People know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
God led people before the Bible was written to write the Bible (which is actually proof that He led people before the Bible was written because how can we believe that the Bible is God-led unless God led them to write it?)
He led people during Bible times which is clear in the Bible.
And since His Word is a Living Word and He is a Living God, He still leads people today.
The same people who profess that God is the same yesterday, today and forever are some of the same people who will adamantly tell you that God does not really lead us today in 2015.
How can that be? If He is the same always and He led yesterday, then it is obvious that He still leads today.
The Bible is not just a history book. It is a book showing us God’s Love, Redemption, and Grace for mankind. And just because we can read how God saved (or wiped out) people in the Bible does not mean He could only do that work ONE time. He can and DOES STILL save (and wipe out people.)
People will argue. And the sad thing is that so much of the church seems to be so busy arguing like Pharisees that people who don’t know Jesus yet may wonder if He’s a good thing or not.
He is. He is good. Jesus is The ONLY Way to Heaven. And I apologize for how we Christians sometimes mess things up by making stuff sound too complicated. Because it’s really not.
~~> Jesus loves you. <~~
You are here on purpose and for a purpose.
But God is a jealous God and we’ve made idols that come before Him, we’ve turned the beautiful sex that He made into pornography under the disguise of “entertainment,” put sports games before worshipping Him, plastered our walls with posters of movie stars and musicians, and pretend that WE are to be praised for how well our career is going instead of praising Him for the job AND for the talents to do the jobs.
Praise Him – in good AND bad times. Amazing things happen when we do this. It’s not about me or you. Life is about God. We are made by Him and to bring Him glory. He created us with the very talents needed to do the jobs He’s planned for us since before we were born.
Have you heard the Good News?
Jesus is not still on the cross. He is RISEN!
Let’s celebrate that He is risen when we share communion.
Many times the atmosphere during communion (at least in most church buildings where I’ve attended) feels much more like a funeral than a celebration.
~~~> REJOICE! HE IS RISEN! <~~~
Ask God what He wants you to do today and follow the tugs on your heart. Then ask Him again tomorrow what He wants you to do tomorrow. He wants to hear from you every day. He will lead you. This, I know.
Don’t know if God can use you or your story? He can. He will. And many times I’ve witnessed the very things that threaten to hold us down are the very things God uses to lift us up to help and save others through and from the same experiences.
God knows we mess up. He knew our best and our not so wise choices BEFORE we were made.
We hide sin from other people and from Him because deep down we know it’s sin; just like Adam and Eve knew and hid in the Garden of Eden. There is nothing new and nothing you do or think will surprise Him. He sent Jesus to die on the cross and take YOUR sins with Him SO THAT you can receive the gift of Heaven for all eternity after this life. You can’t be “good” enough for Heaven or “bad” enough for Hell. You are forgiven enough when you receive Him and are baptized under water.
Heaven is a GIFT. You are redeemed! Heaven will be filled with forgiven sinners. Hell will be filled with people who denied Christ as their Savior and who walked away from God. God doesn’t leave you. You have to leave Him if you don’t want Him.
~~> And in case nobody has ever told you,
THIS is THE most important decision of your whole life. <~~
He sent the Holy Spirit here to live INSIDE you and guide you. This stuff is real and Heaven and Hell are real.
The greatest words ever will be to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:21
He’s not mad at you.
He’s madly IN LOVE WITH YOU and He has a great plan for your life.
How will you know what that looks like unless you keep asking Him to keep leading you?
God, teach Your people to stop the fighting and start uniting. P.S. And please could You teach us what that looks like because as soon as we try, we start arguing (like the children we are.) Just please keep leading us. Please forgive us when we mess up and always remind us how much You love us. Thank You for never giving up on us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.