Monday, September 19, 2011

Come to Jesus

Deuteronomy 30:11-15

11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

Just Now

We recently observed the tenth anniversary of the attacks of 9/11 here in the United States. The day was full of prayers, rememberences and special ceremonies honoring those who died that beautiful Tuesday morning, ten years ago in Washington DC, New York City and in that field in Pennsylvania. For the most part, the memorials were solemn and respectful.

But as I mentioned, they were full of prayer.

It doesn't amaze me that people turn to prayer in a time of sorrow, loss or fear. It's a perfectly reasonable thing to do. When faced with what hurts, we reach out to the highest form of help. A child will reach for a parent when they are in pain; not a toy or another person, but their parent. A country will look to the highest levels of government when there's a crisis. Very little was spoken immediately after Katrina hit about the local response...everyone wanted to know what then President Bush was going to do about the chaos. So, when our soul hurts, its only logical that people reach out to the highest power in soul living - to God.

When we are laid bare by life, we know where to go for answers, healing and comfort. We have no pretense about falling to our knees and crying out for God. We don't wonder where authority is. We know. And when stricken, we cry out. God Himself told us that the Word is very close...It is written on our hearts and is in our mouths.

I'm amazed how once we feel better, we turn away. The 'problems' with God start to show up. See, we have no problem with God perse. Our troubles only show up with the whole Jesus factor. But there is where our logic breaks down.

If God is God when we are at our wits end. If He is the only source when we have nothing left, then He also has to be God in our abundance and with our obedience. That's what sovereign means.

If we wish to live comfortably in the United States, we accept that there are rules to follow. Barack Obama may not be who you voted for to be President, but he IS the president right now. You can't go and serve another President because you disagree with him. If you own a small business in this country, there are rules and regulations that apply to your business. You may not like them and you can certainly work to change them, but you don't get to choose which ones you want to obey without consequences.

And that's in a democracy. God is King.

I want you to cry out to God when you're in despair. I want you to know that there is Someone bigger than yourself and your circumstance. I also want you to know that He has laid out a plan for salvation, relationship and fellowship and it goes through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except by Him. (John 14:6)

In our good times, and our bad times. In our obedience and our disobedience. In our doubt and our clarity, all roads to the Father pass through the blood of Jesus.

No matter what we're going through in our lives right now, come to Jesus. He's not a panacea to make us feel better. He's the way, truth and life to make you and I perfect before God. Coming to Jesus doesn't make the situation magically better. Coming to Jesus makes us better able to withstand everything that rises up against us.

The song goes...come to Jesus, come to Jesus, come to Jesus just now, just now.

Come to Jesus. Come to Fellowship and we'll introduce you, and we'll walk with you as you move from relationship to fellowship.

Come to Jesus, just now.

John 10:1-9
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.


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Fellowship Church
Where Passions Become Reality
Because You Are a Chosen Generation
455 Highway 138 W, STE C
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Alton Watkins, Pastor

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