Salvation

 

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In the world, a little over 80% of the population believe in a higher power, a supreme being.  About 63% of people believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God.  A fewer number of people believe the Bible is factually true.  Where do you stand?

 

Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, because they are understood through what has been made. So people are without excuse.”  This scripture states that the existence of God is evident in creation and those things around us and we cannot say that God does not exist.

 

So, if God exists, which is obviously true, then HIS Word is infallible.  HIS Word is factually true.  No one has been able to discredit it.  Prophecies from a very long time ago have come to pass just as God predicted through the power of Holy Spirit.  John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (Jesus), and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”  Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.”

 

The message of the Bible is one of love and redemption.   God’s love and redemption toward mankind.    Mankind was created in God’s image.  We were created to have a relationship with Him.  We see this in Genesis in the Bible. When man chose to believe the serpent rather than God this caused a separation between God and mankind.    Everyone thereafter was born into sin.  Psalm 51:5 says, “Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me. “

 

God immediately made a plan by which mankind could be reconciled to Him.  In Genesis 3, we see God promising the serpent (satan) that a man would come forth from the woman and bruise his head or basically defeat him and the sinful nature.  After the fall, we see that offerings and sacrifices being made to God for the sin of people.  People were incapable of being good on their own so sacrifices were continually made.

 

All throughout the Old Testament in the Bible the coming of JESUS was foretold.  A coming Savior that would take away our sin and restore our relationship to God.  Approximately 2000 years passed before the coming of Jesus Christ to earth.  We see the record of his conception and birth in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Bible.  He came to be our sacrifice for sin, once and for all.  He came, He lived and performed healings and miracles and preached the truth of God’s Word.  People could not accept His message of repentance and could not accept who He said He was.  He then was beaten beyond recognition and hung on a cross.  It was apparent what His purpose was by what He spoke and how He prayed to God the Father.  The weight of the sin of the world was upon His as he hung on that Cross.  But, it didn’t end there.  Jesus rose from the dead after three days and later ascended to heaven right in front of his disciples eyes to forever be at the right hand of God.  Death had no hold on Him.

 

The repentance message He preached was simple and is still the same today.  Acknowledge we have a sin problem.  Acknowledge who Jesus is, the one and only Son of God that came to be our sacrifice for sin, our reconciler to God.   He is the only way to heaven.  John 14:6 says, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. “  Acts 4:12 says, “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 

Romans 3:23 says that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 10:9 says, “Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  Acts 3:19 says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

 

So this salvation is a gift from God.  It is not something that we can earn.  Salvation only comes through Jesus Christ.  So the plan is simple:

Acknowledge you are a sinner

Acknowledge that Jesus is God’s only son was sent to die for your sins

Repent (which means to confess and turn away from) of your sins

Accept the forgiveness of your sins

 

John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.  The blood that He shed for us cleanses us and makes us clean.  We become a new person, a new creature according to II Corinthians 5:17 which says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”  HE makes all things new!  He gives your rest for your soul!

 

The prayer is simple,

 

Father God, thank you for sending Your Son to die on the cross for my sin.  I believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life for me.  Lord, I realize that I am a sinner in need of a Savior.  I ask you to forgive me of all my sin and to cleanse me with the blood of Jesus by the power of Your Spirit.  Come into my life.  Make me a new creature in You.  The power of sin is broken in my life in the name of Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit come, fill me, lead me, guide me and direct me into all truth.  Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and thank You for loving me.  AMEN!

 

It is that simple.

 

To move forward in Him you will benefit greatly from reading His Word and spend time just talking to Him in prayer.  Holy Spirit will lead you in the paths you need to go if you seek Him with your whole heart.  Get connected with a good church that allows the presence of God to move and work freely.  Reach out to someone you know that lives a Godly life.

Heavy!

I have to admit, my heart is heavy. When I look and see the state of society around me , I know that the coming of our Lord is approaching quickly. I also see people who believe in God and His redemptive plan but choose to reject Him. I see people who do not know much about Jesus because they have never been taught. My heart breaks because I don’t want those who do not know Him and those who continue to reject Him to wait to late. Times are not going to get better, they will get worse and you WILL need the mercy and grace of God. Don’t think that you will go to heaven because you are good. You will not. Nor will you ride into heaven on the shirt tail of someone praying for you. The Bible says there is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ, the son of God who came and gave His life so you could be free from the penalty of sin. It is simple. All you have to do is believe and confess who He is, realize that you are a sinner in need of a Savior, confess and turn away from your sin. Holy Spirit then comes in and cleans house in your heart, making all things new. Please, I beg you, don’t wait until it is too late. Accept Him today!! HE LOVES YOU AND IS WAITING FOR YOU.
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WAR

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Did you know that there is war going on inside of you?  See, we were born into sin.  That means that our nature as human beings is sinful, it is selfish, it is deceptive so say the least.  We do not have to teach our kids to lie or to think that everything is theirs and no one else needs to be playing with their stuff.  It is the nature of human beings.  Once we come to Christ and repent and turn from those wicked ways, we have a new nature that is given us by His blood that cleanses us and the power of Holy Spirit.  This new nature, our spirit man, goes against all the natural desires that are within us.  Paul talks about this war extensively in a lot of his writings but in Romans 7 he talks about this war inside of him.  He said the thing he wants to do, he can’t do.  The thing he doesn’t want to do, that is the thing he does.  He called himself a wretched man because of this.  The struggle is real in all of our lives.  What saves us from this?  JESUS and the power of Holy Spirit.  We are not good at all within ourselves, but through the power of HIS blood and Holy Spirit, we conquer sin and start bearing good fruit.  What fruit is it?  According to Galatians 5 it is love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control.  What is the basis for this good fruit?  LOVE.  God is love.  The more we, as followers of Jesus, realize how much He loves us (this comes by being in the WORD and spending time in prayer), the more we love HIM.  The more we love HIM, the more we come to love others and want to be obedient to the guidance of Holy Spirit.  Don’t give up the fight.  We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).

I'm in too deep!!

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There is no pit so deep that Jesus can’t reach you with His hand. Reach up, call out, He is right there waiting for you.

The Psalmist said there is no where we can go that the presence of the Lord is not. Not even to the depths of hell.

You are not alone. Call on Him.

I’m in too deep!!

sky-ditch-eye-holeI

There is no pit so deep that Jesus can’t reach you with His hand. Reach up, call out, He is right there waiting for you.

The Psalmist said there is no where we can go that the presence of the Lord is not. Not even to the depths of hell.

You are not alone. Call on Him.