• Pastor Mike

Don’t Become Lost

I was talking with someone that’s very close to me the other day and they were telling me how they got lost trying to make it home and how familiar land marks and signs became unfamiliar.

In our as walk with Christ we to can become lost when the familiar becomes unfamiliar and we stop doing the required things that keeps us on the right path to salvation and eternal life.

The Bible tells of three people that were lost and had to have an encounter with Jesus to find their way to the path of eternal life. They were apart of the church, yet lost in the church. They were mentally, emotionally and physically in the church but was spiritually lost. Lost; unable to find one's way; not knowing one's whereabouts, not made use of, no longer possessed or known.

Physical lost; John‬ ‭3:1-3, 9-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1“There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. 2 After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” 3 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” 9“How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. Jesus replied, 10“You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things?” Emotional lost; John‬ ‭4:9-10, 12, 15-18, 20, 22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬ 9“The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” 12 “And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”” 15“Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.” 16““Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her. 17“I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied. Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!”” 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?” 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” ‭‭ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭‭

Mentally lost; Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭9:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1“Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. 2 He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.” ‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬

How do I find or recover my sense of directions; John‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬ 5“Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.”

What did Jesus mean when He said, “Unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”? He meant that religion doesn’t cut it. He meant that you have to understand that you are spiritually dead and you need life! And the only place where this life can be found is in Jesus, who Himself is the “resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). That’s what authentic Christianity means: having the life that Jesus wants for you by being born again by His Spirit! When you put your faith in Christ, Jesus comes into your life through His Spirit, and makes you come alive spiritually. You who were dead toward God are now born anew with the very life of God. It’s like a spiritual light turns on and all of a sudden, things are wonderfully different.

You have to accept Him as Lord; Luke‬ ‭6:46‬ ‭NLT‬‬ ““So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 21““Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ 23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’” Jesus emphatically tells us that we must be born again to see God’s kingdom, we have some serious soul-searching to do. The critical issue is plain and simple.

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