"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." Romans 5:1-2
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,2through 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.3And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;4and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;5and 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.6For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.7For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.10For 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.11And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.12Therefore , just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned –13for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.14Nevertheless 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.15But 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.16The 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.17For 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.18So 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.19For 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.20The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,21so 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
Luke 7: 1-10 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.
I think we all remember hearing about or reading the event with the centurion’s servant that Luke records here. Roman centurions, in the days of our Lord Jesus Christ, commanded armies of at least 100 soldiers at any given time. That meant they were strong, tough men of authority who only submitted themselves to the Roman government. But in this passage in Luke, we see a different characteristic in this specific centurion. He was humbled, realizing the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Humility— not a characteristic of most people. When it comes to our Lord Jesus Christ, I believe if we say He is our Lord and Savior, that in itself is humbling. Sorry, I can’t write more here, because it is difficult to see the keyboard. Praying this song speaks to your heart. ♥ Streim
Psalm 145: 18-21 “The Lord is righteous to all who call upon Him in truth.He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His Holy Name Forever and ever.”
As this song says… all I can do, day after day is say “thank you” to my Father and Lord Jesus Christ. Submitting unto His will in all the Word teaches. May your weekend be amazingly blessed by the Glorious God that David praises in Psalm 145. ♥ Streim
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