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How to Be a Better Sinner

March 18, 2011

We are all sinners. There is no escaping it. We are all at varying stages of our life journey, and our Christian walk. We all stand behind an ‘under construction’ sign at any time, even when we are on our knees worshiping God from the heart.

This fact is being lost in today’s multi-god, multi-religion, ‘pick and choose’ Christianity. We pick out what we want, ignore what we don’t, and then get angry at God when he doesn’t give us everything we want or answer our prayers. None of this is biblical.

Romans 3: 9-10 “…. for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin…”

Romans 3: 23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

I Believe in Jesus. I think.p>

What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Not just believing He existed. Even the demons believe in Jesus, yet their belief will not incite grace and forgiveness from God.

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)

It doesn’t mean that we can say a sinner’s prayer and then receive a ‘Get Out of Hell Card Free’ from God, as we go living our lives anyway we want. We need to look at our hearts, for that is where salvation grows. This belief answers the question ‘Am I Saved?’ It is important, because no one can be saved without going through Jesus. The following answeres “What doe sthe bible say about Salvation, and are we saved by grace alone?” Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4; John 10:9. All these verses attest to the fact that we need to believe in Jesus.

    But there is more: The following verses have more to say.

  1. John 3:3b Except a man be born again, he cannot see Kingdom

    Matthew 18:3 Be converted and become as little children

    John 1:13 Born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God

    Romans 12:2a Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind

    2Corinthians 5:17 If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature

    1Peter 1:23 Born again, not of corruptible seed, but…by the Word of God

    2 Peter 3:9 Not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

    Romans 10:9; 10-12 Confess with your mouth. For wohoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    Acts 3:19 Repent Therefore and be converted’

    1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins

    John 14:15 If you love me, you will obey what I command and I will ask the father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever

    1 Peter 3:21 baptism that now saves you

    Acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized

We notice that there is a pattern: Belief, Repentance; Confession; Baptism; Conversion into a new person.

The crutch of the message is that we are converted into God’s righteousness. We change. We act different. This doesn’t happen instantly. It is a life long journey. God is working on us – we are under construction. This is why Jesus said that you can tell a Christian by their love. They are a new person. God is love. God’s children love.

There are other testimonies to salvation. Faith is a strong one. Trust in God is a strong one. Action, not just sitting in church but continuing God’s kingdom, or being someone who does, not thinks about doing. These are all testaments to God’s presence in a person’s life.

We will all be sinners until the day that we die. However, we can work to become better sinners by working out our salvation on a daily basis by letting God and the Holy Spirit convert us into the righteousness and obedience that ignites God’s love within our hearts.

Woe Is Me

April 30, 2010
Do you ever have times when you become near sighted and totally focused on things that are just going on in your own little world? proverbs31_29


That “Woe Is Me” syndrome can overcome us at those times. Even if our day isn’t going well we should be thankful by good news of good things that are happening to our family and friends. Remember that good feeling we get when something good happens to our children that makes us feel proud to be their parents—that’s how God feels towards us when we do something good for others. When we go around investing our love, encouragement and care to our family, church family and friends we receive a far greater source of Godly joy than if we only enjoyed what happens to us personally.


God often uses the most unlikely people in the most unlikely places to teach us some of life’s most difficult lessons. Even though I’m in the later part of my life—I’m still learning, still growing, and still amazed at how God continues to shape us for His purposes. The service that we do for God may sometimes go un-praised by men—but when we stand before the Lord we attain our rewards.


Sometimes the problems going on in the world seems overwhelming and tend to bog us down and make us wonder if it’s worth the time and effort to reach out to others —we forget that our ultimate hope resides not in this present life but in our future home in heaven. God’s plan for us is to lend a helping hand, say a prayer , gave a smile or kind word to hurting people or maybe to rejoice and share someone’s joys to make a difference in their lives.


Our compassion and help for others is like throwing a rock in the water and the circles in the water get bigger and bigger from one little rock. God uses our touching others to accomplish great works for Him. Today we can face any problems or changes in our lives knowing our God is in control. In those times when you are not feeling as close to God as you use to be–guess who moved.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Ecclesiastes 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!


This post was written by Deloris Underhill. She sends out a monthly inspirational message via email, entitled “Under-D-Hill Notes”.  Thanks to Deloris for allowing me to share – Candace Morehouse

Jesus, the Second Adam

March 2, 2010

Hi to all! This is my first blog. I want to start at the beginning–way back in the beginning–Gennesis 1. It is important to understand what took place in the Garden of Gethsema and in the Garden of Eden in order to understand what God has done for us and what He expects of us.

Adam and Eve had a major choice to make in the Garden of Eden. They could choose to obey God (hearken unto the Father) or they could hearken unto the liar (at that time in the form of a snake). The liar (devil, Satan) encouraged Eve to go ahead and do what she wanted to do, which was taste the forbidden fruit. He even went so far as to tell her that she would not die as God had said, but that she would be wise like God. She had a major choice to make. Would she choose righteousness or would she choose to do her own thing? She ate of the fruit. She offered Adam some of the fruit and he ate of the fruit.

 They made one wrong choice and gave sin and death opportunity in the earth. Their one wrong choice caused their immediate spiritual death and eventually their physical death. Their one bad choice caused them to become subject to the liar, making him god of this world. Their one bad choice also gave pre-eminence to their lower nature (carnal nature, flesh) so that from that time on they would be strongly tempted to obey the desires of their mind and bodies rather than doing the right thing. Their choice was selfish and selfish choices have caused all the innocent bloodshed that has been shed in the world. History tells the bloody story of man’s struggle to save himself from tyranny, oppression, sickness, disease, assaults, greed, poverty, starvation, pestilence, loneliness, heartaches, and untimely deaths. There was no way or . . .  was there?

 There is one who is called The Way. Let me tell you what He did. He was born 4000 years after Adam and Eve. He was sent by God to fix all the damage caused by Adam and Eve’s bad choice. His name is Jesus and He was born of a virgin and born of God so that He could be born flesh and blood, yet be spiritually alive as Adam and Eve were before the fall. Being flesh and blood, He was tempted like we are. He lived His life here cleaving to God and resisting evil–just as God has told us to do. He lived His life loving God with all His heart, mind, soul, and strength–just as we are told to do. He lived His life on earth walking by the spirit–not by His carnal desires–once we are born again; we are mandated to walk by the spirit–where God lives–and not by our carnal desires. He lived His life here believing, trusting, and obeying God–just as we are told to do. His life is a picture of what God is creating and what God expects of His sons. He walked the walk and talked the talk.

 Once Jesus had ruled over His carnal nature and walked it out, He was in a position to do something about eternal death. It was in the Garden of Gethsemane that the second Adam met His waterloo. It was the same scenario as Adam and Eve in the other garden. He sweated like great drops of blood as He resisted the liar (tempter) who was trying to get Him to choose His lower nature. The liar tried to tell Him that surely His loving Father would not require this of Him. But He prayed for God’s will to be done and not His will. He made the right choice. He chose to believe God and not the liar. He chose righteousness and agape love over self. He chose to shed His innocent blood for the world making complete atonement for Adam and Eve’s wrong choice. He chose to die so that we can live. He gave His spiritual nature pre-eminence over His carnal nature. In making these right choices He took the kingdom back from Satan and paid the price so that we can be saved from the penalty of sin and be given spiritual life again.

Now we have a choice to make–we can choose to follow Adam, but if we do, we will surely die just as he did. Or we can choose to follow Jesus, be born again of the Spirit of God and learn to walk by the spirit and not by the flesh and be sons of the living God.

 Ref : Gen: 1:26-28, 3:1-19, Isa: 53,54, Jn: 3, Rom: 3:10­-18, 5:8 ,5:14-21, 6:23, Rom: 6-8, 1Corinth: 15:21­, 50, 2Corinth: 5:21, Gal: 5:16-26, Eph: 2:1-6

© Sylvia Huffnagle

Christian Women – A Royal Family

February 4, 2010

ROYALTY

by Adetokunbo Oluwasanjo

11/26/2009 / Womens Interest

Lift up your head and square your shoulders

Stand up tall and do not be ashamed

Though you may be clad in jeans and a pink blouse, a skirt suit and stilettos or a kitchen apron with a ‘spilt sauce’ stain

In His eyes, you are clothed in fine, white linen

Adorned with Rubies of His Grace

Emeralds of His Righteousness

Sapphires of His Strength

And Pearls of His Beauty.

You are bathed in the Soul-cleansing Blood of the Lamb,

Your face is smoothened with the ‘anti-wrinkle’ Oil of Joy (no wonder you look so young!)

You may be a size zero, full-figured, petite or athletic

When He formed you, you blew His mind away!

He fearfully and carefully designed you

And when He was done, bursting with pride He said only one word “Wonderful!!!”

In Him you are perfect

Radiating more and more of His Glory as you grow in Him.

Everywhere you go, you leave a hint of your fragrance – a witness of your Saviour.

In your eyes, you might be an insignificant ‘one’ of six billion others

In His eyes, you are to die for..literally!

So Sister,

Redefine your identity

Wipe your hazy mirror clean

And take another look at yourself.

Can you see what He sees?

Don’t settle for less than you are

Celebrate the love that your Father has for you

You are the daughter of The King!

An heir to the wealth of heaven

A child of the Most High God.

ROYALTY.

And The Almighty rejoices over you.

Adetokunbo love sharing her faith through her stories and srticles. A medical doctor by profession, her hobbies include writing (of course!), singing, solving logic puzzles and creating christian paper craft. She is happily married to her best friend, Olumayowa.


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