It took a very long time for me to decide what to call my blog. Typically I use the words “rose” and “thorn” (both parts of my name) as my screen names. I finally settled on “The Rose’s Thorns.” I chose this for two reasons in addition to it being a spin off of my real name. They are as follows:
First, I wanted to express how God has helped me through all the challenges of life, and how He can help you too. Those are my thorns. They are my “thorns in the flesh” like what Paul describes in 2 Corinthians. Paul prayed three times for his ailment (thorn in the flesh) to go away, but he realized it served a purpose. Concerning this, he penned the words, “And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” God can use us even in our weakest, most painful moments, and actually can often use us better than if we had never gone through them.
Second, I really hope people see Jesus when they visit my page. In the book of Song of Solomon, Jesus is called the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. His love is illustrated as “the lily among thorns.” Isaiah 53:5 says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” The thorns that were placed on Rose of Sharon’s head, Jesus Christ, was for me. His wounds (thorns) won salvation for you and for me.
I hope through this blog, I can in some way help another person to recognize those thorns in the flesh that God can use for His purpose. I hope I can help them to work through bitterness, and to embrace who God created them to be. I also hope that I can help someone recognize that the crown of thorns that was placed on Jesus’ head was for them. He submitted to that because He loves you so much. He will save you. All you have to do is ask. Please see the section below on how to accept Jesus as your Savior.
How to Accept Jesus as Your Savior:
- Know that everyone is in need of salvation because we are sinners. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory God.” We have all made mistakes in the past. Not one of us is perfect.
- “For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” Romans 6:23. A wage is something you earn. Just as we earn wages when we work our jobs, our sin earned us death. However, the story doesn’t end there. God wants to give us the free gift of eternal life through Jesus.
- Romans 5:8 says, “But God commended His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God loves you in spite of your sin. It does not matter what you have done or not done in your life, you are so precious to God that He sent His only son Jesus to die in your place. That should have been you or me on the cross suffering, but God wanted to make a way for us to heaven. Jesus was the perfect (He never sinned like we do) sacrifice for our sins, which paid our sin debt in full.
- The Bible says we are saved by grace. We all deserve hell as a result of our sin, but it is faith in Jesus Christ that saves us. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
- “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” Romans 10:9,10. It is not hard to pray, my friend. Talk to God. Ask Him now to forgive you of your sins and save you. He will.
- He never says no. “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That’s you! Call on Him now.