Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Lost

Luke 19:10  “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Lost.  That which was lost. Lost to God, and all His plans and purposes.

For He purposed life and fellowship for each one of us.  But we are lost to it, by sin.  The sin of Adam, our father in the flesh.  And our sin of choice.

And more we are even lost to ourselves.

Our minds,  which could have thought God’s thoughts after Him;  is now filled with our plans, and desires; all without consideration of what God wants for my life.

Our hearts,  which could have loved God, and our fellow man with respect and care;  is now filled with love of myself, my friends, my…my…my…   Our hearts experience wrath and violence. (We need to test ourselves here:  what do you feel when people cut you off, or speak rudely to you, etc.)

Our wills, which could have willed to do God’s will;  now seeks only to go along in the world. (All going closer and closer to the pit.)

But Jesus Christ came to seek and to save us.

First He seeks us out in our own circumstances.  He sends the Holy Spirit to Awaken us to Christ, and His way;  then to give us truth.

This is usually quite a shock, to see where we are.  Who we are.  And where we are going. 

(No, I don’t mean Hell, here.  I mean the downward spiral of our lives, into selfishness, and confusion: remember the “my..my..my”)

Then,  He draws us to Christ.   The loveliness of the person of Christ, we begin to see.

The fact that He loved us, enough to come and save us, we begin to believe.

The Light that He will save us,  we begin to have.

The Holy Spirit opens our hearts to hear the Word of Christ to us:

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him,   Verily, Verily,(Verily means Truth.  Jesus is saying: Truth, Truth.) I say unto thee,   Except  a man be born again,  he can not see the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me,  all ye that labor and are heavy laden,  and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;  for I am meek and lowly in heart:  and ye shall find rest unto your soul.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 7:37-38 “In the last day,  the great day of the feast,   Jesus stood and cried,  saying,    If any man thirst,  let him come unto me and drink.  

He that believeth on me,  as the scripture hath said,  out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”

And we reach out in fait (and the amazing thing is God gives this to us so we can!);  receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior,  to be born again.

John 1:12 “But as many as received him,  to them gave he the power to become the sons of God,  even to them that believe on his name:”

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

As this happens, we are no longer lost to God,  or to ourselves.   We have a reason to live, and the beginning of a way to go.

We are Found.

We can begin to fulfill the purpose for which we were created:  God’s Purpose for us, personally; for He has one for us.

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God: 

                                 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

                                 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus (this means molded into the same image in the Greek) unto good works,  which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 1:13 “In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:  in Whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.”

The Holy Spirit is placed within us the moment we are born again.  He will never leave us;  but we are told to “quench not the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Simply, do not stifle the fire of His life and love within you.

1 John 4:19 “We love him,  because he first loved us.”  

And by His life and love, we are guided through this world and all it’s traps, and taken to heaven.

God saves us spirit, soul, and body…to the uttermost;  for He is faithful.  

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “And the very God of Peace sanctify you wholly;  and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

                             Faithful is He Who calleth you,  Who also will do it.”

From Lost to Found by Christ Jesus!  Hallelujah!  What a Savior!

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