The good thing about the Lord and what I love about Him is that He does not see us for who we were in our sins, but rather He sees us for who we can become in Him. What we must realize and understand is that the Lord wishes to take our sinfulness and replace it with His righteousness. That is what salvation is. It is a removal of a past that we cannot remove ourselves because of our sinful nature. It was Jesus' death, burial and resurrection on the cross of Calvary that bought our salvation. Because of His sacrifice, every person who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus can be given a new clean slate to begin again. We don't have to continue going down the wrong path. We don't have to continue doing the wrong things. We can begin anew. We can live our life as if we are newly born. That is why I believe the Lord Jesus says that unless a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Just as we are born naturally from our mother's womb, so must we also be born of God's Spirit hence the words Born Again. (Ezekiel 36:25-27) (John 3:1-7)
I want you to know that God loves you. If I could call your name right now I would say your name because God's love is a personal love. He doesn't love just in general. God's love is to each individual. He wishes for you to turn from your sins and call upon Him to forgive you, redeem you and make you a new creation. God can do amazing things once we surrender our will, but we must surrender our will. God is a gentleman who will not push Himself on to anyone. That is what free will is. We choose the direction that we take and that is why we must consciously, deliberately and wholeheartedly choose the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. I can testify personally that with Jesus I have everything, but without Jesus I have nothing. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) (Ezekiel 33:11)
This life is too short and too unpredictable to live it without the assurance of our salvation. I pray that you become introspective and see what you will do with the Lord Jesus Christ. He waits at the door of your heart and knocks. The question is are you going to open the door?
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to think about your eternity and where it will be spent.
I COULD NOT FIND IT
I just couldn’t find it. I looked everywhere. I read through my Bible again and again. I looked in all the inspirational books I own. I checked out the other sacred texts as well. I walked through the woods looking for it. I even closed my eyes in meditation and prayer and looked for it deep within my own heart and soul. I could not find it anywhere. There was not a word, not a hint, and not even a feeling of it. Nowhere could I find a single drop of evidence that God is hate.
I know that a lot of people out there must think that God is hate. The protestors that hold up the signs about how God hates us at the funerals of miners and soldiers must think so. The people who say that earthquakes, tsunamis, and hurricanes are sent by God to punish us must think so. The terrorists who have killed thousands of innocent men, women, and children in their so called “holy war” must think so. As much as I tried, however, I couldn’t find one single thing that supported their view.
I did find thousands of references to God’s love in book after book. I found God’s love in nature, in others, and in my own heart and soul. Every word I read, hint I found, and feeling I felt all said the same thing: "God is love." Maybe all of those who think that God is hate just aren’t ready to know a God whose unconditional love is everywhere and in everyone. Maybe that is why they shut that love out. They want a God who loves little and hates much just like they do.
I just couldn’t find that god anywhere I looked. I don’t think I would ever want to either. I want the God who loves me and wants me to love as well. I want the God who fills every willing heart with His love and joy. I want the God who has been, is now, and always will be LOVE.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Revelation 3:20-21 Jesus declares “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and Am set down with my Father in His throne.”
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”
Romans 10:9-11 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.”
1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: GOD KNOWS
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Today's Selected Testimony: TESTIMONY OF GOD'S LOVE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry