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God’s Love

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:20 which says:

“24 for the evildoer has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.”

Solomon is saying that for those who sin, there is no hope. He is saying that if anyone is evil or wicked, there “lamp” will be snuffed out. In other words, Solomon is saying that God puts His wrath on anyone who disobeys Him and does wickedly.

Unfortunately, we all sin. So according to Solomon, we should all have God’s wrath upon us. We should all perish in hell. So what saved us from that wrath? Jesus did. Jesus took upon Him all the sins of the whole world, and then He took God’s wrath upon Him.

Even though it seemed as though all was lost; because everyone sins no matter how hard we try not to, and we deserved the wrath of God. But there is hope; there is someone who loved us so much that He took all of that punishment and wrath upon Himself. That someone is Jesus; God’s very own son.

Even though we could not obey God’s law, He still loved and loves us! He did not make the law just so that He could destroy us; He made it because He is a just God and He cannot stand anything that is not right. It might seem to human brains that God was “stuck” but of course God cannot be stuck; instead He planned this to happen all along so that He might show His love for us.

And it is the greatest example of love that ever could be seen; God sent His holy, perfect son to die in our place. Because God loves us so much we are saved, and now we are His sons and daughters; all because of Jesus sacrifice for us!

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

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Wisdom, and an Everlasting Hope

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:14 which says:

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

The first part of verse 14 says that wisdom is like honey. Solomon is saying that wisdom is good, and sweet like honey. It is something to be desired, something that we should strive for.

How do we get this wisdom? If is something that we should try and get, then how do we get it? Our wisdom is not a thing, it is a person. Jesus is our wisdom. He is the one that guides in the ways we should go; He is the Good Shepherd, and we are His sheep.

Now that we know who wisdom is, how do we get Him? Well, to put it simply, we receive Him. God sent Jesus to us; to become a human. Why? To save us from our sin. He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sin. Now that we have been saved by Him, He sent His Spirit to live inside us, and to fill us.

Jesus is the wisdom that we should long for. He is the one who died to save us, and now lives inside us, filling us up with His Holy Spirit. He also brings us great joy, and love. He is the one who gave everything for us, and continues to give more to us. Now, because of what He has done, we should strive to share Him with others. We should give out the Gospel to those who need it, as well as strive for more of Him.

The last part of verse 14 tell us that if we find wisdom it will be our future hope, and furthermore, that hope will not be cut off from us. This, of course, points forward to the Gospel; Jesus is our wisdom and our hope. Jesus is the one that will be our hope, and He is the one that we will never be separated from.

Because of Jesus’ death on the cross we have hope! If it were not for Jesus taking away our sins, we would still be under God’s wrath, and we would have no hope of ever being free from it. But because Jesus died for us and removed God’s wrath from us, now we have an everlasting hope that even when we sin, if we repent, Jesus has removed it from us!

Of course, as Paul says in Romans 6, the grace of God is not a license for us to sin; instead we are dead to our sins and trespasses.

Praise God that our sins have been removed, and that they have been replaced with hope!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

Hope

Hello, today my sister and I are doing a post together on Proverbs 23:18 which says:

“There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.”

The first part of verse 18 says that there is a future hope for the people. It’s always nice to know that we have hope. If we have hope then we know that we can always count on something to help us. So we know that we will have future hope.

But what is the future hope? The future hope for us is Jesus. Even though Jesus has already died for our sins, we know that even if we fall to sin (which we will on this Earth) then we always can ask God’s forgiveness, and be forgiven. Jesus death on the cross for us covered all our sins.

Thanks to what Jesus has done, we are saved from our sins from the past, present, and future.

When Solomon says “and your hope will not be cut off” it is a reassurance that the hope we have been give, Jesus, will never be cut off. It will never be taken away from us! Jesus will never leave us or forsake us:

“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”

Jesus will never leave us or forsake us, and that is an important thing to remember. We may stumble and fall, but God will never leave us or forsake us! His love is so great that He not only died to save us from our sins, but He is always there for us and He will never abandon us.

Sometimes when you are being tempted or you are in sin it may feel like God has abandoned you, it may feel as though He has been cut off from you. But if you turn your eyes to the Cross, you will always have God with you. And if you keep looking at the cross, God will help you with whatever your problem is!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

 

The 5 Points

Today the pastor didn’t really preach the Gospel, so I’m going to use the same 5 points just with the Gospel drawn from them.

1. Love

Well there are a lot of passages in the Bible about love, one of them is 1 John 4:9-11 which says:

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

The perfect example of love is Jesus! Love is that God loved us so much that He sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins! We know what love is because God showed love to us by sending His son as an atoning sacrifice.

2. Hope

1 passage that talks about how we have hope in Jesus is Ephesians 1:12 which says:

11 In him we were also chosen,[a] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.”

We have put our hope in Christ who is an everlasting hope. We have hope of eternal life with Him in heaven! We have a living hope because after Jesus died for our sins on the cross, He rose again on the third day! We have a living hope in Jesus.

3. Joy or Thanksgiving

As Christians we should have immeasurable joy because Jesus died for us! 1 Peter 1:8:

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.”

We have inexpressible and glorious joy because we believe in Jesus as our savior! We should have joy because we are saved from our sins. We should have joy because we can share that good news with unbelievers!

4. Respect

Well the Bible mainly talks about respect when it tells children to obey their parents and things like that. But Jesus respected and obeyed His Father, and because of that plus the fact that He loves us, He died for us on the cross.

4. Truth

John 14:6 says:

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus is the Way the Truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him, we can’t become saved except by trusting in Jesus! Jesus died for us, He was and is perfect (He didn’t even tell 1 lie or else we couldn’t have been saved) so now we can live because He died for us!

I hope you enjoyed the Gospel from those 5 points.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

He has Shown you What is Good

God’s word for me today is in Micah 6:8 which says:

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.”

The Lord had shown them what was good. The Lord showed them what He required of them, He required that they act justly and love mercy, and to walk humbly with the Lord. That is what the Lord requires of all of us. We can’t possibly obey what the Lord requires of us! He requires us to be perfect, we need to act justly so we can’t ever tell a lie or do anything unjust. We need to love mercy, we can’t ever be harsh and unmerciful. We need to walk humbly with the Lord, we can’t ever have a thought of pride and we need to always walk with God.

That is impossible for us humans. We break God’s laws, we did from the first lie. We were hopeless right? But what if I told you that we have a savior? Because we do! The son of God came down from His throne in heaven, then He humbled Himself enough to have the sins of the world on Him and die on a criminals cross. He Himself didn’t deserve what He went through, but because He had our sins on Him He had the full punishment. He was the only one to obey the law perfectly, and yet He died for us so that we could live. But our hope is alive, He rose from the grave on the third day and then ascended into heaven!

Praise the Lord! His sacrifice saved the world. He loved us so much that He sacrificed Himself at the cross, He didn’t make a perfect sacrifice for us, He died for us Himself. Now we love Him as our savior because He died for us.

Jesus died on the cross so that we could live! I really like the song above by third day.

Why don’t you trust in Jesus who died for our sins so that we could live? If you repent of your sins and trust in Jesus then you will be saved, you will spend eternity with our savior Jesus because He died for us. Why don’t you trust in Jesus and live?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

The Root of Jesse

Hi, God’s word for me today is in Romans 15:12-13 which says:

12 And again, Isaiah says,

“The Root of Jesse will spring up,
    one who will arise to rule over the nations;
    in him the Gentiles will hope.”[a]

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Paul quotes a passage in Isaiah where it talks about the “Root of Jesse” who would come and rule over the nations and also be the hope of the Gentiles. This “Root of Jesse” would be the ruler of the nations and the hope of the Gentiles.

Who is this Root of Jesse? Jesus! Jesus is the descendant of Jesse and the passage in Isaiah that Paul quotes is pointing forward to Jesus! Jesus is the one who is the ruler of the nations and He is the hope of the Gentiles! At first only the Jews were God’s people and they were the only ones that God accepted if they obeyed His commands. But the Jews rejected Jesus and so now every person, Jew or Gentile, can trust in Jesus and live. Jesus died for us so that we could live and now we are saved because of Jesus’ sacrifice.

Jesus is the Root of Jesse who died for us, He is the hope of the Gentiles. If you are an unbeliever then why don’t you trust in Jesus and live? Jesus died on the cross so that we could live, why don’t you trust in the hope of the Gentiles and live? Jesus is our living hope because He rose from the grave, why don’t you trust in Him and be saved? Jesus died for us on the cross!

As Christians we are filled to overflowing with hope and we have joy and peace! The Holy Spirit fills us with joy and peace and we overflow with hope! We should share the Gospel with unbelievers so that they too can be filled with joy and peace and have overflowing hope. We should give the Gospel to unbelievers so that they can be saved from their sins and so that they can live! Jesus died for us and we should share that good news with unbelievers!

Thank You Jesus for dying for us on the cross. We should praise God for sending His son to die for us on the cross. Jesus is our hope, thank the Lord that we are saved from our sins because of our hope!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

For This Hope

Hi, God’s word for me today is 8:24 which says:

24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?”

What hope were we saved in? Paul says in the beginning of verse 24 that it was “in this hope we were saved”. The hope that we were saved by is the hope that Jesus died for us on the cross with our sins and God’s wrath on Him. Jesus died for us so that we could live, and now we have a hope that saved us from our sins. But our hope would be dead if Christ had not rose from the dead on the third day and then ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us! Jesus rose from the grave and now our hope is alive.

We were sinners who did not have freedom from sins. But Jesus was our hope that we would be freed from our sins. Now we are free from our sins! Jesus was and is our everlasting hope, Jesus will not die for a second time, He is alive and He is our living hope! Unbelievers do not have an everlasting hope, that is why they go to things like 12 step groups or psychotropic drugs, because they are hopeless. If you are an unbeliever, why don’t you trust in the everlasting hope that Jesus gives us? If you trust in Jesus you will have an everlasting hope.

As Christians we should remind ourselves and each other of the hope that we have in Jesus. Jesus died for us and we should remember that, if we forget then we will not be able to give the Gospel to unbelievers and we might become prideful. Much more can happen if we forget the Gospel. We should remember the everlasting hope that we have in Jesus!

Praise God for what He has done for us on the cross! Jesus gave us an everlasting hope that will never fade! We should praise Jesus for the everlasting hope that He gave us on the cross! We should thank Jesus for dying for us on the cross. We should praise Him for being our atoning sacrifice and taking our sins and God’s wrath on Him. We should that Him for not only dying for us, but for being a living hope when He rose from the grave and ascended into heaven!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.