Through God’s Eyes

Mercy

Sin’s heavy burden,

The guilt and shame,

Your pillow stained with tears

 

The sleepless nights,

Your countless prayers,

Seemingly unanswered, does He hear?

 

Your past, He’s forgotten

Those sins? He’s erased

Each tear you shed, He’ll dry

 

Loved and forgiven,

Accepted and worthy,

That’s how you look through God’s eyes.

 

~Amanda N. Sams

February 2, 2014

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.”

~Romans 8:1-4 (NLT) 

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Don’t Leave Jesus in Ruins

Haggai Late nights with Jesus are my absolute favorite. Everyone is asleep, it’s quiet, and I can really focus on what the Lord is telling me through His word. Tonight, it took me a whole four verses in the book of Haggai before I knew that I’d be typing up a blog post before I could even think about going to sleep! It was these words that spoke to me:

 “Then the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: “Why are you living in luxurious houses while My house lies in ruins?”

~Haggai 1:3-4 (NLT)

So many different thoughts went flying through my head as I read those words, so many different ways to look at them and use them to better yourself and your relationship with the Lord. I think I’ve managed to choose two points that I want to share.

1. Are you too busy living a life of luxury to notice that your relationship with Jesus is in ruins?

There are so many prosperity preachers out there today that try to push a “how to use Jesus and His teachings to get rich” kind of message. I’m personally not a fan. Jesus didn’t die on the cross for us to pull His teachings out of context, try our best to then use them to get rich and live a luxurious live of ease, then die and go to Heaven.

NO.

Jesus died on the cross so that we could find forgiveness, joy, comfort and love in Him and live a luxurious life in eternity with Him, in Heaven, when we die.

Yes, some people have worldly riches and possessions and are just as good of Christians as anybody. I’m not saying that having money is a negative thing, We can do so much good with money, as far as donating and helping the needy. I’m just saying that we need to be careful that it doesn’t cause us to forget about Jesus and turn Him into an after thought.

When He says “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance. (to the full, till it overflows.)” (John 10:10 AMP) He isn’t necessarily talking about living a life overflowing with worldly riches and possessions. Jesus Himself can and will give us a life overflowing with joy and blessing. So don’t get comfy and cozy in luxury and leave Jesus out in the cold and ruins! Like the temple in the verse, do you need to “rebuild” your relationship with God?

2. Are you living in the warmth and comfort of Jesus’ love while your friends are left in the cold ruins?

I think all of us are probably currently, or have been in the past, guilty of this one. Are you letting your light shine so that others can see it, or are you hiding it around certain people because you’re ashamed of it, or even afraid to “offend” someone with your Biblical views? I struggle with this as much as anyone! I want everyone I encounter to know the love of Jesus, but I worry so much about “shoving Jesus down their throats” that sometimes I miss opportunities to share Him with others! I just pray that through my blog and my Facebook page I can at least reach a few people and change their lives because of something I post or mention in conversation.

Share the warmth of Jesus’ love this Christmas season, don’t leave others out in the cold without it!

 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

~Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)

Just as You Are

New Creation

To some this may seem like a simple post that just states the obvious, but to others it could be the nudge they need, or the words they were waiting for in order to start life with Jesus. It’s my prayer that it reaches at least one of those people.

God loves you right now, just as you are. 

You don’t have to be perfect, or work to earn His love. You already have it, even if you don’t feel the same about Him. None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes, have regrets, have lived through past sins and probably even struggle with present ones. He STILL loves you.

“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.”

~John 3:16 (NKJV)

How’s your relationship with your Heavenly Father?

By no means are we supposed to be overly religious as Christians. In fact, knowing and following Jesus isn’t a “religion,” it’s a relationship. He wants you to communicate with Him, talk to Him, bring Him your burdens, cares, worries, your Joys, praises, anything! He’s listening! Like Ie want us to be involved in our community, our church, serve others, love on His people? Yes, but that’s not how we “earn” our way into His Kingdom.

He doesn’t care about your past, bring Him your broken pieces!

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

~2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT)

When you come to know Jesus, He’ll take your old, broken pieces and replace them with all new. A new, softened heart, a new way of thinking, a fresh view on life!

If you don’t already, would you like to know Jesus?

If you’ve read this post and don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus, my prayer is that it has impacted your heart enough to want one. All you have to do is say this prayer and ask Jesus into your heart and life, it’s that easy!

Dear Lord,

 I admit that I’m a sinner and need Your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place, paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing, right now, to turn from my sins and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour. I commit myself to You and ask You to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me, and take control, and to help me become the kind of person You want me to be. Thank you Father, for loving me. In Jesus’ name.

Amen. 

Once you’ve taken this step, I encourage you to find a local body of believers that will welcome you with open arms and get into His word. You’ll feel a change come ever your life that you can’t even imagine! I pray that this post has reached at least one person that needed to see these words and take them to heart. Like I mentioned before, to some of my readers this may seem like a pretty simple/obvious post, but I know someone out there needs to see these words and be encouraged by them.

❤ Mandi