Powerful preach as always by Steve at CityHill on 'More tough words from Jesus'
Matt 11:20-28 'because they did not repent..'. Jesus speaks against the 3 towns where he taught, healed & performed most of his miracles. Even After his teachings, nothing in the peoples' lives changed. Jesus condemned these cities- the word of God is not like a buffet where we can pick and choose which parts we like and want to follow and leave the rest. We are called to repent and turn. True repentance is a deep remorse & regret about our own actions & how they interact with a Holy God. It is to change ones mindset and become 'unstuck', turn away from a selfish, prideful, sinful life and hear Gods voice through his word and follow it by being converted and changed. It is not about living a morally decent life with no light- our hearts must be softened and moved. 80% of people call themselves Christians, and celebrate Easter, Christmas and know the Lord's Prayer- they have full access to church's and Gods literature yet refuse to repent and become yoked with a powerful God who will one day judge All. Gods mystery is understood by children, but sometimes not by the wise and learned. Some need to understand before believing..FAITH is believing in order to understand. God owns and knows everything, is all powerful, and still desires an intimate relationship with us- as God 'the Father' who loves us deeply. 'Come to me all u who are weary and heavy burdened' Jesus invites us to be yoked with him, as oxen are yoked in the field to pull and plough the land. He offers to share in carrying the load of our lives and in the joy and accomplishments of the work done together. When yoked with God we choose to not roam free and hence fall under his protection, guidance, provision and our lives are filled with Purpose. He teaches us the rhythms of Grace, we find rest in our souls and have no fear of the future. He sets our direction, and we can ask him daily for help. He aligns our lives and hearts when we accept his invitation. #faith #believe #preach #sunday #loved #powerful #holyspirit #blessed #heisrisen #abba #truth #godspeople #kingdomhearts #godsway #freedom #choice #unconditionallove