For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/eph.2.8-9/67216
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/jhn.7.38/20852
How much time do you spend doing exactly that? It seems that many people spend far more time on all platforms of social media than they realize. I heard this on the news today and I have a son that has been on Facebook longer than he should’ve been and it just hit home I guess. The story on the news was about how easy it is to find and get illegal drugs on any platform. The right keywords or hashtags that trigger a need or a buy and it won’t take long for someone to contact you.
I know that seeking any knowledge of Jesus is not a high priority for many young people these days since many of them claim that they don’t believe in any religion. Why? Religion has caused so many problems in the past and even today but that shouldn’t keep you from seeking your Savior. Having a relationship with Jesus is not “religion”! He had many arguments with the religious leaders of His day mainly because they thought that their strict adherence to their religion would save their souls.
They were teaching their religion and its rules as the way to heaven and it is not! Belief in Jesus as your Savior is the only way to gain salvation. Then you live your life trying to be more like Him. Without the Holy Spirit’s help we can’t begin to be more like Him but we won’t go back to the life we lived before. We can’t “work” our way into heaven by keeping the Ten Commandments because nobody can keep from breaking even one of them. From God’s perspective, even breaking one commandment makes you guilty of all of them. Because one sin, no matter how insignificant, is enough to condemn you to hell.
That is why Jesus had to come to Earth and live as one of us “yet without sin“, died an atoning death on the cross and then rose from the grave as the victor over death and the grave. It is your belief in Him as your Savior, not a set of rules, that grants you salvation and His righteousness by the grace of God. No extra work or abiding by a set of rules will gain you eternity…only your belief in Jesus as your Savior. Just like the thief on the cross. He believed in Jesus as the Savior, his Savior and Jesus said to him, “today, you will be with Me in paradise“.
That is why my advice to anyone who may be depressed or down or anxious is to seek the One Who can save your soul and give you a joy in Him that no drug can ever match!
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/2co.9.6/77051
God still loves us. Even if we haven’t accepted Him as our Savior yet, He still loves us. When we have finally accepted Him as our Savior and Lord…His love surrounds us and binds us to Him for eternity. That is how awesome our God is!
Even though we may not feel like being loved, God loves us. When we are depressed about something in our lives or we just wake up feeling down…God still loves us. Our feelings and our outlook on our lives don’t have any impact on His love toward us because He loved us long before we were even born.
Don’t think of your life as if it doesn’t have any meaning because I have those days too. Think about your life as if it was a new life every morning. God gives each of us another day to live and be useful to Him, so when you wake up thank Him for the day and whatever comes in that day. He may use your outlook on life to bring someone to know Jesus as their Savior, even if you don’t get a chance to witness to them. They may see His work in your life and decide that He is needed in their life as well.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Isaiah 9:2 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/isa.9.2.KJV
The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:24-26 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/num.6.24-26.KJV
Our lives are filled with times of pride and times of loss. Which one is worse or better doesn’t matter because our pride causes many problems in our lives because it is the chief sin from which all others spring. It was because of pride that Satan rebelled against God and was cast out. It was because of pride that Cain’s offering was rejected because he was showing what he had done and not offering a sacrifice to atone for his own sins.
It is pride that brings so many families to a point of splitting apart and it also causes many churches to split as well. There are many other problems in our world that are caused by pride and many times they become bigger than they should. But…what are we to do? Truly, we are supposed to “love the Lord with all of our heart, mind, soul and our strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves“. But do we really do this? Jesus was explaining the parable of the good Samaritan when He said this, so should we do this too?
We should but many times in our lives we don’t. God loves us deeply because He gave His Son for our sins so that we could come to Him whenever we needed Him. He already knows what we need but He does like to hear our prayers about those things anyway. We should pray to Him not only for the things that we need but also for just praising Him for His goodness and His love for us too. Make sure that you tell God how much He means to you because He does like to hear it. He knows your heart and more about you than you know yourself, but like any father, He still likes to hear from His children.
There may not be many more years until Jesus comes to take the church home so make sure that you know Him as your Savior…but most of all make sure that He knows you too!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/jas.1.17/58410
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; For his mercy endureth for ever. 1 Chronicles 16:34 KJV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/1ch.16.34/67903