Jesus Came For Me

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The scripture tells us that God created each and everyone of us to know and love. But the scripture also tells us the truth. That you and I made a choice to live as though love had never come. We looked at the life that God offered and we said, "No, we want to be in control, we want to call the...

Jesus Came For Me

Jesus came for me

The scripture tells us that God created each and everyone of us to know and love. But the scripture also tells us the truth. That you and I made a choice to live as though love had never come. We looked at the life that God offered and we said, "No, we want to be in control, we want to call the shots!"

The scripture says, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) Now we live in this crazy gap between where God wants us to be, in His love, and on the other side, the scripture says that "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23) 

This death is serious! It's eternal. It separates us, it twists us --it makes us angry! 

It leads us down paths where we hurt people and it leads us to do stupid things sexually. It leads us to try other things to make us feel good in terms of chemicals and drugs and parties and gambling and all kinds of lies because the party always ends but the love of God never does!

And so the scripture says that God loved us so much that He built a bridge! This bridge was the life of Jesus! This was the love of Jesus! (John 3:16) 
 
Jesus died on that cross for you and for me, that we might believe in Him in a whole-hearted way, not in a distance way. Jesus died for us to lead us to die as well! To die to the death in us. To die to the anger in us. To die to the prejudice in us. To die to the hate in us. To die to the self in us! And when we're willing to die, then we get to live!
 
Jesus came and paid our death penalty completely. He died for us and He built a bridge and now we simply just have to choose whether or not we're willing to go across the bridge to the other side. -Dr. Drew Shofner
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Entering The New Means Leaving The Old

 

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Jesus came to lead us out of a dead and dying world into an everlasting Kingdom! The bridge to this new world is the cross and the simple reality is that entering the new means leaving the old! We're called to give up our own "world building" and the portrait of how we think life should be --we can't live in two worlds! 

To gain a life that is eternal, you have to give up a world. You have to give up the world you imagined and the broken world that you desire. There are two portraits of a broken world. One is the view that you really don't see as a broken world. It's the idea that if I could only have...then I'd really be happy and you think that getting enough of it is going to satisfy you. This is the lie of hell that says you can actually be happy in a dying world. This is the side where you don't even know that the ship is sinking. 

The other side is where you know the ship is sinking. You know that the world is broken. The question is, will you give it up? 

It's realizing that there's nothing there. It's kind of like that experience in getting what you want and then realizing you didn't want what you got! This is a place of laying down the old that is broken and trading it for a new world! It's walking through the illusion that this world can satisfy and realizing that it can't and that I have to lay it down.

The bridge to the new world is the cross. Entering the new means leaving the old and if we won't reject the old, it's because we've rejected the cross. There are far too few of us who are living lives that are cross carrying. And there are far too many of us who are trying to live with one foot in both worlds --and it doesn't work!

1 Corinthians 1:18 says, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 

Guys, the difference is dying! The difference between the life you're looking for and the life of dissatisfaction that you may have is dying to yourself! The difference between getting over your procrastination and accomplishing the things you know God has called you to is dying to yourself! The difference between a life of fear and self hatred is dying to the fear and self hatred! 

The difference is dying and I want to call you today to joyfully trade a world --for a life!

Trade this world and all of its ideas of it satisfying you for the eternal life that Jesus can give. Let Jesus Christ be your life builder. Let Him be your world giver. It's going to be hard, it's going to be incredibly hard! It's going to go soul deep, but this is the call of the Christian life because the centerpiece of Jesus' life is a cross and a resurrection!

Everyone wants a resurrection without a crucifixion but where there is no cross, there is no Jesus! -Dr. Drew Shofner

There Is Power In The Name Of Jesus

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The scripture says in Acts 2:21, "And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." This verse is not just the beginning of faith, it is the whole journey of faith. Calling on the name of Jesus, not just to begin new birth, but to live all of life!

There is power in the name of Jesus. Jesus is infinite and eternal! God is awesome and His light overshadows all the darkness and all the pain and hell of earth!
 
What I want us to do is to change and to let the name of Jesus be the real energy of our life! To know that the energy of my life is Jesus. It is not my sadness and my sorrow.
 
The energy of your life is not the abuse that you endured or that job that you lost, that's not to be the driving energy of your life -it's the name of Jesus! -Dr. Drew Shofner
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