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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

He Became Our Sin

I am sharing Joseph Prince's devotional message today. I felt it was worth sharing here. Please read it with an open heart and receive the truth of the word of Christ. HE took it all upon Himself, so that we wouldn't have to bear the suffering and punishment of sickness, pain and poverty. He died young, so that we could live a long full life in abundance! What a Savior!

Meditate On
He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
1 John 2:2, NLT
The Price Has Been Paid!
When guilt and condemnation weigh heavily on their conscience, many feel the need to pay for their sins. To appease the sense that they have failed, they punish themselves by mentally berating themselves repeatedly for their failings, and some even go so far as to cause injury or harm to their own bodies. And when things don’t work out in their studies, work or relationships, they tell themselves that they deserve the negative outcome. They don’t feel that they deserve to succeed in what they do.
My friend, the answer to our consciousness of guilt, failure or inadequacy is the cross. The cross declares, “Jesus, the sinless, spotless, beloved Son of God, died in your place. There is your punishment! He was pierced. He was cut. He was wounded for your transgressions. He was crushed so that you don’t have to be crushed. He died young so that you don’t have to die young!”
Our conscience is satisfied when we look at the cross and see Jesus Christ hanging there, suspended between heaven and earth. He who knew no sin became our sin, and He bore the fullness of God’s holy and righteous indignation in His very own person on our behalf.
When we look to the cross and realize, “There is my punishment. There is my death,” our conscience says, “Peace. It’s paid.” We don’t have to wound ourselves. We don’t have to beat ourselves. Jesus suffered it all for us so that we can have His every blessing and reign in life. He alone is the sacrifice that atones for all our sins. Hallelujah!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Let's Put an End to Domestic Violence!

It's sad that I feel I needed to blog on this today, the Christmas season, where there should be peace and love in abundance. But, unfortunately, that is not always the case. And it seems that it is not always the case in the Christian realm as well. I wish I didn't have to type those words, but we live in a fallen world where bad things still happen. My hope for you (or someone you love) is healing, in the name of Jesus! We are Healing Heart Ministries and we love and care for you with the heart of Jesus.
Some say that nothing happens apart from God's will. I emphatically do not believe that. His will is for us to be in health and to prosper, not to be harmed or killed in a domestic violence situation. Know that if you are being abused, this is not something you deserve. God is not punishing you for some sin or transgression that you may have committed. No, He loves you! He is the Healer and Comforter.

This is an excerpt from a book titled, "No Place For Abuse"

"Domestic violence is a leading cause of injury and death to women worldwide. Nearly one in four women around the globe is physically or sexually abused in her lifetime, and gender violence causes more death and disability among women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents or war. Regrettably, the church is not immune to this problem. Numerous studies suggest that incident rates among active church-goers are nearly the same as those among the general populace."

I'm happy that these two women decided to write this book, It's time for the hurt to stop and we all have a part in helping to stop it. It starts with awareness and giving voice to what is (and has been) happening for far too long.
I urge you to get a copy of the book today... here is the link. I hope this information will help someone.

This is the Kindle version.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Peace

Only Christ can bring peace to the heart of man (woman).
Violence and hatred are polar opposites of peace. We are seeing examples of this in Ferguson, MO. We hear stories of violent acts every day on our news channels. All of them can be attributed to a lack....specifically, a lack of Jesus.

When we come to Him humbly, knowing we cannot save ourselves and cannot find our own way, He comes in and exchanges His life with ours. He gives us new life in Him. Therein is the only way to find peace in your heart. I found my peace with Him...I want you to find yours as well. Then it will truly be a "Merry Christmas!"

Please see the commercial at the bottom of the blog titled, "Only Christ Can Bring Peace."