The Bible offers encouragement to help during times of depression and trouble. God will leave are anxiety and suffering many times but He does give us guidance. Meditate and pray these to God to get help and inspiration in this time of uncertainty.
BIBLE VERSES ABOUT ENCOURAGEMENT AND STRENGTH
Psalm9:9–10The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thynamewillputtheirtrustinthee:forthou, Lord,hastnotforsakenthemthatseekthee.
Psalm55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to bemoved
Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint
Isaiah 49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted
Psalm 9:9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble
Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble
BIBLE VERSES ABOUT PEACE
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee
Roman’s 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful
John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
BIBLE VERSES ABOUT DOES GOD LOVE US
1 John 4:7-8 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love
Psalm 36:7 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings
Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me
1 John 4:11-12 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us
1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not
BIBLE VERSES ABOUT PROMISES
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations
Roman’s 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind
Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
When the sun goes down on Friday night sundown till Saturday night sundown. The sabbath day has always been on the 7th day but who lied and said it was on Sunday?
But we should honor the Sabbath day to the Lord, a day when we do not think our own thoughts or spend time in business or worldly pleasure but when we rest and spend time with Him. The command to keep the Sabbath is not just for Jews or a Jewish custom it is from the very beginning.
Creation Day 7 (Genesis 2:1-3) Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
God rests this in no way indicates He was weary from His creative efforts but denotes that the creation is complete. Further, God is establishing a pattern of one day in seven to rest. The keeping of this day will eventually be a distinguishing trait of Gods chosen people.
(Exodus 20:8-11) Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
When you become a Christian you are grafted into Israel and become one with Israel of His chosen people.
Grafted In (Romans 11:11-24) I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles.
Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them.
For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too.
But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.
Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; or if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, Gods kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off.
And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?
*Christians, God chose you from the beginning for salvation. Its the same truth Peter stressed when he said we are elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. . . When we believe in the truth, when we choose to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then at some point we will look back and see that God chose us first.
(2 Thessalonians 2:13) But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.
Even Jesus said He has sheep, not of his fold.
(John 10:16) “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.
Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me,
and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; (Isaiah 56:3-6)
(Mark 2:27) “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath”
He does not just say Jews He says, man.
also, in the new heaven and the new earth, the sabbath is honored.
For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me, declares the Lord, So your offspring and your name will endure. And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me, says the Lord.
We should honor the sabbath day to the Lord, a day when we do not think our own thoughts or spend time in business or worldly pleasure but when we rest and dedicate ourselves to God. To spend time in worship and know God and concentrate on the things of God with Him one day a week.
This Genesis account of the Flood which you will read below along with many really interesting facts which you probably don’t know. I hope will get you to think about the reliability of the wonderful truth Genesis 1-11 you will find in God’s Word and think more as history as rather than a fable.
is a snow-capped and dormant compound stratovolcano also called Agri Mountain in the extreme east of Turkey. It consists of two major volcanic cones: Greater Ararat and Little Ararat.
Greater Ararat is the highest peak in Turkey and the Armenian Highland with an elevation of 5,137 m (16,854 ft); Little Ararat’s elevation is 3,896 m (12,782 ft). The Ararat massif is about 35 km (22 mi) wide at the ground base.
The first efforts to reach Ararat’s summit were made in the Middle Ages, and Friedrich Parrot, Khachatur Abovian, and four others made the first recorded ascent in 1829.The mountain has been called by the name Ararat since the Middle Ages, as it began to be identified with “Mountains of Ararat” (Region) described in the Bible as the resting place of Noah’s Ark, despite the contention that Genesis 8:4 does not refer specifically to Mt. Ararat itself but the mountains of Ararat. So could be on a different mountain in the area.
And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon themountains of Ararat. Genesis 8:4
is the principal national symbol of Armenia and has been considered a sacred mountain by Armenians. It is featured prominently in Armenian literature and art and is well known in the area. It is depicted on the Coat of Arms of Armenia along with a picture of Noah’s Ark.
So there was wickedness upon the earth
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5-8And it repented the Lordthat he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Accordingly, Noah’s instructions are given to him by God (Genesis 6:14–16): the Ark is to be 300 cubits long-450 feet, 50 cubits wide-75 feet, and 30 cubits high-45 feet about 1 1/2 a football field long. The shorter unit – a common cubit – was based on the forearm length from the tip of the middle finger to the bottom of the elbow.
But, the length of this cubit for the Ark is unknown but close to estimates above. The volume could hold 522 railway cars. Which is gigantic and will hold dinosaurs and many animals, food, and water plenty to get by and not all species that are here today had to be on it. You could have the younger animals and dragons (dinosaurs) not full-grown on it. There is a lot of evidence dinosaurs lived after the Flood of World (c 2500 BC) but were hunted and are extinct from that and other reasons.
Genesis 6:12–16And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits.
A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.
Many say the flood was local: But
Why would Noah build an Ark for 75 years at the most? If this was just a local flood like many people say then he didn’t have to build an Ark. He could travel to another place where there was not a flood-like anyone else would do.
Why would God have to bring two of e…very land-breathing creature to the Ark? If there was a local flood they would be safe where they were and just be relocated to a different area.
The answers to the above questions have no logical sense when we try to interpret the Genesis Flood as a local flood like many has said.
If we interpret the Genesis Flood to be a local flood, then God’s everlasting covenant is meaningless because we have many devastating local floods throughout the world and they do not wipe out all the animals.
The only interpretation that is consistent with God’s everlasting covenant is that it was a worldwide Flood. Since the fossil records have proven that it was worldwide. What then is my point! I am pointing to the fact that the flood was real.
Genesis 6:17-19 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female.
The evidence is overwhelming
When you look at all the fossils of fish and other saltwater animals from the ocean found up in the mountains.
Scientists find fossils of whales and different marine animals in the mountains amongst the sediments up in the high mountainous area 5,000 feet in the South American, Andes. By expedition American Museum of Natural History: The expedition Leader, Dr. Michael J. Novacek March 12, 1987, original. Reprinted “The New York Times Archives, 1996”
Why Are There Fish Fossils High Up In The Himalayas?
By Mishana Khot • 29 June 2018 • TWC India
I have summarized the wording so not to plagiarize
The Awesome Himalayas is the ‘The Roof of the World’, has a giant height, can’t be seen through the clouds when not clear outside. It has some of the highest peaks in the world also Mount Everest, the high mountain 29,029 feet one of the greatest in the world. At these altitudes, the air is thin, and the temperatures are extreme.
The looks are like it hasn’t moved since the early beginning of the world. The mountains are miles even hundreds of miles away from the sea. They want to know how marine fossils are being found in locations in the mountains of the Himalayas?
at the conclusion of the article:
It Says the top of the world of the high mountains was definitely under a deep ocean!
Flood legend example:
There is the Babylonian flood tablet
This describes how to make an ark which is in the British Museum. In 1872 there was an assistant named George Smith, He discovered the story of the flood which amazed the world – which obviously came from the Bible Book of Genesis – on the tablet which was cuneiform was made out of clay which was excavated in Nineveh (Which is in Iraq).
According to the discovery, they had their false god from Babylon to get rid of man by death in the water, like the Bible, which was copied from. The survival of everything was saved by a man.
The flood stories have a lot of details that are the same in the Bible flood story in Genesis. It gives details of building round ark, the animals going into the ark on a mountain, and sending out a bird to see if waters had gone down. The Babylonian flood stories have been related to Bible flood but are not totally accurate to the Bible reality.
Final Points about real past
The ocean waters were deep so to cover all the mountains in the earth (even the area on mountains of Ararat) by 15 cubits.
God had Noah and his family build a giant Ark He would have told him to move if it was a local flood.
Noah was instructed to take birds, animals, on Ark no need in a local flood.
The wording for the water ( “the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened“) indicated wide flood…
All people were destroyed entire world, which would never happen in a local flood.
The Lord caused it to rain on the earth
The People Died
And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered.Genesis 7:18-20
And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hundred and fifty days
and then the waters subsided
And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters assuaged;
The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated. And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. Genesis 8:1-4
So Noah sends dove to see if waters were off the earth
And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. Genesis 8:11
And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth thedove; which returned not again unto him any more.Genesis 8:12
So God Speaks To Noah
And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth. Genesis 8:15-17
And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. Genesis 9:12-15
Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”Genesis 9:16
So man was on the earth once more they had sinned and God had destroyed it
The Genesis Flood was a judgment on the world’s sin and our sin will always bring death. Jesus talked about the Flood and this world makes a mockery at God and His flood.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21
People love the baby Jesus but I have to tell you something He will bring judgment on this world. If a person refuses to repent and follow Jesus then that person will face the wrath of God.
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As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.Matthew 24:37-39
Read below what happens to those who won’t believe Jesus is the Christ and accept His way to save you.
This is prophesied before His return
“The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come”
And then the Day of the LordHappens!
The world will be surprised when the wrath of God is upon this world.
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Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from theAlmighty. Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt: And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be asflames. Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.
For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. And I will punish theworldfor their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. I will make a manmore precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath ofthe LORD of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. Isaiah 13:6-13
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MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SALVATION MANY THINK THEY ARE SAVED AND ARE NOT.
This is an outline to help share or be saved, but God may have you do differently depending on His leading. It is imperative that we need to be led and directed by the Holy Spirit, as to when to speak, what to speak, and how to say it and most importantly live the message.
Please pray before starting.
I would like to share some Good News with you and it starts with God.
GOD IS THE CREATOR
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God is the Creator He made everything there is, the Bible says in
Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities all things have been created through Him and for Him.
1)We think in are minds God revolves around us that’s not what the Bible says, the Bible says the heavens the earth and us were here to, glorify and please Him. As the Divine Creator, He has the right to do what He wants that is His prerogative.
The 1st point is as the Creator He creates for His pleasure and purpose to do whatever He wants with His creation. If you want to know what your purpose for life is it’s to, glorify Him to please Him so then everything belongs to the Lord.
Example: There was a young preacher going to a country church and in the sermon, he preached how God created everything. All things belong to Him and we are merely managers and stewards, there was a very wealthy farmer listening to the sermon that day thinking he would educate the young preacher.
So he invited him home after the service for lunch and why his wife prepared the meal he gave him a tour of the farm, lands, equipment, and barns.
He said to the young preacher, young man do you really believe all this belongs to God look what I have accumulated. Don’t you agree this belongs to me and the young preacher said to him this statement, ask me in a hundred years from now?
The point was well made the farmer understood it, were just merely caretakers and what we have doesn’t really belong to us it belongs to God. Because He is the Creator of everything, therefore, it belongs to Him, He has the right of ownership.
The second point is since It belongs to Him He can do whatever He wants with It that’s the right of any inventor, creator or maker.
Example: There’s a beautiful bookcase I own and made out of solid cherry, let us suppose at the conclusion of making one of these bookcases. I decided I could do better I wasn’t pleased with it,
So I’m going to destroy what was made and start over and my friend walks up as I get ready to douse it with kerosene. Then I lit the match my friend says wait a minute, you can’t do this to this bookcase it’s too beautiful to give it to me.
Should I stop immediately and help you load my bookcase in the back of your pickup truck, no I don’t have to do that why! because it’s mine I made it. I have the prerogative as a maker to do whatever I want to do with it, you see God as the Creator has the same prerogative with whatever He made.
Because everything He, made is for Him that’s the beginning of the Good News because everything has a purpose and that purpose is what God gives it because He made it.
GOD IS HOLY
2) He is our Creator that is holy, He made everything for Himself we belong to Him and He can do whatever He wants with us. He wants us to be holy because He is holy, He demands it from all His creation.
1 Peter 1:15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short That it cannot save; Nor is His ear so dull That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Isaiah 59:1
This says God is holy and we are not holy, there is a separation between us and God.
What do we mean when we say God is holy?
He is good and pure! we think that about holiness but the meaning is that God is all together different from you and me. He is the Creator we’re His creation He’s going to be different not only from us but from His angels He made. He is so all together in a different class or category nothing is like Him in all the universe.
You can’t just say God is like this and point to it or like him or her. Because it is not true but there is a part of us like God because we were created in His Image there is a likeness some similitude. But that doesn’t mean God is like us He is an absolutely perfect being completely satisfied in Himself.
He needs nothing you can see how He is, holy and different from anybody else, He has no needs He doesn’t need us or His creation He doesn’t need the angels to praise Him. He is the Great God Who is totally happy with Himself and can do it without sin.
What does this have to do with you and me, He has commanded you to be, holy also to be like Him, He will measure us by this standard, perfection. The standard is not the Ten Commandments or you going to church or being religious the standard is you to be just like God, holy. The Bible says:
You shall be holy, for I am holy.1 Peter 1:16B
That is the commandment He has given to all His, creation also remember He is the Creator He, has the privilege to do that. He can make that, command of us and be, perfectly right of that demand.
Are you holy like God?
You and I stand before Him that is the criteria He will judge us. Not that we did good things or being moral, law-abiding or obeyed the Ten Commandments. When you stand before God the one question will be this!
Were you like God? That’s the only way you can get into heaven.
because it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy. 1 Peter 1:16
GOD IS JUST
3) The Good News is that God is our Creator and He is holy.
The third point of our story is God is just the Bible says: Who keeps loving kindness for thousands, Who forgives iniquity, transgression, and sin;
Yes, He does but we have to stop there and clarify. If you know anything about the Good News of Jesus Christ you know that is part of the story but that is towards the end of the story and if you get your facts out of sequence the conclusion can be different.The Bible also says:
Exodus 34:7yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.
He can’t wink at your sin because He is just, or ignore it He does forgive but doesn’t clear the guilty or just excuse your sin because He is just. When this verse occurred Moses was asking God to show him His glory. He said show me more of this divine excellence,
This holiness about You that is so different from anybody I’ve ever known shows me more of it. If God doe’s He is declaring this about Himself that He does forgive but He also doesn’t clear the guilty In other words He doesn’t excuse your sin. The book of Psalms says:
For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness. Psalm 96:13B
Why because He is just, a lot of people misunderstand this about the God of the Bible. A lot of people think the Old Testament God is just waiting to be wrathful and vengeful just waiting to get them. Then we come to the New Testament and God Has had some miraculous change.
He’s gotten kinder and gentler we see Jesus loving and merciful. That’s actually not true God does not change the Bible says He is unchangeable. That is part of His holiness, His separation Him being different all together, the New Testament says:
For the wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23A
You sin against Him you will have to pay it can’t be any other way God is absolutely Just let me illustrate this:
Example: Let’s say you leave your home and go on a short trip and when you return someone has broken into your home. They have done unspeakable things to your wife and children, stolen your valuable possessions and killed your family. Within hours of the crime,
The alleged perpetrator is arrested and on the day of arraignment your thinking of the unspeakable things he has done. The judge reads the accusations against him and asks him how do you plead?. The man confesses and says I did it, I am guilty the judge then proceeds with the evidence presented.
There’s eye witness testimony from neighbors that saw him running from your home at the hour it happened. Then there is the DNA evidence this guy is the man he is guilty he confessed.
But the judge says this to him you know I am a Christian and want to be like my God merciful, kind and forgiving. So, therefore, I drop the charges against you, your free to go.
Tell me how would you feel? What do you think your reaction would be? I know what it would be every ounce of what is right every sense of justice in you would cry foul this is wrong this can’t be happening. Now not only is the alleged criminal who confessed to the crime guilty but the judge is guilty.
Because he did not serve justice well he did not uphold the law. He, therefore, would be unholy because he is not just. Friend! God is holy and therefore He is just and He has to punish sin including yours.
GOD IS MERCIFUL
4) He is merciful and desires to forgive sin.
Psalm 103:8The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in loving kindness.
God is forgiving He forgave King David of murder and adultery.
Ezekiel 18:32For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies, declares the Lord God. Therefore, repent and live.
God is just but He wants to forgive you and is perfect, He doe’s both. God is pleading with you Saying I am just, perfect and holy but I must administer justice. In Gods’s, heart He wants to forgive you to live not to die, God likes being merciful not administering justice.
Is there a conflict-ion in God is He mixed up and doesn’t know what to do half wrath and half kind. Are the two fighting each other depending on the day, He’s either wrathful or kind to you. Not at all, He is perfect in all ways there is no war in God.
It is are dilemma hard for us to comprehend how God could be both merciful and just or forgiving yet upholding law and order.
Example: There was a good friend lieutenant Greg he was a friend of General Stacey. It came down to General Stacey having to sign an order of execution. There was a struggle within him he cared for him this was a good friend for a long time.
He has been a great lieutenant who followed orders till now. Inside of him, he wanted to grant clemency but there was the side of him that had to be a General who carried out justice. For the cause of the greater good, he sided with justice and signed the execution order.
But here’s a point of this story he was a mortal with flaws like you and me. But he had the ability to have two different fighting emotions and senses within him. But he still sided with the greater cause of good God doe’s not have a competition between these two attributes mercy and justice.
God will Judge sin God will find it in the greater good of His glory and His universe creation to dispense justice against you but at the same time, He pleads and gives you hope if you will turn. Why die He takes no pleasure in your death turn and live so you can receive His mercy.
Proverbs 28:13 He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
So the decision God’s justice or mercy comes to you my friend how will you choose?
MAN IS A SINNER
5) Man is a sinner and cannot save himself.
Romans 3:9What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;
The color of your skin, ethnicity or religion makes no difference as far as sin goes we are all sinners and cannot save ourselves.
Romans 3:10-12as it is written, There is none righteous, not even one; There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.
We don’t do good as the scripture say’s because we aren’t good are very nature has a flaw, Where doe’s it come from you ask! The answer is: In the garden where God made Man and Woman are first parents! Adam and Eve. Something happened they rebelled they chose not to live according to there Creators Design.
They chose for themselves the result was there nature changed. They were considered fallen and every one of there decedents has received there very fallen and sinful nature. Right up to this very day you and I have that very nature and it is natural to us. Are very nature is not to obey God and not to submit to the Creators will.
We do not want to live for His, purposes but are own we are selfish in nature. Are old nature through sin is to live now for ourselves.
but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation. Romans 2:8
Sin is coming short of His glory which is perfect in nature.
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
The good or religious deeds that we do are for ourselves it is flawed because it’s not for God’s glory. Everything we do must be for His glory. So there’s a problem we need to change our nature. Another point is we are sinners and can’t save ourselves. We can’t change are nature we can change are behavior many times but we can’t change who we are.
because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the law comes the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20
The more we try the more we break His laws. Sometimes we keep them but there for ourselves are own sake or glory.
Ephesians 2:12remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
We have to understand we are hopeless theirs nothing we can do to save ourselves. We can be the most religious person even a Pastor or a Bible teacher. There has to be a moment when you understand your hopelessness with no hope in this world. Somebody Who designed you has to intervene to save you.
WHO CHRIST IS
6) He is the Infinite God-Man! He is our hope! He is the answer for us. He is God Himself and He provided an answer for our sin. Jesus Christ is our only hope, people say Who is He! He was a great world philosopher a religious leader like Mohammad.
Some think He Was nothing more but this contradicts His own teachings. This would be true if He were only a man but He claimed to be Deity God Himself. If He was a mighty leader claiming to be God and He wasn’t. Then He would be a con-artist, liar nothing like a leader should be. The Bible says that He was God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
Who is the Word? It is Jesus Christ. This scripture talks about the beginning of creation. He was there at creation. He was there even before that.
John 1:2-3He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him, nothing came into being that has come into being.
He pre-existed even before His earthly birth in Bethlehem. He is the Second Person of the Triune God. He is the Son of God. God offered for us His only begotten Son as a remedy to are sin problem. So if He is the Infinite God-Man!
What are you going to do with that information? If He is your Creator and the Infinite God-Man. How do we identify with Him with what He has done?
WHAT CHRIST DID
7) He Christ Jesus became are substitutionary death Who solved are sin problem and brought us to a right relationship with God.
Romans 3:24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;
The Apostle Paul says it is a free gift. Then how do we get this free gift when He is a God of justice? How can that be when we earlier said God will not ignore sin. In the scripture it says ( being justified )
What does it mean to be justified?
It means God accepts you as perfectly clean your complete in His presence. The scripture also says in the words ( in Christ Jesus ) in Christ both mercy and justice have been satisfied God will freely forgive you and accept you because of what Christ did. What did He do?
Romans 3:25 whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
The word propitiation what does it mean: God gave a substitution sacrifice on your behalf. In other words, you should be punished for your sins. But instead, God gave us His Son and put Him on a cross to die a shameful death and suffer what you and I deserve God’s wrath.
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem in a stable that was the beginning of our solution. No, you have to go to Jerusalem to the hill an old rugged cross where God literally slays and judges His perfect innocent Son for your sake. We see that Jesus was sinless and perfect in every way.
When He was put on the cross God placed every one of your sins every thought, attitude in rebellion against God. God placed them on His Son, though innocent and dispensed, holy justice on Him. He treated Him as if He committed those sins and dealt with Him as a lawbreaker instead of us. So then God could declare us innocent that is what propitiation means.
Here is an example: Let’s say you anger your husband and he’s been difficult. You try to figure out some solutions. You go to the store to buy a gift to have them forget about the anger so you propitiate it. Jesus was the substitute sacrifice where God’s anger has been completely put away and His justice is satisfied.
Romans 3:25B This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
His justice was satisfied now He can be perfectly just and legal to be merciful to you. His mercy, truth, and justice have come together in Jesus. He is the answer to God’s mercy and justice. what, He asks you to do is put your faith ( trust ) in Him.
WHAT IS FAITH
8) Simply put faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Trusting in Jesus Christ is not trusting in someone else your pastor or church and most importantly certainly not yourself. Your confidence is completely in Jesus Christ for eternal life, eternal life is not just life after death it has to do with it but there is more.
When the Bible speaks of eternal life it speaks of not just duration of time but the quality of life. Eternal life is the life of Jesus as the Bible says, so what happens when you trust in Him, His very life is infused into you.
He comes to live within you and that has radical implications on how you live from now on once saved day to day. Trusting in Christ is more than just intellectual ascent and human belief there’s a committal of something to the Person of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Example: For example, if you’re trusting me you’re having to commit something to me otherwise you just believe I am trustworthy.
To Trust in Christ means you have committed something into His care and into His keeping. What is that! it’s you, it’s just not for the forgiveness of sins or life after death and heaven, it’s with your life now. The Bible says
For in it ( the Gospel ) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; ( beginning to end ) as it is written, but the righteous man shall live by faith. Romans 1:17
Meaning: That justification being right with God is being revealed from faith to faith.
I’m not just forgiven by faith I live by it, my life now is fueled by a trusting in Christ for something and again more than just life after death. I’m trusting Him with my life now, you see He made some promises to you and me.
He said if we will trust Him with our entire being that He would take my life your life and turn everything to are good. He would conform us to the image of His Own Person, He would do things with us that is just impossible for us to comprehend even now. He could make are life count eternally forever to His glory and to are good.
So when a Man or a Woman trusts in Jesus there not just trusting for a place in heaven. There trusting that God will take something of there life and make something beautiful out of it.
Are you trusting Christ with your life or have you just made a commitment to Him made a decision for Him. You’re doing your best to keep the commandments and do what you think God requires of you. Listen the Bible says
Romans 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.
It is faith in a Person that saves a believing soul, not faith in a particular philosophy or a code of rules. It’s not what you do, it’s what He has done and you’re committing your whole life now and forever even after death.
If I really believe He is Who He said He is and He can do what He promised and that He is the Supreme God the only True God. If I really believe in Him If I really trust in Him then i’ll see Him be as He said He is.
Faith knows that no matter what the situation, in our lives or someone else’s, that the Lord is working in it.
He is the Supreme Person of your life it will make you willing to lose your life for His sake because His life is much more valuable than yours.
WHAT REPENTANCE IS
9) Let’s discuss repentance which is deeply connected to the word faith which we just talked about.
Basically there like two sides of a coin with no genuine faith without genuine repentance. But unfortunately today the word repentance is absent from are vocabulary more used in the past than today but it really is important.
You can’t have genuine salvation without this repentance and so what does repentance mean let me begin by explaining what it isn’t. It isn’t just feeling sorry or guilty many people believe they have truly repented of there sin because they felt bad.
They were in a church they heard the Gospel they believe they have turned to Christ believed upon Him and repented of there sins. But the Bible warns us there are two kinds of sorrow that can motivate a profession of faith. One is a Godly sorrow the other is a worldly sorrow the Bible says in:
2 Corinthians 7:10For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
So God creates a lasting change but worldly sorrow alleviates the conscious and leaves you in your sin. So just feeling bad, feeling remorse or feeling guilt about sin, wrong actions, mistakes, and failures is not necessarily genuine repentance.
So what is it! well, genuine repentance is the turning and hating of sin, turning from sin, hating your sin turning toward Christ. It involves three components of your personality, mind, heart, and will. Let’s deal with the mind, genuine sorrow that produces Godly genuine repentance first affects the mind.
The mind hears the truth and where the mind had been blind to the truth did not agree with it. There’s now an acknowledgment an agreement with it not only doe’s the mind agree with it but it affects the heart and brings a change.
Where you once loved your sin, relished it, protected it, defended it, genuine repentance no longer defends or protects or relishes it. But really now dislikes it wants to be free from it, there’s disdain, there’s a dislike for sin and unless that’s really there in your life you may have felt sorry or guilty but you’ve not truly repented.
Now when the intellect the mind and the heart come together in genuine repentance the third component has to follow and it’s your will. There’s a change in actions you no longer live the way you once lived,
You no longer embrace that world view there’s been a 180-degree turn from your sin. Let me summarize what I believe is genuine repentance:
A) An acknowledgment and agreement that God has not been first place in your life.
Listen to what the Bible says:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Please stop and don’t jump to a conclusion, if we confess sounds like saying that God i’m sorry your right, I’m wrong I messed up. But the word confess there is not really dealing with just verbal exclamation, but rather with an inward agreement.
The word literally means: To say the same thing as God.
There’s an agreement with God whereas before there wasn’t, you believed you were justified, you believe you were okay. But now you agree with God that He is right and you are wrong.
B) There is a reception you literally receive Jesus Christ as the (Lord) director of your life the controller.
The Bible says:
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; Romans 10:9
Notice how Jesus is described as the Lord, Jesus asked this question:
Luke 6:46 Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?
In other words, Jesus wants you to pay attention that if you are to be His followers you have to submit to His authority.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
What does it mean to deny yourself here is exactly what Jesus meant:
It means you deny yourself the right to trust in yourself, you now place all of your confidence on how to live your life in Christ Jesus. He does become the director of your life, that is one genuine evidence that you repented. But there’s one more:
C) Be willing to obey whatever Jesus directs you to do.
If He’s truly the director then there has to be obedience, listen To what the Apostle John who followed Jesus said:
John 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
Where did this come from? well, he was quoting directly from the Lord Master Jesus Christ. John new well that many people can confess to be believers followers of Christ.
But if their life doe’s not change and the course of there life doe’s not redirect and follow Him in obedience. Then Godly sorrow really hasn’t taken place, John went on to say in His first Epistle.
Here’s the grand evidence:
1 John 2:3-5 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, I have come to know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God Has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
So the question today has genuine repentance occurred in your life or have you just made a decision. So you joined a church and now you go to church on Sunday morning if that or has the whole direction of your life truly changed.
Is there something internally driving you to hate even when you still sin today, create a misery and a turning to Christ in repentance in change. Friend without that there is no genuine repentance, may God grant you by the Holy Spirit repentance.
10) Everything that has been shared up to this point is an explanation of the grace of God.
You see salvation is just that it’s a grace, grace means it’s a gift, you don’t earn it you didn’t deserve it, in fact, you couldn’t if you tried. All the religious efforts of God’s greatest champions couldn’t have saved them they were given the same gift of grace. The Bible says:
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Ephesians 2:8
God gifts you with salvation you don’t save yourself. The Bible says:
Ephesians 2:9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Going to church we are living in a sad day when people believe there saved because they do those things. Jesus completely showed us a more radical way He explained to a very religious man of His own day a preacher. That it was not his religion that was going to save him.
Jesus answered and said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus *said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old?
He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he? Jesus answered, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, You must be born again. John 3:3-7
Jesus was equating this new birth with physical birth and just like when you were born you didn’t help your Mother in that process. You caused her probably great difficulty there’s really nothing you and I do in the new birth process.
It’s an act of God, an act of the Holy Spirit It’s a supernatural thing can I say it this way it’s a miracle, God has to perform a miracle on you. Jesus again to that same preacher Nicodemus said It’s a mystery, it’s just like the wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it but you can not tell where it comes from and where it goes.
So is everyone who is born of the Spirit the question is then how do I get God to do this for me. My friend you don’t have to worry about getting God to do this for you He wants to do it. Why did He send His Son to die for sinners?, Why would the love that He had in His heart compel Him to rescue you people like you and me?.
No, the question is not doe’s God want to save me, the question is do you want to be saved? and if you do I believe God will. Is there anything for you to do? well, we already answered that faith and repentance.
WHAT MUST I DO
11) One day the Apostle Paul had been preaching in a city called Philippi and He and his partner Silas were arrested and put into prison. Do to a great miracle an earthquake occurred and freed them all from the prison and the jailer bowed before the feet of Paul asking him.
What he must do to be saved? and so I’m sure you have the same question and we talked about it already. Just like the Philippian jailer, Paul had told him to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, faith, trust Him, repent turn from your sins let me give you an example of what that looks like or could look like in your life.
2 Corinthians 7:10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
Acknowledge and agree God has not been first place in your life. The Bible says:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Confession here doesn’t mean saying i’m sorry as we covered under the title repentance, no it means to acknowledge and agree with God what He say’s about your sin. It’s to feel in your heart exactly the way God feels about your present situation.
It’s to agree with Him that He has the right to do whatever He wants to do. He can save you whether He wants to save you or not you are completely at His mercy.
The Bible then says to receive Jesus Christ as the director ( Lord ) of your life. He becomes the most important Person with the authority to direct your life. The Bible says:
Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
No in the day which was written if a man stood up publicly and said I want to be a follower of Jesus it was instant persecution and problems. He could lose his job, his income, his own family would often disown him and many people were arrested thrown in prison, and paid the ultimate price with there life.
No confession here in Romans 10 verse 9 means your willing to place yourself under the leadership of Christ. Your submitting to Him and pledging your allegiance to His life to do the very third thing.
Your willing to obey Him in whatever He instructs you to do that’s what a Christian is a person who has given his life to Christ because they trust Him to do with them what is best. Jesus one day said to those who profess that He was the Lord, He said.
Luke 6:46 Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not do what I Say?
Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
Consider the cost to be My disciple?
Luke 14:25-27 Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Love for Jesus has to be the first priority so that even love for your own family can only be compared to hatred. Love Jesus so much more than anything else and be ready to leave everything behind even our own lives For Him otherwise we can’t be his disciple.
Luke 14:28-33 For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish,
All who observe it begin to ridicule him,saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter
The one coming against him with twenty thousand?Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.People do not consider what they are doing. I urge you to consider the cost of being a disciple of Jesus. Are you prepared to forsake everything if necessary even your physical life for Jesus? Do you understand how great His Love and Mercy Is?
He subjected Himself to the death you were condemned to die and took the punishment on Himself in your stead. That the path to eternity might be paved for you In His presence. Do you comprehend that gift? will you lose everything for Christ and forsake all you have.
Discipleship is costly you can confess to be a Christian, you can say Jesus is Lord but if you’re not doing what He commanded you to do. Well then see you don’t have true saving faith, you’re not trusting Him you’re not committing your life to His instruction and commandments. But if you will do that Jesus gave you a guarantee He said this.
John 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
The apostle John gave us the true test of whether or not a man has been born again he said:
1 John 2:3-5 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, I have come to know Him, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His Word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him.
Well, my friend, I hope that God has given you insight into what He does require of you. Simply put He requires you to follow Him in childlike faith, trusting Him alone for life.
God invites you to a change in your sin status from a position of alienation to a state of forgiveness. Therefore take heed how you hear, one’s response to the Gospel in this life is the biggest decision you will make because at your death there will be no opportunity to embrace the truth that was given in the Gospel.
John 7:37B If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
Let’s pray God will do that supernatural work and give you understanding and responsive hearts even now and that you will be born again and know the love of Christ.
Longing for God’s love through Jesus Christ, I went down before God on my knees to ask with begging Him to make my life new and change it.
2 Corinthians 5:17Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
info It’s a comforting that we can trust God, the Spirit of God to do the work through the word of God in the lives of those with whom we share the Gospel.