A new year – why not?

If you don’t know by now I am a God fearing Veteran. I strongly believe in God, Country and Family. Pretty much in that order! God is my strength, He is what gets me through my days, helps me with the direction in my life, and mainly keeps me grounded. Loving this Country and the continued oath I took to defend and protect it. My family allows me to grow and share my faith with others. They help build me up and give a continued reminder how precious life is and how tomorrow is never promised.

This year I believe is a year of change and not just a change physically, but change internally and spiritually. This is the part I hope are still reading. If you are not a believer in Christ or you think you are a believer in Christ I hope you continue to read. I am hoping that by the time you are done reading you not only are on fire for change, but you have questions. Questions are good because they end in answers or more questions. God wants us to seek Him. Whether you believe in Him or not, He wants you to seek Him. As a person that grew up without the knowledge of Him I always felt there was something more and until a tragic moment in my life did I realize who He was and I started to have questions and those question lead me on the path I live today. I have taken many paths to get here, but they all led to the same point, not because of what I have done, but because of the choices God has placed in my life.

So who is Jesus, in my words, Jesus is the Son of God. God sent Jesus to earth to understand and live beside us. Jesus is and will be the only born child that was born without sin. You read that right. If you don’t know, the act of birth is a sin. We are all born of sin and into a world full of sin. The reason for that is a punishment that was given at the beginning of our time. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit:

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food  and pleasing of the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she too some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with here, and he at it.  Genesis 3:6

With this they broke the one rule God had placed on them and for disobeying Gods command the punishment of painful child birth was placed upon her.

So why did Jesus come to earth? Jesus came to earth to be a physical sacrifice to create the connection between us and God. God sent his only son to be crucified so that we can all be closer to God and to be forgiven for our sins. But its a two way street. Jesus came and so do you. The bible says that the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ.

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you really know Me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know Him and have seen Him – John 4:17-17

There is no other way. Nothing else on this earth can get you there. God doesn’t say, if you are a good person, if you are a charitable person, if you go to church, if you don’t sin. Jesus says, through me!! That’s it. If you don’t accept Him he can’t accept you. As simple as that is, many people get it wrong, many institutions get it wrong. Now all of the above things are great examples of being more like Jesus, because that’s what he wants you to be, but those won’t get you to Heaven.

But there’s more. Once you accept Jesus the jobs not done. God says go out and make disciples. Well what does that mean? That means that God wants you to accept Him, learn from His word and then tell other people. I mean why would you keep such good news to yourself. God wants you to spread the good news. Once you accept Jesus as your savior He will begin working in your life. Many find that once they accept their live either goes crazy and sometimes bad things happen. Hold fast and have faith. Once you accept Jesus as your savior you have just woke up the beast and he will now try to attack, but you have to be faithful because now you have God on your side. Things may seem crazy at first, but that’s God making changes in your life from your life decisions. The path you have created may not be the path that God truly wants you on. Stand fast and have faith. Easier said then done right.

Just remember this, He is always with you. Even on the darkest of days God is there. You aren’t alone in your struggle. But also remember your worth. What is your worth to God that he would take his only son to clear you of all your wrongs? Let me put your worth in a different perspective. Jesus is God in the flesh. He is one in the same. God came to earth as living flesh to sacrifice Himself for us. That’s what you are worth to Him. You are worth the blood of God.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand, “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be nothing at all. For I am the LORD your God who take hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I am here to help you.”

Isaiah 41:10-13

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