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« on: December 17, 2008, 03:39:41 AM »

Christmas: God Changes Us
by Rick Warren

Iíve tried everything and nothing helps. Iím at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isnít that the real question? Romans 7:24 (MSG)

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Have you figured out yet that a lot of times you are your own worst enemy? Itís your own reactions, your own fears, your own inadequacies that cause you to act in foolish ways. I know thatís true for me.

I need to be saved from myself because there are things I donít like about me Ė things I wish I had done differently, things Iíd like to change. But I canít change them, not on my own power. I need an outside power source.

You may be saying, ďI can change.Ē I hate to say this, but you canít. In January, youíre going to make a list of New Yearís resolutions. And, by the end of January, that list will be in the dumpster. Why? Because you canít change on your own; you need Godís power. You need a Savior, someone who can make the changes you canít make yourself.

Let me make an important point here: God never wastes energy. He doesnít waste effort on things that are unnecessary. In other words, if you didnít need a Savior, he wouldnít have sent one. The very fact that God sent a Savior means you need one.

The truth is, if you are honest about it, sometimes you feel like your life is out of control. Thatís a pretty common feeling. Welcome to the human race!

The apostle Paul felt that way 2,000 years ago. Paul says this in the Bible: ďIíve tried everything and nothing helps. Iím at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and doesĒ (Romans 7:24-25 MSG). Thatís the answer!

Let me be honest with you. You may be looking for salvation in the wrong places, thatís why youíre frustrated. Youíre looking for that one thing thatís going to give you fulfillment and meaning and peace in life.

Some of us think that if we could just get married, or if we could just get a certain job, or a promotion, or attain a certain level of wealth, or have a baby Ė or if our babies would grow up and graduate! Ė things would be great.

Youíre looking in the wrong places.

A lot of people are looking for salvation in a self-help book. Or theyíre looking for it in therapy or in a fad or diet. Or theyíre looking for it in a vacation, ďIf I could just escape to Tahiti, everything would be great.Ē The problem is that if you go to Tahiti, youíre taking you with you!

The answer is not in a place. Itís not in a program or a pill. The answer is a person: Jesus Christ. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life is never going to make sense.

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