“That” Is Personal!

Jesus died to save you from THAT!

“From ‘that’ what?” you may ask.

The truth is Mary gave birth and called her son Jesus “because he will save his people from their sins.” [Mt.1:21]  ‘Sin’ can be defined as anything that interferes with anyone getting to know God better. In that case, any bad habit we have that interferes with anyone else drawing closer to God is a “that” (a sin).

“… we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely,
and run with endurance the race set out for us,
keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.
…he endured the cross, … has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
… so that you may not grow weary in your souls and give up. …”
Heb.12:1-4 (NET)

So, according to the writer of Hebrews, “that” is the sin, what some might call a ‘bad habit’, which “so easily hinders” YOU in your progress towards becoming more intimate with God (NLT)—Yes, “THAT” is personal!

This saving truth may be made clearer in reading these words by Charles Finney1Finney-PrinciplesofUnionwithChrist

“Jesus Christ saves His people not only from hell, but also from their sins… YOU have no Savior if you are not saved from your sin in YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE.”
“Jesus Christ…is not only a justifying Savior, but also a purifying Savoir… He saves from hell only upon condition of His saving from sin.”
“YOU must know by your own personal experience what Christ meant when He said, ‘YOU are already clean because of the word I have spoken to YOU!YOU must know His love and know that YOU are washed clean by the shedding of His blood.”

And, by the Words of The LORD, via Ezekiel:
“For, here’s what I’m going to do: … gather you from all over, and bring you back… I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands… I’ll be your God!” Ez.36:24-28 (MSG) 

Yes, “that” is a personal thing to God; He provided a way to salvation FOR YOU so you could become personally His! Accepting Jesus’ salvation from hell gives YOU the ability to embrace and personally confess salvation’s Truth:

Jesus was crucified in MY place to die in MY place as a sacrifice so MY sin could be forever forgiven. He, now, sits at the right hand of The Father’s Throne so I CAN sit in Heavenly places. Jesus defeated sin’s hold on ME and His grace is sufficient so I CAN LIVE FREE FROM SIN while here on this earth.

 

SOURCES
1
Finney, Charles G.  “Jesus My Savior”, Chapter 2, Principles of The Union with Christ, Charles G. Finney, Louis Gifford Parkhurst Jr., Ed., Bethany House Publishers (1994).

2 John 15:13

Picture:  goodreads.com

Bible Versions: NET- New English Translation; NLT- New Living Testament; MSG- The Message Bible.

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A GOOD, RIGHTEOUS MAN…

The following is my rephrase of Proverb 12 with a focus on the attributes of the “righteous man”. However, I have gleaned from numerous Bible translations available to me at the time of this writing. Therefore, the phrasing in some cases are not my own, and I have not intended to present them as such. As a mother and grandmother, my intent in taking on this endeavor and making it public is to encourage young men of faith to ‘stand’ stronger for Christ in their everyday lives. May every reader be blessed! ~ag

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According to Proverb 12, a good, righteous man… 

1) … is not stupid; he gladly receives correction because he loves knowledge.

2) … obtains favor from The LORD.

3) … has “deep roots” that make him stable in all his ways. He cannot be uprooted; he is steady because he is established in the faith.

4) … chooses a wife of noble character and appreciates her help that comes from a good reputation.

5) … makes and follows justly-advised plans.

6) … speaks faith-filled, life-giving words which protect him from the need of rescue.

7) … “stands firm”; he establishes his home on the unshakable Rock of Salvation.

8) … is commended for his prudent wisdom (good sense).

9) … understands that pride comes before a fall, and remains humble before his God. He doesn’t concern himself with notoriety; he knows his God as his source for all things needful.

10) … shows kindness by regarding for the needs of his animals. [The Voice Bible commentary on v.10: “Those who are righteous treat their animals humanely…”—A person in a positive relationship with God stands in a right relationship with His creation. How we treat animals may mirror our souls—not just the pets in our home, but the pets in our neighborhood and the animals in our food supply. One who is truly right with God considers the needs of His creatures.]

11) … doesn’t try to live out idle fantasies, but understands the principle of cause and effect, and works his purpose towards abundance.

12) … desires that his root flourishes, produces so that his success blesses others.

13-14) … escapes trouble by faith-filled words of praise, emphasizing the God-given promises which produce as surely as “the work of his hands rewards him.” [see v.6~ Faith speaks!]

15) … “listens to wise advice.”

16) … is not quick to show “his annoyance”, but instead, responds with empathy and a willingness to guide with practical wisdom and skill in order to give good counsel. [meek and “prudent”(Strong’s #7919)]

17) … has an honest testimony that represents Truth.

18) … is not harsh, but speaks deliberate, encouraging words that can heal a broken spirit.

19) … speaks Truth.

20) … reaps joy as a promoter of peace.

21) … is blessed by things meant for his harm being turned for his good—“No harm befalls the righteous.”

22) … delights The LORD because of his faithful truthfulness and honesty.

23) … doesn’t flaunt his knowledge; he uses discernment on when to speak and when to be silent. In other words, “The wise man sits back and listens while the foolish man tells all he knows.” (unknown) [see v.16]

24) … is not lazy; he leads with diligent hands.

25) … doesn’t worry, nor listens to negative reports—he is careful what he hears! (Phil.4)

26) … “is cautious in friendship”—uses discernment in choosing whom he allows to be his friend, but is always a friend to his neighbors. [“Bad company corrupts…” ~1 Cor. 15:33]

27) … “prizes his processions”, not allowing them to go bad by neglect—he is grateful.

28) … has eternal life.

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SOURCES

Picture: Proverbs 12:3 nlt | by Bob Smerecki .

Bible Versions:  Amplified Bible, Emphasized Bible (aka Rotherham), Jerusalem Bible, Message Bible, Net Bible, New International Version, New Living Translation, Revised Standard Version, Voice Bible.
(Disclaimer: To the best of my recollection, this list contains the Bibles I read concerning this study. However, it may not be all inclusive.)

 

Experiencing Stunted Growth?

Jesus says,
“…be perfect
[growing into complete maturity
of godliness in mind and character,
having reached …virtue and integrity],
as your heavenly Father is perfect.
In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up.
You’re kingdom subjects.
Now live like it.
Live out your God-created identity.
Live generously and graciously toward others,
the way God lives toward you.”
–Mt.5:48, AMP; MSG
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IF we are not different (as in better) than we were, it means we are experiencing “stunted growth”. Stunted growth is a primary manifestation of malnutrition. When born of God at “new birth”, we become alive spiritual creatures who need spiritual food. The only way to get spiritual nutrition is through HIS WORD.

“You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food…. For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing {and} sifting {and} analyzing {and} judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. “ ~Heb.5:12, NLT; 4:12, AMP 

Of course, our “very thoughts and purposes of the heart” should be like His~ all about Kingdom Business. Again, the only way is through His Word! Jesus tells us in His ‘The Sower Sows The Word’ parable that how much we grow depends on how we receive The Word; it depends upon the condition of our souls~ our soil. During the era Jesus taught this lesson, it was customary for the farmers to scatter their seed in winter because it was the region’s rainy season. They sowed during winter in hope that the crops would come up in time for the sunny season during May or June. For this reason, the condition of the ground and soil were directly relational to the crop produced from the sowing. Farmers care for the plants; they want the best return on their efforts of toiling the soil. So does Father-God; He is The Gardner (John 15); we are the soil. Let us do our part in producing a crop worthy of Him! 

Luke 8:15
…the good soil represents honest, good-hearted people.
They listen to God’s words and cling to them
and steadily spread them to others who also soon believe.”

(TLB)

"...seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest."
“…seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.”

MSG~ “…the seed in the good earth—
these are the good-hearts who seize the Word and hold on no matter what, sticking with it until there’s a harvest.”

 

Like my pastor always says, “It is never just about you!”  

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HE WHO WINNETH SOULS IS WISE
Pro. 11: 30
AMP~ The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous
is a tree of life, and
he who is wise captures human lives
[for God, as a fisher of men
–he gathers and receives them for eternity].

NLT~ “The godly are like trees that bear life–giving fruit…”

 ~ ♥ ~

SOURCES:

Parable of the Sower~AMP, VOICE, MSG, TLB -Bible Gateway

“In the Corn Field” photo credits: By Lars Plougmann (originally posted to Flickr as In the corn field) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AIn_the_corn_field.jpg

Commitment to Speaking Truth to Our Children’s Children

As the new school year begins, we may need to reevaluate our commitment level? Commitment to Speaking Truth to Our Children’s Children.  READ & BE BLESSED ♥Neeter

via Commitment to Speaking Truth to Our Children’s Children.

Faith vs. Expectation

For surely there is an end;
and thine expectation shall not be cut off.
-Proverbs 23:18 KJV

“…faith comes first. When you read the Word, decide to believe that it is a revelation of truth. Next, look at your expectation. Do you really expect what you read in the Bible to happen in your own life? Do you really expect your boss to find great favor with you? Do you really expect…”

via Faith vs. Expectation.