Does Jesus Offend You?

“Blessed is he who is not offended by me.”  Luke 7:23,   Jesus Speaking.

It seems to be the season of “the great offence”. Those with less money  are offended by the rich. Different races are taking offence at one another. Women are offended by men, it seems, more than men are offended by women. Different sexual orientations are offended if someone isn’t for them.” Women” that were men that were whatever are offended if you don’t call them what they think they should be called.

Some are offended to see a woman nursing in public and politicians offend just about everyone in some manner shape or form. Some are offended by guns and hunting and eating meat.  It seems to be the popular thing today to be offended and tell it to whoever will hear. At the present time it is easier to take offence , as the old saying goes,” than falling off a log”.

But here is a much more weighty thought….. are you offended by Jesus?

Jesus said some things to cause a person to take notice. He said things that not many ponder today. Those offended by Him pick a few Bible verses they think they know about Jesus. A couple come to mind, 1. don’t judge (which many don’t really discern correctly),  2.  and love, love , love. What they mean is don’t say anything that can rock my boat or would upset me. Don’t quote any spiritual requirements from God, ie,  the Bible that I should hear. Don’t speak of those things to me, be quiet about it is offensive to me. If it bothers me it is not love.

But Jesus said “Blessed is He who is not offended in Me”.

To take offense of Jesus is to put yourself in a precarious position. It puts you at odds with Him, with God.

Here are some things about Jesus from the Bible. The only true revelation of God given to mankind.

Jesus said he was God. John 8:58

Jesus said he is the only way to God. John 1:6

Jesus message is for mankind to repent and believe in and follow him. Luke 13:5.

Only by knowing Jesus will you have eternal life. John 17:3.

Jesus never changes.  He still heals, saves, grants mercy, gives blessings and provides. He loves us and wants us to come to him for our life.  Sadly enough, this make some people mad.  Hebrews 13:8

Jesus requires his followers to repent, be baptized in water and the Holy Spirit and to follow Him and not to turn back. He requires us to love him more than family and our own selves. He requires us to love our neighbors as ourselves and to release offences and forgive.

Jesus said we are completely impotent to save ourselves from eternal damnation and came as a substitute  and took our sins on Himself, took our punishment and died for us. We didn’t even know we needed it until He told us. He made us and owns the world and us too. Does that offend anyone?

These are all things to ponder and weigh out. You see, having choice is an awesome thing. We can choose to come under the government of a loving, albeit, absolute God. He is absolutely right and true. He absolutely will not change. He is absolutely in charge. This offends many.

Today  Jesus is asking…… Are you offended by Me?

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU WILL PRAY HEARTILY…..

Full Definition of HEARTILY

1

: in a hearty manner

2

a : with all sincerity : wholeheartedly

b : with zest or gusto

3

: wholly, thoroughly <heartily

As I was praying a phrase popped into my heart. “GOD GOVERNS IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN”.
It was familiar to me and I searched my mind as to where it could be in the Bible. A quick look turned up nothing in the Bible as it is a quote from Benjamin Franklin.
While trying to form a government our Founding Fathers were at an impasse. Nothing seemed to come together for them.
That was when Benjamin Franklin stood up and quoted these famous words.

Thursday, June 28, 1787, Philadelphia, PA. Constitutional Convention
Mr. President:
The small progress we have made after 4 or five weeks close attendance & continual reasonings with each other — our different sentiments on almost every question, several of the last producing as many noes as ayes, is methinks a melancholy proof of the imperfection of the Human Understanding. We indeed seem to feel our own wont of political wisdom, since we have been running about in search of it. We have gone back to ancient history for models of government, and examined the different forms of those Republics which having been formed with the seeds of their own dissolution now no longer exist. And we have viewed Modern States all round Europe, but find none of their Constitutions suitable to our circumstances.
In this situation of this Assembly groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when to us, how has it happened, Sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine Protection. — Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? Or do we imagine that we no longer need His assistance.
I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth –THAT GOD GOVERNS IN THE AFFAIRS OF MEN. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings that “except the Lord build they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall be become a reproach and a bye word down to future age. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments by Human Wisdom, and leave it to chance, war, and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move — that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that service.

They did pray! And God did move!

The next words I heard were from the Holy Spirit.
“IF YOU PRAY HEARTILY FOR YOUR COUNTRY I WILL MOVE MY HAND”.

Remember Peter in prison, the church made continual prayer for him and an angel rattled the chains of that prison and set him free.
The Lord will send angels to help us and rattle some chains again if we pray!
Let us not be weary but rise up to that which The Lord is calling us to today. Let’s pray from our hearts seeing that Mighty Hand Moving on the behalf of what is right and exposing the enemy and his plans. HE WILL DO IT!

With love In Jesus Service,
Judyth Nelson
December 14, 2015

WELCOME TO MY BLOG!

Why am I writing?

What is it for and why are you doing this you  might ask and rightly so.

I am writing this blog because I am concerned about Truth. I am concerned about the times that I talk to many believers in Jesus and they are confused or unknowledgeable about what the Bible  says . I am concerned that many people do not have salvation because they don’t know what it really is. They have never heard a clear message, they only assume and do not really know the truth.

The reader here will hear much about truth in this blog, what is truth and why is it important that we know truth. Truth is so very important because it is the only thing that will be left standing when everything else crumbles. It is the very thing that will keep us from deception in these days.  It is vital!

I am not a great scholar but I have studied much over the years since 1973 when Jesus called me to Himself. I have tried to study stable, honorable. Holy Spirit filled teachers. I have studied the Bible and have read it almost daily since 1973.  But the most bottom line is:  I am writing this blog because I have been called to ….”Write for God’s Glory”.  Through a nudging from Him this blog is born. I hope to do just what He has asked of me. To Glorify Him through my writing. I will cover a lot of subjects over the coming days, which I pray will be a blessing to all.

So  welcome!

Judy