COME, FOLLOW JESUS: “Listen”

James 1:22-27

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For us to learn something, we have to listen to the most important instructions available; If we listen to whatever kind of instructions given to us, then we would learn how to do something right. For example, if we want to learn how to use a tool, we must listen to the directions given to us in a video or by reading and instruction booklet. If we want to learn how to do things in life, we have to listen and obey the rules, but we should not just listen to the rules, we must obey and do what those rules tell us.
For the Christian, if we want to learn how to follow the ways of our Father because He has shown His love for us through the blood shed for us by His Son, Jesus Christ, then we must read, listen, and obey God’s Word, but not only that, we should do what the Word says, or else, we shall very well fall away from it altogether.
What about you? Have you ever been living all your lives, struggling through its difficulties, and had been wanting all of your lives to just get out of that kind of cycle and just follow something in which allows you to do something good for a change? Well, my friends, I have the answer: In order for you to get out of your past sins, you must learn how to do so, and the best way to do so is listening to this: Admit to the Lord God that you have sinned, and that you have believed that His Son was sent to die on the cross at Calvary for your sins and that He raised His Son from the dead to save us all and to have that most incredible gift of all: The gift of salvation, and the hope of life eternal.

Yes, if you give your heart to Jesus today, you shall be saved. But listen to the words of the apostle James in the 1st chapter of James vrs. 22-27: “But don’t just listen to God’s Word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the Word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
Now, if you repent of your sins, then you shall have the full blessing of knowing that you have been washed away clean by the precious blood of Christ Jesus, and that you have been forgiven by our Heavenly Father; And when you read His Word, you don’t just listen to it, you have to do what His Word tells you. But what about you, dear reader? Have you’ve been longing to find something sensible in your life, and that you have been wanting to follow those sensible rules so that you would not have to fall into any cracks in your life? My dearest friend, you do not have to need to look any further than the One who took your place of punishment for you, Jesus Christ, who has paid the ultimate price for you with His precious body that has been shed for you on the cross, and that He had been risen from the dead, defeating death as He went out of the tomb, so that every one of us could have life eternal. The only way to have a good, sensible life is to have Jesus in your heart, because God showed His love for you by sending His Son to die for you!

     “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)
With that, may I please ask: Would you like to be given the gift of salvation that has been won for us by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, which has been shed for you on the cross? If so, 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, defeating death so that I can have eternal life. I ask now that You please come into my heart, and to let me follow You always as my personal Savior. Thank You so very much for paying for my sins by sacrificing Yourself for me. In Your name, I pray. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would very much like to welcome YOU into God’s Great, Big Family! Now that you have given your heart to Jesus, the very next thing that you are going to do would be to read God’s most blessed Word, the Holy Bible, each and every day of your life, and when you are ready to worship, praise, and thank our Heavenly Father for sending His Son to pay the ultimate price for you, I very well suggest that you go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday of your life. I pray that you make this most blessed decision of all by choosing to follow Jesus 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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