“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
Even though God gave everything to the nation of Israel, they rebelled against him. Even to the point where they were worshipping other gods and sacrificing their own children. God become furious and had enough, but because he is a loving and forgiving Father, he told them if they repented he would forgive them.
We can relate to Israel also, God has given us so much, including his only begotten Son, yet we still rebel. We still worship other gods including money and celebrities. Not matter how much God has blessed us with , it always seems like its never enough. But God has given us everything, including redemption of our sins including eternal life.
The crimson blood of Christ was shed on the cross, so we can become white as snow. The purification of our sins and lawlessness, is a gift of Gods grace and mercy. Become white as wool, as the sheep to our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
This is a promise by your Heavenly Father, don’t squander the salvation of your soul. The salvation that makes us white as snow, in the eyes of our Creator , in Jesus Name Amen
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10
Have you been persecuted for the sake of righteousness? Notice Jesus says “for the sake of righteousness”. He’s not saying anyone who’s ever been persecuted will get to Heaven. Those who are persecuted for doing Gods work will be the ones rewarded.
The original Greek word for “Persecute” is “ Dioko” which means to aggressively chase, hunt down, and overtake. We see Christian Persecution on a large scale today. ISIS has murdered and persecuted thousands to millions of Christians all over the world. But we should not live in fear, but take heart, because God knows your suffering and your reward will be the Kingdom of Heaven.
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years Revelation 20:4
The Bible tells us “The Persecuted” will be resurrected and reign with the King of Kings, Lord Jesus Christ during the millennial reign. Just as Christ has overcome death, we shall also overcome. So don’t live in fear of your faith, be strong and courageous just as God has commanded us
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4
Satan’s time is limited on this Earth. Him and his followers will be looking to devour Gods people like a roaring Lion. However, there will be a day of Redemption. A day when sin and death will exist no more. Hold on during these days of persecution for yours is the King of Heaven in Jesus Name Amen
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
Are you a “Peacemaker”? Peace is something the world is always striving for, we write songs about it, books about it, but it never truly happens. Why? Because its in our instinct to want control, to envy, to lust, to demand power. When we conduct our daily lives, are we truly seeking Peace or conflict?
The original Greek for “Peacemaker” comes from “Eirene” which means “peace of mind” “wholeness when joined together” and “Poieo” which means to “Make, “Construct”, or “Cause” So a “Peacemaker” is one who is looking to unite people by their actions.
Jesus who is the “ Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) taught us about making Peace by “Loving God” (Matthew 22:37) “Loving our Neighbors”(Matthew 22:39) and even “Loving our Enemies” (Matthew 5:44) Was this a popular concept? No, this is one of the reasons most Jews turned on him because they wanted war with the Romans.
But by Jesus actions on the cross, he was able to create an eternal Peace that is within that no one can take away. Jesus is the ultimate “Peacemaker”, an actions to bring Peace and unite Gods people.
We should strive to be more like Christ and be a “Peacemaker”. Will it always make you popular? Probably not, but Jesus promised that we would be called Children of God!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
Are you pure in heart? Many people are religious but that doesn’t mean they will ever see God. We must remember that God reads the hearts and minds of us all (Jeremiah 17:10) Just because you’re putting on a good show for everyone, you’re not fooling God. If your heart is corrupted with evil , you have not truly been transformed. You can’t walk with God and hold hands with Satan.
Even Christians, Jesus taught us that many would profess his name, but he will say depart from me you evil doers, I never knew you! (Matthew 7:23) What is going on here? The problem is just because you call yourself a “Christian” and use the name of Jesus, if your heart is still corrupted, your works are still evil. We see this a lot in today’s Christianity, multi-million dollar Churches and Ministries, proclaiming the name of Jesus, yet becoming corporations. Is there hearts really pure or clean?
So how do we become pure in heart? The Greek word for “heart is “kardia” meaning “center of our being” . Obviously, Jesus isn’t talking about our physical heart but our spiritual heart. The Center core of your being. Is the core of you rotten or is it filled with Holiness? Now remember we will continual to struggle with the flesh, as it’s in our nature to sin. But when you strive to be holy, fill yourself with the Holy Spirit, then the fruits of Gods Spirit will produce.
Is it popular in this world to want to be pure or holy? Of course not, as the world wants to live in sin and enjoy the temporary pleasures of this world. But remember the eternal promise Jesus made to us, the pure in heart will see God!