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Jesus Suffered for Our Salvation

 

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He suffered for our salvation

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Do you realize that Jesus suffered for your salvation?
Isaiah 53:5, the English standard version, tells us this about Jesus,

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.

Wounded means a bodily wound; not mere mental sorrow; literally, “pierced”;
bruised—crushing inward and outward suffering
He was bruised
by the thorns
by the nails
by the spear of the soldier

Chastisement is the correction inflicted by a parent on children for their good. He literally suffered our chastisement so we could have peace

1 Peter 2:24 tells us:
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

By His wounds we are healed! By His bruising, inward and outward suffering, by his gashes and lacerations, we are healed. He took that upon Himself because He loved you. There is no greater love in this world than His.

Hebrews 9:28 says this:
So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

He did all this to save us! To save you!

Take time to reflect on what Jesus did for you so that you might be saved.

Have a safe and blessed resurrection day!

Please take time to read my post about Resurrection Day The true meaning.

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Think Before You Speak

A few days ago I read a devotional that referenced Ephesians 4:29 as the main scripture, but the scripture stuck out to me was:

James 1:26, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” (NIV)

That was an “ouch” moment.

Besides me, how many of you have ever had conversations that you regretted afterwards? Come on be honest. Remember a moment where you were talking about somebody and all of a sudden they walked by or you left the room to see them standing right outside taking to someone else? Your heart flipped, your stomach sank and you felt about as high as the shortest flea alive? We feel that way because deep down we know it is wrong. Like the Bible says, if we can’t keep a tight reign on our tongues, then our religion is worthless. You know, idle words, gossip, etc. Even if no one else is around to hear what you are saying to the person you are talking to, remember God is right there beside you, maybe shaking His head in shame and hurt that His child, who is supposed to be an example of His love by the way, would do something like that.

What good does talking about someone else or being negative about everything do for us? Nothing. As a Christian, we are to be examples to others and what we do may cause someone else to stumble or to become stronger in Christ. What kind of example will you choose to be today, an encourager who builds others up, or a discourager who talks about others and emits negativity? Don’t forget there’s a lot of guilt and shame associated with the latter.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

The easiest way for us to remember to keep our mouths in check is to THINK before we speak, text, tweet, Facebook, etc:

Thinkbeforeyou

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“An Unexpected Witness”

CAPEWhen I worked in Connecticut, I would sometimes stop by a local D&D on my way to work for some nice freshly brewed iced tea.  I never thought anything about it, I just drove through, gave my order, paid and left.

One day, as usual, I was in my car wishing the line would move faster because I needed to get to work. I finally ordered and drove my car around. I wasn’t thinking about anything but not wanting to be late. When I finally got up to the window, the girl gave the total and took my money. When she gave me the ice tea, she looked at me and asked “Are you Pentecostal?” I was taken aback. She couldn’t really see much of my hair, I had it pulled back and flipped over a huge beret, so I knew she couldn’t see the length. I never got out of the car, so she could not see my skirt. We sat there with a line of cars on a busy morning and talked. She wanted to know if I knew a pastor in the next town over and I did. She had family that used to attend there and she and her fiancee were looking for a church. I gave her a our church information and my name and phone number to call me for a Bile Study. After I left, knowing I was going to be late but not caring too much at that point, I felt such a swelling in my heart. I knew that without thinking about it I had somehow acted Christ like enough for her to see who I was. Through those grumpy days, I still remembered to say “please” when I ordered and “thank you” when I paid. I would sometimes tell them to have a good day. Even when they got my order wrong, they would apologize and I would say, “No problem, that’s okay,” with a smile even when I was a little annoyed.

So, I was feeling pretty good about myself, when I left, but then it hit me…. I was being a witness without knowing it. I had no idea that those few just minutes a few times a week could have an impact on another person without me making any effort to do so. That thought scared me a little. A few minutes a day had such a big impact, what about when we are walking around a mall, or checking out in a grocery store? How about at work? These are places where we spend more time. I knew I had not been the witness I needed to be all the time. Now that I think about it, I’ve even talked to people at gas pumps and didn’t even think that I was being an unexpected witness.

When we don’t think about what we are doing, are we still showing Christ to the world? It should be that natural to us. No matter what our lives are like, people should always see Christ in us, after all we are all “unexpected witnesses.” I pray that I am still doing that and that I can continue to be that way forever!

Mattew 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 

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Anger Might Be Your Exhaustion

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Anger is exhausting and that is why we are so tired and it’s why we do not have energy for joy.
When I recently heard this statement, a light bulb went off in my head. I said to myself, “That is so true!”
Anger is why people, who are always angry, are always exhausted and rarely joyful. Anger literally kills your joy. For some reason, I keep getting on my soapbox about work these days. Perhaps it is because the company I work for has made many changes over the last couple of years, and those changes hit my department hard. Moral is very low and many of my colleagues are angry and complaining. I admit, I do get sucked into it more times than I would like. One thing I noticed is that I have been more exhausted over the last couple of years than I have been my entire life. Here I was chalking it up to getting older and hitting my mid thirties. Go figure!
Any way, upon hearing this statement, I immediately understood the cause for my exhaustion. Now, I hope I did not ruin your perception of me, as I am very far from perfect. I still live in this thing we call flesh, and at times my carnality gets the best of me. However, now that I have this new revelation (okay, so I am slow,) I can treat the cause (anger) and not the symptom (sleepiness/exhaustion/fatigue, etc.) I noticed that subconsciously, I began trying to escape the world of exhaustion. I observed that now, when I see someone who is complaining or someone who is always angry, I do not stop to talk. I still say “good morning” and when I do talk to them, I try (key word) to talk as little as possible about what will make me angry. It is not entirely possible to always get by without hearing the angry complaints (and I can’t really blame them for being in such a state.) Now, when I am in that situation, I think to myself, “Is this going to benefit me?” or “Is it something I can change?” If I answer no, then I try to shake off the anger as soon as I can by quickly asking God to rid me of the feeling that is beginning to swell up inside me.
I also pray this in the morning, “Lord, let me be an example to someone today and help me not to complain and be angry.” Let me just say, I have noticed a difference and no, I have not mastered the art of not being angry. It still happens, but less frequently. I have found I am slowly turning back in to the person who use to laugh at everything and I am feeling much more joyful than I have over the last two years. I am thankful that God allowed me to be in the right place at the right time to hear those words of wisdom. They have changed my life a lot

    Ephesians 4:26:

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath
Going to bed Angry makes you wake up exhausted. Ask anyone. Always talk to God before sleeping. If you are angry and you are married, you should try your level best to talk to your spouse and douse the anger before sleeping, otherwise a gap will begin forming along with the squashing of your joy.

    Ephesians 4:31-32

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
Lord, help us to be like You!