Experiencing God's Life{Isaiah 1:18-20; ESV}
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

One of the wonderful promises God has made to us is that He will remove our sin and make us new. Let me put it another way: God will redeem our lives!

God will take all the junk, the sin, the pain, and the tragedies and exchange them for eternal life. This promise speaks to the heart of many people because we want our lives to have weight to them.  We want our lives to matter!

At this moment many of us feel like our lives are being wasted. The consequences of sin hold us in bondage and the addictive nature of sin has turned us into people we don’t want to be. Our hearts come alive when we discover that God promises to change this reality.

There is another side to this coin. God has promised to help us, to re-create us, and to take away our sins, but He also expects us to accept the help and redemption that He offers. The key to receiving God’s help is faith. Faith is not just about having a belief in God, but it is trusting God. I like to say that belief + action = faith.

How do we demonstrate our faith in God?

  1. We believe in Jesus. Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:29; ESV). Jesus is God’s appointed way to salvation.  This means if we expect to receive help from God we must put our trust in Jesus. We have to know that it is not easy to trust Jesus.  It is not easy to trust Jesus because his way, the way of the cross, is difficult.  The way of Jesus demands submission and sacrifice. It is not easy to follow Jesus because there are a number of other philosophies or religions that will make more sense to us. The Bible is clear that only a few will follow the way of Jesus.
  2. We repent. Peter speaking to the crowd at Pentecost said; “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19; ESV). The main idea of repentance is not merely about changing our minds but it is about changing allegiances. It is like a person from another country denouncing their loyalty to their homeland and declaring their allegiance to the United States. Repentance means we denounce our sinful ways, our allegiance to the Kingdom of Darkness, and throw our lot in with God,  and declare our allegiance to the Kingdom of Light.
  3. We love. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34-35; ESV). When we love each other we are fulfilling the command Jesus gave to all his followers. While it sounds easy, we know from experience that It is not easy to love people.  If we wait for the feeling of love to move us we will never truly love people.  Instead we have to commit to sacrificing and serving others, even when it goes against our feelings, for that is the true foundation of love that Jesus wants us to have.  It is through loving other people that we prove our love for God. Love is the pathway over which God’s help comes into our lives.

God has promised us a new life that is cleansed from sin, but in order to receive this promise we need to have faith in God. By trusting God (belief in action) we begin to discover life the way God created it to be and we begin to see things from God’s perspective. It is at that point that we begin to truly desire the life God has waiting for all of us. God’s promises are made real in the lives of faithful people.

Questions to Consider:

  • What has God promised to do for us?
  • How we begin to live out our faith?
  • What obstacles prevent you from truly living a life of faith?
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