Faith

Jesus Follower: This week, while in prayer, The Lord prompted me with the scripture from Romans 14:23, “for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (KJ) Wrap your mind around that one if you will. Sin, of course, is defined as a “falling short” of the glory of God. To many, Romans 14:23 simply means if God doesn’t tell you something is all right to do, don’t do it; or, if He tells you to do something, then you better do it. But I think this means so much more. Shouldn’t we, in our walk with Jesus, constantly be seeking His guidance, His presence in our lives in the tightest-knit relationship we have with anyone, including even our spouse or family members or friends? And if we are not doing that, are we not destined to fall short of God’s glory? Do we short-change God, or even more so, ourselves? As so many in the world walk further and further away from God and Truth, including many who claim or formerly claimed to know Jesus, I want to hold even tighter to God’s hand for guidance, leading, and relationship through reading God’s Word, prayer, meditation, and participating in regular worship and fellowship. Do you, brothers and sisters, feel the same?

Unbeliever: How do you feel about the direction of our culture today in America? The world? Are we headed in a good direction or otherwise? Is the world becoming a place of greater peace or of greater chaos? What about the very foundation of our society, the family? In general, are families closer today or drifting further apart? What of popular culture? Music? Television? Sports? Entertainment? What of law and order? How about jobs? Are people able to forge a living for themselves easier today or is it more difficult than 20 years ago? 10 years ago? Are people today more or less rebellious than 20 years ago? 10 years ago? What of drug, alcohol, sexual addictions? Is addiction more rampant today than 20 years ago? 10 years ago? What of social unrest? Are we more at peace personally and societally than we were 20 years ago? How about 10 years ago? What of “religion,” no matter what “faith” or “denomination?” Do you believe God exists? Aren’t we all seeking to love and be loved and to be at peace, internally and externally? Is it possible that we are looking for these in the wrong places? How has what you’ve tried so far worked? Are you really at peace within? Do you have a clear conscience? Do you believe in heaven and hell? What about your future? Eternally? Have you ever considered knowing more about the God of The Bible and His Son Jesus, whom The Father sent to seek and to save that which was lost? What if you believed the gospel message and invited Jesus to come and live within your heart, repented of your sin, and changed your life? Have you considered it? Why, or why not? It is my sincere prayer that you would seek Jesus, and if there is any way John or I can help you, please ask how this “rebirth” can happen, and we can help guide you through the very simple process. Can we pray for you? I was once an unbeliever, too, and I can assure you, I simply cannot imagine my life today without Jesus. God implores us to “come to Him and let us reason together.” Won’t you give Jesus a try?

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