What If?

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What if its true…..
An apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Chicken soup fights a cold?
Eating boiled eggs can make you constipated?
Pulling one grey hair out and you can expect two in its place?
Sitting on a hot radiator or a cold wall gives you piles?
Swallowing chewing gum takes you seven years to digest?

But seriously….

What if it’s true…..
That those people who are Christians have actually discovered something real…

It’s not simply a crutch!
They’ve not just got religion….it’s not just a phase!
It’s not a cult!
It’s actually real and true!

What if it’s true…..
That Jesus existed, lived, performed miracles & then died & rose again?
That we can have our sins forgiven and find peace with God?

That He can deal with our past, guilt & shame and give us a fresh start?

That through knowing Jesus Christ you can live forever?
He has also set eternity in the human heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

That in Jesus we can discover meaning and purpose in life?
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. (Ephesians 1:11, 12 MSG)

I’ve discovered this myself…
That it is in a relationship with Jesus Christ that we discover freedom, forgiveness, meaning & purpose…

That even before we were born….He had his eye on us….
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:13-16)

You know I was born to a single mum living in a rough/tough part of Leicester and I could have ended up anywhere doing any kind of job. I could have got in the wrong crowd and even ended up in prison….but GOD had HIS eye on me and had designs on me for an amazing life!

He has an incredible plan for your life too…..
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Jesus himself said….
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy….I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10 AMP)

I would suggest that there are many great things about life on earth but ALSO there are many ways in which this life (and people!) rob us of our joy, our fulfilment & our peace.

In fact there are many things in this life that cause us damage, hurt, pain, anxiety, stress, illness, sleeplessness, depression etc.

Sometimes we can get to get to the place where we say….’What’s the point?

‘The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. (Psalm 103:15-16)

But on the cross……Jesus dealt with all the bad stuff….
Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

He will do that for you…..take your pain, sorrows, suffering, sins & give you His special peace…..if you will only let Him.

I Believe That…
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. (Ephesians 1:11-12 MSG)

I absolutely believe that you can change the narrative of your life. You may not be happy with how things have worked out so far and also be disappointed that your ambitions and dreams haven’t materialised. It’s never too late to put your trust in the one who knows you better than you know yourself and the ONLY ONE who can change the narrative.

What If…

What if its true…..that Christ is the one you’ve been searching for…
You might have looked in other places….people, religion, career, relationships….people are searching…..growing interest in spiritual fairs and occult, eastern mysticism…

Can I encourage you to give Jesus Christ some consideration?
To give Him the opportunity to meet your needs….
To allow the resurrected Christ the opportunity to resurrect your life
To allow the perfect Son of God to forgive you for all your imperfection and sin
To allow the Prince of Peace to give you His amazing peace
To allow Him to fill your life with new meaning & purpose
To allow Him to re-write the narrative of your life

I believe that Jesus is the real deal.
My prayer is that you discover (or re-discover) that for yourself. You can do that by praying this simple prayer…

Father God, I’m lost right now and I want what those other people have who know you. I want a relationship with you. Please forgive me for all the things that I’ve done wrong. Come and wipe the slate clean, deal with my past and give me a new start. Help me to discover in you the reason that I am alive. Come and transform my life forever. In Jesus Name. Amen.

If You’ve Prayed That Prayer…
Please let me know, drop me a private message
Find a great Bible believing church near where you live (I can help you find one) and get along.
Get yourself a Bible (The YouVersion app is great!)
Start talking to God throughout your day.

If You’re Still Thinking Things Through…
That’s ok too. Why not try an Alpha course (they introduce the Christian faith and take place all over the country) www.alpha.org

God Bless!

Simon

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