Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Former Things Have Become Former

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This is what God gave to me in his word today:

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. (Isaiah 65:17)

Yeah, OK sure, but what exactly are the “former things” referred to here?

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. (Isaiah 43:18)

So the former things being referred to here are the Israelites past, what you used to have to do to be saved, which I suppose fits with the context (such as Isaiah 65:5). So, if not the past, what am I to think about, nothing?

1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1-3)

So we should focus on things above, like for example; Jesus… So let me get all of this straight; the old things, namely the old Law, have passed away to be replaced with the New Law, Jesus… But if Jesus replaces the law, what’s to keep me and everyone else from sin? If Jesus took all of our punishment for the disobeying the law, what’s to keep us from using our new-found freedom? I mean, becoming a Christian practically gives us a licence to be able to sin!

20 The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, 21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:20-21)

1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:1-4)

So what you’re saying is that being a Christian not only doesn’t give me and everyone else a licence to sin, but in fact means that we should do nothing but good, after all, if our old nature was crucified, isn’t that only to be expected of us? … And if so, it’s an impossible expectation for us to meet, there is no way I can be perfect of my own volition.

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. (Romans 8:11)

So in the whole, because Jesus died for me, the old things – namely the old Law – have passed away. And because the old things have passed away, the barrier between God and us (the vail) has been torn, and because of that Christ can and does live in us… And because Jesus lives in us, he empowers us to will and to do his good works.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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God Who Saves

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and my year of redemption had come. I looked, but there was no one to help; I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold; so my own arm brought me salvation, and my wrath upheld me. (Isaiah 63:4-5)

God’s fury needed to be unleashed because of our sins and disobedience towards him. So he (God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit) made a way; he would send his one and only son to take our place, to be cursed and rejected for us… And when the hour came when Jesus was to be crucified, cursed, and rejected by his father for us came; he prayed that God would let this cup pass from him, but he didn’t. Then he looked around, and found even his disciples were no longer there for him. So he alone took every last drop of God’s wrath onto and into himself. – That, is the Gospel of Christ Jesus. It isn’t complicated, it isn’t hard to understand. It just is what it is; our salvation.

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The Trinity

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This is what God gave me today in his word:

1 Who is this who comes from Edom, in crimsoned garments from Bozrah, he who is splendid in his apparel, marching in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.” (Isaiah 63:1)

Lately I’ve got a couple of comment’s stating that the Trinity doesn’t in fact exist. So I’ve decided to share a few verses on the subject.

26 Then God said, “Let us [plural] make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a]and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

 27 So God created mankind in his own image,
   in the image of God he created them;
   male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)

Notice how God says let us create man in our image. Then he alone does it…

 1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground. (Genesis 18:1-2)

I don’t think that requires any explanation.

7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. (1 John 5:7)

30 I and My Father are one.”
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. (John 10:30-31)

38 but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe[a] that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 10:38)

45 And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. (John 12:45)

God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one and the same, but are all three distinctly different persons. Yes it’s hard to understand. – Isaiah 55:8-9

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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Hello again!

I would quickly like to apologize for not posting in last 4 days, my parent’s and I went to Rome.

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Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on June 27, 2011 in We Need Christ in Us



The Old Order Has Passed On

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; (Isaiah 61:1-2)

So why again was the Spirit of the Lord on him? Not because he was brave; not because he was strong enough; not because he (Isaiah, the prophet who is speaking) was such a good boy. But because he was appointed by God to “bind the brokenhearted” and to  “free the captives” (etc). I wonder how it is he did this; could it just possibly be that he had some deep knowledge into all things spiritual that just about no one has today? Yes, this has to be it, how else could he do all those things after all…

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

Isaiah, the prophet, is speaking prophetically. He can’t actually do those things, but someone whose coming, will do all these things. “For the old order of things has passed away.” – Could Isaiah bring a new order of things? Could Isaiah bring a new law? A law that states that “It’s already been done, you don’t need to do anything now”? Only Jesus could wipe away every tear, only he could declare and receive the day of the Lord’s vengeance. Only he could comfort all who mourn. And only Jesus could change the old order of things (sacrifices, etc).

So what’s the point in saying all of this? The point is simply this; the old is gone, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17). The old prophet has been replaced by the new prophet, priest, and king. The one with the ability to change the old of order of the law to the new order of Christ.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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Sweat and Simple

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness. (Isaiah 59:1-3)

Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. (Isaiah 59:15-16)

The Gospel; It’s simple; it’s sweat; it’s our unfair justice and our undeserved salvation. The LORD, God himself brought salvation from our own sin. Simple and sweat. – God still hear’s you; he still hears me; his arm isn’t to short to reach anyone. Some people tend to say things like: “I’m to far gone for God to save me” among a great deal of other things. But the truth of the matter is that God’s arm is never to short to save.

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Joshua Cleveland


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Works, or Grace?

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you. When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you! The wind will carry them off, a breath will take them away. But he who takes refuge in me shall possess the land and shall inherit my holy mountain. (Isaiah 57:12-13)

So; I’m saved by grace? But that contradicts what I’ve been told! I’ve been told I need to paddle my boat as far as I could before turning on the engine…

16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in[a] Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. (Galatians 2:16)

So should I do?! There’s nothing left!

24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

 25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:24-26)

OK, but what should I do?

7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”

 10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.

 11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” (Luke 3:7-11)

I knew it! Works are required to be saved!

for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)

Ah; so really I do nothing good, it’s actually God doing it through me. So I think what you’re saying is this; My works are useless and I can do nothing to save myself. But when you enter into me and save me, you give me the ability and the want to serve you (God). And that’s why James say that faith without works is dead; because just believing (having faith), isn’t enough, I need to actually let you come in and work in me to will and to do.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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Saved by God’s Grace

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. (Isaiah 55:1-2)

Good question; “why is it that we continually try and buy food and water?”. Why do we continually try and work our way to Heaven? Why is it we don’t just look to Jesus and be given grace for free?

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:11-13)

Grace is a gift from God! Why is it that we seem to think that we need to do our part first and then let Jesus do the rest.

16 They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; 17 for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters.[a] And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:16-17)

1 As the deer pants for streams of water, 
   so my soul pants for you, my God. 
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. 
   When can I go and meet with God? (Psalm 42:1-2)

So what’s my point? That because we’re Christians and have grace we suddenly can sin and have it be fine? By no means! (Take a look at Romans 6), so what is my point?

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– (Ephesians 2:8)

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

My point is simply this; we are saved not through what we have done or what we will do, but through what he (Jesus) has done! – And to say anything different, would be as good as saying; “No, I don’t think Jesus dying for me was enough. After all, I’m far more qualified than my maker to save myself.” And that just plain out doesn’t work.

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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God Sees Us As His Son!

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

“Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the LORD. (Isaiah 54:1)

For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called. For the LORD has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer. (Isaiah 54:5-8)

Hallelujah! What a Savior! Hallelujah! What a Friend! – Let’s review one specific part of the above verses:

For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”

45 From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “”Eloi, Eloi,” “lama” “sabachthani?””–which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-47)

Jesus sees us as none other than his very son! Who more a moment he forsook, but then took back to himself in Heaven after his work had been completed.

1 What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:1-4)

Because God sees us as his son, we now “live a new life”, one that reflects who God sees us as, and who we have living inside of us; Jesus! But finally what does it mean to be children of God other than having a new life in Christ… ?

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2)

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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11 Prophecies Christ Fulfilled.

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Number #1:

For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. (Isa 53:2)

Number #2:

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Isa 53:3)

Number #3:

Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. (Isa 53:4)

Number #4:

But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed. (Isa 53:5)

Number #5:

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned–every one–to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isa 53:6)

Number #6:

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. (Isa 53:7)

Number #7:

By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? (Isa 53:8)

Number #8:

And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. (Isa 53:9)

Number #9:

Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (Isa 53:10)

Number #10:

Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. (Isa 53:11)

Number #11:

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors. (Isa 53:12)

When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew His song we’ll sing:
Hallelujah! What a Savior!

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland



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