For God so loved the world.

John 316

When God acts in our lives and works to rescue us, there is a purpose for that. The purpose is that we get to live in His presence. We get to be with God; God rescues us to be with Him! When you are with someone you love, it’s a joyful thing and God’s joy is you! God’s heart is for you, and so He acts, always in history, to bring us to Himself.

The Laws of the Old Testament (the law of the first covenant) taught us that holiness is impossible to achieve in human effort; we couldn’t do it! We are rule breakers, we’re rebels and all that keeping rules does is keep us self righteous when we manage to keep a few rules that somebody else isn’t keeping. Nevermind the rules that we’re breaking, that they don’t know about. 

In the New Testament, (the New Covenant) we have a movement from law, to the Gospel (the Good News) and the good news is that holiness is a gift we receive by faith. It is a love gift of God so that the Old Testament story is still true, (that God rescues us to be with Him) but that in the New Testament, He rescues us by the blood of Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says that "God sent His one and only son that anyone who believes in Him would not parish, but would have everlasting life"; if they would just believe!

It is such good news to know that none of us have to fake it ‘til we make it. It is such good news to know that we are all broken inside and that none of us have all the answers, that none of us have to pretend that we’ve got this, because the truth is “we don’t got this!”

If you don’t want to be changed by God, you won’t be, but if you want God, you’re going to get God in abundance. If you have no intention of walking with Jesus and listening to what He says, than stay away, but don’t stay away because you think you’re unworthy or broken. We’re all unworthy and we’re all broken.

Get it right today, don’t try to be right on your own. Just let Jesus rescue you so that you can be with Him. Be broken, be honest, be humble, be repentant; the only sin that is unforgivable is the sin that is unconfessed. –Dr. Drew Shofner

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