Jesus the Christ is our Lord and Saviour.
King of kings, and Lord of lords.
Our Redeemer and our Rock.
Our Strong Tower and Refuge.
Jesus is the King and Lord of our hearts and minds.
For many of you here visiting our store, this is true for you as well.
For those visiting who do not hold these things true and dear to your heart, please read on.
If you are hurting, alone, in pain and misery, have nothing left to hold onto in this world, and have no hope, then know this one thing, there is hope.
God Loves you, and has given us all hope through Jesus Christ.
This may sound like a cliche, but it is the truth.
What is more important in this world than the truth?
If it is not truth, then it is a lie.
What good is a lie?
It can't be good, because God is good, and God does not lie.
God is good, which means the very definition of good is God.
Not what we are taught by the world to be good, but the very epitome of it.
When we decide to live our lives without God, we are living a lie, and that's not good.
So how can we live for God?
We live for Christ. We follow His commandments. He is our Shepard, and His sheep hear His voice.
Jesus is the true light that has come into the world, but the world knew him not.
Man loved darkness rather than light, and is afraid to come into the light in fear that his darkness might be revealed.
Don't be afraid to step into the light of Jesus.
Your flesh fears coming to light of Christ, because it fears that it has to give up everything that it is.
Well it does, but it is a good thing, not a bad thing, and not the way that you might think.
Jesus gave up His own life so that you and I would have a better life, an everlasting life.
Why should we fear the very one that gave himself for you to be free?
Free? Yes. True freedom can only be found in Jesus Christ.
The Heavenly Father has given all things to Jesus Christ and all authority.
This inlcudes your very life and your soul.
Now, why would he give up His own life on earth to destroy yours?
That is not His intention at all.
His intention is that we will be with Him in heaven, forever!
But why did He kill himself?
He didn't, we killed Him.
We killed Him the very first time that we sinned against God.
See Christ's message was not only for 2000 years ago, but for the beginning of time to the end.
He is the beginning and the end, the First and the Last. The Alpha and Omega.
He died for all sins, from the first sin to the last.
He died for your sins and mine.
He died for all the sin in the world.
God knew that man would put Jesus to death, especially religious zealots.
But why? Pride, arrogance, fear, and greed.
John 3:16-21 of the Holy Bible states this promise:
16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
18 “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.
19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.
21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”
But I am a good person and never harm anyone.
Do you truly believe that you are a good person?
Do you ever talk about another person? especially slandering another person?
Do you think you are better than anyone else? especially the homeless or poor?
Do you ever have more respect for those with money, than those without?
Have you ever looked on another person with lust?
How many times a day do you use the Lord's name in vain, or other harmful language?
Do you treat others as you want to be treated? Not wait for them to treat you that way first?
Do you hold grudges and don't forgive others of the wrongs they have done to you?
Are these things good? NO!
Yet, so many of us do these things.
Even believers in Jesus Christ tend to fail and not follow His commandments, not to do these things. All of these things are based on pride and greed.
God hates a pride and boastfulness.
Yet, we are boastful, proud, and arrogant.
What gives us the right to be this way?
We are all in the same boat. We are all deserving of death, especially from the Lord's perspective.
The Good News (Gospel) is that God has forgiven you of your debt and sins, because He paid for it on the cross 2000 years ago, through His One and Only begotten Son.
He has ransomed and redeemed all who believe on His Name.
We need to stop being proud and accept the Gift that God has so graciously given us.
You might even be thinking to yourself, " I have a lot of things I need to clean-up before I come before the Lord, and seek His Mercy".
It will never happen! Trust me.
That is the whole reason why Jesus had to endure the pain and suffering that everyone of us truly deserves.
He tells us to come as we are, because He loves you and forgives you. All you have to do is put down your pride and humbly seek Him. If you truly are a child of God, then He will make you stand and He will do the work in you. He will guide you and teach you. He will cleanse you.
Then how can I know Jesus?
Acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Anointed One of God, who has come to deliver you from the pit of hell and death.
Put down your pride and ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, then turn away from doing those things that God dislikes, rather, hates.
The Holy Spirit will help you.
Seek Him with every fiber of your being.
Never give up and continually pray to God.
Read the Bible, pray, and seek.
Seek understanding from the Lord.
He will give it you.
Draw nearer to Him and He will draw nearer to you.
God is Love. Just as He is Good, He is Love.
The epitome of Love. There is no love without God.
Not the love the world teaches us, but true love, mercy, and forgiveness.
Faith is a gift from God.
It is not given to you by any man, but can only be given to you by God, through His Goodness, Love, Mercy, and Grace.
Walk in Love and he will be in you, just as He is in the Father.
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father, except by Him.
If you do not have a Bible, contact us and we will send you one. We would love nothing more than to make sure you have the Word. There are all also other ways of receiving the Word of God, e-sword.net, a bible application for your pc, biblegateway.com, blueletterbible.com, youversion.com, plus others, are some ways to access the Word online. Some of these online versions also provide mobile apps for the iPhone or any Android device.
If you need someone to pray for you, or with you, please feel free to contact us as well. Someone here will make time to be there for you. If for some reason we can't, we will make sure your prayer request gets in the hands of other believers who will stand in the gap for and with you.
We love you and pray that the Lord will speak to your heart, your mind, your soul through the words that we have laid out before you. Please do not take our word for it. Study and seek for yourself. Don't just listen to what people tell you, ask God to show himself to you. If you are humble and earnestly seek the truth, He will show you the truth. The Truth is all that matters, and the truth will set you free!
Your friends in Christ,
The Above Clothing Team
Jesus the Christ is our Lord and Saviour.