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October 4, 2020 3:00 am

Diving into the Gospel of Mark, Pastor Greg Laurie reveals how men of opposing beliefs and lifestyles ended up banded together under the same cause: the kingdom of God. "Follow Me!” from Mark 1 is the latest message in our series, The Gospel for Busy People.

Notes

Many do not really understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

Read: Mark 1:16–20

Jesus now begins to put His team together.

They were quite ordinary, hopelessly human, and remarkably unremarkable.

Simon and Andrew had been disciples of John the Baptist.

James and John, the Sons of Thunder are also called.

Mark’s details indicate the testimony of an eyewitness, probably Peter.

All of these men were doing something when Jesus called them.

If you want to be used by God, get busy doing something for the Lord!

Do what you can where you can do it.

If you want to be used by God, be faithful with what is before you now. 

The disciples were seeing the power of Jesus over demons and sickness; soon they would see He even had power over death itself.

 We need to bring Jesus home.

Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost.

Read: Mark 2:1–5

We need to work together if we want to bring our friends to Jesus.

We are so much stronger together as a church.

One prays, another shares, God does the work.

Jesus immediately got to the heart of the problem . . . the man’s sin.

“‘I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.’ Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!’”

“‘My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.’ Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.” —John 5:17–18

Read: Mark 2:13–15

Levi (or Matthew) collected taxes for Rome.

Matthew was a man who knew God’s Word and turned against it.

The faith that cannot be tested is the faith that cannot be trusted.

“As He walked along, He saw Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth.”

In Greek, the phrase Follow Me means, “to walk the same road.”

In other words, Jesus is saying, “I command you to follow Me each and every day.”

“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh.” —Romans 13:14

Make Jesus part of every decision.

“So Levi got up and followed Him.” —Matthew 9:9

Matthew knew the cost of following Jesus and willingly paid it.

The Bible says, “Jesus was a friend of sinners.”

Jesus built bridges to nonbelievers instead of burning them.

Are you a follower of Jesus?

Scriptures Referenced

Luke 16:10

Mark 1:31

Mark 1:32–34

1 Corinthians 3:6–7

Mark 2:10–11

Mark 2:14

Mark 2:15

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Everybody Greg Laurie here. You're listening to the Greg Laurie podcast and my objective is to deliver hopefully compelling practical insights and faith culture and current events.

From a biblical perspective to find out more about our ministry. Just go to our website harvest.org so thanks for joining me for this podcast we were in a brand-new series that were calling the gospel for busy people based on the Gospel of Mark were in Mark chapter 1. The title of my message is follow me, follow me. Those are the words of Jesus to all people today so I start with the question, are you a follower of Jesus Christ. Do you understand what that means no we know the word follower to choose a lot of ways. One way it uses in social media. For instance, if you're on Twitter, you have followers.

If you're on Facebook you have friends. Someone summed up the different social media platforms. This way if you're an Instagram, you're effectively saying my life. A party if you're on Snapchat. You're saying my life is a quirky TV show. If you're in Facebook. You're saying my life is great and if you're on Twitter, you're saying wrong in the.I mean really, people are very negative on Twitter a lot of critical harsh tweets that people shoot at each other. People like to attack one another on Twitter and of course then you have all of the people that follow you and maybe they retweet you. I checked this out because I was curious about who had the top accounts on Twitter. It seems to be the person with the most followers right now would be former president Barack Obama, followed by Justin Bieber then comes Katy Perry, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and finally Pres. Trump won an eclectic collection of people are dominating Twitter right now know Jesus never did tweet that he thought we could have the Beatitudes. Those would be great tweets with Nate Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the true children of God, tweets know Jesus did not tweet what he did have his followers and they were pretty eclectic to get some fishermen get a tax collector. Any others develop. Now we have to understand what these terms mean we understand fishermen orders a tax collector, and what is a zealot zealot is someone who is dedicated to the violent overthrow of wrong, we might actually call them a terrorist today attends collector with someone who's colluding with Rome. Rome as the occupying power there in Israel at that particular time. So here we have a man in a Jewish man a particular Matthew that will talk about later, who was in collusion with Rome and how we have another man named Simon who was dedicated the violent overthrow of Rome. It would be like having their own parts of your family voting for different candidates that may be true, some of your home. It would be like getting a supporter of Pres. Trump were in America had had a supporter of former VP Biden and send you guys work together. We know right now there's a lot of conflict and division. We just had a presidential debate were all aware of it. But listen to this.

We are Christian we are members of a different kingdom and it's more important than even politics. And Jesus said this. By this shall all men know you are my disciples, that you love one another. Listen to this Christian should be marked by love, not by always being right, and when I say by being right and mean sometimes in their own mind. If you find yourselves shouting the people I just was shoddy when I said that I lower my volumes. If you find yourself always uptight and angry and using your social media accounts to blast this grouper blast that person something's wrong. Remember you need to be glorifying God with whatever platform is given to you. We need to be characterized and identified by our love for God and our love for others. Well, let's look at Mark chapter 1 verse 16.

As we continue in our series the gospel for busy people. One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing and that the water for the fish for a living. Jesus called out to them, follow me and I'll show you how to fish for people other way reading from the new living translation the King James translates that verse as follows.

Follow me and I'll make you a fisher of men. Mark goes on to say, and they left their nets at once and followed him a little further up the shore. Jesus, of Zebedee's son, James and John in a boat repairing their nets.

He called them at once and they also followed him, leaving their father Zebedee of the boat with the hired some peers point number one. Jesus is putting his team together. Do you want to be on Jesus team. He was going to choose 12 men in total and they would be the most ordinary of all men. They weren't saints and the traditional use of the word now. Technically they were saints because a saint means a true believer, so anyone who is put their faith in Christ is technically a saint, but in modern usage is saying that some extraordinary holy person, so they weren't saints in that way, nor were they scholars nor were they sages they were hopelessly human. They were remarkably on remarkable, but they were available to the Masters call now. Simon and Andrew had been disciples of John the Baptist.

Remember we talked about Jim last time he came before Christ, preparing the way and he said to them, as Jesus walked by, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world so they transferred their allegiance from John over to Jesus, but they still didn't fully understand who Jesus was, what he had come to do, James and John are also mentioned in the given the special title the Sons of thunder.

I turned to see James and John, is to outlaw biker you know coming up and being called by Jesus to be a part of the team again.

What an eclectic group of people with. Here's a point I want to bring your attention. Note that all of these men were doing something when Jesus called them brother Andrew was throwing the net into the water, along with Simon, James and John were in a boat repairing their nets and we see the same elsewhere in Scripture.

People were busy when God called them as an example, David, who would become the king of Israel was watching over his flock when he was summoned by the prophet Moses was watching over a flock when the Lord spoke to him through a burning bush.

Elisha was plowing in the field when he was called by Elijah to carry on the prophetic ministry, bringing me to point number two if you want to be used by God to busy doing something for the Lord is kid busy with what is in front of you men.

Those nets cast those nets. 10 those sheep plow those fields. Team said Sunday school class: the mission trip. Share one on one give that type just get out and do something to do what you can where you can.

One way to find out what you're called to do is maybe by discovering which are not called to do so when someone comes to me and says of Greg, I want to be used by the Lord. I would suggest to them that they go volunteer at their church go to your pastor say pastor, I want to be used by God and I'll do whatever needs to be done now hold on. You may not get the job you wanted might end up doing some janitorial workers setting some chairs upper or doing something menial like that, that's probably because the pastor is wanting to see if you'll be faithful in the little things I remember when I was a brand-new Christian and I went to Pastor Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa I was 17 years old and I said Chuck I want to serve the Lord. I'll do whatever you guys want me to do and they gave me different test starting with janitorial sweeping leaves, cleaning toilets and I did it all and remember one day they gave me a special mission to go on for God is that we need a new doorknob for the church office door so I went down to the local hardware store.

I've never been a mechanical guy you want anything fix never call me if you want a broken call me I'll help you with that and I look at all these doorknobs in different sizes. I literally prayed, God, help me find the right doorknob and I chose wanted to get back in. It was a wrong site so I failed in my mission but it was little things but I double. Maybe God wants me to be in a worship team so I joined this worship group and I was doing percussion. I was playing a conga drum or something like that and I remember standing up there in front of the people, and of course I could really keep the rhythm very well and I discovered this is not what I'm called to do. Sometimes you find that what you are called to do by first finding out which are not called to do. But here's the key. Whatever you do it. The Bible says do it with all of your heart is unto the Lord and be faithful in the little things bringing me to my next point.

If you want to be used by God. Be faithful and what is before you now. Jesus says in Luke 1610. Unless you are faithful in small matters, you will be faithful in large ones. If you cheat even a little, you will be honest with greater responsibility so be faithful and those little things as we make our way through Mark chapter 1 after this Jesus goes into a synagogue and he encounters a demon possessed man Jesus cast the demon out of the man and the people are astonished. It's interesting the phrase that Jesus used, to the demon was required, or literally be muscle by the way, that's the same phrase he used when he rebuked the store. Remember that story and went up and said of the store. Be still, at that same phrase be muscle because he was saying that the devil stop the double front of like a crazy dog ready to bite be bustled. Be still, so the disciples are beginning to discover the power that Jesus has his power over demons, and in time to get to see that he had power over sickness and even power over death itself, but the most important thing that Jesus had power over with sin. He and he alone can forgive sin.

They would soon discover. So Jesse was God, but he was God walking in the human body of flesh and blood, and he grew tired and he was hungry and experience all of those things that we experience physically so the next movement in the story is Jesus needed some food and some rest of the to come home to the house of Simon Peter bringing us to this next point which is we need to bring Jesus home because that's what they did ring them all. Don't leave Jesus at the church on Sunday morning to Jesus only to hey take Jesus to work with you.

Take Jesus wherever you go by that I mean invite him to be a part of every aspect of your life. What a privilege for Peter to come home and say to his wife. I have a special guest dear Jesus Christ, the Messiah will, as it turns out, Peter's mother-in-law was very ill. Apparently, she lived with Peter and his wife and yes Peter was married, which is an important note is net. She was very sick and they told Jesus she needed to be touched and so Jesus heals her and Mark 131 St. he took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her on his travels fast. All of the disciples sought out a quick tweet and there were even some post on Instagram, not really, but it sounds like it because in moments literally the whole city is there at the door. Mark 132. That evening after sunset, the people brought the Jesus all the sick and demon possessed the whole town gathered at the door.

That brings us now to Mark chapter 2 and Jesus is going to show the primary reason he came not just to cast out demons, not just to heal the sick, not even to raise the dead. He was coming to forgive sins. And there's nothing more important than having your sin forgiven as I say this, my speaking to somebody right now who is not sure if there sin is forgiven, your haunted by things you've done in your past.

He keeps you up at night. You've tried to self medicate.

As they say, with alcohol or drugs and numb yourself to the pain of what you've done in the harm of the pain you brought into other people's lives. I want you to know God from true can forgive your sin, to tell you how in a few moments. Now let's go over to Mark chapter 2 verse one when Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home soon a house where he was staying was packed with visitors and there was no more room, even outside the door while he was preaching the word for men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn't bring them to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof right above his head and they lowered the men on this mad right in front of Jesus seeing their faith. Jesus said to the paralyzed man. My child, your sins are forgiven, bringing me to my next point we need to work together if we want to bring our friends to Jesus forgot they want to get their friend to Jesus. He needs a physical touch.

They can't get in the house. It's packed wall-to-wall people so they lowered him to the root of this is, hard for us to understand in the 21st century. But in the first century. The roofs were flat there would be an outside staircase leading to the roof. Sometimes people would sit up on the roof like a little patio garden of sorts so they get up on the roof and they start digging through it, digging through the straw. Meanwhile, here's Jesus inside the house speaking to his audience listening to his every word.

All of a sudden a little dirt clogged falls of the ground a couple more false and strong comes down a shaft of light breaks through another shaft of light comes through and suddenly this man is on this mad with four guys with robes letting them down.

You may be swinging back and forth a little bit in the foot right in front of Jesus. Maybe the guy lay there with a and Jesus said my child, your sins are forgiven you, but I love the fact that these guys work together, they cooperated and if we want to see people come to Jesus we need to work with fellow believers because we need to join our efforts together and will get a lot more done. We are much stronger together than we are alone. Remember that story and ask chapter 12 when Peter was arrested for preaching the gospel we read in acts 12 one constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.

They prayed this power when we pray together. Jesus is of any two of you will agree together touching anything in prayer.

It will be done of your father in heaven. The Bible also says two or more of you will gather together Christ will be there in the mid-so we need to pray together Artie talked a little bit about my trip to Washington DC watching the hundred thousand people pray it was so amazing and I just thought this could be a moment that we can mark in American history when God's people pray that things started to change.

Let's keep praying for our nation and praying together.

My next point is one phrase another shares were God does the work knowing a person comes the cry sits on a chain of events that connect together, resulting in a conversion. Maybe it's a seed sown in the heart during childhood.

Maybe that see this water little bit later. Maybe they encounter a Christian, they don't even know who says or does something that makes an impression on them. Then finally someone takes the time to share the gospel were all part of achieving the God orchestrated to bring someone to the Lord as Paul writes in first Corinthians 3 verse six I planted Apollo's water to Palos was another preacher, but God gave the increase, so neither he who plants is anything know he that waters its God that gives the increase in notice that Jesus immediately got to the heart of this man's problem because the heart of the problem is the problem of the heart. This man needed his sin forgiven.

It was even more important than being heal of his paralysis. A key manager of famous psychologist said if he could convince patients in the psychiatric hospitals at their sins were forgiven. 75% would walk out the next day. Think about and Jesus can forgive sins know they react properly. They say way what you mean, your sins are forgiven you, and they asked the question who can forgive sins but God alone. And the answer is no one. Some people would say you know Jesus never claimed to be God's followers came up with that later.

That is not true.

Jesus did claim to be God on multiple occasions, this is one of Jesus are not God. He would've said something along the lines of good point that I'm not God but know he for gave that men sins. In fact, Mark 210. He says I'll prove to you that the Son of Man has authority under the forgive sins and Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, stand up, pick up your mat and go home. That was a clear, claimed the deity. Jesus was God. We don't want to miss that very important point. Now we shift gears to a final movement of our story go to Mark chapter 2 verse 13 then Jesus went out to the Lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him as he walked along, he saw Levi set of all fascias sitting at the tax collectors boot Jesus said to them, follow me and be my disciple and Levi got up and followed him. Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home is dinner guests along with many tax collectors and other disreputable center.

Levi also known as Matthew already mentioned him collected taxes for wrong again. Rome was an occupying force of their forcing their will upon the people of Israel. So Levi or Matthew for some reason we don't know decided to work for the enemy. He would be thought of as a trainer, like a Benedict Arnold, a turncoat, even a backslider. How dear you work for these horrible people were oppressing us, and collect taxes for them. There was some good money in it. L that's what motivated Matthew to work for Rome, but it's interesting that he seemed to of gone out of his way to offend his fellow Jews, and also he would have been familiar with Jesus because Jesus was doing his ministry right around that region. Being a tax collector, Matthew would sit in this table. He was aware what was going on around him and we also know that he was a great student of Scripture because he began to piece things together. We know he was a great student of Scripture because when we read his gospel. It is filled with Old Testament prophecies are 99 Old Testament references in his gospel, showing how Jesus was the Messiah. So this is a man who knew the word of God when it chosen to rebel against but there was something that Jesus said in did in this moment when he said the Matthew follow me, that softened his heart that it grown so hard. Why do people turn from God. Why do people turn from the church to an interesting question baby because a tragedy For people say will this tragedy happened that lost a loved one or something horrible happened to me and and I've lost my faith. I don't have faith anymore. Well, you might be surprised to hear me say this, but maybe it's good you lost that faith because of faith that cannot be tested is of faith that cannot be trusted and that sent a real faith but some people turn away from God because they say well I saw hypocrisy that person was not a good representative of Jesus Christ. Well, look, I know there are hypocrites in the church.

I often say the church is filled with hypocrites, but there's always room for one more.

I'm kidding, but seriously rolled in a fall short rolled in a mess up.

But here's what I want to say to you that excuse and that's all it is an excuse will not hold water in Judgment Day when you stand before God Almighty in the asked you what you did with his son Jesus Christ is a will. I didn't accept it because they were hypocrites. You think that's going to help you.

Jesus never said follow my people, he said, follow me, which arise in Christ. That's exactly what Matthew did and he watched Jesus clearly. He admired Jesus he would love to of been one of the followers of Jesus what he would never think of being so presumptuous and going up to Christ and saying don't know if you need that tax collector in your crew but I would love to join because he would be sure, a Jesus is a sorry I'm not that desperate hit the Road Jack, don't come back, no more no more know he he was shocked when Jesus came to him and called him to give verse 14 of Mark two. As Jesus walked along, he saw Levi sitting the word that is used here for saw is very suggestive. It means literally to gaze intently upon, to stare, or to fix one's eyes constantly on an object never had someone stare at you just daring, almost looking right through you, so here's Matthew sitting at his tax booth.

Most people when they walk by would avert their gaze. They don't make eye contact with them or they would glare at him and here comes Jesus from a distance Jesus is looking at Jesus doesn't break eye contact with them.

Jesus comes right up to him, looking at him, staring intently, and then he says those two words that reverberate the soul of Matthew. Those words were follow me out.

Jesus is calling me. Jesus wants a person like me a traitor, a turncoat, a backslider of failure. Yes it's interesting because this phrase. Follow me can be translated walk the same road would be almost as though Jesus said walk with me come with me. Don't to stand behind me and follow the let's walk lives Road together and by the way, that word is in the imperative mode, meaning it's not just an invitation.

It's also a command.

It's also in the present tense, meaning you started and you continue in it habitually. In other words, Jesus is able only loosely paraphrase Matthew I want to follow me each and every day gets what he says the same view in the me just follow me wants and then your good no follow me each and every day. Paul the apostle writes in the book of Romans 13 he says put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for your flesh, the JB Phillips translation translate sets as follows.

Let us be Christman from head to foot and give no chance for the flesh, they have it splitting so the verbiage that Paul is using input on the Lord Jesus is like putting on clothes.

You know like I like to wear jeans that are about you. Most of the time I'm wearing jeans or maybe a T-shirt or a comfortable shirt.

I don't like to wear shirts that are stiff or too heavy and the ideal clothing is clothing moves where you move and so what the Bible is saying when it says put on the Lord Jesus Christ is make Christ a part of your life each and every day were ever you go put on Jesus. Also, this phrase follow me could be translated follow with me. Follow with me which speaks of companionship, relationship and friendship does not just follow me do it. You want to or not know. Follow with me, let's enter into friendship. Let's enter into relationship together. Yes I want obedience from you. The Lord is saying. But I also want your companionship effectively. Jesus is a Matthew, I don't want to do is be one of my disciples. I want you to be one of my friends and did you know Jesus offered that same invitation to you, we often view God as harsh and austere and angry. Nothing could be further from the truth. God is loving God is compassionate God is caring and he wants to enter into a friendship with you. You can bear your heart to him.

You can tell your secrets to him, he will bear his heart to you, he will reveal his secrets. Also to you. Jesus said in John 1515.

No longer do I call you servants for servant does know what his master is doing. But I've called you rents because whatever I've heard from my father. I've been known to you.

Yes, follow me. Follow with me start and finish. Don't just do it at the beginning of your life do it through your life right to the end. I love how the apostle Paul wrote. I finished my race with joy. Keep following Jesus, each and every day, and look what happened. Verse nine of Mark two Levi or Matthew got up follow is I'm in good thought about this for a while. He never thought he would be called by Jesus. But the moment Jesus said, follow me read you said Sir I'm on board let's go where you want to go. I love that now there's a little detail that is left out here in the gospel of Mark, and as a matter of fact, Matthew doesn't mention in his gospel either but it's an important thing for us to know. Luke fills us in any tells us Matthew left all rose up and followed up and understand tax collector is a pretty sweet business. He was making good money because a tax collector not only collected taxes for Rome. He also collected extra money for himself, so he was leaving and affluent luxurious lifestyle and all the friends that went with it, but she could have cared less than think it's interesting that in his own gospel. He doesn't mention what he gave up for Jesus. But it is mentioned to us by Luke, I think of all the disciples. Matthew materially at least gave up more. I mean yes Peter, James and John gave up their know their nets and their fishing business. But hey, this guy gave up a lucrative career and give up everything to follow Jesus. He may of lost a career but he gained a destiny he lost his material possessions with the cane. The spiritual fortune he lost his temporary security but he gained eternal life and he also losses emptiness and loneliness and found fulfillment and companionship.

He gave up all that the world has to offer and he found Jesus, I love the final movement of the story in verse 15, Levi invited Jesus and the disciples to his home is dinner jazz along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners so invited Jesus over to us all about his weird friends.

He had some pretty unsavory people. He hung out with fellow tax collectors.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Other people that were known for wickedness and Jesus, seemingly with great comfort walks right into this setting.

Don't forget Jesus was called the friend of sinners. By the way, that wasn't a compliment that was a criticism, but I think it is a compliment when a godly person can be someone that the nonbeliever is drawn to Jesus to lower his standards to walk in this room he was building a bridge and set a burning one and he was assessable to them and we see this another passages of Scripture as well. Look at Jesus in John four with the woman at the well of womanhood been married and divorced five times and was living with some dude and Jesus engages in a conversation about the first deep in her soul looking Jesus with another tax collector named Zach. She is was a little guy who scurried up a tree and saw Jesus passing through and Jesus suddenly stop the looks of executives and says come on down and coming over to your house today and what happened was Zacchaeus put his faith in Jesus and was transformed look at Jesus with the woman caught in the act of adultery caught in the actual said in the thrower in front of Christ and the looks at her and says let him that is without sin among you cast the first stone. The Bible says they love from the oldest to the youngest Jesus looks at her and says woman and it's interesting the phrase that is user for woman means lady or man.

So it's not just girl it's like man lady where are your accusers.

I don't think she'd been called lady or man, for her entire life, but he didn't just see her for what she was. He saw her for what she would become man, lady, where your accusers. She says I have the Lord. He says neither do I accuse you go and sin no more. That's Jesus entering into people's lives, not condemning them or getting to the heart of the problem which is their sin which he alone can forget. I love the fact that Matthew invited him over to his house right after he believed I love the zeal of a new believer, new believers are the best at evangelism question. Why is it that those who know the most do the least of those that know the least do the most. Let me explain those that know the least to the most. The brand-new believer with a thimbleful of theological knowledge is immediately out there sharing the gospel trying to bring people to Christ because are so close to what God is done in their life.

They realize that he for gave them. They want others to know. Then there are believers have known the Lord for 10 years, 20 years 30 years or longer. Who can even remember the last time be engaged in a conversation about Jesus, the zeal, the excitement, the passion of the new believer. It's sad when we lose that seal is in it, let me conclude by re-asking the question I started this message with which is are you a follower of Jesus, how you might've initially said yes I have a now as you discover what it means to follow him. Maybe rethinking again. What is it mean it means to follow him.

Each and every day it means to obey him, and needs to complete what you started. Are you following Jim or are you fair weather follower or following from a distance. I want you to know no matter what your status right now God can forgive you and give you a second chance.

Maybe I'm talking to somebody right now, who's been hurt in life. A tragedy has befallen you and you don't know why this is happening you're mad at God, why did you do this to me I can answer that question but I can tell you this, God loves you and even your tragedy can in some way.

Ultimately we work together for good. If you love him if that thing will bring you to Christ that is something that God is used, to get your attention, but here's a reality. Sometimes we go out and make a lot of bad decisions and then we get mad at God because of what happened. So you got your unfaithful your wife and in a marriage falls apart.

I met a Galway meta-God be mad at you man, you did it. God gave your free will. But listen, even though you've messed up he can turn your mess into a message she can turn things around your condo and say Lord I failed at. I'm sorry. Are you running from God like Matthew was if you will call out to him right now. He will forgive you. Just as surely as Jesus looked at Matthew and said follow me. Jesus is saying the same view right now were ever you are. He wants a relationship with you. He wants friendship with you.

He wants to walk with you through life.

So you'll never be alone again but he can't force his way in your life.

Matthew what a choice.

Jesus said, follow me met together said no way. I'm not going anywhere. I have a pretty nice life. You're making a lot of money. I don't want to follow you and he could've done that but he said follow me and Matthew bolted bolted from the table gamble where we go, let's go, not a moments hesitation.

I hope that you will follow Jesus reviewed not done that yet. I like to give you an opportunity to do so. Jesus had a goal and the other purpose.

Jesus said the Son of Man, speaking of himself is come to seek and save that which was lost. In other words, Jesus came to this earth with the express purpose of going to the cross and dying from the sin of the world. Yes, he healed the sick. Yes he cleanse the lepers. Yes he raise the dead. Jesse cast demons out of people. But his ultimate purpose was to die for our sin and then the rise again from the dead, nibble, turn from our sin and put our faith in him we can be forgiven.

We can hear Jesus say son daughter, your sins are forgiven.

Can you imagine that can happen for you right now the Bible says that we will confess our sin, he is faithful and just to forgive us arson and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. What is it mean to confess your sin, it just means to acknowledge your responsible and means to realize that you've done this in. You need to get right with God it means to agree with God that sin is bad or destructive, so making excuses for it. Stop blaming people and other things just take responsibility for God in the center and I ask you to forgive me if you would like to do that of the collegial to prayer some of the time.

This prayer is done you can have the confidence that your sin is forgiven.

You can have the confidence that you are a child of God you can have the confidence that you will go to heaven when you die if you don't know that frame of me right now. Let's get this settled and you be so glad you did.

As you begin to follow Jesus Christ. If you want Jesus to come in your life if you want him to cleanse you of your sin if you want to go to heaven when you die, I want you to pray this prayer after me back. You can even print out loud if you like. Let's pray together, pray these words or Jesus. I know that I'm a sinner but I know that you're the Savior who died on the cross for my sin and rose again from the dead. I churn from that sin. Now I choose to follow you from this moment forward. Thank you for hearing this prayer in answering this prayer in Jesus name I pray in that everybody Greg Laurie here. Thanks for listening to our podcast and the learn more about harvest ministries.

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