By Pastor Mike
This is something we really need to know. How does GOD feel about us. I remember growing up and thinking GOD was mean and never gave me anything I wanted. Never realizing that HE will supply all of our needs. Things I wanted was not things I really needed. There’s still tons of people that don’t know how JESUS feels about them. They still get mad when they don’t get their way. They don’t understand the Love JESUS has for them. That’s our job to tell people about JESUS.
See, JESUS shows us in HIS Word and in life all about GOD’S Power and HIS passion for the lost. When HE died and rose again HE was telling us that HE cares about us. I could end this sermon about how GOD feels about us with one scripture. I’ll give you the scripture.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
People still feel that if they mess up and do something they think will make GOD mad, that JESUS is gonna punish them. That’s the way I used to think. There’s too many people still thinking that way. We serve a GOD that was with us when we went to the bars and the drug houses and other places we shouldn’t be. HE is with us now when we do anything in our lives. We can’t hide nothing from JESUS. Wherever you are, HE is right there.
We need to understand and help others understand that JESUS loves them and cares about them. HE loves and cares for everybody. That’s how GOD feels about you. That’s what we have to show to people and not just tell them about it. Showing JESUS to people is a lot more powerful than telling them. Actions do speak louder than words. But I’m also saying that telling them even after they JESUS in you is powerful. There’s a lot of people who never been to church. They don’t know JESUS. Remember back in the day when almost everyone went to church somewhere. Places were closed on Sundays.
Let’s go to Luke 15 Starting at verse 1.
Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
That’s talking about one sinner coming to repentance and coming to JESUS. We should rejoice when someone comes to JESUS and repents and gets Baptized in JESUS Name and gets filled with the Holy Ghost. Today is the day of salvation. No excuses.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Again it talks here about the lost being found. Please read.
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
We were once lost but now we are found. JESUS holds us in HIS arms because HE cares for us. Don’t listen to devil and his lies. JESUS loves everybody. HE died for everybody. HE cares about us.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.
See, this son was always there and could have enjoyed all the Blessings that were there. JESUS wants us to build that relationship with HIM and enjoy all the Blessings HE gives us and HE gives us a lot of Blessings. Are we Blessed today?
You have a shepherd who lost a sheep, searched and found it. Brought it back and everyone rejoiced. The sheep can’t chose to return because it’s an ignorant animal.
A woman lost a coin, searched for it, found it and rejoiced. The coin is just an object so it can’t chose anything.
A dad who lost a son because of self-will. He doesn’t go searching for the boy, he stays home waiting every day to see if his son will return home. The dad didn’t looking for the boy because the boy chose to leave. When we choose to leave JESUS even for a short period of time, HE is right there waiting for us to return to HIM. It’s our choice to leave JESUS and to return to HIM.
Always remember that JESUS gives us everything we need. HE gives us breathe, life, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, food clothing, and shelter among many other things.
Lots of people think they are unworthy to be loved by JESUS. That they are not good enough. We need to understand that GOD don’t make no junk. The devil lies to us and tells us we have no value. That we are no good to anyone. That we are garbage.
We have a GOD that says HE is the world’s recycling plant. We have so much value to HIM that we are the reason for the cross. HE will never dump us aside. JESUS takes what the world calls trash and makes us treasures. HE makes us whole and makes us count. HE shed HIS Blood and paid the price for us to be HIS. JESUS has never, never, never, ever stopped loving us. That should make us rejoice. That’s how GOD feels about us.
“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
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