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How Three Little Words Can Change Your Life

The trend today is to distill articles into formulas for achieving success.

"Ten Tips To A Frizz-Free Hair Day"

"Seven Ideas That Will Revolutionize Your Torah Reading"

"The Three Best Ways To Make Your Bubbe’s Matzo Kugel"

You get the idea.

Everything gets reduced to a list of rules which you then have to do. And you know how that ends up. In the same place your resolution to keep that diet ended up.

So why do we eat this stuff up?

Because we really believe we can do it.

Just like we believe we can make nice with God. If we try a little harder, put more effort into it, then we’ll be good buddies with God. Good luck with that.

It means the burden is entirely on our shoulders to make God happy, to win his approval, to satisfy his demands. Still worse, we never know if we’re succeeding because we know how sketchy our performance is. That leaves us with a wobbly confidence, uncertain peace, and no rest.

In contrast, try this approach:

Messiah’s three words to you are:

"It is finished." (John 19:30)

What is finished?

Everything to reconcile you to God.

Here’s why:

Jesus (Y’shua) paid for all your sins so God could forgive you.
The ones yesterday, the ones today, and the ones you'll do tomorrow.

Jesus pacified God's anger by becoming the sacrificial lamb.

He paid the debt you owed God for breaking his law. You are now debt free.

Jesus is the real and only solution for your sin problem.

He did it all.

God accepted his death in your place.

How do we know that?

Because unlike the sacrifices of old which needed to be repeated year after year,

Y’shua was the once and for all sacrifice.  God raised him from the dead so that what he accomplished was for then, now and forever.

The job is done.

All you have to do is believe what Jesus did for you.

Why settle for the "Ten Tips To A Better You" when Jesus loves the you who isn’t so great and offers you a full pardon and eternal life?

Visit this page to know more about making a deciscion to accept Jesus' sacrifice.

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0 # Desiree 2012-10-30 00:19
Thank you for sharing with us all. I spread my faith wherever I go-- if anybody takes anything from my word, that's the best gift I can give.
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+1 # judy 2012-08-24 01:24
an excellent reminder, esp. in the very confusing times in which we live.
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+1 # David Abramsky 2012-08-23 19:42
Oh those lists! They are alluring but when I realize how much time each task will require of me during my day, I realize I won't have any time left in the day! Besides, as you point out, we can't do it of our own strength anyway. (Well sometimes, with a huge amount of will, we can but only for a time--then we fail, often backsliding even worse than before). It's like New Year's resolutions: very demoralizing! So, after many (failed) attempts to fix myself, I let go and let God. I finally read Isaiah chapter 53: "Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering" ... "by his wounds we are healed". No more lists! Oh wait, just one: Sefer HaChaim - Book of Life. That's the one list I'm overjoyed to be on!
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+1 # GodsLittleGirl 2012-08-23 00:10
It's amazing to me how simple this is yet how tough it is for us to actually embrace. We don't have to beat ourselves over the head with a stick when we mess up, we don't need to feel dirty, grit our teeth and try harder, or quit because we're not good enough and we never will be. Everything's already done, and what He's asking from us is to receive it, trust Jesus and follow His lead. God has MADE us worthy of His forgiveness and friendship. It's funny how it's as we relax into Him and trust Him that He quietly works inside of us so we're able to do and be what was impossible on our own. His love for us is bigger than we could ever understand - and He'll never love us any less or any more than He does this second!
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0 # carolyne rohrig 2012-10-24 17:16
Dear GodsLittleGirl,

Amen to that! You said it beautifully!

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0 # Jeremy 2012-08-22 17:37
So what do we do when it becomes difficult to believe? It's easy to say all we have to do is believe. But to trust in One we can't see....... can be a battle in itself.
I'm learning that these 2 things help.
1) Remember what He has already brought you through.
Actively think about the times when things looked impossible and He came through. If you feel as though He hasn't shown up... Maybe He is waiting for you to believe in His written word. Even small faith moves mountains.
2) Lock shields with other brothers and sisters.
Depend on those who look to the One for strength and guidance. Those who believe He is who He says He is. It is refreshing to be in the company of those that seek His presence.
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+1 # Margie 2012-08-22 17:00
Thanks for sharing this profound truth in a way that shows it is relevant to current day life.
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0 # Janna Sanders 2012-08-20 17:40
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, is is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast." God has done it all through Jesus. Faith in what God has done is the key.
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0 # TrulyForgiven 2012-08-16 16:49
Great word of encouragement! As humans and especially as independent-minded Americans I think we so easily fall into thinking that we must DO everything ourselves...but really, God is just calling us to "believe what Jesus did for you" and to let life flow from that place. Funny but for me, the simple act of faith is sometimes the most confusing --you mean, it's that simple??? Yes, it's that simple. Y'shua's death and resurrection, our forgiveness and restoration to relationship with God--amazingly good and powerfully true!
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+1 # David Yapp 2012-08-16 15:49
Thanks Carolyne for the reminder that its not our efforts that will make the difference, but what God has done. It's His work in us that brings us to faith and sustains us.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. Jn 15:5
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0 # Gloria 2013-01-09 16:11
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+2 # gayle 2012-08-16 15:26
Jesus is the ultimate sacrifice for mankind..
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-2 # Jesus 2012-10-04 18:25
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