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Christ Died For All

Christ Died For All

In light of all the recent events in Charlottesville, the outcry of condemnation against these ill-informed and reprehensible perpetrators of hate and division has been far and wide. If you have been on social media, you’ve probably seen hundreds of posts concerning the events of this past weekend. I rarely tread into the waters of what some might call “political speech,” but this was beyond political for me. This was a matter of what is at stake for humanity, especially those of us inside the community of Christ. My post from 8/12/17 stated:

“Christianity isn't racism. Racism isn't Christianity. Everyone is welcome at the Lord's table. Because of Jesus, everyone is invited to partake in the Kingdom of God. Even me. #irefusetobesilent #nohate

I believe one Facebook post may not make a monumental difference, but the response of all of us going forward most definitely will. You see, God’s Word is clear about where our actions must be drawn. In John 3:17 Jesus states, “For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” He came to save all, not some. I hope as we move forward, our hearts remain motivated by our love for God and our lives activated by His love for others. We can stand against ideology without condemning those who adhere to it. That’s not only what Christ did for us, but also what He expects from us.

But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us! Romans 5:8

Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do I Go From Here

I've recently heard many speakers, including our Pastor, that has confirmed the area in which God has been working on me in.  So, I think I would be remiss to search for another subject just so my toes wouldn't be stepped on quite so hard.  

No matter what we've gone through, God has formed us in the womb with a purpose and future that only He sees and only He knows.  We have heard this time and time again, but this has recently hit home for me: the life of a Christian is based on how we deal with the issues, trials, and stumbling blocks and move on!  The women at church had an opportunity to hear from Christine Caine at a conference and she pretty much told us to work through our past, our hurts, our setbacks, and move on with his plan for our lives.

There are many around us that have been hit in the hardest places in our lives, families, and in ourselves.  Satan is trying his hardest to tear the Church as a whole apart and take as many down with him as he can.  But in return, I'm making the choice to build up those areas in my life…that calling in my life that I've been avoiding and honestly been a little scared of.  What is that area or that one thing you keep pushing aside, shoving in that back corner somewhere, avoiding with every fiber of your being, or that you're just too nervous to face?

Now I don't know with much clarity every avenue and facet of the plan the Lord has for me, but I know I won't find out until I start doing my part.  So I ask everyone around me to also hold me accountable, nudge me if I'm being lazy.  :)  But I would like to share a prayer with you to mull over and meditate on for your strength, clarity, and guidance.

Lord, you know the desires of my heart and I know you will not leave or forsake me and I claim that.  I also know I'm not doing exactly what you're calling me to do and I'm nervous to step out; I want to step out in faith and just let go.  Please help me to just let go of everything holding me back.  My mountain isn't  even a mole hill to you and I wasn't created to just whine about my everyday setbacks but strive through them.  I love you, Lord and I put down my guard and ask:  Where do I go from here?

Personally, I am re-learning how to be still, listen, and obey; maybe you're needing to practice the same this week?

Philippians 1:6  (NLT)  And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Philippians 2:5 (NLT) You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

Hebrews 7:25 (HCSB) Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.


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