Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner (1 PETER 2:7 )

 

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         is he precious?

1 Peter 2: 1-8 (text verse 7)

            

We are living in a world that considers many things to be valuable. Some people have expensive jewelry.   Other people have bonds and securities that are valuable.  And everyone agrees that health is one of the most important things that a person possesses.  However, I believe the most precious of all is Jesus.  I have found that the longer I serve the Lord, the more precious He becomes.  I am reminded of the song, ďTo me He is more precious than gold.Ē  Is Jesus precious to you?  He should be!

 

Why should Jesus be the most precious person in our lives?

       I.       Because of His precious blood:
               

                  A.    Modern man thinks there are many ways to come to the Lord.

                       Although there are over 4,000 religions in the world today, there is

                       only one way to know Jesus and be saved.


  
             B.     It is the blood of Jesus that can save a person.  (1 Peter 1:18-19)


  
             C.     Many years ago there was a program called S&H Green     

                        Stamps.  When you made a grocery or gasoline purchase, you

                        would receive the green stamps.  Of course, when you were ready

                        to redeem the stamps earned when you made a purchase, you had

                        to go to the S&H redemption store to claim your merchandise.  The

                        same is true with salvation; you must go to Jesus for your soul to

                        be redeemed.

      II.       Because of his precious promises:
  
             

                A.     A person is only as good as their word (read Titus 1:2).
  
            

                B.     Letís look at a few of the promises of the Lord.
  
            

                        1.   He  promises to help us when temptation comes our way.  (1   

                             Corth. 10:13)
                       

                            2.   He promises to forgive our sins when we confess them to Him.  (1 John 1:9-10)
  
                    

                        3.  He promises to come back and get us someday. (John 14:1-6)

     III.       Because His trials help to mature us. (1 Peter 1:6-7)
   

                A    When trials come our way, the first thing satan tries to do is
                        get us to believe that the Lord has forsaken us, and that He doesnít
                        care about what is going on in our lives.  Nothing could be further
                        from the truth!
   
           

                B.     Paul and Silas learned this truth in Phillipi (read Acts 16:25-30).
       

                  C.     Peter also learned this.  Even though he made many mistakes and

                        even though he denied the Lord, still he came out of his trials a

                        better and more mature Christian. History tells us that at his

                        crucifixion Peter requested to  be nailed upside down on the

                        cross because he thought he wasn't worthy to be crucified like

                        Jesus.

How precious is the Lord to you?  Have you invited Him to come into your life and be your Lord and Savior?
 
If you are not a child of the Lord, I pray today that the Holy Spirit would lead you to make that decision before it is too late.  If you are ready to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please click on Godís How to Be Saved

 I hope that this has been a blessing to you.  May God bless you is my prayer.
                      

                                              

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