February 27, 2017

New Memory Verse for this week:

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

This is verse is really incredible when you to stop a moment to ponder it. We were living apart of from God doing what we wanted to do. We weren’t loving him with are heart, soul, mind, and strength. His name would usually get mentioned in a sentence like, “Oh my God”. Or Jesus’ name would get used as a swear word. We were living in his world, breathing his air, enjoying his sunshine, eating his food and spending his money and never saying ‘thank you’. Our actions indicated that we weren’t grateful. In other words we were just using God for our own pleasure, satisfaction, and contentment. There was no fear of God within us. How do you feel when the neighbor comes and raids your refrigerator, drinks your orange juice, watches your big screen and asks if you could get him some popcorn with lots of butter and salt and O if you have a Coke to go with it that would be great. And then when he is done he goes home and never says thank you. Lets say he does this everyday for a month; what is your response? It probably isn’t a very godly response, right? The psalmist says this about us ungrateful sinners:

Psalm 36:1–8 (NLT) — 1 Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all. 2 In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are. 3 Everything they say is crooked and deceitful. They refuse to act wisely or do good. 4 They lie awake at night, hatching sinful plots. Their actions are never good. They make no attempt to turn from evil. 5 Your unfailing love, O Lord, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O Lord. 7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights.

So in spite of all the bad we have done God sent Jesus to die in our place, shed his blood to forgive us of our sins and give us a clean record and a right standing with God. He did this for every sinner that has ever lived. And all we have to do is receive it by faith. We don’t work for it, buy it, go to church for it, or try to be good for it. God isn’t like Santa Claus who is supposedly making a list and checking it twice to see who has been naughty or nice. God knows that we have been naughty but through Jesus he has done away with any list. If any body ends up in hell it is their own fault for not taking advantage of the gift of Jesus. Have an early Merry Christmas and do you have any popcorn and perhaps a coke to go with it?:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!