The good news today is that we can be set free by the blood of Jesus. The burden of our sins and wrong doing can be lifted. The insecurity of not knowing what the future holds can be made secure. The emptiness of an unfulfilled life can be filled.
No matter what our life has been, God can change it all. When we accept His salvation through Jesus Christ He takes away all our sin and wipes our slate clean. He remembers it no more. Read Psalm 103:11-12.
God lovingly sets us free from the the bondage from which we have been entrapped and then begins to change, cleanse, and renew our minds, our attitudes and our hearts.
Remember and claim this wonderful verse from 2 Corinthians 5:17, “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
Thanks be to God!
I have never made any pottery, nor have I ever watched first-hand as someone else created something from clay. I have seen the results of someones meticulous work and skillful hands in such things as vases, bowls and other vessels. Many are beautiful works of art and are treasured.
Today, Rev. Nickles used scripture from Jeremiah 18:1-11 to explain how God can mold us into beautiful vessels for Him. When we give our lives to Jesus and accept His salvation for our sins, we become a new creation. God then begins to mold us into what He wants us to be. Our outward appearance may not change, but inside our attitudes, desires, thoughts and actions are changing. When we let Him, we become “clay” in God’s loving hands.
What a wonderful, secure and peaceful place to be — in the hands of Almighty God. He loves us with an everlasting and strong love that will never change or fade. He provides us with whatever is needed in our lives and He guides us to do His will.
Thank you Heavenly Father!!
We all lose our way occasionally. We all need direction for our lives. If you are a child of God you should want to follow His will for your life. But even when we try our hardest, it is sometimes difficult to know what God wants us to do.
Today, Rev. Phil Nickles shared with the congregation five steps to help guide us to the heart of God.
- Seek God everyday; in all things. 1 Chronicles 16:11
- Submit to God and resist the devil. James 4:7
- Know that God is love and He loves you. John 3:16
- God is our shield, take refuge in Him. Proverbs 30:5
- Read and study the Bible to be transformed into what God wants you to be. Romans 12:2
God loves each of us and wants to bless us more than we can even imagine.
What a great God we serve!
There is a lot of bad news in the world, many people are hurt and broken. Depression, loneliness, sickness, poverty, unemployment and many more are real problems that people face everyday. The news is filled with reports of murder, drug abuse and all kinds of criminal activity that we are may be exposed to either directly or indirectly. Our society is a mess!
But as Christians we are called to minister to the world. But how can we do that when we don’t have answers for their problems or resources to help them or medicine to heal their diseases? It can be overwhelming.
As God’s children we must remember that as we try to help others that God will supply whatever we need. He will give us the words to speak, the actions to take and provide the means we need to carry out His work. And we have the strongest, most powerful weapon of all to combat the evil in this world and that is prayer!
So rejoice in the good news that God planned before we were even born the things He wants us to do and He has already provided the way (paraphrased from Ephesians 2:10). Just as God called Jeremiah to be a prophet, He has work for us all to do (Jeremiah 1:4-5). Like Jeremiah, we must step out on faith and follow God’s commands.
We live in a disposable world. Conveniences that we use daily such as paper plates, napkins or plastic forks are common and we rarely think much about discarding them.
But what other things in our society have become disposable? Insincere hearts, selfish motives and callousness can cause relationships to be carelessly used and then discarded; leaving hurt and emptiness. The scars of mistrust, frustration and low self-esteem loom over people’s lives keeping them from becoming all they can be.
But there is good news! God can encircle us with His love; a love that is strong, powerful and never ending. God’s circle of love can never be broken and He will never take it back. We may fail and slip away from God, but He will never leave us. God is always waiting with loving, open arms to forgive us and to restore us.
Let’s encourage each other by sharing this good news with those that are hurt and lost.
Are you a planner? Do you think ahead of time about the things you want to do each day? Do you follow a strict schedule, make a to do list? Or, are you a person that just takes things as they come? Never thinking about tomorrow, let alone the next hour.
Some things we do are just routine like getting up in the morning, going to work or school, getting dressed, eating breakfast. Many of the things we do during a 24 hour period are not planned ahead of time. We make hundreds of decisions throughout each day. Some are seemingly unimportant and really don’t change our lives very much. But still others are important, like what job offer to accept, what college to attend, where we should live.
You might ask, “who cares what my decisions are? It’s nobody’s business but mine anyway.” But Proverbs 5:21 tells us that our choices and decisions are being watched by God himself. Here we read, “For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths.” Not only does God watch what we do , He examines it!
So, the greater question is not if you are a planner or not, but whether you let God lead you in your choices? Do you let His love shine through in all you do? Do people around you notice a difference in your attitude and ways?
It is a good God that gives us a free will to make our own choices, but it is greater to know that He is so concerned with us that He watches and examines all we do? And, if we let Him, He will guide us in our paths and all our ways.
“As surely as you live, you will die!” These were the opening words from Rev. Phil Nickles today. Death is not something that most of us like to talk about, but Rev. Nickles’ statement is true. Each of us will live our life, die and then spend eternity somewhere — either heaven or hell.
If asked, I don’t know of anyone that would choose hell instead of heaven — everlasting torment compared to everlasting happiness. It seems like a no-brainer, yet people make this choice everyday.
With a careless or callous attitude toward the Savior people are rejecting the salvation offered by Christ and are setting themselves up for an eternity in hell. Think about that for a minute — unending torment forever!
But there is good news! It doesn’t have to be this way. Romans 10:9 tells us, “That if you confess with your mouth, “That Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is a promise from our Lord, it doesn’t say you might be saved, it says you WILL be saved. It’s that simple and if your are saved then your eternity is secured. When this earthly life is over, there will be no doubt, you will have everlasting life in the presence of our God. You will have eternal joy and peace.
That is good news! If you have not made a decision to accept this salvation, please don’t wait any longer. Let Jesus into your heart and life today.
If you would like someone to pray with you or if you want to talk more about salvation please contact us via the church website: eastpointcpchurch.com