Memorial Day: Live worthy of what you’ve been given.

Memorial Day. The day we bring to remembrance and give honor all who have given their own life for ours and for the life of our country. 

 

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

 

Without the fight for freedom, surely we’d be under a dictating rule. Without all that they gave, our nation would be no more. But thankfully our states are united and our freedom and rights remain. Oh the miser, pain, and torture they went through to attain such a great thing for us.

Let me tell you, even though courageous men and women sacrificed themselves so we could live, we still have wake up every morning and choose to live a life worth dying for. They thought the lives of their future generations were worth dying for. Let’s not let that be in vain. Soldiers gave their lives because they knew you and I were capable of doing something great– of doing something worthy of what they gave.

 

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Along with those American soldiers we are honoring, there’s someone else who gave their lives so we could live and live freely. The veterans who have fought and died for us gained our physical life and freedom; but nother warrior gave His life for our spiritual life and freedom.

Physical pain and suffering. Having to leave loved ones. Torture and death. Just like the soldiers who died for us, Jesus died for us. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” I Corinthians 15:22. 

 

“No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” John 10:18

 

Here’s the question I’m asking today. Are you living a life worthy of what you’ve been given? If you feel like you’re living anything less, know that there’s more. There are greater things. Through the death of those before you and the coming to life again of our beautiful Saviour, there are greater things for you and me. There is freedom from all that keeps us from choosing the Higher Call, and it is attainable.

Let’s stand in honor to those who’ve gone before us. Those who’ve redeemee our freedom. Let’s thank them by waking up every morning and choosing life. Over and over again, I will choose life and live worthy of all I’ve been given.

 

Olivia Fortner

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He’s a Friend

 

Does anyone else see that elephant in the clouds? I know God did that for me.
Me and God are friends. Just like with anyone else, we talk and share ideas, and laugh together. When I’m riding down the road, staring out the window, God’s like “I’ll show you something funny”. He sent this cute little elephant just to make me giggle.
You don’t have to think about God like He’s someone you have to try to impress. He made you and He loves you. You don’t have to be perfect or the number one kind of person for God to be your friend.

The same way you look at anyone and want to be their friend, you talk to them, you find things you have in common with them, and to keep the friendship thriving, you spend lots of time together. Jesus is the same way. Make Jesus your friend.

Just go talk to Him.

I’m sure you can think of something to say.

~Olivia~

It’s Pentecost, People!

In case you didn’t know, today is Pentecost Sunday.

As Jesus rose into the sky, He told us not to worry, because He said He would send us a comforter. So fifty days later, that comforter came.

In the book of Acts, chapeter 2, there were 120 people who met in the upstairs of a building and waited. They waited and prayed and everybody had their mind on one thing. They were all anxiously looking forward to the gift, that comforter that Jesus was sending. He’d told them when and where. Now they were ready and waiting.

“What could it be? How will it come?”, I’m sure these questions rolled through their minds.

And then, all at once a loud rushing wind blew through that upstairs room and fire appeared on the heads of every person there. Each person spoke in and unknown tongue. They were all speaking in different languages that they did not know. What was happening?

The Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost, had come into that place and the people welcomed it into them. It was the comforter. This is what they’d been waiting for. Finally. Fifty days without their savior and they’d finally received what He’d promised He would send them.

It was the best feeling they’d ever had and I know it was the best things that ever happened to them.

When they walked out into the street, they were all still speaking in other languages that they didn’t know. It was God’s spirit speaking in them. When the people in town saw them, they thought they were drunk, because there were people of many different cultures and many different languages that understood what they were saying. But the preacher, Peter, told the people that these men and women are not drunk as you think they are. It’s still early in the day. This is what was prophesied of old. God has poured out His spirit upon these people.

Peter preached a small sermon to these people. He just spoke truth, and it pricked the hearts of the men who had sinned. They asked Peter what they should do about this sin they’d done. They’d killed their savior. How could the make this wrong go away?

So Peter told them the only thing they could do to find their savior and get forgiveness.

Act 2:37-40

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.”
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1: Repent.

Tell God you really are sorry for those sins. Ask for forgiveness, and don’t do them anymore.

2: Be Baptized

Be buried in water, being baptized in the name of Jesus, so your sins will be washed off of you.

3: Receive the Holy Spirit

You’ve been promised the gift which is the comforter of the Holy Ghost. Just accept it and receive it.

There it is. Now let’s go serve God with our entire lives. Let’s submit ourselves to Him and see the greatness that will be revealed in us.

~Olivia~

Jesus. A Name or a Power?

imageJesus!

 What about this name. Is it only a name we call a man? Is it only a name for God?

Is Jesus only a word, with no deeper significance than any other name?

Let me tell you a little about this name “Jesus”.

In Acts 3:6, men were healed in the name of Jesus. Acts 16:18 records evil spirits being cast out in the name of Jesus. Acts 2:38 says, your sins will be remitted in the name of Jesus. 

There is power in the name of Jesus!

If you’re tired, hurting, looking for an answer, or need someone to talk to, if you’re living a happy life but feel like something is missing, call on the name of Jesus. He will come to those who seek Him but you can’t just seek Him a little, thinking “well, if He comes I’ll heed to Him.” You have to seek Him with your entire heart.

Deuteronomy 4:29

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the 

Lord thy God, thou shalt find Him, if thou seek Him

 with all thy heart and with all thy soul”.

 

James 4:8 

“Draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you….”

Stop wondering around and wishing for Jesus to come. Draw nigh unto Him. Get close to Him. Seek Him. Search for Him. He wants you to. He loves you and He’s jealous of you (Exodus 34:14, Ex. 20:5, Deuteronomy 4:24). He longs for you to come to Him because He is yours and you are His. He made you because He wanted someone to love him by their own will. The angels praised Him continuously but God wanted a creature that had a choice of whether or not to love Him and still did. Real love. A love that went both ways. He’s waiting for you.

I know we’ve all strayed. We’ve all ran from Jesus at some time or another. But here’s the thing, Grace. Yes, Grace is what He give so that no matter what we’ve done we can still come to Him with arms opened wide and He will greet us with His warm embrace.

2 Corinthians 12:9 His grace is sufficient for us.

Call on the name of the Lord.

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon 

the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

The name of the Lord saves us, the name of the Lord is a safe place for us to run into whenever we need. The name of the Lord is where our help is. Our grace and trust are in the Lord. Want proof. Here it is.

 Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; 

The righteous run to it and are safe”.

 Psalms 124:8 “Our help is in the name of the Lord….”

John 1:17 ….but grace and 

truth came through Jesus Christ.

So I don’t know about you, but I’m going to call on the name of the Lord today, right now. There is power in His name. “Psalms 20:7 “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” 

Jesus is the One we’re longing for even when we don’t know it. I pray that you will call to Him, with me.

He’s waiting for us to come humbly to Him.

Jesus I need YOU!

                                   -Olivia-