Why I Love Jesus. Period.

This came to me in my time with God in His word today over the Christians who are disputing over the “why I love Jesus and hate religion” video.

Over 2000 years have both come and gone
Since Jesus has died and eternity won.
His parting words on the cross, and then again on ascension
from one perspective or other, have caused strife and dissesion.
Jesus’ death on the cross was decree over sin,
the blood which was spilled was where our life begins.
He came to fulfill and make a new law,
repent and believe(Mark 1:15), His love covered it all.

He was tempted (mark 1:12&13), he healed (mark 1:29-34;40-45;2:1-12;3:1-6*)he cast out unclean spirits(1:21-28),
all this strife and contention, troubles the Holy Spirit.
See he preached against just following law, or just good deeds,
these alone don’t work, he says to his disciples, “Follow me.”(Mark 1:17)
Worshipers of the Law cannot be saved,
he came for the sinner, the heart that is maimed.

Jesus said it the best: “Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”(Mark 2:27)
As were Theology, religion, and yes, even habits.
In themselves, not bad, a discipline to curve us,
but when argued and amplified these outlets lose their purpose.
False teachers and religions come in all shapes and sizes,
none should seek our attention, and this shouldn’t surprise us.

A bickering church will cause strife and starvation,
His truth won’t be heard, many will miss salvation.
Look unto Jesus, please, love your brother,
“Have salt in yourself, and peace with one another.” (Mark 9:50)

*Jesus healings continued:Mark 5;Mark6:53-56;Mark 7:31-37;8:22-26;9:14-29;10:46-52

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Perfection for the perfectionist.

Good news for perfectionists! I was reading Hebrews today wondering how I could get my day on the right track in an effort to “live everyday like it’s Sunday”. Now I say this being a recovering perfectionist, but it is not bad to want perfection. In fact at one point our world was beautiful, lacking sin. Unfortunately we never knew life this way. But getting back on track…

Jesus has been teaching me the last few years about inner desires, the ones that come from the spirit. Many times we misinterpret these because we live in the flesh. The need and want to be perfect in the flesh is a dangerous one. However it is the Holy Spirit’s desire to perfect us once He has made us alive again. The only way we are seen as perfect is when we are covered in the perfection of Jesus’ sacrifice.

So the good news for perfectionists? The perfection has already been attained foryou! No longer do you need to perfect yourself in the flesh because by the way this will never happen… But perfection in the spirit has already been attained through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 10 1-4 may seem complicated at first, but when the Holy Spirit showed me that it was simply about perfection, it brought peace to my spirit.

“1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, andnot the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”

How fantastic is that? The law is merely a shadow of the good things to come… Not a way to become perfect. Nothing we do can make us perfect, but the sacrifice Jesus did covers us in his perfect, selfless sacrifice.

The lost son.

Luke 14:11-32

The parable of the lost son is one that brings a level of controversy. Especially for those who work so hard to get living right on a daily basis. But I must say in my own life, if I did not have the heavenly father willing to take me back, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

I was the lost son/daughter. (I once was lost but now am found!) We all are really anytime we stray away from the presence of God and try to do it our own way in the flesh. We need our father to cover us in his robes of grace, his shoes of peace… and the ring? An undeserved blessing for being a child of God.

We can try to dress in false humility on a daily basis and try to do all the right things, or we can remember we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ and proceed knowing we have every right to tell Satan to get behind us.

I assimilate the party for the lost son to heaven. When Christ covered me and accepted me as I was and still am, he didn’t tell me to just wait until after I die when it gets better… He told me I have the authority to walk in this NOW! (I live heaven on earth, not after!) The first evidence of this was the empty tomb in John 20. Our old self is that empty tomb. We no longer have to live in those ways because we are now alive in Christ. The old self is now seen as an empty shell. The evidence? For us it is the robe, the ring, the shoes. We should be set apart. We are now filled, covered with a new life. Not “better than” but willing, eager, to serve those that Christ puts in front of us each day. Family, co-workers, the drivers beside you on the road to wherever you are going. No longer live in fear, but the faith and assurance that you are covered in the blood of Christ.