February 18: I’m thankful for my Savior. I’m thankful that we’re raising our children to not only know who Christ is, but that they’re accepting Him as their personal Savior. There is absolutely, positively nothing more important than their Salvation. I’m so thankful to see Christ working in their lives, to see how HE is making them. It’s so humbling! I was not raised in the church, I am almost 40 and still learning about my Savior, and know my kids are so far ahead of me and I’m grateful for that!
“So take me as You find me, all my fears and failures, fill my life again. I give my life to follow, everything I believe in, I surrender…” That is a line from Laura Story’s song: Mighty to Save. It’s one of my all time favorite Contemporary Christian songs. When I meet people who don’t attend church and their reason is: “I need to get right with God first”, I want to scream honestly. There’s no place BETTER to get “Right” with God, than in HIS HOUSE. God takes us just as we are, but he does NOT want to leave us there. Over the years, I’ve went through many transformations in my walk with the Lord, and am currently in another. If you ever think that once you become a Christian, life gets easy, smooth sailing should happen. If you ever say to yourself “why is this happening, I’m a good person or so and so is a good person”. Guess what, it doesn’t matter or even have anything to DO with how good or bad you are. The FACTS are, we’re told that when we accept Christ, we will face trials and tribulations. Read the bible. Those who walked WITH Christ on this earth, those who wrote the bible, who were God’s chosen, faced beatings, imprisonment, hardships, they had family and community turn their backs on them. We are NOT promised to have an easy life. Instead of saying “why me”, honestly we really should be saying “Why NOT ME?”
I think it’s human nature to say “why me” or “why so and so”. Believe me when I’ve had people in my in my life who I love/care for who are facing or have faced trials and/or tribulations I don’t understand it. I did not understand why my not even 1 year old was diagnosed with AML leukemia. I didn’t understand why she had to die vs getting an earthly cure. I don’t understand why a precious friend of mine, who was a woman after God’s heart, was murdered by her husband, who all thought was a man after God’s heart. (Yes he may have had PTSD, but guess what, that’s not an excuse to murder your wife and mother of your children). Here’s the thing though, it’s not our job to understand it. Sometimes the Lord does reveal answers to these questions, but in my experience he rarely does, because he wants and expects us to simply TRUST HIM.
John 16:33 (ESV): “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Those are Christ’s own words, please take these to heart. He tells us, we WILL have tribulation in this life. We WILL have peace through HIM. When you accept Jesus as your Savior you are going to have trials. Hear me as I say that again: When you accept Jesus as your Savior, you will HAVE Trials in your life. This is a guarantee. This isn’t a threat, it’s a promise, straight from our Lord, so do not be surprised when those trials start. Don’t be surprised when your Christian brothers and sisters have trials thrown at them. There are some who seem to face one trial after another,while others seem to have minor ones in their life. I don’t understand why some seem to live a life closer to Job’s, when the Lord allowed Satan to test him. I admit my heart breaks when I see friends and family facing trials. I admit that I will tell the Lord, I just don’t understand, but really I should NEVER be surprised and honestly, we need to praise GOD for those trials, because he KNOWS we are walking with HIM and that it’s not through our strength we’ll get through those trials, but through HIS.He will carry us. No matter how much it breaks our hearts, what should break our hearts even more, is when we see friends and family living this life without accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. I have family in my life who have not accepted Christ as their Savior. I know people who really believe that if they live a good life, if they’re “good” people they’re going to Heaven. THEY WILL NOT GO TO HEAVEN, by being good enough. There are not enough good things we can do to earn our way to Heaven. There is only ONE WAY to Heaven, just one, and that’s through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as their Savior. Accepting that Jesus is the one and only Son of God.
I named this blog Redeemed through mercy and grace, and let me tell you, it’s only through Jesus’ mercy and grace that I am redeemed. Without HIM, I am NOTHING. I am absolutely nothing. I can never earn my way to Heaven. NO ONE can or will earn their way to Heaven. No one can ever be good enough, holy enough, perfect enough. We’re all sinners. We all fall short of HIS glory, yet he’s made a way. It’s narrow, and many will think it’s “too hard” or “too easy” and will turn their backs on Him. It’s accepting Jesus as Their Savior. It’s acknowledging that Christ is the one true Son of our One True God. He humbled himself to be born of a virgin (Mary) to be the “step son” to Joseph, to die on a cross, after being beating and betrayed, by His own people, one who followed Him, who kissed His face. If you want Heaven, you NEED and must accept Jesus. I will never understand those who turn away from our Lord, but there are many who do and will. I pray if you’re here and reading this, you have either a. Accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior or b. you WILL accept Jesus as your Savior.
You’re not perfect, you may feel unworthy, but our Lord has said you ARE worth it. Jesus died on the cross for EACH OF US. He loves you and wants to call you His.