“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” That’s the King James. Let’s listen to the Message Bible.
“Don't love the world's ways. Don't love the world's goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father.
“Practically everything that goes on in the world — wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important — has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him.
“The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out — but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.”
What a powerful statement from the Bible!
I don’t know what that does for you. But, as for me, I am challenged by that. I’m more than glad that years ago I took care of this matter. When I was a teen-ager, I surrendered my whole life, lock, stock, and barrel, to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I’ve never once been sorry.
This world is not my home. I just a passin’ through! Heaven is my destination. And it’s all because of Jesus.
Need I remind you that Jesus died for us. He was buried. He rose from the dead for us, all of which gives us forgiveness for our sins and the hope of eternal life.
So, here I am years later, after I made Jesus the Lord of my life, and I’m still, after all these years, thrilled with Jesus. He’s the pilot of my ship. He’s the captain of my soul. .
Do you know what would excite me no end? I’d like to know that somebody that’s listening right now, that doesn’t really know the Lord, would be challenged to make that change in his own life, right now?
I’m serious. It’s something you could take care of right there, right now! All you have to do is ask God to forgive you, and invite Him into your heart. Jesus says to you, “Behold, I’m knocking on the door of your heart. Would you let me in?” You see, we don’t come to God just any time we want to; we come to
God when He tugs on our heart-strings. I believe that God is dealing with your very soul, right now. I believe God is speaking to you through me. I’m one of God’s ambassadors. He sent me along today to give you this message right over the radio, that He wants you to be one of His very own children. He’s offering you eternal life, NOW!
Talk with Him. Say, “Lord, I want you. I need you. Please forgive me. Come into my life. Be my Lord, my Savior, my soon-coming King. I surrender everything to you I’m yours to command!”
If you’ll say that, and mean it, I’ll guarantee you, you’ll be heard. He’ll come into your life…forever. You’ll have eternal life!
This message is for everyone listening right now, who will listen to that still small voice in your heart. God loves you. Maybe not everybody else loves you or wants you, but God loves you and WANTS you!
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