July 30, 2018: SOAP #3161: Isaiah 60-62; John 1
Scripture: John (NIV) 1:11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
Observation: When a gift is given, there is a giver AND there is a receiver. God gave the gift of His Son. God is the giver; I can be the receiver. It blesses the Heavenly Father when people receive His Son. Some want to change Jesus, but the blessing of relationship comes to those who receive Him.
Application: I must receive Jesus as who He is. He is Savior and He is Lord. I receive Him to save me from the wages of sin because he paid the penalty for my sin. And I receive Him as my LORD. I trust Him to direct my life. I trust that He knows what is best.
Prayer: Jesus, I receive you into my life. I receive you as my Savior, forgiving and cleansing me from sin. I receive you as my Lord, leading and guiding me for my good and your glory. Thank you for forgiving me and receiving me as a living child of God. I receive the joy of your life in me! I want you to enjoy living in me as much as I enjoy having you live in me. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!