John 10:22-42

John 10:22-42

John 10:25Vintage message from November 18, 2001.

It says, “Therefore Jesus said again, ‘I tell you the truth,'” and this is something hard for any of us to hear, is the truth. I don’t care what the truth is that God has to share with us. We oftentimes do not like to hear the truth, and especially, especially, when that truth means that we have to make change, that we may have to look at what part of our life is wrong. We don’t like to do that. You know, I would love to be able to read God’s Word and then tell you that, well, God loves everybody, and because He loves everybody, He’s not expecting anybody to change, and He’ll accept you for how you are, and He never asks you at all ever to think about how bad you are, because guess what? In God’s kingdom there’s nothing bad. And you know, there’s a lot of that teaching out there today. There’s a lot of people who are convinced or would convince you that because God loves you, therefore you have no responsibility to anything that you do in your life…

And this is what we are all like. We are stupid sheep, but the world is lost in a lie that tells them otherwise, that tells them that they can be more than what Jesus has told us we are: lost, dying sinners in need of His love, in need of His forgiveness…

It’s easy for us to say, “Oh yeah, I want the truth.” It’s easy for us to say, “I want to believe in God and trust in God.” It’s easy to say, but God knows our hearts, and the reason that we oftentimes struggle in our walk and our relationship with God is not because He has not told us plainly, but it’s because we do not believe. We don’t want to hear it. We want to rebel. We want something other than the truth that a God that created us could also love us and forgive us of our sin, but would desire relationship with us through other means than our religion…

Sometimes we have a struggle believing God, believing that Jesus actually loves us, believing that Jesus could actually save us, and you know what? Jesus has done a miracle in all of our lives by offering His Holy Spirit to guide us through each day, to speak to our hearts each day, and in many cases has even touched us physically, mentally, emotionally, and strengthened us.

Pastor Dave Elkins