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Full Payment Has Been Made

Posted By at Wednesday, November 28, 2018

                     

I read an article recently, about how when the books of a certain Scottish doctor were examined after his death, it was found that a number of accounts were crossed through with a note: Forgiven too poor to pay.

The physician's wife later decided that these accounts must be paid in full and she proceeded to sue for the money. When the case came to court, the judge asked only one question. "Is this your husband's handwriting?"

When she replied that it was, the judge responded, "There is no court in the land that can obtain a debt once the word forgiven has been written on it."

One of the problems common to many of us is that we find it very difficult to forgive someone who we feel has hurt us deeply.

The good news is that when we confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness, He forgives us totally and absolutely.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

He does this not because He ignores the just penalty for our sins, He sent Jesus to pay that for us; but it is because in His everlasting love for us that He gave his Son, Jesus, to pay that penalty for us through His death on the cross. If we have confessed our sins to God and asked for his forgiveness, we need to accept his forgiveness by faith; regardless of how we feel. Even if we still don't feel forgiven, we need to deal with the problem of false guilt and/or shame. Be sure to thank God regularly for his forgiveness regardless of how you feel. And because God forgives all of our sins and wrongs, we need to forgive all who have wronged us. As I have said before; Failing to forgive is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

Col 2:14 NLT He cancelled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ's cross.

Is there a limit to His love? If that was the case:-

  • David the adulterer never found it.
  • Nor did Paul the persecutor find it.
  • Nor Peter the liar; he never found it.
  • Neither did the thief on the cross on that crucifixion day.

And you won't find it either! There is NO LIMIT to His love.

When Jesus cried from the cross in John 19:30 "It is finished!" It was totally completed for us.

Because Jesus paid our penalty for us, God can now write across our debt, Forgiven too poor to pay.

Then He wipes out our debt forever!

God wrote FULL PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE over every sin you ever commit from the womb to the tomb! Start to believe it today FULL PAYMENT HAS BEEN MADE!

Norman

SPECIAL NOTICE: The LAST First Thursday Faith Connection for the year is Thursday December 6, 2018 from 7.30 - 9.00pm. Invite friends and neighbours who need to be saved or need a touch from The Lord! Supper will be provided. There will be BRIGHT SINGING and also will be a great word from Duane Sherriff. So don't miss out!

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Paid in Full

Posted By at Wednesday, April 11, 2018

 

At a Good Friday service I was sharing on the last words Jesus spoke on the cross, some of them in John 19:30 were, "It is finished."

I pointed out that in the Greek language of the New Testament, it was one word 'tetelestai' and that it was a banking and accounting term of the day, which translated out as PAID IN FULL

When Jesus uttered those words He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away any debt He had to pay, because He was sinless but rather, Jesus eliminated the debt owed by us all — the debt of our sin.

We owed a debt we could not pay, and He paid a debt He did not owe, and we are now free from the penalty of it.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I read recently that when the accounting books of a certain Scottish doctor were examined after his death, it was found that a number of the accounts were crossed through with a note, 'Forgiven too poor to pay'.

However, the physician's wife later decided that these accounts should be paid in full and she proceeded to sue the clients for the money.

When the case came to court, the judge asked only one question. "Is this your husband's handwriting?"

When she replied that it was, the judge responded, "There is no court in the land that can obtain a debt once the word forgiven has been written on it."

One of the problems common to many people, if not most of us, is that we find it very difficult to forgive someone who we feel has hurt us deeply, especially family members. But you know having an attitude of unforgiveness just locks us into that situation of judging that other person.

Jesus said in Luke 6:37 “Judge not and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven."

The Good News is that when we confess our sins to God and ask for His forgiveness, He forgives us totally and absolutely. He does this not because He ignores the just penalty for our sins, but because He sent Jesus to pay that penalty for us. In His everlasting love for us that He gave His Son, Jesus, to pay that cruel penalty for us through His death on the cross. It was His love for you and me that held Him on the cross, not the nails that penetrated His wrists and ankles.

If we have confessed our sins to God and asked for his forgiveness, we need to accept his forgiveness by faith—regardless of how we feel, and make sure we also forgive others.

Norman

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To Get the Most Out of Our Day

Posted By at Wednesday, August 23, 2017

1. WE MUST CONCENTRATE ON OUR RESPONSIBILITIES NOT OUR RIGHTS.

It's an imperfect world and we won't always be treated fairly; that's just a fact of life today. So to go far and travel light spiritually we must release and unload our resentments!

Paul says, Philippians 4:8 " . . . you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious - the best, not the worst . . . "

2. SPEND TIME WITH POSITIVE PEOPLE.

The only difference in what we are now and what we'll be five years from now is the books we read and the company we keep. Henry Ford once said, "My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me."

So what do your friends bring out in you, is it good?

Solomon said in Proverbs 13:2 "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."

3. MAKE TODAY THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.

When Shirley Temple asked her mother what the happiest moment in her life was, she replied, "Right now."

Shirley then asked, "But what about the day you were married?"

Her mother said, "My happiest moment then was then, but my happiest moment now is now. You see, you can live only in the moment you're in, so to me that's the happiest moment."

That's a great answer!

Lamentations 3:23 "His mercies are new every morning."

Psalm 68:19 "He daily loadeth us with benefits."

That means getting up every day and announcing according to Psalm 118:24 "This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it."

Norman

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Keep Strife Out!

Posted By at Wednesday, September 14, 2016

 

Strife is defined as 'conflict… struggle… rivalry' and God's Word says to avoid it at all cost. Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Strife is custom designed by the devil to play havoc in churches, businesses, marriages and relationships. It stems from self-centered ego and leads to comparing, competing and condemning.

The Word of God says in James 3:16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

I know of ministries who have a rule that if anyone is causing strife, their employment with that ministry is terminated!

Keeping strife out of your life means recognising and uprooting it before it grows. Hebrews 12:15 Complete Jewish Bible See to it that no...that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble and thus contaminates many.

Apostle Paul adds in Phil 2:2 Amplified Bible 'Complete my joy by living in harmony… being of the same mind… having the same love…

Enjoying God's blessings requires doing all we can to live in harmony with one another.

Is that an easy thing to do? No, but the sooner you learn it, the better things will be.

When David saw Goliath he didn't stop to consider the odds or listen to the opinions of others.

It says in 1 Samuel 17:48 'When Goliath started forward, David ran toward him.'

A rapid response is needed here. When God prompts you to turn the other cheek or take the short end of the stick, draw on His grace and do it. In fact, when you do it on your timetable you end up doing it in your own strength. To accomplish that, you should:

  1. Forgive those who hurt you
  2. Pray for them
  3. Bless them by speaking well of them and desire good things for them

You need commitment to walk each day in love and forgiveness, (yes, it's a daily commitment!), and it will open the door to God's blessing in your life.

Norman 
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Easter is a great time to RETURN TO GOD!

Posted By at Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Zechariah 1:3 Thus says the Lord of hosts: "Return to Me," says the Lord of hosts, "and I will return to you."

God places much of the burden of what we will become on our response to Him. If we have drifted from God, His call is to return to Him.

This is Easter week so it's a good time to consider your relationship with Him.

God promises that if we will return, He will immediately renew His relationship with us.

James promises if we draw near to God, He will draw near to us.

James 4:8 Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts."

Jesus guarantees says that if we seek Him, we will find Him.

Matthew 7:7 Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened.

Much of the Christian life rests upon our response and our desire to experience God to the fullest.

Why is it that some Christians seem to go so much deeper in their walk with God than others?

Why have some had such powerful prayer ministries that have changed the course of nations?

Is it that God has chosen to anoint the words of some, so that when they speak or pray or preach, it is obvious that God consecrates their words?

Really it is because these individuals have committed themselves to pursue God until His presence is nothing less than a vibrant relationship with God, and He has honoured their desire.

Have you become complacent in your relationship with God, or are you hungering for more?

Has your relationship with Him become somewhat cold?

Why not right now, re-commit your life to following Him and obeying His Word every day.

Don't become satisfied with a relationship with God that may be broken by sin and void of the power of the Holy Spirit.

You have just as much of God's powerful presence available to you as the greatest saint in Christian history!

Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

So return to God. There is so much more in store for you than you think if you return to Him. He is just waiting for your response.

Come back today!

Norman 

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God Forgets

Posted By at Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I was talking to someone this past week and they made this comment.  THE ONLY PLACE THE DEVIL GOES FISHING IS IN THE SEA OF FORGETFULNESS.

 

Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

You have made it through the storms; you overcame when odds were against you.  You came through trials and tribulations that put your faith in God to the test.  Trials that made you weep in the midnight hour.  But look at you now; you made it.  It's because of Jesus that you made it.  So stop, breath deep, exhale; it's a whole new beginning.  Rise up and claim what is rightfully yours.

God says in His Word to forget the former things, neither consider the things of old.  He wants you to let go and stop remembering the mistakes you made, stop dwelling on what others did to you.  It's a new opportunity, a time to forget the past.  God will toss all your past mistakes into the SEA OF FORGETFULNESS...if you will let Him.

As soon as you believed in Christ Jesus, your sins are gone from you, and gone away forever.  They are blotted out now.  What if a man owes a thousand dollars?  If he has a receipt that he's paid it, he's free, it's blotted out, there is an erasure made in the book and the debt is gone.

Though the person committed sin, the debt has been paid, he is no more a debtor to the Law of God.  Doesn't our text say that God has cast His people's sin into the depths of the sea?

Now, if they're in the depths of the sea, they cannot be on His people too.  Blessed be His Holy name; in the day when He casts our sins into the depth of the sea, He views us as pure in His sight and we stand accepted in the beloved.  Ephesians 1:6

Then He says in Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed out transgressions from us.  They can't be removed and still be there. 

Then; if you believe in Christ, you are no more in the sight of God a sinner, you are accepted as though you were perfect, as though you had never sinned.  For Christ has paid for it and His righteousness is yours.  You've broken it, but your sin is His, He has been punished for it and you've been pardoned from it.

You are free!

Norman