June 1, 2010
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. … Salvation comes no other way; no other name has been or will be given to us by which we can be saved, only this one.” Psalm 103:11-12 NASB & Acts 4:12 The Message
What is the Gospel…? (Part 2)
When it comes to your life .. God describes the greatness of His love for you by imagining the distance between heaven and earth. His Gospel work in you is farther than all the miles that connect east and west. You can’t connect the miles … it goes on and on and on until God has removed the last and least speck of anything that would keep you from Him. What is the plan … the gospel .. God’s formula for your life..? It is sung in the Psalms … It was declared by a man named “God saves” … and preached by a fisherman-turned-preacher who once denied every knowing Him. Formula ..? There is only One name that makes the Gospel real. Every other name .. every other effort .. and every plan that omits the name of Jesus is a false gospel. They won’t save .. no matter the good intentions or the size of the gift. And God knows us through and through .. He knows that deep inside ourselves there is an incomplete and unwhole part of “me” that needs the lavish forgiveness found in Jesus. So .. in every kind of circumstance and life situation God begins to invite you to “seek Him while He can be found. When you seek Him .. you find Him .. not on your terms but in His unending mercy. You step into His life and His life removes every single speck of the wandering you .. lying you .. self-efforted you .. self-centered you .. and self-serving you. Truthfully .. more often than not .. Jesus doesn’t remove everything all at one. He is a work .. layer by layer .. completing what He began .. making your whole and complete in Christ. And who finds Him …? The wicked .. those who have come to their senses that God is who He says He is: merciful .. joyful .. saving .. lavish .. near-by .. and not far away and uninterested in You. Jesus is here to be found .. and to be found in you. He’s here to be close at hand .. and to be found in your hands of love. He’s here to remind you that you no longer owe anything .. and you can start learning to love the life that He is living in you. He’s here to be found … even by those who have walked away .. or even by those who have just taken Him for granted. The Gospel news …? It only takes a moment …!
“Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand. Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness. … So, you’ll go out in joy, you’ll be led into a whole and complete life.” Isaiah 55:6-7, 12 The Message
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