Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

Forgiveness Brings Happiness

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. (Psalms 32:1 NIV)

God promises us when we confess our sins He will forgive us.  What a burden is lifted from us.  Our sins are covered by the blood of Jesus.  We are so blessed to have a loving God and Savior that cares about our happiness that they are more than willing for forgive when we confess our sins.

–Diane

Confession & Forgiveness – You are Redeemed

I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22 NIV)

Did you know that God cleans house?  He sweeps away our sins.  Like a wispy cloud that is broken up and swept away by the wind, He sweeps away our sins.  Like the morning mist is melts away by the sun, God melts our sins away.  Why does He do this?  So we will return to Him because He has redeemed us.

–Diane

Confession & Forgiveness – He Forgets

For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12 NIV)

Can you say that you forget what someone has done to hurt you after you have forgiven them?  Even though I don’t feel the pain anymore after I have forgiven, I don’t always forget.  Aren’t you glad we serve a God who not only forgives us of our sins but doesn’t remind us of our transgressions?  This is a character trait we need in forgiving others especially our loved ones that we don’t keep bringing up what was done in the past once it was forgiven.

–Diane

Confession & Forgiveness – He Forgives

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:18-19 NIV)

We serve an awesome God! He loves to show us mercy.  He has such compassion for us because He created us.  He knows we live in a sinful world and we often fail Him but He forgives us when we confess our sins to Him.  I love the part of these verses that says He hurls our sins into the depths of the sea.  Our only problem is we go fishing after them.

–Diane

Salvation – It is a gift!

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:16-17 NIV)

I think most of the world knows John 3:16.  You find it in billboards, on clothing, even at football games people hold up signs that say 3:16.  John 3:16 tells us that the Father loves us very much that He gave His one and only Son so that we might have eternity with them.  But it is the next verse that tells us so much about the love of the Father.  People think that God is just waiting for them to make a mistake so God can squash them like a bug.  No, the Father wants us to live.  He wants us to be saved.  He goes to the ends of the earth drawing us to Him with His love.  Know today, that God loves you so very much – He gave His son so that you might have life.

–Diane

Salvation – How do you know you have eternal life?

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13 NIV)

Many people wonder if they will be saved.  How can we be good enough?  If you have the Son you have life.  If you do not have the Son you do not have life.  The Bible makes it plain.  We can know if we have eternal life.  It is not based on our good works.  We would never make it our works were the determining factor.  How do we know we have eternal life today?  If you are a child of God, if you have accepted Jesus as your personal savior, you have eternal life.  We can have assurance today that we DO have eternal life because we have accepted Jesus.

–Diane