Musings on Forgiveness

How Far Would You Go?

Flee north or south

Reap a frigid pole

Head east or west

How many eons

Would you go?

The Lord said far as                                                             Nothing but the blood

East from west

So far my sins have flown

I can not comprehend

How far that means

they’re thrown

When Jesus paid for them

On Calvary’s rugged tree

His blood cleansed forever

Contrite souls for eternity

How far would YOU go?

I share this poem I wrote a few years ago in light of Easter and Passover season, jesus-cross-summit-cross-37737.pngreflecting on the price Jesus Christ paid for me AND all humanity for all times to be set free from all sins.  As a line in Chris Tomlin’s song Here I Am To Worship says: “I’ll never know how much it cost to see my sin upon that cross”!

David Crowder’s song Forgiven reminds us “I’m the one who held the nail; it was cold between my fingertips”  we can also think about Judas’ kiss, being the thief on the cross who repented… on and on…I am just as guilty of putting Jesus on that cross as all of humanity is.  God loves us so much He sent Jesus to be our spotless lamb sacrifice, Jesus chose to take the path to that cross for the joy that was set before him. Because He rose on the third day, those of us who choose to accept Jesus as Lord and savior will also rise as He did.  YES, it’s a choice!  Have you made the choice to accept the supreme sacrifice of the cross, the only way we could come back into fellowship with the Creator of all of us?  Yes, the God of the Universe loves you and me enough to want us back from the death sin brings us! 

Even though I’ll never understand fully this side of Heaven, I choose to trust what the Bible says and take the forgiveness Jesus paid the price for.  Why not?  It IS a FREE gift; if I love the Giver, I accept His gift!

 How far would YOU go?

How much farther will you go before you surrender-

to the One who made you –

knows you intimately –

and loves you to the end of the Earth?Guilt pardoned

 

Echoes From My Heart 4

I think this rolls into a nut shell what I’ve been contemplating lately; hope it inspires you/encourages you!

Victors' Corner

Words of inspiration from my heart1. God knows what He is doing, even when it doesn’t appear so. Our walk with Him is a walk of faith, so we should just trust Him.

2. When you magnify God, you are dignified. Your personal dignity comes from your relationship with God. No true self-worth without an identity with God.

3. When anything or anyone is important to you, you will create time for it or for him/her. If you feel you don’t have time for God, it shows He is not your priority.

4. Many people are looking for love, but are unwilling to embrace God’s love for them. Be different because you will never find unconditional love anywhere else.

5. God is not mad at you. The sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross has appeased God’s anger towards humanity. So rather than run away from God, you should run to Him.

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Wounds for Healing

pexels-photo-433635.jpeg He Poured In The Oil & The Wine…  the kind that restoreth my soul;  He found me bleeding and dying on the Jericho Road,  and He poured in the oil and the wine!

In the natural, people often submit to the knife of a surgeon, willing to be cut opened and wounded in the hope that the body will be healed. Here are two examples from my life:  As young parents, we chose to put our two-month old son in the surgeon’s hands to repair an umbilical hernia.  I chose to submit to the knife to remove cancerous tissue from my breast.  Both our bodies have been healed through the surgeon’s skills and Jesus’ healing power flowing through us, but we still bear the scars.

What if you were badly burned?  You would need to submit to many sessions of debridement, having the top layer of skin removed so it can heal from the bottom layer to the top; from the inside out.  These  sessions are excruciatingly painful and often the final result of the healing leaves a very noticeable scar.  Those who don’t know what happened to the person may ridicule or despise the scar, but those who know the courage it took to endure the healing treatments rejoice with them.  The same happened with me after surgery and radiation; I have tattoos still visible on my chest from where they set up the radiation contraption.  My son, as a father himself,  still has no “belly button” from his infant surgery, but it just makes him unique!pexels-photo-433267.jpeg

These are natural examples that can explain what happens to us spiritually.  Often, God needs to do “surgery” that’s very painful, cutting away at our ungodly parts to make room to grow Godly character.  If I don’t let Him cut into my heart, the hurts and offenses that keep me from loving others just fester and never heal. This means He has to get to the bottom of the infection to give a clean spot for healing to flourish.  If I don’t let God cut into my flesh life, it keeps me from drawing nearer to Him.  The Bible speaks about plowing up the fallow ground.  Think about the furrows in the soil from the plow.  It prepares the earth for planting seeds and growing fruit, as God wants to do in our souls. As we celebrate the Crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection of Christ Jesus, we remember that a “seed must die in order to bring forth life” and our flesh must die to be able to take up the cross of Christ and follow the Spirit.

Are you willing to trust the Master Surgeon with your life?  The One who made us knows how best to make us into the Godly instruments He needs to fulfill His purposes for you and me and our time on this earth. Father God gave His only Son’s life to save us from our sins and make us alive in His Resurrection. (John 3:16-17)  Can you trust him?

For my part I choose the words of this hymn Take My Life And Let It Be and agree with what my Loving Father needs to do in and through my life.  Amen!

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Against the Tide…What’s your stride?

The Covenant

People of the Covenant

Against the Tide: The Valor of Margaret Wilson (Chosen Daughters)

Ancestors of the Clans

Promised none but Jesus

Be Lord of their hearts and plans

Britain’s mighty king professed –

Made covenant public but did not keep;

Decreed that all bow low and call

His Kingly church sovereign above God

Ye killing times as they were called,

Made many martyr seeds for Christ

Tho’ many loved life more than covenant

Lass of 18 could ne’er recant

Tho’ staked for tide waves to engulf

Loved Savior more than self

Could not recant the Lord she pledged

But quoting hope of life to come

Poem I wrote Inspired by Hope Irvin Marsden’s book Against The Tide

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This murky photo of a sunset brings to mind the Celtic shores the above book was staged in. I heard guest Kevin L. Zadai on Sid Roth’s ISN (It’s Supernatural!) Network (March 11, 2018) talking about his visit to Heaven.

One thing he said is as we start pursuing God, God has a momentum for you as you set times aside to seek Him, to speak to Him. This pursuit attracts angels who draw near to you; they come to help youto accomplish what’s in your book of life. (Psalm 139) Demons come with a goal to trip you up and take you out so you’ll never keep up your momentum in the race. These are assassins sent to get you to back off and not finish your race.

In the above book, a young woman finds the glory of following Jesus and she was forced to recant or be drown by the incoming tide. Most of us will never be faced with such a hard choice, but we all have a destiny to fulfill that God made specifically for each one of us. I encourage you to press on and keep relentlessly pursuing the things of God and the plans He has for you.

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Is it in yours?

(Oh, my new photo shows the Joy of the Lord I have acquired from Father God which began for me with Philippians 4: 6,7)

Guard Your Gates

I’ve been working on these topics: lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life God says trip us up. Hope this post from Efua helps you and your family!

Grace Over Pain

A gate is a barrier used to close an opening. The reason why gate is erected is for safety. There are several spiritual gates in our body which I will be talking about today.

The Eyes Gate

The eye is a very powerful organ in our body. Everyone knows the significance of an eye but many don’t pay attention to the role it plays spiritually.

““Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Research reveals that vision is 90% mental and 10% physical. This goes to prove that our mind is connected to our eyes. So in order to guard what we…

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Fearfully And Wonderfully Made…

Psalm 139:13-16

For You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.  And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.

Have you ever wondered why you are like you are?  I often get frustrated with myself because of my quirks and foibles; my weaknesses that often trip me up.  I have also frequently frustrated, offended and angered my parents, husband, children and bosses because of these tendencies I have.

I am a mixture of my ancestors with the influence of the Holy Spirit gaining control.  Even with all my human soul-ish-ness the Lord continues to use me, to work through me, to mold me into what I need to be.  When I open my mouth in His name, He fills it with what others need to hear – if I’m willing to let Him!

Why am I made the way I am?  Couldn’t God use me more efficiently if I didn’t have this “fear of man” and this mouth that can say hurtful things?  Along with the apostle Paul, I want to glory in my weaknesses because when I am weak, God is strong. God has made each of us uniquely and put us in just the place He needs us to work for the furthering of His kingdom.  Allow Him to tune you to be His perfect instrument; deal with your sin-parts, and use you as He meant you to be used.God's Masterpiece

We spend so much time envying others.  We wish we were more like so-and-so; they seem to have it all together and be doing such a good job for the kingdom!  The Lord often graciously lets me see the chinks in others’ armor and the problems in their lives.  I come to the realization that they aren’t any more perfect than I am.  The older I get and the closer to the Lord I get, the more comfortable I get that God is in charge.

I continually bring everything before God’s throne of grace and ask Him to do what needs to be done to use me, His flawed, redeemed creation.  I am so glad I can count on Christ Jesus’ righteousness; in God’s eyes, Christ in me means I look like Jesus to Him.  I claim as Paul did:  “Not by works of righteousness which I have done; but according to His mercy He saved me; by the washing of regeneration and the renewing of the Holy Ghost”

Each of us is uniquely created for the plans and purposes God made us for.  In other words, we have no worldly excuse not to go forward in His strength and do our part as we ask:  Lord, Not my will, but Yours be done; on Earth as it is in Heaven, Amen!

God has prepared EXACT

 

Boxes Of Time

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                                                                                                                 One day…                                                                                                                                                 I was looking at a calendar and realizing how we put days in tidy little boxes, planning days, months and even years before they actually arrive.  We tend to want to know what to expect so far ahead, when none of it is promised to us. The Lord tells us all our days are in His hands – none of us knows if we have tomorrow to live – although we assume we will.  Do you notice how we look ahead and are so sure of ourselves as we schedule and plan?  There’s weekly, monthly, quarterly; one year-five year-ten year-elementary, middle and senior high, college, then retirement planning.  There’s vacation, mission trips, conference plans…upcoming exams, medical tests and procedures…

God’s word says:

Proverbs 27:1

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

James 4:14

…you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

We worry endlessly about what might never come. We can’t put God in a box and expect Him to follow our instructions.  How much time do we spend filling the calendar boxes with our busy schedules and not thinking to ask God about what He might have in store?  The verses above are just two of many scriptures where the Lord reminds us we are not in charge of the days of our lives.

How much time have you spent planning and worrying about things that never occur, or don’t happen as you thought?  I like to make notes of what I’m hearing on scraps of paper as I go about my daily life.  Today as I gathered them, transferring them into my notebook, I found a common theme:  PERSPECTIVE.  Included in this is dying to self (it’s not about me!) and deepening our relationship in the Love of God in Christ Jesus (John 3:16 for starters).  It’s not about ME, my glory, my fame, my concerns or schedule; it’s all about God’s plans for our lives and how we fit into them. Don't worry

I pray we all come into a deeper communion with the God of the universe, who made us and chose to live in and through us in Christ Jesus.

Let the calendar hold your dates, but remember: make room for God’s will, not your own. 

As the Lord’s Prayer reminds us:                                                                                                    “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven…”