Thank You Jesus for the Power of the Cross

Thank You Jesus for the Power of the Cross

      Thank You Jesus for the power of the cross   Colossians 2: 9 and 10 – “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and you have been given the fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” When I stop to really think about these verses I cannot begin to derive enough adjectives to describe the feelings welling up inside of me. Just the sheer realization that the same power that is in Jesus Christ is in me makes me want to shout. Jeremy Camp’s song Same …

Jesus Brought Me From Darkness

Jesus Brought Me From Darkness

        Jesus brought me from darkness Colossians 1: 13, 14 and 22 – “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in who we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. But now, he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight; without blemish and free from accusation.” During a recent visit to Blanchard Springs Caverns, we took time to tour one of the caverns. Halfway through the tour we were seated in what our guide called …

Jesus Comes With a Guarantee

Jesus Comes With a Guarantee

        Jesus comes with a guarantee   2 Corinthians 1: 21-22 – “Now it is God who makes me (Betty Lacy) stand firm in Christ. He anointed me, set his seal of ownership on me, and put His Spirit in my heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (NIV and the Bible according to Betty) All scripture is personal to a believer.  I love it when I can insert my name in a verse in a scripture such as this. When I do this I am claiming the scripture as a personal letter to me …

Conquering Condemnation-Spirit of Pride

Conquering Condemnation-Spirit of Pride

We are continuing our Faithful Friday blog post series on the subject of condemnation.  This week we will talk about a subject that everyone can relate to and that is pride. I have struggled with perfectionism on many different levels every since I can remember.  From second grade spelling bees to something as simple as packing my kids lunch— I have always had an expectation of myself and always just wanted to get things right (imagine that standard in this Pinterest generation)!  I’m not even sure where I got the standard of right from, considering that I came from a …

Darkness

Darkness

  Darkness   Have you ever been totally in the dark…I mean in a room or outside when there was no light shining or no glow from the moon and the stars? The darkness so dark you could literally not see your hand in front of your face? Have you ever felt the blackness of the dark night enveloping you until you felt totally helpless and alone and maybe even afraid? The definition of darkness has several meanings. Commonly its definition simply means a partial or total absence of light. A second definition describes darkness as meaning: wickedness or evil-as …

Let There Be Light

Let There Be Light

      Let There Be Light   Genesis 1: 1-5 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the water.   God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came and then morning: the first day. God, our Creator, was in existence before time was clocked by night and day. He created …

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

      Adam and Eve   We all know the story of Adam and Eve. The perfect man and woman created by God and placed in the garden of paradise called Eden where God shared a very special relationship with the two. But even though they had lived in the light of the presence of God with the light of His Shekinah glory all around they were cast out of the garden because of their sin of disobedience. Pure and innocent from sin yet they did forsake it all by giving in to their desires. You see God had …

Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel

      Cain and Abel   Adam and Eve had two sons named Cain and Abel. Like all parents, they would have loved their sons with a great love and tried to raise them “right”. Most parents want their children to avoid making the same mistakes/sins in life that they had made. I imagine that these first parents wanted the same for their children. Since the only way to communicate with others was to talk with them (no smartphones or iPads) and tell them about the God that created them, many hours would have been spent talking and telling …

Noah

Noah

      Noah   Over the generations from Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel, the human race became more and more wicked in the darkness of sin. They were so evil that God regretted creating them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord and gave him instructions on building an ark. God would make a covenant with Noah and save him, his wife and sons and daughters-in-law along with two male and female animals of each kind. Genesis 6: 5-8 “The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and …

The Light of the World

The Light of the World

      The Light of the World   Before the beginning of time when the earth was covered in darkness, God was there. Jesus was with the Father and the Holy Spirit and was moving across the darkness. Before the creation of Adam and Eve, Cane and Abel, Noah, Abraham and the others that followed, God had a plan of salvation for His created humans. God gave a promise to Abraham that he would be the father of nations and through his lineage would come “the light of the world”, the Savior of Man, the Messiah to save us …

Conquering Condemnation

Conquering Condemnation

Hey there!! I hope everyone has has a fabulous week so far! I know I have! We are continuing our faith-filled Friday’s on the subject of condemnation. We know that Christ defeated our sin and shame once and for all, but what we forget is that there is a part that we must play in that process of restoration.  When we are feeling the weight of that sin, we just need to stop and admit our faults, ask for forgiveness, and change our ways.  Condemnation is rendered powerless in our lives through an act of confession.  When we miss the …

Introduction to Waiting

Introduction to Waiting

 Introduction to Waiting I came into this world with an inherent dislike for waiting! When tired of lying in bed and no one appeared to know that I wanted attention, I learned to cry until I received that attention. Then if my mother became involved with her daily activities and my feeding time was a bit late, I cried to get her attention. I loved sitting in her lap, taking nourishment from her breast while she smoothed my hair or patted me and told me how much she loved me. Soon I was so relaxed I went to sleep. Being her …