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About isaacshoman

Hmmmm what to say. I'm a 21 year old child from Portland, OR. I have an amazing family, go to an amazing church (Imago Dei Community Church), and am constantly being blessed by God. For some reason He has decided to give me all of these amazing things, I'm still trying to figure out why exactly. I'm currently attending Ravencrest Chalet Bible School (part of Torchbearers International) in the beautiful, beautiful, beautiful town of Estes Park, Colorado. What a place to study God's word! Surrounded by these beautiful mountains I am constantly reminded of Psalm 121:1-2 which reads, "I will lift my eyes up to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth." I'm excited to start this blog, and hope that God will use my babble to speak to those that decide to take the time to read it.

Why Worry?

Hello! Thanks for stopping by ūüôā ¬†I know it’s been a little while since my last post, but I’m not one just to write blog posts without having a good topic to write about! ¬†I’m hoping that God will move my heart about once a week, but there’s no guarantee.

Last night I was looking over my financial aid package (aka loans) with my parents that I was “awarded” for school. ¬†I suddenly realized that the cost of school was going to be higher than the amount of loans I was able to take. ¬†So naturally I started freaking out. “wow, there goes my fun summer.” “how am I going to pay for this?” “what if I can’t pay for it?” “Am I going to be able to do anything fun?!”. ¬†Then, I stopped, took a deep breath, and remembered Jesus’ teaching in Matthew:

“Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body as to what you will put on. ¬†Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? ¬†Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. ¬†Are you not worth much more than they? ¬†And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? ¬†And why are you worried about clothing? ¬†Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. ¬†But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly father knows that you need all these things. ¬†But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:25-33.

Now obviously I didn’t remember all of this word for word, but the part that came to my mind was verse 26 when He was talking about the birds of the air, and how they don’t do any of the work that we do, but are fed. ¬†And Jesus says, “Are you not worth much more than they?” ¬†It seems like a pretty simple idea when you think about it. ¬†God provides food for birds and other animals, but He loves us far more than animals, so wouldn’t He provide for us?

This passage isn’t just speaking to those who are hungry, thirsty, and naked, but to anyone who isn’t trusting God for provision in their life. ¬†I can look back at my life and see all of the ways that God has provided for me financially, yet I am still questioning whether He will in the future. ¬†How dumb is that?! When you go to sit in a chair, do you think, “Hmmm…I know this has held me up the last 2,000 times I sat in it…but this time…I’m not quite sure.” ¬†No! You sit in it without questioning whether or not it will hold you up (as long as it’s not an antique). But I think we’re all guilty of doing this to God in one way or another. What does Christ think of that? He called these doubters “You of little faith!”. ¬†We are God’s children, and He is going to provide for us. ¬†For when we “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” all of the things we need will be added to us. ¬†That’s so awesome!

My immediate need financially is for schooling, but what about after school is over? ¬†What about when I’m married and have a family? ¬†How much more do I have to have faith that God will provide for me then? A lot more. ¬†I have always worried about how I am going to provide for a family someday. ¬†But after reading this passage, I finally get it. ¬†I don’t have to worry about providing for my family, because I will never be providing for them. ¬†God will be providing for us. And I have to trust that whatever I end up doing, God will use that to provide for my family.

I have been blessed to see this kind of faith in action through my girlfriend’s dad. ¬†He is a corn and soybean farmer in Nebraska. ¬†Out of all the things that need to go right to produce a good crop, very few of them are under his control. ¬†He can’t make it sunny, or rainy, or stop the wind from blowing too hard. ¬†That’s all up to God. ¬†And to be able to keep at it year after year shows an amazing amount of faith that God is going to be the provider.

And here I was, worrying about how I am going to provide for a family. ¬†What I’M going to do. ¬†What job I’M going to get. It was all about me and what I could do. ¬†Apart from Christ I can do nothing. ¬†But I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength (Philippians 4:13).

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Like a Child

I know I know, it’s been awhile since I’ve gotten on here and written (typed is more like it) anything. ¬†The last few weeks of school were really busy and I didn’t have a lot of free time. ¬†Lately I have been thinking and reflecting a lot on my last days at Ravencrest, and all of the relationships that I built and the people I had to say goodbye too. ¬†I’m usually pretty terrible at saying goodbye to people, probably because in my mind, if I don’t acknowledge the fact that I may never see them again in this life, then it’s not real, if that makes sense. ¬†I’m a pretty emotional guy, but I was actually holding it together pretty well until Saturday night after graduation.

Mine and my girlfriend’s families went over the the Snyder’s¬†for dinner and a chance to get to know each other a little bit. ¬†I had an amazing time. ¬†The Snyder kids are full of joy and love for one another and everyone that their parents invite into their home. ¬†After hours of laughing, eating (delicious delicious food I might add), and swinging kids around by their ankles, it was time for the kids to go to bed. ¬†Now, I love all of the Snyder children, but I had a special connection with Camille. ¬†With her laugh, extreme athleticism, and incredible joy, it’s no wonder that we were made for each other. ¬†Or at least, I was made, according to her, for the sole purpose of swinging her around by her feet and throwing her on the couch. ¬†So when her mom told her to say goodnight to everyone she looked right at me and said, “Are you leaving?” (Keep in mind she’s 2), I tried answering her with words, but I was all choked up, so I just nodded. I thought I had gotten past the worst of it so I breathed a sigh of relief….then I heard Camille’s beautiful little voice ask, “Why?”…I lost it. ¬†I couldn’t answer her. ¬†What could I tell her that would make sense? ¬†“Well you see, I have to go home because I only paid for 1 year of tuition and I am going to work this summer and go to school somewhere else next year.”…NO! ¬†All she understood was that her friends were leaving and she wanted to know why.

It’s times like that when I am reminded that Christ calls us to have faith like a child. ¬†So often we overcomplicate things with worrying, anxiety, and fear. ¬†It’s only when we act as Camille did, and come to God with innocence and a sincere longing for answers that we will find joy and peace in him.

Now that I’ve been home for a few days I’m starting to get back into the swing of things. ¬†I was having a kind of weird peace about everything that was going on. ¬†I’m not going to see my girlfriend until august, I’m in desperate need of money but I only got scheduled for an hour this week, and I have nothing to do to fill up all my time. ¬†I shouldn’t have been so happy and at peace with things. ¬†Well I had somewhat of a realization last night that this peace that I was feeling was the peace that Christ talked about in Matthew 11:28-30.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. ¬†Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. ¬†For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

WOW! ¬†I was finally experiencing the rest of my soul that I had been longing for for so long throughout the year. ¬†There was no magic prayer to say, or a list of things to do to find it. ¬†It was only when I acknowledged that I couldn’t make it through the summer by myself, and kept asking God to help me, that I experienced it. ¬†Just like a child that knows what they want but can’t accomplish it by themselves, I asked God to help me with something that I knew I wanted to happen, but also knew that I couldn’t make it happen by my own power.

My prayer for all of you is that you will seek after God will all your hearts so that you can experience this joy and peace the same way that I have. ¬†The sooner we all admit that we can’t do anything successfully in life without Christ, the sooner we will enter his rest, and experience the true weightlessness of life with Him.


Much Needed Encouragement

Hello again friends! It’s been almost a week since my last post, so I was really feeling like I needed to get on here and do some thinking, which is really all this is. ¬†As things come into my life, I think about them, and if I can’t stop thinking about them, I get on here and type out my thoughts! (That’s probably why some stuff on here doesn’t make much sense =P)

When I got up this morning, I was in a bad mood. ¬†I didn’t sleep well last night (the results of taking a 4 hour nap during the day…oops!), and when I woke up I was just really bummed. ¬†My friends had gone to Boulder, so I was pretty much stuck up at school for the day. ¬†I thought, “I’ll just go read my bible and that will put me in a better mood!”…well, I went to read my bible, but I was completely unfocused in mind and heart and didn’t really get anything out of it. ¬†I was reading the words on the page, but because of my distraction, they weren’t anything more than that. ¬†So I came back to my room and was sitting on my bed wallowing in self-pity, complaining to Anna about how bored I was, and how unsuccessful my morning reading of the bible had gone.¬†Well, being the beautiful and amazing girlfriend that she is, Anna gave me a verbal slap on the back of the head and said “try again. Pray and refocus your mind and try again.” ¬†And me, being the (at times) selfish person I am, didn’t want to do that. ¬†But prior to that,¬†she gave me a bunch of ideas of things to do, one of which was to go over to the Snyder family‘s house and hangout with them, which is always fun. ¬†So as I was walking over to their house, I got another text from Anna that said “make the best of your time. give thanks in all circumstances.” ¬†That was exactly what I needed to hear.

I got to the Snyder house and was welcomed in by their youngest daughter, who immediately instructed me not to touch the heater because, well, it was hot (amazing how logical 2 and a half year olds are), and she didn’t want me to break it. ¬†I was then offered coffee and toast, and got to sit and have breakfast with them, an experience I will never forget. ¬†The youngest Snyder girl talked my ear off about bugs, and how helpful ladybugs are to farmers, while other bugs aren’t as helpful because they eat stuff. ¬†Haha I couldn’t help but laugh and be encouraged by the conversation. I realized that while other people were struggling to find food and shelter, God had blessed me with the opportunity to talk bugs with the Snyder girls!

Immediately I stopped and begin giving thanks to God for the blessings He has seen fit to give me, and took Anna’s advice, making the most of my time. ¬†I sat with Erik and talked about life while I drank my coffee and listened to the girls laughing and playing. ¬†It’s amazing how much you can learn from children. I was reminded of how joyful life really is, and how much Christ loves us as Camille (the youngest of the Snyder girls) yelled (her usual means of communication) “Jesus is alive!” ¬†Wow. I was getting schooled by a two and a half year old in what it means to celebrate life through Jesus.

It amazes me how God works things out in all areas of life. ¬†In my relationship with Anna, my relationship with friends, and my relationship with Him. ¬†Things work out much better when I just sit back and let Him do the heavy lifting, instead of interfering. ¬†I was very discouraged, so God led me to the Snyder house for some much needed encouragement. ¬†If you asked him, Erik would claim to be wise. ¬†He would say that he is just living in Christ and offering advice from the experiences God has given him. ¬†We talked a lot about our parents, marriage, what it looks like to have a God centered relationship, and how to put faith and trust in Christ to be the provider for your family. ¬†When I left their house (it was nap time), I couldn’t believe how much my attitude had been changed by the amazing conversation and laughter with the Snyders.

When things don’t go my way, I tend to get frustrated and disappointed, as I talked about in my last post. ¬†So this morning, when I got up and realized I had nothing to do today, which is rarely fun, I got frustrated and bitter. ¬†So when I read my bible, I wasn’t even interested in being open to hear God’s voice. ¬†It took the loving slap in the back of the head from Anna to jump start me into realizing that I had nothing to be mad at. ¬†Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” ¬†It’s amazing what can happen when you do these things, and live in God’s will for your life. ¬†Our guest lecturers said this week (Joe Urcavich and Colonel David Neetz) that God’s will for our lives is not an action as we tend to think of it, it is the way in which we live. ¬†When we live in God’s will, we are able to simply do what we want, because when God is our focus we will want to do what He wants us to do.

I am so thankful for the people God has placed in my life as encouragements. ¬†It it weren’t for Anna and the Snyders, my day would not have been the day that it has become: A day of thankfulness.


Back on Track

So some of you may have noticed that I had a post earlier today called “The Simple Life.” ¬†Funny story…I spent about an hour describing my plans for the summer, what I wanted to do, how I was going to do it, etc. ¬†Which isn’t at all why I originally started this blog. ¬†So, when I clicked publish, it said that it had published, but when I went to view it….it was blank. ¬†And when I refreshed the page, it was like I had never typed it at all. ¬†So, naturally, I got mad. ¬†Borderline angry in fact. ¬†Part of it was that I had spent an hour of my life typing all this out, and it was gone, but I think the deeper anger was seeded in my pride. ¬†That post had been all about me. ¬†You might think, “well ya it was about you, it’s your blog.” Which is true, but when I was typing it I was purposely not mentioning God. ¬†I thought my last few posts had been too “preachy” and started worrying about what you, the readers, would think. ¬†I realize now that my whole purpose for even starting this blog was to proclaim Christ and His work in my life. ¬†So I think the “error” was God’s way of saying, “I’m sorry, who is this blog about again?”

After praying about it and coming to this realization, I started thinking about how angry we (myself included) get when things don’t go our way. ¬†When we are little and things don’t go how we want them to, we cry, throw tantrums, scream, and act like our whole world has crashed down. ¬†When we are adults and something doesn’t go our way, we become bitter, distant, and try to think of ways that we can get back at whoever or whatever prevented our wishes from coming true. ¬†How childlike is that? ¬†If it weren’t for our ability as adults to keep our facial expression composed, we would look like children pouting in the corner! ¬†I’m totally guilty of this. ¬†When that post didn’t work, I found myself sitting with my brow furrowed and my arms crossed like a 2 year old who got a toy taken away!

Proverbs 16:32 says, “He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” But wait, I thought Paul said in Ephesians 4:26, “Be angry, and yet do not sin…” ¬†And many many times in the Old Testament you find the phrase “The anger of the Lord burned”. ¬†So how can the Bible, which doesn’t contradict itself, say that we shouldn’t be angry when God Himself gets angry?

The answer is really another question: what are you angry at? and why? ¬†When God gets angry, He is angry because of the sin that His people are committing, or because someone (Moses specifically comes to mind) was doubting Him and basically saying, “I know what You said, but I think I’ll do it this way instead, it seems better.” ¬†Psalm 145:8-9 reads, “The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. ¬†The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works.” ¬†When God got angry, it was out of His righteous and love. ¬†He could see that what the Israelites, or whoever, were doing, and was angered by their sin and disbelief. ¬†Most of the time when we get angry, is it for the benefit of others? ¬†Probably not. ¬†It’s a selfish anger that stems from our pride. ¬†Now when Paul says to be angry but don’t sin, he means that we should imitate God in His righteous anger. ¬†Be angry at slavery, be angry at sex-trafficking, be angry at poverty. ¬†Be angry at the things that make God angry: sin and injustice.

In Matthew 5:21-22 Jesus said, “You have heard is said, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be subject to judgement.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be subject to judgment.” ¬†WOAH! Let’s see, by my count, I’ve committed murder at least 5 times today. ¬†How about you? ¬†How on earth are we expected to live up to that standard? ¬†The truth is, we can’t live up to it, but Christ did, and can through us.

There are countless teachings like this one, that we often view as harsh or unreasonable, but are part of Christ’s teaching. ¬†I view these teachings as reinforcement for the fact that there is NOTHING I can do to save myself. ¬†There are no deeds I can do to make myself righteous before God. ¬†But the amazing thing is that since Christ is living in me and through me, when God looks at me, He sees perfection. ¬†Christ died once and for all so that all of our anger and hatred would be paid for. ¬†When Christ was hanging on the cross, the last thing He said before He died was “It is finished.” ¬†The Greek word for this phrase was the same word that merchants would stamp on receipts when the person had completed their payments. ¬†It literally translates to “The debt has been paid in full!” ¬†How sweet is that?! ¬†When Christ died, He paid every sin that I have committed, and all of the sins that I will commit in the future.

I was writing that other post out of fear of what others might think, but now I realize that I would be doing everyone a disservice by hiding the LIFE that Christ offers. ¬†So what are you waiting for? This is the best gift that anyone could receive, and it’s available to everyone! All you have to do is ask for it!!!

Isaac

I’d love to talk with you about any questions you may have regarding any of my posts. ¬†Feel free to email me at Isaac.Shoman@comcast.net or send me a facebook message. ¬†Can’t wait to hear from you.


How Sweet the Sound

This week our guest lecturer is Zane Black.  He is on staff at Timberline (one of our sister schools just across the mountains) and also works with Dare-2-Share, an awesome ministry that equips young people to talk about their faith.  Zane is on fire for Christ and it has been awesome learning from him so far this week.

He said something last night that struck me: “Your story is really His story…and that’s all you need.” ¬†I have never been good at sharing my faith, and I think that’s because I have been so focused on having all the answers, and less focused on whose story it really is. ¬†I don’t have to have all the answers, and that is really comforting. ¬†Hearing Zane say that made me realize that it’s not all about head knowledge, it’s about life experience, and how Christ has worked in my life. ¬†So I thought I would get on here and share a little bit about my story.

I was born at a very young age (I couldn’t resist) on November 14th to my lovely parents, and joined my sister in making their life more difficult. ¬†I was raised in the church, but my faith was always just my parents faith. ¬†I went to church because they did, and I kept going because I got lots of candy and got to hang out with my friends. ¬†Skipping ahead, when I got to high school I was still going to church (I was even singing up front helping lead worship), but I was living a double life. ¬†When I was at church, or church events, I was the one that knew all the verses and typical church answers. ¬†But when I was at school, I was whoever I needed to be liked. ¬†Towards the end of the summer before my senior year of high school I was hanging out with some guys and got a phone call that one of my best friends since elementary school had been in a car accident, and that one of the other people involved in the crash had died. ¬†I became so angry with God. ¬†Why would He allow that to happen? My friend didn’t deserve this. Who did He think He was doing this to my friend. ¬†After that I turned my back on God. ¬†I didn’t want to worship a God that would let that kind of thing happen. ¬†So I turned to the things of this world. ¬†I used the gifts God had given me for evil. ¬†I started drinking a lot and partying more. ¬†I would ¬†tell girls whatever they wanted to hear so I could get what I wanted from them, and then never talk to them again. ¬†I had become so consumed by this lifestyle that I shut everyone out. ¬†Even my best “friends” weren’t really my friends. ¬†I was never open with them unless it was of some benefit to me.

I graduated high school as a kid who had no idea who he was. ¬†A lot of my older friends were at U of O (University of Oregon), and I heard they had a really good party scene, so I decided to go there. ¬†I could feel God telling me not to go, but I had ignored Him for so long, and my heart had become so hardened towards Him, that it was barely more than a whisper. ¬†And a whisper is pretty easy to ignore. ¬†At U of O I continued my life of sin, joined a fraternity, and lived the “college life”. ¬†I was beyond drunk almost every weekend, and although I put on a front of happiness, I was miserable. ¬†Apparently the Holy Spirit doesn’t enjoy hangovers, and He was letting me know it. ¬†I almost completely stopped going to class, and I honestly don’t know how even passed my classes.

When I moved home from Eugene, I was angry. Angry at my parents because they¬†told me that they weren’t going to pay for me to go back to school just so I could barely get by, angry at God, and angry with myself. I didn’t want to set foot into a church again, but because of the respect I have for my parents, I decided I would suffer through it every week. My parents told me¬†that I should pray about where God wanted me to go. The idea of praying for guidance was a foreign concept for me. But I decided I’d do it because I didn’t expect to hear an answer, so I could tell my parents that I prayed, and then do whatever I wanted to do, just like always. I didn’t talk to God anymore, so why would He talk to me?….or so I thought.¬†Now, I’ve heard stories about God dramatically intervening in people’s lives, but I never thought it would ever happen to me.¬†I couldn’t have been more wrong. ¬†For whatever reason, I decided I’d go read my bible and pray…because I assumed that was the correct order of things. ¬†For three days in a row, I would flip through the pages with my thing, close my eyes, and randomly stop somewhere and read it. ¬†Well, for three days in a row I found myself reading Jonah…I know…crazy right? Especially because in the midst of the mini-novel sized books of the Old Testament, Jonah is only 4 chapters, and is only 1 page front and back. ¬†So as far as probability goes…I shouldn’t have stopped on that exact page once, let alone three days in a row.

Now, in the midst of all this my parents were renting out the extra rooms in our house. ¬†I was really skeptical, and expected to have to put up with weird people. ¬†What I didn’t expect was to come home to find two of the kindest, most joyful, God-fearing women I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I didn’t understand how they could be so genuine when they asked me how I was doing. Most of the time it upset me that they could be so joyful when I was so angry at everything. Although they didn’t know it at the time, I was very close to walking away from Christ altogether. But because of the love that they both showed me in my time of need, Christ melted my heart of stone. I can look back and honestly say that if it weren’t for them, there is no way that I would be at a bible school in Colorado. It was absolutely God’s will for them to be in my parents’ house, and to become part of my family, and without them, I would still be lost.

By the end of summer I wasn’t nearly as angry as I had been, and although I wasn’t living my life for Jesus yet, I was beginning to come around. ¬†I started taking classes at a local community college and was living at home, surrounded by the love of Christ. ¬†I still wasn’t sure why God had made Jonah about as obvious as a neon flashing sign, but I kept thinking about it. ¬†So when I went to church one Sunday and my pastor said “We’re starting a series on Jonah this week…” it was like the sign just got made into a billboard, and everything hit me all at once and I started crying in church before the sermon even started (I can’t imagine what the people around me thought, seeing this kid crying before the sermon had even started…usually that doesn’t happen until afterwards).

So, I ended up turning back to God, realizing that it was pointless to run (as Psalm 139 makes it clear, there is nowhere you can go to escape God), and went to a bible school. ¬†It wasn’t until a week ago today that I gave me entire life to Christ. ¬†Everything I’m now doing, is not me, but Christ doing it. ¬†As Galatians 2:20 says “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

I can’t even listen to the song “Amazing Grace” without tearing up. ¬†“Amazing grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see.”…I find myself speechless when I try to explain my gratitude to God for rescuing me from my life of sin. ¬†Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by GRACE you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the GIFT of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” ¬†Did you hear that? It’s a gift. ¬†You don’t have to do anything but accept it. ¬†Sure, you can argue theology all day, but you can’t argue the change that has occured in my life because of this gift of grace.

I am no longer the man I once was, for “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Cor. 5:17). ¬†The same God who created the heavens and the earth loves me, and has redeemed me. And He loves you too…so what are you waiting for? ¬†All it takes is to accept the gift that Christ freely offers, and you will “have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10).

This is my story. Which is really His story. ¬†He’s waiting to tell His story in your life. ¬†Will you let Him?

 


The Mountains

This is the view I had while on Pole Hill on Saturday. I hope this gives you a better understanding of why I was in such awe of God and His creation.


On the Hill with God

After listening to the sermon on the Sabbath (Matt. 12:1-21; found here), I thought I would take advantage of the beautiful day yesterday and go on a short hike up to the top of Pole Hill (the hill that my school is on) and spend some quality time in the Word. ¬†As a side note, on my way up I couldn’t help thinking, “I wonder what Moses felt like, being 80+ and having to keep hiking up and down Mt. Sinai?” ¬†I mean, I’m 21, and granted I’m not in the best shape of my life (far from it), but come on…God couldn’t just let him go half way up or so?

But anyways, I was up there, and was amazed at the view! ¬†I was perched at the highest point on Pole Hill, and could see every one of the many surrounding mountains. ¬†All of them covered with snow and glistening under the illumination of the sun. ¬†Before I started reading I was in awe that the same God who created all of these mountains made me as well. ¬†And not only that, but that God views us as his MASTERPIECE! He breathed His life into us at the creation of man, and we were made in His image, and He saw that we were good. ¬†Yes, the mountains are beautiful, and God loves His creation as well, but we are his most loved creation. ¬†And He loved us so much that He send His Son to die for us. ¬†2 Corinthians 5:21 says that “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” ¬†How awesome is that?! ¬†Christ sacrificed His rightful throne in heaven to become a man and suffer and die for each one of us, with the goal of presenting us as righteous before God. ¬†It’s hard to fully wrap our human minds around it, and we probably never will, but that doesn’t really matter. ¬†What matters is that we take advantage of this amazing gift that has been given to us, and live our lives to glorify Him.

I was reading in Romans 5, and was confronted with how much God truly loves us. Verses 6-11 read:

6For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. ¬†7For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. ¬†8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ¬†9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. ¬†10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. ¬†11And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through who we have now received the reconciliation.”

Can you believe that?! Just look at the love of Christ in these verses! ¬†Before Christ died for us, we (the human race) were helpless, so God sent Christ to die for us at His perfect time. ¬†Then Paul basically says “Nobody would want to die for a righteous man, but I guess someone might think about dying for a good man, but Christ died for us while were still His enemies!” ¬†Would you die for your “enemy”? I know we don’t have enemies like they used to have in the medieval days, but think of someone you really really don’t like…would you die for them? ¬†What Christ did for us is beyond words. ¬†And not only did He reconcile us with Him while we were His enemies, but now we shall be saved by His life (verse 10).

What I believe Paul to be saying is this, “You can’t do it. ¬†You never could. ¬†But Christ died for you to make you righteous. ¬†So just live for Him and let Him bless you through His life.” ¬†So be joyful!!! God loves you! Christ died for you to express that love, and now it is up to us to live into the story of Christ, and, through faith in Him, live life as we were created to.

 

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