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July 1, 2013

Stand for the Truth

II Corinthians 13:8 says:

“Our responsibility is never to oppose the truth but to stand for the truth at all times.”

It has often been said that if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything. Here at Woodlands Church we stand on the promises of God’s word. In our vision, we stand for the gospel of hope, we stand for the poor and powerless, and we stand to invest in the next generation. The Bible is truth.  Every word from Genesis to Revelation is truth, the divinely inspired word of God. I could share with you some inspiring stories that might make you cry, but I found nothing that can change your life other than God’s word. We teach God’s word, week in and week out, and it changes lives. The grass withers and flowers fall but the word of God stands forever, and when I stand on the word, my life is built strong. We stand on the truth, and the truth is that I am a sinner. You are a sinner. Everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; His word tells us the wages of sin is death, eternal separation from God. We are broken and desperate people but we have become so used to our sin that we do not realize how bad it is.

That is why God had to send His only son to wrap Himself in human flesh and live a perfect life, a life that we could never live.

He went through all the things we go through, the hurt, the rejection, and the temptation, but He never sinned.

Then Jesus went to the cross, shed His powerful blood and died an excruciating, humiliating, and painful death which cleansed me and paid the price for all my sins.

This is the gospel, the good news. I am a sinner, but the good news is that I have a Savior who died for me and who lives inside me through His Spirit and He changes everything. He gives me grace that I do not deserve. He won a place in heaven for me. He is the healer who restores and takes us to heaven one day. It is all about His grace.

I talk to people all the time who say, you do not know what I have done. God cannot forgive me. I tell them, I may not know what you have done, but I know what Christ has done for you. It is not about what you have done but about what Christ has done. We worship the God of hope so we need not despair about the past. He will fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.