The Light of Life

Today I’m going to post on Ephesians 5:8-13 which says,

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.”

Paul is telling the Ephesians not to go back to their old way of life, but to live as “children of light”. He is saying that believers, or children of light, should live with goodness, righteousness, truth, and what pleases the Lord. He says that we should have nothing to do with evil acts, but instead we should reveal them. Paul says that everything that is revealed by light is visible, and everything that is illuminated “becomes a light”. When unbelievers accept Christ, they become illuminated by Him, and they become lights themselves.

Light always wins over darkness, and darkness can always be driven away by light. When Paul says that all things that are illuminated become lights, he means that when the light of Christ shines into a person they become a light. Think of the person as a candle, and Jesus as a lighter. When the lighter lights the candle, the candle becomes a light. Matthew 5:14-16 says,

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

God has given us the light of the world. He sent His son to die on the cross, so that we may be filled with light instead of darkness. God loved us so much that He filled us with light and life eternal. Now we must spread our light to others so that “they may see your  good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. God has sacrificed His own son to give us the light of life… now let us share that light with others.

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Guilty made Innocent

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:23 which says:

“Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”
will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.”

This is more from Solomon’s wise sayings; and it seems inevitable that whoever judges wrongly would be denounced and shunned. This is because a judge decides the fate of someone; possibly even for life, and it is definitely not a laughing matter. But God’s own son, who loves us very much, came down and said that we were innocent. He made us innocent by taking on our sin. He was cursed by God, and the people hated Him, and killed Him.

Jesus Himself was wrongly judged; however this was something that God intended to happen. Jesus, who was innocent and who never sinned,took our sins upon Himself and was killed upon a cross as though He was the worst of sinners. And the reason that He did this, was to save us; He died for us so that we could live.

Now we can say to the guilty, you can be innocent. You can be innocent because of Jesus. Jesus has taken all the sin of the world, so that we may be innocent. He made us Children of God, and freed us from our sin. Praise the Lord!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

 

Rich and Poor, Sermon

Hello, today the Pastor preached on Lazarus and the rich man; and this is our summary of what he said.

Basically the pastor said that we shouldn’t wait until it is too late to believe in Jesus. He said that, for the rich man, it was too late to change his mind and go to heaven.

He also talked about what the rich man said in hell. He asked Abraham to send Lazarus back to Earth to warn his brothers. Abraham said that Moses and the prophets were enough of a reason for his brothers to go to heaven. The pastor said that the rich man was saying that it was God’s fault that he went to hell. The rich man was saying, in essence, that God did not give enough of a reason for the rich man to repent; and so he thought that his brothers should at least be given enough information.

But; that is not true at all! Just look at Jesus; Jesus is our “information”! God sent His very own son to die for us; that is enough of a reason to believe that God loves us and that we do need and have a savior!

Jesus is our savior; He is the way out of Hell. And the Pastor showed us the Gospel very clearly; which I am very thankful for.

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

Hope

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:20 which says:

“24 for the evildoer has no future hope,
and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.”

Solomon is saying that for those who sin, there is no hope. He is saying that if anyone is evil or wicked, there “lamp” will be snuffed out. In other words, Solomon is saying that God puts His wrath on anyone who disobeys Him and does wickedly.

Unfortunately, we all sin. So according to Solomon, we should all have God’s wrath upon us. We should all perish in hell. So what saved us from that wrath? Jesus did. Jesus took upon Him all the sins of the whole world, and then He took God’s wrath upon Him.

Even though it seemed as though all was lost; because everyone sins no matter how hard we try not to, and we deserved the wrath of God. But there is hope; there is someone who loved us so much that He took all of that punishment and wrath upon Himself. That someone is Jesus; God’s very own son.

Even though we could not obey God’s law, He still loved and loves us! He did not make the law just so that He could destroy us; He made it because He is a just God and He cannot stand anything that is not right. It might seem to human brains that God was “stuck” but of course God cannot be stuck; instead He planned this to happen all along so that He might show His love for us.

And it is the greatest example of love that ever could be seen; God sent His holy, perfect son to die in our place. Because God loves us so much we are saved, and now we are His sons and daughters; all because of Jesus sacrifice for us!

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

Sermon

Hello, today the Pastor preached on Luke 15:25-31.
This time he talked about the older brother, who thought it was unfair that the younger brother who had gone off and squandered his father’s wealth, should get his own party with a fattened calf. So the brother became angry, and his heart was hard.

We are like the younger brother; we went off and squandered all that God had given us. We didn’t deserve to be called His son, but God sent His only son to die in our place. We can now be called His son.

But we must be careful not to act like the older brother, especially once we accept Jesus as our savior and we become the sons and daughters of God. At times it might be easy to look down upon those who are in a position that we used to be in; we might start to ridicule them and say that they aren’t worthy of the Father’s love. That is true; but we aren’t worthy of the Father’s love either! In fact no one, on their own, is worthy of God’s love, but because of Jesus’ sacrifice we are now made children of God! Praise the Lord!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

Prodigal Son

Hello, today the Sermon was on the Prodigal son in Luke 15.

We see the Gospel in the Prodigal Son in how the son squandered his money, but was forgiven. We are like the son; we squandered our lives. We sinned against God, and we deserved to die and go to hell. But God sent a substitute in our place; He sent Jesus to die for us. Jesus took our sin, and died for us on the Cross.

Just as the father gladly received his son, and even gave him the fattened calf to celebrate, so God welcomes us into his family. Jesus saved us from our sins and enabled us to have contact with God, and so we are now the sons and daughters of God!

Even though we, as the prodigal son did, went astray, God sent Jesus to bring us back and save us from our sins!

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland and,
Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland

Wisdom and Everlasting Hope

Hello, today my sister and I are doing our post together on Proverbs 24:14 which says:

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

The first part of verse 14 says that wisdom is like honey. Solomon is saying that wisdom is good, and sweet like honey. It is something to be desired, something that we should strive for.

How do we get this wisdom? If is something that we should try and get, then how do we get it? Our wisdom is not a thing, it is a person. Jesus is our wisdom. He is the one that guides in the ways we should go; He is the Good Shepherd, and we are His sheep.

Now that we know who wisdom is, how do we get Him? Well, to put it simply, we receive Him. God sent Jesus to us; to become a human. Why? To save us from our sin. He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice for our sin. Now that we have been saved by Him, He sent His Spirit to live inside us, and to fill us.

Jesus is the wisdom that we should long for. He is the one who died to save us, and now lives inside us, filling us up with His Holy Spirit. He also brings us great joy, and love. He is the one who gave everything for us, and continues to give more to us. Now, because of what He has done, we should strive to share Him with others. We should give out the Gospel to those who need it, as well as strive for more of Him.

The last part of verse 14 tell us that if we find wisdom it will be our future hope, and furthermore, that hope will not be cut off from us. This, of course, points forward to the Gospel; Jesus is our wisdom and our hope. Jesus is the one that will be our hope, and He is the one that we will never be separated from.

Because of Jesus’ death on the cross we have hope! If it were not for Jesus taking away our sins, we would still be under God’s wrath, and we would have no hope of ever being free from it. But because Jesus died for us and removed God’s wrath from us, now we have an everlasting hope that even when we sin, if we repent, Jesus has removed it from us!

Of course, as Paul says in Romans 6, the grace of God is not a license for us to sin; instead we are dead to our sins and trespasses.

Praise God that our sins have been removed, and that they have been replaced with hope!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland