Le Sauveur est Entre

Quand j’étais adolescent à la maison, j’aidais mon père dans son travail, avec le bois et l’exploitation forestière. Une grande famille a toujours eu besoin de finances. Donc, je travaillerais pour lui pour rien, et je vivais à la maison. Papa était le genre d’homme qui n’était jamais allé à l’école, qui ne savait ni lire ni écrire, et qui était le type d’un mec qui se couchait tôt et se levait tôt, et de bonne humeur le matin. Mais il était très sensible et pouvait lire dans mes pensées. J’avais réussi à m’acheter une vieille voiture, une vieille Dodge, et je partais après souper avec, ramassais quelques-uns de mes amis, et nous galivions toute la nuit, et nous parlions, rions, faisions toutes sortes de choses, chasser les filles. La prochaine chose que tu sais, c’est que je rentrerais tôt le matin, les yeux pleins de larmes, et papa était déjà en train de préparer et de prendre le petit-déjeuner pour lui et moi, et prêt pour le travail. Bien que j’étais endormi et que je n’avais pas dormi de la nuit, que j’avais les yeux rouges et que j’étais fatigué, il n’y avait pas d’excuse pour lui; nous sommes allés au travail. Je me souviens d’une fois, et à différentes occasions, nous allions dans la voiture et papa me disait: «Je vous aime vraiment, vous êtes un travailleur acharné et vous aider avec la famille, mais je ne comprends pas pourquoi vous pouvez ne fais pas bien! »Bien sûr, à cet âge-là, c’était d’une oreille et de l’autre. Mais de nombreuses années plus tard, cette question résonnait dans mes oreilles. Je ne pouvais pas comprendre pourquoi j’étais si impuissant à faire quelque chose de bien, dans mon cœur, c’est-à-dire. Puis plus tard dans la vie, quand Jésus frappa à la porte de mon cœur et que je le laissai entrer, mon point de vue, mes manières et mes idées pour le faire «bien» ou «mal» apparurent. Et c’est parce que lorsque nous faisons cela, le Saint-Esprit, qui est une personne, et il est tout puissant, peut commencer à fonctionner dans votre vie. Il y a beaucoup de dictons pour cela, comme Que votre lumière brille, Il a allumé votre bougie, quoi que ce soit, mais l’interrupteur d’éclairage a été allumé! Et le désir dans mon cœur était de faire les choses correctement. Une nouvelle vie est entrée en moi et cela a simplement changé le désir de mon cœur, la façon de faire les choses et d’approcher la vie. Quel jour c’était pour moi! Quand j’ai vu l’amour qu’il avait pour moi, alors cela m’a donné la capacité et le pouvoir d’aimer la vie et les autres comme je ne pouvais pas le faire seul.

 

Maintenant 65 ans plus tard, cette question posée par mon père est toujours résolue quand je lis cette Ecriture: Dans Tite 3, 3-7: “3 A un moment nous étions aussi fous, désobéissants, trompés et asservis par toutes sortes de passions et de plaisirs. Nous vivions dans la malice et l’envie, étant détestés et nous haïssant les uns les autres. 4 Mais quand la bonté et l’amour de Dieu notre Sauveur sont apparus, 5 il nous a sauvés, non pas à cause des choses justes que nous avions faites, mais à cause de sa miséricorde. Il nous a sauvés par le lavage de la renaissance et du renouveau par l’Esprit Saint, 6 qu’il a généreusement répandu sur nous par Jésus Christ notre Sauveur, 7 afin que, justifiés par sa grâce, nous devenions des héritiers ayant l’espérance de la vie éternelle “

 

Aujourd’hui, alors qu’il frappe à la porte de votre cœur, ma prière est que la bénédiction et la vie éternelle de Jésus viendront à vous par la puissance du Saint-Esprit, comme vous le recevez aujourd’hui. Que Dieu vous bénisse, Il vous aime, nous vous aimons,

 

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The Saviour Came In

When I was a teenager at home, I used to help my dad in his work, with lumber and logging. A big family always had need of finances. So I would work for him for nothing, and I lived at home. Dad was the kind of a man who had never gone to school, couldn’t read or write, and was the type of a guy who went to bed early and got up early, and in a good mood in the morning. But he was very sensitive and could read my mind. I had managed to buy an old car, an old Dodge, and I would leave after supper with it, pick up some of my friends, and we would be gallivanting all night, and we would talk, laugh, do all kinds of things, chase girls. Next thing you know I would come home early in the morning, bleary-eyed, and Dad was up already making and eating breakfast for himself and me, and ready for work. Although I was sleepy, and hadn’t slept a wink all night, and had red eyes, and was tired, there was no excuse for him; we went to work. I remember one time, and on different occasions, we would go in the car and Dad would say to me, “I really like you, you are a hard worker and you help out with the family, But – I cannot understand why you can’t do it right!” Of course, at that age, it was in one ear and out the other. But many years later, that question would ring in my ears. I couldn’t figure it out why I was so powerless to do anything right, in my heart, that is. Then later on in life, when Jesus knocked at the door of my heart and I let Him in, my whole view and ways and ideas of doing it “right” or “wrong” came into view. And that is because when we do this, the Holy Spirit, who is a Person, and He is all powerful, can begin to operate in your life. There are many sayings for that, like Let your light shine, He lit your candle, whatever it is, but the Light switch was turned on! And the desire in my heart was to do things right. A new life came into me and it just changed the desire of my heart, the way to do things and to approach life. What a day that was for me! When I saw the love that He had for me, then it gave me the ability and the power to love life and others as I couldn’t do on my own.
Now 65 years later, that question my dad asked is still answered when I read this scripture: In Titus 3, 3-7: “3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”
Today as He knocks at the door of your heart, my prayer is that the blessing and eternal life of Jesus would come to you through the power of the Holy Spirit, as you receive Him today. God bless you, He loves you, we love you,
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Forgiveness, the Key to the Peace that Passes all Understanding

Forgiveness is always an antidote to poisoning. Unforgiveness is poison. Forgiveness is the antidote.
In the Depression of the 1920s and 30s, there lived a family in the South, with five children. They were very, very poor. They picked cotton to make a living. The conditions were: No sanitation, no power, no electricity and all that. No education. The eldest son, being a 20-year-old at that time, had to donate all his earnings, whatever they were, every penny, to his parents, to help feed the family. One day while resentment was building up inside of him, he told his parents he was leaving for the “big city.” When that young man got into the city, he saw all the different lifestyles of education, riches etc. He made friends with a rich family who helped him with some education, and he became involved in a business and was quite successful in it. The young man did not stay in touch with his parents. By this time, his resentment had grown stronger towards them because of all the possibilities and availabilities that he saw there were in the city! He could not get out of his mind why his parents had not given him what these parents of his friends had given their kids. That is what he was mad at. So, he continued on, got married, had a family of his own, and tried to put all his past in the back of his mind as best as he could.
Many years later, while his parents were still alive and old, the resentment came to a boiling point in his life. He decided that he should drive over there to them and really “straighten them out” about the failures they had with him and the family. He was gonna tell them off. The first night on the way there, he stayed in a hotel and God began to speak to Him a couple of words. By the way, this guy was not a religious guy by any means. And the conversation from God was: “What would you have done better than they if you were in that same position?” With that, the young guy had a change of heart. He turned around from his trip and did not go tell his parents off, but went back to his home. The beauty of it, was the Peace of God washed over him when he had that change of heart… he said it was the Peace that passes all understanding and he could not figure it out!! Well, the long story short is this – that this man got in touch with his parents and made everything right. Now, this man had been struck with a disease of some kind, a terminal disease. Also his wife had a disease. They even had a daughter who was disabled. But through all this, the Peace of God was in him, and made a great change in his family. And the relationship changed between him and his parents! This man passed away two years later, but on his deathbed, he kept relating the power of God in his life through forgiveness. And his wife lived many more years and she was the one that tells the story. But God changed the whole thing!
So, the key was one act, he said, it was getting rid of resentment through forgiveness.
In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus says: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive others.” The key to that is because we are first forgiven ourselves, then we are able to forgive others as He has forgiven us. In accepting Jesus Christ as our saviour, we see how much He has forgiven us, then we are able to forgive others because He has first forgiven us! When we discover the grace of God, how much He forgave us, then we are able to get rid of our resentments through forgiving others.
On our own power and effort, we cannot forgive anything, but when we hear Jesus’s voice (that is what this fellow did – he heard Jesus’s voice) we accept His forgiveness which gets rid of resentment and gives us the power and ability and grace to forgive others. Out of that, the Grace of God gives us the Peace that passes all understanding – we will not explain that one, we can’t!
Today, as He knocks at the door of your heart, let Him in… Let Him speak to you. Have conversation with Him. He will do miracles. God bless you, He is FOR you! He loves you very, very much.
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March 10, 1970

I was 39 years old. I had finished building a new house, living in there with my wife and three little kids. I had lots of work and was doing well, but was totally unhappy and dissatisfied with life. I had quit drinking six years earlier, cold turkey, no more drinking because it was my addiction. That had not solved anything though; I was still angry, fearful, dissatisfied, and wondering what life was all about. And on that very day, March 10, 1970, in the morning, I was at work in Burnaby. I remember I was sitting down on a coffee break, and while having a cigarette and coffee, God was starting to stir me up! It was a little voice that was gentle, just over on one side of my shoulder, and it said “Give everything up and follow me” like your fears and anxieties, but, over on the other shoulder a little voice said “Don’t do that… your whole family, friends, in-laws, parents, would say you are going crazy now.” And then again on the right hand side, the voice said, “No, just follow me and I will give you rest and peace about all this.” Then I sort of thought, ok, but How? Who? I had been around in different religions, listening, trying to be good, and I hated it!!! I felt angry about it all and dissatisfied. I thought that Jesus Christ was a good swear word and a good hippie, who had done a few “tricks” like walking on water, etc. 2000 years ago. But I could not believe that He was God!

 

So later that day after watching the news at supper time, who comes on TV but Billy Graham! Back then, #1, we had heard at a young age that we weren’t allowed to watch him! Anyway, he made a claim that did not make sense. He said that Jesus Christ is fully God, fully man, who came to earth to redeem us and show us the way! Then Billy went on and invited us to kneel down in front of the television, saying, “If He is knocking at the door of your heart, open the door and let Him in!” At that stage I thought, I have done a lot of foolish things in my life; I might as well try this!

 

You know what? Answering His knock at the door of my heart and letting Him in was the key to everything! There was no big bang or anything, but a Great Peace started to invade me! This might be hard to believe, but I began to see things differently! I think I was looking through a different lens, towards my wife, my kids, my work, eternity, and it was Forward-Looking!! Now I gotta say this, there has been a lot of living since then. And it has been good. I have a friend in Jesus, which the Bible says in Hebrews 1:3 – “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” He is the perfect God as our Father. Well, He changed my life completely, to this day.

 

The Bible says when you do that, you become a new creation in Him! My personal relationship with Jesus from that day on, is what sustains me, keeps me and has blessed me not just talking about material things, but with my life, family, friends, it is never ending. It is eternal! I am 86 now. Many times we fail, and I did not become a monk! No need for that! Because when Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for us, it washes away our sins, past, present and future! And Jesus has never left me, and faithful during every step of my life. I see where He was faithful to me even BEFORE that experience that day… and that is because God is love, we are created in His image, and He loves us REGARDLESS! We are chosen before creation!! But then, I guess like it says in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – the Abundance part is for here now on this planet! And today is my 47th Anniversary! I cannot forget it!

 

It sounds like He is always knocking at the door of our hearts. Let Him in, talk with Him, enjoy Him! He will tell you how things are done… He has got lots of good promises and a lot of insights and wisdom. He loves you very, very much!!!

 

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Condemnation No More!

Before I became a Christian, before Jesus knocked at the door of my heart and I let Him in, and He became my saviour, Lord and redeemer, I lived a lot of my life under condemnation. If I did not condemn myself because of my sins, misbehaviours or actions, somebody else would do it – anybody in authority, parents, leaders, friends – the enemy would use any one of them. Condemnation brings many forms of disapproval – I could feel left out, isolated, discouraged, guilty.

 

Condemnation is NOT from God; it comes from the accuser himself, Satan. You know, my Grandma was Irish. The Irish didn’t call the devil “the devil” – they called him “hisself”!! I think they were afraid of him, or they were polite! So they called him “hisself.” But it is true – he is the carrier of condemnation, the accuser! But one definition of “sin” is misbehaving. We live in the world, where misbehaviours are part of life. Now how many times a day, a year or whatever do we misbehave? But we got to remember what the blood of Jesus is for! It washes away EVERY sin, past, present and future! That is the Gospel!

 

I just want to give a Bible story here – it is about a woman who was caught in the act of adultery by a bunch of religious leaders of the day (this is in John 8:1-11). In those days, if you broke the law, they didn’t take you to court, but they stoned you to death. So this lady was brought in front of Jesus with these guys with stones in their pockets and they said to Him, “Jesus, this woman was caught in the act of adultery today and we are going to stone her to death because that is what the law recommends. What do you say?”
Well, what Jesus did was say, “all right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” And those accusers heard this and they started filing out, one by one, the oldest first. In a few minutes they were all gone. And Jesus was left with the woman alone. Then Jesus asked the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” And the woman said, “No Lord!!” And He said, “Neither do I; now go on your way and sin no more.” Misbehaviour is washed away by the precious Blood of Jesus at the Cross, past, present and future. And the Bible says, you can NEVER be separated from the Love of God –

 

Romans 8:38
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

We are freed by the Love of God!! God is love and He created us in His image, so therefore, in His eyes, you are –
valuable,
favoured,
significant,
very, very important,
and very, very, very loved,
and He cares for you!!

 

Today, He is knocking at the door of your heart, Let Him in! And enjoy His love,

 

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Truc de L’ennemi

L’un des tours de l’ennemi nous fait croire que lorsque nous péchons, cela nous sépare de Dieu. Cela ne pourrait JAMAIS arriver à nous, croyants en Jésus Christ, parce que l’œuvre accomplie de la Croix a traité nos péchés une fois pour toutes. La Bible dit que cela ne changera jamais !!!
Nos péchés ou quoi que ce soit dans la vie qui existe ne peut jamais nous séparer de l’amour de Dieu à nouveau! Nous sommes un avec Lui maintenant et rien ne changera jamais …
La Bible dit dans Romains 8: 38 et 39:
«Car je suis convaincu que ni la mort ni la vie, ni les anges, ni les démons, ni le présent, ni le futur, ni les puissances, ni la hauteur, ni la profondeur, ni autre chose dans la création ne pourront JAMAIS nous séparer de l’Amour de Dieu C’est-à-dire en Jésus-Christ notre Seigneur.
Quand je suis entré dans ma nouvelle vie chrétienne il y a de nombreuses années, je n’avais jamais lu ni possédé une Bible, alors quand j’en ai eu une, j’ai découvert qu’il y avait 6 000 promesses là-bas, et c’est ainsi que Dieu nous parle, Écrit! Quand je tomberais ou pécherais, je me demandais où Dieu allait; A-t-il disparu quelque part? J’ai perdu le contact avec Lui. Je perdis ma joie, et la dépression s’installe. Alors, je lisais Son mot sur ce que Dieu disait de toute ma situation, et cette écriture de Romains 8 m’a expliqué ce que Dieu était comme; Sur l’Amour du Père qui ne me laisse jamais, quoi qu’il arrive !!!!! Quel soulagement et une liberté que j’ai reçus contre toute condamnation, peur et culpabilité que l’astuce de l’ennemi cause en sachant que Rien ne pourra JAMAIS me séparer de l’Amour de Dieu qui est en Jésus-Christ notre Seigneur !!!
Ne tombez pas dans le piège de l’ennemi.
Jésus frappe à la porte de votre cœur … Laissez-le entrer et il vous parlera. Que Dieu vous bénisse, Il vous aime beaucoup! Nous t’aimons…
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The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a means by which we can keep a clean slate. Growing up in a large family, I had a first-hand chance to experience much of that. Our parents were good, hard workers, and very busy, and raising us kids in the hard times of the Great Depression. It was difficult for them. We kids had many reasons to hold grudges against them, through fears or misunderstanding or resentment when they corrected us or whatever it was. Many people are abused physically or mentally, and have reasons to hold grudges; even after the aggressor or the one who committed the abuse is dead. But the key to restoration and peace in our own hearts is keeping a clean slate by forgiving. My experience with unforgiveness is there is no fear in losing your salvation, but you are losing a lot of joy and peace in your everyday walk in life. Let me share a story from the scriptures, so we can see how a generation of people was able to continue to be the people or the tribe through which our redeemer Jesus Christ came as our Saviour.

Jacob was the leader of the Hebrews, and had many sons. They lived next door to Pharaoh, the leader of Egypt, who they were not best friends with at all. Joseph was the youngest of Jacob’s sons. Jacob loved him very much; I guess he was his pet or favourite.

One day Jacob sent his son Joseph out to the back pasture to check on his brothers who were looking after the herd. They saw the boy coming. They disliked him because their dad liked him more than them! So they said to themselves, “let’s kill this little guy. Let’s take his jacket and soak it in goat’s blood and one of us take it back to our father and tell him a lion killed him.” But instead of killing him, they threw him in a pit. But the father Jacob, seeing the jacket, was crying and in pain.

While Joseph was in the pit, a caravan of Ishmaelite bedouins came along. They pulled Joseph out of the pit, took him to town and sold him as a slave. Now this boy Joseph had many reasons to hold grudges against his dad and his brothers. But the Bible says God was with him! He was sold into the leader’s of Egypt’s household, Potiphar. Now while he was there, many strange things happened to him but at every turn, the Bible says God was with him. He was accused of raping his boss’s wife, which was a lie. Joseph was thrown in prison, and while in prison, it says still, that God was with him! One of the prisoners who was to be released recognized that Joseph could interpret dreams. In the meantime, the leader of the Egyptians, Pharaoh, had a dream: He dreamt 7 fat cows came out of the Nile River, and were eaten by 7 skinny cows on the bank, but Pharoah’s dream interpreters could not decipher that dream! So apparently it was off with their heads!! But the prisoner promised Joseph that he would tell Pharaoh about him, that he was a dream interpreter. Yet it took a while for Joseph to leave prison! Because the released prisoner forgot to tell about him!! Yet, it says God was with Joseph all along!

It appears that Joseph had much time to hold grudges against his dad, brothers and God, like we ourselves get caught in for many years.

Finally, Joseph got out of prison and was brought to Pharaoh and translated Pharaoh’s dream for him. He said the 7 fat cows meant it would be 7 years of gathering much food and storing it for 7 years of famine, which was represented by the 7 skinny cows. Pharaoh was very impressed with Joseph and gave him a chance, putting him in charge of gathering all the food, filling all the granaries, and then came the 7 years of famine. Pharaoh put him second in command from himself, in all of Egypt. I guess God knew it was Joseph’s time to rule!

In the meantime, Joseph’s father Jacob and the Hebrew tribe, the next door neighbours to Egypt, were beginning to starve! Now this tribe was the one that God had chosen for His Son Jesus Christ to appear down the line. Jacob said, “we are going to starve to death and that will be the end of us”. He gathered his sons and said to them in a meeting, “you guys go and plead and beg to the enemy in Egypt for food”. So they were a raggedy-looking crew, the brothers, who went to Egypt, with wagons, camels, donkeys, etc. They saw their brother Joseph who was in charge of the food and granaries, but they did not recognize him as Joseph their brother, who they had chucked in the pit! But Joseph recognized them. I guess his heart was touched seeing them. God was with him when Pharaoh put him in charge of all Egypt, and God was with him there. He could not help himself from crying; he had to go in the other room. These were his brothers!!!!! He made sure they got lots of food to bring back and save the Hebrew people. There was trips back and forth and many details to the rest of the story, but Joseph eventually revealed himself to them as his brother, and they were scared, but he hugged them and reassured them that the Hebrew tribe (of which he was one) would be saved.

Now this is a good story; there are many more details and I recommend everyone to read it (found in Genesis chapter 37 through 47 – you can “Google” it!). I myself am moved greatly every time I read it, seeing God move through forgiveness.

We see God in action as we keep our slate clean by forgiving. How He is able to restore us and through that He brings us peace, which Jesus called the Peace that Passes all Understanding! Forgiveness is a grace of God in our lives, which enables us to move on in life and in His presence, with peace, strength and joy and freedom, and many many more blessings.

I always think that this story of Joseph shows us that God is always present (omnipresent), always powerful (omnipotent) and always knowing (omniscient). And He is always at work in our lives, like Joseph’s! Because He loves us so so so much!!

Jesus came and shed his blood to forgive us our sins, past, present, and future! He knocks at the door of our hearts and as we let Him in, He is the Greatest Forgiver… he forgives us all our sins, and we have the guarantee of eternal life with Him!

Let Him in today, and enjoy Him.