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Jesus Is__________. (For Us)
"Authentic faith produces happiness, pleasure, enjoyment, and blessing.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
1 John 5:3-4
3 For this is the love of God, (so that) we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—[a]our faith.
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Do we think we can impress God? Impress Him with our love, our righteous acts, our amazing sacrifices? So many attempt to pay God back, to impress Him.
"See God, see? See what i did? Do you love me more now? Will you answer more of my prayers now?"
"There is only one person God is impressed with, and that is Jesus."
So to Impress God we must trust in His Son Jesus! When you trust in Jesus, your life is hidden in Christ. It's wrapped up in Jesus. When God looks at you, He sees His Son. that's when he says Wow!
Colossians 3:3 (NLT)
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
One of the reasons the gospel is so good is that it's more about God than about us. That's good news, because God is a lot more trustworthy than we are.
Why do we choose to obsess over ourselves so much? over our problems, our weakness, and our deficiencies, and the more we do this, ironically the more we perpetuate them instead of improving.
What the Gospel is and What the Gospel Isn't
The Gospel is not us reaching God, Rather it is all about God Reaching Us!
This is Good News!
Romans 5:8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
It's amazing when we focus on his goodness, his power, and his grace, our lives begin to align. We often are unaware of how much and the extent that we are being transformed, but the results are obvious. We are Changing and becoming more like Jesus.
Religion says that obedience brings acceptance, While the gospel teaches the opposite: Acceptance brings obedience.
Religion says Behave, Believe, then you will belong.
The Gospel says the opposite: Belong, Believe, then you will Behave.
Amazing Grace, Great Faith, Good Works
Read Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
God doesn't want us to make life about our amateur efforts at holiness. He wants us to enjoy life. we only get one life after all. Sin tried to ruin it and the devil tried to steal it, but God... But God... But God... came down of His own initiative, in his own power, on the basis of His own righteousness, motivated by His own love, and He saved us!
That's Good News!!!
If that doesn't get you excited, you better start shopping for a casket, because you might just be dead.
All of this is not to say we should continue in sin. Why would we even want to? God's commandments are all motivated by his desirer our happiness and Joy (John 10:10), by His desire to bless us and protect us. Even His correction and his rebukes are proof of His love.
When we follow the true Gospel, even God's commands and restrictions bring joy to our hearts. They show us the path of life. They teach us to avoid traps. they give us wisdom.
Loving God means keeping His commandments and His commandments are not burdensome.
Read 1 John 5:3-4
"It's incredible, When we let Jesus love us and learn to love Him in return Holiness happens."
“As I stated earlier, holiness results in happiness, and happiness is an expression of holiness. The two go together. I am happier because I am holy, and it’s easier to be holier because I am happy. Because of the good news, because of Jesus, I can be both holy and happy—what a concept!”
1.) Do you find yourself often trying to "impress God"? Why do you feel the need to impress God? Is there a better way?
2.) Do you often make the Gospel more about you? What is The Gospel? What happens when we focus on who God is instead?
3.) What is true Holiness and How do we achieve Holiness?