Hi, I am Who I am!

First off let me say this. I am a Christian. I am washed in the blood of the Lamb. I am saved in Christ and I am, contrary to popular belief, NOT PERFECT…But I am forgiven. I have the same problems that everyone else has. I am human after all. I get depressed and I get so down at times that I just want to check out of reality for a little while. Now there are those that are gonna say things like:

“Wait if you are saved, then you’re perfect. So how can you be depressed?”

Nope not perfect. I won’t be perfect till I get to be with the Father and receive my reward, whatever that might be.

Or

“If God loves you the way that you say he does, He must not be a very loving God to let you go through the depression.”

God does love me. He sent his son to die for me and for you, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t have tribulation. We are going to have tribulation. (Romans 12:12, Acts 14:22, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:35-37, 1Thessalonians 3:4)

Or

“You must not be as saved as you say you are or Jesus would take away all your problems.”

It doesn’t work that way. I am saved in Christ, but I still live in the world and still have to deal with all the problems that come with it.

So

Yup I have heard them all. We tend to lay blame for our problems at the feet of the one who created us. We shake our fists in the air and yell “Why are you doing this to me?” It’s God’s fault or the “loves you so why” nonsense. We did this, not God. We did this, we had it made in the garden. We lacked for nothing and yet we threw it all away. We blame God and yet it is not His fault. We need a scapegoat and He is the goat to be scaped.

Even Christians do it. I have, jokingly of course. “Someone up there doesn’t love me!” We call out to God and cry that it is his fault and it’s not. Now why are I so on this “His fault” line. Cause well it’s true.

I am who I am. I am a flawed human being! I am saved by grace and living in the love of the Lord. I love being a Christian. They say that being a Christian is a ball chain thing. I am a slave to the King and nothing could be further than the truth. Since I took Jesus as my own, I have had all the freedom that I so love. Jesus is a not a ball and chain but rather He is a chain breaker, a prison shaker and a pretty awesome Saviour!

There is no such thing as a perfect Christian today. We are flawed. All we can do is do the best that we can and serve the Lord and spread His gospel. If we all do that then our Lord will be known around the world and be worshiped! We are to be Christ like and as hard as we try, we won’t be able to . Christ is Perfect! We are not!

You are loved. Loved by a loving God. Loved by a Saviour that gave his life for you. So when someone says “aren’t you perfect?” You can say!

not perfect

“Keep Looking UP! His Coming Is Nigh!”

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Jesus Is!

Who is Jesus, well there are many names for Him! The Bible is full of them. You can’t swing a cat without reading one.

1Cor 15:45-47

45 So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.

Paul writes that Jesus is the second Adam. Without sin and perfect. Adam was originally perfect in every way. Had he done what he was suppose to do, he would have stayed perfect but alas he did not.

Jesus on the other hand was perfect. He was born perfect for he was not just a mortal man. He is God made flesh!

Allies, the Christian band, calls Jesus “The Last Chance Cafe.” For He is the last chance.

“NO man comes before the Father but by me!” John 14:6

Rev 21:6

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “[a]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.”

Jesus is the First and the Last.

White Heart calls Jesus “The Beat Of A Different Drum”

Rock And Roll Worship Circus calls Jesus “The Undiscovered”

Carman calls Jesus “The Champion”

C.S. Lewis calls him “Aslan”

http://www.lettersofnote.com/2010/04/and-answer-was-aslan.html

So many names of the Loving Saviour!

John calls Him the Advocate (1 John 2:1) He also calls Him the Word (John 1:1). Matthew calls Him, Beloved of God (Matthew 12:18). Mark called Him, Good Teacher (Mark 10:17). Luke calls Him, Consolation of Israel (Luke 2:25)

He is throughout all of the Old Testament. Daniel calls Him, “Ancient of Days “(Dan 7:9), David calls Him so many names. “King of Glory” (Psalms 24:7), “Chief Cornerstone”(Psalms118:22), “Most Mighty” (Psalms 45:3).

Jeremiah

“Branch Of Righteousness” (Jer 33:15)

Isaiah

“Wonderful Counselor (is 9:6), Mighty God (Is 9:6), Eternal Father (Is 9:6), Prince Of Peace (Is. 9:6), Mighty One Of Jacob (Is 60:16), Man of Sorrows (Is 53:3)”

These are but a few. Look them up and get the read along points if you have them in your Bible.

Jesus has so many names that are not biblical but still so important. One person I know calls Jesus “The Love Of My Life”. Whatever you call him be it “First Love” (1 John 4: 19) to “Love of a Lifetime” or maybe the simple “Saviour”.

The names we give to the Saviour of the world is up to us. They can be biblical or not. We show our love and respect for Him when we do so. If people look at you funny, smile and whisper “Jesus is Groovy Man!”

“To God be the Glory, for in His love for us, He sent HIS Son to die for all mankind.”

Carman said it best!

 

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming is Nigh!”

 

Copyright 2019 Jim Ley

 

 

 

 

Jesus’ Gang!

I was asked to join a gang…….I gave them this response….

“I am already in a gang….the best gang of all…and my Leader is pretty rad….balls to the wall sort of guy….after all…..He did spread out His arms and die for me!”

 

“Keep Looking Up!! His Coming Is High!”

Love Is!

love is blind. Love is blind. Love Is blind. Love Is Blind! Let that sink in for a bit. Let the revelation of it make you go…hmmmmmmm. (I will wait!).

Okay so now that you know that LOVE IS BLIND!! Did you know that it is true. Love is one of those emotions that are wonderful and fulfilling. Love makes you feel giddy and alive. Your world turns brighter. It comes alive. Without love, life is a slight drab. Now with that being said, to some a life without love is just fine for them. They have fun and enjoyment well until they see their friends in love. Being in love is one of the best feelings in the world. But, yes of course there is a but. Love is felt tenfold when it is coupled with the love of God!

We say that love is blind but it’s not.  We say we will love forever, we don’t. We fall out of  love for whatever reason. Maybe because we are tired of getting hurt or the love we once felt is no longer the same. It has mellowed. It faded and as hard as we try, we can’t get it back. But there is a secret to keeping your love alive.

The love of God can keep the earthly love you have alive. God’s love is unconditional. Believe it or not, our love is not. We set conditions on it. If you loved me and so on and so forth. We say that cause no matter what, we are not secure in the love we have for each other! But the love of God never fades or fails. It is always secure and we can revel in it. Bath in it. Swim in it!

If both of you are in the Love of God then the love you have for each other will be stronger. Does this mean that your love for each other won’t be tested. Won’t be stretched. Nope. Sorry but we are not God, we are human. We are nowhere near perfect. God’s love is perfect and true.

Jeremiah 31:3

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
    I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Where the love we have for our spouse is a human love, prone to failure, we sometimes just don’t feel the same way anymore. “I love you but I am no longer in love with you.” is a true statement and it happens for whatever reason. We fall out of love. It happens in Christian marriages as well, but it is worth the work and the fight. Let God in and He will help you.

“Keep Looking Up! His Coming Is Nigh!”

 

God Loves YOU!!!!

God. The Great I Am. Jehovah. The God Of Abraham, Issac, Jacob and Jesus Christ. He created this world and the entire universe that we live in.

Genesis 1:1-5

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”

6 days it took Him to create this universe and the ball of dust that we call home. 6 days to create all the things on this ball of dust. 6 days to prepare it for His greatest creation. Man. He created us perfect. We were set in a garden with everything that we needed. We were able to commune with God at any given time. He would walk the garden and take care of us and talk with us. All we had to do was obey Him in one thing.

Genesis 2:15-17

15 Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The Lord God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

That was it. No big deal right. No problem but alas there was a problem. The devil had come into the garden and tickled Eve’s ear. He whispered sweet nothings in her ear and she listened. She listened and the devil smiled. Now understand this, the devil is not a god. He is not a demi-god. He is a created being just like us. God created him!

(Ezekiel 28:11-19)

11 Again the word of the Lord came to me saying, 12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God,

“You had the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 “You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond;
The beryl, the onyx and the jasper;
The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald;
And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets,
Was in you.
On the day that you were created
They were prepared.
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers,
And I placed you there.
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 “You were blameless in your ways
From the day you were created
Until unrighteousness was found in you.
16 “By the abundance of your trade
You were internally filled with violence,
And you sinned;
Therefore I have cast you as profane
From the mountain of God.
And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the stones of fire.
17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I put you before kings,
That they may see you.
18 “By the multitude of your iniquities,
In the unrighteousness of your trade
You profaned your sanctuaries.
Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you;
It has consumed you,
And I have turned you to ashes on the earth
In the eyes of all who see you.
19 “All who know you among the peoples
Are appalled at you;
You have become terrified
And you will cease to be forever.”’”

 

You think that for the garden and being looked after, they would be thankful and obey God. They would be content to live in perfection but alas no. Eve listened to the snake and of course Adam listened to Eve. Eve bit of the apple and found that it was good and so she convinced Adam to do the same.

The Snake knew what he was doing and he did it with perfection. He had convinced them to eat of the apple. He was thankful. He had corrupted the only two on the planet. He had done his job well. He had gained two new followers or at least he thought he did.

So God is walking through the garden and calls out of Adam and he does not answer. He calls again and still no answer. Finally Adam answers.

Genesis 3 is the story of the fall of Man. It is too long to put in here so I will leave it to you to look it up and read it.

Man learned about good and evil. He also learned that he was well..stupid! He listened to the Evil one. He let himself be fooled. So where does that leave him. Ashamed and scared. He never noticed that he was naked before. But now he does. He never realized that he could loose everything. Now he does and he does loose everything.

God came walking through the garden to commune with Adam but they hid in fear. God called out to him and Adam replied.

“I heard the sound of You in the garden and I was afraid.”

“Why were you afraid?”

“Because I am naked and did not want you to see me that way.”

“Who said you were naked? Did you eat of the tree I told you not to eat from?”

And so begins the idea of “passing the buck“.

Adam replied

“The woman that you gave me gave me the apple and convinced me to eat of it.”

God replied

“What have you done? Did you do this awful thing?”

Eve replied

“The serpent deceived me and I ate of the apple!”

So God curses the serpent to move along the ground by way of his belly.

That is the simple retelling of the fall of man. It can also be boiled down to this one line. “The fall of man is because of a chick that didn’t know a line when she heard one and a dude that didn’t know how to keep his mouth shut!”

All kidding aside. God created man for what purpose.  “God put man on the earth to reflect His image and to rule over the creation (Gen. 1:26, 28).”  Why create a universe if there is no one to do anything with it. It would shrivel up and die. So God created man to rule over the land, the see and all the animals.

God created the world for His greatest creation. US. We were given the keys to the kingdom and instead of treasuring them, we trampled them into the ground like rocks. We sinned a great sin and God could have destroyed us right then and there, but He didn’t. He did however “curse us”. We had it made and we tossed it away.

Genesis 3:16

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;
    with painful labor you will give birth to children.
Your desire will be for your husband,
    and he will rule over you.”

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

 

Now understand this, God is God. He could have destroyed them but he didn’t Why, because like any Father, He is patient with his children. So he did the following.

Genesis 21-24

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”

23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

God is a God of love. Some say that He is a god of anger. The fall of man story says otherwise. If God was a god of anger, He would have destroyed Adam and Eve and the devil and started all over again. But he didn’t. Adam started fresh only now instead of having everything handed to him on a silver platter, he had to work for it.

God loves us. He loves us for we are His creation. People say that “God Hates the Sinner” that is so not true. God hates the SIN but loves the SINNER! and if you would like Proof…read Genesis 3!

“Keep Looking UP! For His Coming Is Nigh!”