Wednesday, March 12, 2014

He Is Enough!


"I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him."
C.S. Lewis
 
If I’m holding onto my sin and I’m saying that I’ve done too much to be forgiven or to forgive myself then what I’m also saying is that Jesus didn’t do enough to pay for my sin, that He should have done more!



I hope you’re gasping, emphatically shaking your head and holding your heart, saying "No! It was enough! It was enough! What Jesus did for me was enough!!!"

That was my response (although there were also tears) when I was asked the questions, Was your sin too great? Could Jesus have done more? Should He have done more?

I was devastated at the thought that I was suggesting that my sin was too great for Jesus to take away, that giving His precious life was not enough, but that’s exactly what we’re saying when we refuse to believe that our sins are forgiven or when we refuse to forgive ourselves.



There is nothing more that Jesus needed to do to pay for our sins. There is no greater sacrifice that He could have made.



NOPE.

NOTHING.



To suggest anything else is to refuse the gift that He so freely offers to EVERYONE.



Maybe it’s not your own sin that you’re holding onto but someone else’s and the same applies.

If you choose not to forgive them then what you’re saying is that Jesus didn’t do enough to cover the sins committed against you.



JESUS is enough! He is enough!

 


1 Peter 2:24

"He himself bore our sins" in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; "by his wounds you have been healed."
 

Let go and let Him redeem you, restore you and renew you. Let Him reveal the truth to you about who you are, not according to what you’ve done, but according to what He’s done!

 


Friend, Jesus did enough, He gave enough, He is enough.

 

Ephesians 1:7

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace



I'm linking up with Holley Gerth today at Coffee for Your Heart
 


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sharing the small things- Making a BIG difference!





"It’s really not a matter of whether you have a story- you do. It’s a matter of what you’ll do with your story."
 

– Kaitlyn Bouchillon

 




 
 

Each of our lives is a unique story and written within those stories are chapters, some good, some bad, but it is what takes place within those chapters that molds and shapes us and develops our character.

 

While our stories include an array of characters - good and bad, make no mistake, all of our stories include a villain - the enemy of our souls who comes to steal, kill and destroy us.

 

And just like all the greatest adventures ever told, our stories also include a Hero - our Savior, who rescued us by giving His own life, so that we might live.

 

There is a beginning, a middle and an end, which is not The End but truly only The Beginning!

 

It is when we share our stories that others begin to believe that they have a story, and a Savior and hope of a future they had only once dreamed…

 

Sharing your story may seem like a small thing to you but could be a life changing event for someone else. Your story could make a BIG difference in the lives of others and isn't that what we all long to do?

 

Your story is uniquely significant to another, so never miss an opportunity to share what Jesus has done for you, the mess He saved you from and the great love He poured out for you!



 




 


"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see."
 

-C. S. Lewis
 




 
 

I’m linking up today with Holley Gerth at Coffee for Your Heart







 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Shining Light in the Darkness



 

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King Jr



There are some things we would like to keep hidden in the dark places of our hearts, the pain and the shame too great to expose, too awful to bring into the light.
At least that’s what the enemy of our soul whispers in our ear. If anyone knew the truth…if anyone knew what I’ve done…they would look at me differently, they would judge me, they wouldn’t love me.
So we keep those secret things hidden and try to forget, but in our failed attempts to mask our pain or pretend nothing happened we are endlessly haunted by the truth.
 
The truth.

The real truth is that if we allow Jesus to shine His light on those painfully dark areas, what was hidden and holding us hostage, once exposed no longer has power over us and once and for all we find true forgiveness and freedom through the One who gave His life for us.

After all, that’s why He came, to save a sinner like me, like us.



James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.



While we may not find comfort in the idea of exposing things we would rather forget, we will find healing in it and not only will we be healed but in sharing our stories we lead others in finding their healing too.

Our light shines brightest in darkness!


2 Corinthians 3:17-18For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord- who is the Spirit- makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into his glorious image.



Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
-Helen Keller