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He Chose The Cross by Natalie Darnell

By · July 26, 2009 · Filed in Inspiration · No Comments »

The day I decided to see The Passion of the Christ, I went not meditating on the negative comments nor the praise reports. The thought that went across my mind was that He had to do this. The whipping and the beating were all part of the master’s plan. According to Isaiah 53:5 we read “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

While watching,  it pierced my heart to see Him go through all that pain. I remember thinking to myself,  if he coud just make it to the cross it would be all over. The thing that amazed me was how could anyone survive such beatings. Matthew 27:26 states that “they released Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged (whipped) Jesus he delivered him to be crucified.” Isaiah 50:6 says “I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews. And they spit upon him, and took the rod, and smote him on the head.” (Matthew 27:29,30)

I believe that revelation of who he was and what he was sent to do, was the only reason why Jesus was able to survive the beatings.  He was able to identify with what scripture said about him and about his situation and drew faith and strength from that.  His flesh, or the natural side, was saying die, die; you’re bruised, you’re wounded, but His Spirit was saying live and others will be able to live also. This taught me a great lesson in that sometimes we go through hurting events where we feel we have been beaten, bruised, and wounded.  I say to you now rejoice and have hope, because there is a savior, Jesus Christ, who survived the beatings and crucifixtion by raising himself from the dead. This means that once I am able to identify with Jesus I can find the faith and strength I need to gain victory over my trials and tribulations.

For God So Loved Us by Corey Darnell

By · July 25, 2009 · Filed in Inspiration · No Comments »

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Romans 3:16-17

I am sure that these two passages of scriptures are very familiar to you. These passages have probably been cited more times than any other, when witnessing to the lost. If you will allow me, I would like to point out some aspects found in these scriptures that I believe can help us receive more from God this season.

The first aspect I would like to look at is the phrase “For God so loved the world.” The word “world” refers to anyone who is separated from God. Separated from Him in their thinking, actions, and speech. Anyone who fits into this category would be considered a “spiritual dead” person. The next is the word “Love.”  Rather than give this word a definition, let’s just remember that it is an action word. So when we look back at the phrase “For God so loved the world, ” we understand that He demonstrated His love for those who were spiritually dead, by giving them His son Jesus to help them. Help them to do what you might ask. Help them to connect to the one that can give them life. Not only eternal life but also the way in which they live now. So what does all this mean for those of us who are born-again, who are spiritually alive in Jesus.

Let’s look at the next phrase “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” The word condemn has many definitions, but the one I would like to focus on is to declare unfit for use or service. The defeated devil may have told you that God cannot use you because you are not strong enough or smart enough to do what God has called you to do. Maybe your situation is telling you, that you don’t have enough money, time, or resources to commit to your heavenly father’s business. Everytime you try to make a move you can hear that defeated devil saying “not fit for service.” The good thing about this, is that it is only the defeated devil saying “not fit.” God has said and done something totally different.

God gave us His Son so that we would not be condemned, but that we would live victorious lives. Jesus is our guarantee that we can live a life of total prosperity. Prosperity in every area of our lives. He is our connector to the one who can give us life. Life in our homes, on our jobs, and yes, in our church.

Remember why Jesus was sent. It was to connect us back to God so that we can live victorious lives.

It was the Cross by Natalie Darnell

By · July 25, 2009 · Filed in Poetry · No Comments »

In life we have to make many choices.
The Bible says don’t listen to all voices.
We can choose to be blessed, or
We can choose a life that’s a mess, but
God’s perfect will is that our lives be filled.

Over 2,000 years Jesus had to face the same fears,
A choice to give life and wipe all the tears.
He could have choose defeat, sickness, and lack,
Or peace and hope to get our lives back.

So He chose the cross, so that none would be lost.
The devil is defeated because God is the boss.
We thank you Jesus for showing us love,
And our heavenly Father, who lives up above.

Who is He? by Natalie Darnell

By · July 5, 2009 · Filed in Poetry · No Comments »

Is He a man that is part of the fall?
Is He a man that died for us all?
Who is He….?
Is He the man that resisted temptation?
Is He the man who brought us salvation?
Who is He….?
Is He the man that has no power?
Is He the man we call our strong tower?
Who is He….?
Is He a man born without a destiny?
Is He the one who set captives free?
Who is He….?