Monday, September 27, 2010

Abundantly Pardons

Hannah Fall Photo Shoot-1

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will ABUNDANTLY PARDON. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways", declares the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts" Isaiah 55:6-9
The verses above are often misquoted and in their misquotation the real meaning and passionate call to salvation is often missed. We use these verses to explain away the things we don't understand about life and God when in reality these verses are about the limitless love of God to a dying and desolate soul. I know it's not popular to use the words dying and desolate to describe the condition of the human soul without God but I can honestly say that during my college years there were moments I would have referred to myself this way. I believed the lie that there was no way the Lord could forgive me and while embracing this lie I covered up my sin and shame by living my life the way I saw fit with no regard to God. Depression has a way of bringing you to your knees and I am thankful that the Lord brought me to the end of myself.
Oftentimes, when we sin we turn away from God. For a long time, I did my best to silence Him because to admit there is a God I must also admit that I was not god. I didn't know what the Bible said but I did know that within myself I wasn't following some higher moral code. I sought answers everywhere but not from the One who was calling me unto Himself. I wish I would have known these verses then.
We see from the verses above that salvation is for everyone who comes. God desires to ABUNDANTLY pardon our sins. He calls us, to seek Him, to call upon Him, and to forsake our sinful ways and thoughts. In doing all these things He abundantly pardons. Our minds can't comprehend nor can our human intellect understand a holy infinite God who loves us and desires to pardon everyone who comes to Him, believing that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6. According to the verses above, there is no room for penance or working for our salvation for only God pardons sin and He does so through faith in His son, Jesus. God doesn't pardon sin reluctantly but abundantly.
Re-post written December of 2009

Monday, September 20, 2010

Jocelyn Greer Blalock

Jocelyn Birth

"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes saw my unformed body; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them".
Psalm 139:13-16

Jocelyn and Mommy

"O Lord, You have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, You are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all. You have enclosed me behind and before ,and laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I can not attain it".
Psalm 139:1-6

Jocelyn Birth

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you". Jeremiah 1:5

"Thus says the LORD your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior". Isaiah 43:1-3

"Who has preformed it and accomplished, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD, am the first and with the last, I am He". Isaiah 41:4

Jocelyn Greer, It is my prayer that you will love the LORD your God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength. I pray you will know the love of your Savior and surrender your life to Him, who even now, holds you in the palm of His mighty hand. He is your refuge and your fortress. He spoke creation into being and yet formed you in my womb. He formed you for a specific purpose and is intimately acquainted with all your ways. Before one day came into being, He, who knows all things, knew every day ordained for you. He has gifted you for His purposes and for His glory. Only when you live your life for the eternal will you find significance in the temporal.

Biblical Meaning of the Name Jocelyn Greer
Jocelyn: Old German
Meaning: Joyous Righteous
Scripture: Ezekiel 36:26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statues and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.

Greer: English
Meaning: Watchful, Vigilant.