Dying to self

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

To live you must die. To be born again you must allow your flesh to die.

To be alive in Christ you must be dead to your self.

Byron Frank

Identity Series

“But now, this is what the Lord says—
    He who created you, Jacob,
    He who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have summoned you by name; you are mine.”

-Isaiah 43:1

He Created You

He Formed You

He Redeemed You

No Fear in Jesus Name

He Has Called You By Name!

These videos are geared towards Jr/Sr. Teens and were originally presented for Strasbourgh Bible Camp’s virtual camp 2020.

Raising The Standard

“But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you. If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus!

And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.”

Ephesians 4:20-24

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The Cross of Christ

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.

I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.

-John 14:27-31

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My Dear Child: A Conversation with Christ

Do you believe me?

Believe what?

Believe that what I did on the cross really took away your sin?

Well, yeah God. I do!

Then why do you keep identifying with your sin, rather than identifying as being in Christ?

You can’t identify as being in Me and being a sinner. You see my child, when I died on the cross, I took your sin. 

My blood paid for your freedom.

I have given you everything.

It is all available to you.

So, why my child, do you keep looking to your sin, which I took instead of looking to me? 

Well, I believe you took away my sin God, BUT I’m human. I’m not perfect, I still get angry and hold bitterness and unforgiveness, I’m lazy and give into an attitude a lot of the time and even lash out once and a while. 

God, you see, I still sin. 

So maybe I’m not a sinner but I still sin. 

You see me. You know. I will never measure up to your standard God.

MY CHILD: 

I LOVE YOU!

I LOVE YOU!

I LOVE YOU!

Because of My death, My resurrection and My ascension. I now sit here at the right hand of the Father. My blood has been put on the mercy seat so that everything in Heaven and Earth would be accessible to YOU!

This is your inheritance.

Take it.

Believe it.

I paid for your freedom.

Why do you insist on taking your old sinful nature and habits and bringing them into this new life I have given you?

Stop it!

Let them die and be in Christ.

So, you can truly live in the freedom I have paid a high price to give to you.

Believe me!

Believe my work!

Believe what I say about you!

by Jasmin Frank

Rest, Work and Being Rooted in Jesus

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30

 

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To Build

Denial is easier than acceptance.

Negativity is easier then positivity.

Dying is easier than living.

It’s easier to tear down than to build up.

We can say we will die for someone but refuse to live for another’s good.

We can spend all of our time looking at all the hardships of life but refuse to see all the blessings.

We can refuse to allow all the good and healthy things into our lives.

We can block out what Jesus is offering us. We can refuse to believe or listen.

It’s easy to let life destroy you, to sit and stew over all the bad breaks and mistakes you have made. We can easily let our world “go to rot”. We can choose to ruin our relationships, health, and well-being. That takes no work at all.

Yes. Building is difficult, but there is a finished product, a sturdy foundation that can withhold pressure.

For joy, peace, and satisfaction to be ours, we must accept the God who made us. In accepting, not rejecting, we have hope.

When we have hope we will see the good in our lives. When we see the good in our lives we will know we have a life worth living and fight for all that God has intended for us.

These are the tools and materials for the building of a full life.

May you accept the Savior, Jesus Christ, and all that He offers you.

May you build your life upon Him and may your foundation be strong in His truth.

Blessings

Photo Credit: Raiane Wagner

Romans 3:25-26


“For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.”– Romans 3:25-26

We see throughout the Old Testament that God shows grace and mercy to His people. He forgave the Israelites’ continual rebellion. He answered all of Gideon’s challenges with His power. He surely didn’t need to! (Judges 6:17-22, 36-40). God had a deep, unique, intimate relationship with Moses despite his past as a murderer and his continual impatience and rash behaviour.

We also read that God is holy and righteous. He is just and cannot come in contact with anything vile or profane. His standard of holiness will not allow it. Humans are evil, sinful and profane, yet we see story after story in the Old Testament of God meeting with His creation and showing them grace.

How can this be?

Romans 3:25-26 tells us! It’s because of Jesus Christ! Because of what He would do on the cross!
His blood-bought salvation is applied to all creation, even to those we read about in the Old Testament.

How is this possible? Jesus had not been born and He had not died and rose from the dead in Old Testament times?

God is outside of time! Jesus was present in creation. His death and resurrection applies to all man-kind, “through all time.”

These men and women looked forward to the day that Christ would come and redeem them from their shackles of shame, guilt and condemnation. It was this faith that activated God’s grace through Jesus Christ to the saints in the Old Testament. (Hebrews 11:13-16, 40)

There is grace and mercy through no one else but Jesus Christ!

Though it was a great mystery to those who lived before Calvary, Christ’s sacrifice still paid for their sins and showered them with His grace.

It was through Christ that Moses could hear God’s voice in the burning bush (Exodus 3) and experience the glory of God on Mount Sinai (Exodus 19).

It was through Christ that Gideon could boldly ask the powerful, Holy God to show Himself true! Without grace, he would have been struck dead for his lack of faith and arrogance.

It was through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross that the Israelites were not wiped out in their entirety, when they time and time again murmured, complained and rebelled against the Living God.

Through both the Old and New testaments we see the grace and mercy of God that was purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Christ died once for all!  (1 Peter 3:18)

Praise Jesus!