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FREE!!!!

WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW!!!!

 He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

 1 Peter 2:24 (AMP)


 So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.

John 8:36 (AMP)

HIDDEN TREASURE

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When I drove to work in the early morning hours, I used this time as my “quiet time”. One morning  I heard the Holy Spirit  say in my heart, “What is the treasure in the field? ” He then reminded me of the verse in Matthew 13:44:

 

44 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

Matt 13:44 (NKJV)

“Then He asked who is the man? What is the field?” I have heard it taught that this is an example of when someone finds Jesus as their Savior and Lord they give up their old life and receive/follow the new life in Him. That is not where He was going with this.  The following is the word I received from Him:

“The man in this story is God. The field he went into and later bought was the world. The treasure he found is you. When he  ‘sells all that he has and buys the field,’  is when He gave his Son Jesus for you”.

15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:15-17 (NKJV)

“Why did he “hide” the treasure that he found, I asked. “What do you think the owner of the field (the devil John 12:31,14:30) would have done had he knew about it?”  At that moment He reminded me of this verse:

 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

1 Cor 2:7-8 (NKJV)

It was on mornings like this one that the drive into work were not long enough! 🙂

 

 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:1-10 (NKJV)

 

HOPE DELIVERS!

This story is taken from the Bible in John 11: 1-27.  

 IN HOPE

BELIEVES

As Martha looked into the crowded streets she thought, “It has been several days since I sent the message for Jesus to come to Bethany and I have yet to see him. Lazarus is very ill and I know Jesus can heal him. I hope he will come soon because I do not know if my brother can hold on much longer.

Jesus was teaching his disciples when the messenger Martha sent arrived with the news of Lazarus’ illness. The message read, “Lord the one you love is sick.” However, when Jesus heard about it he said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it”, so he went on teaching in that region.

As the sun hung low, the streets of Bethany became deserted as the merchants closed up for the evening. Mary and Martha stood at the foot of their brother’s bed trying to hold back the tears. Lazarus looked at them with loving eyes as he faded off into eternity. The night was filled with crying and the people came from all around to comfort them in their loss. “If only Jesus were here. I know Lazarus would be alive!” Martha said softly. “If only Jesus were here.”

Four days had past when Jesus turned to his disciples and said, “Let us go back to Judea.” In a puzzled stare they looked at him and said, “Those people tried to have you stoned and now you want to go back there?” Jesus looked back at them and said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” “Lord if he is sleeping he will get better,” one of them replied. Realizing the disciples had no clue to what he meant he replied, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there so that you may believe. Nevertheless, let us go to him.

Many of the Jews from the city came to comfort Mary and Martha in their loss. Their brother Lazarus was well known in the community. Looking through the sea of endless faces, Martha gazed to see if Jesus was among them. She and Mary as well as their brother believe that Jesus is the Son of God and they loved him very much. Just then a ways down the road, Jesus appeared with his followers. Pushing her way through the crowded streets, Martha ran out to meet him. “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus looked at Martha and said as he smiled at her, “Your brother will rise again.” “I know he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day,” she responded. “Martha, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Jesus questioned her. “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, Who is to come into the world.” she answered.

Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God ?   -JESUS  (John 11:10)

In this story we see Martha placing her hope in Jesus to help her brother who is sick. Notice she never gives up , stops believing or blames God, even when things don’t go as she thought they should. She believed in Gods ability to help her brother instead of  the situations ability to destroy . Because Jesus is our Hope we should never give up or give in when life throws us a curve ball.

IN A FIX?

I like those airline commercials where it shows the person in a fix and the announcer comes on and says, “Need to get away?” I think I could get their frequent flyer miles on that one! 🙂

Hope in God will never leave us in a fix! We can take refuge by spending time in prayer, and looking in the Bible for the promises God has given us concerning the situation we are in.

GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains be shaken into the midst of the seas, 3 Though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling and tumult.

Psalms 46:1-3 (AMP)

Matthew Henry wrote:

This psalm encourages to hope and trust in God; in his power and providence, and his gracious presence with his church in the worst of times. We may apply it to spiritual enemies, and the encouragement we have that, through Christ, we shall be conquerors over them. He is a Help, a present Help, a Help found, one whom we have found to be so; a Help at hand, one that is always near; we cannot desire a better, nor shall we ever find the like in any creature. Let those be troubled at the troubling of the waters, who build their confidence on a floating foundation; but let not those be alarmed who are led to the Rock, and there find firm footing. Here is joy to the church, even in sorrowful times. The river alludes to the graces and consolations of the Holy Spirit, which flow through every part of the church, and through God’s sacred ordinances, gladdening the heart of every believer. It is promised that the church shall not be moved. If God be in our hearts, by his word dwelling richly in us, we shall be established, we shall be helped; let us trust and not be afraid.

—Matthew Henry Concise

We can take “refuge” as we rest in the promises God has given us in His word (a very present and well-proved help in trouble)

DON’T GET YOUR HOPES UP!

Have you ever had somebody say to you,”Don’t get your hopes up” when  facing a bad situation or when a problem arises?  WHY NOT GET YOUR HOPES UP??? In fact, that is just what we need to do! Tune in this week as we look into the very reason to get your hopes up when the chips are down 🙂