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What It Means To Believe In Jesus

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Many believe, but many don’t live by the power of God.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Nicodemus went to Jesus by night (may reveal the timidity of his faith), however, his faith was developing (John 3:1-17).

He wanted to find out the truth and what to do. So, he asks Jesus; ” How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

We have to walk the walk, not just talk the talk…actions speak louder than words. “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).

Genuine faith will naturally produce good works, the two complement each other.  Faith itself will demonstrate itself in love for others. “What does it profit , my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2:14).

Jesus invited people to “Follow Me.”

So, how are we to respond to His invitation to believe and walk by faith?

FFollow His example. “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15-17).

Who are you following for your example? Parent? Movie/Sports star? Peer? A program? Are you willing to follow Jesus? He wants to show us how life is meant to be lived. He is worthy of us following Him, NOT a religion. Life is about living relationships. He came to begin a relationship with us. When we follow Him, we get truth. No longer having to walk in the dark.

Be wise, follow Jesus. Listen to His leading by faith.

AAccept His grace. God gives us what we need, not what we deserve. Freedom from guilt and shame. “For if by one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17)

Do you want your life to count? We can either spend, waste, or invest our life. But remember, there are consequences for what we do in life. We will reap what we sow.

Jesus died to declare us not guilty! We must receive His grace.

IInvest your life in Jesus. Live your life in faith. Ask God how to invest your life in Him and things that are important to Him. “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourself to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God” (Romans 6:13).

Everything we have is a gift from God! “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things…for in Him we live and move and have our being”  (Acts 17:24-28).

Do you want success in life or significance?

TTrust His wisdom and strength. We trust Him for our salvation, do we trust Him for everything else? “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6).

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Do you believe this or do you worry? When we worry, we are not putting our complete faith and trust in Jesus.

HHold on to His promises. They are like an insurance policy. They help us overcome whatever tragedy. “Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things , in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us” (Heb. 6:17-18).

We have to know what’s in the insurance policy, God’s Word, His promises. Do you know what is in your insurance policy?

Live on His promises. It is a life of faith. Living in His amazing love.

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? (John 11: 25-26)

Do you believe that Jesus will do for you what He promises?

Faith in Jesus is not a passive belief, it’s an active adventure for those who put their faith in Jesus!

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).

Even in the night, Jesus tells us the truth and he will show us how He wants to change us from the inside out like He did Nicodemus.

Are you willing to: Follow, Accept, Invest, Trust and Hold On?

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Laodicea ~ A Complacent Church

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You’ve Got Mail…What Jesus says to the last of the churches

You are comfortable where you are and your ceasing to do what I have called you to do (Rev. 3:14-22)

See your need as never before.

These things say the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, The beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot…” (v. 14-15).

1. See the shocking truth about yourself. Measure yourself by God not man. “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot…” (v.15).

So, how do you start? Start by seeing the truth about God.

He is…The Great I AM, The Amen “so be it.” He is worthy of your time. Worthy to listen too and get to know, build an intimate relationship with Him.

He is…Faithful and True Witness. Worthy of your trust. When He tells you something you know it’s the truth.

He is…The Ruler of God’s creation. He is worthy of your worship.

Some of us are cold (we know where we stand), some lukewarm (not much love for the lost-no time or passion for worship), some hot (a desire and passion for things of God. Doesn’t mean perfect, stays plugged in to Jesus).

2. Recognize and admit your desperate need you have in your life.  “Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing – and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked…” (v. 17).

We think we provide our needs by what we acquire. We think we’ve met our own needs through:

Riches: What we acquire ~ Rules: What we require ~ Knowledge: How we inquire ~ Relationships: Who we desire ~ Achievement: How we aspire (achievement and success).

But remember: We’re all going to expire.

The more self-sufficient we think we are the more we unknowingly become: wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked (Romans 7:24-25).

3. Go to Jesus alone to meet your deepest needs.

“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich (faith in Jesus), white garments (purity), that you may be clothed (grace) and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see (wisdom) (v.18).

Do you feel you don’t need Jesus? Your doing just fine? Throw up a few “thank You Lord’s?” More on doing your own thing?

4. Respond as a deeply loved child ~ be earnest and repent.

“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent” (v. 19).

God doesn’t punish us, He disciplines us. Punishment makes us want to run and hide. discipline invites us to learn and grow.

We know what is right and what is wrong.

5. Continually open the door to Jesus in your life. If you open the door, He WILL come in! He loves you and wants to tell you how right your life can be.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (v.20).

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches (v.21-22).

The One who made you stands there knocking. Are you listening to what the Spirit says?