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.
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).
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.
Believers in Christ, ask the Holy Spirit to use you to encourage someone, to help someone financially, or to point an unbeliever towards Christ via the Gospel. The Lord wants to use us for His glory. The question is: are we willing vessels? Sometimes-if we are being honest with ourselves-we make excuses for why we don't share the Gospel and/or our personal testimonies. The truth is, the person who you think might not want to hear your testimony or something encouraging from God's Word could actually be the person who is desperate and in dire need of a word that would lift them up from a low place. Or maybe it's that bit of physical or financial assistance that let's someone know you really care for them. So seek God about how and where to be a blessing to someone. Trust that He will always point you in the right direction. #ReadyWillingandAble
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I find it interesting that if you ask some people if they believe in God, or more specifically, if they believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, they'll say, "Well I don't believe in Jesus, but I believe there's a higher power." To those who believe in a "higher power," what I want to know is, does this "higher power" have a name? Do you feel this higher power is worthy of reverence and worship? If so, how do you choose to worship it? Do you pray to it? Do you bow down to it? Do you make personal sacrifices for it? Do you give it glory, honor, praise and adoration? Do you feel like this higher power has a special plan for your life, or do you feel like we are here on Earth just because? Do you feel like you can have a relationship with this higher power? Does it speak to you in your heart? Does it convict you when you have done something wrong? Or it that just your conscience? Does it give you a sense of peace when you are on the right track? Or is it just you giving yourself props? What has this higher power done in your life to even make you notice it's presence in the first place? Does this higher power use certain moral absolutes? Or does it allow you to pick and choose what is right and wrong, so that what's morally right/wrong for you might or might not be morally right/wrong for someone else? Does this higher power even recognize what sin is? Will this higher power eventually have a final day of judgement? Will this higher power restore things to the way it is supposed to be? Does this higher power have a kingdom? Is this higher power eternal or is it only temporary? Is this higher power omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent? Can you say this higher power truly loves you and cares about you and has your best interests at heart? Does this higher power care if you succeed or fail in life?
Look, I could go on and on with these questions, but the truth is this: there is indeed a Higher Power. He is God (Jehovah, and in a later note I will go into more detail about various titles/names of God). To those who ask, "If we were created, then who created God?" He was not created. He is eternal. He is from everlasting to everlasting. He is a heavenly Father who sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to live a sinless life so He could be the One to die on the cross, taking on all of our sin, deal with the punishment and the pain, nail the sin to the cross, and rise again in three days.
When we receive Christ, we are born again and are given new life. Salvation is free to us, but it is not cheap. It was very costly. Jesus is God the Son. After His resurrection and ascension to the throne to sit at the right hand of God the Father, He sent His Holy Spirit to abide with us forever. Yes He has moral absolutes. Yes He deals with sin in our lives. He does not want us separated from Him for eternity. God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 33:11).
Yes God is worthy of worship, honor, glory, and praise. Yes we should pray to Him and bow to Him and reverence Him in our hearts. He does want an intimate relationship with us. He gave us His Word in the form of the Bible to let us know Who and how He is, what life is all about, what has happened in history, what things are happening now, and what will happen in the future, and what He expects from those who choose to follow Him. He gave us His Word to encourage us, to strengthen our faith and trust in Him, to let us know He will always be there no matter what. He does love us and does care if we succeed or fail in life. When you receive Christ He will give you peace that surpasses all understanding. When we do wrong, the Holy Spirit will convict us. But it's for our growth and discipline.
Christ has a name that is above every name because He defeated death, hell, and the grave. He is the Head of the Church, His bride, who should be daily making herself ready for His return. Yes He is coming back for judgement and to reward those who have been faithful to Him. And EVERY knee will bow and EVERY tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father. Yes, He has a kingdom, and He wants us to rule and reign with Him. But in order to be a kingdom citizen, you've got to receive Jesus Christ the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Will you choose to put away this abstract "higher power" thinking and receive the real Person of Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord? This decision is so important. Where you spend eternity literally hangs in the balance.
Believers in Christ don't follow Him today just because He was a great teacher and prophet. Believers don't follow Him because He was crucified. The Romans crucified thousands of people. Believers follow Jesus because He did what no other person did: He died AND rose again in three days for us. It was so we could experience reconciliation with a holy and just God.
We deserve the ultimate punishment for our sins: death (separation from God for eternity), but Jesus took the worst punishment in our place as the sacrificed Lamb and made the ultimate atonement for our sins. Jesus didn't come for a political revolution like the Jews in His day thought He would. Jesus came for a spiritual revolution. Jesus came to make dead people live. The question is: Are you really alive?
On this past Friday, I had the great opportunity to see "God's Not Dead." I am indeed challenged by this film and I love it. I love how the movie touches so many issues, from dealing with atheism, to lack of concern for those who might be able to help themselves, to struggling with sin, to showing pride and arrogance, to being selfish and self-centered, to lack of faith, to what it means to stand up for the sake of the Gospel, to not be afraid to share Gods' truth even when it seems like everyone is against you, to dealing with going from a Muslim culture to a Christian one, to dealing with making tough decisions about relationships, to expressing oneself through music, and more.
Now that I have seen this powerful and gripping film, I want now more than ever to help people to understand that God is real, He loves them so much, He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to die for us on the Cross to rise again, in order to reconcile mankind back to God. Jesus said "I am the Resurrection" (John 11:25). He can turn any dead situation around for good!
And one more thing, I am a believer in Christ Jesus and I will never be ashamed to say it (Romans 1:16)!
If you have yet to see God's Not Dead, it is a must-see! So go see it!
My sins and your sins were nailed to the Cross. So all you have to do (if you have yet to do it) is to simply receive Christ. Receive Christ into your heart and life as Savior and as Lord. This is the Gospel (the good news): God came down to Earth as a man, lived a sinless life, died, and rose again to reconcile man to God. Jesus: fully God and fully man. Only God can take on sin and fully deal with it. Jesus paid our ransom. Only the Way, the Truth, and the Life knows what the price of a life is. Jesus died in our place and rose again so that if we receive Him, we wouldn't have to face the second death: the lake of fire. Jesus died in our place and rose again so that if we receive Him, we would have a right to the tree of life (Revelation 22:14). ... Death cannot not stop Life.
I cannot wait to see this film! I think it will challenge people and make people really think about our need for God. God created for us a special purpose and so with that in mind, how could God be dead? Now of course, God cannot die, but usually what that "God is dead" phrase means to some people is that they feel like God is somehow no longer relevant in our current society. Or they'll ask the question, "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" or, "Why does God allow evil in the world?" or they'll say, "We don't need God, we have science and the theory of evolution."
The truth is that one of us are good on our own. Our own righteousness is like filthy rags, according to Isaiah 64:6. We need the righteousness of God. We are sinners who have broken God's laws and are in desperate need of a Savior. His name is Jesus. He is the Messiah who came to die on the Cross for all of our sins. He rose again three days later with all power so that we could be reconciled back to God. Jesus fulfilled the Law, so we don't have to worry about struggling to fulfill all the points of the Mosaic Law. We just need to be saved and abide in Him.
Why does God allow evil? When we sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, the earth came under a curse and certain things must be fulfilled before Christ returns and ushers in a new heaven and new earth, where there will "be no more curse" (Revelation 22:3). In the mean time, know that times will get worse and worse before the return of Christ because of sin. (Look at 2 Timothy 3:1-5.) However, John 16:33 also lets us know that even though we will see times of tribulation, we are to be encouraged because Christ has overcome the world. If we abide in Him, we can live as overcomers as well.
As for science, humans did not evolve from monkeys. Every species of animal was created separately for a purpose by God. Like begets like, one kind of animal begets the same kind of animal. The heavens, rain, mountains, valleys, rivers, oceans, plants, flowers, various types of minerals, elements, gases, insects, other planets, galaxies, and everything else that was created by God scream out that there is a very intelligent Creator who loves us and created what He created for His glory.
I think this movie, God's Not Dead will get at the hearts of people. It will encourage those who already believe in God and His Son Jesus Christ, who sent the Holy Spirit to comfort us and abide with us. And it will prick the hearts of those who do not believe in God and send a sense of conviction; it's the kind of conviction that says they need to invite God into their lives in a personal and real way. I pray this movie does very well not only in sales, but also in the number of people whose lives are changed because of it.
I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.