Monthly Messages from Sally Weiesnbach, Ark Founder & Director of Operations
We can have a godly life of influence in the lives of others while we experience the Holy Spirit in our own lives.
We can choose to be at peace in difficult times of war and violence because Jesus took all our sins and guilt. We cannot drink, gamble, use drugs, shop, exercise, eat, or distract ourselves enough to hide from or make our sins and bad behavior go away. But Jesus came to give us abundant life.
We can face both life and death courageously because of Him. The gift of eternal life is ours. If we confess with our mouths that Jesus is our Savior we are cleansed. Think about that and thank the Father. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God and Jesus took our place as a substitute so we don’t have to bear punishment for our sins.
Realize there is a cross, a tomb, and resurrection for each of us who are willing to receive His great love. And if we are truly grateful for that gift, we can share it with others.
We must “be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2, KJV) For “better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.” (Ecclesiastes 7:8, NKJV) Showing others patience and forbearance lets them see what Jesus is like.
Our victory is founded on what Jesus did on Calvary. He does not forsake anyone who seeks Him. He makes all things new. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, ESV) There are no secret things. “Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me. Uphold my cause!” (Lamentations 3:59, NIV)
He has also seen what each of us has done to others. Help us Lord, to seek, ask, and pray for your righteousness, and to serve you with gladness and joyful singing. “…Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even if he dies.’” (John 11:25, NASB) Part of a life of service is to tell others the truth about Jesus and eternal life.
Be patient and kind to one another. Forgive others all the time. Remember that you cannot judge others and they cannot judge you. Only God has the authority to judge us. But before he does, He sent Jesus to save us from our sins, to be sacrificed as a substitute for us in our sin, to be the example of how to live.
We were created to do God’s handiwork, to do good work through Jesus Christ. We’ve been created in His image – male and female – renewing a right spirit within each of us. Jesus’ death took away our sin and his resurrection gave us eternal life. Jesus is the seal that marks us as God’s children.