I absolutely love the Apostle Paul. What a brilliant man, whom Jesus chose to be a Disciple in the 30 days after His crucifixion. Paul was a scholar, a lawyer and knew Jewish law by heart. However, he became one of the strongest follower of Christ and spreader of the new Christian religion in the first century. He’s also responsible for writing 2/3’s of the New Testament. I just love intelligence and it was something Paul loved to share with his fellow followers.
Last night’s service was on Justification. How we are all justified by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. How, by faith alone, we get to heaven. By Faith Alone! Romans is one of the hardest books of the bible because it is Paul explaining how the Laws of Moses are no longer a way to get to heaven; but only through the faith we give to God and Jesus.
Through the cross, Jesus shed His blood for us, paying for our sins, once and for all. Confess that Jesus is Lord, was crucified, died, and rose on the 3rd day, and you are free. Our sins are gone. Forgiven by God, we are now righteous and justified in the eyes of the Lord. WOW!!!! We can’t get to heaven through good works, only through Jesus. Even those who try to get there by following the law will fail daily. Paul tells us that we do. Thank God for the Holy Spirit who resides within us for only His help gets me through the day.
Justified = Just as if I never sinned. To be righteous with the Lord. Make straight.
Confess that Jesus is Lord. Confess your sins to the Lord. Repent and you’re forgiven. God forgives, all we must do is ask.
Only God can help us to heal. For years, I’d held onto the past. For years, I allowed it to keep me in anger, fear and hurt. It was not until I came back to God that I have been able to move forward and get where I am now, forgiven and free.
I’m presently reading the book of Ezekiel in the bible. It’s a tough one. It presents God’s anger with the Israelites and the punishment He allowed them — 70 years captive by the Babylonians. Only Ezekiel & Daniel were able to stay righteous in the eyes of the Lord. Ezekiel, the prophet, who told the Israelites God’s intentions and Daniel, who stayed faithful to God in prayer and heart.
I’ve been very busy over the last few months with bible study. I’ve done “The Daniel Prayer” by Ann Lotz, a study of Psalms by Cindy Heald, a study of Ruth by Liz Higgs and now Ezekiel. I’m digging in deep to the word and learning my Father’s ways and words. He is truly a wonderful Father.
School is back in session and we’re settling into the new year. My boy is a Senior and back in band classes and Marching Band. So proud of him. First game is Friday and it’s away, so I’ll be a chaperone for the night. He has a new band director, so I will be able to attend.
I had a horrible nightmare the other night and woke up screaming. Scared my son, who came running from his room on the other side of the house. I must have been really loud for him to have heard me with his headphones on. YIKES! I told him I’d rather dream of Pennywise than what I had dreamed that night.
The eclipse was nothing like I thought it would be. Barely even darkened the sky here. It was darker in yesterday’s thunderstorm than the eclipse. Location, location, location. LOL!
I think our oldest dog, who is 12, is getting ready to cross the rainbow bridge. He’s lost some bladder control and sleeps more hours than is awake. He’s not in pain; just slowing down. We shall see.
Still awaiting God’s perfect timing and have been really calm and patient lately. I’m surprised by how calm I have been. I can work myself up into a tizzy when I want to; but haven’t even given it much effort lately. Ha, ha.
Life is good. ❤