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December 5, 2016

Sermon of the Day: How You Can Be Sure

 

Ezekiel 18:30-32 NLT

30 “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let them destroy you! 31 Put all your rebellion behind you, and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? 32 I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!

 

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Good Morning Men!

This passage really stuck to me the other day. It started in verse 19 and continued through 32.

Personally I saw two powerful commands that are directly connected to living or dying.

  1. Repent and Turn.

There are so many commands throughout the Bible about what this looks like. For the most part we already have the feeling in us that is saying right or wrong. Good or bad and so on. For the believer this can continue to be sharpened and grow as we become more in-tuned with the leading of the Holy Spirit. The more we seek God in prayer and in His word, the more we obey Him. The more clear this voice becomes to our heart.

Rather then listing all of the verses that could illustrate it, let me share one that Jesus shared to sum them all up.

Matthew 22:37-40 NLT

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

2. Find a new heart and a new spirit.

Again, so many verses throughout the Old and New testament that talk about the new heart that is absolutely necessary for the Christian to be saved and growing in his relationship with the Lord. Many of you may be asking, where do I find that? Let me share two verses that I hope will answer that question for you.

Ephesians 2:8 NIV

 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…

Romans 1:17 NIV

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

There are two key words here; faith and believe. I feel these two words go hand in hand but they are so critical to growing in our walk with the Lord. There is nothing we can do of our own we can only be saved by the grace of God. It is a gift that He gives by faith alone. It is a complete miracle for this to happen, that is why it says in Romans 1, that the power of God brings salvation. When we truly believe that Jesus is Lord and we truly believe what His word says. We continue learning about Him, and Gods power reveals more to our hearts and minds.

This is a deep topic that cannot be answered in an email devotion. But my hope and prayer is that it starts you in a direction of searching, of faith, and of a renewal of your heart and mind.

Grace and Peace to you.

 

 

 

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