Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Last Sunday, Pastor Kyle continued in his sermon series based upon the book of Genesis. He stated that God can take any situation and work it for good, and that is a good thing because everyone struggles and makes stupid choices, which never proper. But, what always prospers is the good plan if God that prevails through Jesus Christ. The only true hero in the bible is God. Everyone else is a flawed sinner and needs the grace of God and the atoning forgiveness of Jesus Christ as their Savior. We all go to church on Sunday to work on our flaws in conjunction with the Holy Spirit to become more holy and godly, like Jesus. By the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have the Word, Will, Way and Hope in sanctifying growth and maturing walk, here and eternal, following Christ as Savior and Lord. To those unsure about God: The Bible is real and it’s “heroes” are flawed humans (except for the Son of Man - Jesus Christ).
James 1:22-25 “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
Kyle gave us three questions that every Christian needs to ask themselves every day. (1) Am I lingering anywhere God doesn’t want me to be? Its one thing to go somewhere in the wrong direction, realize that it is not where we are supposed to be and get out. But, it is another thing to linger where God does not want us to be, and He has to drag us out. (2) Who do I share my struggles with? Proverbs 13:20 tells us, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Do not confide to pagan non-Believers (those who do not know the Lord) because it will “dull’ our Christian walk and allow our struggles to remain. Proverbs 27:17 tells us, “As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” When we share our share our struggles with Christians, it sharpens us and provides godly counsel that allows us to work them through. (3) Are my “closet friends” walking with God? Sunday acquaintances are not a part of your “inner circle of five”.
1 Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”
God is in the business of turning losers into winners. The bottom line is that we do not deserve the grace of God, but, He freely gives from His love and mercy nature, turning the failures of sinners into winners in Jesus Christ. When we finally get to Heaven, we’ll experience the love of God face to face, but, today we experience that love in turning around hell bound losers, not by what we did wrong, but into Heaven bound winners by what Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross; providential salvation unto eternal life and life abundant this side of eternity.
Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
That is God's Good Plan.
In Christ, Brian