I. Jesus wants your attention.
A. Zaccheus climbed a tree to see Jesus because he was short.
1. What will you do to see Jesus?
B. Jesus looked up and saw Zaccheus.
1. Jesus knows where you are at all times.
2. Jesus isn’t religious; He is personal.
3. Jesus created everything, yet He knows our name.
C. Jesus said, “Come down.”
1. We need to listen for Jesus’ voice to tell us what He wants us to do.
2. If you don’t know how to get down from the tree, Jesus does.
II. Jesus came to save the lost.
A. Jesus said to Zaccheus, “I MUST stay at your house.”
B. Zaccheus received Him joyfully, but the religious people grumbled.
1. “He has gone to be the guest of a “sinner.”
2. Who did Jesus come to save? Sinners.
A. All of our sins add up to a mountain of shame or maybe it’s a big thing that is a mountain.
B. The battleground is our mind (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
1. Our mind wants to think about our strongholds, things we can’t shake that keep tormenting us.
2. We have control over our mind.
3. Take your thoughts captive; don’t let your mind run free (2 Timothy 1:7).
C. You have to choose to forget; Jesus took our shame on the cross.
1. To forget you have to replace it with something.
2. The best way is to memorize Scripture.
3. Scriptures shatter the shame (Isaiah 54:4-5).
4. The Lord helps you (Isaiah 50:7-8).
D. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, by the Word of God (Romans 12:2).
IV. Don’t give up!
A. Just because you’ve fallen down, don’t stay there; get back up!
B. God never leaves you nor forsakes you; He is trying to teach you something.
C. God is on your side. (Luke 3:5-6).
D. Don’t give up on your family or the people in your life.
E. Be prepared.
1. We’re fighting from a position of victory; we need to maintain that victory.
2. The devil is not our master; Jesus has taken care of our sins; His blood has cleansed us.
3. Whoever calls on the Lord shall be saved, but we have to call on Him! (Acts 2:21)
4. I put life and death before you -- choose life! It is your choice! (Deuteronomy 30:19)