Ryan Hay Writes:
I have always thought that I had too much sin in my life and that God would not want to be in it. And that much could not be wiped clean. Then during a sermon here on sin, everything made sense. There is no such thing as too much sin that Jesus has not paid the price for. In Matthew 26:28, Jesus says "For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins."
It does not say that there are sins that are too great that can not be forgiven.
John 3:17 says, "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."
I have come to realize that there has not been a sin or will be a sin in my life that Jesus has not paid for with his own blood. And I know that I will be with our heavenly Father in eternal life because Jesus has paid that price for mine and everyone's sin.
Katie Hay Writes:
Before I was saved, I suffered often from self-doubt. I didn't understand how God could love someone like me, though I had been taught all my life. I was nothing special, just an average person, trying to live a relatively good life. I was taught as a child that in order to be saved I just needed to do good deeds, follow the Commandments, go to Confession and Church. As I got older I found that harder to do, and my faith in the Church and God began to wane. I believe that’s when my depression really kicked in. For a long time I have struggled with anxiety and depression.
Things changed when I began coming to Crossing Church. Slowly, but surely, the Holy Spirit started to change my heart. In John 6:44 Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.” Looking back, I believe that Jesus has been calling me for a while, but I was too stubborn to listen.
In January of this year, something changed. I felt a longing like never before to learn more and become closer to God. I started coming to service on Sundays and then the Membership Class. Daniel did a sermon about guilt and how we don’t have to feel the guilt of our sins anymore because Jesus has already paid for them through his death and resurrection. That was a truly thought provoking statement, since I have felt guilt most of my life. I always felt that I couldn't measure up and couldn't do everything that God commanded. Then, to hear that it didn't matter that I wasn't perfect and Jesus had already paid the price for me -- It was life altering.
I began to listen to sermons from last year, and the one that hit my heart hard was the one called the, “Mark of the Beast.” In it Daniel talked about how anxiety is the Mark of Beast, and I realized that every time I have let anxiety into my heart I have been allowing the devil in. I haven't been trusting in God and his mercy. I was allowing the devil to whisper in my ear that I was worthless and unworthy of God’s mercy. And then, on the day I listened to the sermon, the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart, and Jesus claimed me for his own, though it took me a bit to truly accept it. I realized that I had never been worthless to God, and so I no longer was unworthy to my own eyes. In 1 Peter 5:6-7 he says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
For the first time in my life, I truly began to rely on God to let him rule over my heart, to give him all my fears and worries and just trust in him. This has made such a huge transformation in my life, faster and more powerful than I could have ever imagined. The Holy Spirit has truly moved my heart and changed me in ways I can’t fully explain. Jesus has wiped away my worries and fears, replacing them with a hunger for God’s word and the truth that Jesus is my Lord and Savior.