“Discerning God’s Will”
Call me old-fashioned, but I believe that God has a plan and purpose for every life. I believe this because I see it in so many of the lives in Scripture and I have experienced this in my own life.
I was nine years old when I realized that God loved me and wanted a personal relationship with me. I was at a summer camp; and one evening in a church service, I understood I was a sinner and that Christ died for me on the cross. He wanted to forgive my sin and come into my life as Savior and Lord.
That plan is clearly seen in one of the most familiar verses of Scripture in the Bible – John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Look carefully at that verse and see the plan:
1. God loves us – the plan begins with Him.
2. He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, who would ultimately give His life as an atoning sacrifice for our sin.
3. Everyone who believes in Him and receives Him will not perish. WOW – that is good news!
4. That person will be given eternal life.
But, there is more to the plan – listen to this from Jesus:
“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him, whoever believes in Him is not condemned, BUT whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:17-19)
God has done everything. He could to deal with man’s dilemma, which is sin and its consequences.
Romans 3:23-26 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished.
He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justices those who have faith in Jesus”
Folks — sin is serious — it separates us from God who is holy. The Apostle Paul, in Romans 6:23 wrote: “For the wages of sin is death, BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What an incredible exchange – Jesus paid the penalty for our sin and gives us the gift of eternal life. That’s the plan, and it is all because of God’s amazing grace. Someone has described grace as “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”
The hymn writer put it like this – “Jesus paid it all. All to Him I owe. Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.”
There you have it — God’s will and plan for your life.
Let me close with a word from Peter — you remember him don’t you. He actually denied that he even knew Jesus. He finally got it right and was lovingly restored by Jesus.
He wrote the following —
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day.
The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.
He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Well, that’s God’s will for everyone. Have you received Christ into your life? If you haven’t, why don’t you do so right now. A sincere prayer from your heart, inviting Christ to come in, forgive your sin and take over your life will bring you into an amazing and eternal plan forever.
I am so grateful for God’s will and plan for our lives.
Blessings, Pastor Leonard
Special Letter from Shirley Hamilton
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Nahum 1:7
I can testify that those words are so true!
God has been so good to me (and my family). The people of the Jubilee Fellowship have just surrounded me with love and care. Thank you for the delicious food, for phone calls, for offers of help, for the beautiful plants and flowers, and for loads of cards with wonderful, uplifting messages.
Hale loved Jubilee — and so do I! God bless you.