Sunday, August 31, 2014

the big lie

Here's the biggest lie in America in today's culture. . .

"I don't believe in any religion really, I think as long as you are a good person then it doesn't matter what religion you are."

This lie is being spread at an alarming rate among Americans.

I have heard this said on multiple occasions by so many people.  It is being reinforced on television shows and even on public service announcements promoting "values" almost as if it were a religion on its own.

It's very scary.

But now that you’ve found you don’t have to listen to sin tell you what to do, and have discovered the delight of listening to God telling you, what a surprise! A whole, healed, put-together life right now, with more and more of life on the way! Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.  Romans 6:23 (MSG)

This is the truth.  The truth is if you sin your whole life without regard to what Jesus did for you or how much God loves you then you get death.

But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.  Romans 3:21-24 (MSG)

The rest of the truth is that you don't have to live a life of sin.  You can live a redeemed life in Jesus Christ and have a much happier life BEFORE you die.  He wants us to have a relationship with Him BEFORE we die.  Jesus didn't die on the cross for us so we could party all the time and then play our "get out of jail free" card on our death bed.  He wants to show us His brand of love.  The kind of love you can't find at the end of a needle, or at the bottom of a bottle.  The kind of love you can't find in a spouse or boyfriend.  The only kind of unconditional love out there that is worth anything, is the kind of love Jesus has waiting for you.

He wants to experience life WITH you.  He isn't somewhere up in the clouds looking down on us, He wants to go through what we are going through.  Isn't that the best thing you have heard in a long time?

Don't buy in to the lie that is out there.  Being good isn't good enough for the One True God, if it was the death of His one and only Son would be less miraculous than it really was.  The only thing that is good enough is a sinless life, because that is what His Son lived, and none of us can measure up to sinless.

The best part about Jesus is He knows you.  He loves you regardless of your past sin.  He loves you regardless of your current situation.  Jesus will meet you where you are.  . . whether you are addicted to drugs, or porn or living in sin . . . He already knows where you are.  It's up to you to accept Him and start a life of learning how to follow Him.

Don't put it off another day.  Find out how you can have a "like Christmas every day" kind of life . . . . today!


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