Forgiven And Free

John 3:17
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

The truth that God loved the world is basic to Christian understanding, and the basis for our salvation (1John 4: 9,10). Most of us have some kind of an idea of a God of love, somewhere out there, yet we choose to ignore the thought. It’s time to face it, acknowledge it and see it for what it really is. It’s unconditional and the vastness of His love has no limit, no boundary and no prerequisite. We can’t earn it, buy it or work for it. It extends beyond all race and nation and yes, even to those who oppose Him. Take a closer look.. Contrary to what unbelievers think, God’s Son came to save those who embrace the darkness, not “condemn” them to judgment. When we live in spiritual darkness we have no desire to come into the enlightenment of Christ but if we see His light of Truth and truly recognize the tragedy of our own situation, we do have a responsibility to believe. Glorious reality check here! Think about it and bask in the hope of it! There will be no judgment for the one who comes into the light of the knowledge of Christ and accepts God’s plan of salvation for his/her life. When you meet Him at the Cross, you are freed from the condemnation and the bondage of your sin and the chains that bind you.

John 8:36, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” Have you been delivered from your sin? If not? Why not? Deliverance and forgiveness brings deliverance from the penalty and the condemnation and judgment of sin. Christ didn’t come to condemn you but to save you! If you’ve received His salvation, then, my friend, you are free indeed.
Oh the sweetness of it…….

God Bless pen

After The Wings

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

I’ve been raising Monarchs this season and finding it a delightful past time. This is the first one to emerge from it’s snug chrysalis where it made it’s amazing transformation from Caterpillar to wings. It’s been a beautiful journey so far with these amazing creations that God has given to grace our world.

Free At Last
Free At Last

So a few hours later our first hatchling from the chrysalis was taken outside to dry in the soft breeze. The breeze caught his wings and he took off in a first, unsteady flight and flew right into a spider web. How disappointing and distressing to watch it go down but at the same time, it was a wonderful feeling to come to his rescue. So, carefully loosening him free from the web and brushing off the sticky silk from his feet and face, we ventured over to the butterfly bush where he hid under a few leaves and spent many more hours on sweet, nectar flowers! Later in the day, it was a delight to see him in brilliant, beautiful flight and freedom. No more crawling on the milkweed, but now soaring in the wind with beautiful grace!

What a spectacular journey and transformation from caterpillar to butterfly and yet his unsteady wings of freedom, weren’t even enough. They quickly ushered him into trouble and landed him smack dab in the middle of a dreadful and invisible web of deception. He wasn’t strong enough yet to fight it on his own and without human rescue, he wouldn’t have made it. He would have had to succumb to the entrapment of the deadly web and all just after gaining a new freedom. It makes me wonder how anything survives on it’s own in the wild! It’s also a good reminder of how we need a Saviour to rescue us from the dreadful web of sin. Our unsteady wings of freedom lead us quickly into invisible webs of trouble to quickly entangle us and without a Sovereign God, who is rich in mercy and grace coming to our aid to free us with His awesome and amazing plan of salvation, we too, are entrapped before we ever begin our life journey! We sit wrapped in the sticky pleasures of our selfish desires without any hope of escape! Praise God, He made a way for us to be set free through Christ who came to our rescue! Through the cross, the shed blood and His divine, glorious resurrection and transformation, we too, can be set free in beautiful flight when we seek Him and ask his forgiveness.

Isaiah 53:6
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Breaking Bad Or Breaking Free?

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

Bad Habits? Got any? They can take you down roads of calamity and ruin! I’m sure we could all pull out a string of many colors from our pocket if we consider things like worry, fear, envious and negative thoughts, etc, etc. Just bad habits, but sin, nevertheless! Things that could could so easily be dismissed by saying “It’s just the way I am.”

Habits are good if used to serve others, bad if used to serve ‘self’. They’re born out of selfishness and once established they become a very difficult thing to break free from. God knows it and out of His divine, unconditional love for us, doesn’t expect perfection from His children, anymore than we expect perfection from ours. He is understanding of our heart and sees deeply into the motive. He knows our character and our heart’s desire to truly please Him and in His compassion wants to free us from the bondage of guilt, even when we fail. When we fall into sin, He grants grace and forgiveness every time we ask. When we come yet again, as a whipped puppy before Him, it’s like He holds a record card in His hand with a blank page and every single time He says, “I see no record of your wrong. Go and sin no more!! John 8: 10, 11 “Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” Only Christ indwelling us can free us from the selfish sin and bad habits that enslave us.

For the journey, His grace and favor are vast and abundant enough to keep us walking in His light and Truth in spite of bad habits. With God’s help we keep pressing on towards the goal, in the knowledge of the Righteousness of Christ, forgetting those things which are behind as Paul recorded in Philippians 3: 13 – 15 from his prison cell…

“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you;…”

Grey Feather

Spend Grace Freely

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So let’s begin another new day by accepting God’s grace to begin again! While we’re at it, let’s stuff our souls and our hearts and our pockets with excess to lavishly spend on others throughout the days ahead.

It’s so daily isn’t it ~ This giving of grace? So all the time and so everywhere and on everyone? The wrong thing said, the rude remark, the uncaring soul, the friend that didn’t care ~ and the list goes on and on and on, and then we take a look at our inside selves to see just as much “uncalled for” behavior from ‘self’ and we know that we need grace as much as they! Remember for all the misbehaved offenses, that come there is an accuser of the brethren, a father of lies and the instigator, who messes things all up with chaos and confusion. He twists our arms and our minds into thinking it’s the person causing the grief and takes great delight when we hurt and pin the blame on others rather than himself. So, when the pain sears and rips through your heart like a knife, turn it over to God and allow His mercy to find you and strengthen you. Allow His grace to mellow you and empty your beautiful soul of bitterness, anger and grief only to fill it with more of Him and His care, His healing and His sweet, unconditional love. Find a solace there in His rest and a peace there in His protection. Ahh, now you can empty your pockets of all that redemptive grace that you’ve stored away just for this special moment. Lavishly spend it on that poor soul in need and let them go. Ah ~ that’s where your blessing hides ~ right there in your freedom from the entanglement of it all. So ~ sweet and beautiful soul ~ Let it go and begin another week of freedom, walking with A God who truly cares.

Matthew 6: 14 & 15
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Ephesians 4: 32
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Have a nice day animated rose