Are you disappointed?

Readings Romans 10

Great picture, huh?!   Would this disappoint you if you saw it, and were hoping for a shot of a friend?

I actually tried to take this picture this way.  Wanted to show how different perspectives could be seen on the same trip.

Depends on where we are focusing.  Our satisfaction really does depend on Who we are focused on!

Romans 10:11-13 (NASB95)
11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”
12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him;
13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

Dear contented ones, (hopefully!)

This week I talked with a couple young men, one in his teens, another in his early thirties.  Both were struggling.  Both were disappointed in life.

One was starting to read a satanic “bible”.  The other was distancing himself from God.  He went to church as a child, but never got anything out of it.  Now he doesn’t really want anything to do with God.

A few questions reveal where a person is with Christ.  “Do you have any spiritual belief?”  Then get to the heart of the matter.  “To you, who is Jesus?”  Then, “Do you believe in Heaven or Hell?”  Follow that with, “If you were to die now, where would you go?”  and if they say “Heaven”, ask them “Why would God allow them in?”  (These questions are taken from “Share Jesus without Fear”.  (The site can be reached by clicking on Share Jesus without Fear to the right of this post.)

A final probing question to see if God is at work is, “If you are wrong about what you are believing, would you want to know?”  The two young men this week said “No”.  I will keep praying for them.  Hopefully in the future they will be ready.

Many do not understand who God is or what He is about.  One of the men said, “God doesn’t like me very much.”  I have heard that before.  I wish he had been ready to hear of the love of God.  He was right, God doesn’t like him very much, HE LOVES HIM COMPLETELY!

Others think that God can be reached in many ways, their ways.  To think otherwise is very narrow.
They say, “How can God limit access to Himself through one Person, Jesus Christ?”

John 14:6 (NASB95)
6 Jesus said* to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Acts 4:12 (NASB95)
12 “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

John 1:12-13 (NASB95)
12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,
13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NASB95)
5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
6 who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

Seems like God went to the farthest extent to provide access to Himself for ALL!
Mark 10:45 (NASB95)
45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

John 3:16 (NASB95)
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Romans 5:8-11 (NASB95)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

Romans 10:9-10 (NASB95)
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

Romans 10:13 (NASB95)
13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

Are you disappointed in life?

He will not disappoint you!!

See who is disappointed around you.

Check and see if they are ready to meet Jesus.

When they call on Him they will not be disappoointed.

In Christ,

Steve

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