Saved to the uttermost

“The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:23-25

Jesus is enough. When we are tempted to believe our efforts have anything to do with God’s love for us, Jesus saves to the uttermost. Uttermost. At all times. Completely.

“Behold the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke though I was their husband, declares the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:31-34

I broke his covenant though he was my husband, yet he forgives my iniquity, and remembers my sins no more. The ultimate betrayal followed by the ultimate redemption.

“For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” Hebrews 9:13-14

We are saved to the uttermost! Saved by Jesus’ blood alone. I am free from the weight of my own sin and guilt, free to serve the living God. Hallelujah!

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19

 

Enslaved No Longer

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

I’ve been contemplating this truth lately that we are no longer enslaved to sin, but are free to live in righteousness. And what a great, GREAT truth it is!

I was reminded of the Gospel recently when, after a quarrel with a friend, I realized we didn’t have to settle for an awkward car ride home. Because Christ has forgiven me of such great debt, I am free to forgive others when I feel they’ve wronged me. I don’t have to cling to grudges but can shower grace on my friends.

Sin abounds in most of my relationships, but especially in the one with my future husband. A lot of sin has been revealed in my relationship with Andrew over this summer. And as much as the Gospel is shoved down my throat and spews out my ears, I often forget the absolute hope that it offers. I regularly feel trapped in a crater of despair that the sin which plagues us creates. But there is hope!

Romans 6 is really the epitome of what I am constantly reminded of lately.

“1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 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.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

the day is at hand

Ok so maybe I’ll start blogging again.

In the clam of the summer I don’t feel as if I’m seeking the Lord with fervor. It’s easy to grow apathetic towards God when my schedule isn’t quite as busy. Without routine I seem to be withering.

So consistently writing about what I’m learning may serve to hold me accountable for chasing after the Father who has so extravagantly pursued me.

“may my heart always be open to little

birds who are the secrets of living

whatever they sing is better than to know

and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry

and fearless and thirsty and supple

and even if it’s sunday may i be wrong

for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully

and love yourself so more than truly

there’s never been quite such a fool who could fail

pulling all the sky over him with one smile”

-ee cummings

Lord, may my mind stroll about hungry and fearless and thirsty and supple. May I seek You recklessly in this restless summer. Let the truth of what you’ve done to save me be rooted deeply in my heart. Amen.

“The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12

One Last “Required” Post

This is my last “required” post for English class. Blogging has been an interesting experience. My fear of man has definitely been exposed through the process of writing blogs. I find myself reading over and over posts, making sure nothing in them is too outspoken. I think of blogging as a way to declare something to be true, and I’m not sure I enjoy it. I’m not sure that I will continue updating after class, but it has been an eye-opening and beneficial experience thus far. We’ll see what happens!

Amazon

I love Amazon. I’ve been ordering so many books lately. Amazon Prime is like, the best thing ever. The books come in two days and they are so cheap! I keep impulse buying books because they’re such a good deal. It’s all starting to add up. I’m really excited to read this book that just came called Money: God or Gift by Jamie Munson. I think for Christmas I’m just going to ask for Amazon gift cards. 

I baked these for my Journalism class, but some didn’t look very good. So I salvaged what I could and supplemented with some other cookies. Photos to come!

What I’m Reading

Prior to senior year of high school, I could only read one book at a time. But Mr. H forever changed my reading style by requiring us to read two books at once. And I’ve realized that there are too many books out there to read them one by one. So this is what my reading style has become:
  1. Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  2. Body Outlaws
  3. Sex and the Supremacy of Christ
  4. The Craft of Revision
  5. The Bell Jar
  6. How to Read Literature like a Professor
  7. Note to Self
  8. The Pursuit of God
  9. The Old Man and the Sea
Any other suggestions?