The Final Speech

This morning at National Speakers Association – Pittsburgh, speaker Dick Bruso challenged us to focus on our passion. He asked if we could only speak one more time for forty-five minutes to a million people, what would we say?
Many of the speakers in the crowd seemed to be reveling in an “Aha!” moment.
I wrote several statements. Tonight as I review them my brain wheels churn.
If I had one shot to address a huge crowd here is what I’d say.

Get over your mistakes and join the parade.
When God forgives us through the grace and mercy of our resurrected Jesus we can forgive ourselves, too. God says our sins are as far as the east is from the west.
Straighten your arms. Stick them out one to the right, one to the left, east and west. Can you possibly touch them? No. Never in this position. God spans farther and He doesn’t hold our sins against us once we are forgiven, so why do we beat ourselves up over past sins? Learn from them, share them with others if it will help them become more like Christ, but don’t let them cripple us.
God says He rejoices over us with gladness and singing. What a visual that gives me. I think of how CS Lewis described Aslan creating Narnia with songs that matched whatever he made. How much more amazing will it be to hear God singing with joy over us when we get to Heaven.
Don’t let the memory of your sins weigh you down and render you ineffective. I sin, you sin, we all sin. Ask God for forgiveness and get over it. When we ask for forgiveness it is given and we are clean, ready to serve God with joy. When we stumble and sin again, which we all will, ask for forgiveness again and get on with whatever it is God has assigned. Don’t dwell on the error, but on the task at hand.
Paul wrote, “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.”
When you belong to Christ He leads you victoriously so jump into the parade and march. God will breathe in the sweet aroma of your obedience and sing.
I love you, but God loves you most,

Scriptures used: Psalm 103:12, Zephaniah 3:17, II Corinthians 2:14
If you aren’t sure you’re going to Heaven and don’t have salvation through Jesus, seek Him. Feel free to call me. I’d love to talk to you about this. 724-368-3369


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