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Delivered By
Pastor Jonathan McGary
Delivered On
April 28, 2020 at 6:00 AM
Subject
What I Have Noticed Ch. 8
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Hey Y’all, Jonathan McGary here with Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

And this is another episode of:  What I have Noticed

 

Because of the death count being on tv so much due to Covid-19.  There has been a lot of talk in the news and on social media about actual causes of death in America.

 

And do you know what I have noticed?

 

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in America.

Now you may have noticed this as well, as have many around our great nation 

But...

 

Did you know at in 2018, there were 48,344 documented suicides?

Did you know the annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24% between 1999 and 2014?

Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 14-34?

 

Now experts will tell  you that the answer to combatting suicide is promoting self confidence and self worth.  

 

But do you know what I have noticed...

 

SELF confidence is not the answer...

 

No bear with me...I am not saying I don’t want people to lack confidence.

But the source of our confidence is The Key

If your confidence is based on self, then your confidence is subject to change based on your view of yourself.

But if you confidence is rooted in Christ, and we understand how Christ sees and loves us, then there need not be any fluctuation in our level of confidence.  

 

Can I just tell you:

 

You are special

You are unique!

You are amazing!

You are loved. 

Whether you realize it or not, feel it or not, or acknowledge it or not, there are people in this world that do love you...but it is more than that

God loves you!

He loves you with a supreme, complete, and selfless love that will never cease or go away.  

 

Now, you might be thinking.  

You don’t know anything about me, How can you know that God loves me?

 

You are right I may not know anything about you. And I certainly don’t know everything about you. 

But God knows everything about you.  

God says in Jeremiah 1:5 ...I knew you before I formed you in your mothers womb

You see..

God is the one who made you and Here is what He says in Isaiah 44:24:

 

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer,

who formed you from the womb:

“I am the LORD, who made all things,

who alone stretched out the heavens,

who spread out the earth by myself,

 

The point I am trying to make is this...

You were made by God

And God does not make junk..he does not make mistakes. 

And He loves His creation...He loves you.  

He is the God that made the the earth and all that is on it.  

He made the Sky and Stars and hung them on nothing...

But you are the jewel of his creation.

 

Now You might think:  

but you do not know my circumstances, not my actions, not my upbringing, where I come from.  You don’t know what I have done, or what I might do.

 

And you are right...but God does.  

 

And knowing everything about you and what you have done and will do, he demonstrated His love like this.

He came and died on a cross to pay for you.  

Why...because He loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you.  

 

That is why you can have confidence.  That is why you can have God confidence. 

Self Confidence can change depending on how you feel.  

But How God feels about you will never change

 

I hope you notice what I have noticed.  

That you are special, unique, amazing and loved.

I hope that you have noticed that what you need is not self confidence but God confidence.  

 

And I hope that you will be blessed by the God that Loves you

Until next time

 

Remember that I love you...but more importantly remember that God loves you.  

 

Keep your eyes on Him!

 

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