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Post  Admin on Mon 12 Dec 2016, 9:53 pm

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“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.”Luke 2:8-9.

If you had good news, whom would you tell first?

When something wonderful happens to me, the first people I want to tell are those closest to me, those most important in my life.

They have proven themselves trustworthy over time, and will rejoice with me.
They’ve stood by me during difficult times, and will share in a victory.

When God had the best news of the ages, whom did He tell first?
Important religious people?
Wealthy folk?
Learned men?

​​Actually, no​!​
God told shepherds.

It didn’t take long for the shepherds to pull themselves together after the heavenly crew left.

Knowing the “town of David” meant Bethlehem-- the shepherds hurried there, and arrived in time to see Jesus in the stable.

The Bible says after seeing the baby, “...they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” Luke 6:17b-18.

Shepherds were in the fields among smelly and not-so-bright sheep.
They had no power or influence.
They had nothing to bring the baby King.

So why did God choose the lowest members of society to entrust the greatest truth of the ages?

Why didn’t God choose the religious leaders?
Surely they would have been excited after waiting for thousands of years to meet their Saviour.

Why not choose a king or a rich man whose testimony would have carried more weight?

Why shepherds?

Two reasons come to mind when I ponder that question.

First-Humility!

​S​hepherds had the capacity to be humbled and amazed that God chose them to hear the news.
Imagine how unworthy they must have felt, but how honoured.
You’ve probably heard about the Pharisees.
They were religious people back when Jesus was born who thought highly of themselves. They loved religion more than they loved a relationship with God.

They probably wouldn’t have been very impressed that God chose to reveal the secret of the ages to them. In fact, they might have thought they deserved to hear the news first.

But not the shepherds.
They were amazed God chose them and they couldn’t keep it to themselves.

That leads me to the second reason I think God chose shepherds.
Honesty!

After they had seen the baby Saviour, they “spread the word” concerning what they knew.

They weren’t like too-cool teenagers, worried about what others thought of them.
They didn’t over-think the situation and talk themselves out of telling the news.

They were exuberant, overflowing with joy and probably still reflected a bit of the glory of being with Jesus.

You know what happened when those uneducated, simple shepherds spread the word that a Savior had been born?
People were amazed!

God is His infinite wisdom chose just the right group of people to entrust the greatest news of eternity.

Those humble men took the Good News of Jesus and did just what God wanted them to do – told others, and their lives were never the same.

"Dear Lord, today I rejoice with the shepherds in the Good News of Jesus’ birth. Help me to set aside those traditions that have become commonplace and explore the amazement of Jesus’ birth. Thank You for sending a Savior for me. I want to spend my life sharing this news. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”

So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

This scene is among the most beloved of not just the Christmas story but the whole Bible.

It is the source of all of our Christmas crèches and nativity scenes.
It is a story of wonder and beauty and tenderness in which we see God’s parental heart revealed.

But today, this part of the story also captures my dream for church.
Not just on Christmas Eve, though that’s a good place to start, but throughout the year.

There are three movements in this brief scene.

​​Expectation
The shepherds are filled with ​​expectation so that once they’ve heard the report of the angels they go as quickly as they can to find Mary and Joseph.

​Enjoyment
They are not disappointed, as they find the angels spoke truly.
​Indeed, they are filled with wonder and delight by the family gathered around their newborn son.

​Evangelism
Filled with joy, they go and tell others of what they have seen, who are themselves also filled with a sense of expectation and wonder as well.

So there it is:
E​xpectation, ​Enjoyment, Evangelism.

What would it be like if church were like this?

That we worked together to create a community of faith – worship on Sundays; education, service, and fellowship throughout the week – that made it easy to invite people to, expecting that as they did they would be filled with wonder and delight and share what they’ve found with others?

Can we do this?
Expectation, E​njoyment, Evangelism.

"Dear God, fill us again with a holy awe and joyous delight at the gift of your son, that we might invite others to know the goodness of faith and life in you. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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When the angels went away from them into heaven-- the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.

And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.

And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Luke 2:15-20.

Whenever we read the story of Jesus’ birth or attend a church Christmas play, we expect the shepherds to play a prominent role.

Every nativity scene includes a cute little angel and gentle shepherds.
They’re just part of the package.

We may easily embrace shepherds as ​​​​​​key characters in the story, but a Jewish person 2000 years ago would have found this incredulous.

For the birth of the Messiah, surely God would invite kings or political influencers, priests or religious insiders, but never shepherds.

God wouldn’t invite shepherds.

Shepherds were social outcasts.
They were poor, uneducated, uncultured, and uncouth. They were rough characters in a small town on the fringe of society, so much so that their testimony was not even admissible in court.

If you were with your family, walking through town--you would likely go to the other side of the street to avoid them.

Shepherds were religious outsiders.
Because of the work of caring for the sheep made them ceremonially unclean-- they were not allowed into the temple courts or to be an active part of synagogue worship. Religious leaders often considered them on the same level as prostitutes.

When it came to religion-- they were always on the outside looking in.

God invited a group of guys who had been labeled as outcasts and outsiders by everyone, and placed them at the top of the invite list for the most important birthday in history.

This is a theme we see continue throughout the story of Jesus’ life:

Jesus hangs out with religious outsiders, social outcasts, and “sinners” so much that He is accused of being a glutton and a drunkard.

Jesus heals a man with leprosy—considered contagious and religiously unclean— by touching him. Most people would have avoided lepers altogether.

Jesus chooses an inner circle of followers that includes uneducated fishermen, a former tax collector who has sold out countrymen, a zealot who wants to kill the Romans, and even a former prostitute.

Jesus consistently seeks out those who are considered social outcasts and religious outsiders and invites them to be at the center of His ministry.

Those who have been relegated to the outside are not only focus of His rescue mission—they become its leaders.

The shepherds had nothing to offer Jesus.
They were not religiously trained or socially polished.

Unlike the wise men who would arrive later-- they did not have exquisite gifts.

These guys lived under the stars with only-- the clothes on their backs,
- a staff to guide the sheep,
- and a rod for protection.

They had nothing of value to bring to Jesus except for themselves.
That’s exactly what He wanted, and what He still wants today.

Who are “shepherds” in your community-- social outcasts and religious outsiders?

Do you believe that God can use them to impact your community and point people to Him?
How can God use you to invite them to join His mission?
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Post  Admin on Tue 06 Dec 2016, 1:23 pm

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Shepherds in ancient Israel were,​ ​and still are, humble young men who toil quietly caring for flocks in lonely places.

Despite their unassuming qualities-- shepherds were subject to scorn by some​,​
-​ ​and were never celebrated even in Israel.​ ​Genesis 46:34.It's easy to take a shepherd for granted.

Nevertheless, the Bible elevates shepherds time and again as honourable and important servants of the people, and as such they became a useful picture in the Bible of Christ and the leaders in the church, who Paul calls shepherds in Acts 20:28.

It's particularly noteworthy that God counted shepherds worthy to be included among the first people to witness the arrival of our Messiah.

In Luke's Gospel we read:
"In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night."Luke 2:8.

We've all heard the story before, and we're sung it many times in Christmas carols: shepherds visited in their fields at night by the angel delivering good news that the Messiah has arrived as promised by the prophets.

Have you ever stopped to consider why the announcement of such an important event was delivered first to shepherds?

In fact, everything about the Lord's arrival was quiet and peaceful and unadorned.

He was a Baby, not a conquering King.
He was sleeping in a place intended for animals, not in a palace.

His parents were anonymous​.
His hometown was ignominious ​and His enemies were powerful​. John 1:46.

It's easy to see a close connection between the Lord Himself and those God called upon first following His arrival. Matthew 2:13-18.

Rather than announce Christ's arrival in pomp and circumstances befitting a King, the Lord preferred to deliver Jesus in a manner befitting a shepherd:
- quiet, unassuming, isolated, surrounded by lowly animals and despised.

Furthermore, when the Lord assigned others the priviledge of heralding Christ's arrival, He selected a group that perfectly represented the Messiah's own ministry of service to God's flock.

Notice in Luke 2:17 that after learning of the Messiah's birth and vis​i​ting Him in person, the shepherds leave to "make known" everything they had experienced.

Who were they telling?

Shepherds normally spent their time in the fields alone, but because of their excitement these shepherds came in from the fields and went into the towns and villages proclaiming the good news to family, friends and probably strangers.

Notice the impact the shepherds had upon the people who heard their proclamations.

In v.18 Luke records that the people wondered about the things they heard from the shepherds.

The Greek word wonder means to be amazed and astonished by the news of the shepherds.

Even though they were lowly shepherds, the news they brought was wondrous and welcome.

It's not the messenger.It's the message!

And the Lord is still calling humble, lowly servants to leave our stations in life so we may proclaim what we have heard and experienced to our family, friends and even strangers.

Let's be like the shepherds of that first Christmas.
Let's engage someone this week in a conversation about the Messiah and the reason we celebrate His arrival
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“In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord”.Luke 2:8-11.
In Luke’s gospel he recounts the Christmas story and immediately following the birth of Jesus in the narrative he shares the announcement of His birth.

There are several interesting aspects of that announcement to consider.

First, notice the audience of the announcement.

The passage says there were some shepherds out doing their job at night watching over their flock.

It is this group of shepherds to whom the Lord directs the announcement.
​​​​Why these guys?

Although herding sheep was and is an honorable profession this was not the upper crust of society.
God chose a lowly group of shepherds out in the country to first announce the birth of the Messiah.

I think the significance is great.God’s deliverer was sent for “All” men not just a slice of the important aristocracy or religious leadership of the day.

That is still true, position bears no influence on His call to believe.

Second, notice the approach the announcement.

God sends one of his messengers, “An angel of the Lord” to share this revelation. And this angelic display wasn’t like the Clarence figure from “It’s a Good Life”.

This angel appeared in full splendor, “And the glory of the Lord shone around them”.
The angel had to calm them down saying, “Do not be afraid”.

Finally, comes the aspects of the announcement.
The angel proclaims the birth of Jesus saying, “Behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord”.

The message to these lowly shepherds is that it is “Good news”.

Many times in the history of divine revelation the news was not good, many times the news was of judgment against a stubborn and stiff necked people.

This news though is positive.
The message is also said to be one of “Great joy”.

Not only is this a positive thing but the result is going to produce much joy. Looking back we can clearly say it is true.

It is a very joyful thing to realize that Jesus came that night to the earth with his ministry and ultimate sacrifice in mind.

His coming is a source indeed of great joy for many many people.

The reason for that great joy is also revealed.
The angel says this baby Jesus is “Born for you” and is a “Saviour, who is Christ the Lord”.

Obviously the story didn’t stop there.
Scripture says they went immediately into town to find Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus just as the angel had said.

They shared all that had been told to them.
To what degree others paid attention to this lot of lowly shepherds

We do not know but one response is recorded.
“But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19.
Treasure the good news!Ponder the gospel!!
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"Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid."
Luke 2:8-9.

When God's Son was born in Bethlehem--- an unlikely group was the first to hear the news.

If it had been up to me-I would have chosen to dispatch an angel to the court of Caesar Augustus.

"You call yourself the saviour of the world, Caesar?
Well, check this out. The real Saviour of the world has been born!"

Or, the angel could have appeared to the high priest, scribes, and scholars and announced the news that the Savio​u​r had been born.

Instead, God chose to deliver His message to shepherds who were "living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night." Luke 2:8.

To be a shepherd in that culture was to be at the bottom of the social ladder.

Shepherds were despised-
-​ ​so much so that the testimony of a shepherd wasn't allowed in a court of law.

Shepherds basically did the work that no one else wanted to do.
They had dirt under their fingernails.
They were hardworking.

And they probably felt right at home when they learned that this baby was born in lowly circumstances.

They would have related to this.
God was speaking their language.

This became the modus operandi of Christ throughout His ministry.

He always went to the outcasts, to the hurting, to the ordinary people.
He went to people like the woman at the well who had been ostracized because of her multiple marriages and divorces.
He went to people like the tax collector Zacchaeus who was perceived by his fellow Jews as a traitor.

Our Lord always had time for people like that.
He was described as the friend of sinners.

In the same way, those lowly, despised shepherds who kept watch over their flocks were visited by the Lord.
He is your friend too.He has visited you now with His loving kindness
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One of the challenges of living a godly life in an ungodly world is-
- the pressure we face when the world perpetually exalts those who are evil, 
- and expects the rest of us to applaud. 

As with Isaiah, we live in a culture filled with “those who call evil good and good evil.” Is​aiah​.5:20. 
Jesus made it clear that “what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” L​u​k​e​.16:15. 
Making appraisals from a biblical perspective will not be popular-
- but necessary for those who walk with Christ. 

God’s heroes are not hailed by society. 
They never have been. 

They are those who are “afflicted and mistreated,” and yet-
Scripture extols them as those “of whom the world is not worthy” Heb​rews​.11:37-38. 
There are many spiritual reasons the world exalts those who defy God’s rules. 
Not the least of which is their sinful desire to mitigate the pangs of conviction. 

Members of society can feel better about their transgressions when their heroes are avant-garde sinners. 
Though they know “that those who practice such things deserve to die-
- they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Rom.1:32. 

Sin is shameful. 
We should be remorseful when we fall. 
And we should certainly never applaud those who defiantly make sinning their habit.
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“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10.
In Christ-God will "perfect,establish,strengthen and settle" us. 
But that will come at the end of our earthly lives. 
God will do these things-Peter wrote, “after you have suffered a while.” 
Right now, a character-building process is going on.And we should be patient while it is running its course.
Repentance. 
As hard as this world can be at times-- its continuation allows us the time we need to repent of our sins. 
And it is not only the additional time that benefits us-- but the hardness of our sojourn encourages us to repent.
Repentance is not a one-time occurrence; it is a process. By a sequence of events-God is teaching us repentance, and the process can’t be rushed.
Refining. 
God uses the illustration of a precious metal being refined by fire to help us see what needs to happen to our hearts. 
Peter wrote, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:6,7.
Remediation. 
In many respects, life in the present world is like time spent in a treatment center. The flaws in our character are being remediated, and the process (often very painful) takes time. 
Only when our inner characters have been prepared and made fit for the eternal enjoyment of God will they be given that privilege.
Among the many other benefits of our difficulties in this world-- there is the fact that we will enjoy heaven all the more because we suffered while getting there. 
No one truly knows happiness who has not suffered.So we should not be surprised that our reward will come later. 
The Hebrew writer said, “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.” Hebrews 10:36. 
That word “after” is a little word-- but oh, how important it is in this life. 
After we have done the will of God...
“From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.”-Spanish Proverb
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"Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.' And you forgave me. All my guilt is gone!" Psalm 32:5.

Go to any supermarket where a parent is busy shopping and their child is being 
obnoxious or feels he or she is being ignored by the parent. 

Some of the put-down, shame-based criticisms these children receive make your blood curdle.

Listen to the angry tone of voice as the parent blurts out: 
"You bad boy! If you don't stop your noise, I will take you outside and." 

If they are getting this kind of treatment in public-
- you can imagine what they are receiving at home: 
"You terrible girl; shame on you; you wicked, bad boy/girl."

When a child receives a continual dose of any shame-based accusations-
- he eventually believes that that is the kind of person he is and continues to feel 
this way throughout his adult life unless he gets the help he needs to resolve his 
damaged self-concept.

So how do we overcome a shame-based self-concept?

Remind!
First, continually remind yourself that God loves you just as you are and that He has totally forgiven all your sins that you have confessed to Him. 

Keep reminding yourself of this regardless of how you feel. 
This kind of repetition over time helps re-program your faulty belief system. 

Many a time when I was feeling shame-based-
I said over and over to myself, "God loves and accepts me as I am so I love and accept me as I am." 

This kind of repetition (with feeling) programs truth (or lies) into our deeper mind and belief system.

Realize!
Second, realize that we were damaged in damaging relationships and will get healed in healing relationships. 

So, with God's help, seek out a trusted friend (a skilled counsellor if necessary) with whom you can trust your very soul. 

Little by little start to open up to this person and share all your shame-based 
feelings and all your failures. 

This needs to be with a non-judgmental, non-advice-giving-wanting-to-fix-you person. 
It needs to be someone who knows you fully and accepts you totally. 

Through their loving acceptance of you just as you are, little by little you learn to 
love and accept yourself. 

This does take time.

I know this can be threatening because many of us feel that if we are known for who we truly are, we won't be liked, let alone loved. 
But this is a false belief. 

The fact is we can only be loved to the degree that we are known. 

But again, it is very important that we never open up to a shame-based, judgmental, unsolicited-advice-giving person.

Resolve!
Third, realize, too, that love is a feeling to be learned. 
When we are born, we have the capacity to love, but how to love is learned. 

If we grow up in an angry environment, we will learn to be angry or, if in a fearful 
environment, we will learn to be fearful. 

But if we grow up in a loving environment, we will learn to be loving. 
We love by first being loved. 

Unfortunately, what we didn't receive as a child, we need to receive now. 
That's the way God created us and He doesn't go against His own design.

As the Bible says, "We love God because He first loved us." 

The same principle applies to people ”we love others because someone needs to first love us." 

And, as already noted, as we open up and are totally honest to a safe, non-judgmental loving person, little by little we learn to love ourselves in a healthy sense. 

This then frees us to work on overcoming our failures. 
As long as we hide our sins and faults, we are never free to resolve them.

Remember!
Remember the words of David who sinned grievously: 
"Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to 
myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.' And You forgave me! All my guilt is gone." Psalm 32:5.

We too can find the same freedom from guilt, false-guilt, and shame.

"Dear God, thank You again that You know me exactly as I am inside and out, and still love me. Lead me to the help I need so I can learn to love and accept myself the way You love me, and be free from all my guilt—both real and false—and shame. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus's Name, Amen.
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 “Don’t worry at all then about tomorrow. Tomorrow can take care of itself! One day’s trouble is enough for one day.” Matthew 6:34.

It is very rarely the present moment that causes anxiety. 

We might fret about the past-
- or more commonly, worry about the future. 

Jesus warns us against it. 

Amidst all his profound wisdom that can be sometimes hard to unlock-
- here is one very clear example of godly common sense.

The present is the only real situation we have to confront. 
The future does not as yet exist. 

When we worry about the future-
- we are essentially worrying about something that is not real and sure. 

One reason why worry about the future is so corrosive and so common is that we start creating imaginary futures. 
We play the ‘what if’ game and see ourselves overcome by many and varied scenarios.

Most of these will not eventuate. 
Jesus seems to be saying that even if they do, we will handle them as they come. 

We cannot resolve the issue here and now-
- because the issue does not as yet exist and may never exist.

Of course we plan for the future and think about the future. 

But if we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by anxiety-laden future possibilities--then we are on a dead-end road! We are wrestling with phantoms. 

And as we do so-
- we risk missing out on what God is doing here and now in our lives. 
We risk adding unnecessary burdens to our already challenging present day.

Pray to God that we do not let-
- the possibilities of tomorrow rob us of the certainties of today.
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"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household."Ephesians 2:19.
A great deal of friction and enmity is generated by those who see themselves as superior to others-
- by virtue of their race, religion, or social status. 

Such attitudes destroy peace between individuals, communities, and even nations. 

The early church confronted this problem when it addressed the status of non-Jewish believers. 
These Gentiles had been excluded from the commonwealth of Israel with all its privileges and covenants-
- so it was easy to view them as second-class citizens in the church despite their faith in Jesus. 

Even after Pentecost and the outpouring of the Spirit-
- the old ways of thinking were hard to abandon.

The apostle Paul spoke to this very problem in Ephesus when he said:
“But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.” Eph. 2:13-14.

Today there continue to be many dividing walls between people. 

Human nature is no different in the modern age than it was in the first century: 
- power, pride, and privilege still dominate in the kingdom of darkness. 

Unfortunately, many dividing walls also exist in the Christian community. 
Yet the gospel of Jesus Christ is just as powerful today in “making the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.” v. 15. 

It doesn’t matter what the barriers are.
We can overcome them by recognizing that we all have our access to the Father through the same Spirit. v. 18.
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"Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us." Psalms 62:8.
Early African believers were earnest and regular in private devotions. 

Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out his heart to God. 

Over time, the paths to these places became well worn. 

As a result, if one of these believers began to neglect prayer, it was soon apparent to the others. 
They would kindly remind the negligent one, "Brother, the ​​​​​​grass grows on your path."

Prayer is a time when we can be completely intimate with the Lord-
- we can share all our burdens, heartaches, situations and life struggles,
- but sometimes we need to get away into the thicket, alone, and be intimate with Him! 

The Lord loves to be intimate with us! 

He doesn't want a superficial relationship of recited prayers-
- but a deep relationship with Him,
- the One who loves us with a love that is everlasting!

If grass has begun to grow on your path-
- take some time out and find your way to that spot in the thicket today. 

God awaits you!
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"Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:30-31.

We hate to wait! 

Maybe for you it's being put on hold during a phone call. 
​M​aybe your child is still stuck on the waiting list for that magnet school she has to attend. 
Maybe it's a painfully slow line at your morning coffee shop.

In our fast-paced culture, waiting means losing control. 

People used to farm their own food; planting a field and waiting for the crop took months. 
Today, we run to the nearest drive-through. 

Remember pen pals? 
People used to write letters, by hand and then wait several days for them to be received. 
Today we send a text message. 

What about the news? 
From newspapers to world headlines, everything is at the push of a button – available instantly.

So, why is waiting so hard? 

Waiting is a very​​ ​​​​real reminder that the world does not revolve around me. 
Waiting messes with my plans. 
Waiting forces me to see and hear things that I'd rather ignore. 

Simply, waiting reveals that I am not in control. 

God, however, tells us that waiting is important. 
In fact, the Bible shows us that waiting is necessary and needed in our lives.

Waiting God uses to get our attention.
Waiting reminds us that God is in control when I am not.
Waiting reveals God's plans, not mine.
Waiting allows God to speak into our lives in ways we could never hear before.
Waiting shifts our perspective to see and experience more of God's love and grace in our lives.

Are you hating the wait? 

Step back and give God your frustrations. 
Be honest. 

From the small annoyances to the heavy burdens-
- ask God to help you trade
- the hate in the wait 
- for hope in the promises of God's love and grace.
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Do it now!
 
"O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help." Psalm 86:5.
 
No atheist could conceive of a God-
- as good, as merciful, as compassionate, and as loving, as the God of the Bible, 
- and as the God who has revealed himself to you and me. 

No mind that was formed as the result of the random collisions of molecules over millions of years-
- could dream up such pure goodness as God is.
 
And more, no religion that has ever existed on the face of the earth-
- has ever conceived of such a God as is revealed in Jesus Christ. 

Other religions can conceive of perfection, justice, and law-
- but never have they conceived of such a compassionate love as the story of Jesus reveals. 
 
When I look at myself-
I wonder how I could ever be saved.

When I look at God-
I wonder how I could ever be lost.
 
For me, the fact that the goodness of the character of God is-
- so far beyond what my mind can imagine is evidence for the existence of God. 

He’s a God who’s worthy of your love-
- and to whom you can entrust your life. 
 
Have you been looking at yourself too much? 

You know the symptoms: 
- doubt, anxiety, lack of joy...

Perhaps you need to be looking at God more. 

If you haven’t already set time aside everyday to by overawed by God and his unfailing love toward you-
- do it now!
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"Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route." Acts 16:6-8.

God has the power to open any closed door. 

And yet-
He may decide to let things that seem important to us remain blocked. 

Why does the Lord allow doors to stay shut?

Protection. 
He might be trying to keep us from making a mistake. 
On our own, we may not have adequate knowledge to make right choices.

Participation. 
God could be sending us on a new path. 
His plan might include bigger opportunities, deeper satisfaction, more productivity, a season of suffering, or an opportunity to glorify His name. 

The Lord closed doors in Asia so that the apostle Paul would minister on the continent of Europe. 
His obedience led to increased fruitfulness—the churches at Philippi, Thessalonica, and Corinth—and to more knowledge for us through his letters to them. Acts 16:6-10.
Though Paul experienced much suffering, he also knew the joy of participating in God’s work.

Proof. 
When God says “No,” our faith is tested-
- we discover what we really believe about Him and His plans,
- and we prove our faithfulness to Him.

Perseverance. 
When our path is blocked-
- we have opportunity to develop steadfastness. 

Romans 5:3-5 tells us that we should actually “exult in our tribulations,” because of the positive results the Lord will cause through them.

Proper timing. 
Sometimes our Father places ​​​​stop signs in our way to work out the right timing for His will.

Punishment.
Past waywardness can affect future experiences and blessings,
- and even ministry, business​, study​ ​or​​ ​​even tourism​.

But-
"...we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28.
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"Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him." Genesis 21:5.

Many of us have retired already or are planning to in the near future. 
For most people, retirement is viewed as a time to relax, reflect, and enjoy the fruits of a lifetime of labour.

But consider that many of the greatest heroes of the Bible were just getting started when most of us retire!

God established His covenant with Abraham when he was 99 years old. 

After a life of hard work and great success, imagine God telling you-
“Okay, now it’s time for your life’s work to really get started.”

Similarly, Moses was around 80 years old when he led the Israelites out of Egypt. 
How many of us could lead a nation of millions through the desert for the next 40 years?

Believe it or not, the concept of retirement isn’t found anywhere in the Bible. 

As Christians, you and I are called to be on the firing line with the Lord our whole life on earth!

And today-
God may be calling you to do something as simple as-
- encouraging your neighbour or 
- making your famous chocolate chip cookies for a bake sale or
- writing a book. 
Perhaps He is even calling you to mentor younger members of your church.

Whatever God is calling you to do as a retiree and as a Christian-
He is calling you to continue to serve Him during this season of life, 
- using the time He’s given you to make a difference for Him.

Pray that God would help you use the time He’s given you in retirement to serve others-
- for their good and 
- for His glory!

Elders, be blessed!​
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"Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD." Psalms 31:24. 

When Jim Burke became the head of a new products division at Johnson & Johnson-
- one of his first projects was the development of a children's chest rub. 

The product failed miserably, and Burke expected that he would be fired. 

When he was called in to see the chairman of the board, however, he met a surprising reception. 

"Are you the one who just cost us all that money?" asked Robert Wood Johnson. "Well I just want to congratulate you. If you are making mistakes, that means you are taking risks, and we won't grow unless you take risks!" 

Apparently, Mr. Johnson wasn’t joking! 

Years later-
Johnson & Johnson remains one of the largest multi-national manufacturers of pharmaceutical, diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical, personal hygiene, baby and biotechnology products.

We believers are called to take some risks so that God’s Kingdom may grow! 

So often, we cower at the opportunities He makes available because we are too afraid things won’t go the way hope and others might be disappointed or sneer at our failure. 

But God wants us to go forth boldly, sometimes taking a risk or two, so that we may accomplish great things for Him! 

Yes, sometimes we’ll get it wrong and there may be a hard lesson to learn. 
But we will learn and eventually great things will happen as result of our courage and persistence!

The time is short and there is so much work to do for the Kingdom! 
We cannot afford to stand in the sidelines any longer! 

Let’s ask the Lord to cause to us have courage and go in boldness! 
God’s Kingdom won’t grow unless we start taking some risks!
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“And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.” Luke 21:1-4.

A preacher told of a church meeting where he had been asked to assist with a fund raising campaign for a church that had been struggling financially because the people would not give. 

He said, “It was the slowest and most reluctant giving I have ever encountered.” 

When he finished his exhortation and the pledges were taken, they had less than half the money needed. 

He said that an elderly couple in the back then volunteered to sell their house to make up the difference—they had been offered exactly the amount remaining that needed to be raised for it the day before. 

But in less than five minutes, the previously stingy congregation rallied to pledge the entire amount so the couple could keep their home. 
The sacrifice of that couple motivated them to give.

When we realize that all we have belongs to God-
- it is impossible to justify refusing to give. 

Sometimes we make the excuse that we do not give because of our lack. 
But in reality, even small gifts have a big impact. 

No man ever made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

The Lord after all does not need our money. 
We are not helping Him when we give. 

He is far more concerned about the ​​​​​​condition of our heart than the size of our offering.

The measure of our generosity is-
- not found in the size of the gift, 
- but in the sacrifice of the gift.
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Our society nurtures a popular misconception that tolerance is the only reasonable worldview to have. 

But when it comes to the law of God-
King Solomon’s life shows that compromise is a destructive choice. 
1 Kings 11:1-8.

In the early years of Solomon’s reign, he was committed to doing right. 

But later, when he saw the opportunity to promote himself politically, he ignored Scripture’s command forbidding marriage to pagans.
Deut. 7:1-3; 1 Kings 3:1. 

Though he may have viewed the union as an insignificant deviation-
Satan’s strategy is to convince us to compromise small portions of God’s Word, one at a time.

Solomon admired beautiful women of other nationalities-
- but instead of finding ways to avoid temptation, 
- he permitted himself one relationship and then sought more and more. 

Surrounded by foreigners, he inevitably became involved in their religions. 

Eventually he was ensnared by sin​.
​A​nd his heart turned from God.

Solomon’s temptations may differ from ours-
- but accepting compromise can trap us as well. 

Unchecked admiration for something beyond God’s will for our life can convince us to pursue it. 

Though we intellectually know this choice is wrong-
- it’s easy to harden our heart against the Spirit’s warnings. 

A preoccupation can deepen until the desired object, person, or activity holds a place of greater priority than our Father. 

If we allow that to happen-
- we lose our freedom in Jesus Christ and become caught in a prison of sin. 

In other words-
- the cost of co ​mpromise is the corruption of our soul.
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“He gives power to the faint;and to them that have no might he increases strength... 
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah.40:29-31.

Spiritual joy is-
- neither to do with having our naturally desired outcome 
- nor linked to the achieving of our anticipated human results. 

Spiritual joy is-
- a power the redeemed receives from God following our new birth in Christ, 
- and sustained by our constant fellowship relationship with Him. 

Through our reconciliation to God’s Holy Spirit made possible by our new birth in Christ-
- we have God’s supernatural Holy Spirit presence in us. 

The presence of God as LOVE itself in us-
- is presence of a joy, peace and rest, which surpasses human reasoning and natural understanding. 

The joy of the LORD is a divine strength-
- which keeps us strong in situations meant by the enemy to debilitate and emotionally stagnate us. 

And as long as we remain in oneness and in perfect fellowship relationship with God-
- we will in His presence continually remain joyfully strong in all realms and dominion no matter the situation or circumstances we can possibly find ourselves in. 

God’s joy as divine power in us gives us-
- the might and the strength we require to rise above our human feelings of negative emotions. 

Through God’s prevailing joyous feelings in our hearts-
- sadness and sorrow can never have its way in our soul. 

The joy of the LORD protects our hearts and souls from sorrowfulness-
- and it shields us from the crippling effects of sadness and negative emotions. 

The joy of the LORD is indeed our strength. 
And as long as we remain in God’s presence-
- we will remain full of His supernatural strength, joy, peace and rest in all the seasons of our lives. 

In the midst of our mind boggling natural situations-
- the joy of the LORD as supernatural strength enables us to be strong. 

It gives us might in the midst of weakening situations. 
It keeps us joyful in the midst of sad situations and makes us to be full of laughter in our spirit man amidst daunting tearful natural circumstances.  

Our soul in the supernatural presence of God-
- is daily sweetened and gladdened by His outpouring of His loving kindness upon our lives. 

And our spirit man in His divine Holy Spirit presence-
- will daily rejoice and be gladdened no matter our natural world situations to the utmost glory of God our Maker. 

Rejoice in the presence of the LORD today.
Magnify His presence daily in you with your riotous worship and praise.
Strive daily to habitually praise Him in the beauty of His holiness. 
Make a joyful noise and reverence His holy name. 
​​​​​​Relax and rejoice in the presence of God. 

He is faithful and He will always make a way where there seem to be no way.

"LORD God I praise You in my heart and worship You in my spirit. Fill me up with Your joy and sweeten my spirit with Your blessed assurances. Have Your way in me LORD today and forever. Keep me as Yours and let my soul be gladdened always by the assurances of Your loving kindness for me.Amen."
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The Christian life is the greatest life!

God takes a life that was empty and aimless and, worst of all, headed to a certain judgment, and he turns it around and transforms it. 

But in addition, he removes the guilt that haunted us, fills the emptiness inside of us and literally takes residence in our heart. 
This all comes as a result of the gospel believed and followed. 

That is the good news. 

But we also need to know there are some new problems that come along as a result of becoming a Christian. 
You get rid of an old set of problems, and you inherit new ones. 

A Christian is one who is-
- constantly in trouble,
- completely fearless, and
- continually cheerful!

We need to be aware of the fact that the Christian life is-
- not a playground; 
- but a battleground. 

In fact, the Bible tells us:
"We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God." Acts 14:22. 

But why does God allow trials and hardships in the life of the Christian? 
Let me give you a few reasons.

First-
Adversity tames us!
It levels us and keeps us humble. 

Prosperity has a tendency to make people proud and self-sufficient. 
We don't think we need God when we have a wallet full of credit cards, a lot of money in the bank, investments and good health. 
So we sort of ignore God. 

But when an economy goes south or the stock market crashes or our home burns to the ground-
- we turn to God because we are reminded of what really matters. 

As the psalmist said, "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word." Psalm 119:67. 

When the people of Israel were poised to enter the Promised Land after years of wandering in the wilderness-
God gave them this warning: 
"When you have eaten your fill in this land, be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt." Deuteronomy 6:11–12. 

We talk about the problem of pain-
- but let's talk about the problem of prosperity. 

Prosperity brings responsibility. 
I am not an owner of anything; I am a steward. 

I am held responsible for what I do with the resources that are at my disposal. 
So we must take the responsibility of prosperity seriously and make sure that we remain dependent on God.

When life gets really hard and adversity strikes, we pray – and so we should. 
But sometimes when life is going reasonably well, we sort of ​ ​forget about prayer. 

In his book "The Problem of Pain," C. S. Lewis writes-
"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His ​​​​​​​​​​​​megaphone to rouse a deaf world."

Second-
Adversity teaches us!
It teaches eternal truths that we would not otherwise learn. 

I avoid pain at all costs. 
I avoid things that cause pain. 

We want to get into shape, but we want a pain-free workout. 
We don't want to hurt. 

No pain, no gain. 
If you are looking for a pain-free life, then you are not going to grow spiritually. 

Pain reminds us of a deeper need, which is a need for God. 
And he will teach us lessons in the valleys that we never would have learned on the mountaintops, things we need to know and things we need to share with others.

Think about some of the greatest lessons you have learned in your life. 
They have come through adversity, haven't they? 

And those are the things that you pass on and share with others. 
You remember those times when God came through for you.

Third-
Adversity trains us!
It gives us compassion to counsel and comfort others who are in pain. 

When you go through adversity, you have a new consideration of others. 

It has been said that success builds walls, and failures build bridges. 
If everything is always perfect and life is always firing on every cylinder, people don't relate to that. 

But they do relate to a person who is going through or who has been through pain. 
The apostle Paul said, "(God) comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." 2 Corinthians 1:4. 

We need to continue in the faith. 
Some may say, "Well, my faith has been tested, and I can't handle this." 

But the faith that cannot be tested is the faith that cannot be trusted. 
With all respect, the faith that cannot make it through adversity is not real faith.

Real faith gets stronger through hardship, not weaker.
It becomes more resilient. 
It doesn't fall apart. 

Emotions come and go. 
The Bible says, "The just shall live by faith." Romans 1:17.
It doesn't say the just shall live by feeling. 

So press on. 
And when you are facing adversity-
- don't focus on emotions that fluctuate. 

Remember that God is there with you. 
And remember that he is in control.
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Once when Jesus’ disciples had expressed concern over the difficulty of a particular aspect of faithfulness to God-
 “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'” Mt. 19:26. 

It’s always a mistake to assume that a thing can’t be done simply because we ourselves can think of no way to do it.

When it comes to our work as the people of God-
God can do things that are greater than we think are possible. 

Jeremiah prayed, “Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” Jer. 32:17.

God has never required any person to do the impossible. 

It is a consistent principle in both the Old Testament and the New that if God requires a thing-
- then He will supply the ability for it to be done. 

That is the meaning of Paul’s wonderful statement in Phil. 4:13: 
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” 

That does not mean that God will help us to achieve any worldly goal that we set for ourselves.
It means that He will supply the wherewithal for us to accomplish His will and do the things that He sets before us as responsibilities. 

We need never fear being the position of having to do something for God but not being able to do what is required.

The Bible is full of examples of men and women-
- who placed their faith in God, 
- did whatever they were capable of doing, 
- and then found out — sometimes to their great amazement — that God can bring great results out of unpromising situations. 

We need only think of the story of David and Goliath to remember that-
God is stronger than we are, 
- and that it is the person who fights and works in the confidence of God’s help who sees problems solved that were thought to be insoluble.

Actually it is an insult to God-- for us to become discouraged and pessimistic about the work of the gospel. 
Is it our work? 
Does it depend on our power? 
Of course not. 

And if, as we believe-
God has called us to participate in His work, 
- then He will supply the solutions to whatever problems may arise. 

Paul wrote, “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” 
2 Cor. 3:4,5.
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Few of us can say that we have never been ashamed when it came to our attention that we failed to care for someone whom we should have cared for.
Whether our unawareness was innocent and inadvertent or the result of negligence-
- it’s painful to find out that we’ve failed to care. 

So we’d do well to be more inquisitive when it comes to others’ need for our caring.

Caring is a privilege. 
Caring for others would not be possible if we had not been endowed with some very 
special gifts.
While certain animals “care” for their young in one sense, the kind of caring that human beings are capable of requires a set of remarkable powers. 

It’s a privilege to have been endowed with these powers, and if we ever catch ourselves complaining about having to use them, then we need to adjust our attitudes. 

Duty is simply the other side of privilege.

Caring is a pleasure. 
Out of all the happinesses, or perhaps we should say joys, that human beings can experience, none is more exquisite than that of caring. 

And I don’t mean simply the sentiment of caring-
I mean the act of caring. 

The words “It is more blessed to give than to receive” encapsulate-- one of the most important truths that our minds can grasp. 
It would behoove us to quit paying lip service to that maxim and start learning that life really does work that way.

Caring is a protection. 
This is a story about four people: 

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.
Everybody was sure Somebody would do it.
Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.
Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job.
Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.
It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when actually Nobody asked Anybody.

This little story applies so much to Christians today. 

If not us, who? 
If not now, when? 
If not here, where? 

Nobody is getting the work of God done because everybody thinks somebody is going to do it, when anybody could have done it, but nobody did. 

Indifference, which is a failure to care, is a horrible sin. 

I don’t believe George Bernard Shaw was overstating the case when he said:
“The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them-- but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.”
Not caring for those around us (especially those to whom we have some special responsibility, such as our families) is a fate worse than death. 

Yes, it costs us to care. 
Yes, sacrifices may be required. 
Yes, it may come to the point where caring for someone even demands that we lay down our lives for them. 

Whatever the price of caring may be-
- it is nowhere near the cost of not caring.

We have such a grand opportunity in these last Days to witness with the Gospel. 
As we approach the End Times, more and more people are hungry for the truth. 

Sadly, they're being indoctrinated by atheists,heretics and nuts who believe in alien abductions, some even claiming to be Christ. 

The need is great for Bible-believing Christians to do the work of God.
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If you have ever watched soldiers doing close-order drill on a parade field-
- you know how quickly they can reverse themselves and head in the opposite direction. 

If they attempt this while standing still-
- the command is “about face.” 

If they want to reverse while marching-
- the command is “to the rear, march.” 

In either case, there is an abrupt change leading in an entirely different direction. 

This is a good picture of what genuine repentance looks like. 
It means to change one’s mind and start moving the opposite way.

One of the Bible’s greatest preachers of repentance was John the Baptist-
- who called his hearers to a complete “about face.” 

He had seen too many shallow gestures where people pretended to repent-
- but were not willing to change their behaviour. 

John insisted that those who exhibited only superficial contrition should instead “bear fruits in keeping with repentance.” Luke 3:8. 

When his listeners asked what he meant by that-
- they were told to share their food and clothing, 
- to be fair in their business practices, 
- and to be content with their wages. 

In other words-
- they were to change their ways and 
- leave their old patterns of behaviour behind.

Repentance includes something else​ also​: 
A willingness to make restitution to anyone whom we have wronged. 

When Zaccheus the tax collector received Jesus into his house-
- he showed the true nature of his repentance when he said, 
“If I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” Luke 19:8. 

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal​​​​ ​​any amends you may need to make.
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Most important decision
God loves a seeking heart. 
You may be looking for a sense of purpose in your life. 
Your heart is empty and each day consists of simply doing the “next thing”. 

We have great news for you, friend! 
That purpose and contentment can be found in a personal relationship with God. 

You can know Him! 
More than you want to know God-
He wants you to know Him. 

From that relationship flows the best plan for your life-
- the plan made by the One who created you, 
- knows you best and loves you most. 

How can you know Him?
Recognize-- that you are a sinner. 
Romans 3:23 says we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard of holiness. 
Romans 3:10 says that there is no one without sin. 

In other words, we all make mistakes. 
We sin against God. 

Understand-- that your sin demands payment. 
Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death – physical and eternal. 
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” 

It also promises that the gift of God is eternal life. 
In other words, Jesus Christ went to the cross for you, and for me,to make the payment for sin that you and I should have committed. 

He took our place! 
What a great love! 

Romans 5:8 describes that love in this way, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”.
Confess-- your sin right now to God. 
To confess means to agree with God about your sin and choose to turn away or “repent” of your sin. 
You are choosing to step away from your old life and ways in order to follow God and live out His amazing plan for your life.

Receive-His gift of forgiveness. 
Understand that His forgiveness is a gift. 
You can’t merit it by being good enough or earn it by doing good things.

Romans 3:21-22: “But God has a way to make people right with him without the law. And God has now shown us that way which the law and the prophets told us about. God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ. This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all are the same.”
Accept God’s forgiveness as His gift to you and thank Him for coming into your life. 
Surrender-- everything you know about you-
- to everything you know about Him.

Romans 10:10 tells us “We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we use our mouths to say that we believe, and so we are saved.” 
In other words, we must believe in our hearts that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and that He rose from the grave. 
We confess that truth in our hearts and with our lives.

Turn-- your life over to Him and choose to follow Him from this day on.
Romans 8:38 promises: “Yes, I am sure that nothing can separate us from the love God has for us. Not death, not life, not angels, not ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, or anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Share-- your decision with someone. 
And celebrate the fact that God has taken up residence in your heart and life and will, from this moment on, be with you.

Friend, we celebrate with you this new relationship with your living God. 
It is the most important decision you will ever make. 

We encourage you to join a church that teaches the Bible. 
Look for a small group Bible study in which you can participate. 
Begin spending a few minutes every day, praying to God and reading His Word. 

It tells you so much about who God is and why Jesus came.
We pray that you will follow Him and experience all the blessings He has for you on your journey
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