Posts Tagged ‘redemption’

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Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation.” (Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭9‬ NKJV)

In one study that focused on the abandonment of pregnant teenagers, it was reported that around 40% of caregivers kicked out or gave up their teen daughter when her pregnancy was discovered. In my opinion, disowning a child is irresponsible and the ramifications ripple into the community. Parents of these teens need to be involved in their lives, especially during such a trying time. Responsibly does not end when a child goes against a parent’s will.

For many, we view God through the same lenses of our own abandonment issues. If others are willing to dump me, then God is too. We can sense this same fear in the psalmist’s pleas to God, probably on the heels of a failure or hardship.

The good news is that God NEVER abandons us! While He is a good parent and corrects our bad behaviors, He also promised never to disown us (Hebrews 13:5). Trust that your future is indeed safe in the hands of an unchanging and truly forgiving Savior! You are loved today!

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Even though we were dead because of our sins, God gave us life.” (Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭5‬ NLT)

As I stood before the family at the graveside this past week, a song played from a CD player, telling of looking for our loved ones on the other side of Eternity’s Veil. I glanced around the vacant cemetery, seeing the monuments shining in the bright Autumn afternoon sun. It was a gentle reminder to me of how precious and fleeting life is. When death comes, there is no place to hide.

This scripture speaks to me of how damaging and deadly our sins are to us. Sin creates a spiritual deadness towards God, making our lives living cemeteries; lives stuck in hopelessness and a continual moral decay. By continuing in our sins, we create a deeper wedge between ourselves, God, and even those we hold most dear.

The good news is that there is freedom! The cost is simply the surrendering of your life and the sinful habits you live in. The payoff, however, is your life! Freedom from self-hatred and hopelessness, and the possession of every promise God’s word has for you! Choose life over death! Choose to let Christ be over EVERY part of your life, holding nothing back! You are loved today!

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The LORD is good and does what is right; He shows the proper path to those who go astray.” (Psalms‬ ‭25‬:‭8‬ NLT)

Jesse, a ginger tomcat, was 18 months old when he escaped from his cage in Staffordshire, England. Owners Lesley and Colin Corbett, and their daughters, Grace and Saskia, searched the area for days and put up posters – but they gave up hope of ever seeing him again as the years went by. But thanks to a microchip, the long-wandering cat was identified and brought back home eight years later. That’s almost an entire lifetime!

At some point, we all deviate from God’s best plan for our life. While some moments may be slight, others can last for years and leave remarkable scars. The good news, much like Jesse’s, is that there is always a way back home and into a life of planned purpose. It also leads to healing and restoration from the pain of our disobedience!

Whether through obstinance or guilt, many choose to stay gone. Don’t let your heart harden towards God. Come home! Whatever makes us run is never worth the result of our disobedience. Choose the path that leads to life, peace, and restoration! You are loved and wanted back home!

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I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.” (John‬ ‭16‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Some days, ministry makes you feel helpless. I watched a man go back to his “easier” sinful lifestyle because He couldn’t handle having the Devil as his enemy. I endured seeing a Pastor leave the ministry and eventually kill himself and his wife, not being able to kick a renewed drug habit and chronic depression that God had delivered him from years earlier. I saw a woman leave her godly husband for another man, wanting a new and exciting life, one she felt like she couldn’t have while being a Christian. Like I said, some days it can be rough.

In our text, the term “abandon your faith” is the Greek word, skandalizo, a root the we use for our word “scandal”. It means to be tripped up and fall away intentionally from a place of faithfulness. We are not slaves, held by God against our will. We must choose to not sin, nor to sin to the degree that we eventually walk away from God’s grace. We must remember what a hell our lives were prior to God so that we can be confident knowing that this life, with all of its trials, it still better than what we had!

As you begin your week, start by realizing that before your foot ever hit the floor, Satan was already gunning for you! But God was up all night planning your best day for you! Live in God’s great love today! You will overcome because you are loved!

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Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners.” (1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)

On March 5, 1986, Sean Sellers killed his mother and stepfather while they were asleep in the bedroom of their Oklahoma City home. Claiming to be a Satanist and possessed at the time, Sellers later converted to Christianity, using this platform to minister to others prior to his execution.

Nobody would argue about Sellers’ identity as an “über sinner”, the worst of the worst. But so are we. The hard truth is that no one deserves Heaven because we all willfully disobey God. Yet His great patience and mercy allows us to be included into both Heaven’s reward and Mercy’s showcase.

As you live his week, take time to allow God to show you where you need to simmer down or become stronger, then give Him the permission to gently change you. While Sean Sellers paid for his crimes against humanity, he also had the chance to fully embrace mercy. Only Jesus holds out that kind of a deal! Take it! You are loved today! (9/29/14)

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The disciples were astounded. ‘Then who in the world can be saved?’ they asked.” (Matthew‬ ‭19‬:‭25‬ NLT)

“Mitchell” was not a regular guy, nor was his church. Mitchell was newly saved and hungry for God. He had been a warlock in two covens overseas and one here in America when he was radically changed! His church, however, wasn’t. Adultery, divisiveness, and rebellion ran rampant in the congregation. One evangelist even preached a message against her called “Witches Brew in the Pew.” Ironic choice of terms, I thought.

The disciples had their own world rocked by Jesus. If the “righteous” won’t make Heaven, then who would?! The answer is those that are TRULY changed. Mitchell deserved a deep place in Hell for his choices, yet God reached out to him and gladly accepted the prodigal home. His church, however, continued to follow it’s own hellish path of destruction. The true miracle is how he got saved there in the first place!

Only God can accomplish true redemption; Man fails at it everyday. Never write anyone off as “impossible for redemption“! Sometimes it’s the toughest ones that come home first while those that know better never do! Make sure your path is actually the one of true repentance! You are loved today!