Thursday, March 6, 2014
I have something to say to every human being on the planet. I dunno who you are or where you've been. I dunno your testimony of what you have been through. Perhaps you have been through alot. Maybe you were having a bright sunny day then you walk into a room and find a close friend or family member hung from the ceiling and you find the note that says "I couldn't take it anymore." Perhaps you were there on 9/11 and you saw in person the people jumping from the towers to their deaths and you saw the planes hit the buildings and you saw the towers crash. Perhaps you were at one of the schools where there was a shooting and you've seen the terrified looks in the children's eyes. Perhaps you've seen someone shot and die right in front of your eyes. Maybe you've had a gun held at your own head at one time or another. Maybe you've had to kill someone in self defense or you killed for another reason and the memory still haunts you. Maybe you've been severely beaten and no one was there to help and you felt all alone. Maybe you've been raped and now your pregnant and are thinking of getting an abortion after all you didn't want this baby and you sure don't want to carry the child of the man who hurt you so badly. Maybe you've witnessed a horrible car crash or been in one yourself and you still have nightmares. Maybe your a young teenager with hormones raging and you think "its my body I can do what I want with it" plus you are lonely and it would be comforting to have someone with you. Perhaps you've been married a very long time and are now getting a divorce and your heart is broken and the reasons for it are very blurry. Perhaps you are the child of the parents getting divorced and you don't understand why and your angry at them in fact maybe you hate them. Maybe you've had a loved one who was sick and died a very painful very slow death that was agonizing to watch and you felt so helpless. Perhaps you are struggling with cancer or some other deadly disease and you've only got a short while to live but its very painful. Perhaps you've just found out that your child has a learning disability and you are wondering what the future will hold for them. Perhaps you have a learning disability and you wonder "why me" you feel so different from everyone else and you just want to fit in. Perhaps your parents were not there for you and you were brought up by your grandparents or perhaps you've been brought up in foster care and have gone from house to house never really having a home. Perhaps you've just found out you were adopted and you don't know what to think now or what to feel or you feel you've been lied to your whole life. Perhaps your the parent of a teenager who's breaking your every rule and being defiant at every turn and you wonder what you have done wrong. Perhaps you are the teenager and you just want to take on the world and explore everything and you are sick and tired of being told what to do. Perhaps some disaster has happened maybe you lost friends or family in hurricane Katrina or in a huge earthquake or some other disaster. Perhaps you have just lost a baby to sudden infant death syndrome and you did everything you could for that baby and now their gone and you are devastated. Perhaps a close friend or family member has just passed away and the pain you are experiencing the depth of mourning can not be described and you don't think you'll ever be happy again. Perhaps you have contemplated suicide you've seen to much pain and agony and you don't think you can take it anymore. Maybe you're scared of your future you've got your GED and your degree but now you can't find a job anywhere you go to the interviews and say the right things and nothing clicks and you are worried if you'll end up homeless and you wonder why you even bothered to get the GED or the degree in the first place. The world has a way of feeling like a very hopeless place and you try to put on a happy face but your hurt and no one seems to understand. Perhaps you feel lost and alone and your tired and your done. And all the happy cliche's are just empty words to you. You've seen therapists and psychologists and they say to take some medication and they can tell you what your problems are and they sit and listen to you but they can't fix it. Perhaps you've struggled for years with being an alcoholic or a drug addict but you can't go away you feel like you need them just to feel a little high just for a little while just need to escape from everything for a while. Perhaps you've taken vacations or moved to many different homes thinking this is what you needed and everything will be better now only its not and its the same as it was. Perhaps someone has talked to you already about religion but you don't wanna hear about it you've heard this stuff before and their are so many religions who can possible know the right one if there is a right one. Maybe you've heard of GOD before but you can't believe in Him after what you've been through and what you have seen. You think if you were GOD you would solve all these problems with a snap of a finger and since all the problems are not solved well how can there possibly be a GOD. Or maybe you do believe in GOD but your angry at Him for letting things happen to you when you've been a good person maybe you've gone to Church you've tithed you gave to charity and yet your life is chaos meanwhile your friend who doesn't take part seems to have all their ducks in a row and nothing bad ever happens to them. Maybe you tried Church once but you were hurt by something someone said or you were given a long list of rules and now you have to be perfect and you can't do it. Perhaps you think the Church is just a bunch of buildings full of hypocrites who call themselves perfect and dress nice but after Sunday they go and do the same things you do. Well I have a message for you. There are Christians out there who have been through all the things I've stated above and more and they still believe. There are Christians who have been beaten and killed for what they believe. Maybe you've met a Christian or have a friend or family member who is a Christian and what they think is nice but they see the world with rose colored glasses their naive and haven't really been affected by the world. Well let me tell you a Christians life is the hardest life to live its not easy. Every day we are told to not talk about the Bible or talk about Jesus or talk about GOD because its offensive and there are other religions so it stops others freedom of religion. Christians have freedom of religion to and we also have a right to freedom of speech just like you do. About it being offensive ya we already knew that "and they took offense at Him. But Jesus said them, 'a prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home." Matthew 13:57 NIV. "He is a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense, and they stumble on it, in that they do not obey the word, for they are appointed to this." 1 Peter 2:8 Aramaic Bible In Plain English. "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated Me first" John 15:18 NIV. "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household." Matthew 10:34-36 ESV. A Christians life is not an easy road at all in anyway shape or form. Not only do we see and live the pain in this world but we are persecuted daily and we get taken advantage of and we are not listened to. For many Christians the faith costs them everything they lose their homes, friends, family and everything. We don't see the world with rose colored glasses in fact we see it all to clearly sometimes. Sometimes we stumble we're not perfect but then we are criticized and are called a hypocrite every time we fall. Christianity is not easy cause this world puts up a fight and the world will do everything and anything in its power to shut you up and shut you down when your a Christian. And the world is not all your up against as a Christian either. There are demons and minions and the devil as well. Maybe you don't believe in them but they are very real. You become a Christian and you find out just how real they are. Every Christian is in a spiritual warfare. Maybe now you're wondering why we don't just give up. We fight for GOD and we fight for GOD because we love GOD and we love GOD because He loved us first. We want what GOD wants and GOD doesn't want anyone to perish but for all to have eternal life. We want to give the message the Gospel the good news of hope and love to everyone. Because there is hope there is love. GOD is here and He loves you. Maybe you don't believe that but He does. "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 NIV. Did you catch that? GOD sent His only begotten Son in your place for your sins. But maybe you don't believe you have sinned maybe you think your a good person after all your not a murderer you don't rob banks and you do good things. "As it is written: 'there is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks GOD. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one, who does good, not even one." Romans 3:10-12 NIV. "the fool says in his heart, 'there is no GOD,' They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good. The Lord looks down from Heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek GOD. All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one." Psalms 14:1-3 NIV. "The fool says in his heart, 'there is no GOD.' They are corrupt, and their ways are vile; there is no one who does good. GOD looks down from Heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek GOD. Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one." Psalms 53:1-3 NIV. "Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins." Ecclesiastes 7:20 NIV. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of GOD" Romans 3:23 NIV. So no one is good not a one. We all have sinned weather we want to or not we've all committed a sin. But GOD loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son for our sins Jesus Christ paid it all. Jesus is the way to GOD the only way to GOD. "Jesus told him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 NLT. Maybe that offends you that there is only one way to GOD. Be thankful GOD gave a way because He didn't have to. No one forced Him but He did it cause He loves us. He could have turned His back on all of us and destroyed us all but He didn't. GOD has given us hope by giving us His Son. Because with GOD we are never alone although the whole entire world may leave us behind GOD will never leave us. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your GOD goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV. With GOD we have a reason to live. The only alternative is if He don't exist then we just live we die that's it nothing. If that's true nothing matters at all life has no point. Who cares if you do good or bad without GOD it doesn't matter you'll just die and poof your gone who cares. If that's true then we don't need law its pointless we don't have order its pointless. Why make a plan and future for ourselves if we just die and poof that's it?? Nothing matters at all without GOD. Life without GOD is like an unsharpened pencil it has no point. Why not let murderers go free after all we're all just animals so let them go out and hunt like an animal. Why do we bother having homes and help for the severely handicapped just kill em its natural selection. With no GOD why not do it? Because we're human? Wait we're animals though aren't we if we're animals then we might as well act like them and animals kill those who are injured and weak. With no GOD then we are all just here by random chance and well why care about anything at all it doesn't matter if you care or not. Why have an army and defend our country without a GOD who cares who's in charge authority is meaningless and freedom well who cares lets just all kill each other after all it doesn't matter. Do you see how stupid all of that is? It's very obvious then that GOD exists He's made that plain to us. "For since the creation of the world GOD's invisible qualities -- His eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20 NIV. So why not choose life? Ya it won't make your life easier but it will be the better choice. Ya your life will be rough but everyone's life is rough and at least with GOD its worth something. And with GOD you'll have the help you'll need for living on earth. Because no one but GOD can fix your problems or fix you. No one can change you but GOD. No one and nothing but GOD can fulfill you totally. No matter where you look or what you do or who your with they can't fulfill you and you will look. We are created to worship GOD and when we are not worshiping GOD we are worshiping something else. What is the one person or thing you spend the most time with? Whatever or whoever it is that is your idol that is what you worship and it can't hold the weight it won't fulfill you. Sooner or later it will fail you and you'll go keep looking for more for something else. We all have a GOD shaped hole in our hearts and until we go to GOD we will not be complete. Only GOD can complete us. Keep looking for something else if you want to but it won't complete you it will not make you fully happy cause only GOD can make you fully happy. This doesn't mean as a Christian your life is rainbows and puppy dogs. But it does mean you will have a reason for joy because of GOD in your life and He will be there for you when no one else is. As a Christian you can go to GOD at anytime for anything. No other religion can offer what Christianity does. Every other religion no matter what it is it preaches of how man can work to get close to GOD but Christianity preaches what GOD has already done and He's as close as our own hearts. Ask anyone in any religion if they feel positive about going to Heaven and being accepted by GOD chances are they will answer they are not sure but they are working on it doing the best they can to be accepted. Then ask a Christian the same question and we will answer we are 100% certain beyond doubt that we will go to Heaven and are accepted by GOD not because of what we have done but because of what He has done for us. Jesus who is GOD came down to earth and was fully man and fully GOD lived a perfectly sinless life and was tempted just like us yet without sin and He bore all of our past, present and future sins on the cross and died and three days later rose to life and ascended to Heaven and poured out His Spirit the Holy Spirit who lives inside every Christian and Jesus is coming back again someday can I get an Amen!? Jesus Christ was beaten, whipped, spat upon, mocked, had a crown of thorns on his head, nailed to a cross and died for you and He didn't have to. He could have walked away at anytime but He didn't cause He loves us. Plus I read the ending and GOD wins in the end. "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'behold, the dwelling place of GOD is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and GOD Himself will be with them as their GOD. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:3-4 ESV. There is hope there is a happy ending this not all for nothing. There is meaning there is truth there is love. There is a GOD who loves you and wants to be in a relationship with you. Maybe you feel you have sinned to much that your sin is so great that it can't be forgiven. "Come now, let us settle the matter,' says the LORD. 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." Isaiah 1:18 NIV. What a great wonderful promise. No matter what your sin is GOD can forgive it and He wants to forgive it. GOD takes no pleasure in holding wrath against you He doesn't want to punish you. GOD will not reject anyone who goes to Him. "However, those the Father has given Me will come to Me, and I will never reject them" John 6:37 NLT. GOD welcomes all who come. "The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come.' And let the one who hears say, 'Come.' And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price." Revelation 22:17 ESV. How do you receive Jesus as your Savior? Here is the answer. "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 NIV. Its that simple and easy some will say its to easy. I'd rather it be to easy then to hard. If you do as that verse says to do you will be saved and GOD will be your Father and every Christian will be your brother or sister and you will have a home in Heaven. This is my message for you. GOD bless you.