• Jesus My Comforter

    God’s Word has recently revealed something that will change my outlook of Jesus forever. Jesus became flesh to live among us, give us an example and ultimately die for our sin and become the only sacrifice for our forgiveness and freedom.

    It seems that every time Jesus walked into a situation, His reaction was compassion. Compassion for the hurting and compassion for the sinner.

    Durning my healing process the story of Lazarus was brought to my attention. Jesus was with His disciples and received word that Lazarus was sick. He immediately told them that it would not End in Death. When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for 4 days. Martha met Him with such faith. She ran to Him to tell him that he had already died. He asked her if she believed Lazarus could be raised from the dead. She thought He meant when we will all be raised with Christ to join together in Heaven. Jesus clarified that He meant now. Her response was, You are the Messiah and I believe what you say.

    I found it interesting that Mary stayed home. I’m thinking she was so grief striken that she didn’t want to get out of the house. I have been Mary! I can almost feel her pain. I know the feeling of having so much hurt it’s difficult to function. Mary didn’t run to find Jesus. Jesus came to her. He knew the degree of her pain. When she saw Him, she fell at His feet and said “If you would have been here, this wouldn’t have happened”. I relate to Mary so much. I have been in a situation that I trusted and believed Jesus and His power. I never doubted what He could have done. When it came down to it, He didn’t stop the situation as I had asked Him to and even believed He would. A form of death occured in my life.

    I know these women prayed for Lazarus to be healed and believed that he could be, but he died anyway. Jesus didn’t swoop in and stop the life altering death in my life or theirs. He allowed this pain. He allowed my pain and I’m sure you have had a pain of your own. It wasn’t lack of faith on Martha and Mary’s part. They loved and trusted Him. That is why Mary was so hurt. “Where were you Jesus?”

    As Jesus went to the tomb with Mary and the other mourning Jews, they began to weep. When He saw Mary weeping, he was moved with compassion and began to weep with her. The interesting part of the story is the fact that Jesus knew He would raise him from the dead and had even told his disciples this would happen two days earlier….So the question is, “Why did Jesus weep?” Jesus sees the people in pain, gets down into their hurt and hurts with them. Even though He knew the outcome, it was important that he show compassion to the hurting. His comfort is the very thing that heals our hurts. What an example!

    Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 

    Jesus didn’t have to weep. He could have said, “Stop crying Mary and watch this!” but he didn’t. Instead, he felt her pain and wept with her.

    2 Corinthians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

    This example will forever change my life and my perspective. Jesus knows the outcome. Ressurection is coming for my life, the old has passed away and the new creation has come. If you are facing a death of some kind, Jesus has not ignored your cry. He wants to comfort you, weep with you and heal you. Your ressurection will come. Believe as Martha did and come out of your place of mourning as Mary did. He is calling you and wants to comfort you. This is where healing flows, at His feet.

    with love,

    Ashley

  • hold up judge

    Hold Up…Are You a Judge??

    I am at a place in my life that it’s pivotal that I know the characteristics of Christ so that I may navigate through the waters His way. I must know what the Word says about every situation. Jesus came not only to be the one and only sacrifice for our sin but also to live as an example by experiencing every feeling, emotion or hardship we will face. He got into our pain out of compassion but also to give us an example of what we must do. I’m sure many of you reading this post at some point owned a WWJD bracelet. As corny as it may seem, we should actually keep that on the forefront of everything we do. He is the example. He knew what we would endure and experience in this life.

    I’d like to share with you on the subject of Grace and Judgement and what the Word says about it. I hope, at this point, we all know that our aired opinions mean nothing. It is the Word of God that we judge things by. Sorry facebook commenters that think they hold the keys of wisdom:) One particular morning the verse of the day happened to be John 3:16-17. Of course, I didn’t even have to glance at it because I have known it since I was a child. It was verse 17 that I had never paid too much attention to. “God sent His Son into the world NOT to judge the world, but to SAVE the world through him.” Hmmm, specifically not to judge? I think this is a pretty important key. If you also look at Matthew 7, it is clear on the what and why. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” It clearly says DO NOT JUDGE and if you do, you will be judged to the same degree.

    In our own personal situation we were shown the overwhelming response of grace and forgiveness. There have been the few who want to call down the judgement and wrath of God. I want to tell these people, STOP!! Not for my benefit but for yours. You are setting yourself up for pain. As much as we loved and appreciated the love and grace, it’s still easy to ask the question…”Why would they so freely be ready to forgive me instead of crucify me?” It was clear for me to see what was happening. We served as Lead Pastors of a church that held to the standard, “Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness”. I had never seen a man accept people like my husband did. I had never seen anyone see the best in people like he did. He never stated, “There’s no hope for that guy”. He only saw what they could be. It sometimes amazed me at his ability to show grace and see the best in people. He was planting seeds into his own life without even thinking about it. He is reaping what he sowed into people for 15 years. Are you thinking, “wow, he got off the hook”? Not at all! Other truths must hold true too. Romans 6:23 The wages of sin is death. Galatians 6;7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Hebrews 12:6 Also the Lord disciplines those He loves. Judgement must come for your sin but we should never think that we are to be the administers of the judgment. Let’s let the righteous Judge handle it. He doesn’t need our advice or help on the subject.

    God is a good father that knows what we need. He knows our hearts better than we do. I have had this blog for months. I know that there are people who need to read it because they feel they need to administer justice to those who hurt God. Let me release you today and tell you that God will be the Father. Put it into His hands and let Him judge and discipline. Freedom comes when you release the offender with confidence. Prepare for your own future. It’s not “if” it’s “when” you will need grace and forgiveness. No man is beyond falling. I hope you have planted grace and forgiveness in others because you too will need it and want it. If you have preached and pushed for the judgement of God, it is clear that this is what you will receive to the measure in which you gave it. Let’s think about it and leave the judging up to the judge and do what our example, Jesus Christ, did for us. I’m so thankful He came to save us!

    with love,

    Ashley