Imagine

Revelation 21.jpgCan you imagine what it would be like, as you are walking with Our Lord and Savior, hear these words from the Book of Revelation chapter 21:1-4    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying. “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away, and nothing will seem to matter. As we continue to read at verse five, He who seated on the throne said, I am making everything new! Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. He said to me, “It is done, I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End.  You see there is always hope for the day when our Lord and Savior returns to gather his people, his sheep, and I am ready for that day. All the suffering that we are always seeing everywhere we turn will be no more, we will see other Christians like us, worship His Holy Name Forever.

 

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A Gift Called Grace Part 3

Grace part 3.pngSanctifying grace is God meeting you at every corner. Justifying grace is God reaching out to you with love. When you say yes to the invitation of justifying grace, you turn a corner in your faith journey. One of the most controversial teachings of the early Methodist movement was that it is possible for us to realize Christian perfection in this life-perfect love, loving perfectly. John Wesley called this process “going on to Christian perfection,” or sanctifying grace. Sanctifying grace led believers to go deeper in the faith, to love the world more energetically, and to keep growing in the knowledge and love of God. For John Wesley, God’s sanctifying grace led believers to have their hearts “habitually filled with the love of God and neighbor. For you, this might mean coming to understand your life as more and more focused on living by faith. Faith becomes the center out of which you live. Little by little, God’s sanctifying grace uncovers more and more of God’s image in you. As one who has been forgiven, you become more forgiving. As one who is loved, you become more loving. John Wesley emphasized that as we are continually filled with God’s love, we are led more fully to acts of mercy and works of justice. Perhaps we are so thoroughly surrounded by God’s grace each day we fail to even recognize it. We are saved not by any effort of our own; there is no way to earn our salvation. We are saved by the unbidden grace of God, which is near to hand, overhead and underfoot, in the eyes of strangers and friends, heard as laughter sometimes and other times as tears and Thank God for that.

But God shows his great love for us in this way, Christ died for us while we were still sinners.   (Romans 5:8) As followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we begin to have a hungry within the depth of our soul, to be able to understand who God is and his unconditional love for us. As we are in this spiritual journey with our Risen Lord we begin to realize how we are changing from the inside out, and for the better. We understand what it is to care and love another human being and more important we understand what it is to forgive others especially ourselves. When we have Jesus Christ as our role model we are changing and when we change one person at a time, the in time we can have Peace on earth for all of mankind.

 

Grace and Peace to you My Friends

A Lenten Meditation

A thought that I was shared with all of you reading my blog, a meditation for the Lenten season  by William Booth the founder of Salvation Army.

Psalm

 

O boundless salvation! Deep ocean of love,

O fullness of mercy, Christ brought from above,

The whole world redeeming, so rich and so free,

Now flowing for all men, flowing for all men,

Now flowing for all men, come, roll over me

My sins they are many, their stains are so deep,

And bitter the tears of remorse that I weep,

But useless is weeping; thou great crimson sea,

Thy water can cleanse me, thy water can cleanse me!

My tempers are fitful, my passions are strong,

They bind my poor soul and they force me to wrong;

Beneath thy blest billows deliverance I see,

O come, might ocean, O come mighty ocean,

O come, mighty ocean, and roll over me!

Now tossed with temptation, then haunted with fears,

My life has been joyless and useless for years;

I feel something better most surely would be

If once they pure waters, if once thy pure waters

If once thy pure waters would roll over me.

Ocean of mercy, oft longing I’ve stood

On the brink of thy wonderful, live giving flood!

Once more I have reached this soul cleansing sea,

I will not go back, I will not go back,

I will not go back till it rolls over me

The tide is now flowing, I’m touching the wave,

I hear the loud call of the Mighty to Save;

My faith’s growing bolder, delivered I’ll be;

I plunge’ neath the waters, I plunge ‘ neath the waters;

I plunge ‘neath the waters they roll over me.

And now hallelujah! the rest of my days

Shall gladly be spent in promoting His praise

Who opened His bosom to pour out this sea

Of boundless salvation, of boundless salvation,

O boundless salvation for you and for me

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends