The Heart of God

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The Heart of God

God loves us so much. His plan A was to rescue us from the consequences of sin from the very beginning. He sent His son Jesus to save us...

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Jesus didn’t just come to save a group of people, He came for every single individual person. He doesn’t just love us as a church. He loves you as an individual. He doesn’t just love those of us that given Him our heart. He loves those who are rejecting Him...

Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. 2 This made the Pharisees and teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!

3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

We should be so grateful, at some point in our lives we were the one He left the 99 for! Now that we’ve experienced this amazing grace, we should be burdened for those that haven’t yet. If the love of God is in us, we’ll be burdened for the lost. I believe the days we’re living in are the last days that the Bible refers to in scripture. With this we understand that our time is short to reach the lost. God is so gracious and is giving us time to work...

7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.

8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

God has given us time to work and reach the lost. God has called us to preach this gospel. He’s asked us to share this message of immeasurable grace. God’s heart is that not a single individual be destroyed. Our hearts desires should be aligned with His to do whatever we need to do to reach the lost...

15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. 17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.”

19 When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 20 And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs.

Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
Jesus sent the disciples out to do the very things He’s asked us to do. He said He’d work with us and confirm His word with signs and wonders. He has shown us in the word what it could look like for the church today! All He’s asked us to do is to preach this message and trust Him to take care of the rest.

5 Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, 6 but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. 7 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!

God will never send us to do anything that He won’t equip us for the work. If we’ll trust Him, He’ll alleviate all of our reasons why we can’t do it. Many of the mighty men and women of God had reasons why they were inadequate to do Gods will. He has always risen to the challenge for them and He’ll do do the same for us. He’s given us His Holy Spirit to help us witness to the lost...

7 He replied, “The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

On the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place. 2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. 3 Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. 4 And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

God in His infinite knowledge has provided for our shortfalls. He’s empowered us to serve and even die for Him if needed. The disciples preached, people repented and came to the Lord, signs and wonders followed the preaching His word! What He did for them He’ll do for us today! This burden falls squarely on us today...

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

Maybe today your here, or maybe you’re reading this and you know that your heart isn’t right with God. I encourage you to take care of this right now. Your prayer of faith might sound something like this...
"Father, God, I change my mind and turn from my sin, reject all my wrong doing; I want your will, and I truly thank you for everything you have done and that I am now freely forgiven and can be saved from the penalty for my sins -- as a free gift. I know that you place a new life in me. Thank you for your gift to me of receiving The Holy Spirit in Jesus' name."
Be sure to read The Word every day. The Word is your source of faith to live this christian life.

17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

Be sure to pray every day. Prayer is simply a conversation with God.
Be sure to pray every day. Prayer is simply a conversation with God.

14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. 15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

Be water baptized. This is your outward proclamation to your friends and family that your now living your life for Jesus. Never be ashamed to live your life loudly for Jesus. He lived, died, and was resurrected publically for you. Do the same for Him.

16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

Get plugged into a Bible believing church.
Get plugged into a Bible believing church.

19 And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. 20 By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. 21 And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, 22 let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.

23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.
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