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The Heart of Many Colors   Leave a comment

Psalm 139:23-24 (KJV); Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Luke24:38; And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

Colors in a Heart:

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On 7/10/2012 my grand-daughters Angel and Sanai were coloring inside a heart. I noticed them coloring different colors. But I really noticed Angel’s picture because she was being very detailed in her colors and where she put them (see above picture). I thought it was weird that she was drawing many colors and not one color. But I just assumed that was her being artistic in her 4 year old mind. She had several colors but I noticed her coloring black inside the heart. I started to stop her (because black represents evil) but the Lord Jesus told me “no, let her”. Then He started telling me so many of us have so many things in our heart that makes it hard for us to serve Him. We have colors that represent good and some colors that represent evil. But if we don’t deal with the evil, it will over take us. Good and evil cannot dwell in one place. It’s like we cannot serve God and satan. Although there is a portion of good, it will be so small for us to even realize it’s there. We need to be healed in our hearts through Jesus Christ; who is the Bishop of our souls (1 Peter 2:25).

The Lord Jesus said there is so much in the hearts of His people that is killing them. Which they have allowed to remain; even after salvation. Some have and do come to Him and trust Him for healing their heart. However, so many refuse the Lord’s treatment and continue holding on to things that only caused them more hurt, and eventually death (spiritual and natural). They feel they are justified, but they don’t realize how those things are killing them. So many have bitterness that came from being abused, molested, raped, etc. Maybe someone cheated on you. The Lord has compassion for what happened to you, but He also know those ungodly things in your heart is slowly killing you. THE FOLLOWING VERY POWERFUL AND EYE OPENING: How do you think rapist, abusers, molesters are created? Because they didn’t allow their hearts to be healed; so they followed the evil that was put in their hearts because of some painful, awful, traumatic experience that happened in their lives. It’s a cycle that continues. But you can make the choice to stop the cycle and allow Jesus to heal you. Jesus said to come as you are. He does not refuse a broken and contrite (sorrowful/remorseful) heart. If your heart isn’t remorseful, ask Him to put it in you. He will. He did it for me and He will do it for you. Jesus IS NOT a respecter of person. He has no favorites. Again, He did it for me, He WILL do it for you.

Jesus says, “Yet you try to place a small part of Me somewhere in your heart thinking that will do it. It will not. I need your whole heart and not some. I CANNOT heal you if you won’t let Me have your whole heart. My relationship with you is hindered and I am your God. Your Lord and SAVIOR. The only One who can help you. I am not an evil God; I am a loving God. Look at your true enemy; satan. You listen to satan and allow yourself to be angry even with Me because of what happened to you. If you allow Me to heal you, you will know Me as your Healer. Let Me take out the bitterness, help you to forgive, take out the hatred, lust, jealously, envy, strife, pride, shame, love of money, disobedience, rebellion; all of it. You cannot survive with just a little of Me in your heart. Trust Me and believe I will heal you.”

Proverbs 23:7; For as he thinketh, in his heart so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV); Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Let’s not hide evil in our heart. The Lord God knows what’s in it already:

Jeremiah 17:9-10; (KJV); The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Hebrews 4:12; For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Romans 8:27 (NKJV); Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

1 Corinthians 14:25 (NKJV); And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.

Psalm 44:21; Shall not God search this out? For He knoweth the secrets of the heart.

HOW TO GET HEALED IN YOUR HEART: Give your heart to Jesus. In order for us to be healed in our hearts, we have to allow God to show us the things in our heart. God tells us to have a broken and contrite (repentant) heart. Let Him show you everything that’s ungodly in your heart and go to His Word. When you read His Word, read it knowing He loves you and it’s used to free you. The devil uses the Word of God to accuse and bind you. When you read the Word of God knowing everything He tells you is in love, you will receive it. Pray before you read and ask Him to help you believe and receive His help. John 14:1; Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me.

Psalm 51:17 (Amplified Bible); My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent (repentant; sorry; regretful)], such, O God, You will not despise.

***Beloved, I beg you to heed to this warning. We have to be extremely careful not to justify our actions because a wrong was committed toward us. Jesus have compassion on what was done to you, but also know how justifying your actions will damage you. When we justify and make excuses why our hearts are the conditions it’s in, we are not allowing ourselves to be sorry or have sorrow for our actions. We make excuses for why we are the way we are. That keep changes from taking place. That keeps the Lord from helping you.

GOD CAN WORK WITH US IS WE HAVE A SORROWFUL HEART… PRIDE REMOVES ANY CHANCE TO BE SORROWFUL… PRIDE CAUSES YOU TO MAKE EXCUSES AND JUSTIFIES WHY YOUR HEART IS IN THE CONDITION IT’S IN…

Psalm 34:18 (KJV); The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Hebrew meaning for SAVETH is: To be safe; To free; Avenging, defend, deliver, help, preserve, rescue, be safe, bring (having) salvation, save(-iour), get victory.

How to get delivered from all that’s ungodly in our hearts is to allow God to heal us. Believe in His Words and His promise. When we doubt God we are calling Him a liar and we know He is not. God has done nothing to us but love us. Everything He does is for us. Forgiving the trespasses you carry in your heart is apart of salvation. Healing hurts; but in the end, you walk in victory. The truth of the matter is, if you continue in this state, you will ALWAYS suffer. Why suffer for unrighteous sake??? Are we going to suffer for doing evil and end up in hell or suffer for righteousness and go to HEAVEN. Let’s chose Heaven. Let’s chose eternal glory; eternal love; eternal peace; eternal freedom. What satan has to offer us is eternal suffering; eternal torment; eternal hate; eternal burning; eternal death. That enemy, satan will offer you things that makes you feel good in the flesh, which only brings spiritual and physical death. What satan brings make us feel good in our flesh and sometimes make us feel like we’ve overcome. BUT THAT’S A LIE. He blinds us with these things to lure us into hell with him. Misery do love company and that exactly what satan is; a miserable, evil, ugly spirit who hates every last one of us. That evil devil is jealous of us because we have to opportunity to go to Heaven. That’s a privilege he LOST; now he is like a whining brat, mad because he can’t have it his way; so he wants to take Heaven away from us. Why continue serving evil (satan) when we can have what God offers. So we’ll go through temporary sufferings on earth. Sometime the healing process may hurt. But the rewards for our sufferings is greater than ALL the money and things in the world satan offers us.

Ephesians 3:14-19 (NKJV); For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Psalm 112:7 (KJV); He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.

With all that said, let’s trust God to take out those things in our hearts which only take us from Him. Let’s rebuke pride so we can have a broken and contrite heart which will allow God access to come in and heal.

What ever is in your heart; NO MATTER what it is, allow God to remove it. Cry out to Him; go on a fast to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke (Isaiah 58:6). Read His Word and BELIEVE. Examine yourself. Ask God to show you yourself.

GOD HAS TO HAVE OUR WHOLE HEART. If He has our whole heart, we are made whole in Him. Our hearts will have ONE COLOR and the RIGHT COLOR. Take this journey with Him so you can be made free and whole.

1 Peter 1:22-25 (NKJV); Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

As you take this journey, be encouraged. During this process, there will be some corrections; but DO NOT FRET. The Lord God chastens those He love. Have an open heart to receive His correction. When God corrects me, His love is ALWAYS there to help me through. His correction made me feel loved. God is not like man. When some people correct you, it makes you feel less and small about yourself. When God corrects and you accept it, you will not feel like you’re nothing. You’ll feel better. You’ll feel cleansed. You’ll feel free.

Revelation 3:19; As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Hebrews 12:3-11 (NKJV); For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

1 Corinthians 11:32; But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

2 Corinthians 6:9; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;

We are to have the Heart of Christ. What’s found in the Heart of Christ can be read in Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV); But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

***PROMISES OF GOD IF YOU ALLOW HIM TO HEAL YOUR HEART:

Psalm 147:3 (KJV); He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

Philippians 4:7 (KJV); And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 3:13 (KJV); To the end He may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV); And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

***WHAT WILL CAN IF YOU REJECT HIM HEALING YOUR HEART: Jeremiah 13:10 (KJV); This evil people, which refuse to hear My words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

SERVE GOD WITH YOUR WHOLE HEART:1 Samuel 12:24; Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

TAKE HEED FROM THE TEACHINGS FROM THE LORD JESUS: Hebrews 2:1; Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

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Nothing To Do, Only Believe   Leave a comment

Nothing To Do, Only Believe – From Joseph Prince Ministries

John 6:28–29

28…“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

When I was a young Christian, I attended a seminar on what we must do to “work the works of God”. I was told that we had to pray more, fast more, know our enemy and so on. I came away from the seminar confused. Then one day, I found the same question in the Bible. But the answer was very different!

In the Gospel of John, we find Jesus being asked the same question by the multitude who had been awed by His miracles—“What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” The people had seen Jesus healing the sick, and feeding 5,000 men with only five loaves and two fish.

Notice how Jesus answered them: “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.” My friend, the greatest doing is believing—believing in Jesus the sent one, who has done it all for you at the cross!

If you are asking, “What must I do to receive my healing?” the answer is this: Believe in Jesus, who “Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses”. (Matthew 8:17) We have seen members of our church delivered from life-threatening conditions such as cancer and kidney failure. They had simply believed that Jesus bore their diseases on His own body. There was nothing for them to do, except to believe.

When the jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:30–31) The greatest miracle in your life happens not by you working and trying to save yourself, but by you simply believing in Jesus who died to save you from eternal damnation and to give you eternal life. Why then, should the lesser miracles of healing or financial breakthroughs be any different?

Beloved, what is the miracle you need today? There is nothing left for you to do, but everything for you to believe, because Jesus has done it all for you!

God is our refuge and strength   Leave a comment

Psalm 46: 1-11;

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Holiness is a Fruit   Leave a comment

HOLINESS IS A FRUIT – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 11:42 "But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone."

LUKE 11:42-44

When Jesus said, "and not to leave the other undone," it is clear that He is not arguing against doing what is right. God’s Word stresses holiness in our actions. The Pharisees’ error that caused Jesus’ rebuke was that they believed their actions could produce a right relationship with God. But a proper relationship with God can only come by humbling ourselves and putting faith in a Savior, who is Jesus. God cleanses our hearts by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8) and then we have our fruit unto holiness (Rom. 6:22). Holiness is a fruit, not a root, of salvation.

In a similar instance found in Matthew 23:26, Jesus told the Pharisees, "Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also." True Christianity comes from the inside out. A good heart will change a man’s actions, but a man’s actions cannot change his heart.

One of religion’s favorite doctrines is that if you will just act right, you will be right. Nothing could be further from the truth. You must be born again. And if you are born again, then holiness is a by-product and not the way to a relationship with God.

This is the heart of the Gospel. Every major religion of the world has a moral standard it enforces, but only Christianity offers salvation through a Savior. Presenting holiness in any way other than as a result of salvation is denying Jesus as our Savior and places the burden of salvation on us. Improper emphasis on achieving holiness or salvation through one’s own actions can damn that person. We must trust Jesus completely.

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SHARING GOD’S LOVE   Leave a comment

SHARING GOD’S LOVE – From Andrew Wommack Ministries

Luke 10:2 – "Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest."

It is commonly thought that an evangelist is someone who has a passion to lead people to the Lord. But every believer should have a passion for souls. When presenting the Gospel, we are not just presenting a theory about God but the factual account of God’s dealings with man as revealed through His Word, with the ultimate witness being the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Our personal witness of the reality of Jesus being alive in our lives brings Christ from theory to reality.

The early Christians had experienced the love of Christ in an intimate and life-transforming way. This motivated them to reach their known world with the Gospel of Christ more than any generation of Christians has done since. They didn’t have the benefits of our modern technology, but they did have the benefit of being full of the love of Christ. Experiencing the love of Christ causes us to be filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19) and makes us a witness that the world cannot resist (John 13:35).

Today, much of the emphasis of the church is placed on techniques of evangelism or spiritual warfare. We motivate people to witness through feelings of guilt or punishment if they don’t. Much of our evangelism has become as dead and non-productive as that of the cults who knock on doors and argue people into their way of thinking. The early Christians had a much greater impact on their world because they were full of, and motivated by, the love of God. The church today needs a revival of our personal relationship with the Lord. When we can say with Paul that the love of Christ constrains us, then we will impact our world for the Lord too. You can’t give away what you don’t possess. We need to personally know the love of Christ in an experiential way before we try to share it with others.

Walking in Love   Leave a comment

This is walking in Love – Showing God’s grace toward all. When I think about all of Jesus disciples I look at their imperfections and flaws. Not to look down on them, but to remind me the Lord can change anyone. Why are so many so quick to put others down because they are not living a certain lifestyle. Walking in love toward them can change their lives. We don’t have to agree with their lifestyle to love them. It also doesn’t mean their sins are not acknowledged, but we are doing like Jesus and praying for them to repent and turn from wickedness. Jesus lifestyle was acknowledging people’s sin, but He knew showing Love can draw them. Look at the scripture below from Luke 9:51-56. This town rejected Jesus and His disciples James and John wanted to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them. But Jesus said He didn’t come to destroy men but to save. That should be our attitude when we come across people who has rejected us giving them the gospel or they are living a lifestyle that unholy. We should not want destruction for them. We should pray for them to be changed. Why don’t we pray they receive the same experience that Paul received. That experience changed him. It may be not be in that way, but if we allow ourselves to be led by the Holy Spirit on how to pray AND believe, they can receive change. We don’t have desire destruction for them because just like God changed you, He can change them. Just like the Lord had patience for His disciples, we can do the same for others. Just like the Lord Jesus changed Paul, we can pray and believe for others change. We should desire that none perish, but all become believer of Jesus Christ; Who died for us all so we all can have eternal life. That’s walking in Love.

Luke 9:51-56; Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?” But He turned and rebuked them, and said, “YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT MANNER OF SPIRIT YOU ARE OF. FOR THE SON OF MAN DID NOT COME TO DESTROY MEN’S LIVES BUT TO SAVE THEM.” And they went to another village.

Matthew 18:10-14; “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. EVEN SO IT IS NOT THE WILL OF YOUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN THAT ONE OF THESE LITTLE ONES SHOULD PERISH.

John 3:10-21; Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things? Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 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. FOR GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

Freedom from Punishment   Leave a comment

Just want to share a great Word Creflo Dollar spoke this morning. It’s titled "freedom from punishment". So many are held up because of religious thinking.  Recently had a dream the Lord Jesus gave me. At the end of the dream there was an open door to freedom. I didn’t take it (at first) because I didn’t know I was free because I believed the lies of satan and I was in fear of him. But in the end, the Lord reminded me that I was free and I went through the door to freedom. Just yesterday, the Holy Spirit was speaking this Word to me then I hear it from Creflo Dollar. After I watched the program I began to tell Jesus I accept my freedom. A couple of seconds later I heard the angels rejoicing and the Lord told me I am accepting the Truth. He is the way, the truth and the light. He is the ONLY way to the Father. He is the ONLY way to freedom. He isn’t like man who tells us to do this and do that to get God’s love or His blessings. I use to hear my last pastor say "God is going to get you". The Lord IS NOT out to get us. He came to the world to save us. His grace causes us to want to follow His Spirit and not the laws. The law couldn’t save us. ONLY Jesus can save us. Also, I’m posting this message that’s on youtube and the Bible study notes from Creflo Dollar website.

Veronica

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcHXyXA01xU

Freedom from Punishment – Author: Creflo Dollar

Summary: Whenever any type of disaster or tragedy occurs, there is a tendency to blame God. However, God is not cruel and He is not the destroyer. There are many factors we should consider when calamity takes place. Satan, the works of the flesh, and the world’s way of doing things are often behind calamity. Therefore, we should never blame God for the bad things that happen in this world. He is a loving God who sent His Son to die to save the world.

A. Many Christians think God punishes them by allowing tragedy in their lives. However, the punishment for sin was taken care of when Jesus died on the cross.

1. The punishment for sin was eternal death.

2. As Christians, we don’t have to fear eternal death because heaven is our home.

a. Although we’re saved from eternal death, we should realize that our sinful actions can cause negative consequences and circumstances in our lives.

b. For instance, if we neglect or fail to take care of our bodies, disease and illness is often the result. We cannot blame God for what we do to ourselves.

c. When we do something wrong and that wrong action causes a negative consequence, we cannot blame God for it.

3. As a loving Father, God disciplines us through His words.

a. He chastens us by speaking to us in both our good times and bad times.

b. He disciplines us to preserve our future, not to condemn us or punish us.

4. God is not cruel to us; He does not inflict pain upon His own children.

a. Instead, He seeks to comfort and encourage us when we are going through trials.

b. He is not the author of pain, but He is the author and finisher of our faith.

c. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

B. Jesus died a horrible death for us. He was beaten until He was unrecognizable.

1. He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities.

a. "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world" (John 12:47).

b. God wants the world to come to Him; He’s not destroying people (2 Peter 3:9;

1 John 2:2; Acts 26:18).

c. God wants people to understand that He is restoring us to His favor (2 Corinthians 5:19, AMP).

2. As Christians, we should make receiving Jesus appealing by demonstrating the love of God.

a. Unconditional love does not judge, condemn, or destroy people.

Scripture References

• Romans 8:28

• John 12:47

• 2 Peter 3:9

• 1 John 2:2

• Acts 26:18

• 2 Corinthians 5:19, AMP

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