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The Mediator

I Timothy 2:5- “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.”

We recently sold our house. 

We used a realtor to write the listing, manage the showings, and see the process through escrow to the day of closing. 

A home inspector did his job and an appraiser set a number for the value. 

All these people played a vital role as intermediaries between us and the buyer.

I felt a new appreciation that Christians, because of Jesus bearing our sins on the cross, don’t need an intermediary between ourselves and our wonderful God.  

Once we have professed faith in Jesus as our Savior, we can come directly to the Father’s throne of grace in prayer. We can have a personal relationship with Him, bringing Him our concerns, our requests, our praise.

 Because nothing and no one can come between us!!!

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Once Lost. Now Found.

Luke 15:8- “What woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost’.”

**You are on my heart this morning. I don’t know your name or exact circumstance, but you have a loved one who needs the love of Jesus in their life. I remembered this blog that I wrote years ago. I hope it is just the message you need today. Here is a reprint of my earlier blog post:

Last week, I lost my cross necklace. I reached up to straighten its chain and it was gone!

I checked in our bed, the shower, the car, and on the floor of every room in the house. It just wasn’t there. I was devastated!

I had worn the “lost” cross for more than 15 years. It was precious to me.

“Please God, let me find it!” I asked, fervently. I prayed for Him to shine his light on it…to guide us to wherever it was.

Two days later, I rejoiced with a friend when my husband found it atop a roll of carpet we had pulled up in our renovation. It glistened in the bright morning sun.

I thought of the lady in the Bible who went around her house looking everywhere for a lost coin. She rejoiced when she found her lost silver coin. She even called her friends to let them know.

The verse following Luke15:8, above, reminds us that “…there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” 

You and I were the reason for their rejoicing at one time, when we repented and came to Christ. When we tell others of His love and forgiveness of sins, and they become believers, the angels will rejoice with us in their salvation, too!

What better day, than today, to ask God to shine His light onto the heart of a relative or friend? 

We can all rejoice together that the one that was once lost is, now, “found”!

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Will They Know?

2 Corinthians 3:2- “You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.”

Many years ago, a fellow teacher at my school noticed the cross that I wear daily. She looked at me and said words I will never forget, “I didn’t know that you were a Christian!”

That was one of the saddest comments I had ever heard, but it changed my life, profoundly. I didn’t want people to only know that I was a Christian because of a piece of jewelry. I wanted them to see Christ in me!

I asked God to show me ways in which I needed to change so that others might know that I was His child. I wanted my life to be representative of a daily walk with my Savior… to show my commitment to Christ and be an outward sign of what He has done in my heart… to glorify Him through my life and actions.

Do I mess up? Of course I do! But because He forgives his children, He sends the Holy Spirit to help me move forward.

I still wear my cross necklace, but I trust it’s my actions that show the world who I am–in Christ!

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Eternal Life with Christ

 

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Revelation 1:18- “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

 

Because Jesus took the cumulative sin of all mankind on himself at the crucifixion, he was completely cut off and separated from God the Father. He was punished in hell for the past, present, and future sins of every man.

In order to be restored back into fellowship with His Father, he had to be “reborn.” Revelation 1:5 says Jesus was the “first begotten from the dead.” And, He is now seated at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

When Jesus ascended, all believers were also brought to eternal life with Christ. That is why we are able to say, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”  Galatians 2:20.

All mankind was identified with Him in death, but only those who believe are identified with Him in His resurrection.

 

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The Gate

John 14:6- “I (Jesus) am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

I rummage around in the console of my car for the remote control. One push of the button and the gate slowly opens, admitting me to the neighborhood.  Whether operating by a gate code, a special sticker on the car’s front window, or a “clicker”, I’m sure those of you living in gated communities understand if I confess that I still sigh with relief when the gate “recognizes” me and swings wide, granting access to my home.

I am speaking about my earthly home, of course.

But, what about my heavenly home? 25529773694_403d73b5bd

Is it true that some will be admitted to heaven, while others will be turned away?

According to this verse from the book of John, the only access to God and heaven comes through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Christians find peace for their souls and reassurance of eternal life in heaven as they trust Jesus as Savior.

My heart aches for those who have not put their trust in Christ—those who will be turned away at the gate.

Don’t read this and think, “I’m a good person. Surely, God isn’t speaking about me.

The Bible says that God is not a “respecter of persons.”  His laws apply to everyone, no matter their age, nationality, or earthly notoriety.

You may be beautiful in the eyes of the world. You may be smart, generous, and kind to others. You may be a hard worker, a good son or daughter, but if God cannot look at you and see his Son, then you will be left standing alone outside the gate.

YOU are the very reason I write this blog each week.

I pray that you will consider John 14:6 and that, in Christ, you will find the way to your eternal home.

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He Defines Me

Galatians 2:20- “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Starry-eyed, she shows her engagement ring to her friend and says, “He completes me.”

Somewhere across town, he has a conversation about her. “She defines me.”

I’ve heard these phrases. Have you?

They sound profound, don’t they? Ah, true love speaks such things.

But, what do these phrases actually mean?

Maybe the person means that the other one compliments them…brings out something that was missing in their life…fills a void…is the last piece in the puzzle of their life… is their “Soul Mate”…that they need nothing more…

What about those who say, “I am a cancer survivor, I am a rape survivor.” Or, on another level, “I am a wrestler, basketball star, celebrity, opera singer…” and on and on.

Do these seemingly innocent statements say more about the person than they really intend? Or, do these things represent the reason they wake up each morning, their internal drive…to golf…to write music…to watch television?

Whatever they mean, exactly, I can only guess that the object of their affection is of upmost importance to that person. So much so, that their own self-identity is wrapped up in the other person, sport, hobby, profession, etc.

As Christians, we know that our identity is in Christ.

If we really believe that, He should be the reason we wake up every morning…He should be that internal drive that gives us purpose.

And, since He has promised never to leave us, we know that our identity will never change or wear out like a garment or won’t be eaten up by moths (Isaiah 50:9)

In life, there will be deaths, divorces, break-ups, and disappointments, but because Christ lives in us, we will always be redeemed…beloved…complete.

Because He defines us.

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