friends”, everyone! But now I have the most amazing Friend of all. And, my Heavenly Father gave me every tool I needed to live my new life in His Holy-Perfect Word. Plus, I have “the hope for a certain future” with my Lord Jesus and Almighty God for E-T-E-R-N-I-T-Y! The 10 minutes you spend reading the words of the Apostle Paul below may just bring you ‘hope and peace in an uncertain world’, that you’ve been searching for.
Romans 5 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. 12 Therefore , just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned – 13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the offense of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. 16 The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. 17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. 18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. 19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
As a way of sharing this message, here is a song that is my love for Him set to music. I didn’t write it— but it speaks the words of my heart. May you worship with me in song. ♥ Streim
This past Wednesday, I was hit by the enemy in a way unlike anything before. I know the reason he was able to get past my shield of faith was partly due to my extreme weariness from my varied chronic medical conditions.
My oldest and my youngest daughters encouraged me in the Lord on the phone that evening for hours. My girls repeated back to me what I’ve told them over the years, but to no avail. I just went to bed and wept bitter tears of fear. Why? Because this jab by the enemy, allowed by our Father God to help me grow–like burning off the dross to purify the gold, hit me hard! To shorten this… the very next morning the issue was resolved. I giggle now-but it is no laughing matter when we fail to learn from our Father’s allowed tests. As I praised our Lord Jesus and humbled myself before our Father in heaven as I was extremely saddened by my reaction to this obstacle. I share this because sometimes we still struggle with the flesh we live in. We forget, in moments of unexpected trials/troubles/events, who we are in Christ Jesus and that the Lord God Almighty is our Father. ( rereading Romans 5 and 6 ).
No matter what happens to me in this life… nothing will ever separate me from the love of God. Standing on the solid Rock and claiming the promises of our Father and Lord Jesus. Prayerfully… someone may need this today. ♥ Streim