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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

10 things Jesus never said

10 things Jesus NEVER said

10. This is a cross you must bear alone.
      We all have burdens and most, if not all of us, have that one thing, that "thorn in the       flesh" that pricks at us constantly. We are told in Matthew 16:24 to Take up our cross and follow Him. But, we are also told in Galatians 6:2, to bear one another's burdens.
We are a community of believers. We are the church. You need not be alone.

9. I have given up on you.
     In this era of social media it is easy to just "delete" people that annoy us. And after dealing with difficult people we can just avoid being anywhere near them if we choose. But Jesus never said these words and He doesn't ever give up on us. In fact We are told in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will not give up on us because He doesn't want any of us to perish.

8. You missed My will for your life.
     All through scripture we are instructed to walk in righteousness and to seek God's will, yet the choice is always ours. And we don't always choose wisely. Very often we may even string together many bad choices.
But God wants us to turn to Him. And when we do, He is waiting for us with outstretched, loving arms to embrace us.

7. You don't have to forgive someone who really hurt you.
     The whole entire concept of grace and mercy is treating others with the same love and tenderness as God treats us. Grace is giving us what we don't deserve and mercy is not giving us what we do deserve.
For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions. (Matthew 6:14, 15 NASB)

6. It's all up to you.
    No, it is all about Jesus. We do have a choice and we can seek our ways and live for ourselves. But that will only make us a slave to our desires with no hope for a better future. Our hope is in The Lord. Jesus is the way.
    Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. (Matthew 16:24 NASB)
    But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 NASB)

5. Everyone should believe and act like you do.
      Jesus tells us Who and What to believe. "Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. (John 14:1 NASB) and God makes it plain what He requires,
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? (Michah 6:8 NASB)
We are in no way perfect or even good. We are each created to bring honor to God. None of us will do that in the same exact manner.

4. It's ok to not love certain people.
If we are Christians, Christ like, then we must strive (painfully try) to love like He did. He loved the least loved as well as the easy to love. Do you?
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NASB)
 'Y ou shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:31 NASB)

3. This wouldn't be happening if you were a better Christian.
    All through the Scriptures we are given examples of the trials and sufferings of people. Yes, true some of that was because of their poor choices yet a lot is just the hard knocks of this life. We are told that it won't be easy. We are told to take up our cross. In other words, pick up and drag the very thing that will bring about our death. That cannot be an easy burden. Yet facing and overcoming our challenges will build and strengthen our characters. God is working on us and we will not be complete until He brings us home, so that means pruning, stretching and growing until then.

2. I'm so disappointed in you.
    Wow! Imagine hearing those words directed at you coming from Jesus! 
I am very sure that I do disappoint Him sometimes, probably quite often, if I am truthful. Yet, I am very glad that He doesn't say those words to me. 
Instead, he nudges me under the chin and says, "Try again, Do better this time."
Our relationship with Jesus is a growing process. We learn better and then we do better. If we love Him, we will try to be pleasing to Him.

1. You are too far gone to be saved.
     What on this earth does that mean? 
Jesus came, gave his life, resurrected, and now is preparing a place for us in Heaven. All of that for us sinners. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23 NASB) none of us are better than anyone else. 
All of us deserve to die because of our sin. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NASB)
Yet God loved us enough to make a way of salvation for us.

Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, who came to redeem us from sin?
After hearing and believing what Jesus did on your behalf, are you truly sorry for your sin and want to turn from that and live a changed life?
Are you willing and wanting to tell others about how and why that change came about? Are you bold enough to proclaim Jesus to other people?
Would you be baptized under the water to wash away your sin and have the Holy Spirit come into you, to dwell in you from then on, as a comforter, guide, a convicter of sin, and sealer of your redemption? Romans 6:4-6 explains that our baptism is us dying to sin, being buried (under water) resurrecting (coming up out of the water) and rising to walk in a newness of life. Scripture is very clear that at this point is when and where and how our old self dies and our new life begins. It is also very clear that this is when the Holy Spirit comes to live in us and stay with us. Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38 NASB)
And then we must continue to walk in this new life every day. When faced with daily decisions we must choose to live according to God's plan and purpose for our life. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NASB)
It will not be an easy life. We must always strive to never return to the old person that we used to be. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. (Romans 13:14 NASB) Another version reads this way, Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. (Romans 13:14 NIV)  Each  day when you get up, you must choose to put Him on as you would get dressed. Clothe yourself, wrap yourself with Christ. Keep Him close to you. 
He loves! He loves each of us and desires for us to live eternally with Him. Choose Him today and everyday.

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