August 28, 2015

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“IS LOVING JESUS GIRLY?” (lol)

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God loved us first bible verse.
Bible Reading: The Book of 1 John

Key Bible Verses – 1 John 4:16,19 “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. We love Him because He first loved us.”


Hey man, are you ready to do something manly?  Are you ready to do tough things yet – the toughest things you’ll ever do in life?  CrossFit kind of things.  Except I’m talkin’ about a different kind of ‘fit’ and a different kind of ‘cross’.  Are you ready to love Jesus like a man?

The toughest thing Jesus has ever done was love you and me!


Ever thought about that?

(If not, you can read more about it in the Old Testament: Psalms chapter 22, Isaiah chapter 49 and 53).

Jesus’ love for you took him to the Cross so that you could be Fit enough to love Him – to love Him for loving you.  This is the toughest thing you’ll ever do in life.  One of my favorite passages in the Bible is 1 John 4:7-19.  It is one of the best summaries on God’s love and loving God.  And in it, the disciple John tells us that loving Jesus is life itself, and that loving Jesus actually leads you to living fearless.  Sounds pretty manly, right?

Fearless

Don’t be girly, and don’t be a ‘tough guy’!  Take a few tough moments to take a new tough look at the love of God for you and what it means for your life:

1 John 4:7-19

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  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.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.  By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.  Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.  Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  We love Him because He first loved us.”

Don’t be silly, loving Jesus isn’t girly! (lol)


We love Him because He first loved us.  Firstly, God gave us His love, sending Himself into the world to die for us, so that we could live through Him.  Secondly, God gave us His love, perfecting His love in us (if we believe and abide in Him), so that we could live fearless – boldly today and in the day of judgment.

My friend, love is tough, and the toughest thing you’ll ever do is the toughest thing that Jesus ever did.  LOVE.  Love God, and then love others like God loved you (we’ll talk about that more in another post).  God is love!

Do you believe in the love of God (the Father, the Son, and the Spirit)?

Right now, are you ready to do tough things? are you Fit for the Cross (are you CrossFit)?  Jesus was, and He did it for you.  He did it for the whole world so you could see Him, know Him, and love Him.

Hey man, are you ready to love Jesus like a man?

God loved us first bible verse

“There’s NO Hope for us in our Sin, but there’s Hope for us as Sinners!”

Hope - Hope changes everything

Hope in Christ bible verses
Bible Reading:  The Book of 1 John (5 short chapters)

Key Bible Verses – 1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”  1 John 3:3 “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”  1 John 4:19 “We love Him because He first loved us.”


Are you up for a challenge this month? How ’bout reading the Book of 1 John in the Bible? Whether you’re a believer in Christ or not, give it a try. It’s a short book (5 chapters), and I’d like you to focus on 2 things in particular:

#1) God loves us not because we are perfect; God loves us because He is perfect.
#2) There is NO hope for us in our sin, but there is Hope for us as sinners!

So, here we go …

What do you want first, the good news or the bad news?


Let’s go with the bad news first. The bad news is –> we are all bad.  You don’t believe me?  It’s true.  Let me give you a simple example.  You may recall that as a child you didn’t have to learn how to be bad or how to behave badly.  You were bad.  It just came naturally.  You were born with the knowledge of how to be bad (aka: the knowledge of good and evil), and you and I ran with it.  We took it from there, and ran with it.  Remember?  Yes, YOU, like the rest of us, had to learn to be good, and we all still struggle with good vs. evil (behaving badly).

So, here’s the good news!

The good news is –> THERE’S NO HOPE FOR US IN OUR SIN, but THERE’S HOPE FOR US AS SINNERS!  That’s good news, isn’t it?  It’s good news ’cause we all have this same problem called sin.  And believe me, sin is a problem.  It’s caused you problems.  It’s caused me problems.  It’s caused all of us problems. And, it caused God a problem.

So, what’s a sinner to do?

You see, originally, you and I were NOT created to be SINNERS, rather, we were created to be SAINTS.  We were created to be children and friends of God.  You and I were made to know, love, and enjoy God fully and personally. Then, we sinned.  All of us.  Every single one of us sin.

And, sin is a hopeless endeavor, yet a lot of us spend a lot of time trying to turn sinful living into some kind of hopeful life of adventure and pleasure.  All of us, too many times, somehow seem to think that sin will make us happy, that somehow, sin will help us live our dreams, that somehow, we’ll find a good life in bad living (sinful living), that somehow, the pleasure of sin in the moment will outweigh the problem of sin thru our life.  It can’t happen.  Sin is an empty pleasure and a hopeless endeavor.

So, here’s is the hope!

There is hope in this, God came to forgive our sin and to help us as sinners leave our sin behind.  God Himself came to become our Advocate.  God Himself came to be our Savior.  God Himself came as a Son so we could leave our Sin. HE IS YOUR HOPE AS A SINNER.  Again, you were not created to be a sinner; you were created to be a saint.  You ask, what is a saint?  A ‘saint’ is a sinner who has been infused with the SAVIOR.

There is hope for you as a sinner, you don’t have to stay in your sin!


Have you ever come to realize there is no hope for you in your sin?  No hope in your sin whatsoever.  Have you ever come to realize that there is hope for you as a sinner?  Now, of course, none of us initially are jumping up and down to admit that we are sinners lost in the hopelessness of our sin, but that is exactly what we are.  You see, try as you may, day after day, sin will take your hope away.  The good news is, there is hope for us as a sinner!

Are you tired of your hopeless endeavor?
Are you tired of your empty pleasure?

God came to forgive your sin, so you could come to Him.  Begin to hope in the Savior; begin to forsake your sin.  It gets even better.  The more you begin to love God, the less you’ll sin (on the other hand, the more you sin, the less you will love God).  In closing, this is the hope I’m hoping in, and I hope too that it will make you want to leave your sin.  There is hope for you as a Sinner; there’s no hope for you in your sin:

1 John 1:7-2:6 “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.  My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.  By this we know that we are in Him.  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

Hey friend, leave your sin and hope in Him!

End your hopeless endeavor!  Admit you’re a sinner, confess your sin, and He will fill you with hope within.

There is hope for you as a Sinner.

Now, isn’t that good news?

To be continued …

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