Sunday, January 30, 2011

Promises - A Selection of Sweet Delights to the Soul: Life Forever

This morning I was at church and one of our elders delivered a message on being delighted in Jesus. Whether in that moment you are healthy and enjoying dinner with your family, or its 3am in the morning before work and your baby is puking all over you - the excellent and the horrendous - we need to be delighting in God. The hard thing is - you can't get over your situation. You try, but your mind gets stagnant and incorrigible. We go guilt trip, introvert, anxiety wreck - we get hopeless.
Our elder gave us some great advice for these situations - look to God's promises in the Bible.
As a Christian I love to hear about the promises of God.
To hear them, know them, and believe them.
So when times shoot low, shoot high. Look at the message that is without error, and is trustworthy.
This week I'd like to share a few of those promises.
The first promise is one of life forever.
"For God so loved the world that
he gave his only Son, 
so that everyone who believes in him 
will not perish but
have eternal life." John 3:16

This is important.
For those who believe in Jesus there is an assured hope of salvation.
For those who don't believe, you need to stop and fix things with your God.

First - know that Jesus died for sinners, people who hate God and don't obey him.
Second - know that you are a sinner.
Third - God loves you and desires you to stop hating him and be restored to him.
Fourth - believe that God in Jesus Christ has the power to
             save you from perishing in hell.
Now Act - Give up your sin to God in Jesus, know that he took your sin
             and by believing in him you are saved.
            Live your life for the praise and glory of God and not yourself.

*You will never be saved by your good life.
>You will be saved by faith alone in Christ alone by God's mercy.

Tomorrow - Romans 8:28.
For now here's a great theme song for this week...

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