Category: The Message of the Cross

And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus fr…

And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of His Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11 With Jesus, we have the capacity, endurance and perseverance to be able to live the life He’s called us to live and really have an effect.  This verse tells us that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead can live within us. When this happens, we are no longer the same. We are no longer running on our own strength. We can only go so far in our own strength.  Sooner or later we will need HIS POWER.  Life can be like quicksand.  It can swallow us up and the devil wants this to happen. We can struggle and fight this in our own strength and end up sinking even further. But when HIS POWER comes into play we can overcome and come out on top. Until our final breath He will lead us and eventually take us safely to His presence.

He cancelled the record of the charges against…

He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross. —Colossians 2:14
The devil was soundly defeated at the cross of Calvary—and that is something he doesn’t want us to know. Referring to His crucifixion, Jesus said, “The time for judging this world has come, when satan,  will be cast out.” Through His death, Jesus destroyed the one who had the power of death, which is the devil. And when we put our faith in Jesus Christ, the stronghold of satan is broken. He cannot control us. This means that when we face spiritual battles, we are not fighting for victory; we are fighting from it. We don’t fight to get victory. We fight because it has already been obtained.

Life is a journey. On this journey one may wan…

Life is a journey. On this journey one may wander aimlessly through the wilderness, or one may journey with direction and purpose. Our destination on our spiritual journey is “Our Heavenly Father.” Jesus said, “I AM the WAY, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 In this journey, all we need is one person, Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself is the WAY to reach our destination.
It’s now wonder that the early Christians were actually referred to as “people of the WAY.”Are you on God’s trail? Are you on the PATH that leads to the Lord

The call to follow Jesus is simple but chall…

The call to follow Jesus is simple but challenging. “Deny yourself.” Simple enough to understand, yet difficult to follow through. Denying yourself means to lay aside your interests and wishes and to seek Jesus first. Denial also includes the difficult step of saying no to ourselves. When trend of the present generation is to “love ourselves” and “look to our own interest first”, Jesus calls us to be countercultural and say no to ourselves and look to the interests of others. Mark 8:34“When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

The blood of Jesus Christ is of infinite value…

The blood of Jesus Christ is of infinite value. The pouring out of blood indicates the termination of life. Because the blood of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, the Lamb of God, was poured out so that our acts of sin may be pardoned.
God’s Word makes it clear that the life touched and tainted with sin is a forfeited life. The soul that sins shall die. The wonder that we will never fully understand is that God wanted to save our forfeited lives. So He allowed the blood of the divine Saviour to be offered on our behalf.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of His grace.

One of life’s bitter truths is that we cannot …

One of life’s bitter truths is that we cannot change the past. Bad decisions always have bad consequences. But the good news is, you can change the future—with God’s help.
How do you do that? Seek God’s forgiveness for whatever you’ve done. Don’t let shame, or fear, or guilt, or anything else keep you from Christ. He loves you and offers you forgiveness as a free gift—a gift He paid for with His own blood. No sin is beyond His forgiveness. Leave your burden of guilt and shame at the foot of the cross. Then ask God to help you walk with Him every day. He will lead you in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3

Boasting in the Lord is, on the one hand, quit…

Boasting in the Lord is, on the one hand, quite the opposite of boasting in one’s self. Instead of drawing attention to ourselves, we draw attention to Christ. This boasting is a call for people to acknowledge him-We are seeking praise for Christ’s worth.
God himself is calling us to find our pride and joy in Christ alone! In Christ who was crucified for our sins. This Christ crucified is foolishness to the world because they cannot see that they are sinful and perishing! But for those who are being saved it is the power of God. We are completely destitute without Christ. Christ is all in all, let us boast in Him, because in Him we live and move and have our being. In Him is salvation, redemption and eternal life.
2 Corinthians 10:17
“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

“It was not with perishable things suc…

“It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
We owed a debt we could not pay and Jesus paid the debt He did not owe. Law demands without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (Hebrews 9 22) Jesus redeemed you by His precious blood. His blood cleanses us and the punishment we deserve was laid on Him No matter what sin you’ve committed; “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

“It was not with perishable things suc…

“It was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
We owed a debt we could not pay and Jesus paid the debt He did not owe. Law demands without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (Hebrews 9 22) Jesus redeemed you by His precious blood. His blood cleanses us and the punishment we deserve was laid on Him No matter what sin you’ve committed; “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7).

‘The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He…

‘The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ (Luke 4:18-19).
Jesus came to undo all the horrendous effects that sin has had on the human race, and restore to people their true freedom and dignity as sons and daughters of God.
Jesus was sent by God on a ‘rescue mission’. He came to restore justice to the oppressed, wholeness to the sick, comfort to the lonely, and joy and restoration to those isolated from God.
God has rescued us through His Son, the Lord Jesus, and He calls us to be part His mission to a lost and broken world.