The Cross

THE CROSS

Jesus was the son of God
He was also one of us
He felt the same pain and sorrow
That anyone of us does

The thought of what Jesus went through
Makes my heart burn and ache
What He went through for me and you
The strength and love it had to take

He could have said “enough” at any time
Legions of angels would have come
To put a stop to such a crime–
Then the devil would have won

Jesus died upon that cross
It seemed like such a terrible loss
Not even the apostles knew
That Jesus was not yet through

The Resurrection was the proof
What He had told them was the truth
He had arisen, He was alive

O death, where is your victory?
O death where is your sting?

By :
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON THE CROSS

The cross represents Jesus’ victory over sin and death.
It is the greatest symbol that Christianity has.

Jesus could have avoided his death but He knew why He
had come into the world.

We had to have both, the cross and the resurrection.
The cross cleansed us of our sins, The resurrection
gave us eternal life.

He had to be sinless, the lamb of God. It was a
spiritual transaction. The human race sinned, it
had to be a sinless human who paid the penalty for
our sins.

Someday I hope to understand the spiritual warfare
that is still going on today. Someday I will fully
understand what a great price Jesus paid for me and
how much love He had for me.

On the cross Jesus became the sacrifice for my sins,
He did what I could not do for myself. Because of Him
I have eternal life.

Because he was resurrected I know that God accepted
the sacrifice. I was guilty, now I am free.

Thank you for the cross, Lord.

Philippians 2:8
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself by becoming
obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross

My Savior

MY SAVIOR

The God that created the heavens and earth
He is my Lord and Savior
I did nothing that I should deserve
Such love from my creator

The Father sent His Son Jesus
Knowing what would be His fate
A human with all of my weaknesses
I bow before God amazed

He knew how helpless I was
With a sin that had to be paid
My Savior disregarded the cost
As a human He came to obey

He was crucified and tortured
How can I ever repay
The sacrifice he offered
Thank you God, for your grace

But that is not the end of the story
His resurrection. His victory

My Savior’s alive today!

By:

Lissette Trahan

Comment on My Savior

My first question when I am face to face to face with
Jesus will be why? Why did you come down from
your throne and become a human like us?

Knowing what you would go through. You would be hated,
you would be tortured in the most horrible way—
crucified!

And what astonishes me is that at any point you could
have said enough. Legions of angels would have come
to stop the crime.

You, the God of creation, came with one mission, to
save humanity. You came to show us how to live, how
to love. To show us the Father. That was your true
mission.

You became my Savior, my mediator with the Father.
You will be my advocate and intercessor when I stand
before God.

I am humbled to be loved so unconditionally. In
gratitude I surrender my life to you. I will obey and
serve you with the talents you have blessed me with.

You are my Lord and Savior.

1 John 4:14
And we have seen and testify that the
Father has sent his Son to be the Savior
of the world

I Am His and He is Mine

Happy Easter!

Today I’d just like to encourage all of you to cultivate a heart of gratitude.  For what God did by sending His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins.  Ask for nothing today but only praise Him.  After all, you don’t need anything else.

Know God through Faith.

Grow a circle of believing friends.

Discover God’s calling for your life.

Make a difference in this world.

I am God’s and He is mine!

God bless each and every one of you!

Sacrifice

SACRIFICE

As I awake each morning
My first thoughts are of you
I am so filled with gratitude
So much I want to do

You proved how much You loved me
A sacrifice so huge
The one thing I can give thee
My life in gratitude

A life so full of flaws and sin
And yet You paid the price
The gift I have living within
Your Son You sacrificed

The Holy Spirit in me
You shed your blood, You set it free
Your sacrifice was not in vain
I live to glorify your name

No power on earth could keep You down
Jesus Christ, My Lord and Savior
Crucified and Risen!

By:
Lissette Trahan

Comments on Sacrifice

The Bible says “The law is only a shadow
of the good things that are coming not the
realities themselves—it is impossible for
the blood of bull and goats to take away sins”

Animal sacrifices were a foreshadowing of
our savior, Jesus, who was going to come
as a human, having all my same weaknesses
and temptations, yet He never sinned.

The sacrifice had to be sinless. Only He,
as the Lamb of God, could save me.

He was whipped, He was crucified. He could
have stopped it at anytime. He was human.
He felt every lash, every nail, just like
I would have.

He became the mediator between God and man,
His sacrifice offered once and for all
never to be repeated.

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, He lives within
me. When I invited Him into my life. it
changed me. I am found not guilty.

When I stand before God, in judgment
I have an advocate.

Hebrews 9:12 ESV
He entered once for all into the holy places,
not by means of the blood of goats and calves
but by means of His own blood, thus securing
an eternal redemption

Abiding in Me

ABIDING IN ME

An amazing event happened on the cross
It is the reason Christ abides in me.
A gift so great it makes me pause
To think what happened on that tree.

The life I now live is Christ in me
A marvel hard to understand
God knew what He had to achieve
His love for us, He had it planned.

I am the branch, He is the vine
Apart from the vine I cannot be.
Bearing much fruit is to obey
Lord, please guide me along the way.

The way to glorify God is to bear fruit
Showing my love in gratitude

Abiding in me
Glorifying you Lord.

By:
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON ABIDING IN ME

I ask myself, when did I know for sure that I had the
spirit abiding in me? According to the Word it was when
I surrendered my life to Jesus. At the time I didn’t feel
any different but I knew in my heart something had
happened.

Months later when I was troubled and seeking was when
I actually felt His presence. After that I was guided to
start “Feed My Sheep”. I knew I was doing God’s will.

Doors opened at every turn. I would take one step
forward in faith and the impossible would happen.

I am so impressed with the many who have incredible
faith and act without having any spiritual experience,
but have that deep belief that shows how they live
their lives.

In John, Jesus said,
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet
have believed”.

God in His grace treats all of us differently. He had a
plan for me, and knew I needed His presence to
accomplish it.

John 20:29
Then Jesus told him,”Because you have seen me,
you have believed; blessed are those who have
not seen and yet have believed

Eternity

ETERNITY

My thoughts on eternity,
Hard to fathom how it will be
It is a promise God gave me
To live with Him eternally

God sent His Son, a sacrifice
The lamb of God, he gave His life
A price so great had to be paid
Couldn’t there have been another way?

I can’t explain or understand
Someday it will be revealed
How God had it all planned
Why Jesus came to intercede

Thank you Jesus for the cross
Without the cross I would be lost
When God looks down, what does He see
It is Your blood, that covers me.

Life with no pain, no grief, no tears
Age of no importance there
Faith gives me certainty
My life awaits eternity.

By :
Lissette Trahan

Comment on Eternity

I am a child of God. My eternal life will be in heaven.
I love to meditate and imagine how incredible my life will be.
Thinking of seeing Jesus face to face, to see the one who gave
His life for me makes my heart flutter with excitement.

Living in His presence for eternity.
No sin, no fear, no injustice. Only love.
I lead my life thinking of eternity. No matter what happens
in this life nothing will change the glorious future that awaits me.

All God has ever done in my life is shown me how much He loves me.
My part was to allow Him in.

It was His love that planned creation, that planned redemption.
It knows no failure. Nothing will change His plan or purpose.

As my friend Ken Cayce said. “The greatest gift that we could ever
receive is the gift of eternal life with Jesus. To know we would be
separated from Him for eternity would be more hell than I could bear.
The only life worth living is with Him.”

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart, yet
no one can fathom what God has done from
beginning to end.

Attitude

ATTITUDE

My attitude determines what my day will be like.
When awakening in the morning if my first thought is of Christ,
No matter what lays ahead I know He’ll make it right.
At times it is not easy, life can be such a fight.
My attitude determines what my day will be like.

This life is a journey where I am learning how to trust
My attitude will determine, will I adjust or disrupt?
When my life goes into chaos, as it so often does,
Will I say Your will be done, or will I say enough?

I know when I am tested God is working in my life
Maturity and growth will come about with strife.
Attitude is the key, it changes life from dark to bright
God will take care of the rest, if my attitude is right.

By:

Lissette Trahan

Comment on Attitude

Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent
how we react to it.

My attitude determines so much of what happens
everyday. Anyone that I come in contact with can be
changed by my attitude.

Winston Churchill said
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”

If I develop an attitude of thanks, giving thanks to
God knowing that He is working always for my good,
I learn to trust Him and that brings peace and joy.

I have talked about and read about trusting God.
It wasn’t until the trials came that I really knew what
it meant. Trusting to me was peace when everything
was falling apart. An attitude of patience while you
wait.

This verse says it all, this is the attitude that God
wants for me.

Galatians 5:22 ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.

Wisdom

WISDOM

Wisdom is more valuable than gold or silver
It promises long life, honor, and riches
“Nothing you desire can compare with her”
Her ways are pleasant, Her ways are precious

What are the greatest riches in life?
Understanding value, understanding truth
Peace-loving, purifying, and avoiding strife
That is the path that I want to choose

The Bible tells the story of Solomon
He was given a choice, he just had to ask
Solomon knew what mattered was wisdom
How did he know what he had to ask?

Wisdom will show me what really matters
My life without her would have no vision
So many choices, I need some answers
Help me. O Lord, my life needs wisdom

I need to reflect, what do I treasure
The Kingdom of heaven, or this world full of pleasure?

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON WISDOM

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom. True wisdom is found in
obedience to God.

Wisdom means having the knowledge
and understanding to recognize the right
course of action and having the will and
courage to follow it.

Wisdom is a gift from God. God says that
if we lack wisdom we should ask Him.

Why do I need wisdom?
To use my knowledge, to glorify Him.

In this journey I have found that
Wisdom is the application of knowledge.
Knowledge is getting to know God.

I have found in my life that I had to read
the Bible, experience Him, then came faith,
then wisdom.

If I take the first step and seek Him, that
to me is the real beginning of wisdom.
Knowing God is what really
matters—that is wisdom.

Wherever your treasure is will decide whether
you have wisdom.

Proverbs 3:13-15
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and one
who get understanding for the gain, from her is
better than gain from silver and her profit better
than gold. She is more precious than jewels,
and nothing you can desire can compare with her.

Faith

FAITH

How did I get the faith I have today?
I studied, I asked, and I prayed
But how did I get the faith I have today?
The Bible assured me that was the way

It started out as a tiny seed
A taste of Your love had been revealed
I knew in my heart that I wanted more
I opened Your Word and begin to explore

The way to Faith was through Your Word
The message is clear, you have to hear
Faith was to know Jesus, that’s what I heard
His love, His life, faith became real

Jesus is the perfecter of my faith
Faith I now truly embrace

How did I get the faith I have today?
The Bible led me all of the way

By:

Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON FAITH

Faith is the most vital part of being or becoming a Christian.
It is a seed that is implanted in our souls when we read the Bible.

In Hebrews it says
“without faith it is impossible to please God”

When I opened the Bible for the first time,
the last thing I had was faith.

One day I was back in the U.S. reading and seeking.
Still with the tapes and the books from the cult
that were given to me with the Bible. It was
confusing reading the truth and a lie at the same time.

I gave up, threw the Bible on the floor.
Before I got up I asked God
“Are You really there”?

I wasn’t expecting anything. My heart leaped.
God knew I needed that.

As I read the Bible the shock of what I had been missing
for so many years dawned on me. I also realized that
receiving that faith was a gift from God.

The way I received that Bible was a miracle.
God sent someone to the jungles of Belize.
The grace of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith—and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Matthew

MATTHEW

Jesus came by and said “Come Follow me”
Matthew left it all, what did he see?

He left it all but he took one thing
His ability and talent he had with a pen
The impact his words had in the ages to come
There was no way he could have known

Matthew must have had an ache in his heart
He was hated by all, his life was void
Something about Jesus he could not disregard
When Jesus said to him “Come Follow me”

Of all the disciples Matthew gave up the most
Peter and Andrew could go back to their boats
Matthew gave all he had believing in Christ
He trusted, surrendered and gave up his life

When Jesus said “Come, Follow Me”
Without hesitation Matthew agreed
With one action, in one moment of time
He made a decision, it was God’s design

In the Bible we have the first teachings of Jesus
Written by Matthew

This story of Matthew is a lesson for me

By:
Lissette Trahan

COMMENT ON MATTHEW

Matthew, an apostle of Jesus, shows a great example
of what it is to believe in Jesus.

When Jesus said “Follow me”, Matthew immediately
left his profitable career. He left his position of security.

He did not hesitate, knowing that he would be leaving
behind a career that provided wealth. For poverty,
for uncertainty. And knowing that he would never be
able to go back to that life.

Something about Jesus must have given him the courage
and belief that what he was leaving behind was no
comparison to what he was gaining.

Did he know that he was abandoning the pleasures of
this world to gain eternity?

I wonder how many of us today would be willing to do that?

Matthew 9:9
As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew
sitting at the tax collector’s booth.“Follow me,”
he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.