If everyone truly realized how much Jesus truly loves them, I believe so many hearts and minds would change! .... Salvation is a free gift to us, but it is not cheap. It cost God His only begotten Son, who laid down His life for us. No one took it (John 10:18).
And don't get it twisted, satan does not mind religion. That's why there's plenty of them. The enemy has too many people convinced that they can just do good things and be nice people and that will get them into whatever version of "heaven" or "paradise" they believe in. But what satan gets upset about is one's real relationship with and life-change in Christ Jesus. If your "Christianity" doesn't involve striving to follow after Christ, but instead you're just following a bunch of religious rules, are you really a Christian?
Now I'm not saying you have to be a perfect Christian, for there is no such thing. We all have flaws. But what I am saying is that we need to make sure we have invited Christ in so that He can work on our hearts as we grow more and more in Him after true conversion has taken place. Christ does the perfecting over time as we grow over time.
Jesus came to live the life we could not live, to die the kind of death we should have died, to pay the debt we could not pay so we could have true life in and through Him.
God turned on the light so we don't have to live in darkness. Sometimes we think that by having more money, or by being with the right person, or by having the right job or position in life, that we can have our own light. But the flames of those things can go out and worse, they can burn us if things go awry. Only Jesus, the true Light, never goes out and He does not burn us. Everytime we try to create our own light, we put God-sized pressure on a man-made issue. God is not obligated to do anything for us. It is us who owes God the honor, the glory, and praise for what He has done, is doing now, and will do.
Don't identify yourself by your problems, issues, and past sins/mistakes. Identify yourself by what God calls you. If you are in Christ, He calls you the head and not the tail and you are above, not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13). God says you are part of that chosen generation, you are part of a royal priesthood, you are part of a holy nation, you are a peculiar person, so that you should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). You are blessed and not cursed! Know that you can approach God directly with freedom and confidence through faith in Jesus (Ephesians 3:12). Because you are in Christ, your name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life! These are just some of the many things about which believers in Christ should remain excited. How awesome is that!
You don't achieve salvation, you simply receive it. You receive it when you believe in Christ and trust Him to be your Savior and Lord. (Eph. 2:8,9). No amount of our own "good works" alone can make us good enough to get to enjoy spending eternity with our Creator, for we are sinful. But when we are born again in Christ, God does not see our sin, but He sees His Son [our lives are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)]. Good deeds have their place, but they do not impress God. Our own righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). We need to have the righteousness of Christ imputed unto us (Romans 4). When we have the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, we are then pleasing to God.
We might mess up at times and sin as we deal with our flesh, but we should not condemn ourselves nor beat ourselves down. Moreover, we should not condemn others if we witness them falling short of the glory of God. If we truly have been made into new creations by God, then we are Christ's and He is ours. Nothing can change that and nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:31-39).
No matter what you might be facing or dealing with right now, just hang on and trust in Jesus. You will get through this, in Jesus' name. The trouble did not come to stay. It came to pass. The trouble did not come to make you weaker. It came to make you stronger. Realize that you are an overcomer in Christ Jesus! He overcame sin, death, hell, and the grave by rising in three days after dying on the cross. When we make Him our Lord and Savior we become victorious as well! We just have to abide in Him. We can make it so long as we keep our eyes focused on Him.
Believers in Christ, it is so important that we share our faith with others. Some people may ask themselves, "Well, why should I share my faith?" There are 6 major reasons why we should share our faith in Christ.
1 - Jesus has commanded us to do so (Matthew 28:19-20).
2 - Sharing our faith demonstrates our love for God. Jesus said in John 14:15, "If ye love me, keep My commandments."
3 - All are, before they come to know Christ as Lord and Savior, lost (Romans 3:10, 23).
4 - Our sharing the faith is God’s way to tell all people. He could have used angels for all our days, but He chose not to.Only sinners who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb can tell other sinners who are lost about Christ’s saving grace.
5 - God desires to save all people. "The Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (2 Pet. 3:9). (However, of course, we know that unfortunately not everyone from history, and not everyone in the present age, and not everyone in the years to come will have actually received Christ as Lord and Savior due to the fact that some were ordained to experience condemnation because of constant rebellion against Christ and His Lordship (Jude 1:4; Revelation 20:15).
6 - Someone once shared their faith with us. That person has the right to expect that we will do for others what they have done for us.
Don't ever think that you are too low for Jesus to reach way down to pick you up. Jesus can reach us right where we are! We get up from a low place by letting Jesus pick us up. Won't you grab His loving hand? See we've got to let Christ in; He does not force Himself on us. Man can try to force his own rules and religion on people, but Jesus is not into forcing people. He is into loving people unconditionally. But even though Jesus loves people, He hates sin. Sin cannot stand in His presence. That's why we need to be washed in the blood of Jesus. Jesus died in our place to nail our sins and the ordinances that were against us to the Cross (Colossians 2:13-15).
Yeshua was a common alternative form of the name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ ("Yehoshuah" – Joshua) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple period. The name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous, from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus. The biblical meaning of the name Joshua is: A savior; a deliverer. Jesus came to deliver us FROM sin and to bring us TO God. Sin brings about shame and guilt and eventually death. Christ offers true life and peace in Him.
Bishop Jakes once said in a sermon, "God wouldn't ask it of you if He didn't put it in you." If God put an gift/ability in you, He has a right to ask you to deliver because He knows He put it in you to do so Himself. If I give you $500.00 and then I ask you for $100.00 for something, I should expect that you have that $100.00 because I gave it to you. We are kind of like deposit boxes for God. He can get His will accomplished in the Earth by using what He put in you and me. Maybe God gave you the gift of leadership, or the gift of administration, or the gift of singing, or something else. Whatever your gift is, use it to give God glory.
Do you notice when you do certain things and you get excited and passionate and you're winning? And do you also notice when you do other things and you're not excited or passionate and it seems laborious and you're losing? When you follow your God-given instincts, your instincts are a pretty decent indicator of what you should be doing with your life, and as you seek God first, you can come out winning. Do you naturally find yourself wanting to serve others in various ways? Do you naturally find yourself in athletic affairs? Do you naturally find yourself planning and organizing things and leading people? You might want to do those things for God that make you excited and passionate and help you to be a blessing to others.
Life's circumstances cannot ask more of you than what God has put inside of you. To whom much is given, much is required. God would not have given you what He gave you if He did not trust you with it. God ordained you to do certain things before time began. So when time passes in your life, you are simply gravitating towards that which eternity invested in you. Don't worry about eternity (especially if you trust Christ to be your Savior and Lord). God has that taken care of. If you're not careful, you can focus so much on eternity that you'll forget to maximize who you are to be in this present life. Don't forget that God wants to use you in this life. Your family needs you in this life. Your friends and loved ones need you in this life. Let's not be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.
If God put seeds of greatness in us, why do we see so many people settling for "good enough," or even bad and harmful things? We need to invest time, energy, and resources into identifying what God would have us to do. I think we'd see fewer and fewer news reports of kids killing kids, we’d see less people struggling with defeat, we’d see greater leadership from people, if every single one of them is inspired and knows who they are in God.
Have you thought about what makes you great? It's not about what you can do in your own strength. It's about what you allow God to do in you and through you. When God designed you, He made no mistakes. Our mistake is in thinking He "missed something" with us. Everything God does and creates is for a purpose. We don't understand everything clearly now, but when we see Jesus face to face, we will (1 Corinthians 13:12). In this life, don't complain about what you are not. Thank God for what you are. Your purpose is in who you are. Your destiny is in who you are. Your capacity to help others is in who you are.
Here are just a few of my thoughts about wholeness: Believers in Christ, whether you know it or not, you are blessed! Even when you don't particularly feel like it, you are! Moreover, when Jesus made someone whole, He did not say "Feel whole." He would say "BE made whole" or "your faith has made you whole." Sometimes we walk around saying "I don't feel [such-and-such]" as it relates to wholeness. But you have to realize being whole is not just about your feelings; it is a state of being. It is a position! You are either whole or not. Do you have the faith to receive what Christ wants to do in your life to make you whole?
Trust is believing that someone or something is reliable. Faith is acting on the unseen. Trust + faith = obedience to God. Certain things might not happen the way you want them to, but trust that God has a bigger plan for your life. It is natural to struggle with doubts about what God said that He will do. It is supernatural to go forward with trusting Him anyway. The more you overcome doubts by staying in God's Word and believing what He said, the more your faith with grow. Find me someone whose faith is low and I'll show you someone who simply needs a fresh revelation about Who and how God is.
So will you trust God even when He seems untraceable? Even when He seems the most silent? The teacher does not give out the answers during a test. Otherwise, there would be no point in giving out the test.
When you feel tested and tried, and you don't have a Bible right in front of you, you've got to dig deep and remember what the Lord promised you! Remember that God will neither leave you nor forsake you. He won't allow His righteous children to be moved. Satan wants you to think you are all alone in your suffering. But you are not alone. Christ is with you! "If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us" (2 Timothy 2:12). When Job was suffering, his wife told him to curse God and die, but he didn't do that. Don't curse God and lose the life God wants for you! Bless God and live! Give God the glory and the praise and live!
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.