Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A Message of Hope and Love

Welcome to my new blog

I don't want this to be a detailed version of everything gone wrong in my life. I would rather share what I've learned on the other side of the hard times and the pain. I want to bring a message of hope and unconditional love. I have gone through many trials in life.  At one point, I had just accepted the fact that I would never be close to God because I had so many unanswered questions, doubts and guilt. The biggest thing that kept me from going any further into my faith was the guilt and shame. I knew that the bible said, 
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Romans 8:1) I always took that to mean that because I was a christian I wouldn't feel condemnation but that's not it, AT ALL. 

Look again at this verse. Seriously, lets break it down like grade school English class. 

There  is  therefore  now  no  condemnation    for   those  who  are  in  Christ   Jesus. 

The beginning of this sentence tells us 
WHEN~which is "AS OF RIGHT NOW" from the moment you read that through the rest of your life.
WHAT~condemnation, which is judgement and disapproval
WHO~the ones who are IN Christ....looking for a relationship with Him...who are wanting more and seeking after Him. 
WHY~because God so LOVED the world, that he sent his ONLY son to be a living, pure sacrifice for our sins! That is LOVE, people! He really LOVES us. An unearthly, pure, holy, comforting, unconditional LOVE

When you experience a real relationship with Him, it changes things. I wish I could show you but I can only tell you. My prayer is to lead you to the same desire for more of Him even through the heartache and pain. When it boils down to it, that's really what this is all about. The hurts in our life have only been hurts because it causes heartbreak. Can you just imagine what he felt? 

The trial....the people screaming to kill him
He was innocent! 
He didn't do anything to deserve that...
All he wanted to do was save us
He was guilty of love...perfection...healing...miracles
And still they wanted him to die

The road to the hill....stripped of your clothes minus a loin cloth that was barely hanging on from the treacherous whipping...I can't imagine the physical pain...who cares about humiliation. To be beaten so severely and have people just staring at you. No one trying to stop it or come to your aid. Only a man who was commanded, by the soldiers to help you.

Then the actual time on the cross. Still in pain and absolutely broken mentally, realizing that God~your father~who had put you here for this reason~was in so much pain that He~EVEN AS GOD~found it too hard to watch and had to leave him there hanging~ When Jesus cried out, "My God My God, why have you forsaken me." He was alone. Abandoned and alone 

How many of you have felt alone? How many have been betrayed?
Rejected? Outcast? Falsely Accused? Beaten? In unimaginable and never-ending pain? Looked death in the eye? 

But if we are talking about the trials and even death of Jesus, then we also have to talk about the resurrection. Thing of the beautiful reunion between he and God? The closeness and appreciation for each other. Not just the closeness of their bond but also getting to be close to all the 'children' that he sacrificed himself for. The other side of the pain is beautiful! 

Because of my trials, I feel I have been reborn. I see things in a new light and it is such a freedom! That's what I feel...
Spiritual Freedom. 

This doesn't mean that there won't be hard times. There will because we are told that we will be persecuted for His names sake. Actually, the end of the Romans 8:1 is just as important as the beginning. ****see notes at end

"Who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." which means that we have a choice....and we won't always choose to follow the Spirit....which then opens us back up to condemnation. What we need to remember is that the sacrifice has already been made so the blood is already in place for our atonement. All we have to do is seek him. In my experience, a deeper prayer life and praise and worship time have been the matches to ignite the flame. 

This is a JUDGE FREE zone. I am not here to judge anyone. This is just where I am at personally. I have found a strength in God that has allowed me to not only get through my trials and tribulations but come out victorious! If it has worked for me, maybe if I share it and help other people find this will work for them too!

 ****Regarding Romans 8:1....Some translations do not include "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit" because it was claimed to be a scribal error. That has been proven otherwise (excellent explanation in the article in the link below), which is why I think the end is just as important as the beginning**** 

Always read for yourself and draw your own conclusion.