There is beauty in tragedy. Let us look to Jesus who endured the highest price for His sheep, even for the worst sinners of them all. Although He endured a false trial, false torture, and false execution, He turned what was intended for evil into the highest good through His death and resurrection. Behold: He has risen! 

"I don’t want to know where I’d be without forgiveness brushing these adulterous lips."

— As Cities Burn

There is no air, no water, no sustenance, and no need in life that will ever satisfy more than the salvation offered by Jesus Christ. To put your faith in Christ is not merely to say, “I believe You exist.” Putting your faith in Christ is to proclaim, “Lord! You are my air! My Bread of Life! You are my everything!” Christ has come to eternally satisfy every need of your soul, so that you may never thirst again. 

"The Cross does not give a minor shift or two in regards to a few of our ethical, moral, or religious values. The Cross radically disrupts the very center and citadel of your life from self to Christ. And if the Cross has not done that, you’re not a Christian."

— Al Martin

The plain truth about overcoming your sin:

Don’t think about a yellow brick road.

Why did you think about a yellow brick road? Just stop thinking about the yellow brick road and you will stop thinking about the yellow brick road! 

You see, the more you think and focus on your sin, the further away you will be from overcoming it. Instead, think about Jesus and what He wants you to do and what He did for you. You cannot fix your sin, but Jesus can. Whatever you struggle with in this life, don’t let that sin be a distraction. Leave it behind you and press onward. 

The closer you get to Christ, the further you’ll get from sin. 


"The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account."

Hebrews 4:12-13

We need Jesus today as much as we needed Him before we met Him.

Let us not point the finger unless we point to our own selves.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” - Matthew 7:1-2

We all need saving. Thank you Jesus, for I have sinned.

"If we are the Body, how’d this pretty Man get so ugly? How’d He get all these spaces between each limb?"

— As Cities Burn, Made Too Pretty

If I inspire people to be like me and notice my gifts and abilities instead of the person of Jesus, I have failed miserably as a Christian.

Who Is Good?

christianquotes101 asked: Would you call yourself a good person ?

I said:

I think at times I would. I think I could see my accomplishments, sacrifices, deeds, and the contrast of my character to a bad person as something that would make me a good person. In those times, I would see that my good deeds outweigh my sin. But that’s exactly why I’m not a good person.

The truth is, even though I’d hate to admit it to myself, I am not a good person. I am a miserable failure. I am broken. I am harmful. I am an obstacle. I am a filthy man with filthy lips. I am a sinner. Therefore, if I ever call myself good, I am deceived.

For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” – Romans 7:15b

I don’t want to do the sin that I do. I want to do good, but I don’t. This is why I need Jesus. I need Him every day. For when I am a failure, He uplifts me. When I am broken, He binds my wounds. When I am harmful, He brings me discipline. When I am an obstacle, He humbles me. Even though I am filthy, He washes me clean. While I was yet a sinner, Christ died for me.

So my friend, I am not a good person. But God is good, and He has taken my sins away. I pray that I may never receive a praise in my life, but may every soul find the evidence of Christ.

God bless and much love,

Samuel Assaf


Repentance.

When we read our Bibles, we come across so many stories of Jesus. All of the time, they have to do with people. For the most part, it all ends the same way. People turn from their sin. Jesus would call people to repent, and they would. He would tell them “Go and sin no more.”

Today, we seem to embrace sin. Instead of showing people the right way to go, we have grown passive in our evangelism. We are quick to accept and embrace the life decisions that our peers are making. We don’t hold the line of truth and show the way of love. Instead, we tell them "Go and sin some more." 

Yes, we cannot force our beliefs down people’s throats, but we can give them the option to choose Christianity. Instead of shrinking back and avoiding the awkward friction and tension, we can take a risk and give the option of life. It is strange today to think that Jesus hung out at parties with sinners and embraced their sin. He never did. Everyone knew who Jesus was and what He was about. He made that very clear.

So my prayer for all of us is that we will make ourselves very clear. That we are going about our Father’s business. That we are embassador’s of Christ. That we are not perfect, but forgiven and repentant. 

God bless and much love,

Samuel Assaf

Men,

Never disregard the impact your father has had on you, and never underestimate the impact you will have on your sons.  Fathers are powerful. They shape the next generation of men with joy and protection, or pain and absence. Use your legacy wisely.

Is This You?

"I know your deeds,that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.” 

Revelation 3:15-19

"Heaven is not a place for good people. It is for forgiven people! That’s how you get there. Jesus came to pay a debt he did not owe, because you had a debt you could not pay!"

— Greg Laurie