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Series: The Plan
Is accepting Jesus's sacrifice for me really the only way to heaven?
Well, there's one other way to enjoy that perfect relationship with the Father in heaven: to be born sinless and go your whole life without ever sinning! But since everyone is born of fallen parents and experiences an imperfect human life in a fallen world, we all need Jesus!
Jesus lived his life as an example to us of how to live as a human walking with God. Everything He did, we can do.
Jesus lived his life as an example to us of how to live as a human walking with God. Everything He did, we can do. Though He could have crushed the devil in the desert, He instead battled temptation with Scripture, just as we can do. He depended on the power of the Holy Spirit, just as we can. He was strengthened by angels, just as we can be. He experienced betrayal and denial, just as we do, and he was tempted in every way, as we are. He understands the trials of human life, and He lived in such a way as to model how we can live.
So what did Jesus do when facing the most difficult and important trial of His life? He asked God, as we often do, ''Isn't there any other way?'' The answer was no, and yet, Jesus voluntarily accepted the Father's will and entered into suffering, death, and wrath from sin so that we would not have to.
In our world, we want things to be easy, but God's desire is to make us holy. You were created by God for His glory and His purposes; God has prepared good works for you to do (Eph 2:10) for His glory. If you want God to use you for something great (God-sized), you will have to follow Jesus' example and voluntarily walk into a situation that you would otherwise pray to have taken away from you. You will need to make a decision to be courageous, voluntarily confronting the fear and pain that lies ahead. But how can you do that?
You can endure suffering with courage and strength by leaning into ...
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