SUNDAY’S WORD:”Faith Through Endurance”

Romans 5:1-8 

“The Lord God is my strength and my song; He has given me victory.”(Isaiah 12:2b, NLT)(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

        Today is the third Sunday in Lent, and with that, I would like to ask you this question-Would you be willing to do something extravagantly wonderful for a person? Or maybe, would you be willing to endure all sorts of trials, such as giving up luxuries, in order that the person you very much cared about would very well be safe and happy? Well, how about if you would be willing to risk your very life to save someone? 

        Well, there is only One Person who has done just that, not just for any one certain person, but for ALL people; That certain person goes by the blessed name of Jesus Christ, the Real, True One who, even though He was sinless, decided to take our place and be punished for all of us, so that we would be saved, and therefore, we would have that most glorous peace with our Lord God because of what His Son had ultimately done for us… “Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privelege where we now stand, and confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” (Romans 5:2, NLT)

        The Apostle Paul has more to say about having peace in Christ in the 5th chapter of Romans, vs. 3-5, NLT: “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment.” Now, did you just read what Paul has addressed? Because of the peace through Jesus Christ, we can also gain endurance, and how do we gain endurance? When we run into certain problems and trials such as divorce, family concerns, or relationship problems, and then all we have to do is to rejoice, because we know that the trials and problems will help each and every one of us develop endurance, which in turn develop strength of character, which strengthens our confident hope of salvation, which would not ever lead to disappointment! “When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners…God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:6, 8, NLT) 

        Yes, my dearest friends, it is so very true-Even while each and every one of us were still sinners, God showed His undeserving love for us by sending His only Son, Jesus Christ, at just the right time to save us all from the evil powers of Satan and the fate of eternal damnation by being sent from heaven, sinless, and then He allowed Himself to be whipped, beaten, forced to carry, and then being nailed to and then suffered, bled, and then died on the cross at a place called Calvary…And then, on the third day, our Heavenly Father raised Christ Jesus from the dead, defeating death as He went out of that cold, dark tomb, so that each and every one of us could very well have life eternal.

        “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He Himself is fair and just, and He makes sinners right in His sight when they believe in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26, NLT)

        My dearest friends, at this Lenten season, would you like to have this marvelously free gift of salvation, one that has been won for us by the One Savior, Jesus Christ? Then I would like to ask you to please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord God, Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a miserable, wretched sinner. I have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed. I believe that Your only Son, Christ Jesus, died on the cross for my sins, and that You have raised Him from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could very well have eternal life. I ask now that You please invite Jesus into my heart, so that I could always follow Him and to have Him as my personal Savior. I thank You so very much for allowing Your very own Son to make the ultimate sacrifce of Himself to save me. In His most holy, blessed, and most precious name I pray. Amen.” 

        If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I wholeheartedly welcome you to God’s Great Family! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you are a follower of Christ would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s Most Blessed Word, each and every day of your life, and then, when you are ready to worship, praise, and thank our Lord for giving you the gift of salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus, then please go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday of your life. I hope and pray that you make this most blessed decision of following Jesus Christ today, for always. I would like to thank you so very much for reading today; Until next time, may the Lord God bless you throughout all of your days.

GLORY BE TO THE FATHER, TO THE SON, AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT, AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IS NOW, AND EVER SHALL BE, WORLD WITHOUT END. AMEN. 

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