No One Is Beyond Hope.

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

“This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’ – and I am the worst of them all!”   Paul the Apostle (1 Timothy 1:15)

If you think you’ve gone too far, that the evil you have done puts you beyond hope, I am here to tell you that you are wrong.  If you know someone that thinks this about themselves, or, maybe you have thought that about them, then you need to repent of those thoughts and go to them and share the Good News: That they are not beyond hope, That God truly loves them, that he has made a way for them to be redeemed, to be changed, to be delivered from sin and shame and guilt . . .

I want to point out something: Paul used the present tense.  He said, “I am the chief of sinners”, not “I was”.  Until we can say this, along with Paul about ourselves, without any doubt as to its truth, we can never be a truly convincing witness of the love of Jesus Christ.  Why?  Because we will still be talking to others from a place of superiority. 

But, once you really catch on to the fact that YOU are the worst sinner of all, then, when you share the incredibly wonderful news of God’s love and forgiveness to another broken person, your word will have power: power to bring salvation!  Until that happens, you will only come across as a self-righteous, religious prig.  Virtually no one will listen to you. 

I want you to remember something; King David, the man who wrote the majority of the Psalms, The man whom God said was ‘a man after His own heart’, this very man, was an adulterer and a murderer! 

Never forget that no one is beyond the love and forgiveness of God. 

If you have been told that by a religious person, that it is hopeless for a person such as you, then you have been told a lie and God will hold them to account for that. 

I hope I have made it clear to you, I who am the worst of sinners, that if God can rescue me and save me from my sin, then he can save you!     

His Wonderful Grace, Ron

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”    John 3:16,17

By: Ron Bouchard http://www.theburningheart.com

Transformed.

By Ron Bouchard, http://www.theburningheart.com

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit if the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:17,18

What truly changes a person? What can really transform the life of a Christian? Is it Church attendance? Is it Bible study? Could it be prayer? How about serving the Lord; does that slowly but surely bring us into maturity? Could witnessing and sharing Jesus with others be the catalyst for change and growth? Maybe being mentored by an older Christian might make the difference. Could it be reading the latest Christian authors, or perusing the most relevant Christian blogs? How about establishing a correct doctrinal stance?

All these things are good. They all can be used by the Lord to bless us. But, none of these things can transform us. Transformation is a heaven thing. Transformation is a sight thing. Transformation beholds the very person you and I desire to be like. To behold His face. To be overwhelmed by His glory. To taste His perfect love as our own. This is what transforms. This is what brings freedom.

No veils. Nothing between the Glorious One and our own brokenness. Everything above board. Everything brought into the light of His glorious love.

This is the mirror of our renewal; the sight of Jesus, the beauty of His face and being clothed in His love, though we deserve none of it! The Gospel. The joy of it! A merciful God who forgives us and invites us to fellowship with Him, face to face. This is where transforming power resides; in the face of my Savior, Jesus of Nazareth!

His Grace, Ron Bouchard

By Ron Bouchard, http://www.theburningheart.com

The Power of Shame.

“Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame! Let the oppressed and poor praise your name!.” Psalms 74:21

We are all afflicted in some way. The dictionary gives this definition: “to cause pain or suffering; to be distressed so severely as to cause persistent suffering or anguish.” Many of us suffer or have suffered physically, from injuries, diseases, etc. The list is endless. Mental and emotional afflictions can cause more anguish than even physical pain. And, then there is spiritual affliction. This is where shame comes in; the single, cruelest weapon of torture, wielded by the Enemy of our Soul.

He is called The Accuser. The Word of God tells us that he accuses us before our God day and night.

He not only accuses us before God, he torments us with the shame of our failures, especially those in which we feel we have let God down, when we’ve stumbled in sin. Shame: the worst of afflictions, the cruelest of tortures.

What is shame’s ultimate purpose? To keep us from coming to God; to cause us to feel separated from his love.

Well, I want to share some very Good News to anyone agonizing in shame: Jesus destroyed the power of shame over two thousand years ago! He dealt it a permanent death blow as he took our sin and shame upon himself, made it his own and paid the price for it by suffering and dying in our place, upon the cross. When he died the scriptures tell us that the veil that prevented mankind from entering into the Holy of Holies was rent in two from top to bottom. This signifies that you and I are now free to enter into God’s Holy Throne Room, just as we are, to be cleansed forgiven and restored by him, in his very presence!

This is the fulfillment of the request in the above verse: “Do not let the afflicted be turned back in shame!”

God hasn’t let that happen. He has made a way for us to enter into his presence and not be turned back; and that way is Jesus! Now we are free to praise his Holy Name. ~Ron