The High Priest Who offered Himself

The author of Hebrews writes to them reminding them that there is no longer a need for blood sacrifice for their sins each year.  Jesus is our High Priest, to Jews and Gentiles alike, who offered Himself, who is perfect, who is sinless, who is without spot or blemish, as a sacrifice once for all.  Those of us who believe, who follow Jesus Christ have been given a promise, that of eternal inheritance in the kingdom.  Salvation through our Lord, Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  Thank God for the richness of His mercy, whose love endures forever.

Hebrews 9:11-28

But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.” Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.

Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another — He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

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The 3 sins of this World

What are ways we can live that reflect we are a child of God? How are we to live our lives? We have talked about “carrying your cross daily” and reading 1 John to know if we are truly saved.  This is one thing 1 John says:

1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life — is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

John uses the sins that Adam and Eve were seduced by causing The Fall, separating them from God and cursing all of us.  Thanks God He sent His one and only Son to take our sins upon His shoulders and nail them to the cross to redeem us from our sins.  How blessed we are to have a loving God and savior to do that for us. Continue reading “The 3 sins of this World”

The devil is Real, Resist him!

So, I have just returned from a mission trip to Haiti.  God is doing wonderful things there and I am so honored and blesses to be able to experience some of that in the little time I was able to.  Praise God for all He has done!

The devil is very active in Haiti with more than half the people here practicing voodoo of one form or another. In preparing for this trip, I have encountered obstacles and distractions, opposition and even doubt.  But I needed to stay strong in the Lord and pray often.  I also noticed that during this week, I was often distracted while praying or skipped my morning prayers.  I did make sure to read my Bible every day which encouraged me to pray.  I had to keep my mind on God and pray as often as I can for the mission, for the kids, and for what I am doing while I am here.  James said to resist the devil and I did just that as much as I could.  Seeking God’s word and asking him for protection and guidance always works, even when things get tough.  God wasn’t necessarily visible this trip, but I know He was there and I can see the work He is doing at the mission.

Anyways, we all go through struggles in life and wonder if we are doing the right thing or does God really hear us and things like that at one time or another.  The devil likes to put lies in your head, but remember that his desire is to destroy your faith and keep you from sharing God’s love and grace and prevent others from a saving relationship in Jesus Christ. Continue reading “The devil is Real, Resist him!”

Be a Servant

During the holidays, many have the spirit of giving. What if we did this all the time?  We should have this spirit throughout the year. Today’s scripture is about love and giving. How do we know that we are God’s children? By loving others. Continue reading “Be a Servant”

Go…

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Do you ever wonder what God has planned for your life? What His will for you individually is? What your ministry is? Are you waiting for a call from Him? I think sometimes He just wants you to go. Try something. Get involved and then see if that is where He is leading you. God told Abraham to go but He didn’t tell Him where at first. Jesus told His disciples simply, “Follow Me.” They didn’t know where He was going, they simply followed.

 Genesis 12:1-4a

Now the Lord had said to Abram, ‘Get out of your country, from your family, and from your Father’s house, to a land I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to Him.

Abram (who was later named Abraham) obeyed the Lord and had faith to go wherever He was lead. He didn’t ask where he was going, He just went. Because of His faith, we all are blessed, for through him, Jesus Christ, God’s One and only Son, came to earth as a child, became a man, died on the cross and rose again on the third day to save us from our sins.

Mark 1:16-20

And He (Jesus) walked by the Sea of Galilee. He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.’ They immediately left their nets and followed Him. When He had gone a little farther from there, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the boat mending their nets. And immediately He called to them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat, with the hired servants, and went after Him.

Like Abram, God called and they followed, not knowing where they were to go. He calls each of us to serve in His kingdom, “to make us fishers of men.” We all have a ministry. It is up to us and follow until God reveals what that is. I believe that God has called me at different times to do different things.  Sometimes I was faithful, sometimes I was not.  But each time that I followed His calling, I received a blessing.  In a few days, I leave for Haiti.  The first time was a bit scary and I didn’t know what to expect.  This will be my fourth time now, and I am so excited, I cannot wait!  I thank God for this opportunity to experience God working in my life and in the lives of these children.  What a blessing!  May you follow God’s calling for you, and see what great things God can do and how you can share those blessings with others! May the Lord bless you all.