October 22, 2014

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“Come Unto Me” (come as you are)

Bible verses about Salvation and Coming back to God:

Matthew 11:28  “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

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Come unto Me (Donna Steward)
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In the Bible, God has extended His hand toward us and motioned for us to come His way and walk with Him.

It’s a loving invite and gesture to a personal relationship with the One who has given you life.

God says … come … come listen to Me … come near … come hear … come now … come here … come quickly unto Me!

Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Do you desire life?

Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God
The Bible says, “Who is the man or woman who desires life and loves many days?”

The Bible also says in its very last verses, “Whoever desires let him or her take the water of life freely.”

That’s God personal relationship invitation to you and I all throughout the Bible.

Come to God.  Come to Jesus.  Come to Me.
Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Psalm 34:11-16, 18, 21-22

COME, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.  Who is the man (or woman) who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?  Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.  Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.  The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.  The face of the LORD is against those who do evil to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth … the LORD is near to those who have a broken heart and saves such as have a contrite spirit … evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.  The LORD redeems the soul of His servants and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.”

Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Psalm 66:16-20

COME and hear all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul.  I cried to Him with my mouth, and He was extolled with my tongue.  If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.  But certainly God has heard me; He has attended to the voice of my prayer.  Blessed be God who has not turned away my prayer nor His mercy from me!
Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Isaiah 1:16-20

“Wash yourselves.  Make yourselves clean.  Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.  Cease to do evil.  Learn to do good.  Seek justice.  Rebuke the oppressor.  Defend the fatherless.  Plead for the widow.  COME now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD, ‘though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword’, for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Isaiah 48:16-18

COME near to Me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there.  And now the Lord GOD and His Spirit Have sent Me. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.  Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!  Then your peace would have been like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.’”
Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Isaiah 55:1-3, 6-9

Ho! Everyone who thirsts COME to the waters; and you who have no money,  COME, buy and eat.  Yes, COME buy wine and milk without money and without price.  Why do you spend money for what is not bread and your wages for what does not satisfy?  Listen carefully to Me and eat what is good, and let your soul delight itself in abundance.  Incline your ear and COME TO ME.  Hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you.  Seek the LORD while He may be found.  Call upon Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.  ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the LORD.  ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.'”
Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Hosea 6:1-3

COME and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.  After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up that we may live in His sight.  Let us know.  Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD.  His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.”
Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Matthew 11:28-30

COME TO ME all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Revelation 22:17

And the Spirit and the bride say, “COME!” And let him who hears say, “COME!” And let him who thirsts come.  Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely.”
Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

The invitation hasn’t changed from Old Testament to New Testament …
God invites you and I to “Come unto Me”!

Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God
Won’t you take His hand today?  Accept His personal invitation to personal relationship with Him for now and forever.

Come back to God.  Come to Jesus.  Come unto Me!  Come as you are.

Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

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Bible verses about salvation and coming back to God

Your Worldview: “A God of the World … or a world of the gods?”

Bible verses God wants you to know who He is:

Isaiah 45:4-5  “I have even called you by your name; I have named you though you have not known Me.  I am the LORD and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.”

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Who is God
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My goodness, sooooo many different views of God out there!  Which God is which?  which God is God? Is our world a world of the gods, or is there A GOD OF THE WORLD? AND WHO IS GOD? As far back in recorded human history as we can go, we see that people have worshiped God or ‘gods’ or ‘goddesses’ or ‘god-like’ things, like the sun, and everything else under the sun, since time began.  How do we know, then, with confidence, who or what is really God?  What is your worldview?

Obviously, here, we’re going to look at the Bible to see what it says about God.  The reason the Bible is at least a good starting point for our conversation, is because, it is the world’s first full-compilation of writings, letters, and books that describe and detail the existence of God, the nature of God (His personality & character), and the activities of God.

[only you can decide for yourself if you believe the Bible is true]
Bible verses God wants you to know who He is

The Bible is the story about real people interacting with a real God.

Bible verses God wants you to know who He is
Together, let’s look at 2 Old Testament stories that are as relevant and real today as they were thousands of years ago when they actually happened. They will help us understand who God really is, according to the Bible.  If the God of the Bible is real, He wants you to know who He is.
Bible verses God wants you to know who He is

Story #1 – Moses and the Burning Bush

Some 3500 years ago, around 1500 BC, in the desert sands of Africa, in a scraggily desert bush, in a crackling fiery flame, God appeared to Moses.

Exodus 3:2-5,12-15 “And the Angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush.  So Moses looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.  Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”  So when the LORD saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!”  And he said, “Here I am.”  Then the Lord said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground” … and the Lord said, “I will certainly be with you, and this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you. When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.”  Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘what is His name?’ ‘what shall I say to them?'”  And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”  “And you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”  Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.  This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.'”

Like Moses, if a burning bush started speaking to you, it’d catch your attention too.  Even back then, it wasn’t normal for a bush to burn, and not burn up.  Furthermore, it certainly wasn’t normal for an Angel to appear in a fire in a bush,  and personally call you by name.  It would have almost been unbelievable … if it hadn’t been real!  No wonder Moses said, “Uhh, sure, God, so when I go and say, ‘hey, God appeared’, and THEY SAY, ‘Uhh, God who?’, ‘what do I say then?'”.  “Could you run that by me again, who’d you say you were?”
Bible verses God wants you to know who He is

God said, “I AM!”  “I AM WHO I AM.”

“I am God, that is who I am.”

Bible verses God wants you to know who He is
“And just so you know, just to be clear, I am the God of Abraham, you’ve heard of that guy before, right, Moses?”  “I am also the God of Isaac, I’m sure you’ve heard of him, as well.”  “And, so you know, so you really know, I am the God of Jacob too, another guy, from a few hundred years ago, that you’ve probably heard about.”  “That’s who I AM, Moses.”

God wanted Moses to know who He was.

God wanted the Israelites and the Egyptians to know who He was.

God wanted Pharaoh (who, by the way, thought he was a god) to know who He was.

And, God wants us to know exactly who He is.
Bible verses God wants you to know who He is

Story #2 – Cyrus the Great King of Persia & the Lord God of Heaven

Some 2500 years ago, around 560 BC, in the great palace, in the great city of Shushan, in the great Persian empire, lived a great king, who at the present time, was the most powerful man in the world, and God appeared to Cyrus.  [historical note: yes, Cyrus the Great, the pagan king of a pagan Persian culture (not Islamic at the time). Why? Because, Cyrus the Great reigned 1,100 years before Muhammad crafted the religious and political movement known as Islam and before Arab armies conquered the Persian people, in roughly 650 AD, to spread Sunni-Islamic ideology by force].

2 Chronicles 36:22-23 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me.  And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah.  Who is among you of all His people?  May the LORD his God be with him, and let him go up!”

Like Cyrus, if the Lord stirred up your spirit, it’d catch your attention too.  So much so, Cyrus shared what the Lord stirred in his spirit via a proclamation throughout all of his kingdom – all of the kingdoms of the earth which he ruled over at that time (again, around 560 BC).  Check this out!  It would be unbelievable … if it weren’t for real!

God actually shared exactly what He would stir in the spirit of Cyrus over one hundred years before Cyrus was ever born.  Can you believe that?  God recorded for us and for all time His future ‘stirring in the spirit of Cyrus’ before it happened via the prophets, Jeremiah and Isaiah  (written around 700 BC).

God wanted Cyrus to know who He was.

God wanted the Persians and the Jews to know who He was.

God wanted all the kingdoms of the earth to know who He was.

And, God wants us to know exactly who He is.

Here is what the LORD GOD OF HEAVEN stirred and spoke into the spirit of Cyrus, word for word.

Isaiah 45:1-25 “Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held— to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut.  I will go before you and make the crooked places straight.  I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.  I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.  For Jacob My servant’s sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name.  I have named you, though you have not known Me.  I am the LORD, and [1] THERE IS NO OTHER[2] THERE IS NO GOD BESIDES ME.  I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that [3] THERE IS NONE BESIDES ME.  I am the LORD, and [4] THERE IS NO OTHER.  I form the light and create darkness.  I make peace and create calamity.  I, the LORD, do all these things.  Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness.  Let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together.  I, the LORD, have created it.  Woe to him or her who strives with their Maker!  Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth!  Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’?  Woe to him or her who says to their father, ‘What are you begetting?’  Or to his or her mother, ‘What have you brought forth?’ Thus says the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker: “Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons and daughters; and concerning the work of My hands, you command Me.  I have made the earth, and created mankind on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded.  I have raised him (Cyrus) up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways; he shall build My city and let My exiles go free, not for price nor reward,” says the LORD of hosts.  Thus says the LORD: “The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush and of the Sabeans, men of stature, shall come over to you, and they shall be yours.  They shall walk behind you.  They shall come over in chains; and they shall bow down to you.  They will make supplication to you, saying, ‘Surely God is in you, and [5] THERE IS NO OTHER; [6] THERE IS NO OTHER GOD.’ Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior!  They shall be ashamed and also disgraced, all of them.  They shall go in confusion together, who are makers of idols.  But Israel shall be saved by the LORD with an everlasting salvation; You shall not be ashamed or disgraced forever and ever.  For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and [7] THERE IS NO OTHERI have not spoken in secret in a dark place of the earth.  I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in vain’.  I, the LORD, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.  Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations.  They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save.  Tell and bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together.  Who has declared this from ancient time?  Who has told it from that time?  Have not I, the LORD?  And [8] THERE IS NO OTHER GOD BESIDES ME, a just God and a Savior.  [9] THERE IS NONE BESIDES ME.  Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth!  [10] FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NO OTHER.  I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.  He shall say, ‘Surely in the LORD I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, and all shall be ashamed who are incensed against Him.  In the LORD all the descendants of Israel shall be justified, and shall glory.’ “

Bible verses God wants you to know who He is

If the God of the Bible is real, He wants you to know who He is.  10 times in God’s conversation with Cyrus, God said, “I AM GOD and there is no other.”  ————-> “I AM!”

Bible verses God wants you to know who He is
You know, the burning bush appearance by God to Moses is probably going to be a once-in-a-human-existence opportunity.  On the other hand, the stirring of the spirit by the Lord, like with Cyrus, is an every day, every human-who-has-ever-existed opportunity.  The Lord God of Heaven is willing to appear to anyone-and-everyone who is willing to know Him and respond to Him.

The God of the Bible ID’ed Himself to us as “I AM”.  10 times in 1 chapter of the Bible (Isaiah 45) God said to a Persian king, the most powerful man of his time, God said to him, “There is no other God beside Me!”

To Cyrus, to Moses, to many many others, and to us, God has id’ed (identified) Himself as “I AM” and “THERE IS NO OTHER!”.  In essence, I AM why you exist.  I AM why all you see exists.  I AM the cause, and reason, and purpose you exist. YOU ARE because I AM!  This isn’t a secret.  God has been telling us since the beginning.  Know Me, because I brought you forth.  Look to Me, because there is no one else to look to.  Be saved by Me, because “I AM” a just God and Savior.  That you may know that I am the Lord who calls you by name.
Bible verses God wants you to know who He is

What is your name?  What is your worldview?  Who do you believe is God?

Bible verses God wants you to know who He is
A world of the gods?

or you are god of your own world??

or there is no God of the world?

or there is A GOD OF THE WORLD??

What do you believe?

God wants you to know who He is!

Like Moses and Cyrus, let the LORD GOD OF HEAVEN catch your attention.  Let the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob (Matthew 22:32) stir in your spirit.  The God of the Bible – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) (John 8:58), and God the Holy Spirit – get to know the God who does all this.

I AM GOD, and there is no other!

Look to me and be saved.

Bible verses God wants you to know who He is
Bible verses referenced:
 Matthew 22:29,32 "Jesus answered and said to them, 'You are mistaken,
not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God ... 'I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM,
THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB'? God is not the God of the dead,
but of the living.'"
 John 8:54,58 "Jesus answered, 'If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing.
It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your God ...
most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.'"

Bible verses God wants you to know who He is