YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS! (Except for Phinehas. You don’t HAVE to . But if you want to….)
This morning in church, our guest speaker, Joe Veal, was telling about a story in Ezekiel where the river was flowing out of the temple. He also talked about what happens when water doesn’t flow out, becoming stagnant. About the difference between standing in the river to your ankles, your knees, your waist, over your head.
“This building is NOT the temple! This is the temple!” He clapped his hand on his chest.
If you are reading this, it is not an accident. There is a purpose.
When I don’t allow the life that I have been given to flow out of me, I become stagnant.
Joe said, “I realized at that time, 8 out of 10 people that I met had NEVER heard the gospel…. One girl, when I offered to pray for her when I thanked Jesus for the food I was about to eat, told me that she had never heard “Jesus ” used except as a curse word.”
So, this horrible thought came through my brain.
Is it possible that some of the people I talk with don’t know?
This is what I know.
The creator of the universe actually created you to love him.
Because he loves you.
That love is the fuel that makes your engine run properly.
When we replace the love for him with love for anything else, our cylinders misfire all over the place.
It’s not much fun to drive around in a vehicle like that.
Now, how do you fix it, if you have messed up the engine with bad fuel?
You have to be rebuilt. Start completely over. You cannot rebuild yourself. That’s just silly. You have to BE rebuilt.
When you tell the manufacturer how you have messed up your engine, that you want your engine to run properly, that you cannot do it, he will do it.
I know this, because I did this.
Every once in a while, I put a little bad fuel in, but tune-ups are free too.
Is this too vague?
You were created for a purpose to love your creator, who loves you infinitely. He will give you the life that will let you love him, but you have to gain entrance through the one door that he provides. You cannot earn your way in, you have already messed that up. Jesus has given his life to pay the penalty for what you did by choosing your own way instead of his, but, for believing, you get rebuilt, born again, and your “eyes” will be opened to a world you have never seen.
I know this because it happened to me.