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Children of the Devil Part 1

Hello everyone! Before I begin I would like to apologize for basically not posting last week; we’ve had a rough week here and it made posting very difficult. However, I will try to continue with my regular weekly posts again. Thank you for your patience!

Today’s post is on John 8:44. In this passage the Pharisees are telling Jesus (Lord of all things) that their true father is Abraham. However, Jesus tells them that if their father was Abraham, they would do as Abraham did: love the Lord! And of course if they loved the Lord they would love Jesus, because the 2 are synonymous. Instead their father was the devil, and Jesus says this because they do as their father does: pride, lying, and namely murder.

So if the pharisees wanted to fulfill their father (the devil)’s desires, then what would it be? To kill Jesus. However, they did not know that this was God’s plan. It was Jesus’ plan to lay down His own life! As odd and unreasonable as it seems, Jesus did lay down his life, but why? For you. For your sins, for your life!

People, being the sinful creatures that we are, could not live without an atonement to cover over our sins and make us blameless in God’s sight. The only other way to live was to obey the law perfectly, but if you’ve been alive for more than 1 second, you must realize that being perfect all the time is impossible for us humans. So, we needed a sacrifice that could atone for all our sins, past, present, and future.

This is what God knew way back before time was even invented. God knew that us humans couldn’t be perfect, and that we’d need a sacrifice to atone for our sins. So, out of love for his people, Jesus became the sacrifice that would atone for all humanity, past, present, and future. Jesus came down from heaven, became a man, and died on a cross to save us from the world from their sins. To save you from your sins

 

– Charity Cleveland
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

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Children, Fathers, and Young Men

God’s word for me today is in 1 John 2:12-13 which says:

12 I am writing to you, dear children,
because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have overcome the evil one.”

John starts with “children” or children in the faith. They have just believed, and John tells them that he’s writing to them because their sins had been forgiven. John is reminding them that they are forgiven because of Jesus; John is reminding them of the Gospel. Then John addresses “fathers” those who are the farthest grown in the faith; John tells them that he is writing to them because they knew who is from the beginning. Fathers know God, and they know the Gospel, so they can give it to the children who are just starting in the faith. Finally John addresses “young men” those who are farther than the children, but aren’t fathers; they have overcome the evil one.

Children have just trusted in Jesus, and they need to be strengthened and constantly reminded that they are forgiven; it’s easy for them to want to work for their salvation; even though they have been forgiven of their sins. Fathers, spiritual ones (although sometimes physical ones are spiritual ones), remind the children that they are forgiven and do not need to work for their salvation.

Young men have grown to know that they are forgiven from their sins, and that is how they have overcome the evil one. They know the Gospel, and they trust in that to save them and help them overcome the evil one. Young men are those who are fighting for the faith; just like a young man on a battle field. You might say that they help to protect the little children from running out into the open and being fired at from our enemy, the devil.

Fathers, as I’ve said, help little children by showing them the Gospel. Fathers love the Gospel and it’s dear to them; so they share it with others. Fathers also instruct young men in how to fight, and they remind them of the Gospel when they start to forget. Fathers also know “the one who was from the beginning” as John says, they have grown close to God and His Gospel that Jesus died to save us.

Even though someone who does not know the Gospel and it’s importance might say that young men and fathers have grown out of the Gospel, which “is just milk for the children”, we know that the Gospel is the meat and the milk. It feeds the children, the young men, and the fathers.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

I’m So Sorry

Today I am taking a break from my usual posts to talk about the Connecticut shooting that happened yesterday.

I am very sorrowful for the many families that have lost their children. I’d like to send some encouragement to all of those who have felt the blow the hardest. I hope that you will also pray that those families know Christ and that their children have gone to be with Jesus in heaven.

This murder of innocent children is awful. But Lord-willing those children and those families know that Jesus was innocently murdered so that they could have life in Jesus, even after death. I know that the Bible is the ultimate encouragement:

10 The name of the Lord is a fortified tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe.” 
(NIV) Proverbs 18:10

Please pray with me that these families run to Jesus as a strong tower.

10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” 
(NIV) Isaiah 41:10

Lord-willingly these families will trust in Jesus and be strengthened and helped by the Lord.

I do not know exactly why this happened. But I do know that we can pray for these families that they will be strengthened. Dear Heavenly Father, please help these families through this tough time. Please let this terrible thing bring them to you; please strengthen them and hold them in your arms. Please let those that were lost be with you right now, at your right hand. And please let those families know that no matter what happens, you are their stronghold and their deliverer. In your name Jesus, amen.

Also, please pray for the one that killed so many people. Please pray that he would be brought to faith in Christ and that he could be a light in the world. Thank you all for your support of these hurting families in Newtown, Connecticut.

A moment of silence:

 

 

 

 

 

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

All of the Nations

Hello again everyone! First of all I would like to apologize that I haven’t posted for the last few days. The reason is that we just went on a skiing trip; we left Monday and came back on Friday. I’m sure you can understand that, because I didn’t take my computer and I was tired, I didn’t post for the last few days.

So without further ado, I will continue my regular post. God’s word for me today is in Zechariah 2:11 which says:

11 “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.”

Wait a second, I thought that God had specifically chosen Israel and Judah! So why is He now saying that “many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day”? Not to mention that in the next verse He says “The Lord will inherit Judah as His portion” and “(The Lord) will again choose Jerusalem”! So how on earth are all of the nations going to “join with the Lord” and then suddenly become Judah and Israel?

Answer: through a sacrifice that was so loving, huge, and amazing that all people of every race can be saved! “Saved from what?” You ask, saved from their sins! You see, all people are sinners and deserve to go to hell. All people deserve to burn in their sins. In fact, we needed a perfect sacrifice to die for us if we were ever to be saved! But God loved us so much that He sent His one and only son to die for us so that we could become His sons and daughters! God sent His son to be our atoning sacrifice so that we could live and “join with Him” or trust in Him!

Jesus came down from heaven and was born of a virgin so that He could live a perfect life and die for our sins on a cross! Some pastors make a big point of Christmas when we are near the 25th of December, they say that the day Jesus was born was an amazing day. One pastor said that it was the most powerful day in history! But really, the only reason Jesus was born was so that He could die for us to live. It might sound depressing when you hear “Jesus was born so that He could die” but really that was why He came down. The most powerful day in history was when Jesus died not when Jesus was born.

Now all who believe in Jesus are the spiritual Judah! We are the spiritual remnant of Judah, we are the chosen “nation” of God! We are Judah because we trust in Jesus and we are God’s children!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

Great, Now There’s Deadly Horns!

God’s word for me today is in Zechariah 1:21 which says:

21 I asked, “What are these coming to do?”

He answered, “These are the horns that scattered Judah so that no one could raise their head, but the craftsmen have come to terrify them and throw down these horns of the nations who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter its people.”[a]”

If Judah has been scattered by “horns” then what chance do we have? The Israelites were God’s people and they were scattered, how could we possibly have a chance against these deadly scattering horns?

First of all, the horns were another part of the vision that Zechariah had which means that horns don’t really scatter nations. Now to the big question: how could we possibly “survive” if God’s people had been scattered? We can survive because God has made us not only His people, but His children! He has us secured in His hand so that we cannot fall out, no matter how hard we might try. But that is only if you are a Christian; what’s the difference between being a Christian and not being one? The fact that we trust in the sacrifice that makes us God’s children.

Let me explain: God loved the whole world so much that He sent a sacrifice so that we could live (we were going to die because of our sins) and be His children. God sent His own son, Jesus, to atone for us! Jesus gave us the right to become the children of God!

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (NIV John 1:12)

So you see? We have been given the right to become the children of God by Jesus’ death and Resurrection. We live now because Jesus died for us! If you receive Jesus then you have the right to become a child of God.

Praise the Lord because He gave us the right to become His children! Thank You Jesus!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

The Remnant

God’s word for me today is in Zephaniah 2:7 which says:

That land will belong
to the remnant of the people of Judah;
there they will find pasture.
In the evening they will lie down
in the houses of Ashkelon.
The Lord their God will care for them;
he will restore their fortunes.”[a]

The “Remnant of Judah” would be saved. But does that mean that all of us who aren’t the physical Israel won’t be saved? No, that is not true. Let me explain how we can be saved. Some of us are not the physical Judah, but if you are a Christian then you are the Spiritual Judah! What’s the difference? Well not everyone can be a physical remnant of Judah, but we can be a Spiritual remnant of Judah, anyone who accepts Jesus as their savior is the spiritual remnant of Judah.

So how exactly is Christ our savior? He is our savior because He died on a cross for us! No, it doesn’t appear like a saving act, but let’s see who Jesus is and why He died on a cross for us. You see, Jesus was not just a man. Yes He did become man but at the same time He was and is fully God! In fact He came down from His throne in heaven (to obey His Father and because He loved us) to become a man and save us even though we were His enemies!

Now we’ve established who Jesus is: the son of God and God Himself. Let’s establish why He died for us and what we were saved from. We were sinners, and as you saw in Zephaniah, we were going to be destroyed. Only God’s children or people could live and be saved. How did Jesus dying save us? Jesus gave us the right to be the children of God when He died for us!

12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (NIV John 1:12)

Jesus died for us because He loved us, He died for us on the cross so that we could live. Jesus loved us so much that He died and rose again on the third day! We are the children of God because of Jesus!

So if you haven’t trusted in Jesus, then why don’t you trust in Him because He died for you? He loves you, that why He died for you, why don’t you trust and love Him?

Praise the Lord!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

The sermon: children of God

Hi, today the pastor preached on Galatians 3:23-4:7 which talks about us becoming children of God.

The pastor had three Biblical illustrations to talk about different things.

1. Jacob and Esau: the pastor brought out Jacob and Esau where Jacob’s mom suggests that he get the blessing by clothing himself like his brother and by putting sheepskins on his arms so that he would be hairy like his brother. That is just like how we clothe ourselves with Christ and the Lord gives us a blessing because when He looks on us He sees Jesus our “older brother”.

2. Moses: the pastor used Moses as an example of how we are adopted into God’s family. Moses was taken in by the Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses was adopted into that life just like how we are adopted and become children of God by trusting in Jesus as our savior. We are adopted and become God’s children.

3. The queen of Sheba: the queen of Sheba had heard all about Solomon but when she came to Solomon she saw that all of his treasures were so much more than she had heard. She said that she hadn’t heard the half of it. We as Christians have heard about heaven and how wonderful it will be but when we get there we will be amazed. We won’t have heard the half of it.

That’s my summary and I hope you enjoyed it!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.