Jesus Loves Me, This I Know…..
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
In the world that we live in there are not a lot of things that we can be assured of. As hard a truth as it may seem to accept, there just is not all that much that you can really depend on. We see all around us that our jobs are not as secure as we may have thought a few years ago. In the world’s present economic situation, many companies that have shown some degree of stability in the past are beginning to fold under the strain of rising oil prices, insurance prices and benefit reductions, and the lack of good personnel. People are losing their jobs due to situations and circumstances which are totally beyond their control. In these days it seems that the health of our fellow man is now in decline and the age of those that we see in the obituaries is beginning to get lower and lower. Men are not what they used to be. Family and friends are proving on every hand that they can not be depended upon to stand with us or for us when there is trouble. Nothing seems to be sure anymore. And those things that are sure are not a lot of encouragement.
I. We can be sure that the flesh is still weak,
A. When it comes to depending on the things of this life.
1. we depend on our finances
a. miserable if things don’t go well
Many times I have heard the term, “financial freedom”. The truth is, most people who are financially free are bound by their finances. If it were not for their money they would have no faith. Money is their god. Financial freedom is just another way of saying that you can do what you please because you can afford it.
2. we depend on our health
b. we are ready to give up in sickness
(not too mention the bills that pile up,right back to the finances again)
If things go bad, the bottom falls out, we get sick, get laid off, then most of the time we will say that we are having trouble trusting God in “this difficult time” when in reality, it was not God that we were trusting in in the first place. Remember Job? When he lost everything he had he still praised God. If we would be strong in the Lord, we must trust in the Lord in the good times as well as the bad. Don’t lose sight of the blesser because of the blessings. That is the sin which Lucifer was guilty of. And if you remember, he fell and we now know him as the devil.
Eze 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, Yes, we are weak. Our flesh is weak and often depends on the things of this world in order to be happy, that we can be sure of. We all fail in this area at one time or another, we prove what we are by what we do when things get tough. More often than not, we are very dis-appointed and very disappointing to our Heavenly Father. That we can be sure of. Yet and still we can also be sure of this thing. That Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so. I’m glad thank God that I know that Jesus loves me and that He is still looking out for me, even when I am blinded by circumstances. I’m glad that in the darkness of the truth about myself there is a bright light shining through that darkness that can not be put out, that Jesus loves me, Amen. Rain or shine, storm or fair weather, JESUS LOVES ME! When I fail, JESUS LOVES ME! When I look at myself in failure. JESUS LOVES ME! In spite of me.
II. That we are still wretched, (Noah Webster)
1. Very miserable; sunk into deep affliction or distress, either from want, anxiety or grief.
The wretched find no friends.
2. Calamitous; very afflicting; as the wretched condition of slaves in Algiers.
3. (1)Worthless; paltry; very poor or mean; as a wretched poem; a wretched cabin.
4. (2)Despicable; hatefully (3)vile and contemptible. He was guilty of wretched (4)ingratitude.
Rom 7:6-25 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died. And the com-mandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Friends, I don’t know about you but I surely don’t measure up to the man that Paul was when he wrote that letter to Rome. I will never live up to the standard that that wonderful man of God set for me as he strove to be like our Lord. I am still a sinner; a sinner saved by Grace! Praise God for that precious truth. There would be no way for me to get to heaven except for the Grace of God. Hallelujah! When Adam and Eve were hiding in the Garden, Grace sought them out and made a way. Years ago, when I was alone, lost, without God and on the road to hell, God sought me out, and by His Grace He saved me and He keeps me saved and one day He will take me out of here once and for all. Halleluhah! We can all look at ourselves and honestly say that we are dirty, rotten sinners. We don’t deserve what God has done for us. We don’t deserve what God is doing for us, we don’t deserve what God is going to do for us. We are sinners. But thanks be unto Him that when we were without hope, One came from heaven because JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO! And because He loves me..
Eph 2:1-13 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, by (grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
In spite of the truth about myself, Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so!
3. That we are still worthless, We are nothing but dust, worthless
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of (1) the dust of the ground, (2) and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.(NOTE) 1. worthless dust 2. He made it something
That is just what He did for us, took worthless us and made something out of us. We are nothing but dust, useless, helpless
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: (1) He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same (2) bringeth forth much fruit: (3) for without me ye can do nothing.
But, one thing that makes life bearable the one thing that makes life worth living, the one precious truth that keeps us going in spite of all of our disappointments is that precious song that we teach our children to sing. It is funny how that we seem to forget that song as we get older. We tend to get away from that fundamental truth that …
Jesus loves me this I know, for the bible tells me so!
I. I am glad that even though I know assuredly that I am weak, wretched, and worthless, that Jesus still loves me.
Right click and save as or save link as to download in pdf…