Rant for Jesus-Before and After Jesus, May 2019

I was a mess before I followed Jesus. The gates of hell were up against me. For decades I sinned and sinned not giving Jesus a chance to change me. I was far away from God. I was His enemy separated from Him by my wicked thoughts and actions. I was dead because of my sins and my sinful nature.

If I was mad at you I just cussed you out and it made me feel better. I would say hurtful words to you and not care if it hurt you. It made me feel better. I was selfish and prideful. I was living for myself not Jesus. I was in the world doing all those things God displeases.

Colossians 3:5-10 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

When I accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, He canceled the record of the charges against me and took them away by nailing them to the cross. The Holy Spirit came to live inside me. He took up residence in my newly changed heart. From that point on I couldn’t sin, cuss or say hurtful things without the Holy Spirit convicting me and making me feel bad about it. Then I would have to apologize for my actions or words. If I have a bad attitude and it shows in my words that come out of my mouth, I am immediately convicted and have to apologize. Through the Holy Spirit I am learning self-control and discipline. Not to say I have perfected it, I haven’t. I fail many times.

The Holy Spirit is working in me all the time. He’s transforming my thoughts, words and actions to be more Christ like. The things I used to do as a sinner I no longer want to do. I don’t think or speak the same as I used to. It will take my entire life to get to where I need to be and even then, God will have to perfect all things concerning me so I can enter through the gates of heaven. He began working in me the day I accepted Jesus and continues to this day. I am now reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus Christ. I stand firm in the love of Jesus. Jesus has changed my life. His wonderful grace is mine every day and night. Thank You Lord for not giving up on me.

Psalm 138:8 The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

The Bible says God chose us to be the holy people He loves us and we must clothe ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. We must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive others who hurt us. The Lord forgave us so we must forgive others. Put on the love of Jesus and let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. Jesus said peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Thank You Jesus for Your peace. I know it comes only from You.

I pray you will be strengthened with the power of God so you will have all the endurance, self control and patience you need to get through this life following Jesus. Be thankful to the Father who has enabled us to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people who live in the light. He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His Son Jesus, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

God bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.