“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 121)
Did you ever feel that you’re aimlessly wondering through life without any direction? If so, God’s Word can provide much needed guidance and protection.
God provided this miraculous protection to Israel in October 1973, when the Egyptians and Syrians launched a surprise attack that has become to be known as the battle of Yom Kippur (Golan Heights) located at Israel’s and Syria’s border. Yom Kippur is one of the holiest days on the Jewish calendar because it celebrates a day of repentance, prayer and fasting. On the evening of the attack…it was a very dark and cloudy night. To be safe, the Israeli soldiers needed to cross the desert, but to their astonishment…they came upon a mind-field making it impossible to reach the other side. All of a sudden…a mighty wind began to blow across the desert exposing the bright moon. Needless to say, the soldiers all crossed the dessert safely. This incredible miracle is a wonderful reminder that if God’s children continuously follow Him…His Word becomes an ever-lasting light that can lead them to safety in difficult situations.
Sweet Aroma vs. Stench—Is your life a sweet aroma and writing a beautiful letter of Christ to others by how you live? A writing that is delivered not with regular ink as we know it, but “with [the] living Spirit of [the] living God” as in (2 Corinthian 3:3) or leaving a stench behind that does not give a great example of “the purest motive, as [commissioned and sent] by God, we speak [His message] in Christ (the Messiah), in the [very] sight and presence of God.” (2 Corinthians 2:17)
Clothing yourself with the sweet aroma of Christ is not only a blessing to others, but yourself. God desires the best of His Children!
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While shopping at a teacher store today—I noticed a BIG eraser. On the eraser—it said in bold print “For Really BIG Mistakes”. This reminded me of the really BIG mistakes we make in our lives. No one is perfect and because of this—we have great potential to make ridiculous mistakes—“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”(Romans 3:23) What is really cool though is that God can erase any mistake—not only the blunders we have made, but the one’s we will make in the future. Once we have made the decision to say “yes” to Jesus and make Him our Savior—The blood of Jesus washes us from our sins and freedom becomes possible, In (1 John 1:7), it says…”But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His son cleanses us from all sin.”
In my own life—I have made a lot of mistakes that I felt shame & condemnation for; for many years—even after I said “yes” to Jesus. Unfortunately, it took me years to truly know and understand that God forgave me in an instant, but—I had a hard time forgiving myself. I am sharing this because I want to encourage you not to make the same mistake—“THERE is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1) Any feelings of shame, condemnation and unforgiveness towards ourselves for our former sins does not come from God—God tells us we are free and the devil tries his best to tell us lies, so we continue to believe them—we do not want to become “ignorant” to the tactics he tries to use against us (2 Corinthians 2:11) It is extremely important that we know—“For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons. For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) God speaks truth and the devil does not—God lifts up and the devil tries to hold us down.
It is important to do our best not to take God’s forgiveness and grace for granted and continue to sin. Always remember—once you say “yes” to Jesus you are no longer trapped in your past. You are free and completely washed from your sin—no mistake in your life is BIG enough for God to handle. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
How do you completely erase your really BIG mistakes? It is as simple as saying a prayer. If you would like to say “yes” to Jesus all you need to do is ask Him to forgive you for your sins and invite Him to live in your heart for the rest of your life. This is the most important decision you will make in your life and insures your eternity with Him when you pass away. If you have said “yes” to Jesus—I would like to encourage you to find a good church in your area to begin your walk with Him and fully embrace all He wants to share with you for—He loves you very much!