jesus paid the price of our sins

I think some of the best advice I’ve learned to give myself spiritually is no matter how much I sin or fall, no matter how many times, no matter how guilty or ashamed I feel, never stop coming to Jesus. Never let it hold you back or keep you away from drawing close to Him and trying to grow. Never tire of repenting, even if it feels like you repeatedly repent for many of the same things. Sin is inward and it takes more than a one time conviction for the behaviors to fully follow and get out of habits or the depths of our depravity. Accept the truth you’re forgiven and free when you come to Christ and genuinely want Him to continue to change your heart to be more like His, and move forward. If I stop moving toward Him because I am letting my sin become greater than his grace and mercy, I am doubting the power of His redeeming work to the power of my flesh. Paul reassures us in Romans nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. If that is our reality, then we shouldn’t let anything, no matter how bad, how frequent, how difficult it is to overcome, how long it takes to get past- none of that should ever stop us from still coming to Him and seeking to become more like Him. Don’t give up because of your sin or fallings. Look to Christ. The whole point of the cross was not only that Christ paid the price to remove our condemnation, but He triumphed victoriously over all sin and death. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in us, and we can overcome. Believe that. Don’t let discouragement drag you down or get stuck at “I obviously can’t be holy.” Of course you can’t, we’re sinful by nature, which is why we desperately need Jesus- but there is bright hope in knowing we have Him, and He is able.

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!!

Looking for Love ?

Take a moment to read this, this is essential to know! I’m not writing this for my own personal gain or anything, this is very much upon my heart and it’s effecting so many people !! 

We want to feel love, we want to feel secure. We even seek relationships with those who don’t know Christ - they can adore you, you may have things in common, you can enjoy each others company but they can never truly love you unless they know the love of Jesus. Don’t seek a relationship, seek Jesus - he’s the only one we should hunger for, he’s the only one who can satisfy your needs, the enemy will make you think you need another person and that when the perfect person comes along all your troubles will be solved … but the truth is, unless you rely on God for everything and give him every aspect of your life, you can never enter into a relationship and love another person without getting hurt because you’ve put your needs and expectations on their shoulders.

No one can satisfy your desires apart from Jesus, desires of the flesh are not of God - We can get so caught up by the idea of ‘feelings’ or ‘romance’, which secular entertainment is filled with. Focus on jesus and press into growing in your relationship with him and he will bring you through this trial and all trials. You do not need a relationship to feel worthy - You need to know Jesus paid the price with his life and it makes you worthy, you are worth the blood of Jesus. We can never truly have a relationship and love one another if we don’t learn to love Jesus when we’re single, we must look to him to satisfy our needs and not a relationship because they never will. You’re so precious to God and he wants you to love him and rely on him before he brings a man or woman into your life, he won’t unless he thinks you’re ready. The truth is that it is not found in another person it’s only found from pressing in and growing in a deeper relationship with Jesus! When we trust in God, in his timing he will always give us what we need. If you give him everything and love him no matter what, he will give you what you need. when you’re ready he will give you a relationship but he wants you to put him first over all otherwise you can’t love anyone else, because love only comes from him.

We have turned the purest and holiest of things between a man and a woman into the most unholy disgusting actions. Relationships have been reduced to ‘sexual desire’ which came from man’s fallen selfishness, whereas it is the most beautiful connection between a married couple, the devil has twisted and changed it in the world so much because he knows that there’s great power and intimacy within the pure nature of a covenant between two people married before God.
Even in the Christian ‘lifestyle’ sexual desire has simply had christian language wrapped around it. Satan is cunning, he will manage to persuade us that sin makes sense, that it isn’t wrong and it will feel good; but sin promises something that it can never fulfil. We’re constantly surrounded by sexual immorality in this world, but as godly men and women we are called to flea from sexual immorality and everything associated with it - I think a lot of the time Christians can get their ideas about sexual immorality warped by world influences and think they’re okay just because they are not having sex - but that’s a lie, sexual immorality doesn’t just mean sex outside of marriage, it also means other sexual acts, kissing, masturbating, watching sexual films etc. You start to look like what you expose yourself to, so we must abstain from sexually immoral things or we open ourselves up to it. We must die to self and let go of these things and allow God to change us. This is a heavy subject but don’t feel disheartened by it or worried if you’ve done something wrong, God dealt with that when he died on the cross but our fight is the good fight of faith to continue to walk in what he accomplished.
Ladies you don’t need a man to make you feel worthy. Men you don’t need a woman to make you feel worthy. You need to know Jesus paid the price with his life and it makes you worthy, you are worth the blood of Jesus.

No one can satisfy your desires apart from Jesus, desires of the flesh are not of God and the enemy will trick us into thinking that lusting  after someone feels good, but sin promises something it can never deliver. We can get so caught up by the idea of ‘feelings’ or ‘romance’, which secular entertainment is filled with, but turn to jesus, he’s the only way. You can never rely on another person to satisfy your needs, only God can.
Don’t focus on the problem, focus on jesus and press into growing in your relationship with him and he will bring you through this trial and all trials. You do not need a relationship to feel worthy - You need to know Jesus paid the price with his life and it makes you worthy, you are worth the blood of Jesus. Do not feel condemned but know that God loves you, he’s not angry at you, he’s holding you, all you have to do is seek him more and all things not of him will fall away.

He’s so wonderful and so lovely, there’s a way that seems right to a man and it leads to death … but God’s perfect will is everything you never knew you always wanted!!!!

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14
Mercy is best understood when we have experienced it. We simply may not realize what the Lord has done for us, the high price He’s paid, until we’ve pardoned someone who wronged us.
We are eager to be forgiven but hesitate to forgive, our human nature struggles with it. But with God’s help we can.
Father, help me to forgive those that I need to forgive. It is not easy, but through You I can do anything. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

anonymous asked:

I always wonder how the death of one man can save all humanity?

Martin Luther said that as God, He could not die, so He became man in order to die. On the cross, he accepted the sin of man against Himself. As a perfectly innocent man he accepted the injustice of man against man.

The death of Christ accomplishes reconciliation, or reconnecting us back to God. Romans 3:25 says, “…whom God set forth as a propitiation” for our sins. “Propitiation” literally means “something that appeases a deity.” However, in the Biblical sense it means much more than this. It can mean to “accept hurt”, to “forgive”, to “show mercy.” As sinners we transgress God’s perfect law and have no legal right to exist. But God himself who sits as Judge accepts the hurt, pays the price, forgives, and offers mercy.

The Bible does not say that Jesus paid a propitiation, but that He is a propitiation for our sins (Rom. 3:25, 1 John 2:2; 4:10). This means that He, being God, bears the hurt in order to give mercy and forgiveness.

The simplest explanation I can give you is in Romans 5:19 “Many people were made sinners because one man did not obey. But one man did obey. That is why many people will be made right with God.”

Why do you love Jesus Christ?
  • Ravi Zacharias: That's an easy question for me to answer. The harder question is, 'Why does Jesus Christ love me?'"
  • You see, love must be defined from God's perspective, not from man's. Only in the Christian faith does love precede life. In every other faith, life precedes love. The love and grace of forgiveness, because God Himself has paid the price for our sin, is a Christian distinctive and stands splendidly against our hate-filled, unforgiving world. The love of God is what gives us the beauty with which He has created us, and without Him I am not even capable of demonstrating love.

Remember that the enemy will do his best to stop you from knowing your true identity in the eyes of God. You are a beloved child of the Master of the Universe, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. That’s who you really are - do not let the enemy to steal that knowledge, kill your future, and destroy the blessings that go with your identity. The enemy has no right to deceive you nor influence any areas of your life with his curses. Jesus Christ died not only to save us from our sins but to restore our identity as beloved sons and daughters of the Heavenly Father. He already paid the full price for your freedom. Rejoice for this blessed fact!

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. - Hebrews: 4:16

Dealing with Guilt

Ephesians 1:3-14

Yesterday we saw that guilt can be false or legitimate. But in either case, its effect on us is the same.

Feeling ashamed can lead us to doubt God’s presence, provision, or promises. We might struggle to believe He loves us, and if the emotions are strong enough, we may even question our salvation. Guilt can cause us to forget we are free from condemnation (Rom. 8:1) and can make us fearful that God is judging us harshly.

Another response to self-reproach is to try and pay the Lord back for our real or imagined mistakes. To earn His approval, we get compulsively busy and stay that way. Then, there’s remorse over “shoulds,” “oughts,” and “musts”—guilt over unfinished tasks can rob us of pleasure in our relationships, as we question our use of time. Such self-condemnation can lead to discouragement and depression.

Because of guilt’s corrosive power, we need to take care of it quickly. When we have broken God’s commands, the solution is to repent and accept the Lord’s forgiveness. False guilt, on the other hand, is erased by embracing biblical truth:

I am special. God chose me and is transforming me into Christ’s image.

I am loved. God loves me unconditionally, unalterably, and continuously.

I am forgiven. Jesus paid the full price for my every sin. God has permanently forgiven me and adopted me into His family.

God has provided a way out from the burden of guilt you carry. Won’t you accept His offer?

anonymous asked:

How can you find the will to worship such an awful being? Thinks men are superior to women. Thinks slavery is okay. Gave us free will and forgives all... yet made a hell for when we do things he doesn't like. Also killed millions of innocent people because they didn't do as he wanted. Lets the world be the way it is, awful. If you blame Satan (whos only killed 10 people and is bad only bc of gods word) you're wrong. God is all powerful, he should be able to overcome a "bad" spirit. - An Atheist

I’ll answer your every argument separately. And I’ll answer with all my respect for your beliefs, or non beliefs.

God thinks men are superior to women - The Bible contains many references to women that, to our modern mindset, sound discriminatory towards women. But we have to remember that when the Bible describes an action, it does not necessarily mean that the Bible endorses that action. The Bible describes men treating women as little more than property, but that does not mean God approves of that action. The Bible is far more focused on reforming our souls than our societies. God knows that a changed heart will result in a changed behavior. The cross of Christ is the great equalizer. John 3:16 says, “Whoever believes,” and that is an all-inclusive statement that leaves no one out on the basis of position in society, mental capacity, or gender. We also find a passage in Galatians that speaks of our equal opportunity for salvation. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:26-28). There is no sexism at the cross. The charge of sexism in the Bible is based upon a lack of knowledge of Scripture. When men and women of all ages have taken their God-ordained places and lived according to “thus says the LORD,” then there is a wonderful balance between the genders. That balance is what God began with, and it is what He will end with. There is an inordinate amount of attention paid to the various products of sin and not to the root of it. It is only when there is personal reconciliation with God through the Lord Jesus Christ that we find true equality. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

God thinks slavery is okay - What many fail to understand is that slavery in biblical times was very different from the slavery that was practiced in the past few centuries in many parts of the world. The slavery in the Bible was not based exclusively on race. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the color of their skin. In Bible times, slavery was more a matter of social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their families. In New Testament times, sometimes doctors, lawyers, and even politicians were slaves of someone else. Some people actually chose to be slaves so as to have all their needs provided for by their masters. The slavery of the past few centuries was often based exclusively on skin color. In addition, both the Old and New Testaments condemn the practice of “man-stealing” which is what happened in Africa in the 19th century. Africans were rounded up by slave-hunters, who sold them to slave-traders, who brought them to the New World to work on plantations and farms. This practice is abhorrent to God. In fact, the penalty for such a crime in the Mosaic Law was death: “Anyone who kidnaps another and either sells him or still has him when he is caught must be put to death” (Exodus 21:16). Similarly, in the New Testament, slave-traders are listed among those who are “ungodly and sinful” and are in the same category as those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, adulterers and perverts, and liars and perjurers (1 Timothy 1:8-10). Another crucial point is that the purpose of the Bible is to point the way to salvation, not to reform society. The Bible often approaches issues from the inside out. If a person experiences the love, mercy, and grace of God by receiving His salvation, God will reform his soul, changing the way he thinks and acts. A person who has experienced God’s gift of salvation and freedom from the slavery of sin, as God reforms his soul, will realize that enslaving another human being is wrong. A person who has truly experienced God’s grace will in turn be gracious towards others. That would be the Bible’s prescription for ending slavery.

Gave us free will and forgives all… yet made a hell for when we do things he doesn’t like - God desires that every person spend eternity with Him (Matthew 18:14; 2 Peter 3:9), but He honors our free will (John 4:14). Anyone who so desires can go to heaven (John 1:12). Jesus already paid the price for our salvation, but we must accept that gift and transfer ownership of our lives to Him (Luke 9:23). Heaven is perfect, and God cannot take anyone there who insists on holding on to his or her sin. We must allow Him to cleanse us of our sin and make us righteous in His sight (2 Corinthians 5:21). John 1:10–12 shows us the problem and the solution: “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” We can choose to trust in Jesus’ payment for our sin, or we can choose to pay for our sins ourselves—but we must remember that the payment for our sin is eternity in hell. C. S. Lewis said it this way: “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says in the end, ‘Thy will be done.’”

God is all powerful, he should be able to overcome a “bad” spirit - First, we know God is absolutely sovereign over all creation, and this includes Satan. Certainly, Satan and his demons wreak havoc in the world, but they are only allowed a certain amount of freedom. We also know that God has planned everything from the beginning of time to the end. Nothing can thwart His plans, and things are proceeding exactly on schedule. “The LORD of hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand’” (Isaiah 14:24). Second, “we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). Whatever God has planned for Satan, that plan will be the best one possible. God’s perfect wrath and justice will be satisfied, and His perfect righteousness will be glorified. Those who love Him and who wait for His plan to be fulfilled will be thrilled to be part of that plan and will praise and glorify Him as they see it unfold. Third, we know that to question God’s plan and its timing is to question God Himself, His judgment, His character and His very nature. It is not wise to question His right to do exactly as He pleases. The psalmist tells us, “As for God, His way is perfect” (Psalm 18:30). Whatever plan comes from the mind of the Almighty is the best plan possible. It is true that we can’t expect to understand that mind perfectly, as He reminds us, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ says the LORD. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Nevertheless, our responsibility to God is to obey Him, to trust Him, and to submit to His will, whether we understand it or not. In the case of His timing for Satan’s demise, it has to be the best possible plan because it is God’s plan. But true Christians do not care about it. Because the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Romans 16:20

God bless you. - A Believer

More to life today: Effective Prayer

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16


The NIV reads: “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”


The Scripture also says that there is none righteous, no not one. How then can we be effective in prayer? Even though we are not righteous through any good in ourselves, we are made righteous because we have the Lord Jesus dwelling in our hearts. None of us are perfect, but when the Lord looks at us, He sees us through His blood. He paid the price for our sins and we are made righteous in Him.


Sometimes we may feel that our prayers do not amount to anything, but as we lift the needs of our family, our friends, and others to the Lord in prayer, He hears our cry. We may not see the answers immediately, but in God’s own timing, results will be made manifest. He hears the sincere cry from our hearts and He will answer in due time.


Prayer: Lord, hear the cry from our hearts today for those in need and let your perfect will be done.


Devotion by Anne Johnston

Self Worth

We all know that we have struggled with self confidence in some point of our lives. In this culture, we look for our identity in others opinions of us. We allow them to judge how we look on the outside, when they don’t even have the right to judge us in the first place. The only one who has the right to judge who we are, is the one who created us. The world’s judgement does not matter. 

Samuel 16:7 says “People look at our outward appearance, but God looks at our hearts.” When God judges us it is only out of love, therefore we can put our trust in who he says we are, and what we’re worth. God paid a very high price for you. You are worth the blood of Jesus! He died for you! He who knew no sin became sin so I could become something. Heaven went bankrupt for you!

Psalm 139:14 says, “You are fearfully, and wonderfully made.” 

Ephesians 2:10 says, “ You are his masterpiece.”

Next time someone tries to bring you down focus on him. Remember that you are perfect in his eyes. All of your sins are forgiven! 

He tells us in Song of Songs 4:7 that “You darling are altogether beautiful, my darling there is no flaw in you.” So why do we care what they think? 

Let me tell you a secret, I used to care. I used to compare myself to other girls because I was jealous of how perfect I thought they looked. I would wish that I looked like them. But honestly comparing yourself to others is never going to satisfy you or make you feel any better about yourself. But if you listen to what God says about you, you will find true confidence in him! 

Proverbs 3:15 says “She is more perfect than rubies: nothing you desire compares to her. 

Proverbs 3:14 She is worth more than silver and gold.

Listen and focus on who God says you are. Find your identity in him, nothing else will ever satisfy you. Stop worrying about pleasing them and please the one who desires everything you are! He just wants you to rest in him! 

Our father has given us the power to be his temple, to destroy the devils works, and bring love and strength. You can destroy hell with the power that is inside of you. It is not okay to say you are worthless because worthless=worry, you are worth the blood of Jesus! 

He wants you to look in the mirror and see what he see’s. Keep your eyes focused on him and in his word. God wants us to realize that beauty is not what is on the outside, but the inside is what matters, your heart. Beauty is knowing your identity in Christ and remembering that he died for you. 

patriciascotman  asked:

I want to kill myself sometimes :(

This made me cry.

Can you simply imagine how much important you are? Do you know what is the value of your soul?

Jesus said that your soul is worth more than the rest of the world put together. He asked: “What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?”Mark 8:36.

God values your soul so highly that He gave His own and only Son to bear your sin and its penalty — to be reviled, defamed, cursed, put to shame and contempt, and slaughtered in crucifixion. What an immense price for your soul!

It is written of Jesus by the prophet Isaiah: (3) He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. (4) Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. (5) But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”Isaiah 53:3-5.

The immense suffering and humiliation that Jesus Christ underwent was not for any wrong He had done, for He “committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth”  — 1 Peter 2:22

The precious, innocent blood of the Lamb of God is the immense price that was paid for your soul by the God who loves you.

Beloved, I do not know what are you going through and I never will, but Jesus Christ does, and He wants to heal your hurts, whatever they are. Never forget this.

  • This is for her and for everyone of you who feel unloved, misunderstood, rejected, tired, condemned. Please go to bed knowing you are more important than you could ever imagine.

anonymous asked:

What do you know about Joyce Meyer? Is she a good evangelist/author?

What does Joyce Meyer teach?

For the most part Joyce Meyer preaches a positive, biblical message that is of great value to many people.  We applaud her desire to be biblical, to point women to godly submission and humility, to trusting God, being loving, to have value based in what Christ has done for us, etc.  These are all good.  However, there are some very significant errors that need to be addressed.  Some of them are so bad that she is outside of biblical orthodoxy and must be considered a false teacher.  Let’s take a look at what Joyce Meyer has said.

Following is a list of quotes from Joyce Meyer, along with responses.

  1. Jesus stopped being the Son of God:  “He could have helped himself up until the point where he said I commend my spirit into your hands, at that point he couldn’t do nothing for himself anymore. He had become sin, he was no longer the Son of God. He was sin.”(http://storage.carm.org/joycemeyer/joyce-meyer-Jesus-became-sin-stopped-being-son-of-God.mp3)
    1. Response:  This is heresy.  Jesus did not ever stop becoming the son of God.  Essentially what she is saying is that Jesus stopped being divine, the eternal son, second person of the Trinity. This is an attack on the very nature of Christ and it is a dangerous false teaching.  Joyce Meyer needs to repent and retract this statement.  There is no place in Scripture that says Jesus stopped being the son of God.  She’s adding to the word of God and placing in the hearts and minds of listeners false doctrine.
  2. Jesus was born again:  “The minute that blood sacrifice was accepted Jesus was the first human being that was ever born again,” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neKsa_74w7k&feature=related)
    1. Response:  This is just plain wrong.  Being born again means to be saved from the wrath of God for a person’s sins (Eph. 2:1-3), to have a new birth (John 3:3), and to be regenerated (2 Cor. 5:17).  Mrs. Meyer is simply wrong biblically.  Why does she teach this?  It can only be because she has bought into many of the errors of the Positive Confession movement where it is sometimes said that Jesus lost his divine nature, went to hell, finished the atonement in hell, and was born again!  This is a serious error since it implies that Jesus needed to be changed…
  3. Jesus paid for our sins in hell:  “He became our sacrifice and died on the cross. He did not stay dead. He was in the grave three days. During that time he entered hell, where you and I deserve to go (legally) because of our sin. He paid the price there.” (The most important decision you’ll ever make, by Joyce Meyer, second printing, may 1993, page 35)
    • Response:  This is blatantly wrong.  Jesus did not pay the price of our redemption in hell.  He paid the price on the cross.  It was finished on the cross when he said, "It is finished” (John 19:30).  Also, consider the following verses:
    • Col. 1:20, “and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.”
    • Col. 2:14, “having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
    • 1 Pet. 2:24, “and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.”
    Jesus went to hell in our place and was tormented:  “Jesus paid on the cross and went to hell in my place. Then as God had promised, on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. The scene in the spirit realm went something like this: God rose up from his throne and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless son of God, ‘let him go.’ Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled Jesus. On earth his grave where they had buried him was filled with light as the power of God filled his body. He was resurrected from the dead – the first born again man.” (The most important decision you’ll ever make, by Joyce Meyer, second printing, may 1993, page 36)
    • Response:  Where does she get this completely fictitious dialogue between God and the demon powers?  It is made up, not founded in scripture, and mistakenly assumes that Jesus went to hell, the place of torment and suffering after he died on the cross.  The Bible does not teach any such thing.  However, it does say that Jesus descended into the lower parts of the earth (Eph. 4:9).  This can mean that Jesus was physically buried, or that Jesus went to Hades to inform those who had already died about who he was and what he did on the cross, or it can be referring to his incarnation as is contrasted with his ascending into heaven (Eph. 4:10).  But there is simply no reason to believe that Jesus suffered in hell and finished the atonement there.  See response to Quote 1.
    If you don’t believe Jesus went to hell, you cannot be saved:   “His spirit went to hell because that is where we deserve to go… There is no hope of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this truth.” (The most important decision you’ll ever make, by Joyce Meyer, second printing, may 1993, page 37)
      1. Response:  This is an amazingly bad statement on her part.  She is saying that you cannot be saved from your sins unless you believe that Jesus went to the hell where we deserve to go.  This is a modification of the gospel message that saves, as is found in 1 Cor. 15:1-4 that states it is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  Nowhere in scripture are we told to believe that Jesus suffered for us in hell or that he went there, where we deserve to go.  This is very wrong and is heretical.
    1. We are called little gods:  “I was listening to a set of tapes by one man and he explained it like this..this kind of gets the point across…he said why do people have such a fit about God calling his creation, his creation, his man not his whole creation, but his man, little gods? If he’s God what’s he going to call them but the God kind? I mean if you as a human being have a baby you call it a human kind. If if [sic] cattle has another cattle they call it cattle kind. I mean what is God supposed to call 'em? Doesn’t the Bible say we are created in his image? Now you understand I am not saying you are god with a capital G. That is not the issue here so don’t go trying to stone me or yell blasphemy at me." "The Bible says right here John 10:34…'and Jesus answered is it not written in your law I say we are gods.' So men are called God’s by the law…”(Joyce Meyer). (www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrP3OLCH9GI&feature=related)
      1. Response:  In this clip she goes on to quote John 10:34 where Jesus says to the Pharisees “you are gods,” which is a quote from Psalm 82:6, which is an imprecatory Psalm of condemnation for the unrighteous judges.  Psalm 82:7 says, nevertheless you will die like men.  She then turned to Psalm 82 and went through it.  The video stopped so I do not know what she would have said about the next, all important verse.
    2. Joyce Meyer said she is not a sinner:  “I am not poor. I am not miserable and I am not a sinner. That is a lie from the pit of hell. That is what I were and if I still was then Jesus died in vain. I’m going to tell you something folks. I didn’t stop sinning until I finally got it through my thick head I wasn’t a sinner anymore. And the religious world thinks that’s heresy and they want to hang you for it. But the Bible says that I am righteous and I can’t be righteous and be a sinner at the same time.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dmHJdM63hk)
      1. Response:  Mrs. Meyer needs a lesson in basic Bible.  1 John 1:8 says, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us."  Notice that John the apostle says "we."  He is including himself with sinners.  Also, Paul said in Rom. 7:19-20,24, "For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish. 20 But if I am doing the very thing I do not wish, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me…24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?"  Is Joyce Meyer better in Christian character than John and Paul?  I think not.  Mrs. Meyer fails to recognize her own sinfulness, and so mistakenly denies her own sinfulness.  I can only conclude that this false teaching comes from pride because it certainly isn’t biblical.
    3. The host of hell were literally on Jesus and were laughing:  "They were having the biggest party that had ever been had. They had my Jesus in the floor and they were standing on his back jumping up and down laughing. And he had become sin. Don’t you think that God was pacing, wanting to put a stop to what was going on? All the host of hell were upon him. Upon him. Up on him. The angels were in agony.  All the creation is groaning. All the host of hell was upon him. Up on him. They got on him. They got him down in the floor and got on him and they were laughing and mocking. Ha ha ha ha. You trusted God and look where you ended up. You thought he’d save you and get you off that cross. He didn’t, ha ha ha.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwNfOaxIcOMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwNfOaxIcOM)
      1. Response:  Where did she get this - in the sacred Book of Joycemeyeronomy?  It is certainly not in the Bible, and yet she has no problem teaching it as an authoritative truth.  Does she not know that the Bible says not to exceed what is written (1 Cor. 4:6)?  Yet, she has done exactly this.  She is in grave error and has violated God’s word that says that Jesus bore our sins in his body on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) and finished the atonement on the cross (John 19:30) - not in hell at the hands of demons!  There is no way demons were literally standing 'on’ Jesus.  Meyer is in gross error!
    4. Joyce Meyer gets revelation knowledge:  “The Bible can’t even find any way to explain this. Not really that is why you have got to get it by revelation. There are no words to explain what I am telling you. I have got to just trust God that he is putting it into your spirit like he put it into mine.” (http://storage.carm.org/joycemeyer/joyce-meyer-revelation-knowledge.mp3)
      1. Response:  Revelation knowledge?  Is she on par with the apostles who received revelation knowledge from God himself?  Or how about the Old Testament prophets?  Does she, like them, also receive revelation knowledge from God?  If so, how would we know if it were true or not? The answer is simple:  we test what she says against Scripture, and it is obvious that she is getting a lot of things from somewhere else that contradict the word of God.

     She is NOT someone that I would follow.  God bless you!!! Maranatha!!! :):)

    anonymous asked:

    What does it mean to be saved? Is all you have to do is say the we believe he is the one true God verse? Or is it something you have to do in a church? What if uyou struggle with doubt, how do you combat that?

    Fantastic questions!

    To begin with, being “saved” means that you are saved from the punishment of sin. You see, we are all sinners. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Lying, pride, stealing, hate (which God calls murder of the heart), they are all sins and because God is just and perfect, He cannot let sin go unpunished. He is a just judge, and we are guilty before Him in His court. The punishment we rightly deserve for our sins is separation from God forever; that is, and eternity in Hell. Even the littlest of sins we think are no big deal separate us from God, because He is a holy God. James 2:10 says, “For whoever keeps the whole law, and yet stumbles at one point, he is guilty of all.”

    That’s a pretty dire situation, so what can we do to be saved? Honestly, WE can’t do anything. Our goodness can’t set the scale right, because, as Isaiah 64:6 says, “we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags.” By our own merits, our good works are rancid, and we are incapable of attaining our own salvation. But that’s not the end, there is hope. Since we could not pay the price for our sins, God sent his perfect and sinless son, Jesus Christ, to take our place and die on a cross for our sins. He paid the price which we could not. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus died on the cross so that, instead of spending an eternity in Hell - which is what we deserve - we can spend eternity with Him in Heaven. And all we have to do is believe. Acts 16:31 says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”

    So what does it mean to believe? It means you put your trust in Christ, much like you would put your trust in a parachute; you’re trusting that it will save your life. Believing in Christ means that you understand you are a sinner in need of a Savior, and that Jesus is the ONLY one who can save you from the punishment you deserve. It means you make Christ the Lord of your life, and part of that is repenting from your sin and, instead, turning to serve Christ; not because works will earn your salvation (because they won’t) but out of gratitude. You are no longer dead in sin, but alive through Christ, and that new life will reflect Christ.

    Again, there is NOTHING you can do to earn your salvation. You don’t have to say special words, or have a special ceremony; you can’t be saved by being baptized, or by going to church. It has to be a personal decision to put your faith in Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourself, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

    Now, about doubt. First of all, let me be clear, every Christian, yes, EVERY CHRISTIAN, has, at some point, struggled with doubt. Peter doubted Christ when He was walking right in front of him. Once you put your trust in Jesus, God says that you are secure. John 10:28-29 says, “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” Because there is nothing you can do to earn your salvation, there is nothing you can do to lose it. Yes, you may doubt, and you are certainly not perfect yet and will still sin, but God’s grace is a GIFT. It’s a free gift and once you accept that, nothing can take it away.

    How do you combat doubt? Hold tight to God’s promise. Dear one, hold SO very tight to the promises of the Lord. Read the Bible. He has never failed you, and He won’t start now. No matter what we feel, God is constant and sure. Hebrews 13:5 says, “For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

    Jesus loves you. More than you will ever know. That is the simplest truth of all.

    For all those saying the LGBT community is experiencing the wrath of God or getting what they deserve through this shooting, close your mouth and don’t speak on God’s behalf. Jesus paid the same price for all sin. We all deserve the cross, but because of His amazing love for every sinner He took our place. If they deserve to be shot for being gay, look in the mirror and ask God what do you deserve for your sins? All sin is a one way ticket to hell without repentance. The liar will go to the same hell the murderer will. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. ISLAM calls for its followers to die and kill for their god. ISLAM calls for you to give your life, Jesus gave His own. Jesus calls for us to love, do unto others as the would have them do unto us, and to preach the truth with no bias to anyone. You can preach hellfire and stand boldly for truth, but if you don’t mix love in there it is all in vain. The greatest thing about God is His love. Let truth flow, but let love shine right along with it. Jesus loves everyone and calls all sinners to repentance and eternal life.
    —  Marcus Rogers
    The forgiveness of our sin is amazing, for He paid the price for it with His very own life. But don’t stay there, don’t stay at forgiveness, but move into forgiven and from that place move to being restored. Forgiveness is only the beginning, Jesus paid the price for much more. He wants to make you new. And the forgiveness of our sin is the beginning of a new life, but His love was where the victory started. Let Him restore you, wash away your guilt and shame. For in Christ, you are a new creation. In Him you are pure, holy and loved. Don’t settle for less than all He has paid the price for.

    anonymous asked:

    Will I go I hell if I don't finish the bible before I die?

    No, you won’t, you will not be saved by read his word, though the Bible says that faith comes by hearing the word of God and there is the instructions of how to be saved.

    Jesus was clear that “no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:3). He was also clear that hell is an eternal punishment for those who do not obey Him (Matthew 25:46). Second Thessalonians 1:8–9 says that in the end God “will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.” John the Baptist said about Jesus, “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12).

    John 3:18 explains in the simplest terms who will go to heaven and who will go to hell: “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” So, those who go to hell are specifically those who do not believe in Jesus’ name. To “believe” goes beyond a mental recognition of the truth. To believe in Christ for salvation requires a transfer of allegiance. We stop worshiping ourselves, we forsake our sin, and we begin to worship God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:36–27; Mark 12:30).

    God desires that every person spend eternity with Him (Matthew 18:14; 2 Peter 3:9), but He honors our free will (John 4:14). Anyone who so desires can go to heaven (John 1:12). Jesus already paid the price for our salvation, but we must accept that gift and transfer ownership of our lives to Him (Luke 9:23). Heaven is perfect, and God cannot take anyone there who insists on holding on to his or her sin. We must allow Him to cleanse us of our sin and make us righteous in His sight (2 Corinthians 5:21). John 1:10–12 shows us the problem and the solution: “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” x

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    Hello Hoot Owls!

    I hope you are enjoying this Easter day gathered with family, friends, and chocolate. And most of all, I hope you are celebrating the ultimate gift that was given to us because of the ultimate price paid.

    1 Corinthians 15:55-57:“O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    1 John 4:10: In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

    Luke 24:2-8: And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel.And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee,that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” And they remembered his words.

    Because of Christ’s resurrection, we are not longer slaves to sin and death but have been brought back to life by His gift. Christmas has nothing on Easter.

    Romans 6:4-11: We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old selfwas crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.For one who has died has been set freefrom sin.Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

    He is Risen, my fellow brothers and sisters, let us rejoice!

    Keep your eyes on Him.

    “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”” ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:8-13‬.

    A lot of people tend to focus on either Adam or Eve when it comes to the fall. Something God revealed to me today is the simple fact that they are both at fault for the same reason. Their motives to eat the fruit were different (Eve sought wisdom, and Adam was in love with Eve) however both of them fell into sin because they didn’t honor God or His commands before their own desires. Both of them chose to seek their own will and in doing so lost sight of God’s will, which for them was pretty cut and dry! These two people were literally in the presence of God everyday yet they managed to lose sight of Him and His will long enough to fall into sin’s trap. How much more wary and alert should we be then?

    God is not far from us of course, His very spirit dwells within us but He physically walked with Adam and Eve; something we haven’t even experienced yet. We know that because of Jesus there is unending grace and forgiveness for our sins but there is a price to pay in our sins. Jesus paid the price of judgement but there’s often guilt, shame, or even sorrow involved when we fall into back into sin. God doesn’t want that for us! Jesus came to make a way for us to have a better life! Only without those headaches and roadblocks, with joy and peace and faith not terror or shame or self-loathing. God has this life prepared for us but the only way to it is to follow Him and His commands above all.

    Learn from the fall, and choose God’s will first.

    - 31Women (Nan)

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    i know that “you make me brave,” “wonder,” and “we dance” are probably the most popular songs off of this album, but i’ve really been liking “forever” by kari jobe because it explicitly reminds me of the Gospel.

    i especially like listening to her talk at the beginning:

    “i love the cross. i love the fact that when Jesus died on the cross it meant we could come before Him with boldness. because when that veil was torn in two it gives us this access. it gives us this moment, these moments that we live for…that His presence comes and hovers and we can feel it. aren’t you so thankful for Jesus? aren’t you so thankful for the price that He paid on the cross, to pay for our sin and give us mercy and grace. but more than that i love that He wanted us. He wants us. He loves to be with us.”

    the ground began to shake
    the stone was rolled away
    His perfect love would not be overcome
    now death, where is your sting?
    our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

    forever He is glorified
    forever He is lifted high
    forever He is risen
    He is alive, He is alive!

    we sing hallelujah
    the Lamb has overcome!

    daily. i need to remind myself of the Gospel daily. 

    "He has paid the highest price. He has proven His great love for us."

    Happy Good Friday everyone! Take moment today to thank God for sending His only Son to die on the cross for our sins! Jesus has paid the price and washed our debts away. We are free in Jesus.