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Let GOD Change Your Life

Let GOD Change Your Life

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Let
GOD
CHANGE
OUR
LIFE
BY PASTOR MARK JESKE
 
Copyright © 2008 Time of Grace MinistryDirect quotations from theBible (NIV) are printed in
bold
.
Let
GOD
CHANGE
OUR
LIFE
BY PASTOR MARK JESKE
 
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GOD
CHANGE
Your
LIFE
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re you a Harry Potter fan? Author J. R. Rowling is making a lot of money because there are an awfullot of Harry Potter fans in the world. Whocan resist her stories about the youngstudents of Hogwarts? They are marvelous,imaginative tales. However, the conceptthat her books are based on is somethingthat Christians need to keep an eye on.The concept I’m thinking of is that it’sokay to take shortcuts to get power if things aren’t moving fast enough for you inyour life according to normal means, suchas getting up in the morning, gettingdressed, going to work, putting in youreight or ten hours, coming home tired, anddoing that day after day. When people getimpatient with the “slow way” of reachingtheir goals, they look for faster ways. Whohasn’tfantasized about getting what theywant through waving a magic wand?Disney has made many millions off “magic” fantasy.Or take
Star Wars
.Ienjoy
Star Wars
storiesas much as anybody else. And one of thethings that makes those stories resonate somuch is theresalot of truth behind them.Therereally is a Force for good, and therereally is a dark side, isn’t there? Therereally is a Satan. But Satan sometimes lendshis powers to people who give themselvesin service to him. Here again is that idea of getting what you want through shortcuts.Fascination with magic and the occult isnothing new. Today I would like to tell youastory about the burning of some magicscrolls. Do you know that Bible story? It’snot well-known, but you can find it inActs chapter 19.This story illustrates an important concept;that God loves you unconditionally, inadvance, and that through your faith inChrist he accepts you as a child, as part of his family,
as you are
.Noquestions asked.His grace is 100%. His grace is a
 gift
to you.It is based on
his
performance, not on yourperformance. It doesn’t matter how big amess you’ve made of your life. You willalways find the Father’s arms wide open.Although God
accepts
you as you are, itdoes not mean that he
settles
for the wayyou are. His wordbrings us not only themessage of forgiveness through Christ, butit brings also the Spirit’s power that
transforms
us to become different people,to become morelike him.The story of the magic scrolls comes fromPaul’s third missionary journey. It wasPaul’scalling not to be a resident pastor orteacher or scholar, but to be a churchplanter and a trainer of others. With theexceptions of multiyear stays in Corinthand Ephesus (and his imprisonment inCaesarea), he was on the move all the time.Ephesus was a great place to pick for alonger stay.It was the largest city in AsiaMinor,which is known today as Turkey.Turkey spans the gigantic Anatolianpeninsula, which juts out into theMediterranean Sea. Asia Minor’swest

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