Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Purpose of Jesus' Life, Being Born Again, and Eternal Life: What it Means to Have Jesus in Your Heart

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What it means to have Jesus in your heart

The Purpose of Jesus’ Life, Being Born Again, and Eternal Life: 

What it means to have Jesus in your heart


The Bible tells us a story about Jesus’ birth and his death upon the cross. But why was he born and why did he die on a cross? What was the purpose of Jesus’ life? How do we get to heaven? Why should I believe in God?
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Jesus wants our hearts and for us to live for him and him only. The problem is that there is evil in this world. The enemy is hard at work trying to keep us from accepting Jesus. The enemy wants us to believe that God isn’t the truth and that Jesus isn’t the way to heaven. The enemy wants us to believe that there are many ways to heaven, not just through Jesus. Many people believe that you can get to heaven just by good works or being a good person. Then, there are others who believe in tolerance of others beliefs and that there are multiple ways to heaven. Most atheists don’t believe in heaven or the afterlife.
But, what is the TRUTH?

Jesus was born for the very purpose of dying on the cross for our sins. (Matthew 1:21). As long as we give our life to him, live for him, and believe in him we will have eternal life with him. The purpose of Jesus’ life was to teach about the kingdom of God and to tell people to repent for the kingdom of God is near.
You Must Be Born Again

John chapter 3 (ESV)
You need to have Jesus in your heart to see the kingdom of God1 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, Truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Jesus was explaining to the man that you have to be born again in order to go to heaven. The man thought that Jesus was saying that you have to be born again from your mother. But, what Jesus meant was that you need to accept the Lord as your Savior. You need to have Jesus in your heart to see the kingdom of God. Christ makes all things new! He has forgiven our sins and we have a new slate.


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9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you do not understand these things? 11 Truly, Truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

Whoever believes in God will have eternal life. Before this only Jesus was able to descend from heaven and ascend into heaven. But now, those who believe are able to ascend into heaven.

Acts: 16:31- And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

God loves us so much that he sacrificed his only son, Jesus, so that people who believe in him won’t go to hell but they will go to heaven and live forever. Jesus was beaten with whips and pierced in his side while he was on the cross. The pain he went through on the cross is greater than any pain anyone on earth could bear. He died on the cross to forgive us of our sins.

17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

God wanted things to change so that we weren’t punished and condemned. He wanted people to have a chance to be saved. He wants people to make the decision to follow him, he won’t force anyone to believe in him.

18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

Whoever doesn’t believe will be condemned and will go to hell. Those who believe won’t be condemned.

19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.

Jesus has come into the world, people loved darkness (evil ways) rather than light (Jesus) because their works were evil. People like evil things, it’s easier to like evil than it is to like goodness and wholesome things. It’s easier to live like the world than it is to go against the world and live for Jesus.

21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

God sees our works, he sees if we are living in the light or in the darkness, he sees if our works are carried out in God.

25 Now a discussion arose between some of John’s disciples and a Jew over purification. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, he who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness—look, he is baptizing, and all are going to him.” 27 John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.’ 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Jesus began to baptize people and everyone went to him to get baptized. John let his disciples know that he wasn’t the Christ and that he was just sent before Jesus to baptize people in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus must increase and we must decrease to be filled with the Holy Spirit. If we are filled with ourselves we can’t be filled with the Spirit.

31 He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.

God is above all. God is above humans, angels, all other gods, any and everything. That is why he is an amazing God. No one can compare.

32 He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. 33 Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure. 35 The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

Those who receive his testimony and believe in the Son of God will have eternal life

We need to receive the testimony that God is true. Those who receive his testimony and believe in the Son of God will have eternal life, they will be saved. Those who don’t accept his testimony, don’t believe that God is true and don’t believe in the Son won’t have eternal life and will go to hell.

What happens when we accept Jesus as our Savior?

1.     When we are saved we become a child of God. We belong to God. (John1:12).
2.     We are a new creation. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17

What Next?

After we accept Jesus as our savior we should do the following:
1.     Find a church to attend that preaches from the Word of God, that teaches biblical truth, and focus on God’s love, grace, and mercy.
2.     Get baptized. Getting baptized is proclaiming that we are saved and not afraid to tell the world that we gave your life to Christ and that we will live your life for Christ. It is an act of obedience and we should be offering up repentance when getting baptized. Repentance is changing our life for Christ. Turning from our sins to live a life in obedience.
3.     Pray and read our Bible. There is no better way to get to know our Heavenly Father than by talking to him and reading his Word given to us by him. Everything he wants us to know is in his Word.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior? If you haven't, would you like to? Comment below or send me a message at purposeandlove@gmail.com




 






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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Raising a Hallelujah in the Struggles

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Raising a Hallelujah

In the struggles


How many of you have been through those struggles where you just couldn’t continue anymore? You know, those situations like your spouse left because you had been fighting for days, weeks or months on end and they didn’t want to work it out. Or you couldn’t afford your electric bill and your lights got shut off along with your heat and you feel like a failure of a parent because you can’t cook a warm meal or keep your kids warm at night when they sleep. Or your car broke down, you don’t have the money to fix it and fixing it would cost more than the car is worth, you let it go to the junk yard, and now you are without a vehicle. Or you have been late on your rent, it’s been over three months and you get an eviction notice.

It seems like a long dark tunnel with no light at the end. Problems keep arising and things seem to be getting worse and not better. You have been strong for what seems like forever and you feel like you can’t be strong anymore.

You’ve prayed daily asking for a miracle. You’ve prayed asking God for a break, some rest. The struggle has broken you. 

Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den. He petitioned (prayed) three times a day to God. He didn’t turn to man, he turned to God. An angel was sent to shut the mouths of the Lion. Daniel’s enemies were cast into the lion’s den after Daniel was set free. His enemies were immediately devoured by the lions. Daniel 6:1-28

In your struggle RAISE UP A HALLELUJAH! Praise God during these struggles and you will see him move in a way you haven’t seen before. Things will work swiftly in your favor.

SURELY, LORD, YOU BLESS THE RIGHTEOUS; YOU SURROUND THEM WITH YOUR FAVOR AS WITH A SHIELD. PSALM 5:12 

Look up and know that this struggle is only temporary, look up and know that God is on your side! You don’t see what God is doing.  But, you should know that no matter what he is doing you need to keep the faith and know that all things work together for your good.

Raising a Hallelujah is sending up praises to God. Praising God lets him know that he is welcome into your situation and welcome to take over. You are laying your struggles down at his feet and trusting him to take care of every wrong thing.


Sincerely Silver


Praising God makes it so that the enemy no longer has control of the situation and he must flee. We have the authority to make the enemy flee.

NO ONE TAKES IT FROM ME, BUT I LAY IT DOWN OF MY OWN ACCORD. I HAVE AUTHORITY TO LAY IT DOWN AND AUTHORITY TO TAKE IT UP AGAIN. THIS COMMAND I RECEIVED FROM MY FATHER.” JOHN 10:18

God prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies. God shows your enemy that they aren’t in control of your situation, God is! HALLELUJAH, PRAISE GOD! Our enemies are defeated and cannot be victorious over us.

YOU PREPARE A TABLE BEFORE ME IN THE PRESENCE OF MY ENEMIES. YOU ANOINT MY HEAD WITH OIL; MY CUP OVERFLOWS. PSALM 23:5

I pray that this has encouraged you and you start Raising a Hallelujah in your struggles. Start praising God and watch the enemy flee!

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Reading the Bible in Obedience and Putting God First

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Reading the Bible in Obedience and Putting God First


Personally I read my Bible every day. This wasn’t always the case. I made an attempt to read my Bible every day but would fail often. I eventually felt Gods pull on me asking me to read the Bible daily.

When I started writing the Purpose and Love blog I started to read the Bible multiple times a day because I would need multiple verses for reference in my posts.

The Bible doesn’t tell us to read the Bible every day. Reading the Bible every day would be because of a personal conviction. We need to pay attention to personal conviction by God. When God tells us or asks us to read our Bible we should pick up our Bible and read it. The Bible is God’s way of speaking to us, and when God asks us to pick up our Bible he is wanting to talk to us. When we don’t pick up our Bible, we are telling God no and not letting God talk to us.

God calls for us to read the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word. How can we come against the schemes of the devil if we don’t read our Bible? God shows us how to defeat the enemy, shows us love, forgiveness, and so many other things in his Word. If we aren’t picking up his Word how do we know what he is trying to say to us? 

Exodus 24:7 "Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient."Exodus 24:7 - “Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.”

How do we know what the Lord has spoken if we don’t read the Bible? We need to read the Bible to hear what he is telling us to do so that we can be obedient to him. Reading the Bible helps us to hide God’s Word in our heart.

This brings me to obedience.

Obedience and Putting God First


When we tell God no and don’t read our Bible when he asks us to, we are being disobedient. Disobedience isn’t okay. God gives grace and forgiveness but we shouldn’t be disobedient intentionally.

If God asks us to read our Bible every day we should do it.


God wants us to put him first. If we aren’t in the Bible and praying every day we aren’t putting God first. We are putting our life, work, family, friends, desires, phone, TV, etc., first. We are telling God that we are too busy for him. We should desire a close relationship with God, putting God first. To know God we need to read the Bible. God wants to be our friend. We should talk to him daily and part of listening to him is by reading our Bible.

How often do we talk to our best friend or spouse that is our friend (best friend)? Probably every day. And part of that friendship is listening. When we have a friendship with God, we want/need to listen. He’s supposed to be our closest friend, even closer than our best friend or spouse. (Proverbs 18:24)

Exodus 33:11 – Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend…

Religious vs Obedience

Some people think that being religious includes how often we read our Bible. Which is incorrect. Being religious is listening to the rules or laws of the church. Reading our Bible and how often is a personal conviction given to us by God. God doesn’t want us to be religious. God calls us to be obedient to his laws and commands. One thing he asks us to do is read his Word. How often we should read the Word is between us and God. God will convict each person by their walk with him. If we want to grow in our relationship with Christ and get to know God deeper then we need to get into his word. In all things, listen to God.

2 Corinthians 2:9 – For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything.

We need to be obedient to what God says to us. We shouldn’t let another person tell us how often we should read our Bible that is between us and God. We need to be obedient to what God tells us to do.

Exodus 23:22 "But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will become an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries."
Exodus 23:22 – “But if you carefully obey his voice and do all that I say, then I will become an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries.

 If he tells us to read our Bible once a day, every day, then we should do it. If God asks us to read our Bible every other day then we need to do just that. We shouldn’t intentionally be disobedient.

Romans 6:1-4 – What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

We shouldn’t knowingly sin or be disobedient to God just because we know that there is grace. Grace works when we unknowingly sin or are unknowingly disobedient. Don’t be a slave to sin. Consider yourself dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11)

In Closing

God wants to be our closest friend and to put him first. When we are putting him first we are having daily conversations with him and part of listening to him is reading his Word.

If we don’t feel like we need to read our Bible every day that is between us and God. Everyone has different convictions concerning how often to read their Bible.

If we want to get closer to God and show him that we are putting him first that requires us to put down things that we value more than we value our time with God. It also requires us to be obedient to when God is asking us to read the Bible.
God Speaks to us through his Word.God speaks to us through his Word. We can’t have an effective conversation with him if we are quick to talk to him but not quick to be silent and listen. Being an effective listener requires reading the Bible.

Having conversations with God is praying. But understand that prayer and conversations with God requires listening. If we want answers from God and to hear from God we need to read his Word.

Talk to God and ask him how often he wants you to read your Bible. Be silent and listen to his answer.















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Monday, April 1, 2019

A Step by Step Guide on How to Let God Fix Your Broken Heart

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The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

I think we can all say that we have had a broken heart at some point in our lives. We can all think back to a time when we were curled up into a ball on our bed or couch weeping and we could feel our hearts shattering into pieces. You may be facing that right now.

When I was 13-14 years old, I started dating my first long-term boyfriend. We dated for 2 years before we called it quits. The first year and a half was an ideal relationship. He was kind, loving, gentle, always there for me, and I was the same in return. He always surprised me with gifts and always wanted to talk to me throughout the day. In the last 6 months of our relationship I found out that he had cheated on me, was writing other girls flirtatious notes, and he had gotten into doing drugs. 

I was so heartbroken because the boy I thought I knew was no longer the
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted an saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
same person. He had let others influence him on how they thought you should treat women, they thought cheating and having multiple girlfriends was cool, and they had influenced him to start doing drugs. Because of my heartbreak I decided to cheat on him too, but it just made things worse.

We made the mutual decision to end the relationship and go our separate ways. Taking things into my own hands and trying to deal with the heartbreak eventually only hurt both of us. I should have given my broken heart to God and let God deal with it. But, at first I didn't and it just got worse. I now had to live with regret instead of just a broken heart.

I’m here to tell you that it does get better. I know it doesn’t feel like it, it may not seem like it will happen any time soon. God wants to heal your broken heart. Here is how we let God fix our broken heart:

STEP ONE: Share our brokenness with God.

God wants us to have conversations with him. He wants us to tell him what is breaking our heart. We should confide in him, he will answer our prayers and have a conversation with us.

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. Isaiah 58:9 

STEP TWO: Realize that we aren’t so broken that God can’t heal us.

We’re not broken goods, God can always heal us. Nothing is too big or too small for God. God will heal our brokenness. We may feel so broken that it’s impossible for any kind of healing. But, we need to just know that nothing is impossible for God and he wants our broken heart.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

STEP THREE: Lay down whatever broke our heart at God’s feet.

We should ask God to heal and mend our broken heart. Give our heart and the situation that broke our heart to God. Let God heal our heart. God is our strength!

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

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STEP FOUR: Wait on God/ be still.

We shouldn't focus on our brokenness. We shouldn't focus on the situation that broke our heart. We shouldn't go through the "what if's" or "could haves", we should just let God heal us. While he is healing us we only need to be still.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14   

STEP FIVE: Let God take full control.

Once we have laid it at God’s feet we need to let him take full control. We can’t try to take back our broken heart and start mourning again. We need to let God heal it and keep it. 

Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 2 Corinthians 12:8


STEP SIX: We can’t look back on the situation that made our heart break.

Looking back will only break our heart again and means that we are trying to take over the situation again after we already gave it to God.

But Lot's wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26

STEP SEVEN: Forgive the situation or person that broke our heart.

Forgiveness is a big step in the healing. We're not healing the person or situation for them, it's so that we can heal and move on.                       

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

STEP EIGHT: Move on from our broken heart.

There is no need in soaking in the brokenness. We can move on without more pain, more scars or more brokenness.

He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have not traveled before. Isaiah 41:3

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STEP NINE: Rejoice in his healing.

We should then rejoice that God healed us and we can now be used for God’s good to help others going through the same brokenness.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4

STEP TEN: Let God use our broken heart and testimony of healing to help others.

Our broken heart can now be used to help others in the same situation. We can be there for each other and help each other make it through hard times. 

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13                    

In closing:

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that we need to be strong. God will be our strength. The church is there for us to help be our strength.

We need to put our hope in God and praise him. He is our help and our redeemer. He is always there for us when no one else is or when it seems like no one else is.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. (Psalm 42:5)

God can heal, he can deliver, and he can mend broken hearts. He's waiting for you.
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