May 4, 2020

How Do You Know Others Are Safe?

 

Now that the nation and the world are initiating a return to a new, undefined normal, we still struggle with whom and what is safe. How do you know for certain that the person speaking to you is COVID-19 free? How do you know that the person who handed you the meal at the drive-through restaurant has not coughed unmasked onto their plastic glove? How do you know that the face mask prevents the corona-virus from spreading? It is all very perplexing!
 
We need to be sure! We need safe! We need to know for certain that the person with whom we have face-to-face contact, the person we can truly talk to, will not cause us harm. They need to be assured we will not infect them. But, how can you know?
 

The Bible is very certain that we have a Person to whom we can talk at any time, in any situation, about any subject, and without fear. That Person is God Himself.

 

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”                                                                                                       Hebrews 4:16 (NLT)

 

God wants you to call out to Him. God is there to help. But there is a stipulation in getting through to God. The only way you can get to God is by being ‘clean.’ And the only way to be ‘clean’ is through Jesus.
 

John 14:6 (NLT) Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

 

“If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”     1 John 1:7 (CSB)

 

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”       1 John 1:9 (CSB)

 

Getting clean is ultimately important to God and should be vitally important to you as well! You cannot come into God’s presence with the grime of sin in your life. Only Jesus can make you clean.
 

It is time to take off the mask and walk into the loving arms of God the Father.

 

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”    James 4:8 (NLT)

 

Tassie and I love you and we are praying for you especially at 7:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M.

Pastor Tom