I Have a Plan….Do You Trust Me?

This week begins with scriptures referencing our need for Jesus. Some people are numb to this fact and others think they have been so bad, how can God forgive them. Sin leads to death.  Romans 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Not just eternal death but death in all that we try to do. Everything is meaningless without Jesus. Our sin separates us from God, we are born sinners, it’s our nature. Romans 5:12, Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. So from the beginning our nature is against God. But even while we were born sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. I read something interesting the other day about Jesus dying for us. He died WHILE we are still sinners. We can understand laying your life down for good innocent people, but He died for ALL the sins of the world including the people who mocked Him, tortured Him, crucified Him.He died for them too. Think about how hard this would be to do. When you realize this then you come to the awareness of God’s great love for us. The thief beside Jesus on the cross asked for forgiveness and mercy by saying: Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Truly I tell you, you will be with me in paradise. If we can do what this thief did and realize we have sinned against God, repent and ask for forgiveness then Jesus will say the same to us. Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father, no one goes to heaven except by and through Him. In Jesus there is eternal life! John 14:6, Jesus said to him, “I am the [only] Way [to God] and the [real] Truth and the [real] Life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.  John 11:25, Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.

Lent to Repent

Psalm 15:1-5 is the reading for today. The psalmist is asking what kind of a person can worship in the Lord’s sanctuary. Who may enter God’s presence and His holiness? It’s people who don’t gossip, lead blameless lives, do what is right, speak truth from sincere hearts…

Ann says: Today repent from wasting time.

I wrote an article about Time here. Do something of eternal value today! Anything having to do with praising God or helping others, loving others, has eternal value.

In reference to the Psalm 15, we know we aren’t perfect. This is why Jesus was sent and died in our place. He is the perfect one who lived without sinning. He is the perfect sacrifice for our sins.[ here is an explanation of this] From gotQuestions.org. He stood in our place so we can live in eternity. After we die, we actually will live because we accepted God’s free gift of Jesus to take our sins away. He is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. After we receive Jesus we can live a life of freedom to do Kingdom work. Do what God will’s for our lives.

Psalm 32 from Bible Gateway

Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, favored by God] is he whose transgression is forgiven,
And whose sin is covered.

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute wickedness,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.


When I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away
Through my groaning all the day long.

For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me;
My [b]energy (vitality, strength) was drained away as with the burning heat of summer. Selah.

I acknowledged my sin to You,
And I did not hide my wickedness;
I said, “I will confess [all] my transgressions to the Lord”;
And You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You [for forgiveness] in a time when You [are near and] may be found;
Surely when the great waters [of trial and distressing times] overflow they will not reach [the spirit in] him.

You are my hiding place; You, Lord, protect me from trouble;
You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance. Selah.


I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you.

Do not be like the horse or like the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bridle and rein to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.
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Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in and relies on the Lord shall be surrounded with compassion and lovingkindness.
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Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous [who actively seek right standing with Him];
Shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

 Your time will then become very valuable to you. You will WANT to do things of eternal value because you LOVE Him. Love is the key. When you really fall in love with Jesus because of who He is, then you will WANT to follow Him.

 

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Time

On December 28, 2011, this word “Chronos” was brought to my mind as I was waking up. I had never heard of it and was curious to know the meaning. So, I looked it up on the computer and found out the Greek meaning is time.  Our time, meaning the time continuum  that we live in. Then I found the Greek word “Kairos” which means God’s time in eternity. Chronos is sequential time  and karios is the appointed time and purpose of God. The time when God acts. God interacts and enters our time according to His perfect will. This is why living with God is so exciting! You never know when He will intervene in your life and witness a miracle!  Imagine two hour glasses side by side. One has sand going through it,  while the other does too, but it also has blue and red balls passing through. The plain sand [chronos time] is  a life without Jesus, no kairos moments. The other has sand which are those regular days, but it also has the red and blue balls that represent kairos moments where God intervened and miracles were experienced.

I watched a movie once called In Time with Justin Timberlake. Everyone had clocks embedded in their arms. The clocks started to countdown when the people turned 25. At that moment they began living as slaves to time. Instead of working for money they worked for time. Everything was based off time instead of money. If the clock ran out, they died. So, because of this they were always giving time away to each other, sharing their time if some one was low, spending time wisely and always watching time so it wasn’t wasted. I learned from this to use my time wisely, give time lavishly, share my time with someone who needs it, and to remember I have 24 hours a day to do what I need to do, what God has called me to do. I won’t waste time doing what I want, but what God wants so that He may be glorified! Our days are counted by God and what we do with them will be accounted for. The things we do with a pure heart, the things led by the Holy Spirit, will be the moments that won’t be burned up. Those moments last forever.

My mom had a dream about a book. It was red with gold letters and the title was Some Time in Time.  I had a revelation that the book represents all the time we spent on earth doing what the Holy Spirit directed us to do.  At the end of a christian’s life there will be accountability. The scripture First Corinthians 3: 12-15 says   If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames. The scripture is saying   you have been saved by grace by just believing in Christ but the one who builds on that belief, the one who follows the Holy Spirit, they will have a reward. This reward is then given to Jesus because in reality it’s Him doing the work through us. The book was red with gold letters. Red represents Jesus’ blood, His redemptive blood that redeems us. Gold represents wealth. So, the work we do according to the Holy Spirit is valuable to God.  Trust and obey what the Holy Spirit leads you to do because every little step matters to God. Philippians 1:6  being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Romans 13:11 says And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. It is now for us, in this moment to believe. God is always in the NOW. This is how the Bible applies to us NOW.  How will you spend your time? For your own glory or God’s?