How blessed we are to have friends who lift us up, who speak truth to us, who listen, give advice, encouragement and their constant prayers. This is richness; this is true treasure to have such wonderful women in your life.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Once and For All!!!!

My sweet friends,

A dear, old friend called me this week.  I asked her if I could share her story, and she graciously told me that I could.  I want you to hear "Mary's" story, because I don't think she is alone in her feelings, and we have got to put an end to the lies of the enemy..."once and for all."  

Mary called this week because she was dealing with guilt and grief over the sins in her past.  She was even questioning her salvation because of her feelings.  Now, I know this woman...for decades...and I KNOW she loves and serves Jesus.  I also know the sins she is constantly allowing to have power of her:  abortion and adultery.  Mary said something that hit me...she said that her sins were "ugly" sins.  These "ugly" sins have caused untold devastation in her life through depression, feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness that have sucked the joy, purpose and nearly the life right out of her.  She has tried to "make up for them" at times.  Over the years she has sought healing through counseling (which is a good thing), asked forgiveness of the little one she aborted, worked in a Pro-Life clinic,  been a supportive and loving wife to her husband and wonderful mom to her children.  Still these sins haunt her.  Why?  Why?  Why?

I am praising God right now because when she called this time, I was smack in the middle of working through this week's study in Hebrews...and just like was perfect timing.  I was able to share with her what I was learning about the power of the Christ's blood.  I read to her the verses from Hebrews 10 and reading them aloud, I realized the emphasis put on the word "all":  "By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Christ once for all.  And "... but He having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right  hand of God..." AND "For by offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified." (you, me and Mary:)  I don't think you can misunderstand the all that "all"'s pretty straight forward.  Jesus sacrificed Himself one time for ALL people and ALL sin.

We got to talking about what it means when you don't believe  these "ugly sins" are forgiven...that they are not included in the "all."    Coming your way are some "ugly" thoughts, but they are accurately ugly.  When we have this attitude in us we are saying basically:  

1.  Satan's power over me in the past is more powerful than Jesus' power over my present and future.

2.  The death of Jesus is enough to cover the "prettier sins" (no such thing by the way) but my sins are beyond the power of His redeeming blood.  
3.  I have to add something to the sacrifice of Christ and keep adding it until my guilt is gone (impossible by the way),  then I will be forgiven.

The ugly truth is this: we are saying loud and clear, "Your death is not enough for me.  There has to be more sacrifice for my "special"sins."    Believing this lie is why some sins continue to haunt us.

So what does Satan gain by telling us these lies?  Mary could tell you all he has stolen from her over the years.  Every time an opportunity came for her to be of service in the body of Christ, she agonized over whether or not she was "good enough" or "ready."  Many times she "shrunk away."  She made poor decisions out of her feelings of guilt and unworthiness.  Satan steals from Mary and from us all what is written toward the end of chapter 10 in Hebrews verses 19-25...confidence, assurance, hope, love, good deeds,  friendship, encouragement.  Satan gains a paralyzed servant of God, and we lose what we could be.

She called me back a day later to tell me she had picked up a devotional and flipped it open to read these words:  "If you do not believe your sins are forgiven, than you are in a self-focused place believing that you and your sin have more power than God and His  forgiveness."   Only God can chastise us in such a way that the chastisement brings joy instead of shame and pain  I could hear that Mary was filled to overflowing with pure delight.  

I asked Mary if I could share her story because many of us struggle with these same thoughts.  Satan brings to mind our mistakes, our failures, our sin and tries to  take our minds off the truth:  Our sins are GONE!  Through the New Covenant cut with the precious blood of Christ we are forgiven, washed clean and have good work to do!!  Hallelujah!  That is why this truth is called "Good News" and not "nearly good news" or "almost totally good news" :)

We are redeemed completely but even more amazing is that our past is redeemed.  Mary's past is redeemed through the redeeming work God has done in her life.  Simply the telling of her story redeems her past.  Through her work in the clinic, her counseling of young women faced with a choice, God brings  redeeming work from her abortion.  Now Mary can work not to receive forgiveness, but because if it!

Don't you love the words:  "once and for all"?!!!  Aren't they precious all inclusive words?  

Love to you....




Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Hi girls!

I opened my e-mail up today and had to say out loud, "I knew it!"  There in my "Junk Mail" was a e-mail.  A few weeks back I wrote a post about the freedom we have here in the States and our responsibility with that freedom.  I told you that I would  be writing letters from that point on and doing what I could to support my brothers and sisters in Christ who were imprisoned for their faith and then...I forgot.  I got busy with my life and all that it means to be Cherri Thompson in her own free world.  But God is good...He is not going to let me stray off the path too far anymore (Thank You, Lord, for that).  Last night on our way home from spending time with our children and grandchildren, Peter and I got on the subject of the what is happening to the Christians in the Muslim countries.  Then it dawned on me I had never even taken Voice of the Martyrs or PrisonerAlert off of junk mail status.  I told Peter that I was going to do that right away and begin my letter writing but by this morning I had forgotten AGAIN.  

So early this morning I opened my Bible study and what does Kay have at the VERY BEGINNING SO CHERRI CANNOT POSSIBLY MISS IT????  You saw it:  Hebrews 10: 32-39 ...the very verses that struck my heart the first time I read them in this study.  I knew then that when I opened my e-mail this morning and went to my "junk mail" there would be an e-mail from and sure enough this is what greeted me this morning:
  • PrisonerAlert Update: Zhang Rongliang‏

Update on Zhang Rongliang

Zhang Rongliang, one of the most prominent house church leaders in China, was sentenced in 2006 to seven and a half years in prison for using an illegal passport. But even as Christians pressured communist leaders to release Rongliang, he was building a ministry inside the prison.

"I am happy that you and others tried to arrange for my release, but in one way, I am happy that you failed," Rongliang told a VOM contact. "You almost made a big mistake. If you had been successful, there would be no church in that prison today."

After his release on Aug. 31, Rongliang was immediately admitted to a hospital for 15 days. Doctors treated Rongliang's high blood pressure and diabetes.

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Since our last communication with you, the PrisonerAlert for Zhang Rongliang has been viewed over 18200 times, and over 5500 letters of encouragement have been sent. What a blessing this must have been to Zhang Rongliang -- and what a message it will have sent to the officials, that this person is cared for internationally.

Now imagine what could happen if we could double, triple or increase by ten or one hundred-fold the number of people, around the World, that are praying and writing on behalf of those imprisoned and persecuted for their faith.

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and that is why I said out loud this morning, though no one was with me in the house except my dog, Ben:  "I knew it!"
So no longer are they relegated to my "junk mail," to be easily ignored.  He has given me another chance to  be obedient...and I am grateful.  He makes up for my humanness...and more than that...He makes up for my Cherriness.  

Oh, Lord, Thank You!!  Keep speaking!  You know I hear and obey eventually!  Just please, Lord, help me to more quickly hear and obey!   

Well, my friends, I have to go...I have letters to write:)

Love to you....