When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Hope that you all had a lovely weekend!
Isn't this song so wonderful ? It always brings instant peace and solitude to me. I was awakened with it on Sunday morning and was yet again amazed at God's insight. Our pastor brought it up during the sermon. I love how things work out like that. It gives you such a sort of measly feeling to rest and know that God is so much bigger than anything!And that He is there for you! There for me!
"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all of your sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it all away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers of authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."
What is this 'written code' talked about in verse 14 ? Here it goes (I love this) When people in Bible times were accused of certain wrongs and put in jail for them there would a plaque written and nailed to their cell door. Consisting of the time being incarcerated and the follies of the person. Once the time of imprisonment was over the 'code' would then be canceled, payed in full, -forgotten. What this verse is saying is that Jesus took away all of our sins all of our charges and has payed them Himself! "He forgave all of your sins, having canceled the written code, with all of its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it all away, nailing it to the cross." Amazing new way to look at it in a literal sense!
We need to remember that we are living a spiritual battle everyday. Our pastor shared with us the following five things that we need to grasp on to in order to be spiritually alive, bubbling up with, this new life we have with Jesus.
1.) You have been forgiven of your all of your sins. Verse 13
Being forgiven is what truly makes you alive. Sins is a poison. It is hard to get away from and hard to get rid of. Forgiveness is the balm that soothes your pain and your bitterness. You will know the joy of the Lord!
2.) All of your records of your charges are gone. Verse 14
Your charges are payed in full by Jesus.They are no longer yours.They are gone!
3.) Sins have been nailed to the cross. Verse 14
The record of your sins are gone. You are alive in Christ. By Christ. This will give you a cheerfulness that no one can wipe away! Your outlook will be positive because of your abundant joy!
4.) Enemies and spiritual rulers are disarmed. Verse 15
Wow! Our every enemy is disarmed. They have no means in winning against us with the Lord as our leader. Which lead us to number five.
5.) We have victory by the cross. Verse 15
We have victory with Jesus. Who can stand against us with the Lord on our side ? We need to expect victory. When we have any doubt that we are not ready to 'fight', that we are not good enough to win, we are giving the devil a place to stand in on our side, our battleground that is the Lord's. Remember the verse, "The battle belongs to the Lord." ? It belongs to Him. Surrender. :)
Black heels: rialto brand, goodwill $3
Tan linen skirt: Dress Barn brand, thrift store, $3.75
Slip: fashioned by me
Black collared shirt: ninety brand, Sam's club clearance, years ago, $4 ?
Plum colored sweater vest: Liz Claiborne brand, goodwill, $3
Cream pearls: gifted from grandma
Black bow headband: thrift store, .25
It has been so cold here the last few days! I wore my pea coat for the first time yesterday! Along with my scarf that I finally got off of the needles! :) I will have other pictures of that I'm sure no matter if the others were miserably lost- it is said to snow tomorrow eve!
Now to enjoy some Downton Abbey! I am just getting into it. We shall see how what my finished verdict is. As of now I have some 'mixed feelings' for it.
How is the weather by you ?
What was your sermon about ?
Have any songs stuck in your head lately ?
Ever watch Downton Abbey ?