Are You Going to Live Before You Die, Really LIVE….
Have you ever loved someone with all your heart and all your soul so much that every time you saw them you didn’t think you could even survive without them? Have you even said with your own lips I would just die to have them or I would just die without them? How did you feel when that object of your love rejected you? We all know it hurts. Well that’s what we do every day to Jesus when we reject Him.
I DON’T REJECT HIM. I RECEVE HIM! You may say to me I don’t reject him I Received him as my savior, but look at this scripture:
Luke 6:46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
He is telling us to go: This is His continual theme, believe in him and tell others about Eternal life thru Him, and by doing this we are CHANGING THE WORLD,
In this message we are going to learn two of the steps needed to grow the Kingdom of God.
FIRST: We must know that we are worthy. Yes, if we are justified to speak in His name. Some of us have doubts about our salvation, we know things we have done in secret, and we know there are things that we have never repented for.
We know that in fact WE are not worthy. Our flesh has betrayed us. We are guilty and we know it.
The Apostle Paul said: The things I don’t want to do I do, and the things I want to do I don’t do.
Was the Apostle Paul justified by ALL of HIS works? If so we know he would spend eternity in hell. How was he justified when he had been the chief among sinners? Are you worse then Paul was? We know how God used Paul, how you think he can use you?
ThE word Justification has been used in many ways in our society. Most often it is used in the legal realm where someone was justified, even when it seemed wrong to do something. It was Justifiable Homicide.
Definition: To show satisfactory reason or excuse for something done: declare innocent for something done. So how are we justified by Jesus. We have all heard the expression when we were in fear or close to death that: my life just flashed before my eyes. We also know there is a life review when we stand before Jesus and he rewards us for our good works. But I’m talking about here and now. We are now in the technological age so we are going to think about videos rather than books.
Lets just for a moment think of a video of your life, the whole thing with highlights of good and bad. Let’s say you sit down with God today, right now and He watched the video of your life. Maybe not your whole life, maybe just the last 24 hours. What would God see? Would he see:
You stealing something, even like time from your job?
Would he see you killing someone with gossip?
Would he see you destroying the plans he has for you?
Isn’t that what the enemy does?
So who then is really your father?
John 8:44Living Bible (TLB)
For you are the children of your father the devil and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning and a hater of truth there is not an iota of truth in him. When he lies, it is perfectly normal; for the father of liars.
Then we say: I didn’t mean it, I am so sorry, I wasn’t thinking, but In fact we WERE thinking like the enemy of God, because we are all born into sin. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. And the wages of sin is death, eternal death. So we sit before our heavenly father, And He sees that in fact we were honoring the father of death. To steal, kill and destroy. This is a terrifying place to be in. You wonder, is it too late? I am a sinner, and headed to Hell, and just think: IT COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT.
At that moment when you realized how you have failed, Jesus walks in. He is carrying a video of His life. So let’s look at the same scenario but instead of watching a video of your life you watch a video of Jesus Life.
It begins as He spoke the world into existence, how beautiful, how powerful. He did it with just a word.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God, all things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was not made by Him.
He made the earth perfect, dividing the land and the sea. He called forth the fish the animals and all the seed bearing herbs. It seems there was a smile on his face as He did this. In His final act of love, once everything was ready and prepared-He created: Man in His image. Oh how he loved all that He created. When HE breathed The breath of life into Adam, then Adam became a speaking spirit.
The next scene in the video shows Him walking with Adam in the cool of the day, peace and love surrounded the walking Word. What a beautiful video you are thinking, no hate, no murder, no sin.But wait-There it is: the same sin that grabs on to you, there it is hiding in the garden. Watch out Eve you say (we all talk to the TV, don’t we?), no, no: don’t listen to him, you will end up like me, watching the video of my life with God the Father, trying to show him how good we are YET we are actually following the Father of lies. Oh I can’t look! Is she listening? Did she do what He said? Did she hear the whisperer? Did she eat the fruit? Now I really want to know how this story ends. I am watching the whole video!
On a side note, when you have fruit in your life, given to you by God, like he gave to Adam and Eve, does it get eaten up by the whispers of the enemy of God?
Do the whispers, say buy you deserve it (and you put it on a credit card and pay the world interest), does the whisper say: just sleep in, don’t bother with work, you deserved the rest. Does the whisper say, forget that preacher, all he wants is your money! Does the whisper say: no one will know anyway? Do you also eat all of your fruit because of the temptation of the enemy? God gives, the enemy takes!
Now back to the video, let’s get some popcorn and enjoy. Poor Adam and Eve, kicked out because of the whisper of the enemy, just like me: I heard spend your money on the lottery, parties and fun: don’t worry about rent! And then I got kicked out of my place too. This video of Jesus life is showing me many things, but I am wondering how it will actually have any effect on the video of my life. OH HOW I WISH IT COULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT: That life I had led.
The next scene shows Jesus healing the blind, feeding the hungry and delivering the demon possessed. Yeah, he is a hero for sure. Wow, I want to be just like him, but OH NO, I can’t I thought as my mind went back to the video of my life: To much baggage, to much sin. Well anyway: Yeah for Jesus
There He is entering into Jerusalem on a donkey; they are laying Palm leaves at His feet! It was beautiful: everything was perfect. Then we see arrested because of the whisper of the enemy into the ears of the Pharisees leaders. Guilty, crucify Him they shouted in unison. Now He could have called 12 legions of angels, but he said nothing. He went to the cross with joy in his heart, He did it all for me and you. He went to the cross to take our sin, sickness and disease. He gives love and encouragement, He brings life, He gives eternal salvation and life.
Then His video ends as He said: it is FINISHED. I was speechless, so sad, so regretful about my life and then Jesus spoke: Don’t you remember on that day I was on the cross; I took all the sins of your life and gave the purification of my life.
And with that He took the cover to his video and placed it on the video of my life. Now when God the father watches the video of my life: He sees the video or Jesus life, he was my substitution. At that point the video of my old life died. I died I have a new life in him. That old video no longer exists. Now as you sit with the Father, you proudly show him the video of your life, your whole life and when He looks at it He sees Jesus. I am now justified because of what Jesus did on the cross for me and everyone who calls on his name. When God looks at the video of my life he sees what Jesus did. When he looks at the video of Jesus he saw all the sins that he took upon himself because he loved us so much.
Please listen to our free podcast for the entire teaching. God Bless you, Pastor Diane
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