When is Jesus enough?

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Jesus is enough when…

You are weak.

You are weary.

You are restless.

You are tired.

You are overwhelmed.

You are hopeless.

You are afraid.

You are helpless.

You are empty.

You are weighed-down.

You are scared.

You are hurt.

You are grieving.

You are offended.

You are stretched.

You are troubled.

You are anxious.

You are stressed.

You are insecure.

You are busy.

You are exhausted.

You are powerless.

 

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

– Jesus (2 Cor.12:9)

 

“28 Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Can’t buy me peace

Peace.

There’s a lot of things that you can’t buy in life…

Peace is one of them.

So are things like hope, purpose, forgiveness, and love (pretty sure the Beatles got that one right).

Fortunately, peace isn’t as elusive as we think though.

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If you’re a worrier like me, you can trade all the worry and anxiety that weighs you down today for God’s peace.

You can trade something that no one wants (all the things that weigh you down) for something that everyone wants (true peace).

This is too good to be true, you say.

There’s gotta be a catch…

Or, some fine print somewhere that makes this trade a bad deal.

And, I suppose there is some fine print, because this deal only “works” if you pray to the only One who was able to buy peace (and hope and purpose and forgiveness and love).

Just like me, you have a choice to make today…

Will you let worry and anxiety weigh you down?  Or…

Will you pray to God and make that trade for peace?

6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7)  (NLT)

Are you in love or just religious?

Back in the day, we used to write love letters.

Before the rise of the Internet.

Before Facebook took over the world.

Before cell phones and unlimited texting.

Before selfies and Snapchat and Instagram…

Remember what it was like to open a letter from someone you loved?

You’d open the letter…smell the paper…and read every word.

(And then you’d do it again and again and again…)

Back in the day, love letters gave me a window into the life of the girl I love.

I learned all kinds of things about that girl in those letters, and I fell more deeply in love with her every time I read them.

(By the way, that girl and I got married and will be celebrating nineteen years of married life together this year).

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The Bible has been described as God’s love letter to us…

But do we treat it like a love letter?

Do we open it with excitement and expectation and hope like we would if it came from someone we love?

Or, has it just become another book to us?

Here’s something to think about…

The way you view the Bible reflects the way you view God.

A lot of people claim to believe in God, but believing in God isn’t the same thing as loving God.

A lot of people claim to be religious, but going to church isn’t the same thing as loving God either.

If you believe in God, but don’t truly love Him, then the Bible is just another book for you to read.  Opening it is like opening a love letter from someone who has a crush on you…but you don’t feel the same way about them.

So, it’s awkward…and kind of pointless.

It’s hard to get excited about reading that kind of a letter because you have no feelings for that person…no emotional connection…no shared experiences…and no real desire to get to know them.

But, if you believe in God, and you love Him, then opening the Bible is like opening a love letter from someone you love. 

You open it with excitement and expectation and hope because you’re reading the words of the Creator of love Himself.

Are you in love with God, or just religious?

Do you view the Bible as a book of rules and moral principles to live by…or do you view it as God’s love letter to you?

Think about it…because your place in eternity could be at stake.

103 How sweet your words taste to me;they are sweeter than honey.  (Psalms 119:103)  (NLT)

If you got an Oscar for following Jesus…

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If you got an Oscar for following Jesus, you’d get it because…

You followed Jesus even when it hurts (Matthew 5:11-12).

You loved your enemies (Matthew 5:44).

You stopped worrying about your life (Matthew 6:25).

You stopped judging others (Matthew 7:1).

You checked your heart…every day (Matthew 15:18-19).

You went to extreme measures to get rid of sin in your life (Matthew 18:8-9).

You served others (Matthew 20:26).

You loved Jesus with everything you’ve got (Matthew 22:37).

You loved your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39).

You took care of the “least of these” (Matthew 25:40).

You made new followers of Jesus (Matthew 28:19-20).

You gave up your life (Matthew 16:25).

Matthew 16:24-27

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.