Jesus Journey

Posted on September 22, 2012

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God is love. I believe each and every human being has a “God-shaped” void inside them. The only way to experience true love (hope, purpose, joy, etc) is to invite the Holy Spirit in to fill the void.

The first step in the salvation process is to accept the fact that God is real and that He loved us so much He sent His one and only Son to die our forever death. We need to know that there is a real place out beyond the visible stars of our universe where God lives and reigns supreme. A place where there is no pain, suffering, sin, or Satan. This real place is called heaven.

Once we have accepted the fact that God, the angels, and heaven is real, we can then begin to see the bigger picture. Included in this picture is the other side of good. The Bible tells of a time when war broke out in heaven. Lucifer wanted to take God’s place and invited his fellow angels to rebel with him. One third of the angels believed his lies and all of them were casted out of heaven.

Because of the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, sin rushed into this world making sure every human experienced it’s pain, suffering, and death. Read this power-packed passage…

But death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned in the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is the type of Him who was to come; (15) but the free gift shall not be also like the offense. For if by the offense of the one many died, much more the grace of God, and the gift in grace; which is of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. (16) And the free gift shallnot beas by one having sinned; (for indeed the judgment was of one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offenses to justification. (17) For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one, much more they who receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ.) (18) Therefore as by one offense sentence came on all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of One the free gift came to all men to justification of life. (19) For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous. Romans 5:14-19

Because of one man’s sin (Adam), we all have been born into sin… but praise God for the fact that because of one Man’s sinless life (Jesus), we all have access to eternal salvation.  In other words… Sin created a God-shaped void, and Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross allows His to fill that void whenever we invite Him in. 

God’s amazing love is all we need.  The problem is that we allow the devil to trick and tempt us into thinking we can fill the God-shaped void with other things.  Instead of focusing on the eternal journey with Jesus, we become addicted to “instant gratification.”  We want to feel good now… eat what tastes good now… drink what tastes and feels good now… watch what is entertaining now… etc… etc… etc….

The only way we can experience true love, happiness, joy, and purpose is to begin the “Jesus journey.”  Traveling through life with Jesus will have its ups and downs, but the downs will ALWAYS include peace-of-mind because of the indwelling Holy Spirit.  We can be going difficulties and hardships, but having God in us and around will make each trial a positive, learning experience. 

One of the most important activities we can participate in is prayerfully reading the Bible on a daily basis.  The Bible is the Word of God.  This Christian discipline allows us to hear His voice.  The Bible has an answer for everything.

If you have been trying to fill your God-shaped void with the things of the world and the devil, please commit more time to prayer and Bible study.  These two things activities will draw you closer to God. 

May you know and experience God’s love today!!!