The overwhelming thought that ran through my head yesterday as I left the church…. was that despite ourselves, myself, despite our weaknesses… God can use us. As multiple writers have said ” Only God can use a crooked stick to draw a straight line” I am so thankful that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto Salvation. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. I’m so thankful that it is God where this salvation comes from… I think we forgot a very important verse in Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord.” We can not in ourselves engineer it, provoke it, or cause it to happen without the power of God. All we can do is proclaim it… The unadulterated, inerrant word of God. Then he does the rest Isaiah 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. I think there are times we want to do what we want to do… so we mess with it a little, change it up. That my friends is wrong. Look at Mark 1:15 Jesus is starting His ministry in Galilee and the first words out of His mouth is REPENT and believe. Peter preaches his first sermon and says Acts 2:38 REPENT. Paul throughout Acts says REPENT Acts 17:30, 26:20. You see folks the word of God is powerful, living and active Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Just teach and preach it… Let the amazing powerful living word do it’s job… Then let us all yell this in praise to a God who is by nature a Savior “Salvation is from the Lord” Psalm 27:9 Psalm 62:1-2,7 Psalm 85:4,7,9. I pray we can echo the words of the half brothers of Jesus ” James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ James 1:1… Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are the called, beloved in God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ Jude 1:1 We are slaves to Christ… to Him be the glory. Romans 11:36
And that’s what I learned in church yesterday.
The next couple of post will be an overview of the parable The Prodigal Son from our Sunday school class… For now I will leave you with this sermon by John MacArthur preaching The Prodigal Son Luke 15:11-32