June 18, 2019

 

Prepare For Life
Stephen Heleman

The Passover

We pick up on the life of Moses during a very difficult time in Egypt. Moses has gone to Pharaoh numerous times with God's message, and each time, Pharaoh has hardened his heart and brought on a catastrophic plague from God. God sends Moses to Pharaoh for the twelfth, and last time, which results in an unimaginable plague. Read Exodus 11:4-7 here

You Are Going To Die. Are You Prepared To Live?

The last plague is obviously devastating, but the truth is we all deserve death. That may seem like a harsh statement because we think we are essentially good people, but when we measure ourselves against the goodness of God, our goodness isn't quite so good. Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death..." Our sinfulness has earned us death. But, in Exodus 11:7 we see some good news, "the Lord makes a distinction between Egypt and Israel."  God provided a way for his family, the Israelites, to be spared the plague of death. Read Exodus 12 here. Those who did exactly as God said would live. In verses 24-27, God told the Isrealites to continue what is now known as the Passover meal forever as a reminder that God will care for His people. For Christians, the Passover clearly points to Jesus. We are covered (saved) by the blood of Jesus. Our sins are forgiven so that we can live life with a purpose. Romans 6:23 also says, "... but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Have You Accepted The Gift Of Forgiveness?

This questions is a matter of life and death. It has eternal implications. God created us to be in a relationship with Him, but sin creates a gap between us. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross and bridged the gap between us and God. If you haven't accepted that gift, or you aren't sure, please contact me here. I will make it a priority to talk with you. 

Are You Living For His Mission?

God didn't save us just so we can spend eternity with Him in heaven; He saved us so we can help save others. As Christians, sometimes we think spiritual maturity is like effortlessly floating around in the deep end of a pool. The new Christians are in the shallow end and those who are still learning are somewhere in the middle. But, all around the pool are blind people who need help getting into the pool. God didn't save us so we can get comfortable in the deep end. True spiritual maturity is getting out of the pool and helping others get in. When is the last time you were intentionally uncomfortable so you could help someone find Jesus? 

When God gave the Israelites instructions for the Passover, they followed them exactly because they knew their lives depended on it. When the consequence is death, there is a sense of urgency. Don't lose that sense of urgency. We are not promised a tomorrow, and every day you put it off is a wasted day. Give your life to Jesus. Look for one person you can point to Jesus.

DEMONSTRATE God’s love

DECLARE the Good News

DISCIPLE near and far

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