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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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Own Your Life? (Continued, They Found the Secret)

 Well when I wrote the previous post I thought that I was done. Well obviously not. Let me start with how I decided I had more to add.

 On Sunday there was a small table with some books on it that were to give away outside the church library. They were books that usually looked older and were the ones that weren’t used as much. On that table was a book called They Found the Secret: Twenty Transformed Lives that Revealed a Touch of Eternity. I looked at the back and it had Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, John Bunyan, Oswald Chambers, and D.L. Moody so I decided to take it. I enjoy biographies, even if I already own a ton.

 This book isn’t a normal biography! Not in the least sense. Last night as I read the Introduction and the first chapter that was on Hudson Taylor I was blown away. This book isn’t of what these people did, it isn’t about what their ministry is, it isn’t about how they touched the hearts of the world. It is about their spiritual journeys. How they found the secret of life. What made them such amazing people. Let me share with you a quote from the introduction;

 “Every now and then we come across a life that is radiant, revealing a richness, a warmth, a triumph that intrigues and challenges us… Out of discouragement and defeat they have come into victory. Out of weakness and weariness they have been made strong. Out of ineffectiveness and apparent uselessness they have become efficient and enthusiastic.”

 A huge part of this was focusing solely on Christ. Caring for nothing else other than him. That is how these men and women found the secret. They came to a point in their lives were they could no longer go on without Jesus. They came to a place where they were broken and tempted, hurting and lonely, when they cried out to the Lord to fill them. To take their meager lives and make them so much better.

 Throughout the first chapter I was underlining passages and writing notes in the margins. I was just finding so much truth in this book. This is what I wrote at the bottom of the last page of the chapter:

I must decrease so that he may increase. Only Jesus should matter. I am nothing, he is everything. He is the God of everything, I am dust. I have nothing to offer, he has everything. May my life be exchanged for one far more beautiful. May he fill my every thought. May he give me rest, joy, and a peace that passes all understanding.

 So that is what I took from what I have read of this book so far. I would love you all to read this book too. I think it will be a great encouragement. Another thing I learned is to not judge a book by it’s cover. I really hope that you guys read this book and it will strengthen you all.

In Christ Alone, Nobody <><

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Own Your Life?

Well yesterday I was picked up by my dad from my violin lesson and greeted by a yummy Dove Chocolate (it was this raspberry Carmel dark chocolate). In the Dove wrappers they always have a quote or saying on them. Well this is what mine said:

 Own every moment of your life.

 For some reason I was struck with the irony of that. This world tells us to “own our life” and to “take control of the future” and other messages like it, yet the Bible tells us the complete opposite.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20 ESV)

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Cor. 6:19-20 ESV)

 The Bible says that we are no longer our own. We were bought with the precious blood of Jesus, and we now have the holy spirit dwelling within us. We are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:15-23) We don’t own anything any more. Jesus is totally Lord over us. Every part of our life should be focused on Christ, because he owns your life.

 There are so many examples of radical living. Lives that were, and are, focused solely on Jesus. They are spent serving Christ, loving him (and worshiping him), spending time with him, and being him to the world. One of my favorite examples is Amy Carmichael. She lived a life of total devotion to Christ. She put herself in dangerous situations to share the gospel to others and to rescue girls.

 Another of my favorites is Sabina and Richard Wurmbrand. She and her husband were watching pastor after pastor get up and proclaim that communism and Christianity were the same thing. She turned to her husband and asked him to “wipe the spit of the face of Jesus Christ”. He replied that if he did so he would be imprisoned, tortured, and maybe even killed. Her response was these amazing words, “I would rather be married to a dead man then to a coward”. With those words in his mind he got up on stage and proclaimed Jesus to the many people there and the many people listening over radio. Both her and her husband were thrown in prison in the following years, they spent 8 years of separation from each other. They had a little boy that was left to fend for himself while his parents were in jail. All for the sake of the gospel. They put Christ first and did not even “own” their little boy.

 There are many other stories of those who put off all of themselves, and only had Christ. They knew nothing but to preach Christ crucified. They knew they were not their own, so they used their lives serving the one they belonged to. They lived their lives as slaves of righteousness. I pray that all of you, and me too, will decide to do the same. For our lives are not our own. Soli Deo Gloria

In Christ, ~Nobody~ <><

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Baptism

Well before I go to bed (which I should already be in since my friend is coming at 8 am tomorrow!) I want to share something really cool that is going on in my life. I am getting baptised!!!! I am very excited for this. 1) to show publically my faith in Christ and my new life in him. 2) because my dad is baptising me and it is going to be his first baptism!!!! So I am really looking forward to Sunday. My grandma is also coming (she lives about 5 hours away and doesn’t get to visit us much.) with my cousin. It will be great.

 So I want to explain baptism to those of you who do not know the concept. Baptism is a public sign of new life in Christ. In our church (Baptist) we do the whole body going under the watter. It symbolizes dying with Christ and being resurrected with Him. That may sound strange, but think of the verse that says, “Pick up your cross and follow me” or “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”. I think those two verses explain it nicely. We know have our identity be with and in Christ, and baptism publicly announces that you have taken on Christ and he is now who lives in you. The coming back out of the water also symbolizes the regeneration of our spirit and our new life in Christ.

 So that is what baptism means (simply, there are probably many books on this topic). So know I will just share my testimony.

 By God’s grace, he allowed me to be brought up in a Christian family where the gospel was preached. I knew all my life that Jesus loved me and had died so that I could go to heaven, and I loved Jesus. I remember praying with my mom to accept Christ when I was really little, but she had said that I had done it even before then.

 When I was about seven or so it became something that was real to me. I understood God’s grace better and I knew he had a plan to use me. It may seem strange that a seven year old knows that God is going to use her is amazing ways, but that was (and is) me, strange. I actually had a dream that I was in some sort of orphanage and I was all grown up and working with kids. We had some weird project we were doing with spoons (that part really has no importance, it was very strange) and we were trying to hide them. So I told this one kids to hide them then locked the double doors. Then all of a sudden a red angle appeared. (I don’t know why) but I took him out unto this little Terrance (or some sort of ledge on the side of the building and I started singing songs I knew from VBS and it was pitch black and I could hear the whole world singing along. It was wonderful, until my mom woke me up! Now it was a really strange dream, but now that I am older I am even more freaked out by it because I want to be a music teacher to orphans and really poor kids. But later that day I rededicated my life to Christ, really knowing that he would use ME to serve him. I put it as a little girl, “it seems like the angels are really singing and rejoicing this time”.

 Now that I am getting older his grace is becoming more and more magnificent to me (you should be able to tell by my posts!)!!! My love and passion for Christ is growing steadily, and sometimes even in leaps and bounds. And he is using me! I want my life to be a testimony of what God can do with a person who is ready to serve Him! That is probably my biggest life goal, I would even call it my holy ambition: “to keep an open hand to whatever God has in store for me and to serve him with my heart, mind and strength. To use all I do to bring glory to him and to chase after the things he loves, like justice, kindness, mercy, care of the orphans and widows, wisdom, humility, ect.” (note, this is the first time I actually have wrote this down though it has always been in the back of my mind.)

 So that is my testimony. It is one that I love to think about, because it reminds me that even though I wasn’t some murderess or drug dealer, I have still been saved from torment in hell. We all need to dwell on God’s grace frequently, actually, everyday. I encourage you all to read C.J. Mahaney’s book, The Cross Centered Life. It is really short so it is a fast read, but it has some really good, life changing stuff in it. So I hope you enjoyed hearing my testimony and about my up coming baptism. Please pray that my grandma has a safe trip up here. ~Soli Deo Gloria~

In Christ Alone,

Olivia

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A Message To My New Brothers and Sisters (Gospel)

 Greetings! Welcome. I had a friend that was wondering about a post for you new believers out there to pass on to her friend so here I am. (Despite how often I tease you… you are still one of my close friends, even if you are short!!!)

 Well first I want to address what it means to be a Christian.

Being a Christian has nothing to do with you, or me. It has everything to do with the cross and Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins. We are all horrid (I love that word and I don’t know why) sinners that have done something wrong. We have all committed high treason against a holy and perfect God so therefore we all deserve to die. That may seem harsh, but it’s the truth. I deserve to die and rot in hell, as do you.

 That leaves us pretty depressed right? I know it leaves me feeling empty and scarred and yicky. But there is good news, it’s called the gospel. The gospel is just what I said: good news. This good news is that someone paid your debt for you. Someone died your death for you, and his name is Jesus. 2,000 years ago Jesus died a horrible death and bared all your sins, just so that YOU could live. And or course, he didn’t just stay dead, he came back to life, then went into heaven.

 Now I want to be clear. You are not saved by ANYTHING you did. Not even praying a prayer saved you. ONLY the death of Jesus on the cross is what saved you and him choosing you to receive eternal life. ONLY! I can not stress this enough! I know plenty of people that have taken out “fire insurance” (get it, hell, fire, lol) yet they have not been impacted by the holy spirit. It is the holy spirit’s work in us (for those of you who don’t know, the holy spirit is the helper that Christ has sent to Christians. Part of the trinity, it is truly the spirit of God in us.) that allows us to accept Christ. If someone has been truly saved, if they truly understand that they needed to be forgiven and they were forgiven, a life can not stay the same.

 A Christian is no longer “Part of this world” (2 Corinthians 5:17). They now have Christ living inside them. I want to clarify something. The second you become a Christian, the second Christ lives in you, you are 100% saved and forgiven. (I talk about this on my post “Out of Goats”) There is nothing more you can do to make him love you more. NOTHING. That is truly amazing. We are loved totally by Christ. I know my love doesn’t work that way. I love my sister more when she actually closes the door after barging into my room without asking. Or when she leaves me alone. So thankfully I am not God. His love is FAR beyond human capabilities.

 I assume that most of you know what has been said. If not, please contact me! I would love to talk to you more about this! I am ALWAYS available!!! If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and would like to know more about Jesus’ death and about being a Christian, please talk to me. The next post will have some advice to new Christians. I’ll start that soon. And just to let you all know, I don’t know how much time I will have to post. I am working on writing a script and have some other story ideas waiting to get out. Also my grandma is coming for my baptism this weekend (I am going to be the first person my dad EVER baptises!!!). Also I am going to camp and so I will be posting, I just don’t know how frequently. Soli Deo Gloria

In Christ Alone,

Nobody <><

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