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My Assurance is Being “In Christ Jesus-2

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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power– Including death!!    Romans 8:38-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

Can you  without any hesitation say that you experience Eternal Salvation right now? Do you have full assurance that Jesus has saved you and He is continuing to save you? If today were your last moments to live  can you say without pause and with complete assurance that you are saved?

The Bible teaches us that we have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.      Psa 31:14-16 Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. “This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment. Thus we can have complete assurance that we have Salvation NOW!!!! Praise God!!!!!1 John 5:11-13

We have Assurance that we don’t have to save ourselves.

We have made salvation woefully complicated.  We have brought our own ideas and opinions to the discussion.  When I choose to trust Jesus with my Life, then Jesus and Jesus alone will save me!  He is my Savior.  “In Christ,” Jesus wants us to sit down and enjoy what He has already done for us.  We are not to try to work at attaining these blessings.  I can’t add anything to the equation of Salvation no matter what I do.  “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”  Once we trust Jesus with our lives, He freely gives us all things which are bestowed “through Christ” and His Cross.                    1 Corinthians 1:30-31.  Luke 2:10-11.  Hebrews 4:1-8.

Jesus wants us to enjoy Salvation now!!

We have “Assurance that Jesus alone is reconciling us to Him”. 

Now all thing are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:18-19.  Jesus wants to heal us completely from the virus of sin.  Reconciliation is a change from enmity to friendship and is brought about my God alone.  “In Christ” we become a new creation.  This is possible only through the compelling love of Jesus.  He will draw us to Him with an everlasting love.  His transforming, reconciling love is through His Holy Spirit.  2 Corinthians 3:18.  Are you baptized by the Holy Spirit?  John 1:29, 33,  Luke 3:16,  Acts 1:5,2; 1-4,  Ephesians 5:18, 6:18,  Luke 11:13,  Galatians 5:22-23.

 

The truth is that Jesus wants to literally live out His life in us giving us His victory:  This is “being in Christ Jesus”.  Colossians 1:27.

 

We have Assurance that Jesus is writing “His laws” (plural) in our minds.

Yes, laws, plural.  His laws of love and liberty.  By completely healing us,  Jesus will remove selfishness from our minds and will restore in us the living law of love and liberty.  Praise God:  Hebrews 8:10, 10:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17.  (More on the concepts about the laws of love and liberty in future studies)

 

When we are “in Christ Jesus”  He will manifest Himself in and through us. 

It’s Christ alone who heals us!  It’s Christ alone who restores His image in us!  This is why there is no fear, anxiety, worry or burden abiding “in Christ Jesus”.  It’s all about Jesus.  We simply allow Him to do these things in and through us by The Holy Spirit.  Romans 8:1-5, 11.

  We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  Psa 31:14-15, 1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

The Very Basis Of The Gospel Is To Know That God Is Love!

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The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.   Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

The last rays of merciful light, the last message of mercy to be given to the world, is a revelation of His character of love. The children of God are to manifest His glory. In their own life and character they are to reveal what the grace of God has done for them.  EGW COL 415

 

 

 

 

The Very Basis Of The Gospel Is To Know That God Is Love!

Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love is the very basis of Salvation.  “For God so loved”—that He Gave. John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 13:5

“This is life eternal that they might know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3). When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment.

            The Power Of God’s Love! Rom 8:37-39

 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like him.  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.     1 John 4:13-21, John 5:24

 

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son…   John 3:16-17

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died.   2 Corinthians 5:14

When I thought, “My foot slips,” your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.          Psalm 94:18

But all of us who are Christians have no veils on our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord. We are transfigured by the Spirit of the Lord in ever-increasing splendour into His own image.   2 Corinthians 3:18

God Loves You Just Like He Loves His Son Jesus!

The one thing above all others that Christ is desirous that we should know is that The Father has loved us even as He loved Him!

I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:23,26

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!   1  John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

The Extravagant Love of Christ

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The last rays of light that will fall on this darkened earth just before the end comes will be a revelation of God’s character of love. This is Bible teaching:

 

That last “revelation” will obviously be the same as the light of that “another angel” who comes down from heaven having great power. The “earth is lightened with his glory” (Rev. 18:1, 2). It’s not legalism gone wild, nor soft-soap emotionalism; it’s love (agape).

 

That “glory” in turn will obviously be the same as the message Jesus describes in John 12:32, 33: “‘I, if I am lifted up, will draw all to Myself.’ This He said, signifying by what death He should die.” That “love” which will “reveal the character of God” must be the same love that “holds together,” “controls” and “compels,” or motivates the ones who believe in Jesus. They are moved henceforth to live only for Him, “no longer for themselves” (2 Cor. 5:14, 15. There is tremendous power locked away in that “love” known as agape. Jesus longs to put His character in every believer! John 3:16

 

Again, that revelation of love in the last days must be what Paul meant when he said that he “determined not to know anything among [the Corinthians] except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). That was not extremism; it was only a “reasonable service” that Paul saw as appropriate to the extravagant love Christ had shown for him  ( Rom. 12:1). It was agape, not ordinary human love. Paul saw what we have not yet seen clearly.

 

In these last days when sin and selfishness will become so rampant, the Lord Jesus will be honored by those who “follow the Lamb [the crucified, risen Christ] wherever He goes. … They are without fault before the throne of God” (cf, Rev, 14:1-5). Whoever they are, there WILL be such a people who will glorify Christ! We might eventually be surprised who will end up in that group; let’s walk humbly before Him.

God has done this to demonstrate his righteousness both by the wiping out of the sins of the past and by showing in the present time that he is a just God and that He justifies everyone who has faith in Jesus Christ.  Romans 3:26 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)

Jesus longs for you to come to Him so He can change you into His image and likeness thus  ready for Heaven!! 2 Corinthians 3:18, 2Corinthians 5:14-15,17,20, 1John 3:2

 

Trust God To Save You!!

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Mark 1-17-18

 

 God Will Save You If You Simply Let Him!!

You are not able, of yourself, to bring your purposes and desires and inclinations into submission to the will of God; but if you are “willing to be made willing,” God will accomplish the work for you, even “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5. Then you will “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12, 13 MB 142

 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends. John 15:15

All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:37-40,47

Seek the Lord while you can find him.
    Call on him now while he is near.
   Let the wicked change their ways
    and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
    Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously Isaiah 55:6-7 NLT

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
    forever Psalms 23:6 NLT

 

Not “Our Job” To Point Out The Faults Of Others!

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It is not “our job” to point out the faults of others. However, too often, we feel it is ‘our duty” to do so. When God called us to be “fishers of men” He did not say “clean the fish!” Many who make it their job to point out the faults of others-will lose their own souls because they are so blinded by their own “self-righteousness.”

And by the way, The Bible Sabbath is a “Sign” that Jesus is changing us making us more like Jesus! Consider these Bible Verses: Exodus 31:13,17  Ezekiel 20:12,20Hebrews 4:4,10, 1John 3:1,2

Jesus said  “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.  And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Matthew 7:1-3

 

Wow pretty straight talk don’t you think?

 

And consider this:  “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”. God’s love is always “Other Centered”!! If we allow Him inside us, He will make us just like Jesus!! 1John 3:1,2

 

I am so thankful Jesus  is focused on saving us rather than condemning us! In fact God does no judging at all but has left that task to His Son, Jesus, who wants to save all of us. John 5:22.

 

Jesus Alone Saves me- Period! There is nothing I can add to the equation. It’s all Jesus!

But when I think I have to save my self, an interesting set of events takes place.

 

It goes something like this: The effort to earn salvation by one’s own works inevitable leads men to pile up human exaction’s as a barrier against sin.  For, seeing that they fail to keep the law, they will devise rules and regulations of their own to force themselves to obey.  All this turns the mind away from God to self.  His love dies out of the heart, and with it perishes love for his fellow men.  A system of human invention, with its multitudinous exaction’s, will lead its advocates to judge all who come short of the prescribed human standard.  The atmosphere of selfish and narrow criticism stifles the noble and generous emotions, and causes men to become self-centered judges and petty spies.

 

“Judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts.”                      1 Corinthians 4:5.  We cannot read the heart.  Ourselves faulty, we are not qualified to sit in judgment upon others.  Finite men can judge only from outward appearance.  To Him alone who knows the secret springs of action, and who deals tenderly and compassionately,  is it given to decide the case of every soul.

 

“Thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest; for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself, for thou that judgest doest the same things.”  Romans 2:1.  Thus those who condemn or criticize others,  proclaim themselves guilty, for they do the same things.  In condemning others, they are passing sentence upon themselves, and God declares that this sentence is just.  He accepts their own verdict against themselves.

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! Galatians 5:13-15

 

You are not able, of yourself, to bring your purposes and desires and inclinations into submission to the will of God; but is you are “willing to be made willing,” God will accomplish the work for you, even “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”  2 Corinthians 10:5.   Then you will “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:12, 13.

Praise God that He is the one who is changing us by His Holy Spirit!! 2Corinthians 3:18, 1Thessalonians 5:23,24

 

So then, First of all, Jesus is our Judge John 5:22. Secondly, Jesus represents us in the Judgment! In other words Jesus is our attorney! 1John 2:1 and Jesus wants to save all of us! Now what kind of a deal is that!!! All I can say is Praise God!! John 3:16-17, 2Peter 3:9.

Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation

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For the love of Christ compels us…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.    2 Corinthians 5:14,17

Jesus Just Wants To be Friends With You!!  John 15:14-15

 

 

Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the Everlasting Gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—

  Revelation 14:6, Matthew 24:14

 The Gospel Is Jesus!!

 “Knowing and Trusting In God’s Steadfast Love Is The Very Basis Of Salvation”!  How is this true?    

“For God so loved”  FirstHe GaveHe Forgave. John 3:16-17, 15:9,17, 17:20-26, 1 John 4:410,Romans 5:6-11, Ephesians 4:32, Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 6:14-15, 5:43-48, Psalms 94:18, 1John 4:13-21,John 17:2-3,23, Romans 8:32,35-39

 The very foundation of Salvation is grounded in the realization that God’s unmerited love toward us is greater than any other power— including death.                                                          Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:14-21

 

The Heart Of The Gospel

Selfishness is at the very core of sin and in the end will destroy you! It is a virus that has infected all humanity! Romans 3:23,6:23, Matthew 25:41

 

Selfishness —Self-seeking—-displaced love, liberty, peace and life.                                                Romans 6:12,18-20, 1Corinthians 13:5

 

The result of self-seeking (Sin) is separation from God, absence of peace and a gross misjudgment of God’s character of Love.  Fear, guilt and separation control the sinner’s life. Romans 5:1-11 Justification means being “set right” or “put right.”

 

Sinners no longer trust God for their welfare. Fear causes self-seekers to take matters into their own hands—to trust in themselves. Thus the survival of the fittest emerges! 2 Timothy 3:1-5,4:10,Titus 3:3-8,Galatians 2:20

 

Removing the selfishness from our minds, Jesus will restore in us the living law of love and liberty.  Then we will once again stand as intelligent, self-governed, self-sacrificing friends of God—as the living repositories of His great law of love and liberty.                           John 17:14,15, 2Corinthians 3:18, 5:12-21.

 

When we “know” God as Jesus revealed Him to be and trust Him, then we have confidence, faith, or trust in Jesus’ ability to “save” (salvage) us! Our assurance or confidence is in our Savior (just like the thief on the Cross) not in a legal payment.        John 17:3

 

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!                    1John 5:11-13, 1 John 3:2, John 17:3

Jesus Is Looking For Friends!!

So it is—At the very heart of the Gospel is Jesus–Just Looking For Friends– Loving us and healing our broken relationship with His Steadfast Love–Love that is everlasting!!

Psalms 94:18    Jeremiah 31:3   Romans 3:26

 Jesus Just Wants To Be Your Friend!!

John 15:14-15

Will You Be His Friend?

Revelation 3:20


This is truly the Everlasting Gospel.   Revelation 14:6

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!   Psa 31:14,15,16,  1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

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The Light That Fails—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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Snow and water

By Oswald Chambers, author of "My Utmost for His Highest"

Devotion For April 22nd

“We all with open face beholding … the glory of the Lord.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

A servant of God must stand so much alone that he never knows he is alone. In the first phases of Christian life disheartenments come, people who used to be lights flicker out, and those who used to stand with us pass away. We have to get so used to it that we never know we are standing alone. “All men forsook me . . notwithstanding the Lord stood with me” (2 Tim. 4:16-17). We must build our faith, not on the fading light, but on the light that never fails. When “big” men go we are sad, until we see that they are meant to go, the one thing that remains is looking in the face of God for ourselves.

Allow nothing to keep you from looking God sternly in the face about yourself and about your doctrine, and every time you preach see that you look God in the face about things first, then the glory will remain all through. A Christian worker is one who perpetually looks in the face of God and then goes forth to talk to people. The characteristic of the ministry of Christ is that of unconscious glory that abides. “Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.”

We are never called on to parade our doubts or to express the hidden ecstasies of our life with God. The secret of the worker’s life is that he keeps in tune with God all the time.

Shall I Rouse Myself Up To This?—Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers

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 By Oswald Chambers

Author of:“My Utmost for His Highest”

Devotion For March 18th  

“Perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

2 Corinthians 7:1

“Having therefore these promises.” I claim the fulfilment of God’s promises, and rightly, but that is only the human side; the Divine side is that through the promises I recognize God’s claim on me. For instance, am I realizing that my body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, or have I a habit of body that plainly will not bear the light of God on it? By sanctification the Son of God is formed in me, then I have to transform my natural life into a spiritual life by obedience to Him. God educates us down to the scruple. When He begins to check, do not confer with flesh and blood, cleanse yourself at once. Keep yourself cleansed in your daily walk.

I have to cleanse myself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit until both are in accord with the nature of God. Is the mind of my spirit in perfect agreement with the life of the Son of God in me, or am I insubordinate in intellect? Am I forming the mind of Christ, Who never spoke from His right to Himself, but maintained an inner watchfulness whereby He continually submitted His spirit to His Father? I have the responsibility of keeping my spirit in agreement with His Spirit, and by degrees Jesus lifts me up to where He lived – in perfect consecration to His Father’s will, paying no attention to any other thing. Am I perfecting this type of holiness in the fear of God? Is God getting His way with me, and are other people beginning to see God in my life more and more?

Be serious with God and leave the rest gaily alone. Put God first literally.

Transformed Into The Image Of Jesus

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  We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13, 1John 3:2, John 17:3

 

 

  But all of us who are Christians have no veils on our faces, but reflect like mirrors the glory of the Lord. We are transfigured by the Spirit of the Lord in ever-increasing splendour into his own image. 2 Corinthians 3:18 Phillips

 

   By Pastor-Jasmine Thason

Romans 12:2

 Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

 

Romans 12:2

 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

 

Observation:

God has good, pleasing, and perfect plans for his children. He wants us to be transformed people with renewed minds, living to honor and obey him. Because he wants only what is best for us, and because he gave his Son to make our new life possible, we should joyfully give ourselves as living sacrifices for his service.

 

Paul warned Christians: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world” that are usually selfish and often corrupting. Wise Christians decide that much worldly behavior is off-limits for them. Our refusal to conform to this world’s values, however, must go even deeper than just behavior and customs; it must be firmly planted in our mind: “Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” It is possible to avoid most worldly customs and still be proud, covetous, selfish, stubborn, and arrogant. Only when the Holy Spirit renews, reeducates, and redirects our mind are we truly transformed.

 

Application:

The Greek word for transformed – metamorphosis – is used today to describe the amazing change a caterpillar goes through in becoming a butterfly. And it’s a beautiful picture of what happens to us when we allow God to direct our thoughts. As we take on the beauty of Christ’s character, we’re set free to soar to new heights.

 

Are you wrestling with a certain problem thinking, “If I could just get beyond this, everything would be okay.” Sorry to disappoint you, but when you’ve conquered this particular problem, God will reveal something else that needs to be dealt with. Relax, you’re always going to be working on something!

 

Change doesn’t come through human effort without God, frustration, self-rejection, guilt or the white knuckling works of the flesh. No, change comes as a result of having your mind renewed daily by the Word of God. As you agree with God, believing that what He says is true, change automatically begins. You start to think differently, then talk differently and finally act differently. Be patient with yourself: it’s a process that develops in stages.

 

Would you think there was something wrong with your child because they couldn’t walk perfectly the first few tries? No, you’re delighted each time they take another step. When they fall you pick them up, comfort them, bandage them if necessary, encourage them to try again, and keep working with them. Do you think God does less for His children?

 

God’s not angry with you because you haven’t ‘arrived’, He’s pleased that you’re pressing on, trying to stay on the path. It’s God’s job to “cause [you] to… be governed by the Holy Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:8 AMP). If you could do it by yourself you wouldn’t need God! So instead of driving yourself harder and harder, start leaning on God more and more!

 

 

Prayer:

 

“Lord, thank you that you are changing me through Your Word. I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind. Thank you for that change. It isn’t always comfortable, but it is always beneficial. I yield to Your Holy Spirit today, in Jesus’ name, amen”

 

Be blessed with the message and I pray and ask the Holy Spirit to convict each and everyone of you as you read.

God bless all of you in Jesus Name. Amen

 

Yours in Christ

Rev Jasmine Thason

Life on Earth is Transit—So Live As Temporary Residents

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 PRAISE GOD JESUS IS ABOUT TO COME!!

 

 

 

 

Pastor-Jasmine Thason

Blessing to you all in Jesus Name.Amen

 

1 Peter 1:17 

And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time as “foreigners in the land.”

 

The fact that this world is not our ultimate home explains why we experience difficulty, disappointment and rejection. It also explains why some promises seem unfulfilled, some prayers unanswered, and some circumstances unfair. This life is not the end of the story! In order to keep us from becoming too attached to this world, God allows us to feel a certain amount of discontent-longings that will never be fulfilled this side of Heaven. We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be! Indeed, we won’t be in Heaven two seconds before we’ll look around and say, ‘Why did I place such importance on earthly things?’ The truth is, at death you don’t leave home, you go home! Imagine being an ambassador in a hostile nation. You would have to learn its language and adapt to its customs. You couldn’t isolate yourself. To fulfill your mission you’d have to understand what’s going on and know how to relate to those around you. But what if you fell in love with that country, preferring it to your own? Your loyalty and commitment would be compromised. Instead of representing your country, you’d start acting like a traitor.

 

 

The Bible says, ‘…We are Christ’s ambassadors…’

 

2 Corinthians 5:20

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

 

So don’t get too attached to what’s around you, because it’s temporary.

 

Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.’

 

1 Corinthians 7:31

Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.

 

So use it, maximise it to fulfil God’s purposes, but don’t fall in love with it!

 

God bless you with this precious message….. 1 John 2:17 it says….

 

The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. Amen Amen Amen!!!!!

 

Ambassador For Christ

Rev-Jasmine Thason

Emotional Healing Needed

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Fall 2011

 

 

 

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Emotional Healing Needed

 

The Lord led me to understand and write the book, Spirit Baptism & Deliverance, before He led me to understand the truths I am sharing in this book.  When I came to understand these truths about Christ giving us the victory I at first questioned why the Lord had led me to understand and share teachings on emotional healing, which are in my book on deliverance.  The truth of Christ living out His life of victory in us seemed to be all we needed to understand and practice in order to have victory over temptation.  I questioned; “Why is emotional healing necessary?”

The Lord then clarified the issues to me, and showed the relationship between emotional healing and letting Christ live out His life of victory in us.  I came to understand that at times there is deep emotional damage in one’s life, especially from one’s childhood, that can “get in the way” or inhibit us from entering fully into the experience of letting Christ manifest His righteous obedience in and through us.

Therefore, emotional healing became an important part of the process of the Christian growing to the point where Christ can live out His life of victory consistently in the believer’s life.  Once the emotional issues are healed and removed the way is open for the fullest manifestation of Christ in the life.

Hence, if you feel you have emotional wounds that are causing you to feel angry, depressed, anxious, fearful, etc. I suggest you read my book, Spirit Baptism & Deliverance; especially the chapters “Emotional Healing” and “Experiencing God’s Love.”  When I give seminars on the baptism of the Holy Spirit I always include presentations on emotional healing along with the teaching in this book of abiding in Christ and righteousness by faith.

Also, remember that Christian growth is a process.  Don’t become discouraged if you are not where you want to be in living the consistently victorious Christian life.  God knows your heart, and that it is your desire to be faithful to Him.  He will continue to lead you closer and closer into relationship with Himself, which will result in greater and greater victories through Christ living in you.

 

Thorns in the Flesh

 

The truth of giving our will to God and trusting Him to give us the victory is presented when Paul describes his struggle with the “thorn” in his flesh.

 

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

 

Many things can be thorns in the flesh.  Paul lists some of his; infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses.  Paul prayed for God to remove it.  God said no.  Why?  God’s grace was all Paul needed in order to deal with the thorn.

God also gave a very important truth when He said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  The more weak we know ourselves to be, the sooner we stop trying to exert our puny strength to overcome a thorny temptation in our life, the sooner we will begin experiencing God’s mighty power in our life.  Our own exertion of effort to over come a temptation actually gets in the way of God’s power to deliver.  You see, when we do that we are looking to our strength and ability to over come even though we think we are also depending on God to “help” us.  God wants to do much more than “help” us.  He is the victory.  Christ is our deliverance from temptation.  When we back off from such efforts and get ourselves out of the way, then Christ can begin manifesting Himself in and through us.   You have probably heard the saying, “Let go and let God.”  This is what that saying means.

This is why the Lord will leave some thorns of temptation in your life.  I am sure you have prayed for God to remove these thorns of besetting sins.  They have brought such discouragement and defeat in your life.  However, God leaves them because He wants you to learn the lesson that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.  When you begin experiencing Christ’s deliverance in you then you along with Paul will declare, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

 

Thank You for the Thorns!

 

You will come to the point that you actually thank God for the thorns in your life.  Why; it is because of them that you came to experience the amazing delivering power of Christ.  Because of them Christ has become even more precious to you.  You have found Him giving you ever present victories over your temptations, and your praises of Him fill your heart.

You also rejoice in the thorns because they are opportunities for God’s glory to shine forth through you as Christ manifests His life in and through you.  They are opportunities for you to become more and more like Christ in those areas of your life as He manifests Himself more and more in your life.

 

This is what James was speaking of when he wrote:

 

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience [endurance].  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4

 

You will then experience what Paul describes “as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2Corinthians 6:10).   Even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances you will be able to rejoice because Jesus is manifesting Himself in you.  Your faith in Christ develops an endurance that will lead to Christ manifesting Himself in you fully.

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13, 1John 3:2, John 17:3