Luke 8:1-18

Luke 8:1-18

Jesus brought a simple message. A message of good news... I love you. Do you believe that? Can you receive that?I’m very thankful that Jesus knows who I am and is still willing to let me interact with Him; is still willing to let me be a part of Him. Jesus knows what’s going on in our hearts, and there is not one of us in this room — and I don’t know what your circumstances in life are, but let me tell you something. The Bible says you are a sinner. the Bible says that you have fallen short. God’s Word does not lie. And when He says that all of our righteousness is as filthy rags, it tells me that every one of us in this room today are loved, not because of the good that we do, not because of our perfection, but because God is forgiving and loving. We are the recipients of a tremendous and amazing gift called God’s love.

And the more I think about how much God loves me, and the more I understand His forgiveness, the closer I draw to Him, the more I want to know about Him, the more I want to be with Him, and it causes me to dwell more in His Word to understand Who He is…

Jesus travelled. He didn’t sit still for very long. He went from place to place, from person to person, and He shared the good news, and what is that good news? That good news is that God loves you, and God desires to forgive you. God wants you to be where He’s at, and He is willing to accept you and love you and forgive you. But, you’ve got to recognize who you are. You know, most of us know that we’re lost, but there are some of us that are so lost that we’ve convinced ourselves that we can never be found, and so what’s the use? I’ve got good news for you. God knows right where you’re at, God knows exactly who you are, and Jesus came to proclaim a message of good news…

Sometimes we turn to God just for the things that we can get. I’ve heard many people say, “What’s in it for me?” Well, if love and eternal life is not enough, I don’t know, what is in it for you?…

Do you realize you and I have responsibility in our walk with the Lord? That we have responsibility to pay attention to the things that the Spirit wants us to hear? I have people who tell me all the time, “God doesn’t ever speak to me. I don’t understand why God speaks to you, but God doesn’t speak to me.” It’s not that God doesn’t speak to you… It is you that has the responsibility to hear. You’re the ones that need to develop ears to hear. You’re the ones that need to pay attention to what’s being said and why it’s being said… So the next time you ask the question, “Why doesn’t God speak to me?,” refer here to Luke chapter eight. I can tell you but then you’d just say I’m being rude. Let God tell you. The reason you’re not hearing Him speak to you is because you’re not listening, because He is speaking… He has placed His Word and His miraculous signs in front of you, and if you’re not perceiving it, it’s not because He hasn’t done it. It’s because you’re not seeing and you’re not hearing what He has placed right in front of you…

Understand something. Just because you’re going through a hard time does not mean that God does not love you, does not mean that God does not care for you. Chances are you are going through that time of trial and testing because God does love you, and He is trying to prove that love to you by causing you to see what place His Word plays in your life. Are you willing to stand firm and true to His Word, even through the tough times?…

Consider carefully how you listen. It’s not in how you pray. It’s in how you listen. What do you hear in God’s Word? How has God’s Word been planted in your heart? Are you hearing God’s Word through ears that say, “I have need, and the only what that I am going to trust God is when He meets my need. When He gives me the physical things I want to have, then I’ll listen to Him”? Well, guess what? You’re never going to hear Him, because you’ve put your hands right over your ears. You are blocking out the things that God would have you to hear because guess what? His Word isn’t just for you. It’s not meant to be your spiritual Christmas present that keeps on giving to you, but His Word is meant to be given to everyone else from you with you being the vessel, the instrument that God can use to spread that Word…

Jesus brought a simple message. A message of good news. I love you. It has nothing to do with what you have or don’t have. It has nothing to do with your situation in life. It has nothing to do with whether or not you’re a sinner. I love you. Do you believe that? Can you receive that?…

Dave Elkins

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