Why Is Good Friday Good?

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Today is Good Friday. Its the day we remember Jesus’ suffering on the cross. With the heart wrenching sadness of how Jesus was treated leading up to this day and the day itself, its a wonder why it is called GOOD Friday?

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. (2 Peter 2:24) 

 

~It’s called GOOD Friday because of what Jesus did at that time. He was questioned, humiliated, flogged, scourged, made to wear a crown of thorns, spit on, hit with bare hands, mocked and hung a cross. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise. (Mark 10:34) He was declared innocent publicly by Pontious Pilate before the Jews. Nothing criminal was about him yet he was treated like a criminal, receiving the treatment of criminals at that time. He had not merited that kind of abuse yet he endured it. This he endured that we might be saved.

 

~Good Friday is good because Jesus is sinless. There was no sin in him yet he suffered as a sinner should. Jesus submitted to this suffering on our behalf. See and be humbled by the patient suffering of our Savior for our sins…for our brokenness…for our salvation. He was made to be sin so that we might be declared righteous.

 

~Good Friday is good because Jesus humbled himself to bear the thorns on his head and the cross on his back so that we might wear the crown of life and never have to carry our own burdens. He suffered this for us, wretched souls so undeserving.

 

~Good Friday is good because Jesus faced judgement and condemnation. He was mocked as the “King of Jews”. He did this that we might know grace and be pardoned. “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus
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Good Friday is good because it is about “one man’s [Jesus] obedience” that “many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Jesus willingly sacrificed himself. He was purposeful and gave himself up by his own choosing. This act of love done so that we might have the forgiveness of sin.

~Good Friday is good because when Jesus “yielded up his spirit” (Matthew 27:50), at that very moment, the curtain in the temple was “torn in two, from top to bottom” (Matthew 27:51). The symbol of separation between man and God was destroyed. Jesus did this for us! We can come boldly to the Throne of Grace!

~Good Friday is good because of all of this. Good because Jesus loves us so much that he was willing to die for us…on the cross…in our place. God was willing to allow his only Son to be crucified so that we might be free.

I’m humbled to my knees. A hymn sung for Good Friday says it well…
When I Survey The Wondrous Cross (Isaac Watts)

1. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died;
my richest gain I count but loss, and pour contempt on all my pride. 
2. Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast, save in the death of Christ, my God; 
all the vain things that charm me most, I sacrifice them to his blood. 
3. See, from his head, his hands, his feet, sorrow and love flow mingled down. 
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown. 
4. Were the whole realm of nature mine, that were an offering far too small;
 love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.

Good Friday happened and it was meant for good. And Resurrection Sunday is coming! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. (Mark 8:31)

What does Good Friday mean to you?

 

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Monday’s Musings #261 & Rise and Get the Worm

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They say “the early bird gets the worm.” In other words, there is more success to be had by rising early. I am a firm believer in this fact. I used to be a night owl and in some ways I still am. However, I began seeing that I was missing out on precious hours that I could be doing more productive things than sleeping. So, I started to retrain my mind and body to rise early and not forfeit those morning hours.

Now there are good reasons why rising early is beneficial.

1. An earlier bed time. To rise early, we must make sure we are in bed early. This doesn’t mean we have to be in bed right after dinner, unless one requires 10 hours of sleep, which is not recommended. Yet we need to allow ourselves to get at least 7-8 hours of rest so that getting up early can be feasible. Plus, 7-8 hours of sleep is good for the mind and body.

2. The mind is clearer. Our minds are clearer because we give ourselves time to prepare for the day. In rising early, we have more time to get focused on the day’s agenda and begin tackling our to-do list in a orderly and more intentional way.

3. Skip the rushing. An early morning helps avoid rushing around. A late morning usually leads to us rushing to get our things done, which then leads to not accomplishing all of our tasks. Truly, no one likes to be rushing so an early morning puts an end to that.

4. Time for ourselves. An early morning opens up time for ourselves. This could be when we read and study our bible, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, exercise, journal or get in a nice shower. All done before the family awakes or we begin our day’s tasks.

5. Get things done early. When we start early, we finish early. It is a nice treat to have our agenda done in a timely fashion and early leaving us more free time to do other things we may enjoy more. For me, I like having the afternoon and evening for projects I want to tackle and more family time.

6. Enjoy the quiet of the day. Early mornings bring quiet moments. This is the time of the day where I, personally, get prayer in and just relish in the quiet of the day. I haven’t started my agenda yet and I love the quiet time to wake up and get focused.

So there it is. Early morning risers get the worm. They have a greater chance of success in accomplishing their day’s agenda. And let me be clear on this, early mornings don’t necessarily mean 4 a.m. wake up calls. My early morning is 7 a.m. with a 7-8 hour sleep. Find what works for you and put it into action.

Let me leave you with this example: Jesus was the perfect example of rising early in Mark 1:35, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Jesus knew the importance of early quiet time with God to begin the day.

Another week is upon us and April is moving right along. What will you share today?

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God Is Unchangeable, Unstoppable, Unshakable

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I was praying a Puritan prayer from the Valley of Vision book the other morning and this phrase stuck out to me: “In a world of created changeable things, Christ and His word alone remains unshaken.” It made me think of Malachi 3:6, “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

Malachi, chapter 3, verse 6 reminds me that no word spoken by God will fall to the ground. Matthew Henry writes, “Is God a just revenger of those that rebel against him? Is he the bountiful rewarder of those that diligently seek him? In both these he is unchangeable.” That is powerful. Think about it, our great God is steadfast in His ways. As I think on this very truth, I realize three important things: He is unchangeable, unstoppable, and unshakable.

God is unchangeable.  Scripture tells us he is the same today, tomorrow and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) We can count on Him to remain true to His will and purpose for us. But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does.” (Job 23:13) We as humans are so wishy washy but we serve a God who is not. He is who he says He is. He does what He says He will. He loves with mercy, faithfulness and patience just as He says he will. “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2) He is our stability and firm foundation in this life and we can count on Him because He is unchangeable.

God is unstoppable. He cannot be prevented from following through with His purpose in our lives. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) He is going to do what He desires to bring us into a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him as well as produce in us godly fruit for His glory and our good. It will be through joyous situations and hard ones. There is nothing that can stand up to God’s power, purpose and glory. (Proverbs 21:30) “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” (Romans 11:36) He is unstoppable.

God is unshakable. “Whatever the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all deeps.” (Psalm 135:6) He is sovereign over every aspect of our lives. What He has planned for your entire life will unfold just as He designed it to. And we can know with confidence that He will walk with us throughout it all. We are His children and He is our heavenly Father, faithful to the end. Even if we turn our back on Him, He is still there. We cannot shake Him off and, because He loves us, He remains. “The Lord of hosts has sworn: ‘As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.’ “ (Isaiah 14:24) God is unshakable.

When I think over all the rough and heavy days in my life, I know a God who is unchangeable, unstoppable and unshakable. When I think over all the sweet and precious moments of JOY in my life, I see a God who is unchangeable, unstoppable, and unshakable. No matter what we endure day to day, season to season, God proves Himself to be the one true God, sovereign over all things. “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11,12) 

Sometimes accepting certain truths about our God is hard. We want to put Him into a certain mold that makes our life easier or that doesn’t challenge us but, friend, He cannot be formed into what we think He ought to be. He is God. He is almighty. He is not conformable. When we realize He is unchangeable, unstoppable and unshakable in all He does, we can then rest in Him and rely on His grace and mercy all the days of our lives. How has God moved in your world to know Him in these three aspects of His character? Have you thanked Him lately for being so faithful to who He is and for being faithful to you?

 

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Monday’s Musings #260 & Watching Our Tongue (Don’t Cuss)

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I have a few Christian friends who use cuss words on occasion. We are called not to judge (Matthew 7:1,2) and this post is not about judging, but more about: is cussing a good and clear representation of Jesus Christ in our heart? I will not be pointing out specific cuss words because we all know what they are. Keep in mind, the following post is my own opinion based on Scripture I have read.

When I hear fellow believers use cuss words, I am reminded of James 1:26, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” Bridle here is used as “to hold in check or to restrain.” Our tongue, or speech, ought to be reviewed carefully as what we say points to our Christian faith. Our faith is not about just hearing the word but by living it. One way we show this is by bridling the tongue which is one proof of our personal relationship with the Lord. Discretion in speech ought to be the obvious choice knowing others are listening and judging for themselves if we truly love Jesus or not.

Honestly friends, cuss words are found to be offensive and unnecessary. They do not glorify the Lord or edify others. We are commanded to “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29) David Guzik comments the following on this verse, “The new man knows how to watch his tongue, speaking only what is good for necessary edification, desiring to impart grace to all who hear him.” He quotes F.F. Bruce that corrupt talk is “Not only obscene vulgarity but slanderous and contemptuous talk.”

It is hard for me to see how cussing, casually, jokingly or out of anger or irritation, possibly reflects Christ in our life? How do those words make anyone think of Jesus? Luke 6:45 says, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” What we store in our heart is what will proceed out of our mouth. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5:16)

So, does using foul language really have a godly purpose? 1 Timothy 4:12 tells us, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Although this verse may be addressing young people, it ought to be true of all Christians. A pure heart should proceed a pure tongue. As believers, we should be setting the example in speech at all times.

Our language should be more about hallowing than profaning, The meditation of our heart ought to be this, “My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long.” (Psalm 35:28)  Another verse on speech that teaches hallowing is from Psalm 119, verses 171 and 172, “My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes. My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.” 

Something to think about, cussing draws attention to oneself, not to God. “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness.” (2 Peter 1:5.6) By practicing self control in speech, we will be more intentional in what we say. By remembering that our words can lead others to see Jesus in our life or make them question our faith, we ought to be sure that our words reflect our Christian walk.

One final thought is this, Matthew 12:36 says, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Words are powerful so choose them wisely because one day we will give an account for the words we’ve chosen to speak. Do you think cussing has a purpose in the speech of Christians? Please be kind in your response.

After a deep post, it’s time to get to the link up. Monday’s are always a fabulous time because we get to encourage one another with what we write. What have you to share this week?

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Monday’s Musings #259 & March Daybook

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Today is March 26, 2017.

The weather has cooled a bit and the wind has made his face more known. I’m not a big fan of strong winds but it is spring weather for us here and that means lots of wind. I tend to straighten my hair more when the winds are strong. Curly hair and wind are not good friends. I end up with more knots in my hair than I like.

I am missing our friend who came to visit. We enjoyed loving on him and showing him some cool things about NM. He was such a joy and I look forward to visiting with again soon, Lord willing. Best part was having my house full of family every day! I am definitely not ready for the empty nest season although it is not too far off. So, I am soaking in each day that my kids are here.

We are preparing for a marriage in our family. It’s an exciting time! It will be a simple wedding and taking place this summer. And we have another in a courtship. It blows my mind to be here in this season of life where our children are in relationships pursuing marriage. I can still remember them as wee ones needing their mama to tie their shoes or give them a glass of milk or hug away their fears. However, we love the two people God has put in our children’s lives and pray over them and our children daily.

Physically, I have changed up my exercise routine a bit. I am doing a 30 day challenge on my phone. It is strength training with spurts of aerobics. I needed something different as I was getting burnt out on what I was doing. Also, this new challenge is definitely challenging me. I like that. Makes me want to stick with it. I’ve also upped my food changes. Both combined, I’ve lost 5 pounds so far. I’ll take it.

At church today, the guest preacher taught on gluttony. He only used food and drink as items we can go overboard with in discussing gluttony. Yet as I was sitting there listening, I began to think of how gluttony can apply to other things as well. Television, computer time, and Facebook are some that come to mind. Even things like reading and exercise can be gluttonous. Any time we do something in excess (exceeding a prescribed or desirable amount), we run the risk of being gluttonous. However, gluttony can be conquered. The remedy is removing the gluttonous thing and living out Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Put in the place of what excessively draws our heart, a focus on Christ and His love for us. Desire to spend time with the Lord and seek Him for discipline. Instead of running to those things that will cause us to stumble, we need to run our “strong tower” and find refuge. (Proverbs 18:10) These are my thoughts on gluttony.

Just thinking, April is practically here. Can you believe we are out of winter and into spring according to the calendar? This is the time I began planning my garden, which I will plant closer to May. We usually get one more freeze before planting can be done. I also go through my clothes before packing away my winter outfits. I’ve already been spring cleaning (began in January) so I will continue to work on those few last projects I have on my list. We also have a couple of trips planned we will need to finalize details on. What does spring hold for you?

I really enjoyed the live action movie, “Beauty and the Beast.” I liked the character development of some of the characters and the new song sung by the Beast is a new fav of mine. Beauty and the Beast retains the message of looking to the heart and not the appearance which I appreciated as well. The actors they chose I thought were good choices for the parts they played. I laughed, I got teary-eyed, I adored, and I am glad I went to see it. Now if you are against Disney or this movie, I respect that. However, I would recommend seeing the movie before passing judgement. You may be surprised.

I am thankful for sweet people in my life, cupcakes, opportunities to serve others, and sunshine!

Favorite sayings: “Impress the young convert from the very beginning with the coviction that God has called him into His kingdom to struggle with the corruptions of his heart.” (William B. Sprague)

How are you today? And what will you share? I am glad you are here.

Monday's Musings #259 | What Joy Is Mine

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