In this message, Pastor Jacob talked about how optimism isn’t blind faith, but rather an unwavering expectation that our loving God is working in every situation for our future good.

City Lights Church is a contemporary Christian church located in the northwestern part of Richmond, VA. City Lights Church is a part of the Vineyard USA network and an ARC family member.

TRANSCRIPT

Well, welcome to City Lights. My name is Jacob, and I’m on the team here. And I’m so glad you can join us today. And I just got to say something. A gotta just get it out there. I don’t mean to sound negative, but I am sick and tired of hearing all the bad news. Come on, man, who else is with me? I am tired of hearing the bad news that’s going on in our world. I mean, it’s everywhere. Bad news is everywhere. It’s on Twitter. It’s on Facebook. It’s on the news. We can’t escape this bad news and I got to say I’ve had enough of the bad news. See, here’s the truth. Here’s the truth, though. It’s easy to get sucked into bad news, isn’t it? It’s easy to get sucked into the negativity. The anxiety that’s going on in the world, it’s easy to complain. It’s easy to nitpick, it’s easy to talk about leaders who you want to criticize, but you don’t even know the weight of the pressure that they’re feeling.

It’s easy to be negative. It’s almost like we’re drawn into negativity. It’s like it’s a part of our nature to to latch on to it. It’s almost like negativity brings this false comfort to us. But I don’t know about you. But in this time, I have found myself being more negative. I found myself being easily angered. I found myself easily anxious about what’s going to happen, what might happen, what might not happen, and the best way to describe it for me, is I feel like, oftentimes, I’m fighting to be positive. I’m fighting for positivity. I’m fighting to make myself positive.

If you are taking notes, you can title part one of our new series, Stay Positive, you can title part one Enough of the Bad News. Enough of the Bad News. I want you to get sick and tired of bad news; I want the bad news to drive you crazy. So you can start asking God to renew your mind, give you something fresh, give you something positive, give you something to look forward to. We have to become intentional about looking for something positive in the negative. We have to be intentional about looking for something positive in the negative.

Now here we go: Things are changing. We’re entering into phase one of all this stuff. So let’s be smart. Here you go. We need to be smart. We need to keep social distancing, you know, standing six feet away from people; we need to keep washing our hands. We should have been washing our hands in the first place. But anyways, but we got to keep washing our hands. Wear a mask in public even if you can’t breathe with that thing on. I’ve been doing it; I can’t breathe that well but, you know, wear the mask in public, but most importantly, above all of those things, let’s do everything to stay positive. Let’s do everything to stay positive.

Let’s do something crazy. I mean, let’s do something abnormal. Let’s have crazy faith in this time. Let’s believe for God to do something great in this time. Let’s know that our God is working even in this. We got to fight for faith, fight for positivity.

Because here’s the here’s the truth a negative outlook will never lead to a positive life.

A negative outlook will never lead to a positive life.

Now, I want to show you why I’m unshakably optimistic about the future. But first, but first, before I get into that, I want to do something a little different. I actually want to open us up in prayer. So if you will, wherever you are, let’s pray together.

Just close your eyes. Let’s pray. Say God, thank you for the ability to choose you today. God, thank you that we can be optimistic, that we can be positive in the face of negativity. And I ask that all who are watching will be overjoyed by your Holy Spirit. That negativity that tries to dominate our lives will be removed in the name of Jesus, and I pray for the joy of the Lord, which is our strength. In Jesus name. Everybody says, amen. Amen. Amen. Now go ahead and comment below with an amen. If you’re with us today, if you’re fired up for the future, if you’re looking forward to something, let’s go ahead and drop an amen down there because, church, I’m extremely optimistic about our future. I’m extremely optimistic about your future. I’m extremely optimistic about what God is going to do with our lives.

Which leads me to my starting point. My starting point today is this: Optimism is not blind faith. Optimism is not blind faith. Now I think this is important to say. I think this is very important to say optimism, being optimistic is not the denial of reality.

See, the reality of things may suck. And a lot of this, it does suck. A lot of it is difficult. See, to be optimistic doesn’t deny reality. So I’ll even say this. Be cautious of people who say things like, “Man, the virus won’t get you if you have faith in Jesus.” The virus will get you if you have faith in Jesus, you would just be a faithful person that has a virus now. So you got to be cautious of things like that. It’s not lack of faith, to understand reality. But being optimistic is acknowledging the reality and saying, “Man, there’s tough things happening. There’s challenges going on.”

Maybe for you there’s challenges in your marriage; maybe for you there’s challenges in raising your kids or trying to do this homeschooling thing. You know, maybe for you working at home is a challenge. Life without sports – come on – that’s challenging.

See, optimism is not blind, foolish faith.

Which leads me to my destination point: optimism is the unwavering expectation that our loving God is working in every situation for our future good. See, optimism is the unwavering expectation that our loving God is working in every situation for our future good. Optimism is a confidence about the future or a successful outcome. Believing that something good can come even in this, even in this thing, even in that challenge, something good can come.

Romans 8:28 says this, “and we know that in all things,” – come on “all things.” In your comments below, write “all things.” “We know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” All things work for good.

Now, I do got it throw something out here. There’s two things that this verse is not. Okay? There’s two things that this verse is not.

This is not a get out of jail free card verse, okay, so this is not a get out of jail free card. It’s not an excuse to do something stupid and cause problems and hurt people and hurt things and then just say, “Hey, hey, I know did a lot of dumb stuff but um, all things work for good for those who love the Lord. Come on.” It’s not that verse, all right.

And secondly, it’s also not a verse to comfort people who are in deep pain, okay? It’s not that verse either. You know, you shouldn’t walk up to someone and say, “Hey, I know your dog, Skippy, got mowed down by a car. But all things work for good for those who love the Lord.” It’s not that verse either. Okay, so let’s stop using this verse on those two things, okay?

So all things could work for good, so this is what this verse is, all things could work for good. Even your challenging or unfair boss. Even in that situation, your new work-from-home routine that is stressful for you. Something good can come from that. Your challenging child, your financial situation, all things can work for good. See, even a negative situation still holds potential to produce a positive purpose. See, even a negative situation still holds potential to produce a positive purpose.

But in order for you to stay positive, and to be full of faith in a negative situation, check this out. I’m going to need something from you, I’m going to need something. I need you to pause and think about what you think about. I need you to pause and think about what you think about. See how do you picture your future in your thought life? How do you picture you coming out of this? See, if your thoughts are consumed with negativity or fear that comes with bad news, then that will become your reality. Because what consumes your mind controls your life. See, the life that you have is generally a reflection of the thoughts that you have in your head. The Proverb tells us this, “as a person thinks in his heart, he becomes”

See, if you tend to think the world is in trouble and nothing good is gonna come from this, you probably aren’t going to go to bed at night and say, “Man, that was the best day of my life.” If your thought processes is all consumed with negativity, all consumed with what everyone’s saying on your social media feed, all consumed with what’s happening in the world, if it’s consumed with negativity, don’t expect to have a good day. Don’t expect things to be good. Hey, even for your marriage. If you constantly are thinking negative things about your spouse, don’t expect to have a good marriage. With your child, if you’re constantly seeing just the the wrong thing that your kid is doing. Don’t expect them to respond to you in a positive way.

See, we have to renew our minds. If you see everything through the lens of a pessimistic filter or a negative filter, it will determine your day. It will determine your day.

And don’t say, “Oh, I’m just real.” Come on, man. Don’t be one of those people. “I’m just a realist. I like keeping it real.” We all know what happens when keeping it real goes wrong. Okay? So don’t say, “I’m just real,” you aren’t real, you’re just negative. So let’s be honest about that.

See, the quality of your life will never exceed the quality of your thoughts. So I ask you again. I ask you to pause again and think about what you think about. You need to think about what you think about.

And this is the problem with pessimistic people. And this is why I think I have a hard time being around people who are just overly negative all the time like I can’t be around you if you’re too negative. See, a pessimists tends to view negative events as personal and permanent. Someone who’s pessimistic tends to view every event that’s happening in the world as a personal attack and a permanent attack. They will say “ah man it’s my fault; I’m unworthy. Oh, I did this to myself.” Or they will say or they acknowledge things as permanent. You know, “I’ll always be unhealthy. I can never get in shape like Shaun T. I’ll always be broke. I’ll never get a good job. I’ll never be married.” And what happens if you view your life through that filter? You become a victim and you have a victim mentality, a victim mindset. You always look at things you say, “Oh, the economy is bad and it’s never gonna recover from this, this virus, oh this virus is unstoppable. You know, it’s going to come back in the fall and he’s gonna come back worse. We’re gonna have to wear these masks forever.” This is what happens when you’re when you have a pessimistic filter.

Everything is against you. Everything is after you. Everything is someone else’s fault but not your own. So I want you to get this, I want you to get this deep in in your heart. In order to be content, to see blessing in your life, being optimistic is not a state of affairs. But being optimistic is a state of mind – it’s a state of mind. What consumes your thoughts, what consumes your thoughts, and again, remember, optimism is not blind faith, but optimism is this unwavering expectation that God is up to something good, even in this thing, even in what’s happening right now. So I want you to think about what you think about because your thoughts are either going to drift towards negativity, they’re going to drift towards fear, they’re going to drift towards things that you have no control over, or your thoughts will drift towards optimism. They can drift towards faith, drift towards hope. Where are your thoughts drifting?

Which will lead me to say this. You need to feed your faith and starve your negativity. Come on, is up to you. This is on you. You got to feed your faith and you have to starve your negativity; you got to feed your faith or starve hear your negativity you got to feed your faith like you on a Carnival Cruise at the buffet line right about now getting ready to go to the Bahamas; you got to feed your faith because whatever you feed grows and whatever you starve dies, and I’m going to tell you this, we’re feeding our fear way too much when we need to feed our faith. I want you to feed the things that will help you grow in your faith. I want you to starve the things that are taking away from your joy, that are taking away from your marriage, is taking away from your family, is taking away from your dreams. You need to starve those things and feed the things that God has put in your life.

See, starve the negativity. I’m gonna be practical right here.

Starve the negativity by not watching the news 24 hours a day. It ain’t worth watching that much, it’s not worth watching more than once a day if I’m being honest. Now, I think it’s important to be informed. I think on the opposite end, I think it’s bad when I talk to people, and they have no idea about what’s going on. But you need to be informed. You need to be informed. So this is what I do. This is what I do. I either watch the news for 30 minutes a day, up to 30 minutes, that’s the max, or I use my apple news app, which has a whole bunch of different sources of news, so I don’t get a biased opinion about things. I use my apple news app to see the latest news, but I only do it one time a day. I do it one time a day. I don’t need to read the same bad news article multiple times a day. It’s not gonna change if I reread it, you know, so one time a day just so I can be informed.

And another thing that I do that has been just wonderful for me is I limit myself to only one hour of social media a day. Only up to one hour of social media a day. So I remember, you know, real fast story from me; I like to be honest and real with you guys. I remember when, when all of this first started happening, you know, now what, three months ago, I was on my phone constantly just scrolling. Scrolling throughout the day, reading the same negative stories and my thought life was consumed with this, it felt so hopeless and I made a decision. I made a decision. I said, I don’t want to feed myself negativity anymore. I don’t want to feed myself this negativity anymore. So I put a limit on my phone that will cut off social media apps after one hour of viewing and that has freed my mind and my spirit, there’s so much more joy, I can actually focus on things that are worth focusing on and not just keep looking at the same picture of someone that I’ve seen three or four or five times a day. I’m going to tell you this, man, you got to make a decision to get rid of some of that negativity. So I made a decision to get rid of that.

And in my house – in the Gaines house – Disney Jr. is on all the time. Disney Jr. is probably on too much, but Disney Jr. is on all the time. And it’s funny because Disney Jr. feeds my faith more than the news ever could. See when I watch the Muppet Babies, it’s teaching me how not to judge people just based on their appearance but how you got to actually get to know people. When I watch Puppy Dog Pals it’s teaching me how to be thankful for my friends even when I don’t show appreciation. When I watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse it’s telling me how at any given moment of the day, I may need to stop and have a dance break. So I’m going to tell you this you need to get some Disney Jr. type faith in your household and feed your faith. You got to feed it because if you have negative voices all around you, you will begin to internalize that negativity. And once you internalize negativity, you will start letting it come out. As Jesus tells us it’s out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. See, you have to distance yourself. You have to distance yourself. You have to starve your fears, starve your negativity.

We have to become experts. We have to be experts of feeding and building our faith.

Now, what I do to feed my faith, what I do the feed my faith, I have to spend time with God. How do you feed your faith? How do you purposefully regularly feed your faith? For me, I have to spend time with God. If you are a Jesus follower, and if you are not regularly spending time with the Lord, you are missing out on a big portion of your Christian walk. And negativity will always get the better of you. See, it’s kinda like this, the way I look at it is when you don’t spend time with God regularly, it’s kind of like making a delicious steak on the grill. But when it comes time to eat it, you just eat the side salad and you don’t even touch the steak. You got this delicious steak, the smell – it smells so good. It looks so juicy, but you got your little crusty side salad and you’re just staring at the steak. You know, see, I don’t want to be a side salad Jesus follower. That’s not what I’m interested in. I want get the whole thing that God offers me. If Jesus – come on man – if Jesus lived the life I couldn’t, he died that I deserve, but three days later rose from the grave so I can have life and life to the fullest, I ain’t eating a side salad. I’m eating the whole steak that he offers and I’m gonna spend time with the Lord. I’m gonna spend time with God. See by spending time with God, what I do is I get scriptures, I read the scriptures, and I get into the scriptures so the scriptures can get into me.

See, I don’t know if you know this, but whoever you hang out the most with is who you become like. So if you want to become like Jesus, you got to hang out with Jesus. So I get into scriptures so scriptures can get it to me. And what I recommend every person to do is a written devotional call SOAPs, which stands for scripture, observation, application, prayer. And so right now, getting dropped in your comments is a link to a week’s worth of SOAPs and how to do a SOAP because I want you to feed your faith. I want to get some fired up people here, man, I want you to feed your faith. And I believe spending time with God is the way that you can feed your faith.

See, this allows scripture to be transformational, and not just informational. See, if I want to know more about my wife, I don’t just listen to other people talk about my wife. I talk to her, I get to know her, I hang out with her. I spend time with her. If you want to know more about God, don’t just listen to me talk about God. You talk to God, you understand God, you get closer to God. And I recommend the best way to get to know God is doing SOAPs that are based in the New Testament and understanding who Jesus truly is. Because when scripture gets into me, scripture starts to make more sense, too.

Check this out. Romans 8:28, it tells us all things work for good. All things? Really, really? God, all things work for good because that thing that happened don’t look too good to me. And you know your thing that you have dealt with, that you are dealing with, that you have dealt with for a long time. That doesn’t look too good. But in order for me to read this correctly, I have to understand the context of the Scripture; I have to understand the context.

So you see that verse is written by a guy named Paul, he was an apostle that at one point persecuted the church, but then had a radical transformation when he was met by Jesus, and his life was changed forever. And who is he writing to? He’s writing to a new church in a predominantly pagan culture. So for them, they’re surrounded with things; they’re surrounded with negativity; they’re surrounded with things that are trying to make them get away from their faith in Jesus. And he writes that, hey, don’t get away from your faith, all things, all things are going to work for good.

And why was it written? It was written to bring encouragement to those Jesus followers. But for me to understand Romans chapter eight, you wanna know what I need to do? I need to see what happens in Romans chapter seven. I need to know what happens in Romans chapter seven; I just can’t jump into chapter eight of Romans and read all things are working for good for the people that love God and say, oh, okay, I’m good, I’m good then. See, because in Romans 7, Paul the Apostle, I mean, that guy was a mess. Romans 7 he was a mess. Paul saying things in Romans 7, he’s saying things like “the things I want to do, I don’t do; the things I don’t want to do, I keep finding myself doing. Oh this wretched soul of mine. This wretched spirit of mine.”

I don’t know about you, but I can relate to that. The things that I said I’m going to do, the things I said I’m going to put some goals around, going to make this happen are the things I don’t do and the things I don’t want to do I keep doing. I keep asking myself why do I keep doing the things I don’t want to do? See, to translate this to modern terms, the Apostle Paul is expressing that oftentimes he feels like a screw up.

Oftentimes, I feel like I screw up, I just mess things up.

And that makes me feel better about myself because I screw up things all the time. Romans 7, Paul’s talking about the hardship, he’s talking about the challenges. He’s talking about the failure. He’s talking about the negativity. And then in Romans 8, he makes a switch to be optimistic. He doesn’t deny his reality, but he makes a switch. Check this out, Romans 8:1 says this, “therefore…” You got to put that “therefore” in your life. Things are going bad; things aren’t going the way I want them to go; this didn’t happen the way I thought it was gonna happen; but “therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” There’s no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, even though he felt like a screw up. He knows there’s no condemnation in Jesus; his sins are forgiven. And then he goes on to say, “if my mind is on the things of the flesh then the fleshly things I will do, but if my mind is on things of the Spirit, things of the Spirit I will do.”

So he knows he has to think about what he’s thinking about, which then leads me to Romans 8:18. Then he says, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” And I want you to stop. I want to stop here. And I want to let this read, and I’ll let this read me. And I’m going to let scripture get into me. Our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory.

And I know when Paul is writing this, he’s on house arrest because I understand the context. He’s on house arrest, and I know the sufferings that Paul has experienced were greater than the sufferings that I have experienced. Paul began with 40 lashes five times, for the sake of the gospel, he was stoned to the point of being left for dead. He was shipwrecked. He was betrayed. Yet he says that the present day sufferings that he feels do not compare to the glory that will be revealed.

See, friends, I want to ask you this. What are you hurting from right now? What are you hurting from right now? What have you lost? What hardships are you grieving? Are you sick? Did you lose your job? Is there a divorce that you’re going through? Were you abused by a spiritual leader?

And what Scripture teaches me is that the struggles, the struggles that I’m in today is producing the strength I need tomorrow. The struggle that I’m in today is producing the strength I need tomorrow. And I’ve got an unwavering expectation that our loving God is working in every situation for our future good.

And I continue to read. Romans 8:26 says “in the same way the spirit helps – the Spirit helps us in our weakness.” The Spirit helps in our weaknesses. And I don’t know about you, I often feel incapable, often feel unsure, and, even with this whole situation, how do I lead a church plant, a brand new church, through this? How do I preach the right message, make the right call? Yet scripture tells me His Spirit never leaves. And his spirit – the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead – lives in me.

And you may feel weak. You may feel discouraged, you may feel alone. And you may have even heard people say something like, “Well, God will help those who help themselves.” Friends, that’s not the gospel. That’s the farthest from the truth. You want to know who God’s gonna help? He’s gonna help those who are weak. His Spirit helps us when we are weak, when we are broken, when we cry out. See, friends, I want you to know today, if you are hurting, God is your comfort. If you are confused, God is your guidance. If you are discouraged, he is your hope. If you are anxious, God is your peace. And if you are weak, God is your strength.

And then that leads me that leads me to Romans 8:28. And now I can understand Romans 8:28 way better because now I know with all of that going on, in all things, in the bad things and the good things; in the heartbreak things; in all things, God is all involved in my life.

See, Grace makes it impossible for God to forget me. God is working in the middle of the situation. God is all involved. And my expectation, I’ve got an unwavering expectation that our loving God is working for a future good. When the enemy means something for evil, God is working for good. And I think it’s time for you to raise your expectations. In this season of life. It’s time for you to raise your expectation because God is all involved in this season of life.

See, my daughter Kingsley, who’s two now, she does something I think is so funny. I mean, this girl she loves to chase birds like she loves them. She loves birds. We’ll be in our living room, and all of the sudden she hears some birds outside, she’ll jump right up from her little table or from the couch and say, “Let’s go catch the birds. Birds, birds.” She loves birds and she wants to get them. When we take our family walks, if she sees a bird she’ll just start to run as fast as her little legs can get her to catch those birds. And I don’t know what her plan is. I don’t know what her plan is. If she actually gets to the bird and the bird doesn’t fly away. I don’t know if she plans to catch it and hold it and snuggle with it. I don’t know what she does. But regardless, she has high hopes of catching a bird. See, the only problem with this is that sometimes during our walks the bird that she sees and the bird that she wants to chase lands in the middle of the street and she wants to run in the middle of the street to catch that bird. So when she goes to chase the bird, Erin or myself, we always gotta stop her, and we gotta say, “Hey don’t run in the street.” And then she gets upset. And she doesn’t understand why she can’t chase the bird in the street because she has no concept of cars coming by. She has no concept of the danger that she could put herself in with running into the road. But as her parents, we know more about the situation than her perception of the situation. See, I want you to see this, even though she might be upset that she can’t run into the road. We as her parents are working for her future good. Even when she doesn’t understand it, even when it frustrates her, even when it doesn’t feel fair to her; even when it’s hard, and I’m telling you this City Lights, I’m telling you this right now, that God is working on your behalf, even when you don’t understand it, even when it frustrates you, even when you don’t get it. God is all involved. And since he is all involved in your life, I can’t help but have an unwavering expectation that our loving God is working in every situation for your future good.

See, as followers of Jesus, you need to raise your expectations. You need to raise your expectations of the goodness of God, the favor of God, the glory of God, the care and the love, because our God holds every circumstance. So many of us – I’ve heard this – “I just can’t wait to get back to normal.” Hey, remember three months ago? You didn’t like what normal looked like. You didn’t like how things were going. Don’t have an expectation of things going back to normal. Instead, believe for something better to come in your life; believe that God can do something better. You’ve got to raise your expectations.

See I’ve got enough faith in God to believe for something even better. See, City Lights, we started at the end of January and in two months we had to go to online service. Our momentum was going good. And at first I was like, “Man, this is going to crush our momentum. I don’t know how we’re going to survive from this.” Guys, I want you to know something. I have an unwavering expectation that our loving Father is working, and we’re going to come out of this thing even better than what we started. And I’m going to let you know maybe three months ago, your marriage was having a hard time, maybe three months ago, your relationship with your family, with your kids was having a hard time. Maybe three months ago, your financial situation was hard. I’m going to tell you this: Raise your expectations. Raise your expectations. You can come out of this better than what you started. I believe by faith that God can do exceedingly and abundantly more than I ever thought, dreamed, or imagined. With faith, I’m believing your marriages will come out better. With faith, I’m believing your family will be closer. With faith, I’m believing that your love will be deeper. With faith, I believe that your generosity will increase. With faith, I believe that Christians will get bolder about the gospel message. And with faith, I’m believing that our church will expand and reach those who are far from God. I’m optimistic in my faith, that God is doing something better than he was three months ago.

Romans 8:38, and I leave you with this, says this, “For I am convinced,” convinced friends, “that neither death nor life. neither angels nor demons, neither present or the future or any powers; neither height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus.” I’m convinced of this. No matter where we go, God is there, no matter what happens, God is for me. And that’s why I have an unwavering expectation that our loving God is working in every situation for our future good. Because we may have big problems but our God is bigger, so enough with the bad news. I’m gonna stay positive. I’m going to control my thoughts. I’m not going to have a spirit of fear, but I’ll have a spirit of power, love and self-control. Bow your heads with me. Let’s pray.

Come Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit. In every space that is watching this, move right now. I even feel right now, this message has challenged you; making you think about things, and I think the Holy Spirit is moving on you right now. Don’t pay attention to the people next to you. Even for a second, try not to pay attention. If your kids are even running around, whatever’s going on, all the distractions around you, I want you to zone in. I feel like the Holy Spirit wants to do something for you right now.

If you want to raise your expectations of God’s goodness, in this season of life, if you want that optimistic faith, I want you to raise your hand wherever you are, I want you to raise your hand. And the reason why I want you to raise your hand is because it’s not about who sees you raising your hand. It’s about your response to the Holy Spirit that is in you. So if that’s you, if you want to raise your expectations of what God is going to do with your life in this season. Put your hand up right now. I want to pray for you. God, come right now. You see every hand raised. You know the people who want that optimistic faith. We want to see the levels of expectation raised. Come Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit. Move. Yeah, I even feel like there are some marriages that God wants to heal right now in the name of Jesus. There’s some people who are just having a lot of self-denial, a lot of guilt, and God wants to bring you peace. Come Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit. And now I want to pray for people, we were talking about bad news, but I have good news for you. That good news is the Gospel. That God sent his one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. If you want to make a decision to trust Jesus with your life. I want you to pray this prayer with me right where you are. If you never made a decision to trust Jesus with your life I want you to pray this prayer. Right where you are, I want you to say “Jesus, forgive me for my mistakes. Make me new. Today, I trust you with my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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