The Honest Evolution of a Business

AKA  “What the BLEEP was she thinking all these years?”

See also:  2 years (in this iteration of coach/consultant/mentor), 5 programs, and a GAZILLION pricepoints later….

 

I started my business in 2013.  It was a rough year for me to be starting, but it was out of necessity.  I had just found out that my wife at the time was being restationed, and after two years of fighting my way through the ranks of adjunct professor-dom I was about to lose all that work.  We were moving.

Just a few weeks before she let me know, I had closed my non-profit organization that focused on grassroots development.  I had thrown my towel into the ring officially to work full-time as a professor.  And I was on fire. My courses were booked, I was asked to teach more and more and more.  The news fell hard.

I had spent two years in Macon, GA teaching at all three colleges in the community.  I had taught seminars, business courses, development studies courses, communication courses, lectured in Philosophy.  I created TEDxMacon.  I worked in a community I loved.  I was young, I was talented, and I was doing the last item on my first round bucket list–being a professor.

I realized, mighty quickly, that I couldn’t continue to be a military wife and traveling professor.  Working your way through the ranks is a hard process, and one that didn’t feel repeatable by any stretch.

So I took my skills, started a coaching certification in Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching, and headed to Texas.  Much to my chagrin.

The first six months were challenging (to say the least).

I was incredibly reticent to engage in business coaching, because the world felt gross to me.  Everything was 6 figures this, a million that, change the world with your money. All of the folks I had seen were selling the equivalent of snake oil (in my humble opinion) and I just couldn’t hang in that world. It felt…icky.   (A lot of that hasn’t changed, unless people actually have the cajones to prove it).

I had worked for over a decade in businesses including running the team that was at the time the largest online advertiser in the world, had a degree in business and development, and was coaching people at a rate of $250 for 12 sessions, aka less than $21 an hour.  (It was called SoulYear, then BlissYear).  What it DID do was pay for my coaching training.  In full.  Which was extraordinary.  But, I was stuck.  Stuck in Texas, stuck in my business, stuck in my life, stuck stuck stuck.

Then I started working for a user experience design studio in San Antonio. From there, I met coworker was in a high-level mastermind.  Then I found Natalie MacNeil, and the Concord mastermind.  I signed up on the spot.  Despite it being the largest investment I’ve ever made into my life or business (beyond my university education of course).

EVERYTHING changed.  And FAST.

In January 2014, I had my first coaching conversation with Natalie MacNeil.

I cried tears of joy when I met her.  Literally.  I cried on our discovery call.  In fact, almost every call I had with Natalie over the next two years….I cried.  She got me.  She understood that I didn’t want to follow stringent 3 step formulas, 5 steps to millions, or other things that didn’t resonate.  She got that I was a bleeding heart-led entrepreneur who wanted to expand my clients’ proclivities to being themselves.  After three months with her, I ditched my low-end, uninspired programming and owned the fact that I had more business experience than the average coach, and that I could coach business leaders.

So I took my creativity coaching training, my degrees in business, my experience as a professor, and started to create programs for small business owners.  I found Uncaged Lifers.  I felt like I found MY PEOPLE.  I built my tribe being active in Facebook groups such as that one.  Then, because of resistance to ebooks, email autoresponders, etc…I started the Bliss Brigade (now in it’s second iteration), one of the first major facebook groups before they were ‘cool’.

 

I grew a small, but heart-felt community.

I blogged occasionally.  I ignored anything I didn’t consume myself.  Which meant…Limited video, not a huge email list builder, not many webinars.  Create what you want to consume was my daily affirmation, before I had heard it for the first time from Elizabeth Dialto. I was attracting one-on-one clients like wildfire, but I wanted to serve a larger community at a rate that felt accessible.

I started raising my rates, but stayed true to what I know works in business.  Patience.  Persistence.  Grit.  Then the programs started…

 

In the first two years of my business, 2014 and 2015, I created FIVE programs, one has had THREE names.  Below is the how it all shifted and the why.

 

The Bliss Intensive

My first offering beyond one-on-one coaching.  I sold out.  It was an amazing feeling to create something so.  The price point was low.  $800. There was one-on-one time.  Group mastermind time.  And while it was a great program, it was unsustainable in terms of how I took in income. For many of the folks who did it, it was life changing.  For others?  Not so much.

To each her own.

But learning to release that not everyone will love you was a DEEPLY painful experience for me, and triggered a ton of stuff from my past.  So I put group masterminds to rest for a bit.

Pricing: $800 for four months.

Revenue:  Around $8000 over the four months.

What I learned:  I needed to get past that block of ‘you can’t help everyone’.  And it was a long lesson. One that I have since learned to embrace.  If people don’t do the work, results don’t happen.  That is not a direct reflection of you.

Why I retired it:  Income.  Who it attracted was no longer my ideal client.  Not wanting to do masterminds for a bit.

What it inspired:  The MB3 Laboratory and Mastermind.

 

The Audacious Business and Life Catalyst (ABLC)

The Audacious Business and Life Catalyst was my first group program where I played with very limited one-on-one time, and weekly group calls.  There were modules, there were weekly group experiences, and I created slides each and every week.  The program sold out.  And it was a vibrant community to play in.    I loved it in so many ways, but it felt staged.  And went stale quickly in my interest.

Pricing: $500 for three months.
Revenue:  Around $5000

What I learned:  Group programs are so my jam.  Especially at a price point I love, and with people who ‘get it’ in a deep way.

Why I retired it:  I just didn’t love the material the way I thought I would.

What it inspired:  The MB3 Laboratory, which took nearly 8 months to launch.


The Business Bliss Posse 

 

Failed membership site.  Like I don’t even enjoy admitting it existed.  I lost over $1500 on this launch including copy, advertising, etc. I had a few people sign up, and hundreds interested.  I had huge named promoting it, and affiliates.  And. It. Flopped.  Hard.

Which is why I never talk about it.  It’s a sore spot in a big way.  (Writing about it right now still feels sticky.  *Runs off to do EFT tap tap tap*

I kept it around a month, then deleted it.  That was that.  The end.

 

Pricing:  $65 a month

Revenue:  Ummmm….Maybe $650?  It was a huge loss.  HUGELY.  And I was deeply saddened.

What I learned:  I don’t want a monthly membership site that requires me to deal with managing experts.  At all.  Not a bit.  Especially when I am paying them.  Even though they are AMAZING to have, it was so depressing to feel like I was paying out of pocket to have them there.  And that only a couple people showed up.

Why I retired it:  Only a few signups, despite HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE being interested.  Clearly…Wrong place, wrong time.  Not a good energetic fit.

What it inspired:  The Vision Incubator pricing that is launching in March.

 


The MB3 Laboratory and Mastermind

In January of 2015, I tripled my list size thanks to the MB3, a free month long experience to give the MB3 Laboratory a try.  It was a way to process and see how my new group program would work.

Results?  10 people signed up.  Less than I had hoped, but also a fine launch by my standards.  (My hope was 20).  Many of them were passionately involved, they loved the material.  They begged for more.  But I hated the branding.  It just didn’t resonate with people, and launching really was emotionally exhausting for me.  I just didn’t love it.  At all.

The mastermind drew over 20 applicants, of which 15 scheduled interviews.  Of the 15, 10 said yes.  I said no to all but three of them.  Seven of them just weren’t good matches.  In doing so?  I said no to $60,000 in revenue.  Talk about being in alignment, and all that jazz.  (Sometimes it still hurts that I said no to so many folks!  They just weren’t a good fit).

 

What I learned:  I loved the way I was creating material–live, on the fly, based on the collective wisdom of those who attended the calls.  But the branding wasn’t resonating.

Why I retired it:  I didn’t really.  I changed the name, created a beta, and rolled the EXACT program (with new bells and whistles) into the Vision Den. I retired the mastermind, because I needed a break and wanted to offer a different level of experience which takes time to create.

What it inspired:  The Vision Den.

 


The Vision Den

A few clients signed up for this as a new offering, but in general it was an internal launch.  Then a freebie during the beta (which you can still join).  But mostly it was a beta testing program, continuation of the MB3 Laboratory, and a safe haven for my clients to do inner work for good.  (All my group programs are included in my one-on-one and higher end offerings).

So far, it has been a heck of a lot of fun to run.  But Den felt dark and didn’t resonate with everyone.  The SESSIONS were a good fit for the den name, but the program itself?  Not so much.  (Thanks to some time with my magical friend Marisa Murgatroyd for that friendly realization).


What I learned:  THIS is how I want to run a group program.  This is where my magic is.  And I will make it work.  Somehow, just not in this brand.  It’s too dark, too ominous…Which the program is anything BUT that.

Why I retired it:  Rolled it into a program that makes the most sense.  So I didn’t.  Just changed the name.  By one word.

What it inspired:  The Vision Incubator, although in function they are much much much the same.  It also helped, in part, to inspire the book The Intention Generation (launching in March).

The Vision Incubator and Actualizer

The Vision Incubator is the third iteration of the MB3 Laboratory, and it launches in March/April of this year.  And it remains utterly the same program as the Den and MB3 Lab (in a number of ways), with a slightly different way of delivering the content and a different pricing methodology.  Think of this as my membership site, that isn’t a membership site.

Now, the focus is on the moon cycles with intention and release ceremonies, release expectations and attachment to outcomes (oh hey!  I am writing a book on that The Intention Generation), weekly movement sessions to call in your desires/intentions, and bi-weekly Vision Den sessions. Something that occured to me though was that the incubator is really just that…A business incubator.  And while that is AMAZING and totally needed, I also wanted a sister program that could really help people take massive action.  (It’s one of my core desired feelings many quarters).

It’s sister program is the Vision Actualizer (launching in June) which takes the Incubator and includes in-person and online sprint sessions for those that are done incubating their visions and ready to make them realized in the world.

 

 

LESSONS OVERALL?

This online business thing has put me through the creative ringer!  I have taught the same material more or less for two years, but the HOW of delivery, the WHAT of the offering, and the WHY of the the timing has been a struggle.  Each iteration of my business has lent me to understand more about who I serve, and how I serve them.

What has remained the same?  I am a trend bucker.  I do it how I want, and why I want.  This has served me…In some ways.  And hindered me in others.  My learning curve has been steep at times, but at this point now?  I have a method to my madness, and it certainly isn’t my first rodeo anymore.

Following my intuition, firmly based in the strategic realities of business, has been a game changer.  When I listen to one over the other, shit hits the fan.  When I listen to BOTH, in tandem?  Magic.

What’s coming next?  (And hopefully to stay?) I guess we’ll find out…

What in your OWN business has been surprising to you about the evolutionary process?  Would love to hear your own insights.

EDITED:  I’ve had a few emails bring into question my ability to run a business.  Which is interesting, considering this is simply the evolution of group programs. But let’s be clear, this does not account for my business or my revenue beyond so called ‘leveraged’ income.  Which isn’t what I teach, or my strong suit.  As evident why.

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  72. I want to share a message that has been spreading all over the internet that concerns the times we are living in. Whether you believe in God or not, this is a must read message!

    We can see throughout time how we have been slowly conditioned to come to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Would it surprise you to know that the Bible foretold of this event? Don’t believe me? This may be the most imporant message you will read in these times…please do not ignore this!

    This messsage reveals what the Mark of the Beast is, and the meaning behind counting a number people have been pondering for centuries, 666. This message also shares why Barack Obama is the Antichrist. This is truly a message from God!

    In the Revelation of Jesus Christ given to the apostle John, we read:

    “He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666” (Revelation 13:16-18 NKJV).

    Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless money society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Why? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast in our right-hand or forehead. We could still buy or sell among one another without receiving the mark if physical money was still currency. It logically deduces itself to this reason.

    These verses could not be referring to something spiritual because the word references two different physical locations (our right-hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one “OR” the other. It once again logically deduces itself to this reason.

    Here is where it really starts to come together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the RFID microchip. These are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this microchip in the late 1960’s.

    “Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about a one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

    Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

    Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places Revelation says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, crime record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

    Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16-18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this refers to a hypodermic needle (see photo).

    Mr. Sanders asked a Boston Medical Center doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor responded that if the microchip broke inside a human body, the lithium would cause a severe and painful wound filled with pus. This is what the book of Revelation says:

    “And the first (angel) went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore on the men which had the mark of the beast, and on them which worshipped his image” (Revelation 16:2).

    THE HIDDEN MEANING BEHIND THE NUMBER 666 REVEALED!

    What I first want to mention, before I share what the Holy Spirit has revealed to me concerning the number of the beast, is that God confirms in threes. We can see this throughout scripture:

    “For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one” (1 John 5:7 NKJV).

    “and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:4 NKJV).

    “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8 NKJV).

    There are many more examples, but I thought I would just share three of them to make the point.

    Examining Revelation 13:16,17,18, the first group of three I would like to point out is that the mark of the beast is described in three separate verses, 16, 17 and 18.

    The next three I see is in verse 16, “He causes all…” is followed by three contrasting categories of people,

    1 – “both small and great,
    2 – rich and poor,
    3 – free and slave…”.

    Then unto verse 17, it opens with, “and that no one may buy or sell except one who has…”, followed by three explanations of what one must have to buy or sell,

    1 – “…the mark
    2 – or the name of the beast,
    3 – or the number of his name”.

    Now unto verse 18, we read “Let him who has understanding calculate…”, which is followed by,

    1 – “the number of the beast,
    2 – for it is the number of a man:
    3 – His number is 666”.

    The last three I see is the number “6” being used three times in a row. The reason I’m making this point about God confirming in three is because it is the key to unlocking how to calculate the number 666.

    Throughout the centuries there have been people trying to calculate numbers based on titles and names that come up to the number 666 to identify one person, the Antichrist; but from Revelation 13:18, I do not see where God is telling us to count up to 666, but rather to count the number of the beast. This number is identified as 666. So the verse is telling us to count the number 666.

    What does it mean to count? It means to add up. So how could we add up 666? Remember my previous point about God confirming in threes is key to unlocking the number 666. So logically, what would be the best way to count the number 666? To count it equally by using the rule of three based off the number.

    We cannot count it equally as 600+60+6, this would also bring us back to the start.

    We cannot count it as 600+600+600, or 60+60+60 because there are no zeroes in between or at the end of 666.

    The only logical option is 6+6+6=18.

    What is interesting is that the verse that reveals for us to count the number itself is verse 18 (there a total of 18 verses in Revelation Chapter 13), being the third verse out of the three verses that describe the mark of the beast in Revelation 13:16,17,18. What is 18 divided by 3? 6. So 3×6=18, or 6+6+6=18.

    Another interesting point is the only two other combinations (making a total of three possible combinations) for placing a “+” symbol in between 666 are:

    66+6=72 and 6+66=72.

    Add both 72’s together and you get 144.

    Why the number 144 is worth our attention is because the verse following Revelation 13:18 is the first time in the Bible where the 144,000 are being described in detail:

    “Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads…” (Revelation 14:1).

    Now if you add up all three numbers from counting 666 by moving the “+” symbol around, it would be 72+72+18=162. What is compelling about the number 162, is, if you divide 144,000 by 162, you get 888. The name of Jesus in Greek gematria adds up to 888. The New Testament was originally written in the Greek language. Revelation 14:1 not only mentions the 144,000, but also the Lamb who is Jesus.

    Now what is interesting about the number for Jesus, 888, is that if you apply the same formula that was used to count 666, you get 8+8+8=24. Why the number 24? Revelation chapter 4 tells us there are 24 elders seated around the throne of God. This is the same throne where Jesus sits.

    Now if you take:

    8+8+8=24

    8+88=96

    88+8=96

    you get 24+96+96=216.

    Take 144,000 divided by 216 and you get 666.

    Remember that this was the same exact formula we used to count the number 666 that ultimately brought forth the number 888.

    Here is a quick recap to demonstrate how this formula confirms itself as being the true way to count 666:

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72 > 6+66=72 > 18+72+72=162

    2: 144,000 divided by 162=888

    3: 8+8+8=24 > 88+8=96 > 8+88=96 > 24+96+96=216

    4: 144,000 divided by 216=666

    1: 6+6+6=18 > 66+6=72…

    As you can see, it is perpetual. And remember that we consistently used a formula that worked in threes being the number that God uses for confirmation.

    So what could this mean? Well we know in this world we are identified by numbers in various forms. From our birth certificate to social security, as well as our drivers license; being identified based on a system of ruler ship. So it is possible that this RFID microchip will contain a new identification that has a total of 18 characters (6+6+6).

    “here the wisdom is, the one having the mind let him calculate the number of the wild beast, number for “of human” it is, and the number of it 666″ (Revelation 13:1, Greek Translation).

    The Greek word “anthrōpos” being used in verse 18 where it says “of human” is the Greek strongs concordance G444. The first two definitions of the word are “a human being, whether male or female”, and, “generically, to include all human individuals”. Could the number of the beast apply to all mankind?

    In the Greek (the New Testament was originally written in the Greek language), and other translations, you will notice the beast is described as an “it”, instead of “him”. The reason I’m making this point is because when a translation says “His number is 666”, this would imply a singular person, the Antichrist. But by saying “the number of it 666”, implies that it is of the beast system as a whole.

    We can know the number of the beast cannot be to identify products (like a new barcode) to buy or sell because scripture says we cannot buy or sell without the number of the beast. What am I getting at? There will be instances where you could buy something someone made themselves and it wouldn’t have a store branded identification on it. But for this number to be in our chips, that is where it must be to conclude ultimately that we cannot buy or sell without having the number of the beast. As previously mentioned in Revelation 13:18, the number of the beast (6+6+6=18) is a “human number”, definition “generically, to include all human individuals”.

    “Why did the Biden campaign choose 30330? 2020 divided by 666 = 3.0330 Who believes this to be a coincidence? October 2020 Isaiah 53:6 Someone said we are being whipsawed in 2020. Truly a great division is taking place between good and evil—both symbolically and literally (riots, unrest, politics). If you take the current year 2020 and divide it by the number 666 (known for its satanic implications) you will get the number 30330 (repeated). This number 30330 happens to be the number used to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Freaky? Supernatural? Odd for sure. Whatever this means, it doesn’t seem good to me. First, why would anyone knowingly choose those particular numbers for their campaign? If they weren’t knowingly chosen, then it appears to be a supernatural act by the evil one himself and I would want to change those numbers ASAP. And if the numbers were chosen knowing their significance, are you satanic? Is this campaign satanic? Either way I do not believe this is a coincidence. And one thing is certain, 2020 is truly being divided by Satan. He is the master deceiver and spreader of chaos. Jesus calls him the father of lies.”

    So I looked up this number 30330 concerning Joe Biden, and I found this information:

    If you send a text to that number (at that time), you would get a response asking to support Joe’s campaign to take down Donald Trump, with one part in caps saying “CHIP IN >>” pointing to a link to go and donate.

    “CHIP IN”? Obama has used this phrase in the past on his twitter and people believe it is a subliminal message to receive the mark of the beast, that is to say the implantable RFID microCHIP that will go IN our body.

    Go to: http://voice-truth.org to see all the proof!

    Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? Jesus says that we must be born again to enter the kingdom of God in the Gospel of John chapter 3.

    “Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    BARACK OBAMA IS THE ANTICHRIST:

    In the Islamic religion they have man called the Mahdi who is known as their messiah of whom they are waiting to take the stage. There are many testimonies from people online who believe this man will be Barack Obama who is to be the biblical Antichrist based off dreams they have received. I myself have had strange dreams about him like no other person. So much so that I decided to share this information.

    He came on stage claiming to be a Christian with no affiliation to the Muslim faith…

    “In our lives, Michelle and I have been strengthened by our Christian faith. But there have been times where my faith has been questioned — by people who don’t know me — or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” – Barack Obama

    …but was later revealed by his own family members that he indeed is a devout Muslim.

    So what’s in the name? The meaning of someones name can say a lot about a person. God throughout history has given names to people that have a specific meaning tied to their lives. How about the name Barack Obama? Let us take a look at what may be hiding beneath the surface…

    “And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven'” (Luke 10:18).

    In the Hebrew language we can uncover the meaning behind the name Barack Obama.

    Barack, also transliterated as Baraq, in Hebrew is: lightning

    baraq – Biblical definition:

    From Strongs H1299; lightning; by analogy a gleam; concretely a flashing sword: – bright, glitter (-ing, sword), lightning. (Strongs Hebrew word H1300 baraq baw-rawk’)

    Barak ‘O’bamah, The use of bamah is used to refer to the “heights” of Heaven.

    bamah – Biblical definition:

    From an unused root (meaning to be high); an elevation: – height, high place, wave. (Strongs Hebrew word H1116 bamah baw-maw’)

    The day following the election of Barack Obama (11/04/08), the winning pick 3 lotto numbers in Illinois (Obama’s home state) for 11/5/08 were 666.

    Obama was a U.S. senator for Illinois, and his zip code was 60606.

    These are just a few of many evidences why Barack Obama is the Antichrist. You can see many more in my article on the website above, as well as read about the dreams I’ve had concerning this man. I’m more than convinced that God has shown me that he is without a doubt the Antichrist, and we will see him rise to power in the not so dinstant future.

    Jesus stands alone among the other religions who say to rightly weigh the scales of good and evil, and to make sure you have done more good than bad in this life. Is this how we conduct ourselves justly in a court of law? Bearing the image of God, is this how we project this image into our reality?

    Our good works cannot save us. If we step before a judge, being guilty of a crime, the judge will not judge us by the good that we have done, but rather the crimes we have committed. If we as fallen humanity, created in God’s image, pose this type of justice, how much more a perfect, righteous, and Holy God?

    God has brought down His moral law’s through the 10 commandments given to Moses at Mt. Sinai. These laws were not given so we may be justified, rather that we may see the need for a savior. They are the mirror of God’s character of what He has put in each and every one of us, with our conscious bearing witness that we know that it is wrong to steal, lie, dishonor our parents, and so forth.

    We can try and follow the moral laws of the 10 commandments, but we will never catch up to them to be justified before a Holy God. That same word of the law given to Moses became flesh over 2000 years ago in the body of Jesus Christ. He came to be our justification by fulfilling the law, living a sinless perfect life that only God could fulfill; even bringing the law to it’s truest light by stating, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:27-28).

    The gap between us and the law can never be reconciled by our own merit, but the arm of Jesus is stretched out by the grace and mercy of God. And if we are to grab on, through faith in Him, He will pull us up being the one to justify us. As in the court of law, if someone steps in and pays our fine, even though we are guilty, the judge can do what is legal and just and let us go free. That is what Jesus did almost 2000 years ago on the cross. It was a legal transaction being fulfilled in the spiritual realm by the shedding of His blood.

    Because God is Holy and just, the wrath that we deserve could not go unnoticed. Through the perfect righteousness and justice of God’s character, it must be dealt with, it must be quenched, it must be satisfied.

    For God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23). This is why in Isaiah chapter 53, where it speaks of the coming Messiah and His soul being a sacrifice for our sins, why it says it pleased God to crush His only begotten Son.

    This is because the wrath that we deserve was justified by being poured out upon His Son. If that wrath was poured out on us, we would all die and go to hell. God created a way of escape by pouring it out on His Son whose soul could not be left in Hades, but was raised to life on the third day and seated at the right hand of God in power.

    So now when we put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14), God no longer sees the person who deserves His wrath, but rather the glorious image of His perfect Son dwelling in us, justifying us as if we received the wrath we deserve, making a way of escape from the curse of death.

    Now what we must do is repent and put our trust and faith in the savior, confessing and forsaking our sins. This is not just a head knowledge of believing in Jesus, but rather receiving His words, taking them to heart, so that we may truly be transformed into the image of God. Where we no longer live to practice sin, but rather turn from our sins and practice righteousness through faith in Him.

    Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again'” (John 3:5-7).

    Come before the Lord with a contrite spirit, humble yourself, ask Him for His forgiveness, to receive the free gift of His salvation, to receive His Holy Spirit, so that you may be transformed into a new creature, into a child of the living God.

    There is a reason why the words of Jesus have been translated in to over 2000 languages, and nothing comes remotely close (the Quran just over 100), because there is a God in heaven who desires to have a relationship with you, to know Him through His word, as that is how we personally get to know anybody. There is a reason why it is the year 2021, because Jesus came to earth just over 2000 years ago fulfilling major prophecy causing a divide in our timeline.

    Jesus loves you! Seek Him while He may be found! We must repent and turn from practicing sin…for if we are not following Jesus, we are following the devil. There is no neatural ground. We are either living in the lie, or the truth. God bless you!

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