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! 

"Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be my light."

— Micah 7:8

"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

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus."

— Galatians 3:28

"Crashing waves calm at Your feet
Yet further still my body sinks
I am a man of little faith
But I will learn to love You
And abandon the rest, abandon the rest."

— Phinehas, WWII

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

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.

"Following Jesus is not going to make you wealthy. Following Jesus does not guarantee that you are going to be healthy. The message of Scripture and the Gospel of Christ is not that, in following Him, everything goes right, but that He is enough no matter what happens. That’s the message of the Gospel! This is not about what Jesus can get you, it’s just about Jesus. Pre-eminent, top of the chain, nothing else to want, nothing else to pursue. He is enough!"

— Matt Chandler

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

Romans 8:28

"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.

"We’re all sinking for our sins unless grace is the wind to fill our sails."

— As Cities Burn, This Is It

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