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Alas! How My Savior Did Bleed!

 I was sitting down to have a snack and my mom was watching TV and we found a show on the History Channel about Crucifixion. The horrors of crucifixion are gut wrenching and horrid and to think that this was how my precious Jesus died, and He died for me! It was my sins that held Him there and my sins that brought Him to His death. I deserved that cross. I deserved that death. But Jesus took it for me. He bled on that cross so that I could have life, so that I could live, so that I could be forgiven. What wondrous love that is!!! Amazing! When thinking of this, a hymn popped into my head, “Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed”. Here are the beautiful lyrics to it:

Alas! and did my Savior bleed
And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head
For sinners such as I?
[originally, For such a worm as I?]

Refrain:

At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!

Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
And bathed in its own blood—
While the firm mark of wrath divine,
His Soul in anguish stood.

Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!

Well might the sun in darkness hide
And shut his glories in,
When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
For man the creature’s sin.

Thus might I hide my blushing face
While His dear cross appears,
Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
And melt my eyes to tears.

But drops of grief can ne’er repay
The debt of love I owe:
Here, Lord, I give my self away
’Tis all that I can do.

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Jesus Paid it All

 The last few days I have had a certain song stuck in my head, and it is a very god song to have stuck. I have been singing it constantly and it has been actually filling me with joy, or should I say the words to the song have. These are the lyrics to the chorus/refrain.

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin has left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.

 It is such a true and beautiful hymn. Through the blood of Jesus we are white as snow. God no longer sees our sin, but His son Jesus’ holiness. Isaiah 1:18 says,  

“‘Come now, let us reason together,’
says the LORD.
‘Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.’” (NIV)

 It is such a wonderful promise, that Jesus wipes out all of our sins. Every bad or careless word that we have ever said, every wrong thought, every selfish motive, everything has been made white and pure by the blood shed on the cross. Those who are Christians (and I don’t just mean going to church, reading the Bible, etc. but those who have been truly redeemed by Jesus and are putting their faith in him and love him) are totally forgiven for their sin. Though we will have consequences, we are forgiven. It is such a beautiful and liberating thought.

 But that doesn’t mean we should keep on sinning knowing that Jesus will forgive us. To the adulterous woman that Jesus forgave in John 8:1-11 Jesus said to her, “go, and from now on sin no more” (ESV). A truly repentant heart will be striving to change. As that second line goes, “all to Him I owe”. We owe our all to Jesus, not just some, not just most, all. We owe our obedience and love to the one who loved us first (1 John 4:19) and died for us while we were still wretches(Romans 5:8).
 I want to leave you with the following verse from Hebrews 8:12, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (KJV) Soli Deo Gloria
 

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Marks of a Christian

Okay,

In my last post I talked about the transformation of the outside when you become a Christian. I want to explain it more here. I am referring to the process of sanctification. Now that is a big, confusing word. Though the idea is really simple, it means to become like Christ. Some people believe that to get forgiven you have to do good things (sanctification) and then you will get forgiveness of your sins (justification). That is not true. Only the cross and Jesus dying on it can get us forgiveness, not anything we do. If we could get to heaven by ourselves Jesus would never have came.

 So what does a true Christian look like? Well to state it plainly, like Christ. Christian actually means, “little Christ”, so let’s please try to live up to our namesake (though we can never truly succeed at that). So what does that look like? Well this is Romans 12’s “Marks of a Christian”.

9Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal [lazy in passion], be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints [Christians] and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it  to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Now that is a pretty hefty list. I think that I am going to be hanging it on my wall to remind me how to act. We all know hypocrites! We all know how annoying it is when they start preaching at you and you are sitting there thinking, “Yeah, sure say that. Look at your life!”. Now my life is far from perfect (hard to believe right?). These are things that I am working on, but as I grow in my faith, as I become holy, more like Christ, through the holy spirit’s work in me.

Another good list to work on is the fruit of the spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. (I did that from memory, thanks to the song (the fruit of the spirit’s not a coconut! *knocking on my head and clicking my tongue*))

 We as Christians are called to be “holy as I am holy” (God is saying this to us). That is beyond human capabilities, but that doesn’t give us an excuse for not pursuing it(Outdo one another in showing honor)! We are commanded to strive for more than we can reach. As a friend of mine pointed out while studying Do Hard Things, “When we set a higher goal and higher bars, we might not reach that, but we will sure do a whole lot better than having a lower standard and not even reaching that.”. I hope this helped you all. If you have any questions leave a comment and I will do my best to answer. Soli Deo Gloria!

In Christ Alone,

Nobody <><

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Out of Goats

Hi all! This is my first post and I hope you enjoy. This is an article (and now it’s a blog) that I wrote a while back. Soli Deo Gloria

One day I was reading in my bible about the laws for peace (or sin) offerings in Leviticus and when they got through the laws of what the leaders of Israel and other important figures had to do they got to the everyday people. The “common” people as my Bible put it. And it said that they must give a goat or lamb spotless, without a speck of blemish. And this was for every time they did anything against the ten commandments unintentionally. It got me thinking, “I would be out of goats so fast!”

I am considered a “good girl” I defiantly don’t go around killing people and I don’t steal. I don’t go around trying to break the ten commandments or anything, but I know that I fall so short. At the end of the day I have regrets, things I wished I wouldn’t of done, things I wished I would have done, and stinky attitudes.

Every day I worship my idols, I put other thing before God. I tell God no and tell myself that other things are more important than spending time with him. I don’t always honor my parents either (I don’t know any teenager who always kept that one). And there are others I struggle with too. On a daily basis I break so many of the ten commandments, but we as Christians are so blessed.

Instead of giving a goat or a lamb EVERY time we do anything wrong we can come to Jesus. He has been our sacrifice and through the cross we are forgiven. It is truly amazing! We are free from our sins, and we are free from the guilt that comes along with sin too. We are 100% forgiven. And as it says in Psalms 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Now the east and the west never meet. They are as far apart as can be, they’re parallel.

Now we will still have to face consequences for our stupid actions but God has forgiven us. Think of our parents. When we were little(and even now) and did naughty things our parents forgave us, but they still disciplined us. If they never disciplined us we would turn out as spoiled brats. It’s the same way with God. He loves us and forgives us but he also disciplines us but not because he hates us or wants us to be miserable but because he loves us and wants us to learn from our mistakes.

If he never disciplined us we would take advantage of God and become brats. We would also never learn from our mistakes. Doesn’t it feel so good to think that God will always forgive us? He has done it once and for all, and all we have to do is ask. All we have to do is repent. Or course we need to do a 180 too. We need to turn from our sins (that is a big part of repenting).

None of us will ever be perfect but with God’s help we can become more and more like Christ. Which is something we are commanded to do(1 Thessalonians 4:1). If Christ has redeemed us we will want to serve him and become more like him. One of my favorite quotes is “God only asks one thing from us, everything. The reason God can ask everything of us is because he gave everything.”

The point of all of this is be thankful. We don’t realize how amazing it is that we are forgiven. Take time just to thank God for His grace and mercy. It’s an amazing thing. Also, be thankful that we don’t have to sacrifice goats and lambs. We all know we would be out of them before we could blink.

Nobody <><  <><  <><

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