The Joy That Was Set Before Him

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1, 2 ESV) The joy that was set before him was you and me. He was already in the splendor of heaven so therefore he endured the cross because, “We are His joy!!!” Consider now what Jesus has done for you…………………….Jesus suffered with 40 lashes for your healing, he died the cruelest death known to man for your sins and rose again the third day for your victory over evil.

So just what are you doing about the sin in your life? What are you doing for the grace freely given to you? Are you taking advantage of His word daily for your empowerment? Are you getting on your knees daily to fill your life with joy and a peace that passes all understanding? You are in misery because of the sin in your life, so how long does it take or will it take for you to say no to sin and live fully for Jesus Christ? Why, does it take a tragedy in a persons life in order for them to wake up spiritually?

“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14, 15 ESV)
God desires to do great and mighty things in your life but he cannot do it without your permission. Because of Joshua choosing to serve The Lord, God enabled him to conquer all of his enemies and did great mighty things through him because he dared to believe. He dared to trust. He dared to serve when it wasn’t easy to do so. He dared to stand upon the word of The Lord when no one else did.
How long will it take for you to decide?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 ESV)

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV)
In case you haven’t heard it in a long while I LOVE YOU AND JESUS LOVES YOU!!!
Intimacy With Christ Always
Richard

I’m Afraid What Can I Do

I was watching a movie the other day and in this scene I saw a woman who was really afraid and scared. My heart just broke at what I saw realizing that in my past the times when I was afraid, scared and all alone. Then I thought of all the people in the world who are scared afraid and all alone.
So if your are afraid of what the new year holds for you? My heart breaks for you and know that you’re not alone in this. For number one God is always with you and never leave you or forsake you. Number two I am here with you as well. I have gained faith and hope from my fears as well as my future within the word of God’s promises within His truth, enlightened me to what is in store for me if I choose the His path.
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29, 30 ESV)
I now have a peace that passes all understanding and an inner strength from God through His Son Jesus Christ.
If you want hope and encouragement from your fears email me at the address below I do not have all the answers all I can give you is hope and insight from my own private experiences at findintimacywithchrist@gmail.com
Find friends or loved ones who are positive influences in your life and surround yourself with them. You need love and support, if you have no friends or relatives who are positive find a church nearby that can help you during this time. My best advice is to surrender your life into the hands of Jesus Christ!!!
““For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16, 17 ESV)
With the Holy Spirit living inside of you he will give you a new purpose and he will give you hope for your future.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)
Fear comes upon us for lack of knowledge because our lack in knowing the truth.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:18, 19 ESV)
Having the knowledge that God loves us will calm your fears and give you peace and joy and a future.
“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith” (Philippians 3:7-9 ESV)
I know what it’s like to be emotionally abused, to be unloved, disrespected and mistreated. You deserve better than this!!! God has brought healing to my mental well-being and spiritual well-being as he will do just for you. I leave you with my love and a final scripture to give you hope and encouragement.
“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 ESV)

Love and Prayers,
Richard
Intimacy With Christ