What Jesus Said About Experiencing
(1) God’s Help
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? … What will we wear?’ ... Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and [God] will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:31-33 (the book of Matthew in the Bible, chapter 6 verses 31-33)
- Number one priority must be to grow God's rule in our lives and in the lives of others.
- It includes only having Jesus as one's master and serving only him (Matthew 6:24).
(2) God’s Guidance
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
(3) God’s Love
“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, [God] will love them.” John 14:21
(4) Freedom from Sin's Control
“You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. … and the truth will set you free.” John 12:26
(5) Eternal Life
“anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” John 3:36
Reread above 5 to see God’s conditions.
How to Experience It
(1) Trust What Jesus Did Saves You
so the Son of Man [Jesus] must be lifted up [die on the cross for our sins], so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. John 3:14-15
(2) Believe Jesus is God and Your Master
“you will die [unforgiven and condemned] in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am the One [I claim to be], you will die in your sins.” John 8:24
- John 20:27b-28 Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe! “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
(3) Turn from Your Sins and Follow Jesus
“There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.” Luke 24:47
- Mark 8.34-35 If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.
(4) Give Up Your Life to Serve Jesus
“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.” Mark 8:35
- Matthew 4:10 ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.
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Good questions to ponder
- (on #1) What do we need to do to have God help us?
- What does it mean to "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else"?
- Are the 4 steps on the back clear?
Extra Promises to ponder
- Joy John 15:11
- Honor John 14:26
- Peace John 14:1