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The Provisions of Christmas (2 of 3)
Series: What's the Big Deal About Christmas?
INTRODUCTION: How can any person be in the right before God? Nearly every religion except Christianity is man-made and works centered, and for that reason, none of them can succeed in leading a person to God.
The Bible teaches that there is a way to God, but that it is not based on anything men themselves can do to achieve or earn it. Man can be made right with God but not on his own terms or in his own strength.
With this said, there is only 2 religions in the world, the religion of divine accomplishment and the religion of human achievement.
ILLUSTRATION: Judah was threatened by the powerful Babylonians, so the leaders came to the Prophet Jeremiah and asked that he pray for them.
Jeremiah 42:3, 5, 6
''that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do.''
''So they said to Jeremiah, ''Let the Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not do according to everything which the Lord your God sends us by you. ''Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God to whom we send you, that it may be well with us when we obey the voice of the Lord our God.''
Now, Jeremiah brings back God's answer. However, not what they wanted to hear. ''Stay in the land and trust God.''
''So Johanan the son of Kareah, all the captains of the forces, and all the people would not obey the voice of the Lord, to remain in the land of Judah.''
''all the people would not obey the voice of the Lord''
It's amazing how people ask how to get right with God. They seem sincere, but when they hear the true and only way, many are unwilling to comply.
Peoples responses make it clear that many are seeking salvation (being right with God) on their own terms, not Gods.
All men are equally incapable of coming to God in their own strength. ...
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