Friday, April 6, 2012

When A Christian Sins

"For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." 2 Corinthians 5:21

I heard this story on the radio recently: A woman was mourning and grieving over sins she committed after becoming a Believer and follower of Jesus. She had confessed them to God but was struggling with the fact that even after knowing Jesus and receiving the mercy of God - she still sins...and even WANTS TO sometimes. She was talking with her pastor about this and he asked her:

"During your entire lifetime, before and after your salvation, how many sins did you commit after Jesus died and rose again?"

She answered, "All of them."

He assured her, "Jesus died for all of our sins. You confess, He forgives. Then you must receive His forgiveness by faith, just like you received your salvation by faith. Ask Him daily for the strength to live according to His way and He will give it. Remember that the book of 1 John was written to Believers. And 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness." So, keep confessing and receiving His mercy and every day, walk humbly with your God."

And a few days after that radio broadcast I read this in Spurgeon's Morning and Evening:

"Look to thy perfect Lord and remember thou art complete in Him; thou art in God's sight as perfect as thou hadst never sinned; nay more than that, the Lord our Righteousness hath put a divine garment on thee, so that thou hast more than the righteousness of man - thou hast the righteousness of God.

Remember - none of thy sins condemn thee

Thy standing is not in thyself, it is in Christ, thine acceptance is not in thyself, but in thy Lord; thou art as much accepted of God today, with all thy sinfulness, as thou wilt be when thou standest before His throne, free from all corruption.

With thy Saviour's garment on, thou art holy as the Holy One.

Christian, let thy heart rejoice, for thou art "accepted in the Beloved" - what hast thou to fear?

Let thy face ever wear a smile; live near thy Maker; live in the suburbs of the Celestial City; for soon, when thy time has come, thou shalt rise up where thy Jesus sits, and reign at His right hand; and all this because the divine Lord "was made to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." (M&E, April 4)

Only God knows those whose hearts are truly sorry for their sins; so sorry that the poor in spirit mourns and grieves not over getting caught, perhaps, but that a total transgression of their Holy God has taken place. Only God knows the ones who are contrite, that is, by definition, "ground to powder" in a spirit of grief over their missing of the mark. This is the kind of sorrow that brings true repentance. True repentance is the desire to run in the opposite direction from that sin that stained them so. I have been there and it is a begging of God to help me to never do it again.

And God is near to them that have a broken heart. "The LORD is close to those whose hearts are breaking; He rescues those who are humbly sorry for their sins." Psalm 34:18 The Living Bible

or as it is written in the King James

"The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."

God hears the prayers and forgives and cleanses those whose hearts mourn over their sin. And then their morning is turned to joy and their sighing into singing. ONLY BELIEVERS AND TRUSTERS OF JESUS CHRIST KNOW THE JOY OF BEING FORGIVEN BY GOD.

Many are His promises of joy for the repentant:

"Oh what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!" Psalm 32:1

"The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the LORD." Isaiah 29:19

"Let all who seek God's help live in joy." Psalm 69:32

"Shout for joy all you whose hearts are pure." Psalm 32:11b

"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness..." Isaiah 61:10

"To all who mourn in Israel, He will give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness."
Isaiah 61:3

"You will be filled with joy as you stand firm in your faith." 2 Corinthians 1:24b

"Joy fills hearts that are planning peace." Proverbs 12:20

"The life of the godly is full of life and joy."
Proverbs 13:9

This is Rosie. She is my best-dog-girlfriend, ever. She is my "mostly companion" in the flesh. If I leave the room, even though she is completely sacked out on the couch, she awakens and follows me. She has been my "Rose-BUD" for 12 years now. We have grown closer and closer over those dozen years. And God has shown me so many things through her little life...especially about sin in mine.

As you can see, she is mostly white. When she is clean she is perfectly pink and white. After a week of roaming our yard (she is in and out all day) she turns a creamy color and then finally she looks yellow. I no longer want her on the couch and need to wash my hands immediately when I pet her now. She is dirty and needs a bath. But, this week-of-living-dirt is nothing compared to the REAL dirt I've seen her get into.

I have watched her out in the grassy backyard. She sniffs something on the ground and begins to paw at it. She sniffs again and paws again. And I know it's coming. Before I can run to the door and call her in, she is rolling delightedly in this funk. Her white neck is stained brown with grime and filth and she flat out stinks. It was no doubt something dead. Why my beloved dog wants to roll in the nasty is beyond me. God whispers to my heart, "Why do you?"

Rosie sleeps on a pallet of old quilts beside my bed on the floor. She must have a bath after these rolling episodes because she definitely cannot be near me, under my nose, where I can smell her. Mostly she is reluctant to get a bath, but sometimes, actually more often than not these days...she is ready to get one and even JUMPS into the tub. This makes the job of bathing her much easier.

Once she's been bathed, its on...the joy run! She shakes with joy all over and streaks through the entire house like a bolt of white lightning! God whispers to my heart again, "Like you, when you've come clean."

I keep praising Him again and again for all the filth He's washed away from me. When a Christian sins, we have One who sticks closer than a brother. He cleanses us from all unrighteousness and clothes us with the robe of righteousness.

Praise Jesus again!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

He's Got You

It has been a while since I have felt the leading of the LORD to write anything. A lot of things have been weighing on my mind these last couple of months and I have maintained a quiet busyness. This has been a blessing as my season working in the deli at the grocery store came to an end in January after our return from the school trip to Italy with my 17 year old daughter.

Last Friday night I was clearing away the dinner dishes and silently going over my worries. I was thinking over all the regrets I have as a parent, the failures, poor choices...all those little things that are heavy now that Rachel is approaching the EXIT of our home. She will be 18 this July. As I wiped down the table I heard the LORD whisper in my ear, just as clear as a bell,

"You can't mess this up. I'm going to use it all."

Friends, what a weight lifted off my chest at that moment! What a great relief He gave to me. And Oh, praise Jesus, again!

The next morning was Saturday, March 17th. I woke up and had a word from God that I felt needed to be written down. I want to share it with you. I hope it encourages you the way it did me.

Pilgrim, there is no reason to despair, because God is near. His promises are true and reliable. He says He will never leave you or forsake you. He says He is building a place for you where He is – so that at the very right time – a time He alone knows, He will come and get you to be with Him – forever.

Where He lives there is no sorrow there, no tears, no pain and no death. There you will receive your inheritance from Him who chose you before the foundation of the world. So, fear not little lamb, it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom, where the fruit grows every month and the river of life sparkles free and clear.

And our sweet Redeemer and Advocate, Jesus, says, “Let the thirsty ones come – anyone who wants to. Let them come and drink the water of life without charge.” All of the griefs in this mortal world will be gone forever. No more daily assault from liars, unbelievers, corrupt, murderers, the immoral, those who practice witchcraft, idol worshippers – nothing evil will be allowed to ever enter His great eternal HOLY Kingdom – no one who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty – no sexually immoral and no one who loves to live a lie will be there.

There will only be the Holy ones, the humble ones, the pure in spirit and heart – the ones who have seen and believed and the ones who have not seen and believe anyway. That's you, my dear – and me- we are those who have put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He has invited us to the marriage supper of the Lamb. He has washed us and made us clean and white as snow. He has encouraged us to believe and live. He has given us eternal life by the shedding of His blood for the remission of our sins. He has given us a measure of faith to believe. He has given us the hope of eternity in our hearts and He ever lives to make intercession for us as we make our journey Home.

So, do not despair, fellow pilgrim, Jesus has us. He will see to our expected end. He has written our names down in His book. He is near, now and forever. His promises are true. He is God and God cannot lie. So, give thanks to the LORD for He is good, His faithful love endures forever!

“We have this assurance:
those who belong to God will live;
their bodies will rise again!
Those who sleep in the earth
will rise up and sing for joy!
For God's light of life will fall down like dew
on His people in the place of the dead!”

Isaiah 26:19 New Living Translation

One last thing I wanted to share with you. Someone said last week, "Every single trial comes to an end. Every one." Hallelujah!

God bless you, dear ones. Thanks again for reading and praying for us. Jenn

Thursday, February 23, 2012


I picked up an old devotion in the used book store recently. As I was thumbing through it this passage stuck out. I have re-read it several times and it bears sharing.
Spring is coming...Praise Jesus!

"What inexpressible joy for me, to look up through the apple-blossoms and the fluttering leaves, and to see God's love there; to listen to the thrush that has built his nest among them, and to feel God's love, who cares for the birds, in every note that swells his little throat; to look beyond to the bright blue depths of the sky, and to feel they are a canopy of blessing, -- the roof of the house of my Father; that if the clouds pass over it, it is the unchangeable light they veil; that, even when the day itself passes, I shall see that the night itself only unveils new worlds of light; and to know that if I could unwrap fold after fold of God's universe, I should only unfold more and more blessing, and see deeper and deeper into the love which is at the heart of all."

by Elizabeth Charles
From Daily Strength For Daily Needs compiled by Mary W. Tileston

Let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: ...let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee. Psalm 5:11

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. Psalm 23:2

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On Italy...pulled the post

Sorry guys. I pulled the post I wrote on my trip to Italy with Rachel. It's just one of those things I wrote that I don't have peace about.
I might post just the pix later.
God bless you.