Tag Archive | reconciliation

Gratitude

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6‭-‬7 NASB

How is your gratitude meter?

The best gift we could ever want has been given to those who believe that Jesus is God, died for the sins of humanity to open the door of reconciliation with God the Father, rose from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father.

As if that wasn’t enough, those who believe are gifted with God’s own Holy Spirit to abide in them. Can you fathom that? The Almighty God, Creator of all, the King of kings, Lord of lords, residing in mortal man? Wow!

We are not left alone to navigate this world. We have the indwelling of God Himself that we may walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and being built up and established in our faith until the day we are called home to see Jesus face to face.

Take God’s instruction, His word and grow in your faith. Praise God for opening your eyes to His wonderful salvation and thank Him for His abundant gift of Himself.

🌹Hoping your gratitude is overflowing so that others desire to know why.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Harvesters

Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:36‭-‬38 NASB

Our compassionate, caring God sees the distressed and dispirited of this world. What is His desire? That these be reconciled to Him.

🌹Lord God I implore You to change the hearts of Your people to be harvesters for Your kingdom. Open our eyes to see these sheep in need of a Shepherd and open our mouths to speak truth by the power of Your Spirit.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Thankful Exultation

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also EXULT in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.       Romans 5:8‭-‬11 NASB

Exult: to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant:

knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.     Romans 6:6‭-‬7 NASB

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.          John 8:36 NASB

🌹We have much to be thankful and joyous over if we have experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ. May your hearts be thankful, full of triumphant joy, jubilant as you celebrate the wonderful gift of salvation that comes only through Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Redeemed Ambassadors

And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. 

He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. 

I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.

If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. 

For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.

I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”  

John 12:44‭-‬50 NASB

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;  knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.     

1 Peter 1:13‭, ‬17‭-‬19 NASB

🌹Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

2 Corinthians 5:18‭-‬20 NASB

🙏 Jesus, our perfect example, help us to rely on Your word, Your Holy Spirit, and our hope found in You to be Your ambassadors of reconciliation to the lost of the world.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

To Serve – Follow

If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him. John 12:26 NASB

The service of the Lord is not done alone. It cannot be accomplished by any one person. If you desire to serve the Lord, then you must follow Jesus. He is the One who accomplishes the Father’s will. We are blessed to be a part of that work because the Father will honor us when we follow Jesus in service.

What is the service of the Lord? To lead people to reconciliation with God. Christ came to reconcile mankind to the Father.

So follow Jesus for when we do we know the way to go:

And you know the way where I am going.”  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.                     John 14:4‭, ‬6 NASB

🌹Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. John 17:24 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Word is a Person

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.              John 1:1 NASB

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.                                              John 1:14 NASB

Let us not forget that the Word of God is a Person. The Person of Jesus Christ. All of the history in the Old Testament was about the relationship of man to God revealing Jesus, the Person, the Word, that would come in the flesh to reveal Himself as Savior and the reconciliation of man to the Father.

The New Testament, the Word, is about that work of reconciliation and the ultimate crescendo to life eternal with the Word, Jesus Christ.

Without the Word we have no hope, no reconciliation, no relationship. Do you want to know Jesus and be reconciled to the Father? Look to the Word, Jesus Christ.

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11 NASB

🌹Know the Word by reading the Word of God.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Mark

“This one will say, ‘I am the Lord’s ‘; And that one will call on the name of Jacob; And another will write on his hand, ‘Belonging to the Lord ,’ And will name Israel’s name with honor.
Isaiah 44:5 NASB

Who is your Lord? Who do you belong to? Do you bear the brand-marks of Jesus?

“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.” Galatians 6:17 NASB

Jesus bore the marks for you. Until we are ready to bear His mark can we truly say that we are His? Are we willing to follow in obedience into whatever situation, circumstance God calls us to? Are we willing to take His brand-marks? To go that far for His namesake?

“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;”
Philippians 3:10 NASB

Jesus came to save the lost, to reconcile mankind to the Father. Is that not what bearing the brand-marks of Christ is? Willing at all cost to reconcile mankind to God?

Can we say that we are:

“always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.”?
2 Corinthians 4:10 NASB

🌹Are you willing to wear the brand-mark of Christ “in order that I” (others) “may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”?
Philippians 3:11 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Forgiveness And Reconciliation

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying,  ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph, “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”  But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. — Genesis 50:15-20

What a man Joseph was. His brothers plotted against him causing him much strife in His life but in the end he brought restoration to his brothers. They were reunited — himself,  his dad and brothers — and together they continued to grow into a great nation. Joseph forgave his brothers and restored their relationship which affected future generations. Reminds me of God who, through Jesus, restores our relationship with Him which in turn affects our future generations. Are you forgiving as Joseph was? Are you affecting a change in your future generations by your relationships in current relationships? How is your relationship with God? Have you sought His forgiveness and reconciliation?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

God’s Love

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. — Romans 5:8-11

Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. — Hebrews 7:25

Justified (to declare innocent or guiltless; absolve; acquit) by Jesus’ shed blood.

Saved from the wrath of God through Jesus. No one but Jesus.

Reconciled (to reconsecrate, to restore) by Jesus’ death.

Saved by Jesus’ resurrection.

Draw near to the One who made salvation, reconciliation and justification possible. He is the only way!

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

The ONLY Mediator

For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, — 1 Timothy 2:5

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.– John 14:6

Mediator: Jesus, the One who reconciles us to God. The One who speaks on our behalf -intercedes. The ONLY One in whom we can depend on to bring peace between God and ourselves.

Unless you are dependent upon Jesus, the One mediator between God and man, you have no access, no reconciliation, no hope of ever coming before the Father. There is no other access to God the Father. Jesus is the only way!

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon