Love your enemies.

Luke 6:27-36  “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on the cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even “sinners” love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even “sinners” do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even “sinners” lend to “sinners”, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your  reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Let’s dive into this powerful scripture:

When Jesus says “love” in this particular scripture, he is talking about “agape” love, which means love out of concern for others and is speaking on unselfish love. Love that doesn’t serve yourself. This love is a choice and an act of the will.  It is universal love or love for strangers.  Extending yourself for the sake of others. Not to be mixed with brotherly “phileo”, which means love between friends. Thus, this is where boundaries come in. You do not have to trust your enemy or love them as you would a friend.

Loving your enemies is having their best interest at heart, and praying for them. They probably need help most in some situations, if you think about it. Praying for them, and find ways to help them. They have rights and deserve respect too. We need God just as much as they do, and we are no better. We need Gods forgiveness just as much as they do.

People that offend may need love the most. God calls us to love, for He is love. Jesus was sent to seek out the lost and the broken. He calls us to do the same without being taken advantage of or falling victim. God loves everyone, but hates evil. You can show God’s love by forgiving and not letting these offences effect you. Pray for them in their trials. You can love them but not like their behavior.

When you have hate in your heart this causes bitterness. God desires something better for us. You cannot live an abundant life that Jesus has set out for us in bitterness. God calls us to a peaceful life, not a vengeful one.

By not acting the same way as those who have wronged you, makes you overcome, and be the “bigger person”. You are overcoming their offence. Being good to your enemies does not mean letting them treat you wrong by no means.  It means you have a boundary where this behavior does not effect you in a vengeful way. “Vengeance is mine thus saith the Lord”. Because God is just. Romans 12:19 We are merely human. You are a conqueror when you do not act vengeful, but rather act out of love. When Jesus says “turn the other cheek”, He is not talking about being a victim of assault, He is speaking on not taking revenge. Let’s be honest, when you take revenge, and act the same way, you are adding fuel to the fire, and going in a vicious circle. There is a better life than this. This accomplishes nothing.

Why does Jesus say “lend to your enemies”! This is where action comes into play. Our actions show if we really mean it. We are supposed to give as though we are giving to God, and meet specific needs. People are more important than money.

“Do to others as you would have them do to you”. Luke 6:31. I love this powerful scripture. Do not treat people how you would not want to be treated. This is a great moral for me. This is otherwise know as the golden rule. We are treating people the way we would want to be treated and not the way we think they should be treated. This is grace. Jesus has shown us grace by dying on the cross for us, to reconcile us with God.

What does Jesus mean when he says, “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” Luke 6:32 You show strong character when you choose to have agape love. You show God’s character. You show strength. Agape love does not seek repayment. God will reward us one day. Agape love is God’s character, and we are to be like Him.

Be merciful. God desires us to be like Him. God desires you to forgive since He forgave us. Love others and do not condemn them. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34 The people who put Jesus on the cross were ignorant of his accusations. God demonstrates his willingness to forgive sins, and his mercy.

Some other powerful scriptures.

The LORD is on my side; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 118:6 (God will protect you). 

He has overcome the word.  “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world”. 1 John 4:4

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.

Aim higher. God is greater than this world.

“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

― William Shakespeare

 

My pastor speaks out about anxiety and depression.

He speaks out about his anxiety and depression he had this summer. I had bad anxiety and depression this summer, so this hits home.

  • Stop dealing with past hurts on your own, and don’t hold onto past hurts.
  • Stop believing the lies of Satan.
  • Stop hiding in the depths of anxiety and depression get help.
  • Stop thinking people love you for what you can do for them.

 

 

 

Bible reading plan. Read the Bible in a year.

Join our church community, and read the whole entire Bible with us this year. We have an app. where you read a few chapters each day, and we will make it through the whole Bible this year together. Download our app on your phone, or on google play. The app is HERE

Download our church app., search “Red Rocks Church”,  and click on Bible. We have a Bible reading plan for every day. Our church logo is red and has mountains. Down below is a picture of the app. 

So let’s get through the whole Bible this year, and get spiritually fed and strong this year! <3 Cheers. 

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Bible Scriptures for New Years.

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2 Corinthians 5:17

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Jesus can renew us from the inside. He gives us new, abundant life, and a fresh start.

Jesus has the power to make us new, and change us.

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“Behold I am making all things new”. Revelation 21:5

Jesus has the power to create everything new. He is going to set up a new heaven and earth as His kingdom. God is the creator. One day we will be made perfect like Him.

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.

God has the power to take you out of the wasteland and renew your life.

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Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness Isaiah 43:18-19 

This scripture is about when God took his people out of oppression, when the Israelites were slaves. God has much better things in store for us. If he can deliver the Israelites from slavery, he can deliver us from our past and we can let go of the past and move on.

Create in me a clean heart, O God- and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51_10

“Create in me a clean heart, oh God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10.

God has the power to cleanse us, and clear our hearts and minds to start new.

This is a sermon from my church for the New Year you can watch it here. Holiday Hang over: The best is yet to come. It is awesome and encouraging.

May God bless you this New Year. I am excited for what God has in store for us this New Year, and years to come. Also He is there when we are going through a rough patch. He is there in our depression, grief, sadness, hurt, emptiness and loneliness.

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5–6

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” MATTHEW 28:20

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Everyday is a blessing!

Everyday is a blessing from God, rejoice, and be glad. Life is a gift from the Creator. Thank him for it, and be excited to see what good He has for you today!

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

God desires good in your life.

Jesus Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

During this stressful and busy season, remember that the Prince of peace was born 2,000 years ago.

Do you have peace in your life? Jesus is peace. Depend on Him for peace, and not your circumstances that can change any moment. Stand firm, in that you have access to peace, and depend on Him. You can have peace in your life. Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. No matter what you are going through, you can have peace.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

If you need peace with God, say am simple prayer with me “Dear Jesus, I believe in you. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins, and rose again to give me eternal life. I confess that I need you”.

If you prayed that prayer, you will enjoy life to the fullest,

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10.

You may watch this awesome Christmas service at my church if you like. Christmas at Red Rocks

 

 

Boldly approach this new year….

and remember:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

God does not want you to live in fear. Boldly live, and do not live in fear for God said:

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

So we say with confidence,

“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”

Hebrews 13: 5-6. 

God is always there, he will never leave you. Do not be afraid of anything. Boldly live your life, and do not live in fear.

God loves you and doesn’t want you to live in fear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That time my Dad was really sick…

We read this scripture at church about Jesus’ healing. It’s about two separate healing’s.

I remember when my Dad was in the hospital with I.T.P., a bleeding disorder where your immune system attacks the platelets in your blood. Platelets help your blood clot. He had bloody gums, nose and so on. He was in the hospital for a month.

I was so heart broken to see my Dad, who has been so strong and hardworking, helpless and sick laying in the hospital in bed. I’m very close to my parents. My Dad is very self sufficient and hard working, I’ve seen him for 12 hour days, 7 days straight growing up. He is a handy man and can do anything in the house, he could fix the whole house up if wanted to! I was a Daddy’s girl growing up. To see him sick broke me.

My Mom, and I were desperately praying. We came across this scripture where Jesus heals a women that had a bleeding disorder for 12 years.

This scripture brought me so much peace like God was speaking to me.

My Dad got better, out of the hospital, and 13 years later has never been that sick again.

Thank you Lord Jesus for healing my Dad when we asked you and revealing yourself to us. Thank you for giving him a good life full life years later, so he can be with his family. In Jesus name amen.

Mark 5:21-29 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Raises a Dead Girl and Heals a Sick Woman

21 When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered around him while he was by the lake. 22 Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23 He pleaded earnestly with him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” 24 So Jesus went with him.

A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. 

This was my churches awesome service this Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzJzDdzDwO8&fbclid=IwAR2_ccdp-CRYcsdL2oKqXZwNdqd0PqUfGTRrPpKo10rupZ4Dym7nmmqjLHg

My Favorite Bible verse.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20 

I love this verse because I have struggle with my faith, and having doubt but the awe and beauty of creation makes me think that there must be a loving creator. Being in nature brings peace to my soul.

I want some kind of tattoo that encompasses this scripture.

I’ve never seen the wind. I see the effects of the wind, but I’ve never seen the wind. There’s a mystery to it.” ~Billy Graham