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 »

 

Salvation – He Became Sin for Us

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV)

The Father sent His son to this earth to be sin for us.  He accepted Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, took our sins upon Him so that we can be seen as righteous before the Father.  This is the plan of salvation.  It is a mystery to us.  Why would the Father and Jesus do this for us?  We are so wretched and horrible.  Why would they do this for us?  One word – LOVE.

–Diane

Salvation – Jesus Took Our Curse

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE”), (Galatians 3:13 NKJV)

What is the curse of the law?  Moses lists the blessings of keeping the law in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 and the curses of disobedience in Deuteronomy 27:15-26; 28:15-68.  God’s law is good and holy but the law by itself cannot save us.  No matter how hard we try to keep the law, we always fail.  The curse or punishment for not keeping God’s law is death.  The law by itself has no provision for releasing us from the curse/punishment.  Jesus bore our sins when He died on the cross.  He took our curse/punishment upon Himself so that we can be released from it.  Faith in Jesus releases us from the curse/punishment of eternal separation from God.  The law is still good and holy, it is a guide on how to live.  It teaches us how to love God and each other.

Thank you, Jesus, for taking the punishment that we deserve so that we may be released from the curse of the law.  Amen.

–Diane

Salvation – There is Hope!

Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:18-19 NKJV)

There is hope!  Even though Adam brought sin into the world, Jesus brought us life.  Adam’s disobedience opened the door to sin.  Christ took our place for the penalty of our sins so that we may live.  As Romans 6:23 says, Christ is giving us the gift of life.  It is free!  All you have to do is accept it.

–Diane

Salvation – Who Has Sinned?

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NKJV)

Let’s face it.  We are all sinners.  We were born into a sinful world.  We can’t avoid it.  It is all around us.  What we can do is hold onto Jesus.  He will get us through.  When you get discouraged, remember He is by your side.  He understands you and your circumstances.  He will give you peace when everything around you is chaos.

–Diane

Salvation – It is Free!

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NLT)

I love this verse.  It points us back to Deuteronomy 30:19 when Moses gave the blessings and curses of following the Lord and not following Him.  Moses said choose life.  Choose the blessings that God has ready to give you.  He is offering a free gift of eternal life through Christ Jesus, our LORD and Savior.  Choose today to give your life to Him.  He offers more than what the world can offer.  The things of the world are temporary, but His gift is eternal.

–Diane

Salvation – Sin Separates

When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the LORD God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the LORD God among the trees. (Genesis 3:8 NLT)

Adam and Eve had it all – until they chose to believe Satan’s lies.  What does sin do to our relationships?  It separates us from God and each other.  Sin puts up a block wall between us and God.  But!  The wall can be broken down.  Asking forgiveness restores relationships.  Asking God to forgive us when we doubt Him, when we rebel against Him, when we have chosen to go our own way.  He forgives us and restores our relationship with Him.  If you feel like your prayers don’t get beyond the ceiling, ask God to tell you what is separating you from Him.  He will let you know.  He doesn’t want anything to separate us from Him.  Don’t hide from Him.  He is searching for you.

–Diane