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We spend a lot of time wondering who we are. It is almost like there is an intentional efforts to skew our identities. And, there is. If we were to walk in who we should be this world, this life, would be dramatically different.

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People over time have looked at Christianity with a question: why a cross? Why would a loving god put anyone through that for someone else? It had to be a cross. It had to be the most horrific example of human cost, inevitable, public, painful, without repentance. The cross made a permanent marker, a line that could only be crossed once: death.

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You may have said a prayer like this: “Jesus, I accept the price you paid at the cross for my sins. I ask you to forgive me, come live with me, and let me live with you. Be with me this day and give me Your Holy Spirit. Amen.” If you meant that in the heart of your being, then you are “saved”. Now what?

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For many “home” is an ideal rather than a location. The location is an anchor for that moment in time where all was safe and right. It is a fond memory of parents, siblings, friends, and times collectively had as a family. For others, “home” was a place from which to escape. For some, there was no “home”, no sense of belonging.

Whether fond memory, a reason to escape, or a sense of never belonging, everyone is looking for that place where they can be settled, where they can belong, where they have a sense of “home”.

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It was nearly Passover. The city was stirred up. Roman security was at high alert. A Nazarene jew had been judged, beaten, and condemned to die a terrible death. The morning had been filled with throngs following the Nazarene carpenter teacher from one judgment to the next.
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In less than one week, the people of Jerusalem went from “Hosanna, hosanna!” on Palm Sunday to “Crucify him!” the day before Passover. How blind we can be to the presence of God. The prophesied messiah, God with us, was received and rejected in less than six days.

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Thought for today: God ain’t mad at you. He has forgiven all. The way to receive that is only through Jesus. He set it up that way. You cannot pay the price, cannot meet the cost of peace between you and God. Only God can and He did through His son, Jesus. Believe it or not.

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Just some thoughts, really, on the subject.

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What you tolerate does not go away.

Have you ever noticed that those things you don’t mind too much or can’t be bothered to deal with just stay? They just hang around until you become so used to them that you no longer do anything about them. Familiar spirits are like that. They are called ‘familiar’ spirits because they have been around for so long they are a part of the family. Poppycock, you say?

“Oh that. Yeah that’s been in the family for years.”
“Yeah, everyone in my family’s got the diabetes.”
“No matter what we do, the money just seems to go.”
“Yeah. It was something to do with the heart. That runs in our family.”

Enough of that. You get the point. Those ‘things’ will only go away when you decide you are no longer tolerant and kick’em out! It works. There are things that have happened to my family that have not happened to me. I’m intolerant and unaccepting.

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Too many get to the Cross of Jesus, find salvation, and set up camp. No wonder they find life difficult and can’t seem to get anybody to come to Church with them. The way some of you look, I wouldn’t want to go to church with you either, … and I’m ordained!

Yes, come to the Cross. It is that place and experience that changes lives, but it is the journey through the Cross that permanently changes lives. If all you do is go to the place of death and sacrifice it is no wonder you look so depressed. There is only pain and suffering at the Cross; as it was intended. It is the journey through the Cross that makes the difference. Go from the Cross to the Grave; grieve, moan, wail, and feel the price of damnation, but come out the other side to Resurrection. There is a new life in Christ in the hope/promise of Resurrection. The old life is dead; take on the new life. Walk around a bit. Enjoy it. But don’t stay there either. Walk with God (the Holy Spirit) toward God (the Father) because of God (the Son) paid it all so you can. Now, wait your turn and learn. Do all He commands you according to His Word, then anticipate Elevation. Yes. Your destiny is to sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus; He is seated at the right hand of the Father. Guess where you will sit too.

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Pray more than you say. It is the secret to true discernment.

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Moses teaches us the Passover was a time to remember salvation from the judgment of GOD was the blood of a lamb on your doorposts; without which the cost was the death of the first born of every house. Jesus taught He was the lamb of GOD, the first born of many, traded so that the judgment of GOD would pass over, but you still must have His blood on the doorposts your house – your heart.

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“The LORD is my light & my salvation; whom shall I fear; the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27.1 KJV
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