In an effort to keep my blog going, I will be occasionally posting some things I had written prior to me having a blog site.  As some of you know, working, caring for a family, keeping up with the house, and other obstacles life often throws your way can get a bit overwhelming.  Life can be crazy and I have to admit I am not superwoman.  I’m thankful God does not call me to be that.  He is good all the time and is so faithful to meet us where we’re at as we daily walk with him. Blessings to you and yours! In Christ, Jenny

I wrote this post back in August of 2011.

Surrendering to God, hmm.  What does that really mean?  Let’s see, going to church, doing good deeds, being kind to others.  Well, those things are all good things in and of themselves.  But being fully surrendered to God requires something more.  Let’s look at what surrender means: to cease resistance and to submit to authority.  It really means dying to oneself.  Are we willing to do that dear believer?  Do we fill the pews on Sunday and then live the like world the rest of the week?  Do we love the things of this world more than we love it’s creator?  I was one of such of these for years and years.  Father God . . . please forgive me.  It wasn’t until I really “surrendered” that God showed himself real to me.  It took me coming to my knees and crying out, “God do whatever it takes to make me right with you, forgive me, I surrender to you.”  That day, Jesus showed himself real to me like never before.  He is a living, active, righteous God whose spirit indwells the believer.  He love us and cares about every detail of our lives.  I am daily filled with awe as I try to wrap my human brain around how I am seeing continually at work in my life.  He wants us to surrender to him so that we can “fully live.”  John 10:10 says, “I come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  God has a purpose and a plan for each of us.  He wants to reveal that to us, but first we must surrender all to him. . .and it is in giving up of “ourselves” that we do fully receive.  Nothing in this world even compares with the riches we have “In Christ.”  Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship.  Let us be “living sacrifices” as we surrender our lives to Him.

Staying Connected

Psalm 91:15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him .  .  .

Can you hear me God?  Can you hear me now?  Isn’t that how we sometimes feel when trying to talk to God?  I know when my life is full of distractions, that is exactly how it feels.  And yet God makes communicating with him easy. But why does it sometimes feel like I just can’t get a connection?

Modern technology is such an amazing thing.  The fact that we can basically stay connected with the world pretty much 24/7,  anytime, anywhere still blows my mind.  Even in pretty remote spots such as while camping or up in the mountains, as long as you can still get a signal, you’re in good shape.  To me, this is a good thing and yet it can be a bad thing.

I recently attended a women’s conference and the speaker was talking about shutting out everything else so we could use the day for reflection and to hear what God wanted us to hear.  While she was saying those very words, my cell phone went off.  I had forgotten to turn it off and embarrassingly scrambled to find it.  The kind speaker immediately chuckled and said, yes by being free from all distractions and doing things like turning our cell phones off.  By this time my phone had quit ringing.  I thought I had pushed the button for silent mode when to my mortification it rang again.  Ah, I quickly pushed the power off button and at this point wanted to crawl under my seat.  I shook my head in embarrassment and said, ok God, ok I got it, it’s off!

This was a great reminder to me and a perfect illustration, that in order to stay connected to God we sometimes need to do just what this speaker said, to power things off and get away from all the distractions.  Unlike staying connected to the world by carrying our phones around with us constantly, we need to do the opposite to stay connected to God, we need no interruptions and no distractions.  Communication with God and time in his word is the only way we will ever grow in our relationship with him.  This is the only way get to know who God truly is and know what he desires for each us.  Without this daily interaction with God, we will remain spiritually immature and disconnected.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit we have direct access to the father (Ephesians 2:18).  We can talk  to him anytime and anywhere, but to hear from God, we usually need this time away from all distractions.  Using Jesus’ example he too had to get away from everything to go to talk to his father.  He would intentionally leave behind all his followers and go away somewhere quiet without distractions to pray and to hear from his father.  Matthew 6:6 says . . . But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

What a divine privilege we have as a child of God to have direct communion with out heavenly father.  To know that God not only hears us but delights in us and our requests.  This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14 Therefore, let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16  

Daily communion with God is the only way to have a clear connection to Him in a noisy world!

The invitation to the celebration!

God made him who had no sin to “be sin” for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.     2 Corinthians 5:21

Easter, The Resurrection, such a joyous time for the follower of Christ Jesus.  A time of rejoicing, a time of celebration, time for a party.  All are invited.  But before we can go to the party, lets take a look at the reason we were invited in the first place.

Our sinfulness ~ The separation between man and his creator.  Every evil desire within us longing for our own way,  to do our own thing, and to be our own person, in essence, to be our own God.

The Cross ~ A sign of our blessed hope, our redemption.  The blood of the perfect lamb, son of God, shed on our behalf.  The price that had to be paid for our sinfulness, our utter depravity.  Our load of guilt and shame placed upon Him, so that he who knew no sin, was made to “be sin” in our place (2 Cor. 5:21).

The Suffering ~ What anguish to be separated from his father, to whom until this time, he had nothing but perfect fellowship.  Jesus Christ “suffered” he was despised and rejected. The punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds, we were healed (Isaiah 53:5).

His Blood ~ It was the shedding of his blood that was the necessary for payment for forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22).  The pure and spotless lamb of God, given as a peace-offering in our place.  It is his cleansing blood that washes us and sets us free from the burden of our guilt and shame.

His Death ~ By one mans life sin entered the world, and death through sin (Romans 5:12).  And by Jesus Christ’s death on the cross we were made alive again and now have a right standing before our heavenly father.  We were made his righteousness through faith in him for all who believe (Romans 3:22).

The forgiveness ~ His death brought forgiveness.  He paid the ultimate price for you and for me because we in our poverty (sinfulness), had nothing to pay with.  Our debt was forgiven.  The slate wiped clean and the he stamped the bill, paid in full.

The resurrection ~ His lifeless body, placed in the tomb.  When the stone was rolled away, he was not there, he had risen, just as he said (Matthew 2:6).  Hallelujah, Jesus is ALIVE.  This was the fulfillment of all that had been spoken of in Jesus’ earthly ministry.  It had all come pass, just as he said it would.

Therefore, this IS the reason for the party.  What a joyous occasion.  Jesus had gone to be with his heavenly father, but to us was given the promise of an inheritance.  A free gift to be given for all who would believe.  Upon believing we would receive the promised helper, guaranteeing our redemption and a marked sign for all who have believed in the message.  The reason for our blessed hope.

The invitation is extended to all. . . and he invites us to come.  Do not let your hearts troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going (John 14:1-4).

Is the life of Jesus Christ, his death, burial and resurrection just another story for you?  Do you know the story in your head but you haven’t experienced Jesus in your heart?  The resurrection of Jesus should bring rejoicing to your innermost being.  If it doesn’t, I would ask you to examine your heart.  Jesus is Alive and he wants a living and vital relationship with you. He wants daily interaction with us. He is not a distant God who lives somewhere up beyond the clouds.  He desires us to seek him with our whole heart and soul.  But he does not force us into this relationship.  We have a choice.

He is ALIVE and He invites us . . . to come.  I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me (John 14:6).  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:11).  Jesus, death, burial and resurrection should give us all a reason to celebrate!  He invites us to come to the party!  Have you accepted the invitation?