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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The Joy Of The Lord Is Our Strength

By: Erlinda Mejia Olson

PSALM 28:7 ~ "The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him."
... "At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. Song birds are taught to sing in the dark, and we are put into the shadow of God's hand until we learn to hear Him ... Watch where God puts you into darkness, and when you are there keep your mouth shut.  Are you in the dark just now in your circumstances, or in your life with God?  Then remain quiet ... When you are in the dark, listen, and God will give you a very precious message for someone else when you get into the light."  -Oswald Chambers-
We all go through valleys and mountains in life — problems, hardships, trials and temptations. However, we also look for ways to fix them. In the multitude of solutions you could possibly think of, ask yourself one of these two questions: "What can I do to fix them?" or, "What can God do to fix them?"

In other words, we either try to fix our predicaments on our own, or we let God fix them. Undoubtedly, it is so much wiser to entrust all of our life’s issues to God.

Friend, I have learned during my trials to ingest and digest God's Word.  As much as possible I don't want to waste any of my time trying to figure out the  "why's"  or worst—trying to be God in my desire to overcome them.  For the Lord says in Isaiah 55:8-9:
""For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord.  "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.""
It is crystal clear:  I will say of the Lord,  "He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust." (Psalm 91:2).  I yield to God in utmost surrender.  After all, He is God, the Father Almighty.

We need not to languish when we are genuinely trusting in God. The Lord Jesus said,  "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me." (John 14:1).

Let this be our cry: "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God." (Psalm 20:7).

Trust the Lord in every area of your life—even in times of trying. I have discovered that every trial presents an opportunity to trust in the Lord. To allow His joy to become my strength. Thus, produces a heart of gratitude and contentment.

Don't blame circumstances for robbing you of your joy.  Don't blame other people if you didn't get the help you wanted or expected from them.  Don't judge other people for not giving in to what you wanted them to do.  It is not your circumstances that rob you of your joy or other people's inability to help (regardless of the reasons)—it is your attitude towards your circumstances (how you handle them).  Joy is not the same as happiness.  For people who are seeking happiness is prone to have this trend of mindset such as:  "If I could just get a bigger house, a new car, a better job, or more money, then I'll be happy.", "If I could only get more help from others..." They tend to view happiness as a commodity attainable by material satisfaction and relying or dependent on other people all the time.

As the old cliche,  "money cannot buy happiness."  is really true.  No amount of money or things will ever give a person lasting joy.  Ultimately, because joy unlike happiness is not based on circumstances nor a fulfillment of material gain. Joy is the absence of any circumstances. Therefore, if you sow joy, you will reap contentment. Because a joyful person is a content person. The Apostle Paul can vouch for that in Philippians 4:11-13 when he said:
"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
I understand how difficult it can be—to be joyful and be content altogether in times of trying, but Christ said, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9a).  Isn't that amazing?!  We can overcome any obstacles by the strength of Christ (Philippians 4:13).  Apostle Paul did it, and so for those who are alive in Christ.

I hope you cease the mindset of,  "The joy of having material stability is the joy of my strength."  Don't defile the meaning of joy until after everything goes your way.  For there is more to life than just having all the "things" you desire in this world.  After all, this life we have now is but temporary—we will all wither and die whether you like it or not.  Instead of living a life of emptiness and discontent, why not embrace the Lord's joy and let it be the ultimate source of your strength whatever circumstances you are facing in your life right now.  Allow Him to fill you up with an everlasting joy—Heavenly blessings that money cannot buy.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" (Proverbs 3:5).  Put your trust in the Lord and let Him help you. "Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock." (Isaiah 26:4).

This is my prayer in Jesus' name.  Amen.

ITLJournal in True Woman 201: Interior Design

Element One: Building Your Life on Sound Doctrine Discernment
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
Element Eight: What Does It Mean To Be Amenable? Disposition


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).