Our God Who Hears

"So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.  And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them.” Exodus 2:24-25

When the Israelites were in bondage as slaves in Egypt, they cried out to God. God responded with compassion because of their cry and He heard their groaning. God the Father is sensitive to our cry and we should never doubt His desire or ability to hear when we call out. 

Something quite remarkable occurs when a person discovers that they have been lost for so long without God in their life.  Some people have never heard that God loves them, yet that is exactly what the bible says “God loves you!”.  “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (1 John 4:9)

Maybe you have never had anyone tell you about your sin. Sin is what separates you from God.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) If you have sin in your life, and you continue in that rebellion against God, you will be judged as well.  A man (Jesus Christ) came into this world and died on a Roman cross, so you wouldn’t have to be judged for your sin. Listen to me, Jesus died for your sin! “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

God loves you so much! The Bible says that God is love, and you can have a brand new relationship with him today. You can be forgiven for your sins. Everything you have ever done, no matter what it is, God can forgive you. How?  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

You must say with your mouth that you agree with God that your sin is wrong, and accept by faith that Jesus died on the cross for your sin. God will be faithful to forgive you and cleanse and purify you. Jesus wants to set you free from the penalty and the slavery of sin. Cry out to Him. He will hear you. He will listen.

Maybe no one has ever told you about eternal life! When you give your life to Jesus Christ, and accept him as Lord and Savior, he gives you everlasting life in exchange. You will take your place in God’s family as His child.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Maybe you have never heard that God wants to help you every day to walk with Him and give the help you need to obey Him.   “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Is your heart open to the Lord? Do you believe God hears you when you cry out to Him? You can know what true forgiveness is for the first time in your life today. He will wash away all your sin, and show you His tremendous love for you! Agree with God about your sin, and receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. God is listening for you!

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Bob

Now I See

"He answered and said, Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that thought I was blind, now I see.” John 9:25

In John chapter 9 we are told that Jesus healed a blind man, and when the religious leaders asked the man about his healing he said: “though I was blind, now I see."

This is the story of Jesus Christ in a nutshell. This verse is a miniature Bible really. Everything you need to know about God’s plan for you is revealed here.

What makes is so personal to me is that once I was blind too! Maybe I wasn’t born blind like this man was, but I was unable to see spiritually. Until one day Jesus opened my eyes and I saw the cross on which He died, and I understood that He loved me, and He died upon that cross for my sins.

But because I was blind, I used to think like some people: “Well if God loves the world, why does He allow so much suffering in it?” Why doesn’t He do something! Why blindness, war, disease, poverty, hate, loneliness, boredom, emptiness, psychological problems, unemployment, violence, stress . . . all of these things.

God did do something. He sent His Son into the world. He came to open the eyes of the spiritually blind. But what must we do?  We need to be willing to say “God, I have sinned against you, Lord, and I admit it.” It means that you turn from your sins. You must be willing to let God have His way in your life, and tell Him you are ready to follow Him and serve Him from now on.

That’s repentance.

Now you can say, together with the blind man “Though once I was blind, now I see Jesus Christ for who He really is, He’s my Savior and my Lord!” 

For more information about how to grow in your relationship with Jesus please click here and here.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Bob

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