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Hope-for-Today: Jesus

Save America: Repent!
"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel." (Mark 1:15)

THE UNITED STATES HAS BEEN THROUGH A LOT THESE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS. MANY ARE WONDERING-- IS THERE ANY HOPE FOR AMERICA?

The answer is a definite--YES! But this hope will not be found with any political candidate, vaccine, or financial security. The hope that God wants to give you is that hope that brings to you inner peace, comfort, joy, and life fulfillment (John14:27, 16:7; 1 John 1:4; John 10:10).

This God given hope is found only when we RECEIVE a part of God, his Holy Spirit,to live within us. His Spirit joins with our human spirit to give the ability to totally transform our human nature so that we begin to think, feel, and behave as God would (Galatians 5:19-25). This is what is called being “born again,”and like a child born into this physical world, God’s Spirit brings us into God’s eternal kingdom, we then become a new creature called the children of God (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:1; Romans 8:16).

HOW DO WE BECOME BORN AGAIN?

First, you need to RECOGNIZE that we do things that does not please God; this is called sin. Psalm 14:2-3 lets us know that there has never been a person born who has not sinned. That’s because we all are born into sin and to sin is part of our human nature. Once we recorgnize that we are a sinner, we then need to REPENT.This means that we stop what is not pleasing to God and do what is pleasing to him.Sin keeps us from being “born again” and receiving God’s Spirit. God’s Spirit gives us the ability to no longer let our sinful human nature dominate our thinking, our emotions, our words, or our behavior.

Second, we need to understand that JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE who can give to us God’s Spirit (John 14:16; 15:26; 16:7). That’s why I encourage you to get to know who Jesus is and what he has done by reading the Bible books of Matthew,Mark, Luke, and John, these books record what Jesus taught and did.

When you BELIEVE who Jesus is, you will also understand that he wants to give to you God’s Spirit to live in you. It is this Spirit that transforms you and gives to you eternal life. As you read the Bible, you will find that most people received God’s Spirit after they were baptized. It is the Holy Spirit that gives to you peace, joy, comfort, fulfillment of life, and the hope of eternal life. These cannot be found anywhere else except through God’s Spirit.

With all the uncertainties we face in today’s world, I encouarage you to take that first step to being “born again” and find real hope-for-today through Jesus Christ.

Blessings!
Steve



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