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Failure is not fatal.

heaven_emptyThe God of second chances can help you turn your life around – if you’re willing.

How many times will God forgive you when you sin? As many times as necessary. Is there a limit to God’s mercy? Not according to Jesus.

When the apostle Peter asked Jesus how many times should we forgive our brother when he sins against us, Jesus responded, “Seventy times seventy” (Matthew 18:15-20).

In other words, indefinitely.

This must have stunned the Jewish disciples who were still thinking in terms of the Rabbinic Law (3 times), rather than in the unlimited terms of the New Covenant of grace.

God wants us to have forgiving hearts like Him.

Because God forgives over and over, we must never give up on ourselves, or on God. I’ve heard many people tell me, “God can’t forgive me. You don’t know the things I’ve done in the past. I’ve gotten to the point of no return.”

That’s not true. There is no such thing. There is no sin or number of sins that God cannot forgive. His mercy is unfathomable. If you go to the very depths of the sea, you’ll never get away from God’s mercy. He’s always waiting for you to repent and seek His forgiveness, always ready to give you another chance.

Ted Bundy, one of the worst serial killers in American history went to the electric chair a saved man. Dr. James Dobson went to witness to him in prison prior to his execution and Ted Bundy accepted the forgiveness of God through Jesus our LORD.

Jesus died for the sins of all men, no matter how evil – if they repent.

So if God can forgive a serial killer like Ted Bundy who was convicted of raping and killing over 30 women, he can certainly forgive you. Don’t believe the lies of the devil. It’s never too late to make a U-turn and get your life right with God. Today could be the start of a new beginning for you. With God’s help, you can be spiritually born again and become a new creature in Jesus the Messiah. Pray right now and ask Jesus to become your Savior and Lord.

– Luis Josephus

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Scripture References:

“God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ Jesus God forgave you. “ – Ephesians 4:32

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!“ – 2 Corinthian 5:17

 

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Mary Magdalene: Prostitute or Saint?

Mary Magdalene was one of Jesus’ disciples who had an unsavory reputation. Many Bible scholars believe she had been a prostitute before her conversion. In this article we examine her life in closer detail.

Mary Magdalene, also known as Mary of Magdala, was one of Jesus’ disciples that is frequently mentioned in the gospel accounts. Since she was free to follow Jesus of Nazareth during His many journeys, this suggests that she was an unmarried woman or a widow without any home obligations. She was also a woman of financial substance and was able to support the missionary ministry of Jesus and the apostles.

Some Bible scholars have even suggested that Mary Magdalene was the unnamed sinful woman who anointed Jesus’ feet with an alabaster jar of perfume:

“As she stood behind him at his feet, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them” (Luke 7:38).

The Jewish Talmud affirms that Mary Magdalene had an unsavory reputation. Therefore, we must assume that, in all likelihood, Mary had formerly been a prostitute before she met Jesus and repented of her previous life. She had also been possessed by seven devils before Jesus cast them out. Demon possession is often found in individuals who have practiced a life of sexual immorality since demonic transference generally occurs from one partner to another during sexual intercourse, as well as sexually transmitted diseases.

In my own family, I once had an aunt who had been a prostitute for many years. When we were kids growing up and full of mischief, we used to secretly follow my aunt to work and watch her enter the local whorehouse each day. The obvious “Madam,” who managed the brothel would come to the front door and let her in. My aunt would emerge later in the day after she finished with her male customers. Fortunately, my grandmother never found out what her daughter really did for a living, and we kids never divulged her secret life. Like Mary Magdalene, however, my aunt later met Jesus, repented of her sinful life and was saved. She became a powerful evangelist and led many people to Christ. After years of serving the Lord, she died a new creature in Christ, washed of her sins by the blood of our merciful Savior.

After her conversion, Mary Magdalene also emerged as one of the most faithful and beautiful characters of the Bible. A striking feature about Mary the reformed prostitute is that, whenever she is mentioned in the gospel accounts in connection with other women, she always heads up the list, implying that she occupied a place of prominence in service to Jesus by His female disciples. She stood closed by the cross when Jesus was crucified, and was the first woman to whom Jesus appeared to after His resurrection. It seems that no other woman superceded Mary Magdalene in her utter devotion to the Master (To whom much is forgiven, much is expected...).

Rahab, in the Old Testament, is another example of a prostitute that was gloriously saved and transformed by the mercies of God. Not only did she risk her life to hide the Israelite spies, but she also became the great grandmother of King David. (see my previous message, “Rahab the Prostitute“).

What about you?

Have you ever wondered if God could forgive you? It does not matter what you have done in the past or where you have been, there is no sin too great that God cannot forgive – if you call upon Him in repentance. Jesus paid the penalty for your sins, no matter how bad. Won’t you pray right now and ask Him to forgive you? If you do, you can be washed clean and begin a new life in Christ. You can receive a fresh new start and be transformed into the person God created you to be. Amen.

– Luis Josephus

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Doing the first works

Bible_man_reading_1“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…” – Revelation 2:4-5.

Jesus is speaking to many of us through this letter to the Church of Ephesus who had “lost their first love.” These Ephesians church members were still blood-washed, born-again believers, but they had lost the excitement and devotion they once had for Jesus. Remember when you first got saved; how excited you were about God?

Spiritual backsliding is a common problem in the church. After years of walking with God, many of us may slowly begin to neglect spending quality time with God or even going to church. Our faith becomes lukewarm and we might also backslide morally. The solution for correcting this problem, Jesus said, is to remember therefore from where we have fallen; repent, and do the first works again.

Since the first step is to repent, we need to acknowledge our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us. He is always merciful and faithful to forgive us, and to cleanse us, once again, from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

Secondly, we must start from scratch in our faith and “do the first works” we once did in the beginning. What are the first works?

  • Studying the Bible daily.
  • Spending quality time in prayer and hearing God’s voice.
  • Going to church regularly and saturating your spirit with sound biblical teaching, and collective praise and worship.
  • Fellowship regularly with other believers.

If you have lost your first love, or drifted away from God, or fallen into immoral sins, don’t give up on Jesus, because He hasn’t given up on you. He still loves you dearly and desires to restore you back to Himself. All He asks is that you Repent, Confess, and “Do the first works” again. He will restore your life with His abundance of peace and joy.

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Actor Richard Gere goes undercover as homeless man

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Actor Richard Gere recently went undercover as a homeless man in New York City (see photo). He learned firsthand how cruel and indifferent people can be towards the less fortunate.

A homeless woman came up to me the other day as I was leaving the local 7-Eleven. She asked me for a dollar to get something to eat. I didn’t give her any money, but I went back in and bought her a complete breakfast. I find this method works best because you’re not giving them money to buy drugs or alcohol. Afterwards, she asked me to pray for her. I did in Jesus’ name.

Let us follow Jesus’ example of compassion and mercy whenever we have opportunity to help someone in need, and use that opportunity to be a witness of God’s love.

– Luis Josephus

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Christian Mercy & Kindness

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What did Jesus teach us about mercy and kindness?

In the Beatitudes He said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy, God’s favor, and a life filled with joy and satisfaction.” – Matthew 5:7

He taught us to be merciful and kind towards others, no matter their station in life, their racial difference, or religious beliefs. The word merciful in the original Greek text means actively compassionate. Examine your motives: If you’re helping someone and expecting something in return, you’re doing business, not kindness.

As Christians, we must always remember that since we have obtained God’s mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ, shouldn’t we also extend the same grace to all we encounter in our lives everyday?

God wishes that none should perish, but that all should reach repentance and saving faith in Jesus. We are His ambassadors. One of the best ways we can best draw people to the true and living God is to show mercy and compassion in practical ways – like feeding and clothing the poor, encouraging the hurting, lending a hand to the needy, or offering some other act of kindness – expecting nothing in return from them.

Those Christians who are the most effective witnesses for Christ are those who not only witness in word, but also in action and good deeds.

Pray and ask Jesus to give you opportunities today to be merciful and kind to everyone you meet. In turn, you will receive God’s favor, and a life filled with joy and satisfaction.

– Luis Josephus

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God can fix your mess

Mess into a messageAre you in a mess today?

Did you marry the wrong person, get involved in a business matter you should have avoided, or perhaps done something that has gotten you into trouble?

Was God warning you not to do it? Did you ignore His still, small voice inside of you, but you still went ahead and did it? You know you have no one to blame but yourself. You take full responsibility for your mistake. Are you wondering if God can still help you?

Yes He will.

He is a God of mercy and forgiveness. If you will fess up when you mess up and call upon His help, He will deliver you.

The prophet Jonah messed up big time. But the LORD Yehovah delivered him from all his troubles. He testified afterwards, I called to the LORD in my distress, and He answered me. I cried out for help in the belly of Sheol; You heard my voice.” – Jonah 2:2

Jonah in whale bellyGod had called Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach salvation to this evil nation. They were the despised enemies of the Jews so Jonah didn’t want to go. He decided to rebel against God and headed to Tarshish – in the opposite direction. His foolish decision almost cost him his life. A great storm engulfed the ship he was traveling in and he ended up tossed overboard into the belly of a huge whale for 3 days. God miraculously prevented the digestive acids of the whale from harming Jonah. Afterwards, the whale spewed him out unto dry land. God gave Jonah another chance, and he took it.

God is good at saving us from the dumb things we do.

It’s amazing how He can even turn the biggest blunders we make into something that actually turns out for our good. The apostle Paul wrote, And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28

If you call upon Him in humility and faith, God can clean up your mess right now. Don’t be too proud or too stubborn to confess your faults to Him. He is very understanding. Pray and admit your were foolish and rebellious; you didn’t listen when He tried to warn you, and did what you knew better not to do. Ask Him to get you out of this mess and give you another chance to get it right. Pray and ask your heavenly Father to forgive you and restore you, in Jesus’ name, amen.

– Luis Josephus

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God has not given up on you.

Spirit-Lifting Thoughts for Today_150 x 150_jpgWho will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies and has given us right standing with Himself.” – Romans 8:33

In the fallen world we live in, it is easy to be hurt by other people with their critical words and judgmental attitudes.

But our heavenly Father is not like that.

He loves us just as we are, despite our flaws and wrongful actions. He understands us better than we understand ourselves. He knows what we struggle with and He doesn’t condemn us when we fall short of perfection.

All He asks of us is to believe in His love, wisdom and faithfulness, and to surrender our lives to His control. He is our Creator; He made us for a special purpose. Therefore, only He knows best what is right for us. We must trust His judgment implicitly in whatever direction He takes us in life. We must pray that His will be done in whatever decisions we make – even when things don’t always work out the way we planned. Yet despite our disappointment, we know God’s ways are always best.

When we rebel against His will, or make sinful choices, we simply need to confess our sins, claim the provision of forgiveness that Jesus made for us on the cross, and receive His cleansing and restoration once again.

Don’t worry about what others may say or think. What is important is what God thinks about us. He still loves us. He has not  rejected us or condemned us for failing. On the contrary, He still wants the best for us. He is still for us, and not against us. He has justified us in Messiah Jesus and has acquitted us of all guilt.

So, if you’re feeling down today, don’t stay there. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Pick up your spiritual feet and keep walking with God. Keep moving forward in faith and try to do better in the future. Although others may condemn and reject you , God will never leave you nor forsake you.

Keep holding on to Jesus’ hand. Jesus is our best friend. Oh, what a friend we have in Jesus. Amen.

– Luis Josephus

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