Thursday, November 6, 2008

Message Of Salvation

This world will pass away. And when its does only one thing will matter.
Where will I spend eternity? Heaven or Hell?

The Bible says all of have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) Unholy people cannot be in the presence of a Holy God. The Bible also says without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. (Hebrews 9:22)

So God made a way. He sent his one and only begotten son Jesus who was without sin to die on the cross. Jesus became the sacrifice for our sin. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Three days later he arose from the grave and shortly after returned to Heaven to go to prepare a place for those who believe on him. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)

We can't earn our way to heaven by being good people because being good doesn't correct the sin problem. The only way to heaven is through Jesus. It's about having a relationship with him. Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) Only through the holiness of Jesus (one who never sinned) can we enter Heaven. By believing on him we receive the gift of being with him for eternity.

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

This is often referred to as Giving your life to Christ or becoming Born Again. It is done through a heart felt prayer.

Dear Jesus,

I believe you are the one and only begotten Son of God.
You came in the flesh, died on the cross for my sins and three days later arose from the grave.
I admit I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. From this day forward I turn away from sinful living.
Also, from this day forward I vow to make you the Lord of my life.

The prayer above is a guideline, you do not have to word it exactly like that, but that is the basics of what you should include, just does not have to be word for word. Praying to God is like talking, you can pray out loud or you can pray in your mind, whatever you feel most comfortable doing. Talk to Him with respect as you would your Father, because after all, He is your Father, your Heavenly Father.

After you have asked the Lord to forgive you and truly meant it, you must repent of your sins. What does it mean to repent? It simply means that you stop doing what you know is a sin. If you are cheating on your spouse, or you are a shoplifter, or you hang out in bars getting drunk and wasting money, or hurting people physically or emotionally it is now time to repent and do your very best to stop. We will never be perfect because of sin.

Jesus Christ came to this earth and suffered extreme torment by being beaten to a pulp and then crucified with the weight of all the sins and evil on his shoulders, He who was perfect and had not ever sinned, not once, but He loves us so much, He died for us. Has anyone else you know ever died for you? For most of us the answer is no.

Next step is to find a good church. I go to a Baptist church. You need to find a church that preaches what the Bible says, and ALL of what the Bible says.

If you do not already own a Bible, go buy one that has the New Testament AND the Old Testament. The Holy Bible is God's Word and his Love Letter to you and me, to all of us. Read it daily, perhaps a chapter or two per day, whatever you can do. It will bring you closer to God, this is the LIVING Word of God.

You will find that once you are saved, the things you used to want to do that were sinful, you won't want to do anymore.

Portions of the following text taken from "The Forgiveness Diaries"

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Armor of God

As Christians we have been given a job- to plant the seed of the Gospel. We need to be equipped with the armor of God.

God Bless

Ephesians 6: 10-18

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Godly Living

As Christians we can't expect to grow close to God if we aren't living godly lives.

We need to obey scripture.

"Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:13-16)

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Man's Journey

A man left the antique store with great enthusiasm. He had just purchased a very valuable shield. It would need some work but never the less a very good find. He began to feel
the weight of the heavy shield and realized he needed to get home.

Approaching the busy intersection he noticed the names of the street signs were oddly different. Destiny Ave N.S, and Purpose St. E.W. This discovery left the man very confused. His new treasure was starting to take atoll on his arm and out of desperation he began asking for directions to the people passing by.

"Excuse me Miss, I'm trying to get home. Which way do I go?" The lady replied, go one block north on Destiny Ave. and then go one block south. You should have no problem."

Bewildered he asked another person for help.

"Excuse me Sir; I'm trying to get home. Can you help me find my way?" The gentleman replied, "Take Purpose St. one block east and then head one block west. You can't miss it."

The man now really starting to feel the weight of his treasured shield stood at the intersection absolutely clueless. He quietly muttered to himself, "What are these people talking about? And why are these signs reading N.S. and E.W? Can't these people see something's wrong?”

Just then a stranger in a white robe walked up to the man and handed him an open Bible, smiled and started walking North on Destiny Ave. The man now very tired from carrying his treasure which was almost now becoming a burden put down his shield and began to read from the open Bible.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5-6

"Hmmm, that's interesting”, the man thought. Curiously he watched as the stranger walked up Destiny Ave one block, and continued walking in the same direction. When he reached the second block the stranger began waving his arm beckoning the man to come.

The man became excited and exclaimed, "Finally someone with direction that makes sense.” When he put down the Bible to pick up his shield, the shield had changed. It shone like the sun and seemed weightless. With the other hand he went to pick up the Bible but it was no longer there. The only thing in front of him was a sword that appeared to have a double edged blade and it too shone like the sun.

An arrow suddenly flew past him missing his skull by just inches. The arrow had a label on it that read "Materialism" Another arrow nearly grazed his back. The label on that arrow read "Greed" The man noticed these arrows were oozing with poison. He could see the writing in the poison was filled with endless repetitions of their labels.

Instinctively he grabbed the weightless glorious shield and held it in front of his body. Another arrow flew, this time hitting the shield. The man looked down at his feet. The poison dripping from the arrow read "Doubt" He wrenched the failed arrow from the shield and to his surprise the shield didn't seem to be pierced at all. He carefully picked up the double edged sword in his other hand and began to head toward the surprisingly still beckoning stranger. The whole time the arrows kept coming.

One by one he warded them off, arrows carrying labels of Lust, Pride, Anger, Unforgiveness, Bitterness, Dishonesty, and Unfaithfulness,

He used the double edged sword to slice through unthinkable barriers that were now falling in his path. But he kept heading toward the stranger. When he reached where the stranger had been standing, everything around him had dramatically changed.

He now stood on a hill before three crosses, the middle cross glowing with peacefulness. As the man knelt before the glowing cross he noticed a pool of blood before him. The pool continued to increase and began to flow down the hill and covered the world. In a feeling of absolute awe he felt his body being dipped into the awesome pool of blood and heard a fluttering noise of what sounded like a dove's wings.

When the man opened his eyes he found himself staring at his bedroom ceiling. He glanced over to his computer and noticed there were only a few minutes remaining on the eBay auction. No one had out bid him for a very rare and prized medieval shield.

He heard a voice. The voice said................."Trust me"

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:21