Tuesday, July 28, 2009

What Are You Announcing?

"Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God." Luke 8:1 NLT

Jesus message is one of good news. In fact, it's great news! To think that when we were utterly helpless, God's son Jesus, would die for our sins. The result is total forgiveness. But the good news doesn't stop there. Not only have we been forgiven, we have been given a new life in Christ. Our old life was nailed to the cross of Christ. Through the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit we are granted new life. Life free from the bondage's that once held us down. Life free to love and be loved. Life free to live in God's Kingdom not at some distance location and some distance time, but right here, right now. We are free to live in righteousness, peace and the joy of the Holy Spirit. We are free to announce the message of God's grace to the world around us.

But what is the message that we are announcing? Is it the love, freedom, acceptance and blessing of God? Or, is it one of rules, hypocrisy, fear and condemnation? Do we really understand the Good News?

"When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, He will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of His Son while we were still His enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of His Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God." Romans 5:6-11 NLT

I pray that you will realize who you are in Jesus, and receive His complete love.

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