So much of what is tough through Jesus and through the Bible point back to where is our heart in how we live. From the overflow of our hearts our mouth speaks! Do you realize how you got to this point? Do you realize the good you did? Do you realize the mistakes you made? Do you realize that you need forgiveness? Do you realize that bitterness isn’t where you need to be, but that forgiveness is the key to true freedom? Are you mocking God? Are you blaming God? Are you turning to God for help and forgiveness and wholeness?
In this morning’s reading we see that it starts with Jesus and 2 criminals on the cross. Which one would you say most resembles your heart and your attitude?
38Above him were written these words: “This is the King of the Jews.” 39One of the criminals hanging there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40The other one, however, rebuked him, saying, “Don’t you fear God? You received the same sentence he did. 41Ours, however, is only right, because we are getting what we deserve for what we did; but he has done no wrong.” 42And he said to Jesus, “Remember me, Jesus, when you come as King!” 43Jesus said to him, “I promise you that today you will be in Paradise with me.” –from Luke 23
How do you view the world? What is the state of your heart? How is your response reflecting what is in your heart? How are your words reflecting what is in your heart? From the overflow of the heart, your mouth speaks!
Don’t run away! Run to God! Don’t run from! Run to! Consider the heart of the Father! For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son not to condemn the world, but that through Him the world could be saved! So that everyone who believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life! God’s plan is good! God’s plan is that we would have life to the full! God’s plan is to prosper you and not to harm you, He plans to give you hope and a future. So let’s come near to God! Let’s make Him and His plans and His purpose for our lives to be our plan and our purpose and our focus!
Let Us Come Near to God
19We have, then, my friends, complete freedom to go into the Most Holy Place by means of the death of Jesus. 20He opened for us a new way, a living way, through the curtain—that is, through his own body. 21We have a great priest in charge of the house of God. 22So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, with hearts that have been purified from a guilty conscience and with bodies washed with clean water. 23Let us hold on firmly to the hope we profess, because we can trust God to keep his promise. 24Let us be concerned for one another, to help one another to show love and to do good. 25Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more, since you see that the Day of the Lord is coming nearer. 26For there is no longer any sacrifice that will take away sins if we purposely go on sinning after the truth has been made known to us. 27Instead, all that is left is to wait in fear for the coming Judgment and the fierce fire which will destroy those who oppose God! 28Anyone who disobeys the Law of Moses is put to death without any mercy when judged guilty from the evidence of two or more witnesses. 29What, then, of those who despise the Son of God? who treat as a cheap thing the blood of God’s covenant which purified them from sin? who insult the Spirit of grace? Just think how much worse is the punishment they will deserve! 30For we know who said, “I will take revenge, I will repay”; and who also said, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God! 32Remember how it was with you in the past. In those days, after God’s light had shone on you, you suffered many things, yet were not defeated by the struggle. 33You were at times publicly insulted and mistreated, and at other times you were ready to join those who were being treated in this way. 34You shared the sufferings of prisoners, and when all your belongings were seized, you endured your loss gladly, because you knew that you still possessed something much better, which would last forever. 35Do not lose your courage, then, because it brings with it a great reward. 36You need to be patient, in order to do the will of God and receive what he promises. 37For, as the scripture says, “Just a little while longer, and he who is coming will come; he will not delay. 38My righteous people, however, will believe and live; but if any of them turns back, I will not be pleased with them.” 39We are not people who turn back and are lost. Instead, we have faith and are saved.
–from Hebrews 10
Let’s live like the people God created us to be! Are you lost? God has been calling you! Are you lost? Let’s come together in faith and cry out to God and allow His plan and His purpose to bring you into the fold so that you can be saved! God’s got great plans for you! He created you on purpose with a purpose! Don’t lose hope!
Need wisdom? Turn to God’s Word! Need fellowship and friendship? Look for a Bible believing, Bible preaching church!
Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Let’s start it off with God!
1Never boast about tomorrow. You don’t know what will happen between now and then. 2Let other people praise you—even strangers; never do it yourself. 3The weight of stone and sand is nothing compared to the trouble that stupidity can cause. 4Anger is cruel and destructive, but it is nothing compared to jealousy. 5Better to correct someone openly than to let him think you don’t care for him at all. 6Friends mean well, even when they hurt you. But when an enemy puts his arm around your shoulder—watch out! 7When you are full, you will refuse honey, but when you are hungry, even bitter food tastes sweet. 8Anyone away from home is like a bird away from its nest. 9Perfume and fragrant oils make you feel happier, but trouble shatters your peace of mind. 10Do not forget your friends or your father’s friends. If you are in trouble, don’t ask a relative for help; a nearby neighbor can help you more than relatives who are far away. 11Be wise, my child, and I will be happy; I will have an answer for anyone who criticizes me. 12Sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will walk right into it and regret it later. 13Any people stupid enough to promise to be responsible for a stranger’s debts deserve to have their own property held to guarantee payment. 14You might as well curse your friends as wake them up early in the morning with a loud greeting. –from Proverbs 27