Jesus Came To Save Sinners

Jesus Came To Save SinnersWeek 36 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was 2 Thessalonians 3, and 1 Timothy 1-4. These chapters finish one of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica, and begin a letter to Timothy, one of his partners in spreading the gospel.

Why did Jesus come? 1 Timothy 1:15 states the reason very clearly – He came into this world to save sinners. That is the reason He came to this earth. We couldn’t save ourselves, so Jesus accomplished what we couldn’t. He gave His life for us, and offers us salvation, if we will accept it.

It was sinners Jesus came to save. Some of us want to try to be good enough on our own, and earn right standing with God. We can only truly be made right with God, however, when we admit that we aren’t perfect, and accept Jesus as our Savior, rather than trying to save ourselves.

If you know that you have made mistakes, and wonder how God could ever love or care for you, know that Jesus came to save sinners, not those who were perfect by themselves. Receive the salvation He offers you. Accept His grace and forgiveness today!

The Past, and the Future God Has For You

The Past, and the Future God Has For YouWeek 17 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Acts 6-10. These chapters speak mainly of the spreading of the good news of what Christ had done, the story of Stephen (the first martyr), the conversion of Paul, the apostle, and Peter preaching the gospel to the household of Cornelius, the centurion.

The Apostle Paul wasn’t always a believer, bringing the gospel to many, and writing letters that would someday become a part of the New Testament. At one point, he was a persecutor of all who believed in Christ. After his encounter with Jesus, however, he was completely changed. Despite his past of threatening the church, God chose him to proclaim His name to others (Acts 9:15).

No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, know that God has a plan and a purpose for you. If you are in Christ, then you are a new creation
(2 Corinthians 5:17). You are no longer who you once were, and God wants to use you in ways that are beyond your wildest imaginings. Don’t allow your past actions to prevent you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Find and follow His purpose for you, leaving your past in the past, and stepping into the future that God has for you!

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The Right Path

pathAre you at a crossroad, wondering which way to go? Contemplating what move to make? Trying to figure out what comes next?

When pondering the future, rest assured that God has a plan for your life. He knew you before you were born. He tenderly fashioned you in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). You are NOT an accident! God made you, and He has a purpose designed specifically for you. He knows the plans He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11), beginning with a close, intimate relationship with Him and continuing on into an abundant life (John 10:10) filled with meaning. No matter what you feel or what those around you may say, choose to believe this.

The plans God has for you are good! They are plans to prosper you, not to harm you – plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). As your Heavenly Father, He delights in seeing you thrive.  Don’t be afraid to follow His path for you.

He wants to lead and guide you in all He has for you, if you will listen. He promises that “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’ (Isaiah 30:21).”  Amidst the busyness of everyday life, take time to communicate with Him and hear His voice of guidance. Wait for it expectantly, confident  that you are His child and He wants to communicate with you. When He shows you which way to go, follow His direction. He has great things in store for you!

Whatever point you’re at in life, know that God has a plan for you – a marvelous plan, which He wants to guide you in walking out. If you’re in need of direction, take time and ask Him to show you the next step. Pray to Him, and He will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3). Trust Him to lead you down the right path for your life.