John the Baptist was a Prophet tasked to announce and prepare the coming of the Lord Jesus. John was very interesting; he was unique and a little strange – he wore odd clothes, looked wild and ate strange food. Yet he was a Prophet of God who was popular and he drew the interest of all sorts of people including leaders like the Pharisees. But for me one of the great qualities that John had during his ministry was his humility, and his realization that his message was not about himself – but it was all about Jesus Christ.
John 3:30 NKJV He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease.
In John 3:25-31, John the Baptist’s disciples were puzzled and probably jealous that Jesus was getting more attention and more followers than John.
However, John knew that his mission was to influence people to follow Jesus and not to himself. John knew that Jesus must get the glory and not him.
John’s willingness to decrease in importance and popularity showed great humility. He desired that Jesus increase in popularity while he decreased. For John, it was not about being popular, but it was about making Jesus popular.
Even in ministry, Christian leaders can be tempted to focus on their own personal achievements and the success of their institutions rather than to focus on emphasizing Christ and the kingdom of God.
Even in your own personal life. Since the moment that you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior – has Jesus been increasing in your life? Are the qualities of Christ developing more inside you – or are you still the same person you were when you became born again? Can people tell that you are a Christian and that Jesus is in you?
In our personal lives, we must allow Jesus to increase, while our flesh decreases.
Matthew 16:24-26 NKJV Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
When you become born again, it is important to realize that the desires of Jesus supersede your own personal desires; the will and plan of God supersedes your own personal will and plan. This is what denying yourself is all about.
However it is always important to realize that the plans of God are BETTER than any plans we could ever formulate for ourselves. And it takes humility to realize this.
Today. Imitate John’s attitude. In your life, let Christ increase in you.
What are the characteristics of a hardened heart? Have you ever wondered why the Pharisees and Sadducees had so much unbelief? The Pharisees would witness Jesus perform miracles such as opening the eyes of the blind, but yet they would still have their doubts about Christ. In fact they would plan how they might kill Jesus. Why would they plan to kill such a Person who was doing so much good?
Hebrews 3:12 NKJV Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God
A heart that is not after God or the things of God can be a very dangerous thing. Such a heart becomes stubborn, hardened and filled with unbelief. We always need to guard our hearts to ensure that we are teachable in relation to the things of the Lord.
One of the primary ways of telling if somebody’s heart is hardened is through the following:
1. Are they open and teachable in relation to the TRUTH of God’s word
2. Are they ONLY focused on their OWN opinion which is NOT founded on God’s word
3. Are they REPENTANT; do they seek God’s love and forgiveness
4. Do they desire to rely only on themselves or anything that is not God related
5. Do they change their thinking even when God performs a miracle
6. Are they deceived by sin; Do they continue to pursue the SAME wrong choices
The Pharisees were so set in their way of thinking that they were not open to the teachings of Christ. The Pharisees were so stubborn and they had hardened their heart so much that their false belief about Christ did not change even when they witnessed Jesus perform miracles before their eyes. They were imprisoned by unbelief.
God has given us FREE WILL. God has given us the free gift of CHOICE. We have the CHOICE to believe whatever we want to believe.
However, just because we are free to believe, it does NOT mean that what we choose to believe is always correct, because there are many people in the world who believe the wrong things. God wants us to ONLY choose to believe Him and His Word.
So if somebody has a HARDENED HEART, how do they get out of the imprisonment of unbelief? The truth is they have to get out of that imprisonment of unbelief by themselves. But also they must ACKNOWLEDGE that GOD CAN HELP THEM with their unbelief.
Mark 9:23-24 NKJV Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
The father whose child was demon possessed clearly had his doubts, but he was willing to be taught and helped by Jesus regarding his personal doubts. He CHOSE to believe. This father had made a choice to want to get out of any imprisonment of unbelief that he had in order to see his son become free of the demon. This father’s faith was as small as a mustard seed, but it was enough for Jesus to act for him because he CHOSE to believe JESUS and NOT remain with an unbelieving, hardened heart.
Hebrews 3:15 NKJV “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
Matthew 13:58 NKJV Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Unbelief regarding the things of God is a very sad and dangerous thing. When we do not believe in the things of God, we are kept from enjoying a relationship with God. Unbelief also keeps us from experiencing the promises of God in our lives. Most importantly when you do not believe, you are kept from receiving the salvation of the Lord to keep you from perishing.
Unbelief can be defined as: doubt; lack of faith; or to presume something to be untrue or fictitious
James 1:6-8 NKJV But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James likens a person who doubts or has unbelief, as somebody who is “UNSTABLE in ALL his ways”. James also says that a doubting person will NOT receive “anything from the Lord”.
This is exactly what happened to the people in Jesus’ own hometown in Matthew 13:53-58. In the hometown were Jesus grew up for most of His life, the people there would not accept or believe His word or teachings in the synagogue. In fact, they were OFFENDED at Him. Therefore because of their unbelief Jesus did not do many mighty works.
The people in His hometown therefore missed out on several opportunities because of their unbelief.
The unbelief blinded them from the following:
1) They were blinded from having a relationship & fellowship with Jesus
2) They were blinded from knowing the truth of God’s word
3) They were blinded from experiencing the power of God in their lives
4) They were blinded from being delivered from their personal problems
Unbelief in God or the things of God therefore has terrible consequences in the life of a person. It can lead to misery, lack of direction, lack of spiritual discernment and even eternal punishment.
Atheists for example, lack a belief in God. Also people who follow other religions or cults lack a belief in the fact that Jesus is the only way to Heaven (John 14:6).
In Matthew 13:57, the unbelief of the people in Christ and what He spoke led the people to become offended at Him. Matthew 13:57 says “So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.””
Therefore many people who have unbelief in God or Christianity are offended and resistant to Christ or the truth of God’s word.
Where do you stand in your life? Do you resist Jesus Christ? Do you have unbelief towards Jesus and the things of God?
What is of interest about Jesus through-out His ministry is that He did not FORCE the gospel on people; He did not try to FORCE people to believe. God STILL gives you the option to CHOOSE between right and wrong or good and evil.
Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;
Everyone has a CHOICE. Is it Faith or Unbelief? Is it Light or Darkness? Is it the Word of God or the word of the World? Is it God or the devil?
WHAT and WHO do you CHOOSE to BELIEVE?
DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???
1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?
We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You. I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future. I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus. Thank You for forgiving my sins. From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be. I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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We live in a very materialistic world where fashion, money, cars, gadgets and all types of possessions have taken priority over such things as relationships, love, good character and God.
The power of the media, the movies, the music and advertising has made us believe that we NEED MATERIAL THINGS above those things that are Godly, which we can’t touch and see with our natural eyes.
Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Jesus said that we should “seek FIRST the kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS”.
Are you seeking FIRST God’s kingdom? Are you seeking FIRST God’s righteousness? What are your priorities in life – Is it God or is it material things?
Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The treasure that we accumulate on earth is TEMPORARY, but the treasure we accumulate in Heaven is forever. When we die, we cannot take with us the material possessions we have accumulated on earth; we can’t take that money we have in the bank account; we can’t take our clothes; we can’t take our favorite car with us.
Does it mean then that we shouldn’t desire to have a car or clothes or a nice house? Of course not.
God knows that we want these things. However, God wants to know where your heart and where your priority are between Him and the material things that you desire.
For example, what extents would you take in order to get your possessions? Would you lie, cheat, gossip, falsely accuse in order to get what you want? Would having possessions cause you to stop following God?
Jesus was saying that people follow what their heart desires. If you desire material things, your heart will follow those things above God. However if you desire the things of God, your heart will follow God and His righteousness.
Matthew 6:28-30 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Who is Your Source?
Are you your own source or is God your source? Is somebody else your source or is God your source? When you live, believe and understand that GOD IS YOUR SOURCE for EVERYTHING then you will discover that you don’t need to worry about material things. God is the ONE who will supply all your needs according to HIS riches.
Your focus instead should be on advancing the kingdom of God and on pleasing God. Then as you please God you will be adding to your “bank” account in Heaven where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves cannot come and steal.
Who are you seeking FIRST today?
God wants us to spend quality time with Him. God desires that we dedicate at least part of our day with Him; one-on-one; just YOU and GOD alone.
You see if you love someone whether it’s your child, girlfriend or husband, you always want to spend time with them.
Luke 5:16 NKJV So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
How often do you spend time with God?
There was nobody who was as busy as Jesus during the time when He was physically living in the earth. Multitudes of people wanted to be around Him and with Him for various reasons during His ministry. Yet despite the attention that was demanded of Him by the people who followed Him, Jesus always found time to spend some quiet time with God the Father. Jesus would withdraw from the people OFTEN so that He could spend some one-on-one quiet time with the Father.
Matthew 14:23 NKJV And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.
There are so many distractions out there in our ordinary day such that if we are not careful, we can seize to have any time alone with God. You can never be too busy for God. Jesus would DELIBERATELY MAKE TIME for God the Father so that He could be alone with the Father to pray.
The scriptures say Jesus “sent the multitudes away” (Matthew 14:23) and that Jesus also “often withdrew” from the crowds in order to pray and spend time with the Lord (Luke 5:16).
So Jesus MADE time despite the demands of the day to spend time with the Father.
Are you consciously telling yourself in your mind that you are too busy for God?
Be like Jesus – MAKE time. Withdraw temporarily from the things that would take your time away from God.
Be like Jesus – FIND a quiet place to spend time with God.
God loves you and He wants to spend time with you too. A relationship is two-way; it requires both parties to participate. If you want to know God more, then you need to spend more time with Him. If you want to hear His voice, the you need to make time for Him.
James 4:8 NKJV Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…
Do you find yourself looking at the bad state of the economy around the world and thinking to yourself: “Lord WHERE are You? Lord WHY is this happening?”
Or perhaps you are looking at all the suffering, the killings and all sorts of strife that are happening and somehow it’s very difficult to convince an unbeliever that God exists – or sometimes you are trying to figure out what God’s overall plan is through the chaos that goes on around the world.
Judges 6:13 NKJV Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, IF the Lord is with us, WHY then has all this happened to us? And WHERE are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has FORSAKEN us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
Gideon had doubts about God’s love and God’s good intentions towards the children of Israel. Gideon had witnessed so much suffering amongst his own people that he just felt that God had forsaken them and that God didn’t really care about them anymore.
Gideon looked at the state of the children of Israel and the poor, miserable and hostile conditions they were living under because of the Midianites.
The truth is this: It’s NOT God who had forsaken the children of Israel, but it is the children of Israel who had forsaken God by worshiping other gods and doing evil. Judges 6:1 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. So the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian for seven years
The children of Israel did such evil as worshiping idols and other gods like Baal. (Exodus 20:1-5) God had already told the Israelites that they shall worship only ONE God but they didn’t listen; God had already told them that they shall not make for themselves a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, but they did not listen; God had already told them that they shall not bow down to idols but they did not listen; God had already told them that He was a jealous God who refused for them to worship any other God, but they did not listen to the ONE TRUE GOD.
SO WHO WAS FORSAKING WHO? Gideon got it wrong – the Lord had not forsaken them – but they had forsaken God and then God allowed the Midianites to overpower the children of Israel temporarily – at least until some of them realized that they need the ONE TRUE GOD and not Baal to save them from the Midianites. Judges 6:7-8 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel CRIED OUT TO THE LORD because of the Midianites, that the Lord sent a prophet to the children of Israel…
So Why Do We Experience Suffering?
Sometimes when we see suffering, chaos whether in the economy or socially or spiritually – we must ask ourselves – “Who has forsaken Who?” The type of suffering that the children of Israel were experiencing during Gideon’s time was NOT primarily caused by God, but it was caused because the children of Israel did evil in God’s sight AND also because the Midianites had no respect for the Israelites and their well being.
If EVERYONE loved his neighbor as himself – then there would be no strife and killings against one another. If EVERYONE was focused on being a blessing to other people then may be the social and economy situation around the world would be in better shape because NOBODY is being selfish.
Yeah right!!! Don’t be so simplistic!!! Only in a perfect world!!! – you might say.
That’s why EVERYBODY NEEDS JESUS. That’s why EVERYBODY NEEDS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. It’s the perfect solution.
God already promised that He will never leave or forsake us.
It is the duty of every Christian to speak to unbelievers who do not know God or who have forsaken God and bring them back to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
It is the duty of every Christian to make disciples of all nations in the name of the Father, the Son & the Holy Spirit.
What a wonderful place it would be to be in a place where EVERYONE is a child of the Most High God.
Have you ever asked yourself these QUESTIONS: “If I die – where will I go?”; “What is my purpose in life?”; “Does Heaven and hell exist?”; “Does God love or care about me?”; “What is the meaning of life?”
Do you sometimes feel a sense of emptiness in your life; as if perhaps you don’t seem to have any direction or purpose in life?
You’ve been trying to be good and to do the right thing, but somehow you are just falling short and not measuring up? Do you feel like you just don’t have the answers to life? Do you feel like that?
Well – you’ve come to the right place because I have the ANSWER for you.
You need to become a BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3 NKJV
What is a Christian? What does it mean to be “born again”? Does being a member of a church make me a born again Christian? If my parents are Christians does it automatically make me a Christian too? What are the benefits of becoming a Christian? How do I know that I am a Christian? Why should I become a Christian? How do I become a born again Christian? ANSWERS
GOD Loves YOU and Has a Plan for YOUR Life
First thing you need to know is that God loves you and He wants the best for your life. When God created you, He created you with a plan and a purpose. Every invention from the paper clip, to the cellphone, to the laptop, to the airplane has a purpose. No inventor would invent something and not give it a purpose.
In the same way your Maker, God made you for a purpose in life. You are not just a statistic in life. You are important to God.
In Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV, God says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace AND NOT of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
So God doesn’t think bad thoughts about you – God loves you and wants to show you His plans. He also desires to have a personal relationship with YOU.
Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV (God says): “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”
The Devil Hates God’s Creation & Wants to Destroy It
It’s important to understand that while God has plans to prosper you, there is an enemy of God and of mankind who wants to steal, kill and destroy you and God’s plans for your life.
John 10:10 NKJV
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. Man Has Sinned & Fallen Short of God’s Glory
From the moment that Adam & Eve listened to the serpent by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden, SIN existed in the life of man and thus caused a SEPARATION between God and man.
BEFORE man sinned, man had a PERFECT relationship with God and man was living a PERFECT LIFE without tribulation; without trials; without hunger; without poverty; without disease; without death.
However man’s sin ushered in all sorts of problems that we see in the world because man gave in to sinful fleshly desires Romans 3:23 NKJV For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23 NKJV For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sin has brought about death in two forms; death in physical form and death in spiritual form where one is spiritually separated from God.
Jesus came that you may have abundant life; that is a Godly driven life and also eternal life in Heaven.
JESUS IS YOUR SAVIOUR & HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD
John 14:6 NKJV Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Jesus became an example for us to show us how to live and please God. Jesus came so that through Him we may no longer have to be spiritually separated from God. Jesus came so that through Him our relationship with God may be restored and that our life would have meaning and purpose because God will be directing our path in life.
YOU MUST RECEIVE JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOUR
If you are to experience God’s wonderful plan for your life and if you are to have victory over the devil, then you MUST receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.
John 1:12-13 NKJV But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new
In other words you must be born again!
Receiving Jesus means the following
1. That you become a born again Christian
2. That you are a child of God
3. That you are part of the kingdom of God
4. That you have authority in Christ over all the power of the enemy
5. That Christ will help you to overcome the various challenges that you may face in your life
6. That in Christ you have eternal life YOU CAN RECEIVE JESUS RIGHT NOW
Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
Revelation 3:20 NKJV Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Call on Christ now and BELIEVE that He will answer you. There is nothing more that God wants than for you to be part of His kingdom.
Pray this prayer to receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour right now:
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You. I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future. I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus. Thank You for forgiving my sins. From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. Make me the person You want me to be. I receive You right now. I make You my Lord and Saviour Amen”
Now that you are a Christian, it is important to always remember the following
1. Christ Jesus now lives inside of you
2. You are now a child of God
3. You are a new creation in Christ; the old has gone and the new has come
4. Your sins are ALL forgiven
5. You now live your life by FAITH & BELIEF in God and in what He says through His word (the Bible)
6. The word of God is your manual for life and His word will guide and equip you for every good work
7. In Christ God will enable you to fulfill and experience His plan and purpose for your life.
8. In Christ you will overcome challenges & trials that may come to your life
9. The peace of God is available to you
10. God will never leave you nor forsake you
THEREFORE AS A CHRISTIAN YOU MUST
1. Read and meditate on the word of God
2. Talk to God daily (pray)
3. Talk to others about Jesus
4. Trust God in every area of your life
5. Obey the Lord
6. Have God control your life daily
7. Join a good bible-based church
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Have you ever felt UNCLEAN in your life; both physically and SPIRITUALLY unclean?
Have you ever felt like you have sinned so much that God wouldn’t even give you the time of day because you believe that you are so unholy and too dirty to even be in God’s presence?
Have you felt like praying is just a waste of time because you have sinned just too much and that God wouldn’t be willing to listen to you?
Have you ever been treated like an outcast by other people and experienced a situation where people just don’t want to associate with you because of some public sin or humiliation that you had in the past?
If you have felt any or all-of-the above let me tell you this: The Lord IS WILLING to clean YOU and you don’t have to be afraid to come into His presence.
Luke 5:12-13 NKJV And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him.
In the Bible people who had leprosy were shunned by society. They were banned and became outcasts (Leviticus 13:45-46). People wouldn’t dare touch a person who had leprosy because there were several fears associated with such a disease or condition.
In Luke 5:12, the scriptures say that the man who approached Jesus was “full of leprosy” – so the leprosy most likely covered his whole body and he looked hideous as a result and so he probably had been in this condition for a long time.
Imagine how this leper must have felt about life and about himself. He must have thought to himself: “Nobody loves me…”; “Nobody will touch me…”; “I have no friends…”; “Why am I this way…”; “God doesn’t love me or He wouldn’t have allowed my life to be like this…”;
So this leper’s physical condition had a negative impact on his self-esteem because even when he approached Jesus, He seemed to have a bit of doubt that Jesus would want to help or heal a leper like himself – hence he said to the Lord “If you are willing…”; The leper may have been rejected so many times in life and he wasn’t sure if Jesus would be willing to help him.
This leper HAD FAITH that Jesus was ABLE to heal him or he wouldn’t have come to Jesus at all. However he seemed to doubt Jesus’ willingness most likely because of rejection in his life. To which Jesus responded: “I AM WILLING…”
Before healing the leper, what did Jesus do first? Jesus TOUCHED the leper – an unthinkable act in society, then He assured the leper that He was WILLING to heal him, then the Lord healed the leper.
What an act of LOVE by our Lord Jesus Christ!!!
That is exactly what God wants to do in your life. God doesn’t care how bad you think you sins are; He doesn’t care how unclean you feel. God is WILLING to help, heal and love you no matter your situation or condition in life.
John 6:37 NKJV “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” Mark 2:17 NKJV When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
God’s love is UNCONDITIONAL and because of such He will by no means cast out anyone who comes to Him.
Is God willing to help you? YES He is.
So if you feel unclean, unworthy, rejected, sinful – JESUS came for YOU. He was crucified for YOU. He loves YOU and HE wants to make you clean by His blood. Come to Jesus NOW and He will accept you.
Whenever you think about love, do you think of GOD?
Or vise-versa – whenever you think about GOD, do you think of love?
Do you also know, that whenever you demonstrate love to others or to yourself, that you are demonstrating the character & nature of God?
1 John 4:16 NKJV “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.”
You see God is love. Therefore love is God’s very nature and if we are to live a godly life and have a godly character then all we need to do is demonstrate and be motivated by love. Just like God.
It’s really that simple!
John 3:16 says “For God so LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten that WHOEVER believes in HIM should not perish but have everlasting life.”
God’s act of LOVE through giving His Son Jesus Christ has brought and continues to bring about the salvation of multitudes of people all over the world so that people do not have to perish in hell as long as they have received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
God LOVED the WORLD. Jesus died for EVERYONE and WHOEVER believes in HIM.
Romans 5:8 NKJV “But God demonstrates His own LOVE towards US, in that WHILE we were STILL SINNERS, Christ died FOR US.”
Jesus didn’t die on the cross for just a particular people group, social class, country, religious group, age group etc.
Jesus didn’t die on the cross for good, holy and perfect people.
Jesus died for EVERYONE and out of LOVE, Jesus died for “WHOEVER believes in Him…” (John 3:16) and He died “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8) because God loves EVERYONE.
Like God, we need to demonstrate love to all people because by doing so we demonstrate the nature and character of God.
Like God, we need to demonstrate love to all people EVEN if they DON’T love us just as God loved us while we were still sinners.
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Bible Verse of the Day
A faithful witness does not lie, but a false witness breathes out lies.