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JESUS my Lord and Savior
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Who? Jesus Christ

What? The Crucifixion

When? Over 2000 Years Ago

Where? On the Cross

Why? Eternal Salvation for the World

…and How? The Final Blood Sacrifice

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

-John 3:16-17

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All Rights Reserved ©2009-2010…”JESUS my Lord and Savior-ANASTASIA DIAMOND’S Prayerful Reflections…and Photographs on a Spiritual Journey from Darkness into HIS Light” Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Anastasia Diamond is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided full and clear credit is given author/photographer and with appropriate and specific direction to the original content at: https://jesusmylordandsavior.wordpress.com/

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JESUS my Lord and Savior

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Death Valley SunsetJESUS…Blessed be the Name of JESUS

And thou shalt call HIS name JESUS

There is something about that name

JESUS

There is only one name above all names

JESUS

Every knee will bow; every tongue will confess

– Jesus Christ is Lord-

The Prince of Peace, Holy One,

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Prince of Life, Morning Star,

Lamb of God, Son of Righteousness,

Lord God Almighty, Governor,

Messiah…

Lion of the Tribe of Judah,

Root of David, Word of Life,

Author and Finisher of Our Faith,

Lord of All, The Way, Son of God,

Chief Shepherd, Head of the Church,

Dayspring, Advocate,

I Am…

King of Kings, Righteous Judge

Shepherd and Bishop of Souls,

Savior, The Truth, Chief Cornerstone,

Light of the World, Horn of Salvation,

Resurrection and Life, Lord Jesus Christ,

The Alpha and Omega

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Prayer is a Heaven-Sent Rocket from Your Heart to God’s Ear

JESUS my Lord and Savior

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I was in complete awe when I took this photograph…and even more so when I developed it. For, to me…this was instantly a visual representation of the trajectory of our prayers. We talk to God with words, pleas, thoughts, shouts, whispers, and groanings called our prayers. Then, when we are ready to let go of them…we release and send our prayers up to Him. He listens all the while…but patiently waits for our ‘let go and let God’ release.

We have great difficulty conceptualizing how far our prayers might travel and accepting how long they will take to be answered. That seemingly empty space between releasing our prayer and God’s answer…is our time of  growing in faith, as we wait for HIS perfect will and His divine answer…in His perfect time.

The star burst above the waiting place is our prayer – received, ignited, and being answered through His divine action. Never give up on your prayers…or your heavenly Father. His ways are not our ways. Therefore, His answer will most likely come in ways, means and timing that are not within your limited expectations. Trust Him and give Him praise in the midst of the storm…while you are waiting for His perfect answer to your prayers.

Prayer is our earthly opportunity for direct communication with God. Our Heavenly Father loves you. He is waiting to hear from you about all of the circumstances of your life. May you be blessed with lots of daily two-way conversations with Him. May your relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ grow as you draw nearer to Him.

God is our Abba Father…or Daddy Father.

Many of us had or have difficult, unsafe, or no relationship with our earthly father. Many of us lost trust in – and respect for – people who were supposed to protect and love us. It is important to know that it is safe to go to Abba Father with all of our questions, concerns, heartache, joy, hurt, pain, sorrow, fear, stress, addictions, anger, brokeness, frustration, passion, hate…and everything else that affects us daily.

Our Abba Father is wise, tender, gentle, honest and truthful. He is the only one who can truly give us the unconditional love we all seek. My earthly father died in the hospital during an open-heart surgery when I was seven years old. I felt alone and abandoned. It took me a very long time to trust, in faith, that God would not also abandon me. However, it was when I absorbed the concept that my Heavenly Father would never leave me- or forsake me – that I was finally able to pour out my heart to Him in prayer.

I do not know your life circumstances at this moment. You may be a blood bought believer child of God. Or, this may be your first exposure to Christianity and the concept of having an Abba Father who knows and loves you – right now, today…in the midst of your sin.

You may or may not have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Therefore, I will take this opportunity to invite you to know Him who went to the cross for you. He is the door to eternal salvation. His word in the Holy Bible tells us that if we open the door when He knocks, He will come in. This may be your time to open that door.

If you choose and are ready, please repeat the following prayer:

Dear God, my Abba Father, I come to You because I believe Your Son, Jesus Christ was born, died on the cross for my sins, and was resurrected so that I may have eternal life through Him. I repent of my sins, and accept that Jesus’ shed blood and crucified body was full atonement for all of my sins. I submit my life and all of my works to You dear Lord. I trust, in faith, that You will make me over into Your blood bought child, and I will never be alone or fatherless again. These things I pray in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dear ones, it is my honor to agree with you in prayer that your Abba Father will meet your every need in His perfect time.

Father, I come before You so humbled in Your presence dear Lord. You, who knew each of us before we were formed in our mother’s womb…and before the foundation of the world, care more deeply for us than we can possibly understand or imagine. I ask dear Lord, in the name, power, and authority of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that You meet each and every need presented here according to Your will. Father, I pray You will touch and inspire Your children through the power and guidance of the most Holy Spirit to minister to one another – in love, with mercy and hope.

I also pray Your words in Jeremiah 29:11 over all who are visiting ‘JESUS…My Lord and Savior’: For I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Father I pray that each of these – your children – receives and accepts Your loving plan for them…in name of Your Son, Jesus I pray. – Amen

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The Magnificent Power God’s Grace, Mercy…and Love

JESUS my Lord and Savior


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Your self-esteem gages how you truly think and feel about yourself.


High Self-Esteem…and Self-Importance

It is clearly reflected in all you say and do. We live in a ‘me-first’ society that promotes high self-esteem based on physical appearance, intelligence, education, belongings, religious status, money, and position.


All of this worldly self-focus leads many to a develop a false sense of self-importance…coupled with prideful thoughts, words, and actions that overlook or ignore God’s grace mercy, and love.


Low Self-Esteem…and Self-Focus

At the other end of the ‘me-first’ pride spectrum are those with low self-esteem… those who feel they are never enough.


They are often so inwardly focused on themselves and filled with such self-limiting fear, self-pity, self-loathing and self-consciousness that no matter how good life may be, they are incapable of feeling good about themselves and do not see themselves as worthy of God’s grace, mercy, and love.


The focus is on self…not on God

Either way…Christian or non-Christian…when we possess excessively high or excessively low self-esteem, the prideful focus remains on self – not God. Our self-perception and level of self-centeredness affects every facet of our lives: home, family, relationships, work, and ministry.


Genesis 1:26 tells us that God created us in His image.

That magnitude of that scripture always gets me. Once again…I need  a moment to receive and absorb the depth of that scriptural truth. Does it affect you the same way? We – you and I…are made in the image of our Abba Father – the Creator of the all that is…and all that ever will be. That concept leaves me completely awestruck!


What God thinks about us is what truly matters…

Dear one, no matter what society says, how we think or feel, or what others believe about us, our one true human foundation is built on God’s perception of who we are. We are uniquely endowed, unlike any other creature on earth, with the promise that we are made in God’s image. Our divine heritage is in God’s family, our spiritual DNA is imprinted with His name, His nature, His love, His promises, and His vision for us.


True Self-Esteem…and Who We are in Christ

God demonstrated His love and spiritual plan for each of us on the cross at Calvary over 2,000 years ago. Our heavenly Father proved, overwhelmingly, that He holds each of us in the highest esteem when He offered Himself through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to be our Savior.

It is through receiving Him and His blood sacrifice on the cross that we have eternal value. Only He can reveal to us an understanding that true self-esteem is found through recognizing and proclaiming who we are in Christ. Then, through the purifying process of sanctification, we let go of our me-first esteem, and humbly acknowledge that we are worthy only because His worthiness healed us of our sins, while balancing our self-esteem with His grace, mercy, and love.

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At HIS Mighty Name…Every Knee Will Bow

Jesus Christ is the Name Above Every Name


At His mighty name, every knee will bow – in heaven – on earth…and under the earth. Every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


This world has always attempted to make less of Jesus


Powerful words; no wonder this world has always attempted to make less of Jesus. His name, nature, birth, miracles, parables, crucifixion, resurrection, ascension, and His promised return have been the subject of mockery and lies for over 2,000 years.


The world is drawing up sides…for or against the one true Son of God


We are living in times unlike any other! The assaults on Jesus’ character have multiplied. Everywhere we look, there is worldwide and mass media speculation about who Jesus is – or is not. The forces of evil are working overtime to confuse and distort the truth. The result: We are watching the world drawing up sides, for or against the one true Son of God.


Use His sacred names in your daily prayers


We should not be surprised. His Word tells us of the times in which we live, and the agenda of the evil one. Dear ones, draw nearer to Jesus. Prepare. Build yourselves up in Him by learning and understanding His divine nature, and using His sacred names in your daily prayers.


Some of Jesus’ sacred names are: The Prince of Peace, Lord of All, Savior, True Vine, Wonderful Counselor, Deliverer, Holy One, Morning Star, Bread of Life, King of the Ages, Word of God, The Truth, Emmanuel, Light of the World, Author and Finisher of Our Faith, Advocate, Lamb of God, Redeemer, Great High Priest, Only Begotten Son, Head of the Church, Rock, Word of Life, Messiah, Chief Cornerstone, King of the Jews, and The Way.


Each os His names reveals a sacred aspect of Jesus’ divine nature


Call on the names of Jesus. Is there one that speaks to your heart at this moment? Jesus is, and can be all of this and more; meeting your every need as only He can. Call on the names of Jesus and discover more of His nature and will for your life.

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