“Authenticity of the Gospel.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

Galatians is such an important book in the Word of God. It symbolizes what we are following: God, not man. Paul wrote many letters to Galatians churches, explaining his change through Christ. Before Paul became a christian, he was a devote Jew to the Jewish law. He religiously followed all the rules and believed in circumcision. The law he followed was based on deeds, not faith. After being saved, Paul realized that what he followed for his whole life was just a lie. Paul went beyond himself to proclaim Christ and to show people that the only thing he wanted to do was share the gospel. 

There is Only One Good News: “I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul’s Message Comes from Christ: “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:10-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We Are to Consantly Share Jesus’s Name: “After that visit I went north into the provinces of Syria and Cilicia. And still the churches in Christ that are in Judea didn’t know me personally. All they knew was that people were saying, “The one who used to persecute us is now preaching the very faith he tried to destroy!” And they praised God because of me.” ‭‭Galatians‬ ‭1:21-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Our purpose in life is to give God the glory He deserves. Everything we accomplish is through His power. We were once goats, fumbling around, bullying the weak, and obesessing over our own likings. But now, Jesus calls us His sheep. Sheep always stay in the herd. They don’t stray. When one gets lost, the sheep always will find its way back to the Sheppard. Because the Sheppard loves His sheep dearly. 

Preaching the gospel is the only way to Christ. It glorifies Him! It is the truth! The truth will set everyone free! Our man made laws and rituals only sastify our temptations and glorify us. We should not call ourselves a slave for Christ if we live in that way. I pray for you all today you all will understand the true meaning of the gospel, which is we are all saved by Jesus alone. 

“The Day I Really Found Love.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬Coming into the life of singleness, I was like how most people are: scared, angry, lonely, and broken. There were a lot of restless nights, and empty chest feeling days. I longed for that person from time to time, and things didn’t end well at all at the time. But that’s when God began His work. He wanted to show me what real love really is. 
I know most people don’t look back on a day where a long term relationship ended as a good thing, but that’s the only way I can express my situation. It has been a year already that I chose to walk into a path unknown, just like Ruth. And it has been the best decision I have ever made. 

As months went by, I entered a season of isolation. I had to cut off all of my past in order for me to really focus on God. I spent day and night in prayer, and that is actually when I started to get deep into blogging. I fell in love with reading again, and I began to really learn just who Jesus really is. Also, I found a quote that has stuck by me: “I want to be a woman that finishes well.” That quote pushed me into losing weight. I ventured out and found a nearby lake that had a four mile track. I was intimidated at first, but I slowly adjusted to the length of the walk, and I have been going ever since. I have lost 30 pounds so far. 

What message I’m really trying to say here is, I know my worth. I know I am loved. I know that I can be happy, independent, and mature without being in a man’s shadow. I learned so much about myself. I used to be mentally/spiritually immature, I used to be close minded about learning and trying new things, I used to be so lazy, I used to hold grudges and refused to forgive, but I learned that forgiveness is a key in setting yourself free. I learned about loving others more than yourself. I learned about praying for your enemies, even if they are causing you nothing but pain. But, most of all, I used to be so far from God and His endless love for me. I know God had me go through this year for me to understand that I am more than what any man I’ve been with tells me. I am grateful for the pain, I am grateful for the loss, and I am grateful for the lonlieness. My heart has developed a different kind of love. I am so blessed to have really found Jesus. 

“Is This Suffering Worth It?” By: Melodie Rose Jordan.

Suffering is a word we all try to stay away from. Just pronouncing the word makes my insides shutter…suffering literally means to go through anguish for a long period of time without any stop. I have suffered from many things: depression, my medical condition, losing friendships. Lately, I have been suffering from myself. What do I mean by that? I have been fighting a battle between on how I should express my feelings, and choosing to have a Godly mindset. It’s been a struggle to put away my “needy” emotions, especially at my job or any public place.

I am a defensive person. When I am accused of something I know I did not commit, my tensions flare and my first initial reaction is to fight back, verbal tense. I feel all good inside knowing I got my way and that I was able to put down the person who did me wrong. Last night, God convicted me of this kind of behavior. God looked at my actions with disappointment. Man…I do not know about you, but having God disappointed in me, stings more than any sharp needle in the world. 

I read out of 1 Peter and this verse is what brought down my pride 100%: “Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

I am just going to be honest here, when I first read this verse,  it confused me. God wants me to be patient when I am suffering? How in the world am I supposed to do that? It’s not fair! How can I just stand by and let someone walk all over me when I know I am right?! 

Well…Jesus did it. Remember? When Jesus let Judas grab the guards and priests to arrest Him. When Jesus stood in front of that crowd and Pilate withdrew a murderer back into civilization, as Jesus was being taunted and the crowd yelled, “Crucify Him!” When Jesus was hanging on the cross, and the Roman Guards still needed to make hateful remarks towards Him, as he was bleeding and broken. Jesus endured and remained patient. 

“Unjust suffering is precious to God because that is how Christ suffered, and when believers endure unjust treatment with patience and tolerance, they are sharing in his suffering. No one in the flesh wants to suffer unjustly. But when they desire to follow in the steps of Christ and find favor with God, they can endure and discover in the process a closer relationship to our Savior.” (Holy Bible Devotion) 

I love this verse now because it gives me hope. Whenever I am in a tough situation, and it takes all of my energy to bite my tongue and not react angrily, I will remember Jesus every time. His perfect character, is within us, thanks to His Holy Spirit. We never have to face hardships or suffering alone. Every day we will be nailed to our crosses, but we have the power and mindset to endure and win every time, just as Jesus did.  

“For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.” ‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

“Death, Has Been Defeated.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan.

This weekend is an exciting time. Us followers of our Messiah come together, as a church, to praise and have fellowship. Reading the words of Luke 23 tonight, filled me with grief though. Imagining the actual event of an innocent, holy man being kicked, whipped, and crucified is nauseating. I can’t imagine being Mary, seeing her son go through that immense amount of torture, and being held back by those hateful guards. It’s heart breaking….

What kind of “death moment” are you in tonight? What “great sadness” has overcome you? Hear me, my brother and sister. There is no death to great for our God. I am not sure what circumstance you are in, but Jesus knows. He is reaching down from the throne of God, just waiting for you to take His hole pierced hands and to trust. 

When Jesus left us from His flesh, He gave us in return His Spirit. Every single day the Spirit awaits your awakening to give you strength, wisdom, love, and faith. 
Jesus’s death and resurrection is the best love story of them all. He kissed the cross, knowing His own blood would tear open the veil between our hearts and God’s. His return, will be the greatest wedding day because He will be returning for His bride. (Revelation 21:9.) 

Death, has been defeated. The grave, has been undone. The forcefield that seperated us from our home, has vanished. Death, has no victory. Jesus has won us all. 

“You Were Worth the Torture.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan.

During this week we are all in remembrance of Jesus, and how He came into this world, knowing that He was going to have to be beaten, flogged, and crucified by His own people. It is important that if you do not know just how much an importance you are to the Prince of Peace, let me inform you today. We are going to read and soak in the compelling words of Isaiah 53, so you can really absorb the truth about how much of the pain Jesus went through, was for a worthy cause.

“My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him. Isaiah 53:2 

Jesus came into the world in the form of a baby, just like you and me. I am sure Abba would have wanted Jesus to ascend down to heaven on a radiant, white horse with angelic melodies playing behind Him, but no. He was born in a ragged stable. God appointed Mary as a symbolic image of purity, and she was given the privilege to bore God’s own Son. As time went on, Jesus was still unknown to many parts of the world. Every new city he discovered, no one seemed to recognize His true identity. He appeared in the form of man, but was truly a God. Jesus chose to have His human shape be more of His image because he wanted to relate to us, to connect and be vulnerable with us. He did not want to come off as intimidating or unapproachable. Nothing about His old, brown sandals and cloth robe oozed the appearance of a Messiah. I think the keen message that Jesus displayed is, the heart of a person is greater than the looks of a person.

“He was despised and rejected—-a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” Isaiah 53:3

Jesus’s whole mission was to be a servant. He vowed that He would use His human days to be working for God, to carry out His will, and to make sure that every single person that crossed His path knew of the unconditional love and the power of God’s Word was bestowed inside their hearts. Yet, though He was good and kind, many people, especially synagogue leaders despised Jesus, and made it their life goal to make sure He and His teachings were put to death. They, or we, could not understand that if we choose to merely live on our choices, we are sinning against God. No one likes to be told they are in the wrong, so we try in our own power to destroy that. We despise the fact that when we look into our own reflection, we have to face the ugliness within us: pride, greed, pain, fear, lust. So many bad attributes that should have never resided within us, that make our hearts black as dirt. We thought our own man-made laws were good, and Jesus’s was not worth the trouble.

“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.”

Think of that moment. Think of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, being tormented by his immense anxiety, wanting it to all stop. Yet, he knew he had to complete the mission. Think of that moment. Where Jesus was chained to a wooden stake, beaten horridly by a spiked flog, literally skin being ripped off of his back. Yet, he knew he had to complete the mission. Think of that moment. When Jesus was carrying that heavy cross. That cross was full of our sin, our lust, our shame, our pain, our guilt. He carried every weight of the world on his bare shoulders, knees weak and eyes blurred. Yet, he knew he had to complete the mission. Think of that moment. When the nails pierced into Jesus’s bones and His chest being ripped apart for being hanged for hours. When he looked to heaven and asked his Father, “My God, my God? Why have you forsaken me?” Yet, he knew he completed the mission.

And, with his last breath, the veil that separated us from God was stripped away. We can now enter the glorious presence of God, because of Jesus. You were worth the torture. His love for you outweighs anything in the world.

“When My Secret Sin Almost Destroyed My Life.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan.  

Secrets. We all have them, right? I hope I am not alone in that…well, there are some good secrets: like a man on his 1,000th date with his “soul mate” and he has a ring in his pocket, just waiting to pop the question. Or, it’s your best friend’s 40th birthday, and you and her closest friends and family are throwing her a 70’s theme birthday party (which is what I want done to me, haha!) 

Sorry to burst some bubbles here, but those are not the type of secrets we will be discussing today. We are going to get a little deep, and it’s going to sting a bit. We are going to reveal in our own hearts of a “secret sin” in our own lives. I will start out by saying mine…and I am being blunt right now, this is being typed with some heavy tears in my eyes, so this is not easy for me to say. 

Most of you who follow my blog know that I committed sexual impurity when I was only 16 years old. Well, i am going to say another big sin I kept in the shadows. I used to be water deep into pornography. It all started in about 10th grade. This new site called Tumblr came into light and I wanted to try it out. I made an account, chose a cute blog name, and started to explore. I found extravagant photos of nature and of people and I instantly became attached. I made some new followers, and the thing about this site is…it’s very explicit. You can basically post anything you want. So, one day I found a blog site specifically for relationships, and since I yearned for one at the time…I fell in. 

The chains started to clasp onto me….

I wanted more. More than just kissing or cute relational quotes. I wanted action. So, I found some explicit gifs (moving pictures) of inappropriate sexual activity. I knew in my heart it was wrong, but my mind craved for that attention. 

I felt the chains start to pull me under…

I had stopped for awhile when I was in my last relationship, but things started to drift between the person I was with and…the pornogrpahy was grabbing my attention. I felt like I was being torn in two. My boyfriend at the time worked long, hard hours, and after we parted ways, I instantly jumped on and watched porn. All. Day. Long. I even explored the “female” side of it…and that’s when things took a turn for the worst.

I had lost all control. I had let my secret sin consume me. I watched from above the light drift from me as I sunk into darkness… 

I had enough. I wanted out. To escape. To be free. I confronted my boyfriend at the time first about it…and he kindly forgave me and prayed for me. But, I knew I needed more. I needed comfort from my Father. 

It wasn’t until last year that I finally looked at my chains and decided it was enough. I got on my knees, looked up with my tear stained face, and admitted to God that I was letting my sin destroy my life. 

I insantly felt the weight of guilt being lifted off of me. My heart felt full, not of lust, but of peace and love. I was free. I haven’t gone back to pornography since that day.

Whatever your secret sin may be, know it can and will destroy you if you don’t analyze it in time. Know that God has a greater plan for you and can free you from the darkness! Know there is always a way out!!! 

“The Road Jesus Took.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“Rejoice, O people of Zion! Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you. He is righteous and victorious, yet he is humble, riding on a donkey— riding on a donkey’s colt.” ‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭9:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬
Today is Palm Sunday, and I want to write to you tonight on the significance of this day. As we read this verse in the book of Zechariah, we can put ourselves in some dirty sandals and watch from the crowd, in awe of what was to come. From the gates of Jerusalem, you and I can see a donkey carrying on his back the Man of Heaven. The Man who healed so many lame and broken souls. The Man who helped sinners to become saved. The Man who rose the dead inside of you and I. The Man who you I didn’t know at the time, was sent down to be crucified by…you and I. 

Can you just imagine you are Jesus for a moment? Can you just grasp on the fact that these people were raising palm branches, celebrating Him as their friend, only for them to start raising fists at Him a week later? Now, I don’t want to put a damper on this day, but that is the logistics of this unfortunately. 

Good news for you and I, we have something to celebrate every Palm Sunday. We can decorate our homes and churches because Jesus is ALIVE and WORTH CELEBRATING! 

For a moment, think of yourself being apart of that crowd. Think of all the times Jesus has been faithful to you. Think of all the times where He comforted you in your agony, when a simple song or prayer from a loved one helped heal your open wounds. Let’s all celebrate as if Jesus was riding on a donkey colt into our city right now!