Do You Know Him??

Do You Know Him??

Psalms 146:1, 2

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”

When you hear the name Jesus, how does it make you feel? Does it bring no joy to your heart whatsoever, or does it flood your soul with gratitude because He, the King of glory has saved you from your sins? Tonight I urge you to examine your own heart to see where you stand with God.

Now, we are not discussing religion this evening, for there are tens of millions of pious believers on the earth today, strictly following the rules of their gods, but they do not have eternal life. No, tonight we are talking about, “DO YOU KNOW GOD?!” Jesus Christ proclaimed that, “this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent (John 17:3).”

Jehovah does simply want us to follow a bunch of rules, but wants to have fellowship with us, and to give us the life that is in Him! He wants to become one with us in spirit and dwell with a holy people for all eternity. Every good gift has come from Him; oh, do you love Him tonight? Does His presence mean anything to you? Do songs of praise rise up in your heart when you meditate on His great mercy toward such sinners?

I inquire of you this evening to examine your own heart, and consider if you see any of these evidences in your own life to confirm that you know the Lord of glory. One of the greatest signs of a believer should be a humble gratitude towards Jesus Christ because they have realized the depth of their own wretchedness, and in turn have seen the abundance of grace that Jesus has given them at the cross. Anyone who can take the topic of Jesus as a light thing should strongly consider why. Your attitude towards the One who gave His life for you should be the same as it would towards someone who pushed you out of the way of a bus, losing their own life to save yours. You would not feel “whatever” towards that person.

Do you have a deep love for the brethren and desire to fellowship with those of kindred spirit, or would you rather mingle with the world? For “we know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brethren (1 John 3:14)”. When you hear of His wonders at work in the earth, like Muslims being converted through visions of Jesus, does your heart rejoice? Are you brought to tears at the testimony of His faithful martyrs? When you hear a Spirit filled message from a man of God does it hit your soul like a ton of bricks? Does the message resound within you for weeks to come, God’s words working in you to transform you into the image of His dear Son? Do any of these experiences ring true in your ears?

Does it wrench your spirit when you hear others blaspheming and using as an expression of disgust the one name that is above every name, the name of Jesus? Does your heart delight in God’s commandments, or are they a burden to hear? Can you relate to the Psalmist as he cries out, “Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day (Psalms 119:97)”, or is it foreign to consider? Does your heart now love holiness and hate wickedness; has your relationship with the world, the devil and the flesh changed?? Do you grieve when you sin and hunger to be more like Jesus?

For if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, old things have passed away and behold, all things have become new (2 Corinthians 5:17)!! Do you know the Savior today? Can you say Christ is mine and I am His? If not, fall on your knees tonight and do not rise until you know He has saved you. He is waiting for you to turn to Him now!

With Love, Jonathan Ball

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All For Christ

All For Christ

Colossians 1:16, 17

“For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions or principalities, or powers; all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.”

There was a point in history when people thought that the universe revolved around the earth, but now we understand that the Sun is the center of our solar system. There is also a point in every human’s life, starting at birth, that we think that life revolves around us. Many believe this same way about God, that He is just some addition to our lives to help in time of need. May the Holy Spirit open our blind eyes and reveal to us that Jesus, the Son of God, is the center of all things.

Even in our culture we are bombarded with the lie that we are the center of life; that everything is about us and for us. Self– magazine, MySpace, Burger King “have it your way”, Albertsons “it’s your store”; our commercials tells us we deserve this, and we deserve that, but the truth is, the only thing we deserve is the wrath of God, for we have broken His commands our entire life.

I am here to tell you that life is not about you; it is all about Christ. Everything was made through Him, and for Him! That means that even the gospel was given for Jesus Christ! How is that so? It is so because in it the attributes of God are seen by men, bringing glory to the Father and to the Son. The fact that God saves sinful men, taking our wicked hearts and making them new shows what a wonderful and gracious Creator we have (Ezekiel 36:26). It shows that He is still holy by executing judgment against our sins, but that He is merciful and abounding in love in the fact that He did not execute us for our transgressions, but instead smashed His own Son on the cross in our place, giving us underserved righteousness!

All of these things show us His glory, and that is why we live. It displays God’s beauty as He redeems a people for Himself and makes them holy; a people who were once God haters by nature, but now have become partakers of His Divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)! We were made for His glory!

So the next time you feel like Joshua when he ran into Jesus, and asked Him, “are you for us or against us?”, remember Jesus reply; He answered, “No, but as Commander of the armies of heaven I have not come!” (Joshua 5:14). Then let us fall on our face before Him in worship and seek how we may serve Him. For it is not Jesus who is for us, but we for Him; He is the Head, the Commander of all things, and it is we who are under Him. It is when we understand this truth that real life begins.

Love in Jesus, Jonathan Ball