“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Cor. 15:57
Reminds us of God’s glory.
God created all things, including you and me. God loves us and wants us to live in Heaven with Him for eternity. But we have a problem that prevents us from being with God.
Genesis 1:1: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Revelation 21:21: The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
Reminds us of the darkness in our hearts. Our sin.
Sin is anything we think, say, or do that does not glorify God. All of us have sinned. The punishment for our sins is that we can’t be with God in heaven. Because of sin, our hearts are no longer clean. God is perfect, and because He is perfect, He can only allow those with clean hearts into heaven. We can’t fix this on our own. But God loves us so much that He provided a way.
Romans 3:23: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
Reminds us of Jesus’ blood- the only way our hearts can be made clean.
God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to take the punishment for our sins. Jesus never sinned, yet He took our punishment. Jesus died on the cross so that all the wrong things that we have done can be forgiven., and on the third day, Jesus rose from the grave! When Jesus took the punishment for our sins, something amazing happened.
Romans 5:8: but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Reminds us of cleansing.
The amazing thing is that our hearts can now be made clean because Jeesus took the punishment for our sins. But before our hearts can be made clean, we need to:
- Admit that we have sinned and ask God to forgive us.
- Believe that Jesus died on the cross to be punished instead of us, and
- Invite Jesus into our lives to help us turn away from sin.
1 John 1:9: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Reminds us of things that grow, like grass, trees, and plants.
God wants us to GROW in our relationship with Him. We can GROW by:
Going to God in prayer
Reading the Bible
Obeying God’s Word, and
Witnessing (sharing the Good News!)
2 Peter 3:18: 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
When God looks at your heart, does He see the darkness of sin, or does He see that you have been washed clean through Jesus? If you would like to have your sins forgiven, now is the time to turn your heart to God and put your trust in Jesus.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 6:47: 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.