Come to God Just as You Are

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God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” Romans 5:8 (NLT).

Everything that Jesus did for you, he did out of love. The Bible says that God made you to love you. The only reason you’re alive is because you were made to be loved by God.

If God didn’t want you alive, your heart would stop instantly; you wouldn’t even be breathing right now. God made you and wants you alive so he can love you and so you can love him back.

God didn’t just say he loved you; he showed it. The Bible says, “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NLT). It says while we were still sinners. Before I even knew God or knew I needed God in my life, Jesus died for me.

There’s a myth that says we have to clean up our act before we can come to God: “I’ve got to get it all together. There are a few things I’ve got to get right in my life first, and then I’ll come to God.” No! You come to God with your problems — the good, the bad, and the ugly.

It’s like when we brush our teeth before we go to the dentist to have a teeth cleaning or when we wash the dishes before we put them in the dishwasher. Why do we do this?

God says, “No, no! You don’t have to clean up your act. Just bring it all to me. Bring me all your problems. I have all the answers. Come as you are.

The Bible says, “He will send down help from heaven to save me because of his love” (Psalm 57:3a TLB). That’s what Jesus did on Easter. He sent himself from Heaven to save us because of his love. So you can bring your problems to God, because he has the answer.

If you don’t act on this news, then the death of Jesus Christ and his Resurrection are wasted for you personally. It makes no difference in your life. You may recognize the gift, but you still have to receive it.
“You will be saved, if you honestly say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and if you believe with all your heart that God raised him from death. God will accept you and save you, if you truly believe this and tell it to others” (Romans 10:9-10 CEV).

God is not asking you to make a promise you cannot keep. God is asking you to believe a promise that only he can keep.

Talk It Over: – What do you need to let go of that you’ve been trying to clean up before you can approach God?
– How does your life reflect the extravagant love God has for you and that you have accepted?

By Rick Warren
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Changed

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1 Samuel 10:6 “You will be changed into a different person.”

The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.”
(1 Samuel 10:6)

These were some of Samuel’s words to Saul when he anointed him as king. God’s promise to Saul was fulfilled, as we read just a few verses later:

As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these sign were fulfilled that day.” (1 Samuel 10:9)

You will be changed into a different person.”

Doesn’t that sound glorious?

How wonderful it would be to have my failings and insecurities removed and to be remade into a different person. The promise of change has been extended to every one of us. Jesus didn’t die so that our lives could be improved or upgraded; He died so that we could be transformed.

Paul put it this way, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

That promise is for each person who accepts Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for his or her sins.

Sometimes the evidence of change is instantaneous, other times it appears more gradually, but the truth remains – if God’s Spirit lives in us we will be changed. How does believing that God has changed you affect your daily life?

Thank you Gracious God, that I am a new creation in Christ. Thank you for washing away the old and filling me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live in the reality that I am a different person. Amen

Action Step: Learn spiritual breathing – confessing sin and inviting the Holy Spirit to be in control – can help you become more Christ-like.

by Suzanne Benner
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