Knowing Jesus

Dear Friends, Anxiety is Not a Sin

Dear Friends, Anxiety is Not a Sin

I’ve been wrestling with this for a long time, but I think it’s time to share it. 

Anxiety is not a sin. 

My friends, if you are a Christian, and you have anxiety, breathe in the spirit-filled life of these words: 

Anxiety is not a sin.

There are people in my life who I love and respect who will tell me I’m wrong. But I don’t care. I am coming to believe that whenever there are multiple interpretations of something in the Bible, the one that brings the most life and freedom is probably the closest to being true. Jesus always brings life and freedom. He doesn’t bring more burden.

Book Review — Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard

Book Review — Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard

Jennie Allen's words in Nothing to Prove: Why We Can Stop Trying So Hard breathed life into my exhausted soul. Jesus' living water poured off the pages to quench a deep thirst I didn't know I had. Like many of us, I have spent so much time trying to prove that I'm good enough, that I'm capable, that I'm worthy of opportunities, worthy of love, I lost myself and my joy to an impossible endeavor. 

Jennie bravely and beautifully shares her story of not being enough and the grace and life that Jesus brought to her in that place.

Book Review — The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene

Book Review — The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene

Liz Curtis Higgs brings readers into the story of Easter, so we experience it along with the three Marys. Together with the three Marys we encounter Jesus’ love, grace, and compassion in a new way as He invites them (and us) into deeper relationship with Him. We feel the anguishing sorrow of His crucifixion. We wait with them through the pain of Saturday, and are shocked and confused when the tomb is empty. We fall on our faces in front of the angel, and race back to tell the others “He is risen.” We meet our risen Savior, and we are never the same.

Through Liz’s powerful storytelling, I met Jesus in a new way. His love, mercy, and compassion poured off the pages straight into my heart. Liz digs deep to show the significance of Jesus’ words and actions that may be lost on the modern Bible reader. In response to Jesus’ mother Mary telling Him about the wedding running out of wine:

Let's pray for Trump and Clinton, as people not politicians

Let's pray for Trump and Clinton, as people not politicians

No one is honestly changing their minds at this point about who they are voting for. So what if we took all the energy and time we spend "discussing" the election, and start praying for them. I'm not talking about praying for the results of the election, or praying for our country — though those are things we should be doing. I'm talking about praying for them as people, as individuals who matter to God. 

What if we pray for God to draw them close to Him, remove the scales from their eyes, and open their hearts to a relationship with Him?

Will You Let Him?

Are you ready to meet the one who loves you enough to die for you?

He loves you so much. He wants to offer you a new life, a new hope, a new heart. He wants to rescue you. He wants reveal to you who He is, and who you really are. Who He created you to be. He wants a relationship with you.

He will never stop pursuing you.

He has a plan for your life that is so much better than you could ever dream.

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,' declares the Lord, 'and will bring you back from captivity.'" Jeremiah 29:11-14

What's holding you captive?

  • Your past?
  • Worry?
  • Anxiety?
  • Depression?
  • Addiction?
  • Habits?
  • Feeling like your not enough?
  • Sin?
  • That thing you just can't stop doing?

Whatever it is, Jesus wants to set you free! Will you let Him?

He knows about it. ALL of it. Whatever "it" is in your life. And He loves you anyway. He is offering you grace and forgiveness, and a new life that is not defined by your past.

Grace is for you

I remember feeling like that's great for other people, but if you knew what I had done, you would know that I am too far gone. He could never love me. He could never forgive me. Sure He probably had a plan for my life when I was born, but I ruined that. There is no way He could use me now.


Remember the enemy in the garden? He is the great deceiver. He wants you to believe those lies because he doesn't want you to find life, hope, forgiveness, and a future in Jesus. Satan wants to keep you captive to your past. Hear Jesus' words:

"'The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.'" John 10:10

Jesus loves you!! He loves YOU!! YES YOU!! He knows about all of the things you have ever done, will ever do, and have ever or will ever have done to you, and He loves you anyway. Remember, He knew before you were even born, and He created you anyway!

There is NOTHING, AND I MEAN NOTHING that you could ever do that would make Him stop loving you.

He wants to forgive you, and He wants to set you free.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

All you have to do is say yes.

God created us to live in relationship with Him. Then sin entered the world, and that relationship was broken. God is a just God, and He cannot look on sin lightly. It must be punished. Sin is anything that we think, say or do that disobeys God. We are all sinners, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," Romans 3:23.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

Thank you Jesus for putting the "but" in that sentence. God knew from before creation that we would sin, and break our relationship with Him. He also knew that sin would have to be punished. But He loves us so much, He had a plan from the beginning to save us.

Jesus would take on Himself all of our sins, and suffer and die the most agonizing death on the cross, and separation from His Father in Heaven. He took the punishment for our sins, so that we don't have to. Then on the 3rd day He rose again, so that we may have eternal life in Him.

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son." John 3:16-18

Will you believe? Will you accept Jesus' free gift to you? Will you let Him be the Lord of your life?

"If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justiified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scriputre says, 'Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.'" Romans 10:9-11

If you would like to do this today, pray a prayer similar to the following one. The words are not important. It is not a magic prayer, it's your heart crying out to God's heart, and you deciding to accept His free gift of salvation and give your life to Him.

I know that I am a sinner. I am sorry, I ask for your forgiveness, and I choose to turn from my ways right now in this moment, and turn to You. I believe that you died on the cross to take the punishment for my sins, and were raised again on the 3rd day to give me eternal life. I declare that you are the Lord of my life. Take it all Jesus. I want to live for You. Thank You for saving me. I love you Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen.

If you just prayed to accept Jesus as your Savior, congratulations, and welcome to the family of God! You will never be the same! I would love to connect with you and talk with you about your decision, and your next steps in your walk with Jesus.

Thank you for reading. Love you all. Walk with Jesus today knowing that you are a new creation!