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The Cross (Good Friday)

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by rylanreed

Today is a solemn day, but a joyous one because of Jesus Christ dying on the cross for the sins of the world.  The sins of everyone that has lived on this earth and will live before Christ comes back on that glorious day, He took it all so we could be able to live with Him in Heaven someday.    These are Jesus’ words and a description of the night before:

Matthew 26:39 “‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.'”

Mark 14:36 “‘Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'”

Luke 22:44 “And being in an agony He prayed more earnestly; and His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

And Jesus on the cross:

Matthew 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, Lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

There was a time when I was younger, (and I’m sure others’ have as well), I used to think that when Christ prayed and sweated blood in Gethsemane, he was not wanting to go through the torture that was going to happen on the cross. And when Christ was on the cross it came to a point where it was too much to bear.  That was my perception because Christ was human, God becoming man, and having to go through all of the suffering; I know I could not have handled it and I’m sure no one else really could.

I’ve grown to understand, and heard it again a few weeks back, that it was way more than just the physical pain.  God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have all been together, so when Jesus came to the point of the cross and His crucifixion, he knew what was going to happen that had never happened before.  Because of God’s love for us, He sent His Son down to die for our sins, being blameless and without sin, was able to take on all the sins of the world.  But because God hates sin soo much, He could not be able to bear to see His Son with the sins of the world on His shoulders.  God is perfect and he can not bear to be near to sin, so when Christ was put on the cross, God had to turn His back on His one and only Son.  Jesus loved us soo much that he gave up His connection with the Father to give us a chance to live with Him forever in Heaven.  He did a work that I couldn’t have done myself, and no one else could, because He loves me (and you) with everything.

Let us remember what He has done for our lives. Let us take the time to be still and wait on His love. Let us stop what we are doing and praise Him who took on what we could never have accomplished by ourselves. Let us remember HIM!

(the link is a sermon, about an hour in length, and the part on this starts around the 46th minute. I would recommend listening to all of it, if you have the time)

Let God be the glory

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 25, 2010 by rylanreed

As we celebrate this season, let us continue to look to Christ for the things that we have around us.  Give glory to Christ for His grace and mercy given to us freely, let there be peace for all in the midst of everything that might come our way and let goodwill be given to all men!

Here is a little holiday greeting card called Glory to God. Enjoy!

Fightin sin pt. 1

Posted in books, following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 29, 2009 by rylanreed

“Let not one of them escape.”   1Kings 18:40

When the prophet Elijah had received the answer to his prayer, and the fire from heaven had consumed the sacrifice in the presence of all the people, he called upon the assembled Israelites to take the priests of Baal, and sternly cried, “Let not one of them escape.” He took them all down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. So must it be with our sins—they are all doomed, not one must be preserved. Our darling sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying. Strike, though it be as dear as an Isaac. Strike, for God struck at sin when it was laid upon his own Son. With stern unflinching purpose must you condemn to death that sin which was once the idol of your heart. Do you ask how you are to accomplish this? Jesus will be your power. You have grace to overcome sin given you in the covenant of grace; you have strength to win the victory in the crusade against inward lusts, because Christ Jesus has promised to be with you even unto the end. If you would triumph over darkness, set yourself in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness. There is no place so well adapted for the discovery of sin, and recovery from its power and guilt, as the immediate presence of God. Job never knew how to get rid of sin half so well as he did when his eye of faith rested upon God, and then he abhorred himself, and repented in dust and ashes. The fine gold of the Christian is oft becoming dim. We need the sacred fire to consume the dross. Let us fly to our God, he is a consuming fire; he will not consume our spirit, but our sins. Let the goodness of God excite us to a sacred jealousy, and to a holy revenge against those iniquities which are hateful in his sight. Go forth to battle with Amalek, in his strength, and utterly destroy the accursed crew: let not one of them escape.  (Evening, C.H. Spurgeon July 17)

Oh, how I hate sin only after the fact of me doing it, which is usually more of a convicting feeling rather than one of remorse and wanting to fight the sin right from the start.  Why can’t I hate sin before the fact of it happening, when I totally know what the outcome will be and how I will be feeling about the sin in my life.  Only through God’s grace, mercy, strength, and power will I be able to beat the sin that is so prevalent in my life.  If I ask of Him and hide under His mighty wings, can I be able to start living a holy life devoted to Him.  I am still a sinner and will always sin til I die, but hopefully as I grow older the sins will start to decrease in their consistency and power.

Keep striving to fight sin in and through the power of Jesus Christ.  When we seek and savor Jesus for who He is and what He has done for our lives, helps us better want to live our lives for Him and not to satisfy our self-wants and desires.  Strive for Him to be glorified and you will be fighting sin along the way.

The Lord will Provide

Posted in following Jesus, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 3, 2009 by rylanreed

When life throws us struggles and trials, who do we turn to and who do we seek to make things better, ourselves or God?  I hope for all its the latter, but there are sometimes even for myself that I try and get through things on my own.  Oh what a lesson God has in store for me during those periods of my life.  Hopefully this will help turn your eyes to Jesus as your one and only provider.

The Lord Will Provide
By John Newton and William Cowper

Though troubles assail, And dangers affright;
Though friends should all fail, And foes all unite,
Yet one thing secures us, Whatever betide:
The Scripture assures us, “The Lord will provide.”

—   Psalms 3 (all)  —

The birds, without barn Or storehouse, are fed;
From them let us learn To trust for our bread;
His saints what is fitting Shall ne’er be denied,
So long as ’tis written, “The Lord will provide.”

—  Matthew 6:26 – Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

His call we obey, Like Abram of old,
Not knowing our way, But faith makes us bold;
For though we are strangers, We have a good Guide;
And trust in all dangers: “The Lord will provide.”

— Genesis 12:1 – Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.”

When Satan appears To stop up our path,
And fills us with fears, We triumph by faith;
He cannot take from us, Though oft he has tried,
The heart-cheering promise, “The Lord will provide.”

— Psalm 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. —

He tells us we’re weak, Our hope is in vain;
The good that we seek We ne’er shall obtain;
But when such suggestions Our faith thus have tried,
This answers all questions, “The Lord will provide.”

— II Corinthians 12:9 But he (the Lord) said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  —

No strength of our own, Nor goodness we claim;
Our trust is all thrown On Jesus’ dear name.
In this our strong tower For safety we hide;
The Lord is our power, “The Lord will provide.”

— Psalm 18:2-3 – The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. —

When life sinks apace, And death is in view,
The word of His grace Shall comfort us through;
Not fearing or doubting, With Christ on our side,
We hope to die shouting, “The Lord will provide.”

— Psalm 23:5-6 – You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  —

All we need is love…

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Love with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2009 by rylanreed

A friend of mine wrote this excerpt a good while ago, but I think we all need to keep this in mind as we are living our lives and the position or place that God has us in at this exact moment.  For me, I am in South Africa and there are tones of times where I have to lean on God to love a certain person, because of what God has me doing here and that I am a ambassador for Christ, not living for myself, but for Him.

A lot people can’t reach the same non believers the same way you can. THat’s why God puts us all in different places and different situations for reasons sometimes unexplainable. Everyone that’s in our lives are there for a specific reason. We don’t meet people on accident. So the next time you meet someone different accept them no matter what they’re going through. We have to LOVE them first.
Do we love people?
The difference between our love and God’s love is this: Our love towards people is Conditional. We only LOVE people because of who they are in out lives or what they have done for us. But God’t LOVE is Unconditional! To Him it doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done for him or anyone else. He LOVES us no matter what circumstances we are facing or have faced. “If anyone says, I LOVE God, yet hates his brother he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot LOVE God, whom he has not seen.’ (1 John 4:20) THe only way we can obtain this Unconditional LOVE that God has is through His Spirit…Take it or leave it……Do you Love God??
God LOVES everyone!
God LOVES murderers, liars, adulterers, prostitutes, homosexuals, porn addicts, drug addicts, alcoholics, husbands who beat their wives/families, thieves, child molesters, and everyone in between. He LOVES you no matter what. He hates the sin but always LOVES the sinner!!!!

We can only love those around us by having God love THROUGH us.  If we don’t love God first and formost, we will never be able to love anyone around us to the extent that is needed.  No one is perfect, and that’s so cool about Jesus. He doesn’t want us to be perfect and able to love everyone.  He wants us to have our faults, so when we trust in Him and rely in Him, He will work through us and get all the glory because we know how bad and wrong we are without Him.  “4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses made us alive together in Christ – by grace you have been saved” Eph. 2:4-6

“1Therefore be imitatirs of God, as beloved children. 2And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offeringand sacrifice to God.” Eph. 5:1&2

“7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”             1 John 4:7

Let us love those today through the Holy Spirit, given to us through Christ and His love for us first, seeing others as Christ see’s them.  We don’t have to love what they do, but we should love them for who God made them, in His image!

Let it continue…

Posted in Culture, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2009 by rylanreed

I guess on my last post, I didn’t finish the prayer that continued on the next page in the pamphlet called Art of Breathing.  I am glad for my friend to point that out to me, because I do not want to shorten or change the message of what it is all about.  Here is the rest….

Who am I that you should come to me? Why would you think upon this vulgar thing? I was like the beast that walks on four, like a vulture – ravenous for all that rots and is decaying, yearning like a dog to return to my vomit.

But in this loathsome, repulsive state when I had made no effort to reach out, nor was my words any cry or plead for mercy, I, in hopeless, vile, unworthy fashion – cursing all you are.  You looked at me in tender mercy, your eyes with tears unknown to me, a drop of blood there on your brow, you came to turn the other cheek! My words not cold of hate, despondent the echoes in my mind of shame as your blood dripped on my slander. Your wounds I knew from denigration.

You looked at me with tear-filled eyes, I tried to turn and hid my shame, but your response to all this filth, you simply said my name. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name. You are mine.” A flash of glory… At once the voice inside the stilled, I saw love I could not fathom, the silence burning deep inside.

I looked to see where filth had gone, I tried to show you I’m unworthy, but all I found was blood so thick I could not see my own reflection. Your blood dissolved away the thought, a spark of passion… Then tears welled up inside an eye, emotion flooding every whore… A drop of rain…