Archive for December, 2008

Those were my nails.

December 24, 2008

“Those were my nails, it was my crown, that pierced Your hands, and Your brow.  Those were my thorns, those were my scorns, those were my tears that fell down.  And just as you said it would be, You did it all for me.  After You counted the cost, You took my shame, and my blame on my cross.”

Those words are from the song, “On my Cross (Those Were My Nails)” by FFH.  I can honestly say that those words not only make up my favorite song, but that that song is so far the only song that I’ve cried over because it got me thinking about how great our God is, and how much He gave for us.  He gave His sinless, perfect life for us…just a bunch of rotten sinners that don’t stand a chance of getting to the gates of Heaven without the power of the Almighty LORD.  Even when we try our best to “be good,” it’s not enough.  “…all of our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” Isaiah 64:6b Filthy rags!  I won’t go into detail about what that means, but trust me…it’s pretty disgusting!

We have to realize that we don’t get ourselves into Heaven.  Christ Jesus took our punishment on the cross so that all we have to do is accept His FREE gift of Salvation and Eternal Life!  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.”  John 3:16 He’s offering it, so take it.  There are no strings attached.  There is nothing that you are required to do, or are even capable of doing to get you into Heaven.  “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 If you really. truly think about what God has done for us, there will probably be tears and great rejoicing.  Take for yourself the gift of Salvation, and then tell everyone you meet about the amazing thing that has been done for you!  You would tell everyone about the cure for cancer if you had it, so why not tell everyone you know about the cure for Hell?

Thank You, Jesus, that You have taken the punishment for all the sinful things that we’ve done, all the dirty thoughts that we’ve had, and and actions that we take only in our hearts.  Please help us all to realize who You truly are.  Thank You for loving us, even when we’re unlovable.  “God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Thank You for taking from us the nails through Your hands and Your feet, the spear through Your side, the flogging, and crown of thorns on the cross.  Thank You for giving us an amazing gift that we don’t deserve.  You are such a great and awesome God!  In You Holy Name, Amen

Hugs and Prayers,

Kendra Allison

Testimony

December 21, 2008

This is a testimony that someone gave me permission to use.  It is completely unedited except for perhaps spelling.

Topic: Hero

What do you think when you hear the word hero? Do think Superman or Batman? What makes a person a hero? Is it super powers, cool gadgets, or is it the costume? Well to explain what I think makes a person a hero let me tell you a little bit of my life.

Before I was born the doctor told my mom that she should have an abortion; in other words kill me. The doctors said I would be born abnormal and have all types of problems, but my mom told the doctor no and I was born completely normal. My mom is a hero because she basically saved my life.

Later on in life, around the time I was about five or six years old, I asked Christ to come into my life and He did. God is actually more then a hero because He created me and He saved me from my sins. As I got older I started being a better Christian and started serving others. But as time went on I started feeling depressed because I felt like I was a slave; it seemed as if I was always stuck doing everything for everyone else. Then one-day between the ages ten and thirteen I tried to kill myself. I took a knife out and was going to plunge it into my heart but my dad walked into the kitchen and told me suicide was not the answer. We talked for a while and after the talk I realized my dad was right -my life is not my own. I am bought with a price and that price is the cost of Christ dying on the cross. I am made in God’s image and I am also one of his adopted sons. My dad is a hero because he saved my life and helped me through my depression.

After a little while I met people who cut themselves, do drugs and tons other things that are just so horrible to hear about and I realized I wanted to help these people; I wanted to be a hero. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was already a hero having fought with depression and having defeated it day after day. So I helped these people and some changed and others didn’t but I know that God is taking care of them. One day a friend of mine asked me for a clean slate. How many of you want a clean slate? I do and guess what! I got it and so can you! Just ask God to forgive you and He will. Ask Him for strength and He will give it to you so that you can forgive yourself. My challenge for you is to stop doing what you’re doing that is wrong; stop cutting yourself, stop doing drugs, and stop doing whatever else I forgot to mention. Ask for forgiveness and then forgive yourself. I know it’s hard. I have struggled with it many times but it’s the greatest thing to be free from sin and to really know that in your heart that you are forgiven. If you’re still struggling write down your sins on a piece of paper and burn it.

If you ever need some one to talk to you can always talk to me. I’m here to help you not to hurt you but remember God has always been there for you and He is there for you now and always will be there for you so turn to Him first because He never fails. While others sadly can fail you God won’t ever fail you for He is God almighty the One True God. Last thing I have to say is I believe each of you are a hero in one way or another and if you don’t think that you are then go out there be a hero and help your friends or other people you know who are hurting inside.

Jeremiah 29:11-13
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Thankfulness

December 2, 2008

Though the Thanksgiving holiday season is over, it is important to remember that every season is a season to give thanks. Here are a few meditations on the topic of thanksgiving.

God commands us to give thanks. “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise… Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Eph. 5:15,20)

Give thanks always, for all things. This commandment could be repeated a thousand times and still be as powerful. It is difficult, but a good habit is to just thank God as you go about your daily business. But we cannot only thank Him for what we see as good, but we must thank Him for all things. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) Sometimes it is hard for me to give thanks for things that trouble me. But I need to!

To love God is to thank Him. This is for a couple of reasons. First, God commands us to thank him: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) Thus to love God is to keep His commandments, and to keep his commandments is to thank Him! Secondly, don’t you think God wants to be thanked? Do you want to be thanked? Surely we all do, and so does God. So let us show God our love for Him by thanking Him for all his many blessings.

Thankfulness does us a lot of good. In my life God has shown me that depression is always selfishness. If I am feeling down, I had better check and see if I am being selfish! What is the best way to get out of selfishness? Thankfulness is! How can we be stuck in our conceit and foolish discontentedness when we sincerely look at all that God has done for us? “O taste and see that the Lord is good…” (Psalm 34:8) And God has done so very much for each and every one of us. If you cannot think of anything else, think about the salvation that the Lord so freely offers!

One more thought on how thankfulness does us good. If someone kept knocking on your door day after day asking for things, would you like it? Probably not. Now let’s say that you are a very generous person (and we are called to be), and again and again give to this person. In turn they smile and walk away; or even worse, they take the gift they wanted so from out of your hands, frown, and then walk away depressed. Within the last few weeks I have found myself doing this same thing. Should God keep giving us what we want if we don’t even take the time to show appreciation? No: “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” (1 John 3:22) In short, we need to thank God because otherwise He might just decide to stop giving us what we ask for!

Thankfulness is thus extremely important. My challenge is for us to develop an attitude that is thankful always in all things, and to develop a habit to give thanks constantly and consistently. God bless!

In Christ,

~ Anthony H.