The Cross of Jesus and Me

So here we are, Good Friday. A day when I can pause and reflect on Jesus’ death and what it means to me.

We all have an opportunity today to ask ourselves…What does the Cross mean to me?

The Cross is a personal experience.

I have to come to the Cross for myself.

I have to accept that Jesus died for me and understand why He chose to die.

I am so grateful that others have helped point me towards the Cross of Jesus.

I am so grateful that there were witnesses to His death and Resurrection who told the story in the gospels.

I am so grateful for the ones who through the years have faithfully told and shared the the Good News.

The ones who faithfully declared the truth that Jesus the Son of God came to this world and had to die so that I could live. Jesus became my sin offering before God and paid the price to set me free. He who had no sin took my sin on Himself.

The price of sin, the wages of sin, which is death had to be paid. I was born into sin. Jesus was the one who by His death ransomed me and set me free. He took my punishment on Himself. He chose to die that I might live.

There was no other way for God’s righteous judgement to be met. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the door through which we come to God.

I understood this truth and came to the Cross. I knelt before it and said sorry to God for my sins and accepted Jesus as My Saviour and Lord. I have been born again into a new life in Jesus and have restored relationship with God in heaven and received the promise of His Holy Spirit who lives in me.

Thank you Jesus for dying for me. Thank you Jesus that you were raised from the dead by God’s mighty hand. Thank you Jesus for sending us your Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus that you love me with an everlasting love. That you are always with me and never leave me.

I pray that you also encounter Jesus at the Cross today.

“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation — if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
Colossians 1:21-23,2:9-15

Joy in the hard times

Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,

YET

I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour. The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:17-19

I want to encourage you today if you are going through hardship and difficulties to take comfort and hope from these verses.

Habakkuk speaks of a time when there was on the face of it nothing to be joyful about. There was no fruit, no food, no oil and it was a time of barrenness and famine. It was the worst of times.

This was the truth of the situation. Sometimes we also need to acknowledge the truth about our situations rather than pretend everything is ok.

There are two very important words in these verses which will help us. THOUGH and YET.

We don’t deny our circumstances (that is the though) but (the yet) we acknowledge that true joy is not in our circumstances but our joy is found in God and His salvation. We praise Him because of who He is and His great mercy and grace towards us. We trust in His goodness to us.

We choose to rejoice and praise regardless of how we feel and regardless of our circumstances. That is the tough choice. It is difficult to choose to praise when you are in the middle of really tough times. To choose to say -Despite what is happening in my life, despite how I feel – “I will rejoice” I choose to rejoice and praise you God.

The promise in these verses is that when we look up from our circumstances to our Father in Heaven, He strengthens us and causes us to rise up. We rise up above our circumstances and we have the strength to overcome our circumstances. We discover that true joy is found only in God.

The joy that these verses speak of is a really exuberant joy. The type of joy that you can’t contain. It makes you dance for joy, it is full of zest and life.

Everything may be wrong in Habakkuk’s world but he is dancing with joy. What a picture. It’s a work of God to enable this to happen in us because it makes no sense. It flies in the face of common sense to be dancing with joy in these circumstances.

A few more encouraging verses about joy:

“Your presence is fullness of joy” Psalm 16:11

“Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” Psalm 30:5

“To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them the oil of joy for mourning” Isaiah 61:3.

This is the divine exchange. God takes our sadness and grief and gives us His joy instead.

Jesus points the way to joy in John 15:11. “These things I have spoken to you that My joy may remain in you and that your joy may be full”. That is the joy that I want to have. Jesus’ joy in me because I am abiding in Him. To experience Christ’s own joy within us.

Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before Him. He looked ahead to the promise. “Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame; and has sat down at the right hand of God”. Hebrews 12:2

If Joy is in material things…we will be disappointed eventually.

If Joy is in results..we will be disappointed eventually.

If Joy is in experiences…we will be disappointed eventually.

If our Joy is found in Christ Jesus the rock of our salvation we will never be disappointed.

Blessings to you today in Jesus x

Let us choose true joy which is found in Jesus

No Bones About It — Jesus is Alive!

This is such a great post by Courageous Christian Father proclaiming the good news and the truth that Jesus is alive that I just had to re share with you all this morning. It makes my heart so glad to read this truth. Jesus certainly has conquered death and we have life in and through faith in Him. Life everlasting. HE IS RISEN INDEED. Everyone has the opportunity to choose life and not death. Believe in Him my dear friends.

The phrase ‘No Bones About It’  is often used as well to state a fact with no doubt meaning Christ arose from the dead His bones were never found! …

No Bones About It — Jesus is Alive!

Waiting Patiently…

I have been reminded of this word which the Lord gave me in August 2020 which I posted on False Manifestations…Watchmen Arise. I also posted recently on The trap of deceit and there is a warning theme in these posts against deception which the Lord is bringing back to my attention.

Satan is a counterfeiter of the things of God. It’s such a wicked thing to deceive people in this way by pretending to be of God or a move of God. It is one of Satan’s craftiest weapons.

If as believers we just hunger and seek after signs and wonders as “evidence” that the Holy Spirit is at work or present then we are in danger of being deceived by false spirits and false manifestations. This will be especially true if we are not rooted and grounded in sound biblical doctrine and the true gospel of Jesus.

This is why discipleship and having a correct understanding of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit are so important. The Word without the Spirit in our lives is not in balance nor is the Spirit without the Word. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. He leads and guides us into truth.

The bible teaches us that satan can appear as an angel of light as do false apostle and false teachers. Paul says this in his letter to the church at Corinth:

“For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15

Have you ever been blinded by a bright light? If someone has ever shone a light directly into your eyes then you will know what I mean. You become dazzled and blinded by that light and you cannot then see anything else around you. This is like the blinding light of Satan. It takes your attention from everything else and blinds you to the truth. God is light and this is why satan also pretends to be light.

Satan still acts in this way today and he will until the end. Counterfeits and deception are still part of his schemes but as Christians we do not have to fear deception but place our confidence in Jesus the rock of our salvation and allow Him to lead and guide us.

If we are ever in doubt then we should not blindly accept what is being said or done but test it. Test it against biblical teaching, test it with fellow believers and test it in prayer with God.

This is part of the word that I posted previously on this theme;

You will hear a rumour or a word that “The Lord is there ” – Jehovah Shammah” but the Lord says do not be fooled.

The Lord says that in the past many have run after the manifestations of the Holy Spirit because of a deep hunger to meet the Lord and encounter His presence but these have often been false manifestations and have led people into the wrong things and opened up a door in their lives to the enemy by accepting a false anointing or a false spirit to oppress them.

The Lord says that you don’t have to run after manifestations of His glory. The glory of the Lord is coming to you.

Wait patiently for the Lord he says – He will come. He will not disappoint you.

The Lord says that He has already warned us in His word not to run after such manifestations or people that claim to be Him. He says not to do it -for if you do then you will be deceived.

As the lightning streaked across the sky as it did in the storms that roared across this nation in the night and which all could see clearly in the sky, then so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.

Do not be deceived. Do not go running after false manifestations of the Spirit and the glory.

You will know the awesome presence of the Lord for He is Holy and where He is – is Holy. You will not be able to stand in His presence. Every knee will bow & every tongue confess that He is Lord. He is Lord & there is no other.

The Lord does things according to His Word. He does not act outside of His Word.

Keep the Word of God close to your heart. Feed on the Word of God. Be guided by the Word and do not be deceived for many false prophecies & false words are circulating at the moment. Many false prophets and leaders are rising up in this hour to lead His people astray.

Do not be deceived says the Lord. Say true to His Word – Put your trust in God & do not be deceived. God is faithful and He is true. He will sustain you and protect you at these times.

Watchmen – Take your place on the city walls. Arise & look out at the horizons.

What do you see?

Warn the body of Christ. Sound the alarm. You need to watch in these days ahead says the Lord. There is an acceleration now occurring and things will happen fast. There is a suddenly approaching – Look & Wait. Sound the alarm when the time comes and warn the body of Christ.

Blessings to you this day in Jesus name.