God's Promises: Jesus is...Part 2

God's Promises:
Jesus Is...Part 2
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
July 3rd, 2016
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Throughout the summer we are going to look at some of God’s promises.  Today, we are continuing our theme from last week: promise we have in Jesus.

1. Jesus is our example 
We have often heard that to be a Christian means that we should endeavor to be more like Christ.  When Jesus was here on earth, He lived a sinless life and because of that and who He was, He lived a life that is an example to the rest of us.

1 Peter 2:21
For you were called to this,
because Christ also suffered for you,
leaving you an example,
so that you should follow in His steps.

We should follow in his footsteps.  But in order to be able to do this, we must know how He lived.  That means we must be diligent in reading God’s word.  We must study His life, learning whatever we can about Jesus, this way we can learn from His example.  And so we must learn how Jesus lived, so that that we can imitate Him.

Ephesians 5:1-2
Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. 2 And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.

This scripture tells us that we are to be imitators of God as dearly loved children.  Children naturally imitate their parents.  I remember a long time ago, my sister worked for a daycare.  And she told me about one child who lived with his grandfather.  His grandfather was older and walked with a little bit of a limp.  And she said that when that little boy would walk into the daycare he would also walk with a limp.  He would walk just like his grandpa.  Not on purpose, but it came naturally to him to imitate his grandfather.

The truth is we all do this.  If we are around someone long enough, we begin to pick up some of their mannerisms and habits.  And if we are in a relationship with Jesus… a daily, close relationship with Jesus… then just as a child walks and talks like his parents, we will also start to walk and talk like Jesus.

2. Jesus is your peace 
Philippians 4:6-7
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

There are two things here I want to point out here.  The first is that His peace surpasses all understanding.

Have you ever seen this kind of peace in someone? They have a peace that defies logic?  Perhaps they have just come through a difficult tragedy  and yet they seem at peace.  Or perhaps they are one of the poorest people in the world and yet they seem content and happy and they are able to face the world with a certain peace about them, a peace that defies logic.  This is what a peace from God that surpasses all understanding looks like and it is the kind of peace we are promised.

The second thing we want to point out here is that this peace God gives us will guard our hearts and minds.  What does this mean?  It means it will keep us on track.  Having peace in our lives, keeps us level headed enough to continue living “Christ Like” instead of making rash emotional decisions.  When we have fear or anxiety, we begin to make bad choices.

So, if we come to God, without worry but with petition and thanksgiving, he has promised he will give us a peace that surpasses all understanding and will guard our hearts and minds.

3. Jesus is your Love

Romans 5:8
God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ Died for us.

The thing that always stands out to me in this verse is not that He loves us…I mean that stands out…but what is remarkable to me is that He loved us even while we are sinners.   He loved us, before we loved him, and while we were broken…He loved us before we even knew who he was!

He loves us like a parent loves a child before they are even born…like parents loves a child before the child even knows who they are….like a parent loves a child, through all the crying through the night, and  messes they make. He loves us like a parent who loves their child even when they make mistakes or when they turn their back and hate their parents.  He still loves us.

John 15:9-12
“As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. 10 If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.
11 “I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. 12 This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you.

His love is the beginning of our Joy and our love for one another is the is the completion.  Joy is one of those things that people spend a lifetime and a fortune chasing.  But the recipe for joy is quite simple.   

Remain in Jesus’ love by keeping his commands - this is where our joy starts…

And love one another as Jesus has loved us - and this is where our joy is complete…

If you find there are seasons in your life where you have no joy (and I’m not talking about medical depression),  if you find there is no Joy in your life, then the first thing we must do is to hang on to His love, second we must love others (even before they love us).

Jesus is our Salvation, Deliverer, our companion!
Jesus is our example, peace, our love!
Jesus is our everything!

You know, I think sometimes, when the storms of life start to blow, we start out doing a good job of holding on to God’s promises.  But as the second and third wave of storms start to blow, we start to become focused on what is happening around us.

When we start to try and juggle all of these things, our brains become overloaded, and we become distracted by all of the things that are going on around us and we forget, that Jesus is all of these things for us.  Sometimes in the middle of our storms, we just need to take a quiet moment to reflect on these promises.

What promises of God have you forgotten?

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