PROVERBS DAY #25: EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT IT: GOOD NEWS!
“Like the cold of snow in time of harvest Is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.” (Prov. 25:13).
“As cold water to a weary soul, So is good news from a far country.” (Prov. 25:25).
Who doesn’t like Good News? In a world where bad news stories fill the headlines of our major newspapers and television newscasts, it’s refreshing to hear good news for a change. Today, I want to be a faithful messenger who brings good news from a far country – from Heaven! But first, the bad news:
The Bible tells us “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In other words, every human being in the world has broken God’s commandments, including you and me. The Bible also tells us that “the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23). That means that the penalty for our breaking God’s law is death, or eternal separation from God in a place called hell. That’s the bad news.
However, the Good News is that you don’t have to be punished for your sins, because Jesus has taken your place. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” That tells us that God loves us and wants to save us from our sins! How can we meet Jesus as our Lord and Savior? “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9). If you would like to make your peace with God, and give your life to Jesus, pray this prayer out loud right now:
Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner. I have broken your commandments, and I deserve to be punished for my sins. However, I believe that you loved me so much that you sent Jesus to die for my sins. I believe that He is the Son of God, that He died on the Cross, and three days later He came back to life. I confess my sins to you, and ask you to forgive me of all of the wrong things that I have done, and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Please come into my life and make me a new person. I make the decision today to follow You all the days of my life. Thank you for adopting me into Your family. In Jesus’ name, amen.
If you prayed that prayer from a believing heart, the Bible says that you have been born again, adopted into God’s family! I want to encourage you now to find a good local church that preaches the Bible, and tell someone about the decision that you have just made. Start reading the Bible. Talk to God in prayer every day. And get baptized in water as soon as possible.
TODAY’S READING: PROVERBS CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE.
Pastor Chris Jordan