Thinking of You this Christmas

Hello to all!

I hope this finds you very blessed.

I’ve decided to take time to do something I haven’t done in some time, but hopefully will begin to do more frequently, and that’s to write. Please forgive me if I’m a bit rusty as it’s been quite sometime between my last posts.

There’s so much I want to share, however there’s a danger of overloading someone all at once. It’s kind of like one day you’re out running errands and happen to run into a friend you haven’t seen in 20 years. You only have time to chat for 20 to 30 minutes, so you attempt to cram 20 years of life experiences into that one conversation. Don’t worry, I’m not going to attempt that, however, I’d like to take a few moments of time to share what’s been on my heart lately. What’s been on my heart is I’m concerned about your future.

Not so much about where you’ll retire but rather your eternal future. At this point some will close the page or search for something else to read, but before you do let me ask you one question. Do you know where you will spend eternity?

In the hurry up, needed it yesterday, drive thru of American life most of us attempt to keep ourselves and our families so busy we neglect to stop and take time to ponder our eternal existence. And while some would scoff at even the remote possibility of there being a life for us beyond this earth, one would have to be very naive to believe that there isn’t life after death.

How fair would it be of God if this life was all someone had to look forward to? While some reading this have never known what it feels like to miss a meal, or go without clothing, or a clean bed to sleep in there are many who have never known such luxuries and some who never will. Yet, our eternal existence isn’t dependant on what material possessions we have or will accumulate, but rather on where we choose to place our faith.

When it comes to faith there are many in the world who would love to do nothing but throw you into confusion. I’ll keep it short because honestly so much has been written historically and discovered archeologically that if someone wants to satisfy their own intellect they have much better resources than little ole me. There’s C.S. Lewis, Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Frank Turek and many others who have spent their life’s work revealing God’s truth and they’re allot smarter than I am. I simply want to share with you what I know to be true beyond the shadow of a doubt.

There is a living God and He desires for you to know Him and spend eternity with Him. The eternity you will experience will be one filled with nothing but joy, love and peace. However, this eternal experience is only achieved by allowing His Son, Yeshua/Jesus to be the Lord and God of your life.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, and whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

Why is it difficult to believe that in order for us to have eternal life we must repent, which means to turn away from our sins, our selfish deeds, and ask Yeshua/Jesus to forgive us?

Why is it so hard to believe that a loving God would allow His innocent Son to suffer the most brutal death known to mankind?

The truth is, it is hard to believe.

It’s hard to believe because there’s no one alive who, if they were completely innocent of all charges being brought against them would willingly lay down their lives simply out of love, and yet that’s what Yeshua/Jesus did. He suffered being crucified because there was no other way to bridge the gap between the Heavenly Father’s holiness and our filthy sin. He allowed His blood to be poured out so we could spend eternity with our loving Heavenly Father.

I know this to be true because the Yeshua I speak of changed my life. The loving God I’m sharing with you loved a pride filled, angry, and bitter man enough that He pursued him into the depths of his lowest moment and set him free. That man of course is me.

It’s easy for the true meaning of this season to get lost in all the Hallmark movie moments, the rush to buy presents or even the desire to shut it all out because life hurts sometimes. It seems to especially hurt when the world is telling us, be happy and joyful. Don’t let the true meaning of Christmas be lost to you.

God loves you and wants you to know Him so desperately that He sent His only Son to be a sacrifice for our sins. Yeshua/Jesus tells us in John 17:3, “Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, who you have sent.”

Eternal life doesn’t begin once we pass away, it begins once we repent of our sins, ask Yeshua/Jesus to forgive us of our sins, and then begin living the rest of our lives for Him as He leads us and teaches us by His Holy Spirit.

In Ephesians 2:8-10 it reads; “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Do you see it? Our works, our faith, our salvation, our eternal existence all awaits one very important decision. Will we give our hearts willingly to our Creator and believe that His Son’s death and resurrection are enough for our salvation. If so, then our eternal experience of joy, love and peace can begin now!

What are you waiting for? Don’t allow another moment to pass without Yeshua/Jesus being the Lord of your life.

Yeshua/Jesus tells us in Revelation 3:19-21 “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.”

Please repent of your sins, ask Yeshua/Jesus to forgive you, and begin reading His word daily.

My desire for you this Christmas is that you come to know our loving Lord and Savior who we celebrate and begin to experience His eternal love today.

Merry Christmas and have a very blessed 2018.

God willing I’ll be back with more as He continues to lead and guide me. Until the next post, take care and God bless!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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