Romans 1:16,17 “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes – the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
Let’s get out of our heads that the Bible is religious material – it comes across as a bunch of rules that we MUST follow and a heavy burden imposed on us. It says that this is GOOD NEWS! What is your reaction to good news? Doesn’t it make you feel light and happy? And if it’s really good, you shout and jump for joy?
The Good News is God’s power is made available to you so you can be saved – out of the power of sin, the curse of sickness, poverty, debts, out of a life that has no hope, where you feel trapped in disappointment and frustration and stress, in whatever form… Isn’t that good news? God saved you from being rejected and unloved to a life of favor, and joy and peace; where even if you face trials and challenges, you face them in God’s power knowing you will come out victorious! That’s Good News! And God wanted to make it easy for you – just believe that Jesus came to die to set you free from every bondage of darkness and despair. Just believe! Be persuaded that that is true for YOU! And because of all that He suffered, the blood that He shed, His death, and the resurrection power that came out of that – when you believe that, you now have right standing with God! That’s Good News!
When you believe that God’s power is the one working in you to change you – all the bad habits, the bad temper, the addictions, etc – you’re not going to get out of them by the strength of your willpower, but you will by His strength and power! That’s Good News!
“Abba, this sounds too good to be true. But You’re my only hope. Help me to believe. Change me. Save me. Give me a new perspective on life. I want to know You and what this is all about. In Jesus Name, amen.”