Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

If You Don’t Have Jesus

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If you get to take your family on vacation and stay in a hotel, thank the Lord and be grateful. You probably know people who never get to go on vacation due to finances. There are people who work year round and never get a day off. There are families who have never seen the inside of a hotel or been able to enjoy a day at the beach. You are blessed indeed!

If you live in a nice home and drive a nice car, thank the Lord and be grateful. Chances are you know people who live in houses that are falling apart. You know people who drive cars that are breaking down all the time. These people look at your life and wish they could have what you have. Moreover, there are over 1.5 million homeless people in the United States at any given time.

If you have enough money to pay all of your bills every month and put food on the table, thank the Lord and be grateful. There are over 50 million Americans today living below the poverty line, and that’s just in America. At least 80% of human beings around the world live on less than $10 a day. Some 2.6 million children die every year due to hunger-related issues. If your children are adequately fed, you have much to be grateful for.

There are a lot of people out there with so much to be grateful for, and yet so many of them fail to appreciate it. Even more are happy to enjoy the pleasures of this world and yet have no idea they are on a very slippery slope indeed.

If you have received redemption and forgiveness for your sins by the blood of Jesus Christ, thank the Lord and be grateful.  You have been washed clean by the Son of God, Jesus Christ, God in the flesh. He has taken the punishment for your sins upon Himself and conquered death on your behalf. Your name has been written in the Book of Life and you will be with God forevermore. 100% of people who do not give their hearts to Jesus will go to the lake of fire, where the torment is unending. Offer up a living sacrifice of praise knowing that you have gained eternity and overcome death through Christ.

If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior and you are living comfortably, you should be thanking God every day for all that He has done for you….for Jesus first and then also for His abundant blessings. If you are a Christian, but life has been a struggle, you should still be praising the Lord and thanking Him. You have escaped hell and have an eternity with God to look forward to. This world is filled with hardship and struggle. People are sick and dying. Families are living in poverty. There is crime and violence. This world really doesn’t have all that much to offer. What makes it all worth it is knowing Jesus and holding firm to the promises of God. If we have Jesus, we have what we need. If we don’t have Him, than we could have everything and still be bankrupt and empty.

If you don’t know Jesus Christ, all of the luxuries and pleasures of this world mean nothing. The rich man without Jesus is poor. The poor man who is known by Jesus is rich indeed. The material possessions of this world will leave you empty and burn up. The Kingdom of God is forever. If you are at the end of your rope and have no hope in you, you need to call on the name of Jesus. He will not reject you. He will not turn His back. He will not withhold forgiveness from a truly repentant heart. Jesus wants to give you new life and a new hope that is more than wishful thinking. He wants to give you treasure that is worthy more than diamonds and gold. He wants to give you joy that is not shaken by the circumstance of this temporary life. He wants to know you intimately and to give you comfort, strength, hope and love.

You need Jesus. We all do. 

Don’t close your heart to what He is telling you at this very moment. Instead, pray. Ask Him to forgive you for your sins. Repent and turn from those things you know are wrong. Ask Him to come into your heart and give you new life. When you are finished praying, find a good church that teaches the Bible. Contact someone and tell them that you need discipleship and that you just became a Christian. The angels in heaven will be rejoicing! God loves you, my friend.

If you need Jesus, I’d love to talk to you. Feel free to email me at: chelsea_mccafferty @ yahoo.com (without the spaces)

“16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?”21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world,fn when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfoldfn and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Matthew 19:16-30

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Raised Up with Christ

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Happy Resurrection Day! Praise the Lord Jesus Christ for His sacrifice on the cross, his suffering and pain. Praise Him that He bore the weight of our sin and faced the death that should have been ours. Praise Jesus that on the third day He was victorious over death and rose from the grave! What joy! What wonder! What glory and majesty! What love!

As I celebrate Resurrection weekend with my family, we keep Jesus as the center and focus of our festivities. Even in Easter egg hunts and baskets, we are always reinforcing to our daughter what we celebrate and worship the Lord for what He has done. We praise Him because He’s alive and because He’s alive, we too shall live! That’s the thing that hits me hard as we meditate on the cross and resurrection. You see, when we celebrate Christ’s resurrection, we are also celebrating our own. We too will be raised up with Christ! We too have new life in Him. We were dead in our sins and transgression and we crucified the flesh and was buried with Christ. The old, dead person was buried in that grave, but as Christ broke the chains of death and rose in glory, we experienced His glory washing over us and giving us newness of life.

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11

Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.” John 14:19

And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.” 1 Corinthians 6:14

Oh friends, how can we read these verses and not praise Him? How can we read these words and not weep for joy and fall on our knees before our God? Look what Jesus has done? He faced death, conquered the grave and rose from the dead so that we too may live!

If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus Christ, then the Bible says you are dead in your sins. We have all been there. Before I committed my life to Jesus I was dead inside. Then I gave my life to Christ, He washed me clean from my sins and I was born again as a new creature in Him. Because He lives, I live! If you don’t know Jesus, I pray that this Easter you will turn your heart towards Him. Here’s what the Bible says to you:

* Jesus loves you, even before you love Him. “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

* You are a sinner. “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all menfnbecause all sinned—” Romans 5:12

* The wages of sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23

* You need forgiveness. “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

* Jesus offers salvation to the repentant. “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9

* You are born again in Christ. – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.fn The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

* You have eternal life. ““For God so loved the world,fn that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

 

Today I’m filled with hope. I know that no matter what hardships I face, no matter how many times I mess up, no matter what comes my way, I am saved in Christ Jesus. He has died for me and rose again, and in His resurrection I am raised up as well. I am no longer that old, dead soul with no purpose and no hope. I am new and alive and will live forever with my Lord. I am so blessed. If you don’t know Jesus Christ today, don’t wait another minute to turn your heart to Him. Believe. God is real and He wants a relationship with you. Pray. Speak from your heart. There are no magic words. You just confess that you believe, that you are sorry for your sins, that you want new life in Him, and give Him the reigns of your life. Trust me, you’ll never be the same again and you will know the joy and peace of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is alive! My Savior lives! Because He lives, I live! I’ll never stop proclaiming it! May you have a wonderful Resurrection celebration and may the Lord God of the Bible be glorified!

 

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