Ingles

Enoch

Walking with God

Genesis 5:24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: "He could not be found, because God had taken him away." For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.


Jude 1:14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones."

I. INTRODUCTION (Hebrews 11:5-6)


Enoch was the seventh from Adam.

Adam             Man
Seth                Appointed
Enosh.            Mortal
Kenan             Sorrow
Mahalalel        The Blessed God
Jared               Shall come down
Enoch             Teaching
Methuselah     His death shall bring
Lamech          The despairing
Noah               Rest

This is God's plan of redemption, hidden within a genealogy!


Genesis chapter 5 reads like an obituary.


Genesis 5:8 "Seth lived 912 years, and then he died"
Genesis 5:11 "Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died"
Genesis 5:14 "Kenan lived 910 years, and then he died"


Enoch did not die however, God took him.
The life of Enoch was a picture of the rapture.

Genesis 5:21-24 "When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And
after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away."


The main emphasis is on Enoch’s walk with God.
"Walked", just like Adam, means fellowship and communion.
To walk with God, is to set God always before us.
It is a constant care in all things to please God.
We don’t read of any areas in which Enoch displeased God.
Others lived for themselves and the world, but he lived for God.
It was the joy of his life.
He walked with God because he enjoyed His company.

Only three people in the Bible are said to have walked with God; Adam, Enoch and Noah.


Enoch was not found, because God had translated him.
They were looking for Enoch, but was not found because God took him.

He disappeared at the young age of 365 years.
The average lifespan at that time was 912 years.

Enoch had the shortest lifespan of 365 years, but his son Methuselah had the longest lifespan of 969 years.


After Enoch became the father of Methuselah, he walked with God 300 years.


Enoch’s being taken up to heaven is also a picture of the Rapture.

II. THE LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD IS A LIFE OF FAITH.


Hebrews 11:6 "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."


Without faith it's impossible to walk with God.
It takes faith to walk with God and Enoch literally just walked into heaven.
A lot of the book of Genesis about Abraham, the father of our faith.
Yet, God did not translate Abraham to heaven.
Faith was the only thing that was important in the life of Enoch.
He was a priest, a prophet and a contemporary of Adam.

Jude 14 "Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: "See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones."


Enoch was the great-grandfather of Noah.
What was the secret to Enoch's walk with God?


It was a most confidential intimacy with the personal God.
Enoch's faith was not intermittent and fluctuating, but steadfast.
To him prayer was a constant way of fellowship with God.
How did Enoch walk with God?

Enoch trusted in a God he couldn’t see.
It was a walk of faith. Enoch did not see God.
God did not appear to Enoch in any visible form.
In the case of Adam, God appeared in human form.

2 Corinthians 5:7 "For we live by faith, not by sight."


Enoch’s faith grew stronger with the passing of 300 years!
(Show Graphs)
Why did God take him so soon?
The world, which was now grown so corrupt, was not worthy of him.
His work was done, and done faithfully with incredible dedication.
He did not follow the normal course of life on this earth.

III. THE LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD IS A LIFE OF FELLOWSHIP.


Hebrews 11:5 "By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God."


We don’t want to glorify Enoch because he too was a sinner like us.
The prophet Elijah was also taken to heaven, not because he was different from us.

James 5:17 "Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years."


We are looking at Enoch in order to glorify the God of grace and mercy.
We should be more like Jesus in our way of life.

1 John 3:2 "Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is."


God saved us so that we might know Him intimately.

We never can get away from His presence for a moment.

He is closer to us than our nearest friend. Wherever we go—He goes.
The problem with many of us is that we do not realize this presence.
Too many times we just take it for granted.

IV. THE LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD IS A LIFE OF FAITHFULNESS.
 

Enoch did not walk with God in an easy time.
Enoch walked with God in a time of apostasy and curruption.
He lived against the grain of his society.
Enoch lived each for God and that caught God’s attention.
At some point in his life he decided and determined to live for God.
The Lord loved Enoch because he steadfastly followed Him.
It's a mystery as to what happened in this spiritual change.
It seems Enoch began to walk with God after the birth of Methuselah.
Enoch knew that judgment was coming, and this got him closer to God.

V. THE LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD IS A LIFE OF FRUITFULNESS.

Enoch had a powerful testimony that began with the birth of his son Methuselah.
Methuselah was the oldest man to ever live.

Methuselah’s name meant, “When he is dead, it will be sent.”
When Methuselah was about 850 years old, his grandson, Noah, began building the Ark.
And the same year that Methuselah died, God sent the Flood.

God gave Enoch at age 65 a prophecy about a coming judgment.
Since we are living in the last days, it should motivate us like Enoch.
Enoch was taken to heaven before the judgement with the flood.
Methuselah lived as long as he did by the grace and mercy of God.
Enoch did not earn his way into heaven, but walked into heaven by faith.

"Methuselah" comes from two roots: muth, which means "death".
The other is shalach, which means "to send forth."
Methuselah was 187 when he had Lamech.
Lamech had Noah when he was 182.
The Flood came in Noah's 600th year.

That is 187 + 182 + 600 = 969, Methuselah's age when he died.



The name Enoch seems to mean, initiation, teaching or dedicated.


Enoch was initiated into the worship of God, and dedicated to his service.

He walked with God after Methuselah was born because Enoch "pleased God" (Hebrews 11:5).


Enoch was a man who was taken by God away from his family.
God sent His angels to take him straight to heaven without dying.
We are to be waiting for the end of the age like Enoch.

Luke 17:34-35 "I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left."


The earliest prophecy by Enoch deals with the Second Coming of Christ.
There is a generation that will not experience death just like Enoch.
Everything in life is a choice. We can choose one way or the other.

THE LIFE THAT PLEASES GOD IS A
LIFE OF FAITH.

LIFE OF FELLOWSHIP
LIFE OF FAITHFULNESS
LIFE OF FRUITFULNESS


Will you choose to walk with God?

In your busy daily life, how much of what you do is really important to God?






GET A GRIP OF YOURSELF
1 Kings 18:45-46

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.

Elijah's story is a long one and we can only cover part of it this morning.
in chapter 18 we see Elijah's challenge to the prophets of Baal.

There was a showdown on Mount Carmel between Elijah amd the false prophets.
To make a long story short, we see the triumph of Elijah, the man of prayer.
Elijah had a great victory befure the rain came pouring down.

"a heavy rain started falling"
1 Kings 17:7 "Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land."

The prayers of Elijah withheld the rain and now brought the rain.



ELIJAH’S AMAZING 17 MILE RUN
46 The power of the LORD came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

The name Elijah means "Yahweh is my God."
He is called "the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead." (1 Kings 17:1)
He was "A hairy man wearing a leather belt around his waist." (2 Kings 1:7-8)

"The power of the LORD came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab"

Ahab puts the pedal to the metal in his chariot and pushes to the limit!
They are trying to outrun the storm.
But Elijah ran a supernaturally empowered 17-mile cross-country run.
He tucked up his long garments in his girdle and caught up with Ahab.

If we run well, we must get rid of those things that hinder our progress.

Suddenly, Ahab sees Elijah coming up along side and outruns the horses.
Sometimes God has a sense of humor in the way He works with us.

Instead of resting, Elijah ran ahead of the king's chariot to Jezreel.
The king jumps in his chariot and races off to see his wife, Jezebel.

The ability of Elijah to run so fast was by the power of the Holy Spirit.
When a person is enabled by God, he can do things that are incredible.
Elijah had determination. An assignment from God awaited him there.
He took the humble position of a runner before the king.
Elijah was in a hurry to get to Jezreel before the rains got worse.

The distance was subject to flash flooding and turning into a messy mud.
But Ahab never bothered to invite Elijah into his chariot.
He was not afraid for what he had done, but he would be afraid of Jezebel.
It was she, and not Ahab, who really ruled the country.
Ahab went on to self-destruct. Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind.

God never calls us to do incredible things without His power to help us.
That power is available to those who put their trust and hope in the Lord.
Isaiah 40:31 “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength...”


GOD ECOURAGES DISCOURAGED ELIJAH
1 Kings 19:1-8


1 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword.



Elijah stirred up a hornets nest when he boldly confronted king Ahab.
Ahab was a very wicked king who was married to a diabolical woman.
Jezebel eventually went to the dogs because of her wickedness.

Many of the problems that we face in life are usually problem people.
Like Elijah, we need to take a stand for what is right.

2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them."

Jezebel's response was not , "The fire from Jehovah proves that I am wrong and Jehovah is God."
Instead, she responded with a vow to kill Elijah within 24 hours.
In essence, Jezebel was saying, "I’m going to slice you and dice you“.

Jezebel was angry and It wasn’t just that she was having a bad hair day.
She could have sent troops to capture him, but she only sent a threat.
Elijah thought that the miracle at Mount Carmel would convert Israel.
But that didn't happen and he was greatly discouraged.

Elijah had come to the kingdom for such a time as this.
God had prepared his heart and raised him up for this hour of need.


ELIJAH ON THE RUN
3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,

For sure God would protect Elijah, but he took off running.
He went about 90 miles south to Beersheba (in Judah).
Then again, Elijah ran another day's journey into the wilderness.
Elijah failed in the very point at which he was the strongest, his faith. Circumstances came in and Elijah's faith went out.
Elijah was a very courageous man, but he fled from an angry woman.

When he reached Beersheba, he didn't feel safe and so he runs again.
He wants to get as far away as possible from this wicked Queen.
Elijah was controlled by dark thoughts so he ran away from his problems.

ELIJAH’S DEPRESSION
4 while he himself went a day's journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I have had enough, LORD," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors."


The classic example of depression in the Bible is the prophet Elijah.
He appears to have suffered from discouragement and depression.

“he himself went a day's journey into the desert”

He secluded himself even more by running into the wilderness.

According to psychiatrists, the majority of Americans suffer from a serious, clinical depression at some point in their lives. Most of these people never get help.
They just fight this battle on their own.
It is the leading cause of disability in America.

"and prayed that he might die"

This mighty man of prayer and courage now prayed that he might die.
Thankfully, this was one prayer that God did not answer for Elijah.
In fact, Elijah was one of the men in the Bible to never die.
Receiving a no answer from God was better than receiving a yes
answer.

"I have had enough, LORD"

Elijah was at the end of himself and lays down under a juniper tree.
He said in despair, "I can't take this anymore, LORD. Take my life."
The work was stressful, exhausting, and it seemed like a waste of time.
He thought that the miracle on Mount Carmel did not accomplish anything.
Elijah forgot that people reject God inspite of the evidence.

Elijah said, 'It is enough,' yet it was not enough. It was only the beginning.
Only God knows when we have done enough.

Actually, the Lord had more blessings in store for Elijah.

"Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors."
 

Elijah blamed everything on his own weakness and unworthiness.
He misunderstood God and he had momentary loss of faith.

James 5:17 "Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are..."

He had passions of fear, depression, sadnes, dejection and despair.
Christians should never be depressed, but none of us are perfect.
We are all sinners saved by grace.

Elijah was only human. The best of men are only men at best.
Jonah 4:8 "When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah's head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, "It would be better for me to die than to live."

Jonah ran from God, but the discouraged Elijah ran to God’s presence.
Elijah was not alone, there were other prophets being tested! (1 Kings 19:18).

GOD’S MINISTRY ON ELIJAH’S DESPAIR
5 Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat."
 "Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep"

He was phisycally and emotionally exhausted and needed food and rest.
God provided miraculous food for the replenishment.
Sometimes the most spiritual thing a person can do is get enough rest.
When it comes to problems, some times it doesn't just rain, but it pours.
Some problems come crashing down and we just can't cope with it.

6 He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.
"He ate and drank and then lay down again"

Elijah received this rest and food repeatedly from the LORD.
His body needed to be fed first, then God would minister to his spirit.
God was dealing with Elijah's dilemma by correcting his attitude of fear.
God did not rebuke Elijah. Instead, the Lord treated him gently with love.
We see the lives of Bible heroes, the good news and the bad news.
it tells us the truth about their spiritual struggles and their defeats.

Elijah tasted the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
7 The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you."

God was sending Elijah on a 200 mile, 40 day trip to Mount Sinai.
No wonder he was tired, exhausted and at a wits end.

Three things happened to Elijah that brought him to this breaking point.
1. He was overwhelmed mentally.
2. He was exhausted physically.
3. Hwas spiritually drained.

God gave him enough time to recover from his spiritual despondency.
He was a man with a fiery temper, who suffered from loneliness.

The way to godliness is often a lonely path, and causes many to give up.
We do live in strange times. Someone has called this the Age of Anxiety.

But God never abandons His faithful. He will only test them.

8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.


"he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God"

Elijah ran from Mt. Carmel to Jezreel to Beersheba and 40 days and nights to Mt.Sinai.
All of this running means that Elijah ran a total of more than 300 miles!

God did not call us for a "burn-out" experience.

We notice three things in God's dealings with Elijah:
1. God gave Elijah direction
2. God gave him a purpose in that direction
3. God's purposes may not always be what we expect.


Elijah is introduced all of a sudden and of unknown origin, like a nobody.
Yet, Elijah was taken to heaven by a chariot and horses of fire.
What we have here is a remarkable end for a remarkable man!

How did such a man become the greatest of prophets? 
He spoke of himself of having been jealous for God.

Heroes of faith like Elijah, Enoch, Abraham etc. are amazing examples
We may also feel like we can never be like them.
But they were just common people, no different from you and me.
Elijah was on the mountain top of victory, then in the valley of defeat.
At one point he was elated, then later on he was deflated.
We are all subject to many roller-coaster emotions just like Elijah.

What lessons can we learn from Elijah in our service to God? 
What else do we see in the life of Elijah? The power of prayer.

Elijah kept praying because he was expecting big things from God!
We also learn the lesson in this passage that there is no quitting option.
When a person is enabled by God, he can do things that are incredible.

God blessed this man who had courage to stand when all others failed.

Where are the Elijah's who trust in God regardless of the cost?





The two witnesses
Revelation 11:1-13

John ate the little book in chapter 10 and he had to prophesy to all nations.
This part of Chapter 11 is a parenthesis between the sixth and seventh trumpet.
We can’t cover all the details here, but at least it gives us an idea of this parenthesis.

Illustration - parenthesis

1 I was given a reed like a measuring rod and was told, “Go and measure the temple of God and the altar, with its worshipers. 

"I was given a reed like a measuring rod"


The measuring rod was a stick that was used in ancient times for measuring.

illustration - measuring reed

John is instructed to measure the temple, the altar, and its worshipers
Ezekiel 40-43 is another passage in which a temple is also measured.
The temple in Ezekiel will be built when Jesus returns and reigns for a 1000 years.
But the temple here is measured in the future at the time of the Tribulation.

"Go and measure the temple of God"

This measurements takes place in the spiritual realm in the future before it happens.
This is the temple that will be on earth when the abomination of desolation occurs.
The Antichrist will break his covenant with the Jews and put an end to the sacrifices.
There are some Jews preparing to rebuild the temple and continue with sacrifices.
This temple and the millennial temple are not the same, but completely different.

"and the altar"

The location of the altar was outside the temple, where sacrifices were made.

illustration - temple


"with its worshipers"

Notice that these are Jewish worshipers who are seeking the Lord's presence.

2 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months.

"But exclude the outer court"



illustration - outer court

This temple will be built during the Tribulation by the Antichrist, but will be destroyed.
The millennial temple will be built by the Messiah himself and rule as King and Priest.

"They will trample the holy city forty two months"

Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot for forty-two months or three and a half years.
This "trample" by the Gentiles takes place in the middle of the seven years.
The Temple courtyard and Jerusalem will be trampled by the armies of the Beast.
The first temple was built by Solomon and destroyed in 586 B.C. by Babylon.
The Second Temple was built in 516 B.C. and destroyed in 70 A.D. by Titus.

illustration - dates


3 And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.

"And I will appoint my two witnesses, and they will prophesy"


Who are these two witnesses and why two?
The law required two witnesses as in the case of the Transfiguration with Moses and Elijah.
The main characters in the Old Testament were Elijah and Moses.
Elijah is one of them because his ministry is the same as one of the two witnesses.
He was taken to heaven without dying and Elijah's enemies were destroyed by fire.
There is a specific prophecy that Elijah will return before the end of the Tribulation.

Malachi 4: 5-6 "See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

Moses’ enemies were also destroyed by fire (Numbers 16:35).
These witnesses preach repentance and they have a very effective ministry.
They are able to prophesy for 1,260 days despite the opposition of the world.
These two witnesses are messengers of the Lord during the first 3 1/2 years.

illustration - diagram

People will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel from these two witnesses.
These witnesses prophesy, but also the 144,000, and the angel flying in the sky.

4 They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands, and “they stand before the Lord of the earth.

"They are “the two olive trees” and the two lampstands"


They prophesy by the power of the Holy Spirit as shown in Zechariah 4.

Zechariah 4:11,14 "Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?…So he said, “These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth."

The passage in Zechariah was first applied to two men: Joshua and Zerubbabel.
In the same way, these two witnesses of Revelation 11 accomplish their mission.

5 If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die.

"If anyone tries to harm them"


The vast majority of the people are opposed to their ministry and try to hurt them.
The two witnesses have the same protection from God as the prophet Elijah.
The beast is given power to kill them to show his power and authority.
He is seen as a "savior" by overcoming these prophets and elevates his position.

"fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies"

Because of the miracles of these "witnesses" this will catch the attention of the world.
The source of the judgments that fall upon the earth come from Jerusalem.

6 They have power to shut up the heavens so that it will not rain during the time they are prophesying; and they have power to turn the waters into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague as often as they want.

"They have power to shut up the heavens"


The two witnesses have the power to bring plagues and drought like Elijah and Moses.
This will cause the intense hatred of the world to blame them for these calamities.
There will be a lot of pressure on the Antichrist to deal with these two witnesses.

7 Now when they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them, and overpower and kill them.

"Now when they have finished their testimony"


The two witnesses are killed by the satanic beast from the abyss.
But their ministry is not shortened because they completely fulfill their testimony.
They will also be one the reasons that many on earth are converted to Christ.
This will be a fierce spiritual battle for the souls of men.

"and overpower and kill them"

Satan enters and possesses the person of the Antichrist after he is cast out of heaven.
When does this happen? In the middle of the Tribulation.
The Antichrist will then kill the "two witnesses" in the middle of the seven year period.

illustration - diagram

8 Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city—which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.

"Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city"


What great city? Jerusalem.
Jerusalem at this time has not yet come to their Messiah as their Savior.
The two witnesses will be killed in Jerusalem, which is described by two names.
It is described as Sodom, for their immorality , and also as Egypt for their idolatry.
Any city that gets into a covenant with the beast is called Sodom and Egypt.
It’s also like the great city of "Babylon", the headquarters of the Antichrist.

9 For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial.

The quadruple phrase "peoples, tribes and tongues and nations" means worldwide.
Through television all the people of the world could see an event at the same time.
But God intervenes and raises them and gives them life on the third day.

"and refuse them burial"

One reason that their bodies are not buried is to insult the Jews.
They are not buried because they serve as trophies to show the power of the beast.

10 The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate by sending each other gifts, because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth.

"The inhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and will celebrate "


These are unbelievers because their habitation is only here on earth.
Also notice that the world treats these two witnesses in a humiliating manner.

"will celebrate by sending each other gifts"

Although they celebrate for a few days, their triumph will be short lived.
So great is their joy for killing the witnesses that they will declare a holiday.

"because these two prophets had tormented those who live on the earth"

The message of repentance of the two witnesses will be a torment for many.
They could not bear to hear the truth because they love so much their evil deeds.

11 But after the three and a half days the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them.

"and they stood on their feet, and terror struck those who saw them"



illustration - caught up

As this happens, the enemies who watched these two witnesses were terrified.
These two witnesses are "caught up" just like the church before the Tribulation.

12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies looked on.

"Come up here."


The earth was not worthy of these two witnesses, so God calls them up to heaven.

"while their enemies looked on"

Their resurrection was a public testimony, a chance for people to be saved.

13 At that very hour there was a severe earthquake and a tenth of the city collapsed. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the survivors were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

"At that very hour there was a severe earthquake"


This earthquake brings judgment, and leads many to give glory to God.
But it remains to be seen if this becomes a true repentance unto salvation.

"Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake"

It seems that those who are killed were to be blamed for killing the two witnesses.


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Waiting Patiently

Romans 8:25
But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

There was this lady who called American Airlines and asked the reservation clerk, “How long does it take to fly from Dallas-Fort Worth to Frankfort, Germany?”
The clerk looked it up on her computer screen and said, “Just one minute.”
Then the lady said, “Thanks very much,” and hung up! 


Most of the things that really matter in life do not happen in “just one minute.”
Patience is an unpopular virtue in our fast-paced society, but for the Christian it's an indispensable virtue.
The folly of impatience leads to foolish decisions as Will Rogers once said, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”

"But if we hope for what we do not yet have"
What is that about?
Until we are given glorified bodies, we will continue to suffer sickness and pain.

The Holy Spirit in the Christian gives us hope for better things in the future.
We groan within ourselves waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons of God, namely, the redemption of our body (v. 23).
We know what it is to groan. What are we groaning for? What are we waiting for?

"we wait for it patiently"
Even in the midst of the struggles of this life we need to wait patiently in the meantime.

We have been adopted, but we don’t have our inheritance yet, so believers groan for glory.
We’ve already been adopted into the family of God, but we are still waiting for the redemption of our body.
The older we get, the more we groan, right? We groan more because we have more discomfort to groan about.  
Salvation includes faith which looks back to the finished work of Christ, and it includes hope.






Do you have a testimony or prayer request that you would like to share?















Salvation is only through faith in Jesus Christ.
Jesus himself said clearly in John 14:6 “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me". 


ADMIT YOU HAVE SINNED
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 
Romans 3:10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 
It is tough to admit that we are wrong. We may feel we are good thinking we are not as bad as other people.
The truth is we are all sinners and can never be good enough to earn our way to heaven.
God’s Word, the Bible, states that ALL have sinned (done things that are wrong and against God).
God is holy and just. Sins against a Holy God deserve punishment.
We are told in the Bible that the consequences for sin is death—eternal death in hell.

However, a loving and merciful God has provided a rescue plan!
The Word of God says, ‘Repent’. (Matthew 4:17 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 
To repent means to turn away from a lifestyle of sin— to go in another direction.
How can we be led to repentance? The first step toward repentance is true sorrow for what we’ve done wrong. 2 Corinthians 7:10 “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
Worldly sorrow is more like the regret of a criminal who’s just been caught whereas godly sorrow is the deep conviction that produces a change of heart.
Have you ever felt convicted after doing something wrong? The Bible says that the Holy Spirit is the one that convicts us of our sin. (John 16:7-8) 


BELIEVE ON JESUS CHRIST
John 3:16-17 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
Acts 16:31 So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 
1 John 3:23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the Name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He commanded us. 
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. 
Jesus Christ laid down His life and took the penalty meant for us, dying in our place. He paid the debt we could not pay and delivered us from the power of sin and death.  

CONFESS CHRIST PUBLICLY
Romans 10:9-10 …that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
God did his part, sending His one and only Son to die in our place. He has offered us a free gift — salvation, the forgiveness of sin, eternal life with Him in heaven.
BUT… we must receive that gift. We must confess our sins (1 John 1:9) and confess (or proclaim) our faith (belief) in the death, burial and resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ.
Confessing with our mouth requires an outward and public action.

SO WHAT NEXT?
Well, that’s up to you! If you are ready to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and want to receive this free gift of eternal life, there is NO reason to wait! God’s Word says,
2 Corinthians 6:2 “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. – [warning] None of us knows how long we have on this earth. Waiting on such an important decision may prove to be a costly eternal mistake. The only opportunity we are guaranteed to have is right now!


Heavenly Father,
I know that I’ve sinned against You. I realize that the penalty for sin is death. Thank you for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die, shedding His own blood on the cross in my place so that I could receive His righteousness by faith. I now confess my sins to You and ask for Your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died and rose again so that I can be forgiven and live forever with Him. Here and now, I surrender my life, my plans, my goals to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. By God’s strength, I will seek to share about what God has done in my life with each opportunity God brings my way.
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.


Remember, the Bible says we are saved by grace through faith… God sees our heart. We are not saved by simply saying some special words in a formal prayer. We are saved when we reach out by faith, admitting our sin, believing on Christ and confess Him as our Lord and Savior. Saving faith produces a forever changed life. If you have prayed this prayer, we rejoice with you. Heaven itself is even rejoicing with you!
Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” 


I PRAYED TO RECEIVE CHRIST! IS THAT IT?
Nope. Your journey as a follower (disciple) of Jesus Christ has just begun. A newborn baby needs nourishment and care to grow, so too you will need God’s Word, the Bible, to learn and grow in your faith. You should also seek out a church (a group of other believers in Jesus Christ) that believes and teaches the unchangeable Word of God. There you find support and encouragement as your faith grows. There will be battles ahead, but you will not have to fight alone. Let us know that you have prayed this prayer and how we can pray for you!








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