His Blood Covers All

Cross, Crucifix, Jesus, Crucifixion

Do you ever wonder why people do the things they do? Do you shake your head in amazement at the crazy things going on in the world today? I do, but then I remember….all is not hopeless! God has a plan to save us from our sin, so there is hope for the world! The blood of His Son, Jesus, covers a multitude of sins.

Today’s devotion is simple, because, well, sometimes the simple, basic truth needs to be dwelled on the most. There was and is a problem, sin, and God solved it. It is that simple and wonderful!

Here is the problem as Paul describes it…

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. Timothy 3:1-5 NIV

We all have sinned, have lived for self, then Jesus’ blood saved us to a better life and purpose! He is the answer to our problems. My words do not seem to be sufficient so here is God’s Word with the answer. Inspired by God, Paul writes…

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.  This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. Titus 3:1-8 NIV

There is a problem and God solved it. I wanted to stress this simple but profound truth because…God has the answer to every problem we face. He is the answer. No matter the craziness and evil that goes on in the world and hearts, Jesus’ blood covers all. We cannot give up believing that men and women can be saved from sin. Jesus’ blood was shed for all of us and it covers a multitude of sins.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NIV

I think we need encouragement or at least I do this morning and, as usual, God delivered! We should not lose hope! Just as God had an answer for sin, He has answers for all of life’s problems. Trust Him and His plan and have peace and hope! Do not stop doing good, as Paul describes above. Do not stop believing that people with all backgrounds and histories can be saved. All is not lost. Jesus can be found.

Dear Father,

Thank You does not seem to express how grateful we are for Your answer to sin and answers in Your Word, for all of our fears and problems. You have it all covered, so we do not need to lose hope. We do not deserve Your goodness but You give it every day. We see it when we focus on You. Thank You for being our answer and our hope. Help us to share this answer with the world and do good, believing that all can be saved, not because of the good we do, but the good You do. We love You! Amen

With love from the Father to you, be encouraged that God is on the throne, in control of our world:)

Christina

Taking the Short cut or the Long Haul

Path, Diverge, Two Ways, Mood, Dark

 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Hebrews 10:35 NLT

Last night, my hubby and I streamed a movie titled “Shortcut to Happiness.” Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Love Hewitt make a deal with each other. Alec is a struggling, frustrated writer and makes a deal with the devil, Jennifer Love Hewitt. She will grant his main desire of success as a writer if he will give her soul to him. When John and I got the premise of the movie, we almost turned it off, but something made me want to see how these famous actors portrayed a very real struggle in today’s society.

What is the struggle? Everyone, including Christians, wants to be happy…and not eventually, but right now. Feeling that way is not wrong but responding to that thought should be based on what we know to be true in the end. We know that things and events can make us happy and we like that feeling, don’t we? So, we want more and more happiness. When frustration or trials come, we are desperate for that happiness. The truth is…there is only one lasting happiness and it is found in God.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

He has already made a way for us to have it, through His Son and the Holy Spirit. The joy we have in Jesus is true, loving and forever! We just have to make right choices based on His truths. Life is all about making lots of choices, isn’t it? Every minute of the day we can choose to commit to Jesus for the long haul, even in really tough times. You know what? Short cuts that promise instant happiness will let us down. It is the long haul commitment that gives us lasting joy. Don’t let the enemy make you think there is a short cut to forever joy. There just isn’t. Jesus is the only way.

Let us not choose to take the short-cut to happiness by making a temporary deal with the enemy.

Let’s be in this race for the long haul, for eternal joy, eternal life with our Savior!

Let’s not set up for ourselves idols here on earth that make us happy , like fame and money and houses and cars and popularity. These things will not last and they do not matter in the kingdom of God.

Lets be in this life with a purpose, to take the burdens of life as God allows, knowing that He has a plan for us that makes us better versions of ourselves and more like Him.

Let’s fully embrace the joy of Jesus with our eyes on our heavenly home. He is our prize, waiting for us after the long haul of life.

Let’s make Him proud in the way we run our life’s race. Let’s not make deals with the enemy, knowing that there really is no shortcut to happiness.

Let’s make our lives, not about ourselves, but about others, so they can have the joy we have!

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11 NIV

Here is the best way I can describe joy. To me it is a glimpse of heaven. “To know Jesus is to know joy and to know joy is to catch a glimpse of what waits for us in heaven.”

With love from the Father to you all,

Christina