While the Message Bible this morning, I read the introduction to Joshua. The last paragraph read:
People who want God as an escape from reality, from the often hard conditions of this life, don’t find this
much to their liking. But to the man or woman wanting more reality, not less – this continuation of the salvation story -Joshua’s fierce and devout determination to win land for his people and his extraordinary attention to getting all the tribes and their families name by name assigned to their own place, is good news indeed, Joshua lays a firm foundation for a life that is grounded.
I guess our ad should read: If you want to get real, join our team! We’re real! We have real problems real troubles, but we have the hope that Jesus will get us through it all.
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I am a novice writer and painter who loves to be creative. I love singing but can't sing without a hymnal, except for children's songs. I love to make up my own songs and love the old hymns. I love to garden and got that love from my Mom and Dad who taught be everything I know from planting to harvesting to canning. I'm happy gardening, walking with my pug, JD Sir Winston Churchill, painting, and crafting. I love to spend Saturday's sitting in my rocker going through a bible study.
I love working with elementary school aged children and seeing them use their creative gifts. I have taught
Sunday school for a number of years and taught in the public schools for 18 years. I might say I'm retired but I spend most of my time subbing and enjoy it immensely.
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10 thoughts on “Jesus Paid it All”
I asked a church in NC the difference between ‘set and make’ (referring to the scripture found in John 8:32) “And, you shall know the truth and the truth will set or (make KJV) you free.” They said their is a difference in set and make? And, I asked them to explain. This was their answer:
“Happy Home P. H. Church” Someone can be set free out of a jail or situation, but that does not make them free from the issues that put them there in the first place.
One is only made free when “truth” is accepted and applied to their belief system.”
Yes, Rena, “Jesus will get us through it all.” He will make us free…..Think on this, our team and those that join us here!
It’s true and it’s truth. One can go through the motions of living and not be really living life. One can go through life, deceiving and being deceived. It could be about little things, and usually is. But Little things mean a lot. Some ignore a certain situation or even situations that crop up from time to time and fumble and bluster through it, never really facing the core of the issue and wondering why that “thing” never changes.
That old saying…’.insanity it doing the same old thing in the same old way in the same old circumstance over and over again and expecting different results.’
To receive the freedom that Jesus presents to us we have to get free of our SELF. That SELF messes us up every time . It lies to us about our “feelings” and gives us bad advice to follow our “emotions” to the outcome that we become prisoners of our SELVES. “And it is for freedom that Christ has made us free!”
I have also learned we get through it with a lot of counsel. There seems to be a lot of healing through Christian counsel, THE Word, and God speaking in our lives.
Thank you God.
How often do we think we are thinking perfectly sane and our thinking is twisted – not in touch with reality. Why! Maybe our upbringing or just because we are sinful creatures. Or perhaps we have bought into a lie. One such lie is ” Just make peace! Forget what was said or done, just make peace.” With the will to want change we sit and face the sin in the mirror and are horrified. We suddenly recognize the sin. Next with the above help, we can be set free of our twistedness by making a choice each day to stay untwisted. As a counselor said to me the way you do this is pray each day. “God let me get out of the driver’s seat of my life today and Lord you have permission to take over today. Amen
I see in reading Joshua 1 that the Lord gives him steps, keys, guidelines for success and freedom written about above.
“Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:7-9
And after listening to and agreeing with His advice, oh how we need to rely upon and follow it. He promises to be with us. There were quite a few chapters in Joshua after his initial task commission by the Lord that he had to experience and walk through. It is encouraging to read in Joshua 21:45 of the results of Joshua’s walk: “Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.”
“God let me get out of the driver’s seat of my life today and Lord you have permission to take over today”. Rena, this prayer reminds me of a song. I believe the title is “Jesus, take the wheel”.
Joshua had fierce and devout determination!
Yes, Carrie Underwood. I “you-tubed” it yesterday, and listened and read the lyrics, as it played.
Someone wrote a song or maybe it was a book “God Is My Co-pilot.” But the spiritual reality of it is…get out of the pilot’s seat and let Jesus fly your aircraft. He knows how to handle the planes of life, how to fly over dangerous areas and how to fly above the storms of life and best of all, eventually, how to take us into a safe landing into the arms of GOD. Why we would want to run the show every day of our lives is a real mystery. Most of us do not do it well. Why not let an EXPERT take over? That is Jesus the Lord…and GOD IS IN CONTROL, anyway. So we must stop kidding ourselves and submit. Jesus said, “the meek will inherit the earth.”
I watched a family member attempting to communicate with her troubled brother one weekend. He was being very difficult and would not listen to anything his sister was telling him although it was for the good of his condition. His stubborn will frustrated his sister and in the middle of their conversation she said “Oh Jesus take the wheel!” What an awesome cry during a time of trouble….Oh Jesus take the wheel!!! The sister knew who to call on in a difficult time. What a smart lady she is!! She knew Jesus was the only one that could help. Her own mind was spinning with frustration which was quickly leading to anger… but she stopped her spinning vessel by getting out of the driver seat and allowing Jesus to take the wheel. Jesus paid it all. Jesus set us free with the price he paid.. Jesus took the wheel!!!
Psalms 116:16 “O Lord, I am your servant; yes, I am your servant, born into your household; you freed me from my chains.”
Ephesians 1:6-7 “6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”
Jesus is our freedom from all our situations. So in every situation that we face…JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL….