Faith Messages to build your faith

Saturday, August 30, 2014

What's in it for You?

Jean Oathout asks this question to help us with our relationship with God.

Do we know that He is holy and perfect?

Has there been a time we've realized our need to seek God, and to find out what would please Him?

The questions for us then are,

    Can we honestly say we've been as perfect as His 
    Son, Christ Jesus, who was His image for us?

    Were there thoughts, words and actions that we know 
    of that were displeasing to Him?
When we consider what we're guilty of, can we be assured of eternal life in heaven with the Father? 

What about the payment that you owe for your sins, my friend, when according to Rom. 3:23,

    "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God"?

Are you aware of what He offers you? 

     He has provided a way for your forgiveness!

If you'll look to God's Son, Jesus, you'll see that He suffered and died to take your punishment for sins. (see Romans 5:8

This forgiveness is available to you so you can have inner peace about your stepping into His presence at death, and being accepted. (see Rom. 3:24-28; John 14:27).

Jesus spoke to 500 people at one time after He rose up from the grave, to let them know He'd made a way possible for them back to the Father through his sacrificial death on the Cross. 

He took your punishment for sin. He could accomplish this, as He had never sinned. (see 2 Cor. 5:21).

    What do you think His message is for you today, some 
    2,000 years later?

Jesus asks us to believe in what He did, and to repent of our sins. We're to invite His Spirit to abide within us, (see Acts 2:38) and He'll give us His wisdom and power through reading and hearing messages from the Bible, His Word.

This book, The Bible, was written for us to give us hope and guidance in our 
daily living. 

Once you surrender to God, repent of your sins, and accept the sacrificial death of Christ Jesus as payment for your sins, you can be acceptable to this just and holy God. (see Rom. 5:8, 9)

Being baptized in Jesus' Name cleanses us from our sin (see Acts 2:38), and declares our faith in Christ to other believers. (see Romans 6:3-11)

Believe it or not, all people everywhere are offered this free 
gift through faith in Christ, regardless of background, race, 
sex, size, or any other distinction!  God is no respecter of persons. He loves us all. (see John 3:16-18)

So, What's in it for you?  Come to Jesus and find out! He'll meet you with love and acceptance. Surrender to Him, and see what's in store for you, my friend.

I hope you'll check tomorrow's Faith Message
Christian Benefits. There'll be several reasons 
given, as to what are some advantages of being a Christian.

Today’s quote: Dennis Fisher – “Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can now approach God without fear. God’s penalty for sin has been satisfied, and we are invited into God’s presence: “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace” Heb. 4:16.

Let’s pray:

    Father, when we look to You for our salvation, may we understand what it is
that Christ accomplished for us.
    I know that His sacrificial death made it possible for us to get right with the Father.
    I give You my life right now, not holding anything back from You, and ask You to forgive me of my sins, create within me a new spirit, and give me new life in Christ.

   I claim that I'm a new creature in Christ, and that I'll 
endeavor to live for His glory. (see 2 Cor. 5:17)
   I speak this, trusting Jesus to make it a reality for me. In His Name, I pray. Amen!

Today’s Bible verse: Mark 7:20 "Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee."

Some thoughts today: Cut off non essential things that tend to hold you back from loving and serving God.

- Don't settle for anything less than God's best for you. You cannot be who you were, and who you are now at the same time. When there's a "game" change, there's a name change. (see Matt. 6:31-34)

31st- Sunday’s post:  Christian Benefits
Jean Oathout

9/2nd- Tuesday's post:  Longing For Thee
James Cagle

4th- Thursday's post: The Wedges of Sin
Michael Brooks

6th- Saturday's post:  Behind the song; O How I Love Jesus 
Diana Leagh Matthews


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