Friday

Jesus is OUR Lord !


Recently a woman in the news was shocked, surprised and completely bewildered at the fact that someone had stolen her identity and began to misrepresent who she really was.  She was an upright citizen, never having a criminal record but yet this imposter was a criminal and they did have a record. Many lies, rumors, false information was spread about her and the most difficult and damaging thing of the whole situation was the fact that people actually believed the lies. Even though she had clear evidence proving who she was, people, even those as eye witnesses of her personally, made a decision to trust in lies rather than the truth of who she really is.  Needless to say, this whole situation, even though it happened years ago, still affects her to this day.

Have you ever had an experience like this?  Have you ever had someone completely misrepresent who you are?  Have you ever been misquoted, misunderstood, lied about or even slandered against?  It doesn’t feel good does it? It is awful!  It is a breaking and heart wrenching to your soul.  Not only is it a miserable place to be, but there is an ongoing nagging quest of pursuing proper justice to get the correct information in the hands of those who believe the lies... for them to understand the truth once and for all to get the story straight to bring out what is right … to defend the innocent and clarify the questions of doubt.

The same is so with Jesus

Who is Jesus someone might ask?  This is an age old question that many have tried to figure out, investigate, research and still debate about to this day.  For centuries this topic has caused people to reason, stumped the blind, fooled the foolish and solidified the truth.  Many have claimed and ascribed various identities, definitions and character develop thesis of just who Jesus is.  The many claims and arguments that try to identify who Jesus is, start from the beginning of time. Some of the claims include; that Jesus was a crazy man with mental issues, others say that Jesus was just a teacher; still others believe that Jesus was just a good man, a good son... or that Jesus was not fully God. The wide spectrum include everything  from being just a human son all the way to being a devil (Matthew 12)  and so goes all the many claims of Jesus.

So Who Is This Jesus?

Much like the example of the women with the stolen identity above…who would you believe?  Which claim and which information is accurate?  Which one is true?

The evidence is found in the witness (es) of the one who knows the truth.

Wouldn’t you want to go to this woman directly and find out the truth from her? Wouldn’t you seek out documents, verification and truth to confirm what she says?  Yes, that would be the correct format for seeking justice and truth…research and reason.

The same in the case with Jesus…you would go to the source, HIM, and find out what He has to say regarding who He is.

So, let us go to the source of Jesus and find out.  We find His truth in the pages of the Bible giving us a firsthand picture and acknowledgement of His identity and work on earth.

What does Jesus say about Himself?

JESUS IS HOLY:

God is absolutely and perfectly holy. As God, Jesus embodied every element of God's character. Paul writes to those in the town of Colossi who Christ is “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.” In Hebrews, the author also speaks of Jesus,

“ For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” Peter tells us "You shall be holy, for I am holy."

JESUS IS OUR SAVIOR:  

Which asks the question “What do one need saving from?”  That is a valid question to ask and the author of Romans tells us as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.”   Luke tells us that And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

JESUS IS OUR LORD!:
Most importantly, Jesus is OUR Lord.  The Bible clearly reveals that Jesus has complete supreme authority over all and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship. John tells us that All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”  Paul tells us in Colossians that “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.”

If you have yet to follow Christ as your Lord, I invite you, Jesus’ invites you…would you please stop and make the time, take the time right now to ask Jesus OUR Lord into your life to become YOUR Lord?

PRAYER:
Dear Lord,
By reading this, I have learned that not only are You OUR Lord but I am asking you to come into my heart and be MY personal Lord.   I admit that I need to turn away from actions, deeds, doings that offend your throne and your word yet I also confess that I cannot do that unless you take the lead and guide me by changing my heart, mind and soul.  I seek to follow you and your word fully, completely and faithfully leading others to do the same. Thank you Lord for being MY Lord as well as OUR Lord and Thank You Jesus for spilling your blood as sacrifice for me on the cross- AMEN

Scripture References:
Romans 3:23
Romans 3:10-12
Acts 4:12
Colossians 2:9
Hebrews 4:15
I Peter 1:16


About the author:
Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.deeprootsinchrist.com,  www.simonelake.com, http://deeprootsinchrist.sermon.net, FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn
Simone is currently completing her studies in Apologetics at Biola University and is a member and speaker of the International Society of Women in Apologetics (ISWA)

 



 

Sunday

A Mission to Ecuador: A Prayer for All

Just this week, I came back from a week long mission trip to Quito, Ecuador. My husband Pastor Dr. John Lake and other members of my church were included in this eight member team. This was my third trip to Ecuador with my first two mission trips being in Santo Domingo and this one being my first trip to Quito on mission.
 
Our eight member team was invited to encourage, teach, train and equip the saints of God from churches, ministries and Christian organizations within the city of Quito all the way to ingenious people on the gorgeous mountainside outskirts of the city.  My greatest joy is sharing and teaching about Christ, who He is and welcoming others to get to know him better and deeper in a one on one relationship with Christ Himself.  My joy was fulfilled as I was able to teach train and equip others in the topics and curriculum of Apologetics, Spiritual Disciplines, Fasting, Prayer as well as Scriptural texts and messages in Colossians, Psalms, Jeremiah and more.  The audience who participated included Ecuadorian church leaders, church members, Christians, teachers and non believers…all thirsty and hungry to know and understand Christ in a deeper way through sound Biblical teachings of the Bible and theologically sound views that are in line with the Biblical Christian Worldview.
 
One of my teachings to the women church leaders was an actual prayer for all those in Ecuador. So as Paul wrote a prayer to the people in the church of Colossi. I used his teachings to echo the same heart cry and my burning desire for hearts to turn to Christ for the Ecuadorians.
 
Much like Paul, my prayer is the same for myself and for you in Colossians 2:9-14:
1.  I do not cease to pray for you
2.  I ask in prayer that we will be filled with the knowledge of God’s will
3.  I ask that this will shall be done with all wisdom and spiritual understanding
4.  I ask that our walk in Christ is fully pleasing Him
5.  I ask that we will be fruitful in every good work
6.  I ask that we will be increasing in the knowledge of God
7.  I ask that we will be strengthened with all might according to His glorious power for His glory alone
8.  I ask that we can do this with all patience and longsuffering with joy
9.  I ask that we can do this giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light
10.  Thanking God for delivering us from the power of darkness and translating us into the kingdom of the Son of His love in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins
 
 
My dear friends…this is my prayer for all those in my home town here and in the surrounding communities I live, serve and also teach. 
My desire is that we can keep our self unspotted from this world ( James 1:27) and sanctify to Christ and Him alone.  So regardless of me teaching this message around the world to various people groups, this is something I pray for those in my own communities,  myself and loved ones. 
 
SEEK CHRIST! Cling to Him and Him alone.  He CAN be found!  But rather He has found  you!
 
 
 
 

Our Resurrected Christ: The End of Lent

In my March Firm Foundations article, I shared about this time of year… Lent on the Christian calendar. Latin for the number forty, Lent began this year on February 17 on Ash Wednesday and leads up to Resurrection Sunday on April 5.  This is counted by the six days of the week.  Sundays themselves are not counted as part of these forty days because they are generally set aside as days of renewal and celebration similar to "mini-Resurrection of Sundays" of sorts.
 
Purpose for Fasting
The whole purpose of fastings and praying for 40days is to spend excessive ample amounts of time meditating on our personal sins and weaknesses in light of Christ. Then reflecting instead on glimpses of the cross, focusing on Christ who is our only Savior and perfect holy sacrifice for our sin.  This is a season of clinging to Christ and drawing deeper in Him through increased times of worship, confession, repentance, fasting, contemplation and prayer.  Seeking and devoting ourselves to the matters of the heart and soul while stripping and unraveling the entangled habits of the flesh.  This time focuses our eyes on the intense significance of Christ and His crucifixion – increasing our longing and delight for Resurrection Sunday. Participating in this fast also increases our heart joy declaration of praise and worship to God for sending Christ His only begotten Son to die on our behalf, taking and appeasing for our own personal sins then, celebrating the victory over Satan, sin and death.  Christ Jesus was crushed by God through crucifixion so that anyone has the opportunity to be adopted by God Himself.  Christ Jesus was raised by God showing the example that we also have that same opportunity to be adopted by God and raised in the same like manner by God.  The diligent discipline of focus for our heart, mind, emotions and soul to be fully captivated and involved by totally immersing ourselves in this miraculous true account so that we ourselves grow and become transformed and grow deeper in our personal relationship with Christ and that we will be so delighted that it catapults us to share and declare what Christ tells us in the great commission of Matthew 28: 19-20
“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
 
Westminster and NO Decay
The Westminster Confession of Faith nails it (pun intended) in chapter 8 of their creed.
"The Lord Jesus was born under the law and perfectly fulfilled it. He endured most grievous torments in his soul and most painful sufferings in his body; he was crucified, died, and was buried; he remained under the power of death, yet his body did not undergo decay; and he arose from the dead on the third day with the same body in which he had suffered. In this body he ascended into heaven, where he sits at the right hand of his Father, making intercession, and he shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the age. The Lord Jesus, by his perfect obedience and sacrifice of himself—which he through the eternal Spirit once offered up to God—has fully satisfied the justice of his Father. He purchased not only reconciliation but also an everlasting inheritance in the kingdom of heaven for all whom the Father has given to him."
 
Notice the phrase “yet His body did not undergo decay”. On the cross, where Jesus’ body was nailed, beaten, broken, not once did Jesus’ body begin the death process.  Not once did His tissue, cells, skin, muscles, nerves, organs, bones, etc. begin the process of atrophy.  Not once did His body experience a progressive decline in any shape or form physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, etc.  NOT ONCE did his body decay.
New Testament Church
These same steps of the cross were magnified through the Holy Spirit, a gift given by God to all those who will receive Jesus a promise fulfilled by Jesus Christ Himself. 
Right before Jesus’ ascension into heaven, He encourages the apostles in Acts 1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.”
As promised, in chapter two, when Pentecost had come,  all the Apostles were together in one place. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them the ability to do so.  There were approximately 20 different, nationalities, districts, languages, ethnicities all there hearing them speak.  They were all amazed!  What were these saying in all these various languages that brought such amazement?  Declaration of Jesus Christ his death, resurrection, ascension and promise of  the Holy Spirit delivered on Pentecost and still given today to any and all who want it.
                                                                                              
The end of Lent is our focus of OUR resurrected Christ seated at the right hand side of the Father…currently praying for us right now...every second, every moment, every day.
 
If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, with a sincere heart
ask Him and He will shown you who He is through the pages of your Bible.
He calls you His friend and He died shedding His blood for the remission of your sins…inviting you to partake in eternal life gloriously reflected in our soon to be resurrected bodies for all those who believe and follow Him.