I just read That’s Why They Play The Game which talks about the importance of preparing to meet your opponent when playing a game like basketball or soccer. No matter what the other team’s abilities or record, we must never assume that we have won the game before the game is played. We must never assume an attitude of over-confidence, but rather, of being fully prepared for battle in every contest we engage in.
It is true of sporting contests. How much more true is it if our Christian walk?
Sometimes we reach a point in our lives where it all just stops making sense. Sometimes the things that used to be fun have become boring. Or maybe a relationship is ending or has just ended. Or life has become a sad and lonely place, and full of questions and doubts. Is this all there is? What’s the point? Is it really worth it?
If this sounds like you, then know that you are not alone. I am writing from personal experience, and each of the above circumstances is from my own personal history.
Sometimes things can seem pretty hopeless. Inside, there is a gnawing, perhaps a feeling that there are needs that are not being fulfilled. Perhaps some of those needs are so deep that they don’t even have a name.
But, there is hope! There is one who knows every one of those needs, and who knows exactly how to fill them.
If you are like me, you have tried many different avenues to try to fill those deep needs. Perhaps it’s been drugs or alcohol. Perhaps it has been relationships or promiscuous sex. Or spending money, or risky behavior, or any of a myriad other “fixes”. But, except perhaps for a short while, none of those things have worked. They may feel good for a little while, but soon the good feelings have worn off, and the feelings of emptiness return, only now they are worse than before.
The fact is, none of these things have worked, because none of them can work.
We are, each one of us, created for a personal and intimate relationship with our God. Two thousand years ago, God was manifest in flesh when Jesus Christ walked the earth. The Bible tells us that God is love, and Jesus demonstrated that love when He ministered to the sick and hurting, when He forgave sins, and even when He restored families by raising a dead loved one.
That same Jesus is calling to you, right now. Jesus said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
“Rest for your soul”. I don’t know about you, but my soul could use rest. And Jesus’ invitation and promise are one hundred percent reliable.
Did you know? There is only one thing that separates you from God right now. Sin. And not just the big ones like murder, adultery and fornication. When God speaks of sin He means the seemingly less important ones as well. Sins like, lying, bearing false witness, disrespect to parents, and the like. You see? Our God is a holy God, and all sin, any sin, is sufficient to separate us from His love and His presence in our lives.
But Jesus loved us enough that He took care of that as well.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
But, what does it mean when the Bible says, “God gave His only Son”? Well, the Bible tells us, “The wages of sin is death”, and the death the Bible talks about is not physical death, but spiritual, that is, separation from God. In fact, all of us start our lives spiritually dead, separate from God.
And this is where Jesus comes in with His love for us. Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the debt for our sins, that is, He died, and was separated from God, His Father. But Jesus not only paid the price for our sins, He rose from the grave, victorious over death, and providing a way of reconciliation with God, that we may once again enjoy that intimate and personal relationship that sin destroyed.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Romans 5:8-10
The way is clear! With Jesus paying our sin debt for us, there is nothing to stand in the way between us and eternal life and a wonderful relationship with God and our Savior. There is but one thing to do:
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Will you do it? After all, isn’t a relationship with the One who created you, who knows you and understands you, isn’t that what you are really after? Will you pray with me now?
Lord Jesus, I am a sinner. But I now understand that you came to earth to die for my sins, and that my sin debt is now paid. I believe that You rose from the dead, victorious over death, and that you offer eternal life to me now as a free gift. I accept You as my Lord and Savior, and I accept your gift of eternal life. Amen.
Did you pray with me? Because if you did, God’s Holy Spirit now dwells in you, and He is now testifying with your spirit that what I have told you is all true!
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16
If you prayed with me, look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, ”I am a child of God, and Jesus is my Lord and Savior!”.
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God bless you, and I hope to hear from you soon.
There was a time in Germany, probably no later than the late 1920′s or early 1930′s when Jewish persecution was not on anyone’s mind. The German economy was in shambles with the depression, and soon people began to look for a scapegoat. Not everyone started talking at once, but over time, the idea that the Jews were the cause of Germany’s troubles became more and more prevalent.
Then, Adolph Hitler began to gain popularity, and with his rise to power, so the idea of blaming the Jews for Germany’s troubles also rose. Soon, the cry to do something became action, and a terrible travesty, driven by the evil of this world, took place. May the six million Jewish souls lost to genocide rest in peace.
I have been hearing recently, or more accurately, reading, a growing voice that all of the problems we face in the United States are the fault of Christians. So far, those voices of evil have been confined to the anonymity of the internet, but I am reading statements like:
“Christianity is the most prevalent and damaging religious entity in the US”
“All the problems this country faces are caused by Christians”
And so on. Given time, and the right motivation, those voices will rise, and soon enough, will take on faces.
If I am reading my political and economic cards correctly, Italy is in about as serious condition as Greece. The difference between Italy and Greece however is, Germany and France bailed out Greece. But the Italian economy is too big to bail out, The EU can’t do it, and the U.S. certainly can’t. So Italy, in my humble opinion, is set to fall.
When Italy falls, the shock waves will be worldwide, and could be pretty devastating.
Do you think the Occupy movement is out of hand now? Wait until U.S. banks begin to drop like flies due to their exposure in the European economies. We could very well see daily riots in a growing list of American cities, being fueled by a growing mindless and violent horde. Eventually, they will want a scapegoat, and a new wave of senseless persecution and violence will be born, and may very well spread to a worldwide scale.
As Christians, it is time we assumed our battle stance, that is, on our knees before Almighty God, beseeching Him that this horrendous situation might somehow be averted.