COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “New Fruit”

Galatians 5:13-26

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“How joyful are those who fear the LORD-all who follow His ways!” (Psalm 128:1, NLT)(Zentangle(R)-inspired illustration by Jenn Webster)

We have reached the beginning of a brand-new year, and with a brand-new year, one has to make certain changes in life; After all, what is a new year without making resolutions? Of course, when a new year comes around, we try our darndest to keep those resolutions, but in the end, we just end up breaking them.
But there is one resolution that I would very much like for you to keep: Following the heart of Jesus Christ! That’s right-It just happens to be the very best resolution that you could ever keep, not just for beyond the new year, but forever! Have you been in the past year struggling with your sins, and that there is nothing that you could ever do to gain eternity? Well, my friends, there IS something you can do to gain eternity, as in eternal life, and that is by giving your very own asking the Lord God that you have sinned and that you have believed that His Son died on the cross for you, and that you ask His Son to come into your heart and to follow Him always! Not just for a day, a month, or a year, but ALWAYS! Now, that is the very best New Year’s resolution you can REALLY keep!

However, I fear that once they give their hearts to Jesus Christ, they might go on back to their sinful ways, so I would very much like to suggest that you take this following important tip, courtesy of Galatians 5:13-26, NLT: “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers in sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses.
When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to His cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.” 

Yes, my friends: Those who have given their hearts to Jesus Christ have been called to live in freedom, that is, freedom from THEIR SINS; However, just because they have given their hearts to Jesus does not ever mean that they can be ever free to do the sins that they please! Freedom to sin is really not freedom at all-It just enslaves you to Satan, others, or even your own sinful nature! However, if you yourself have been struggling in the chains of your sins, then I invite you to give your heart to the One who will break those chains-And that certain One is Jesus Christ, who was sent by God to do His will: Take our place of punishment by dying on the cross, shedding His blood on the third day as the payment for all of your sins, and by having been raised from the dead on the third day, He has ultimately defeated death so that each and every one of us could very well have life eternal. So, my friends, I urge you to look to the cross; Then, ask Him that you have sinned, repent of your sins because Jesus died for them, and then invite Christ into your heart. There is no better time to do so than right now.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.” (John 3:16-17, NLT)
And so, my dearest friends, are you ready to commit yourselves to Jesus Christ by repenting your sins and by giving your heart to Him right now? Then please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord Jesus Christ, I admit that I am a sinner. I have ultimately sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that You have died on the cross for my sins and have been risen from the dead on the third day, so that I might have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart, and to let me follow You always as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for paying for my sins by sacrificing Yourself for me. In Your most holy and blessed name. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, that I would very much like to welcome you into God’s Great, Big Family! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have given your heart to Christ Jesus would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s most blessed Word, each and every day of your life, and then you should praise, worship and thank the Lord God for sending His Son to die for you by going to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday of your life. I very much hope and pray that you make this most ultimate choice of your life by repenting of your sins, and by asking Jesus to enter into your life today, for always. I would like to thank you so very much for taking the time to read this message today. Until the next time, Lord willing, may God bless you ever so richly.

Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

 

 

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