we have the victory through christ!

Nowhere have I seen a King who would die for His people. A God who would leave His throne and in perfect humility serve those who would eventually nail Him onto a tree. We have pierced the hands which created the stars and the mountains and the seas. How beautiful the love of God, how extravagant His compassion. He came not to be served, but to serve. He came for the blind and the lame and the sick. He came to set people free. He came and painted for us the love of God in the most breathtaking way–upon a cross, with His own blood. The cross, where the most earth-shattering exchange took place, where the Son of God became sin for us so that we can be covered in His perfect righteousness–a violent collision of man’s wickedness and God’s holiness. Christ becoming sin; the Father turning away from Him. The wrath of God being poured out upon the Son so that we didn’t have to taste any of it. Christ absorbed all bitterness of the violent collision upon that cross, and buried it with Him; three days later overcoming death and proving Himself to be mightier and more victorious than the sting of sin and the powers of darkness. 

 This is the gospel. When we couldn’t come to God, God came to us, and opened up the way to Heaven through the death and resurrection of a Son.

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“Hell has been defeated, our sin and shame is gone. We as believers have received a grace that at times we cannot comprehend. Christ accomplished all of this through His death on a cross. With thankful hearts, we His people can rejoice in the knowledge that ‘a cross meant to kill is my victory’.” – Darren Mulligan, lead singer of We Are Messengers

LENTEN REFLECTION – The Fifth Week – Saturday 8 April 2017

Now we rejoice in Your great love.
Our journey has brought us here.
It is as though we too, are gathering in Jerusalem
to celebrate our Passover week.
We are ready to enter into the Passion drama
and to celebrate the Paschal Mystery,
with mind and heart renewed.

We are ready to rejoice that the death of Jesus is “for me”
and that it is the ultimate victory over sin and death –
my sin and my death.

Christ was sacrificed so that he could gather together
the scattered children of God.
John 11:52

Collect:
O God, who have made all those reborn in Christ
a chosen race and a royal priesthood,
grant us, we pray, the grace to will and to do what you command,
that the people called to eternal life
may be one in the faith of their hearts
and the homage of their deeds.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with yYu in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever

The Third Station:
Jesus Falls the First Time

My Jesus, it seems to me, that as God, You would have carried Your cross without faltering but You did not.    You fell beneath it’s weight to show me You understand when I fall.    Is it pride that makes me want to shine even in pain?    You were not ashamed to fall- to admit the cross was heavy.    There are those in world whom my pride will not tolerate as I expect everyone to be strong, yet I am weak.    I am ashamed to admit failure in anything.

If the Father permits failure in my life just as He permitted You to fall, then I must know there is good in that failure which my mind will never comprehend.   I must not concentrate on the eyes of others as they rest upon me in my falls. Rather, I must reach up to touch that invisible hand and drink in that invisible strength ever at my side.

Weak Jesus, help all men who try so hard to be good but whose nature is constantly opposed to them walking straight and tall down the narrow road of life.    Raise their heads to see the glory that is to come rather than the misery of the present moment.

Your love for me gave You strength to rise from Your fall.    Look upon all those whom the world considers unprofitable servants and give them the courage to be more concerned as to how they stand before You, rather than their fellowmen.
Amen

The Fourth Station:
Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

My Jesus, it was a great sorrow to realize Your pain caused Mary so much grief. As Redeemer, You wanted her to share in Your pain for mankind.    When You glanced at each other in unutterable suffering, what gave you both the courage to carry on without the least alleviation – without anger at such injustice?

It seems as if You desired to suffer every possible pain to give me an example of how to suffer when my time comes.    What a humiliation for You when Your mother saw you in such a pitiable state – weak – helpless – at the mercy of sinful men – holiness exposed to evil in all hideousness.

Did every moment of that short encounter seem like an eternity?    As I see so much suffering in the world, there are times I think it is all hopeless.    There is an element of lethargy in my prayers for mankind that says “I’ll pray, but what good will it do?    The sick grow sicker and the hungry starve. ” I think of that glance between You and Mary – the glance that said, “Let us give this misery to the Father for the salvation of souls. The Father’s power takes our pain and frustration and renews souls, saves them for a new life – a life of eternal joy, eternal happiness.    It is worth it all.”    Give perseverance to the sick so they can carry the cross of frustration and agony with love and resignation for the salvation of others.
Amen

Stations of the Cross by Mother Angelica

anonymous asked:

How to stay trusting in God through tribulation?

Be patience: most of God’s promises do not arrive in the time we want or expect. God is not in the time as we are, and we need to be patient and trust him.
“Being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” 1 Colossians 1:11
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.” James 5:7

Don’t complain: if you’re not being patience, as a consequence you will complain, instead of that, put all your worries before him, not before people.
“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6
“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

Pray continually: If Jesus thought it was worthwhile to pray, we should also. If He needed to pray to remain in the Father’s will, how much more do we need to pray?
“You who answer prayer, to you all people will come.” Psalm 65:2
“But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” Psalm 66:19

Give thanks and praise:  By giving thanks continually we are reminded of how much we do have. When we focus on blessings rather than tribulations, we are happier.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1

Think ahead: Romans 12:12 says be joyful in hope, it means that we must, while we suffer, think and be glad about the release that is coming.
“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-8

Trust Him: God knows what He is doing, he knows the numbers of your hairs, he knows what you can handle and he is faithful when we trust him.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10

It's Just You// Ashton Irwin One-Shot-Type-Thing

A/N: So uh this is just a little something that I was inspired to write on my walk from Pre-Calc to Chemistry today based off of this AU and yeah…idk what will come of this but I hope you enjoy it! Message me your thoughts because I enjoy that. Maybe a part 2 or a fanfic is in order but who the hell knows. Certainly not me.

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anonymous asked:

If you repeat a sin over and over again, God would still forgive me, I don't even ask for forgiveness anymore, it seems that I have passed this point, but I want to stop so badly

Hello, thank you for asking it.
Whatever this sin is, the cause of this is due to one major factor: lack of renewal of the mind (Rm 12:1-2). If we sow either in the Spirit or flesh, then that’s what we will reap. You can’t expect to bear fruits of the Spirit or come close to victory over sexual sins if you’re daily sowing in the things of the flesh instead of the things of the Spirit.
Keep your thoughts, you will have to brake your mind, the battle against it, is gained slowly, step by step, the young Christian goes through great struggles, but you have to be stronger than this evil. If you abide in Christ, set and fill your minds with godly things, and ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His presence everyday, I promise you, and it may even surprise you but the urge, desires and cravings of lust will slowly and eventually start to fade away because it will be replaced with the Fruits of the Spirit.
We will bear the fruits of Christ and the fruits of godliness and holiness but that’s only possible if we abide in Christ daily. Look to Jesus, He is greater and powerful than any of your present trials and struggles.
And never, ever forget that no sin is greater than the blood of Christ.

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Washa - Child

The track explained in WASHA’s own words:

“2013 was the hardest year I have ever faced, and it was almost over before any of the seeds God had planted could come to fruition. All my life I lived cloaked in an overwhelming sense of darkness. That was the norm for me. It was natural, everyday life. I thought it was something I had to adjust to and deal with as I become older. It wasn’t until I realized for myself that I didn’t have to live that way that I was able to understand. It took a personal realization from the Lord for everything to connect. That there was a light that could pierce every dark. And it was the maturity of that realization that enabled me to become set free of the bondage the enemy had on me. It was like waking up from a long dream; being uncovered after living blanketed for so long. I thoroughly believe that DEPRESSION is not a natural element of nature, but a perversion of God’s gift of love. I was at a crossroads: fall victim to the enemy’s will for my life, or overcome my lifelong struggle and claim victory over my life through the Lord. Without God’s love, I would not be alive today. We don’t have to live in darkness, because He has already overcome. And so I live as a portrait of what Christ has done in my life. this is my testimony. This is my life. This is Child.”

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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!

anonymous asked:

No matter how I try to feel otherwise, I am still convinced that I'm nothing but an ugly face. I was bullied when I was young and I just hate it that everything got stuck in me until now. I'm afraid I will never see myself the way God sees me. I want to cry but I can't anymore, all that is left is pain.

Hello, beloved! I’m praying for you. I want to remind you of these things:

  • “You created every part of me; You put me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because You are to be feared; all You do is strange is wonderful. I know it with all my heart.” [Psalm 139: 13-14] – Beloved, even though it is hard to believe it right now, you are beautiful; you are fearfully and wonderfully made. This has been decided even before the first time you looked in a mirror– you are God’s masterpiece. No matter what you or other people will say or think will never change that.
  • “Why is your Lover better than all others, o woman of rare beauty? What makes your lover so special that we must promise this?” [Song of Songs 5:9] – You are cherished and loved by Jesus Christ. He will keep you secure and safe, beloved. He is the best and greatest Lover you’ll ever have.
  • “For God has said, ‘I will never leave you. I will never abandon you.’” [Hebrews 13:5b] – The path to recovery and healing may be a little long, but Jesus is with you, beloved. No matter what you may go through, whatever may happen, He is never leaving you. Count on Him: you’ll always have Him.
  • “Can anything separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened?… No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” [Romans 8: 35, 37]
  • “So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when He adopted you as His own children. Now we call Him, 'Abba, Father.’ For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.” [Romans 8:15-16] – God is your Father. Your 'daddy,’ beloved. If you want to cry, vent, scream, or shout, you can do it with Him. You can be transparent and honest towards Him. He’ll listen and take care of you.

Beloved, God feels and understands your feelings more than anyone– more than you think. I believe that He is with you right now and I pray that you’ll have revelations of His love. I also pray that, slowly but surely, you’ll discover that your identity in Him is really real and you can hold on to that. You are in my prayers. You’re greatly blessed, cherished one of Jesus Christ!