Mark 1:1-45

Mark 1:1-45

Mark 1:35Vintage message from August 27, 2000.

As we make our statement publicly, before men, that we will love God, we are making a statement that we would make in baptism. A bold, outward, public statement is of great value because then God can speak to our hearts… When we give our lives completely over to the hand of God, He speaks back to us, “I love you, too.” And understand, He’s loved us far longer than we’ll ever love Him. He loved us even before He created us. He knew us when we were also in our mother’s womb. He knitted us together. He brought us to the place of being born, and He has been with us every step… He is looking into each one of our hearts..to see if we…will make a bold statement, “I need You. I need relationship with the God Who created me. I can not do this on my own…”

God does not leave us abandoned. We’ll go through a lot of temptation. We’ll go through a lot of struggle. We’ll go through a lot of pain, but you know what? It doesn’t matter the details of that struggle. What matters is, how have we made it through? Have we trusted God to bring us through that?…

We have an extremely deceitful flesh. We will be tempted an enormous amount in our life. We will be challenged at every turn, but you know, the more we dwell on the temptation, the more we dwell on the challenge, I believe, the less we find ourself spending with and in the presence of God through the power of His Spirit. We need not turn inward because we become bitter, but we need to turn outward and look at Who created us and the fact that He loves us…

So many of us live our lives in lifestyles that bring us to the place where we’re being tempted, and the Holy Spirit is, the whole time, tugging at our shirttails saying, “Come back! Come back!” But we go headlong into our problems… We, too, can overcome. We do not have to find ourself dwelling on or living in the temptation that’s brought to us, but we can move on in life…

Is the gospel of Jesus, is your knowledge of Jesus good news? The things that you share with people around you, are you sharing good news? Or, when people see our lives, do they see lives that are destroyed and broken down and beat up by life?… No matter what we go through in life, no matter how hard life becomes for us, God the Father loves us, and He has sent us One Who will prove that love to us in the Person of Jesus Christ. And Jesus came to them to say that, “Turn to Me. Give Me your attention. Love God the Father, and He will love you because He’s always loved you.” This is the good news. You can have relationship with the One Who created you.

Pastor Dave Elkins