Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Rejoice in the God Who Wants You

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

Does God really want us or not? Would He forsake, for example, the one who turned his back on Him? Would He abandon those who have run from Him? Would He disown the filthy? The selfish? The greedy? You might say, “But wait a minute, how can you know the mind of God?” And you would be right. That being said, I still think we can answer the question because of what God has revealed to us about Himself.
He shows all mankind a little of His heart and mind in His desire that “all ends of the earth” humble themselves in repentance and be saved. And He will save them—save you! No matter how wicked your past, no matter who you have hurt, or how badly you have been hurt — Yehoshua: "the LORD is salvation!"
That was the message of the angels to the shepherds at Christ’s birth - For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord [Luke 2:11]. A savior for us, born to rescue the world from their debt of sin. And He did it. He died on the cross and rose victoriously from the grave to prove that our debt to sin was paid in full. 
I know of no other god with such a plan. None! No stone god or wood god can remove our sin, and guilt, and shame. That gift comes only from the true and living God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 
Be encouraged dear Christ follower. Be sure to gather in an assembly of like-minded believers each week. While you are there, hear the gracious and loving words of your God and rejoice.  
Gather together and come, you fugitives from surrounding nations. What fools they are who carry around their wooden idols and pray to gods that cannot save! Consult together, argue your case. Get together and decide what to say. Who made these things known so long ago? What idol ever told you they would happen? Was it not I, the LORD? For there is no other God but me, a righteous God and Savior. There is none but me. Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other. Isaiah 45:20-22

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