Whenever we hear the good news of Jesus Christ, we have an option. To embrace it or reject it. If we accept it, repent and receive Jesus as our Lord & Saviour, then we are saved.
We live in a day where people are hurting. People are looking for a place to belong. They’re looking for a place where they fit in. Thank God, as believers, the Bible says we are accepted in the beloved. We, who were sometimes afar off and alienated from the life of God, are reconciled back to God. He made a way where there was no way.
Whenever we hear the good news of Jesus Christ, we have an option. To embrace it or reject it. If we accept it, repent and receive Jesus as our Lord & Saviour, then we are saved. “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16)
When we come to God, He accepts us just as we are and we don’t need to clean our life up prior to coming to him. But by accepting Christ, we give Him permission to not leave us in the same state we once were. Sometimes we talk so much about acceptance, but we cannot separate it from something else called repentance. When Jesus started His earthly ministry, He preached, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Today, the same call sounds forth to a lost and dying world; “Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
The Bible declares that the goodness of God leads us to repentance. Because of His great love and seeing how good He is, it should cause us to repent. To repent means – “to have a change of mind and purpose. It is a turning away from evil and sin.” Repentance is literally a ripping away of sin. It is not just a mental agreement; it’s a heart change. That’s why many people today don’t even talk about repentance. It’s not fun nor popular and sure isn’t politically correct.
We live in a day where the word “sin” is archaic. It’s more commonly referred to as “problems” “issues” or “personal preferences”. The real problem is that people aren’t recognizing things as sin, therefore they are not getting the sin out of their lives, which separates them from God.
Many like to say that “Jesus preached love & acceptance.” No, He actually preached repentance and obedience. To repent means that one moment you’re going one way and another moment you’re going another. People like to believe that they are loved and accepted by God, but they don’t feel motivated to change and walk away from sin. Love and acceptance can truly only come with having a repentant heart. In fact, when you tell people what God’s Word says in regards to sin, they think you are being judgmental and harsh. Many will say, “Where is your love?” But the truth is, is that God loves us so much that we don’t have to stay stuck in sin. And the Good News is, though I can’t change myself, He can change me radically.
People may read this and say, “Brother, don’t be religious.” or “Don’t be legalistic.” But the truth is, is that there is no freedom in sin, only slavery and bondage. The Bible says, “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed.” (John 8:36) Some people may say, “Don’t tell me that. I just want to hear about grace.” Yes, we do thank God for the grace of God! However, grace doesn’t mean what a lot of people think. To many, it’s a license to sin. Grace, however, is His divine enablement to live according to His plan and precepts through the power of the mighty Holy Spirit.
So, never look at repentance as something negative. It’s a gift God has given us so we can experience His love, acceptance, grace, and mercy. And when God deals with you always be quick to repent. It’s the best and safest way to live, always keeping yourself close to Him.
There are many things that will endeavor to steal from our lives and try to hinder our faith walk. One, in particular, is very destructive.
We established the fact last week that Jesus died for our sins. Most everyone will agree with that fact. However, the Bible also says that He paid for our sicknesses and diseases; at the same exact time. Everything Jesus did for us, He did as our substitute.
This is a question many have asked. We see the day of Atonement occur, once a year, when the High Priest would offer sacrifices for the sins of the people, as well as himself.
In the heart of every person is a Plan-A chosen for us, specifically tailored just for us. Many times people will understand the importance of vision, yet they go on to make their own plans without consulting with God.
The Bible is PLAIN-Jesus shall come back for His church. The question is, are you ready? We need to walk close to Him. Stay in close fellowship daily and if you miss it, run back to Him quickly.
This is a debate that has gone on for centuries in the church. What is the answer? What does the Bible say concerning this?
One of the greatest things about the Lord is His compassion. He’s not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
God is not to blame for the calamities we face. It started with Lucifer and Adam. Everything has been altered.
We are where we are today because of the words we spoke yesterday and tomorrow will be a result of the words that we speak today.
The Gospel accounts are proof and evidence of what Jesus began to do and to teach. (Acts 1:2) The same miracles we see in the book of Acts should occur today. The Book of Acts is actually the Acts of the Holy Spirit through the Church.
We as the Body of Christ need each other. Sometimes, in the midst of trials, people feel alone, forsaken and overwhelmed. That’s where a church family comes in...
God is only in control to the extent that we pray and ask Him to do certain things. "You have not, because you ask not.” It’s a very simple idea, but we must ask.
God promises us that if we hunger and thirst after Him, we shall be filled. Spiritual Hunger is the number one ingredient to receiving from God.
In a world that is constantly changing, it’s imperative that believers are established in God’s Word. God’s Word is our sure foundation.
In our lives, we have to make the decision to believe God’s Word – above everything else. If He said we’re blessed and not cursed then we should agree with Him.
Things in life will come to steal our joy and cause us to be offended. But it’s entirely our choice whether we take the offense.
Ps. 92:10 says, “I shall be anointed with fresh oil.” The Anointing is the Presence of God. It’s one of the most important things in our lives.
Many times it’s easier to accept everything in life as the will of God than to take responsibility to find the will of God. God doesn’t send sickness to people to teach them something.