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Indebted to God

Post  lovingJesus on Sat 21 Feb 2009, 10:05 pm

By: Holly Pochea
Rom 5:7-8,"For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
In a book that I was reading stated two significant statements that I think fit perfect for this Scripture. The first statement is "We deserved divine punishment, not divine sacrifice." And the other is ,"Our debt is so great, only a divine sacrifice could pay it."Hallelujah! Thank Jesus for Your ultimate sacrifice on Calvary! A death that we, as sinners, did not even deserve!

As I began to think about debt, I thought about the recent stimulus bill that was passed in the House and Congress. I believe it was for approx. $700 billion. The problem with passing this bill, was that it was so large and so complex that it was impossible for the Senators and Congressman to read the bill adequately to pass the bill. The result was only the Democrats passed the bill. It was considered a partisan bill because only one political party believed in the bill. Now the other party might have passed it, but did not pass it because they didn't know all that the bill contained. How are you going to spend $700 billion but not know what you are spending it on? I know I won't give my children money for school unless I know exactly what it is for.

I remember one time when Jasmine had come home with a letter stating that she needed $10 for a red t-shirt for a production her and her class were putting on. I hesitated giving her the money when I could have bought a red shirt at Walmart for $4. I needed to know exactly what I was paying $10 for. For me, I don't care if it is $1, or $100, I need to know what I am investing in. Amen? Amen!

But how many of you know that when Christ went to the cross, He knew what He was investing in. He made a choice. He could have chose to not go through the pain and suffering at Calvary or He could have chosen to go through with it. But we all know, that He did go through with it. Hallehajuh! Thank You Jesus! You are worthy!

He was a man that lived this life as sinless. He didn't die for His sins. He was already clean and free from wrongdoings because He didn't have any. But He did it for you and me. Heb 5:8 says, "Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what He suffered." It doesn't mean that He had sin in Him, but that with each new trial he learned in practice and in pain what it meant to obey.

Jesus lived as a man like you and me. He went through the same temptations, physical ailments, hunger, anger, grief, and pain that we go through in today's society. In Matthew 4, it states that Jesus was led into the wilderness and was tempted by the Devil 40 days and nights. I know that Abundant Harvest has gone through 21 days but not the same way Jesus did. Amen? Amen! We weren't asked to leave our homes, our comfortable beds, our families, but if we were, I guarantee it would be worth it. Jesus is all I serve, there is no other like Him and there never will be! He is the God of mercy and grace! In Him will I trust! All the days of my life! I lay my burdens upon You!

I could stand before you and tell you of how great sinners we are but I have not come here to rebuke you but to encourage you in the Word. In the first four books of the New Testament, we understand that Jesus knew He was going to die even before it happened. He had spoken revelation about what was going to happen. Jesus died for many reasons, but one of the greatest reasons is the act of submission and obedience to the will of the Father.

We are the only living beings on this Earth that Jesus died for. He didn't die for animals. Animals don't sin. They don't turn their backs on God, curse, drink, act wicked or commit evil acts. People do. People are the only living beings that are able to enter into the kingdom too.

I was talking to a few friends the other day about how it is different from the way we grew up to the way our children are growing up. It's almost as if parents are giving up much too quickly and easily as compared to our childhood. I was only spanked once in my life. I was sent to my room a lot but I didn't care because I spent most of my time in my room anyways because that's where my stereo and toys were. But my raising was different from my husband. His parents did spank as a source of punishment. When we first married, I didn't believe in spanking and I said I would never do it. Little did I know, how much my patience would be shortened by my children.

My children have a tendency to get an attitude when they are asked to do something. They even have the nerve to say no. I think it ironic that the punishment in our house is different because I didn't grow up with such heavy punishments but I dared not to say no or catch an attitude with my parents.

God has not given up on us and we need to be the same way with our children. If God does not give up on us, we cannot give up on our children. We need to pray, fast, encourage, read the Word, and be an example for our own children. One thing that I thank God for is that my children are saved. They could be running the streets, in prison or in the hospital but yet God still allows them to live saved lives. At home, I will be humming a song or sing a song with partial words to the song and my children know exactly what I am singing and start singing with me. I thank God for that.

My husband once said that there will be no more compromises in this family and we need to say the same about the Devil! There will be no compromises! A lot of times I will try to compromise with my children about doing their chores, homework, and other things. I tend to want to talk to my children about why they did what they did instead of punishing them for their wrong behavior. You have to learn from your mistakes and even God will punish or let us know when we are not doing right. However, we have to be willing to listen and to change our ways. We cannot be living the same way day in and day out. It's the same way with our children, they cannot get an attitude every time we ask them to do something. If God asks you to do something, do you do it or do you hesitate? Do you tell God that He has given you too much? God will never give you more than what you can handle.

We are forever indebted to God for the cross that He beared on Calvary. We cannot be the same person, cop the same attitude, do the same things and expect God to bless us. We need to change! Change means to not do the same things you once were doing! You have to know what you are investing in with money, but with God you can jump right in, both feet in and trust Him to do what is best for you. Rom 8: 28 says, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

We must know and realize that God only wants the best for us. We are the only living creatures on the Earth that God has destined to be in Heaven with Him. How do we know we are special? Because He created us in His image. By knowing this, we should respect and acknowledge the authority, purpose and relationship God has on our life and the responsibility He has put on us as humans. I thank God that on this Earth we are not all created equal, by living organism and classification! I thank God that He created this world! Be encouraged saints, and know that God knows what He is doing when it comes to your life! Amen? Amen!

I am just a person who loves to write and talk about the goodness of Jesus. I am not here to rebuke you but to encourage you through the Word of God. My name is Holly J Porchea. I attend Abundant Harvest COGIC. I am a Sunday School teacher, Secretary of the Women's Dept, and other ministries

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