Wonderment & Ugliness

  • The wonder of it all is that Jesus died for me and for you! His love had no boundary then nor does it today. His love is unchangeable. His love is the pinnacle, example of what true love is. His love for mankind: to restore fellowship between man (creation) and Himself (Creator).
  • This is only the beginning. We can never experience God fully until we untaintedly see how disgusting, filthy and repulsing our sin is to thee righteous and holy God — my sin separates me from God! It is not God’s lack of love or kindness, but my sin.
  • When we begin to understand how incredibly ugly our sin is we start to fathom the depths of our salvation through Jesus Christ. We begin to have sight into how deeply we need God, His salvation. Our eyes are opened to our incredible need for salvation through Jesus Christ and we ask (https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/).
  • “No one can truly know the unimaginable wonder of salvation until they have truly felt the unbearable weight of their sin.”
  • Stand in awe and wonder! Live fully in Jesus Christ (John 10:10). Salvation is only the beginning of the journey!
  • Have you thanked Him?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}


Special thank you to Joe Henson III for allowing me to use his quote! May the Lord bless you!

“I will be found” saith the Lord.

We could talk about the various reasons why this passage would be offensive or encouraging to someone, but we are not traveling down that road today.

We are going to focus on the passage…on God and not ourselves.

There is great release, triumphant victory through God’s power and righteousness. He is God alone! None shall over take Him, command Him, defeat Him or become Him. God is God. Yet even in His awesomeness, grandness, vast greatness and power, God desires to have a personal and intimate relationship with mankind…with you!

  • But, mankind has to ask Him.
  • You have to personally ask Him!
  • You have to personally seek Him!

It may sound hard, but in reality it isn’t because the Lord said, “I will be found” the hardest part is getting past ourselves.

First, we must realize it is our sin that separates us from God, not God’s lack of love for mankind…not God’s lack of love for you. He demonstrated that love while we were yet sinners. If you have more questions on this, please read https://inchristiamshe.com/eternity/, it will help.

It is free, but our innermost being (our soul; who we really are) must desire Him more than ourself, more than our own sin. When this begins to sprout are ability to seek, ask, call begins to happen. It is a process, remember it won’t happen overnight, but guaranteed, you will find Him! God never plays shell games with us. What He says in His Word, who His character is — He cannot violate Himself (His Word); He always the same yesterday, today, and forever. God is God!

Second, God is in the business of answering. He deeply desires a deep, intimate, one-on-one, personal relationship with each human being…that includes you!

Because of His great love for you and I, we become especially reminded this season, but God is not bound by seasons or holidays.

  • How’s your God & man process going?
  • Is it dead? Nothing happening?
  • Is it suffering? Or do you only go to Him when you need or want something?
  • Is it alive? Is it in a process of striving to seek and search, call and hear? The process of calling, going, following, becoming, obeying (submission), walking with the One and true God, Jesus Christ our Lord, is beyond anything this world could offer us…now or in own eternal state.

Where you are today, God hasn’t change. He is waiting for you! The choice is yours.

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Nothing is More Real

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Merry Christmas

2 Timothy 1:9

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How’s Your Praise Doing?


Christmas time is an awesome reminder of Christ’s sacrifice, but don’t allow it to be the only reminder for you; it’s their every day. Is your praise?

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Luke 2:7

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John 3:16

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Luke 2:13-14

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Psalm 96:11

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Isaiah 9:6

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Be the Believer Who Does…

This is such a great verse, isn’t it! Wow! I am so thankful the Lord is gracious, merciful, slow to anger with me and that His love is steadfast…it never changes.

Now before you go casting prejudgements, I know from personally experiences that I have failed in all of the above attributes, truly, I am a work in progress. And if we want to get right to pure honesty and confession time, it hits me the hardest when I am tired or stressed out (well…the stressed out is letting my flesh reign). So you see, I am first in line. So when you read on, know this.

Over the years, we have seen, heard and gone through much via the ministry of people. It has been God’s calling on our life, a calling we’d do a thousand times over again for Him. When I read this verse this morning, my heart agonizes in brokenness over sin. I am talking about the choice to choose to sin in believers here:

  • Believers choosing to not walk in graciousness towards other fellow believers; whether in words or deed.
  • Believers choosing to not walk in (God’s) mercy towards other fellow believers, but rather walk in self-absorption or pride.
  • Believers choosing not to be slow to anger towards other brothers and sisters in Christ, because they are be busy feeding their flesh; their actions speak louder than words…their flesh reigns. What comes out of the man defiles him. You cannot be filled with yourself and filled with God at the same time.
  • Believers choosing to not walk in Christ’s love, because they “cannot forgive.” Thus allowing bitterness and unforgiveness to rule and reign and quench the Spirit. You cannot grow in Christ when you do not obey God’s Word!

✝ Believer, do not be the one who makes the conscience choose to disobey God’s Word; this is a rebellious heart.

✝ Be the believer who desires and does their utmost best before God to walk in obedience putting on the attributes of God.

You have to make the choice. Choose wisely!

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2 Corinthians 12:9

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Psalm 3:3

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What Wonderous Love is This, O my Soul..Oh my Soul!

Thank you, Lord!


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Who is God to You?

  • We hear.
  • We see.
  • We experience.
  • We choose.
  • We decide.
  • We deny.
  • We accept.
  • We….

Maybe, just maybe, if we chose to put ourself aside for just one moment to stop presupposing we knew who or what God is, but rather came before Him & His Word with simple child-like-wide-open unbias eye, untainted heart, and unskewed minds….maybe, just maybe, we would grasp His understanding of who and what HE IS for who and what HE SAYS HE IS, not what we think He is.

It would be then, that we would begin to understand the attributes of God. It would be then, that we would begin to hear, to see, to experience, to choose, to decide, to deny, to accept, to know God for God…prehaps like the very first time you met.

  • Revelation 2:4-5

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Does Your Breath Count?

Measuring this earthly-life in God’s scope of eternity will change your here and now for all your eternity to come.

  • How do you chose to give out your given-breath? Are you selfish in it’s usage or are you without borders in praise to the One who gave it to you in the first place, because you know without Him you would have no breath?
  • We only know right now…the next second is unknown and not promised.
  • Make now count & enjoy your Lord!

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Serving Leftovers to a Holy God

Crazy Love written by Francis Chan

(excerpt from chapter five pages 83-88)

“…now we are going to look at scriptural examples of poor responses to God’s gift of love. Before you discount or ignore what I am about to say, read these passages objectively, without preconceived opinions staunchly in place. My examination of lukewarm Christians in chapter 4 was by no means exhaustive. However, it did serve as a call to examine your heart in light of the points I listed. As I see it, a lukewarm Christian is an oxymoron; there’s no such thing. To put it plainly, churchgoers who are “lukewarm” are not Christians. We will not see them in heaven.

In Revelation 3:15-18, Jesus says,

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”

This passage is where our modern understanding of lukewarm comes from. Jesus is saying to the church that because they are lukewarm, He is going to spit them out of His mouth. There is no gentle rendering of the word spit in Greek. This is the only time it is used in the New Testament, and it connotes gagging, hurling, retching. Many people read this passage and assume Jesus is speaking to saved people. Why?

When you read this passage, do you naturally conclude that to be “spit” out of Jesus’ mouth means you’re part of His kingdom? When you read the words “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked,” do you think that He’s describing saints? When He counsels them to “buy white clothes to wear” in order to cover their “shameful nakedness,” does it sound like advice for those already saved? I thought people who were saved were already made white and clothed by Christ’s blood.

…so I’ve spent the past few days reading the Gospels. Rather than examining a verse and dissecting it, I chose to peruse one gospel in each sitting. Furthermore, I attempted to do so from the perspective of a twelve-year-old who knew nothing about Jesus. I wanted to rediscover what reasonable conclusions a person would come to while objectively reading the Gospels for the first time. In other words, I read the Bible as if I’d never read it before.

My conclusion? Jesus’ call to commitment is clear: He wants all or nothing. The thought of a person calling himself a “Christian” without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd. But please don’t take my word for it. Read it yourself.

For years I struggled with the parable of the soils. I wanted to know if the person representing the rocky soil is saved, even though he has no root. I then wondered about the thorny soil: Is this person saved since he does have root?

I doubt if people even considered these questions back in Jesus’ day! Is this idea of the non-fruit-bearing Christian something that we have concocted in order to make Christianity “easier”? So we can follow our own course while still calling ourselves followers of Christ? So we can join the Marines, so to speak, without having to do all the work?

Jesus’ intention in this parable was to compare the only good soil to the ones that were not legitimate alternatives. To Him, there was one option for a true believer.

Let’s face it. We’re willing to make changes in our lives only if we think it affects our salvation. This is why I have so many people ask me questions like, Can I divorce my wife and still go to heaven? Do I have to be baptized to be saved? Am I a Christian even though I’m having sex with my girlfriend? If I commit suicide, can I still go to heaven? If I’m ashamed to talk about Christ, is He really going to deny knowing me?

To me, these questions are tragic because they reveal much about the state of our hearts. They demonstrate that our concern is more about going to heaven than loving the King. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15). And our question quickly becomes even more unthinkable: Can I go to heaven without truly and faithfully loving Jesus?

I don’t see anywhere in Scripture how the answer to that question could be yes.

James 2:19 says, “You believe there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” God doesn’t just want us to have good theology; He wants us to know and love Him. First John 2:3-4 tells us, “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Call me crazy, but I think those verses mean that the person who claims to know God but doesn’t obey His commands is a liar and that the truth really isn’t in him. In Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus says, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save is life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” And in Luke 14:33, He says, “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.”
Some people claim that we can be Christians without necessarily becoming disciples. I wonder, then, why the last thing Jesus told us was to go into the world, making disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that He commanded?

You’ll notice that He didn’t add, “But hey, if that’s too much to ask, tell them to just become Christians—you know, the people who get to go to heaven without having to commit to anything.”

Pray. Then read the Gospels for yourself. Put this book down and pick up your Bible. My prayer for you is that you’ll understand the Scriptures not as I see them, but as God intends them.


I do not want true believers to doubt their salvation as they read this book. In the midst of our failed attempts at loving Jesus, His grace covers us. Each of us has lukewarm elements and practices in our life; therein lies the senseless, extravagant grace of it all. …His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3). His grace is sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9). I’m not saying that when you mess up, it means you were never really a genuine Christian in the first place. If that were true, no one could follow Christ.

The distinction is perfection (which none will attain on this earth) and a posture of obedience and surrender, where a person perpetually moves toward Christ. To call someone a Christian simply because he does some Christian-y things is giving false comfort to the unsaved. But to declare anyone who sins “unsaved” is to deny the reality and truth of God’s grace.

From other references in Scripture (Colossians 2:1; 4:13, 15-16), the church at Laodicea appears to have been a healthy and legitimate church. But something happened. By the time Revelation was written, about twenty-five years after the letter to the Colossians, the Laodiceans’ hearts apparently didn’t belong to God—despite the fact that they were still active as a church. Their church was prospering, and they didn’t seem to be experiencing any persecution. They were comfortable and proud.

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Dear friend,

My heart has been ever so challenged and extremely rebuked by these few pages. To be lukewarm brings no glory, no honor, no pleasure to God, but clearly demonstrates where the love of my heart truly lives.

We know that one cannot lose their salvation – once a child of God always a child of God, but just because one claims Christ doesn’t mean they are His. Scripture clearly states that “you will know them by their fruit” (Matthew 7:16-20). This doesn’t give you nor I the authority to cast judgement upon one another, but rather to cast the judgement upon ourselves—to take our own blinding, humongous, pride-centered-filled beam out of our own eye, first and foremost, before we even attempt trying to take out the speck that is in our brother’s eye (Matthew 7:3-5).

  • So rebuked, yes!
  • Challenged, yes!
  • Warned, yes!
    • Am I lukewarm?
    • Am I cold?
    • Am I hot?

When you ask yourself these same questions, you know the answers, as do I. The question is what are you and I going to do about it?

  • What does my heart look like–is it filled with gratitude to my Savior or filled with pride because I somehow I think I am entitled to His grace.
  • My actions speak my hearts motives!

We only have but one life to live; it is either all mine or all His.

Blessings to you dear friends. May we be a sweet smelling savor into the nostrils of God and hear, ‘well done’!

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Because it’s Today!!!

Have a wonderful God-abiding, Christ-joyed, fruit-bearing, God-given day!

Blessings to you friends,

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Is the Solution to Try Harder or Let Him In? What does God say?

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“You have to stop loving and pursuing Christ in order to sin” –there is a fear in writing or saying such words. A fear not in physically writing them or saying them for they are true; rather a fear that a hearer will only listen to their own evoking fears and guilt thus not seeing God’s love for them; therefore, not instilling a fire of love to begin within the them because they love God.

Actions that are driven by fear and guilt are not an antidote to lukewarm, selfish, comfortable living–it is LOVE!

Our relationship with Christ should never be out of duty, obligation, or slavery, but rather craved from a genuine desired love for God. We need only look no further than the cross– where God demonstrated His love for us that while we were YET sinners; Christ died for us (Romans 5:8)! God’s love hasn’t changed.

When we love we are free!

  • Galatians 5:13-14
  • Psalm 63:1-5
  • Loving God and loving people –isn’t that what it is all about?!

Lukewarm living and claiming Christ’s name simultaneously is utterly disgusting to God–when we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that it isn’t very fulfilling or joyful to us, either, but the solution isn’t to TRY harder, fail, and then make bigger promises, only to fail again.

It does no good to “muster up” more love for God, or to will yourself to love Him more. When loving God becomes obligation, one of many things we have to do, we end up focusing even more on ourselves.

So what do you do? The answer lies in letting God change you! He wants to change you, He died so that we could change!

  • Remember His counsel to the lukewarm church in Laodicea? “HERE I AM! I STAND AT THE DOOR AND KNOCK. IF ANYONE HEARS MY VOICE AND OPENS THE DOOR, I WILL COME IN AND EAT WITH HIM, AND HE WITH ME” (Rev. 3:20).
  • His counsel wasn’t to “try harder,” but RATHER LET HIM IN!!!
  • James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and HE WILL come near to you.”
  • Jesus died on that cross to save us from the bondage of SIN; not just save us from hell.
  • John 10:10 “I (Jesus) have come that you may have LIFE — FULL abundant life!” He was talking about this lifetime.
  • I NEED GOD TO HELP ME LOVE GOD and if I need His help to love Him it would stand to reason I need Him to love others: who are perfectly fault-filled…like you and I.


Excerpts taken from Crazy Love by Francis Chan; further comments written by Colleen Woodruff.

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