Monday, October 1, 2007

The Blood of Jesus

This was shared with me, and I felt it so good I want to share it with others! It really causes me to examine myself!


The blood of Jesus

One night in a church service a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. The young woman had a very rough past, involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.But, the change in her was evident. As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children.It was not very long until this faithful young woman had caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This is when the problems began.

You see, about one half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son. The church began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting. As the people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting was getting completely out of hand.

The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. As she began to cry the pastor's son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife to be. He began to speak and his statement was this: 'My fiancĂ©e’s past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?'

The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters. Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse the other person completely then it cannot cleanse us completely. If that is the case, then we are all in a lot of trouble.

What can wash away my sins?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus! End of case!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Sweet *VICTORY* in Jesus!!

Wednesday evening the enemy nearly destroyed my family. The next day I had shared with Chris that maybe we should go back to Praise church. He too had been feeling a tugging to come back. So that day I drove out to the church to get some information, and Michelle had mentioned the Encounter weekend. With such short notice, and not knowing anyone who could watch my daughter, I wasn't sure how it would work. Let me just say that when God wants you some place, He makes it happen, and he did just that! He opened every door that needed to be opened for me to be here this weekend. That night I was sharing with a close friend what had taken place the night before, and as I was sharing, God gave me a crystal clear vision of how I was living my life. I saw myself wrapped in chains, and dragging behind me were 2 big cement blocks. One block had written on it "The mark of judgement", and the other "Worthlessness". Every where I went, this is what I carried behind me. I had no idea what the Encounter was going to be about, and as this time unfolded, it became very clear to me that God had already begun preparing me for what He was going to do in my life. As Debbie began praying over me on Friday night, she said that she felt the Lord saying to me "Let Go". This was so hard for me, because for so many years I had held onto words and events that had taken place in my life. Letting them go would mean I would be vulnerable, and for me that was a frightening place to be. God began removing the layers that had defined who I was up until this very moment. Saturday morning we were asked to meet with Jesus face to face. I said Lord I NEED something to hold onto as these layers begin to come down. I need something to show me this is real, that this you. God began to speak to me and He showed me that unknowingly and knowingly for at least 12 years I had allowed people to speak into my life and over my life, that never should have had that authority. I had allowed those words to define who I was. Words of worthlessness, unimportance, no good, used up, and unrepairable. Hindrances spoken over me that prevented me from having a true free relationship with Jesus. After these people were no longer in my life, I continued to speak those words over me, continuing to feed my spirit the lies of the enemy. Then God said to me "Allow me to speak into your life. Allow me to define who you are in Me"... He then gave me a vision to replace the one I spoke of earlier. I saw myself in a park type setting, and I was running towards Jesus. When I reached Him, I jumped into his arms, and He spun me around, like you would your son or daughter. The significance of this vision ties to something I had said to myself also the night before.. I had said I just want to crawl in the arms of Jesus and cry my heart out, and FEEL my daddy's loving arms around me! I have missed that my ENTIRE life! I never knew my father, and the fathers that were brought into my life, were destructive and abusive. When God gave me that vision, I KNEW without a doubt that He had met me right where I was, and it was safe to let go.

Jeremiah 29:11 has a new meaning in my life. God has washed away everything in me, that had not defined who I AM in Christ. And now I am a clean vessel that He can fill how he intended to from birth. It is my strong desire that every woman experience true freedom, fruitfullness and fullness in Christ. This encounter CHANGED my life!!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Forgiveness

The last few months the Lord has been teaching me a LOT about forgiveness! My desire is to see ALL women (and men) walk in freedom in their lives. Choosing forgiveness opens many doors to freedom in our lives. It has been in my life! When we choose to forgive, even if the other person doesn't forgive us, it still opens the door to freedom in our life. God WANTS us to let go of all bitterness, anger, resentment, jealousy and more in our lives. When I started to apply this in my life every day, I became very humble. How can I expect others to forgive me, if my attitude towards them is that of unforgiveness. Or a "I forgive you, but I'm still going to be mad at you." Forgiveness isn't about forgetting. It's about forgiving and taking the next step to heal the hurt, that either you caused another person, or that a person caused you. When I've done something wrong, big or small, the freedom that I feel when the person has accepted my apology is HUGE! There is no burden attached to it. FREEDOM. It is a vital part of having a relationship with the Lord. Be in bondage to NOTHING. It is a process though! You have to come to a place in your life where you crave God's presence in your life. A place of having a teachable and humble heart. That doesn't mean that things will be easy, it does mean that you will find ultimate comfort in the Lord knowing you are walking the straight and narrow path!

1 Peter 4:8 "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins."
John 8:1-11 is another great promise of freedom in our lives! When we sin, HE will forgive us when we repent before Him.