Posts made by Joce Gordon
RE: On the other side
Good to hear from you. I have been on the ‘other side’ as well and I certainly am not perfect either. It does take time for these things to pass but it does happen as we have Jesus continually interceding for us and loving our hearts back to softness.
Recalling that Jesus died in our place for our own dark and sinful pasts, as well as those of our partner’s, is so important. I am so grateful that even though Jesus was rejected by the world, He did not reject us but carried our sins up the hill of Calvary, took them to the cross and our sinful pasts were nailed right there through His flesh. When He died, our sins and the judgement we deserved died with Him, and we rose in Christ as new creations with our Father warmly smiling on us in favor forever. Because of Christ’s rejection and being forsaken for us, we are accepted.
Deanna, when this thought stronghold comes before you, cast the thoughts ( 2 Corinthians 10:3-5) immediately and repeatedly onto Your burden bearer, Jesus, asking for His grace and enabling power to forgive and see yourself and your fiancé as God sees you both in Christ: Forgiven, cherished, flawless and deeply loved! Think of the gospel and the good things about your partner in these times, as you have said here: “he was such an amazing guy, and still is, and we’ve grown so much in our faith together”. I am praying for you and your fiancé, Deanna.
Kept Safe in the Arms of Christ
To all who have been called by God. God the Father loves you, and you have been kept safe in Jesus Christ: Jude 1:1 NCV
Have you considered how securely you are held in the arms of Jesus?
I had cause to think on this the other day when there was a tremendous storm in our area with gale-force winds throwing branches around, the windows were shaking, and the electricity was flickering. A large branch fell on a window and I went outside to shift it before it broke through the glass. As I stepped outside, my foot slipped from underneath me on the wet tiles and I started falling back into the window, unable to save myself. All I can recall was crying out to Jesus in fear to help me from certain harm. It was only by His grace, by an act of His love, that I did not crash to the ground and was steadied back onto my feet.
But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. Psalm 73:2 NIV
Before we knew Christ, we had certain death and torment before us, held cruelly captive by Satan. We were unable to stop sliding and tripping up in our sin, desperately trying to wrench free of its power and be washed clean of the guilt and shame that weighed down our hearts.
Although you wash yourself with soap and use an abundance of cleansing powder, the stain of your guilt is still before me,” declares the Sovereign Lord. Jeremiah 2:22 NIV
But God, in His love, called us and kept us for Jesus Christ from the beginning of time. He laid hold of us by His righteous and steadfast right hand through His dearest Son.
Jesus, a good man on behalf of sinners (1 Peter 3:18), walked into our darkness at Calvary, taking each hidden and fearful sin from our hearts and placed them in His body. Burdened and slipping with the weight of the wooden beam of the cross on His back, He dragged Himself to the top of the hill at Golgotha and surrendered to each nail of crucifixion. Our sins were fastened through His bleeding flesh to the cross, canceling out our guilt, settling forever the debt on our behalf for our unholiness before His Father.
Forgiveness was poured from His heart into ours as we knelt in the sacrifice of His scarlet, atoning blood at the foot of the cross, the epicenter of His magnificent victory over sin, death, and Satan. Jesus fixed His loving gaze on each of us in that blessed moment forevermore!
Do you feel Jesus’ heartbeat of love for you to wrap Himself, as your substitute, in pain and injury and ultimately death so you could be wrapped eternally in the love of God?
Our ultimate security does not lie in our weak and sometimes slipping grip on Christ, but only on His strong grip of us because of the most stunning moment in history when grace and truth broke into this world through Jesus.
We now have "an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you" and we are "protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." (1 Peter 1:4-5 NASB) What awesome security is this!
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever. Psalm 73:23-26 NIV
King of Kings
In the darkness we were waiting
Without hope without light
Till from heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes
To fulfil the law and prophets
To a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory
To a cradle in the dirt
Praise the Father
Praise the Son
Praise the Spirit three in one
God of glory
Praise forever to the King of Kings
To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross
For even in Your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake You died
And the morning that You rose
All of heaven held its breath
Till that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come
To the Father are restored
And the Church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel shall not faint
By His blood and in His Name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ
Who has resurrected me
Think on His Love!
Think on His Love!
“God set his love on undeserving sinners by turning his back on his deserving Son – all because he loves. How is it possible that we will stand confidently before him on the day of judgment? Because “his love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). How can we war against our selfishness and learn to love God and our neighbors? Because “he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
Drink deeply of his love, the kind of love that he has given us - justifying, propitiating, adopting love. Because of his love, we are the “children of God” (1John 3:1-3). Don’t let familiarity with this truth anesthetize your soul to its power: his beloved son left his heavenly home, traversed down into our world, lived sinlessly, died shamefully, was forsaken by his Father, and was buried in a cold tomb. The Father gave his Son in exchange for us so that he might claim us as his sons. Then he raised him from the dead to assure us again that we are now and forever his. Jesus Christ, the God-Man, has taken our flesh into the throne room of heaven, and therefore nothing - not our weakness, not our sin, “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39).
Think on his love. You can’t do it enough. Be enraptured by it; let it overwhelm you.” p. 65, “Counsel from the Cross” by Fitzgerald and Johnson.
Why preach the gospel to ourselves?
Why should we preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to ourselves? Here are seven good reasons!
“First of all, it regularly and repetitively exposes us to the glory of God…God has displayed this “glory” through the gospel, and meditation is a key that unlocks it. The best way to meditate is to preach the gospel to oneself regularly…This is what Paul has in mind when he tells us to “seek the things that are above” and “set your minds on things that are above” (Col. 3:1-2).
There is a second reason to preach the gospel to yourself. It will help you grow in humility. On the cross, Jesus takes our place. He gets what we deserve, and it is ugly… But those with spiritual wisdom beg God to humble them. They know that most of God’s riches flow through the funnel of humility…Here are some examples: intimacy with Christ (Isa. 57:15), favor with God (Prov. 3:34), exaltation by God (Ps. 147:6), salvation in the broadest sense (Matt. 5:3) , and honor from God (Prov. 15:33).
…Third, those that preach the gospel to themselves are most likely to gain deliverance from that three headed monster-guilt, inferiority and low self -image. Here is the reason. The gospel is all about grace. Grace is reward given to those who deserve punishment. The gospel is the good news that God loves us not because of our virtues. He loves us in spite of their absence. The gospel is about divine power flowing through weak people. It is about the exaltation of God’s wisdom through foolish people. It is about God using the lowly and despised to shame the important. In other words, the gospel is for the needy, the guilty, and those who feel inferior. The gospel increasingly dissolves guilt, inferiority, and despair in the solvent of God’s love.
Fourth, preaching the gospel to oneself accelerates sanctification…John Piper writes, “Our temptation is to think that the gospel is for beginners and then we go onto greater things. But the real challenge is to see the gospel as the greatest thing-and getting greater all the time”.
Fifth, those who repeatedly preach the gospel to themselves are increasingly “abounding in thanksgiving” ( Col.2:6). Why? The gospel shows us what we deserve-judgement. But, here is the good news: because of the gospel, we will never get what we deserve. No matter how bad our circumstances are, this truth will make us overflow with gratitude. The gospel reminds us that Christians are not getting, and never will get, what they deserve. Believers who preach the gospel to themselves understand this. Therefore, they are increasingly thankful, and thankful people are joyful people.
Sixth, those who preach the gospel to themselves are increasingly hopeful…The future for every Christian is an eternity with no crying, nor mourning, nor pain.
Finally, preaching the gospel to oneself culminates in worship. The gospel is the ultimate ground for worship. Revelation 5 paints a picture of the worship that is taking place in heaven as you read these words. At the center of that worship is the Lamb who was slain, now standing in victory. What is the response? Heaven spontaneously erupts in a glorious, noisy, ecstatic worship. There is shouting, clapping, singing. Every step towards the gospel takes us closer to the infinite goodness of the infinite God. That is why the gospel provokes grateful worship.” pp 15-17, “Hidden in the gospel” by William Farley.
RE: Prayer for my wife and my health.
@Jan-Kohlmann Oh Jan my heart broke to hear the sad news about your dear wife but praising God with you that she has entered eternity without pain and suffering with her glorious Savior.
Heavenly Father, I pray for Jan that you would reveal yourself to Jan as the God of all comfort and compassion, who comforts us in all our trials, who mends broken hearts and heals at the cross. Please give boundless grace to Jan as he prepares to shift homes to Kentucky if it be Your will and may Your healing presence bless him and strengthen him and shield him. Please raise Jan’s eyes to see the deep deep love of the Suffering Servant at the cross for him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
RE: Question about forgiveness
@Nay-Rollinson Dear Nay, I am praying also for you and your husband. Draw near the cross Nay and spend time there seeing how much you are cherished and forgiven by Jesus in laying down HIs life for you and giving you His perfect right standing before His Father. See His arms spread out wide inviting you to run and be embraced without any barriers between you. He knows already of your distress, He knows already of your tears and He invites you to come to Him and receive His enabling grace which melts hearts and overcomes all struggles. Nay, you can always trust God, He never lies and He will lead you surely. I pray this post may be helpful to you: https://settingcaptivesfree.com/forum/topic/813/how-to-forgive-corrie-ten-boom/2
RE: Newbie here
@Jackie-Carpenter Welcome Jackie! The current Weight Loss course has been completely rewritten with a focus on the gospel – the death and resurrection of Jesus.
I am so glad that you want to have your eyes focused on Christ as it says in these verses:
*Since you were raised from the dead with Christ, aim at what is in heaven, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Think only about the things in heaven, not the things on earth. Your old sinful self has died, and your new life is kept with Christ in God. Christ is your life, and when he comes again, you will share in his glory. Colossians 3:1-4
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2*
There are so many things in the world today – ‘things on earth’ - that we can focus on – diet programs and behavioral techniques to name just two. However, we are told to put our attention not on these but on what Christ has done for us: when Jesus was hung on the wooden tree, He died for our sin, our old sinful life died with Him and then we were raised from the dead in Christ and now sit with Christ at the right hand of God. Now this is something to gaze at in wonder and awe! And Jackie when we do this, our hearts start to worship Jesus in adoration and we experience the power of the cross to break the power of gluttony in our lives.