Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal!

This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and ALL that He has done for me(and NOT what I have done)—who saved and changed (inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!" Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."(John 15:5).

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Serving in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia Olson, RN ღღღ

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Don't Let Your Failures Define You

By: Erlinda Mejia Olson

(1) John 13:38;  (2) John 18:17;  (3) Matthew 16:18;  (4) John 2:25;  (5) Matthew 26:41;  (6) Luke 22:32;  (7) Hebrews 7:25

Are you afraid of failures?

I didn't know what it was like to have truly succeeded until I have failed. The Lord has taught me that failure cultivates humilitya key ingredient to success.  Humility makes a heart teachable. When I yielded to the Lord's teachings, I began to experience a genuine success from the failures that the Lord has chosen and used in my own life.

I don't let my failures define me.  I learned to anchor all my failures in Jesus, because He never fails.  His strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). Without Him, I can do nothing (John 15:5).

Don't be afraid of failures.  Look at them as blessings in disguise. Allow the Lord to turn your failures into a success—all for His greater glory and honor.

Let me share with you this journal entitled, "Jesus Chooses and Uses Failures", penned by Jon Bloom of Desiring God.  May the Lord use it to lift up your heart as it did to me.
"Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" 
Peter was grieved.  Sitting on the beach after breakfast, Jesus had just asked him for the third time if he loved Him. Peter had already wholeheartedly answered yes twice. What else was he supposed to say? 
With these questions, the Lord was putting His finger on a very tender wound in Peter's heart. Peter's failure on the night of Jesus' trial had been simply horrible.  In the hour of his Lord’s greatest anguish, Peter had denied even knowing Him. This sin shook Peter to the core of his being. 
Jesus had told him that he would do it.(1) But in the Upper Room, over the Passover meal, with his fellow disciples around him, Peter did not believe it. He could still hear himself proclaim,  "I will lay down my life for You."(1) 
He had no idea how weak he really was.  He had imagined himself boldly standing before the Sanhedrin side by side with Jesus, come what may.  But that night, as Jesus was doing that very thing, Peter couldn't even stand before a servant girl. "You also are not one of this Man's disciples are you?"  He had completely caved:  "I am not."(2) 
I am not.  Those words had kept Peter up at night.  He was supposed to be a rock.(3)  That night he had crumbled into pieces.  He was not who he thought he was.  Peter had never been less confident in himself. 
So when Jesus questioned Peter's love for a third time that morning, Peter grieved that he might have lost the Savior's trust.  He had failed.  But he did love Him.  All he could do was appeal to Jesus' omniscience:  "Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You." 
And Jesus did. In fact, later Peter realized what Jesus had done in that painful conversation. He had not doubted Peter's love at all.  Rather, He had allowed Peter to confess his love for every wretched denial he had made on that dreadful night. Amazing grace. 
And the Lord had a word for Peter. In the future there would be another opportunity to confess his love publicly in the face of great cost.  And then He said, "Follow Me."
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Shame over past failures and sins can haunt and inhibit us in many ways.  And Satan seeks to steal and destroy our faith by shoving our failures in our face.  But Jesus intends to redeem us completely. 
When Jesus chose you to be His disciple, He foresaw your future failures as sure as He foresaw Peter's.  We may not want to believe that we could deny Jesus by engaging in a sin that contradicts everything we believe.  But Jesus knows what is in us.(4)  So He exhorts us along with Peter to "watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.  The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."(5) 
And when we do fail, we must remember what Jesus said to Peter before his failure: "I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail.  And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers."(6)  Peter was going to sin—miserably.  But Jesus had prayed for him.  Jesus' prayer was stronger than Peter's sin, and it's stronger than our sin too. "He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them."(7) 
And Jesus is the Great Restorer of failures who repent. Jesus had said to Peter  "when you have turned again (repented), strengthen your brothers."  And there on the beach He again gave Peter the greatest invitation any of us can receive on earth: "follow Me."  The failure was to be left behind.  There was kingdom work to do, and eternal life to enjoy. 
Peter's failure did not define him. And ours will not define us. They are horrible, humbling stumbles along the path of following Jesus, who paid for them all on the cross. And Jesus specializes in transforming failures into rocks of strength for His church.
"I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins." (Isaiah 43:25)

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Element Two: Reverent in Behavior Honor
Element Three: A Heart for Home Affection
Element Four: A Self-Controlled Life Discipline
Element Five: The Beauty of a Pure Life Virtue
Element Six: Working at Home Responsibility
Element Seven: The Power of Kindness Benevolence
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1 Peter 1:15-16 ~ "but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy."

How Do You Know You Are Going To Heaven?

By God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation: What Does It Mean To Be Saved (Born Again)?

"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment," (Hebrews 9:27).

Dear Friend,

God is asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die? God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again." In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again—which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today.

How?

First, you must realize you are a sinner. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. "For the wages (payment) of sin is death" (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell ...."it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement" (Hebrews 9:27). But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. "...He hath made Him (Jesus, Who knew no sin) to be sin for us ... that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus had to shed His blood and die. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood" (Leviticus 17:11). "...without shedding of blood there is no remission(forgiveness)" (Hebrews 9:22). "...But commandeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Although, we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie. "God ... now commandeth all men everywhere to repent" (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: "...'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' And they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved...'" Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior. "But many as received Him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name" (John 1:12). "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer. In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: "God be merciful to me a sinner." Just take God at His Word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church. no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it.

Just Pray:

Oh, Father in Heaven, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe that His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I believe that apart from Your Son's finished works on the Cross, there is no other way I can go to Heaven except through Him and in Him alone. I now receive Him as my Lord and Personal Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen."

God simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith. You say, "Surely, it cannot be that simple." Yes, that simple! It is Scriptural. It is God's plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today. If His plan is not perfectly clear, I'm encouraging you to read this journal over and over again, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world. "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36). Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Let God save you this very moment. God's power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian Life. "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God's promises. They never change. After you are saved—there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth: Pray—you talk to God. Read your Bible—God talks to you. Witness—you talk for God. After you are saved—you should be baptized (by water immersion, a symbolic picture of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection) in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation, and then unite with a Bible-believing church without delay. "Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord..." (2 Timothy 1:8) ..."Whosoever therefore shall confess (testify of) Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in Heaven" (Matthew 10:32).