Joyce Meyer - Why Would God Want Me?
You know, a couple of days ago, I was praying and just thinking about all the people that are so lost in the world today and need answers for their life. They're frustrated, stressed out, worried, concerned, afraid about what's gonna happen in the world and in society. And I want ya to know that if you happen to be one of those people, that there are answers and Jesus actually is that answer.
And, you know, we regularly talk about salvation on our program and about being born again, but I really just wanted to sit today and just share my heart with you about the beauty of what God offers us in Jesus Christ.
You know, John chapter 3, verse 3, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."
Well, what does it mean to be born again? It means that you're made alive on the inside. God's word teaches us that when we're born again, we receive a new nature, God's nature, and we receive a new heart which is God's heart. And I can tell you that no matter what is going on around you, if things are good in you, then you can deal with the stuff that's going on around you.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Don, that whosoever believes in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
God loves you and I don't know what you're going through right now, or what has happened to you in the past, or who has rejected you or abandoned you, but I just feel like that there's people watching today and you need to hear God loves you and he loves you unconditionally. And He has a wonderful, amazing plan for your life.
You know, the good thing is is no matter how much you've done wrong, you don't is to pay for it. Jesus paid for it and what He wants us to do is believe. We can never make up for our sin.
We can never do enough right good works to make up for our sin but there's a great message in Ephesians 2:8 and 9. It says, "For it is by free grace (God's unmerited favor) that you're saved (delivered from judgment and made a partaker of Christ's salvation) and it comes to you through your faith. And this salvation is not of yourselves, it's not of your own doing, it came not through your own striving but it is the gift of God."
Now listen, "Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the law's demands], lest any man should boast. [it is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can take the glory unto himself.]"
God has done everything that needs to be done in and through Christ and what he asks of us is to simply believe the Word of God. You know to be honest, the message of salvation is so simple that people often miss it. And it's such good news that sometimes people just can't believe it.
"How could I live a life of sin and just in a moment of time be forgiven for all my sins?" We actually deserve punishment, but Jesus took our punishment.
The justice of God was satisfied when Jesus died on the cross for us. He was beaten for us. He shed his blood for us. He took all of everybody's sin upon him. And the good news is is that even though he died paying for our sin, He rose from the dead and He is alive today.