God Died For You…
We live in our own little fantasy world of make-believe where we see ourselves as something we are not. Some are lost in the slavery of social media while others are entangled in the slavery of TV or politics or sports or pornography or booze and the list goes on and on and on. The whole time God is right there with us. We tell ourselves we have “turned our back on God” and while that part is absolutely true, God did not turn His back on us.
Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and of good courage, for you must go with this people to the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it. And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” ~Deuteronomy 31:7-8 NKJV
And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord. ~1 Chronicles 28:20 NKJV
God has told us from the beginning that He will never, under any circumstance, leave us. He is right here, right now. He is within us shining His Light through us. It is us that place His light under a basket or turn our backs on Him. Jesus Christ even forgives our arrogance and disdain as He is dying. God died for you and I while we turned away from Him.
Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” ~Luke 23:34 NKJV
When do we turn back to God and develop a deeper relationship with His son, Jesus Christ?
This day began with reading Acts 8 and how Philip went into Samaria to save some souls as Saul (who would become Paul) was reeking havoc throughout the land. Philip who preached Christ to them and the people could hear and see the miracles which Philip did. There was one problem – Philip was unable to baptize the people in the Holy Spirit. Peter (formerly known as Simon) and John were called in to baptize the multitudes in the Holy Spirit.
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city. Acts 8:5-8 NKJV
Either the Gospel is divine inspiration, the Word of God teaching us how to live and how to act, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.