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THE GOSPEL IS GOOD NEWS

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The definition of the word Gospel can be summed up as ‘the good news,’ referring to the message about Jesus. But what is so good about this good news?

First of all, know what ‘the good news’ is not. Even after giving their lives to Christ, many believe that they need to be good for God to bless them. They become influenced by incorrect teaching or people’s expectations on them and come to believe that if they make mistakes, God is not happy with them. That is not the Gospel we read about in the Bible. The good news is not: “God is unhappy with you!”

When you give your life to Jesus, your relationship with God becomes all about what Jesus has done—not what you have done or have failed to do. Romans 5:19 (NKJV) says “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” In other words, one man (Adam) sinned and made us sinners. Another man (Jesus) was perfectly obedient and made all who call Him their saviour righteous (in right standing with God). Adam broke the agreement mankind had with God. Jesus restores it when you give your life to Him.

Why is it such good news? Because we don’t have to earn our way to Heaven! Your good behaviour is not involved—only come to Jesus as you are and believe.

Your relationship with God is not an “in and out” experience. Some think that when you make a mistake, you are out of His good books and when you ask forgiveness or behave well, you are in. It’s not true.

In fact, when you try to earn God’s acceptance, Galatians 2:21 (NLT) says you “treat the grace of God as meaningless.” It also says “if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” After all, what was the point of Jesus’ sacrifice if you still need to earn God’s approval?

The good news doesn’t stop with Heaven. Isaiah 61:1-3 (NKJV) says “the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor…heal the brokenhearted…proclaim liberty to the captives…comfort all who mourn….To give them beauty for ashes….The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.”

These verses tell us about the good news Jesus brings. If you feel broken, have lost hope and you can’t seem to trust again, Jesus can heal you everywhere you hurt. If you are held captive by addictions, He sets you free. If you struggle with your finances, He enables you to prosper. If you mourn, He comforts you. Even if you are mourning the loss of a dream—you do not have the marriage you had hoped for or you are filled with regret about your career—Jesus can replace your grief with joy!

There is more good news. The Bible contains thousands of promises God has made to mankind, but many in the Old Testament have ‘ifs’ attached: if you do this, God will do that. However, 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV) says “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” This verse tells us the ‘ifs’ have been removed…by Jesus! It does not say His promises are ours if we earn them. It’s not sometimes yes. It is YES.

When you really wrap your head around what Jesus has done, you begin to understand how good the good news really is. You come to know how amazing Jesus is and you fall in love with Him more than ever before!

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THINK ON THESE THINGS

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You have the power to choose your focus in life. When a thought pops into your mind, you have a choice: you can choose to continue thinking about it or you can move your focus elsewhere.
You can choose to focus solely on things that you find in the natural world—thinking only of things that you can sense with your five senses. Romans 8:6 calls this type of thinking “sense and reason without the Holy Spirit.” When you have this focus, you make decisions based on two things: self-preservation and self-gratification.
There are consequences to having a mind that becomes solely set on making yourself happy. Romans 8:6 says that it results in “death,” not necessarily a physical death, but “all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter.”Although ironic, focusing on making yourself happy is the fastest trip to feeling depressed.
Your second choice is to set your thoughts on the things of the Spirit. This mindset involves having an eternal focus—caring about things that will last for eternity. It means that you also choose to care about what God cares about. A mind focused and set on the things of the Spirit is “life and [soul] peace”—meaning that you gain great mental and emotional peace. (Romans 8:6)
Setting your mind on the things of the Spirit is an incredibly powerful process. We become filled with God’s purposes, His love and the joy of helping others. A great sense of purpose rises up in us, growing in ways we never thought possible.
There is also a third type of mindset we can have: a mind that vacillates back and forth between natural, selfish purposes and God’s purposes. James 1:8 (AMP) calls this having “two minds.” It causes you to be “unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything” that you think, feel and decide. It is an awful way to live.
Set your mind on things that will bring peace and joy into your life.
To set your mind on the Spirit, set it on God’s Word. If you spend time reading the Bible and learning what it has to say, you can use its words to replace negative thoughts. For example, if a negative thought pops in your head: “No one cares about me,” you can choose to continue on this train of thought or you can immediately interrupt it, saying “God cares about me. The Bible says that He loves me with such careful thought that He even knows the number of hairs on my head.” (Matthew 10:30)
Choosing to think about God’s Word is much more powerful than merely replacing negative thoughts with positive ones because God’s Word is like seed. When you think about it, this analogy creates a beautiful picture. When you plant a small apple seed under the ground, it has the potential to grow into a tree that produces thousands of apples in its lifetime.
God’s Word is designed to hit you at your deepest level, at the very depths of your being, to cause beautiful things to grow in you. When planted in your mind, it changes your beliefs, creating a harvest of good things in your life. You do not merely replace a negative thought with a positive one; you replace a belief system which controls thousands of thoughts and actions in your life.
As you bring God’s Word into your soul by studying it, focusing on it and listening to the teaching about it, ask God to teach you. He will change belief systems that hold you back and will cause your life to become filled with passion, peace and strength.
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