Todays message is from Pastor Amanda Hoban, this message has been on her heart for the past few weeks and is timely.
This is message for everyone, for those who are anxious and concerned right now, for those who know God, have known God and for those who don’t want to know about God!
This is only a few minutes out of your life so please hang in there and listen because whether you agree or disagree, part of you knows this is the truth. We all have a God given radar our conscience built in!
There is so much turmoil and fear in the world at this time.
These are uncertain days as the corona virus whips the globe into shutdown and terror,
As the worlds leading economies tumble into unchartered territory,
public gatherings are now prohibited in many places,
as companies close doors for who knows how long,
as people isolate in there homes to self quarantine,
or worst still test positive to corona virus and literally fight for there lives
What is going on ?
People are scared and some even talking with anticipation of the world as we know it ending.
There are so many questions but I want to tell you there is a reason why things are as they are right now and God only knows when it will end
We can trust God because he is in control of it all
The Bible declares
Psalm 22:28 New King James Version (NKJV)
28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s,
And He rules over the nations.
Even when we don’t know all of the answers we can be assured that God is the creator of heaven and earth and he is doing something big right now!
It’s a great time to be alive!
So amidst all of the trouble, there is good news at hand!
The Lord Jesus Christ lives and sits on the right hand side of God in the heavenlies.
The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back soon, to take His church, who is His Bride, to heaven with Him.
There has never been a better time than right now, to get your life right with God.
This is no joke, this is the truth!
This is what every single person ever created in all of the worlds existence was designed for, a personal relationship with God and their name written in the book of Life which is eternity in heaven with God our creator.
You see God never wanted his creation and his friend, mankind, to suffer and strive for their existence,
no, in the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth he said it was good, and when he created man, He said it was very good.
Being a loving God, he gave mankind freewill to make our decisions and choices, he didn’t make us robots with no thoughts of our own.
Now mankind, exercised their freewill right there in the Garden of Eden, God said eat anything you like here but do not touch the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but of course free will reined and Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit.
With that decision, bought on by free will, sin entered humanity , thanks for that Adam and Eve.
So for the next two thousand years God made a way for man to be in relationship with Him by appointing through His prophets and priests who kept themselves holy and came before Holy God on behalf the people.
At the appointed time God made a way for us to come to Him directly and that famous Bible verse sums up what happened in John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
You see God loves us and wants to be in relationship with us!
We were designed for this, we were planned for this!
The thing that separates us from God is sin.
Whether we realise it or not, we live in a fallen world by default. Mankind however is sinful, The Bible, Gods word tells us in
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
To make this right once and for all God sent His only son Jesus Christ 2020 years ago, born as a baby of the virgin Mary, fully man but fully God at the same time,
He became flesh, essentially he was God with skin on!
Jesus lived on this earth for 33 years, and fulfilled his purpose to bring us into relationship with God by becoming the ultimate blood sacrifice for mankind.
Jesus Christ died after being nailed to cross, he was without sin, and had navigated life as a man, yet remained sinless.
The shed blood of Jesus Christ has made a way for mankind to have a direct relationship with God.
This is still every bit as relevant for man today as it was back then.
After 3 days Jesus Christ rose up from death into eternal life, he had conquered death and paid for all of mans sin in that process
Jesus Christ has paved the way forward for us mere mortals to come into Gods presence.
You see when we accept this as truth and make it real for ourselves we become sons and daughters of God.
As a son or a daughter there are so many benefits!
I cant even begin to tell you how wonderful it is to be Gods own child!
The pressures of life and circumstances we cant control become irrelevant when we are able to make this truth real in our own lives.
A simple decision to follow Jesus will have eternal consequences that begin today.
If you want to become a child of God or if you want to re affirm your belief in God.
Then please Join me in a short prayer right now!
Lord Jesus, I hear you knocking at the door to my heart and I am sorry for shutting you out of my life.
Today I make a step towards you, I want to know you, I want to feel you in my life.
I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself, I believe you have saved me and by faith I receive your gift of salvation.
I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Saviour.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth.
I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day.
Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life.
I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and walk with me.
I really want to encourage you to be diligent with your Bible study time, because God has so much more for us than we can get from just going to church once or twice a week and hearing someone else talk about the Word.
When you spend time with God, your life will change in amazing ways, because God is a Redeemer.
Theres nothing thats too hard for Him, and He can make you whole, spirit, soul and body!
You’re important to God, and you’re important to us at Refinery Life Church.
When it comes to prayer, we believe that God wants to meet your needs and reveal His promises to you.
So whatever you’re concerned about and need prayer for we want to be here for you! Or even if you just want to say Hi, you can contact us
2020 IS A YEAR OF CLARITY
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