Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Did you know that you need to be saved?? Yes you need to be saved from sin. Sin is every wrong thought,word or deed. Sin is rebellion against GOD. If you believe that saying,thinking or doing a certain thing is sinful and you think,say or do it anyways then you are sinning. If you break one commandment in the eyes of GOD you have broken them all. Sometimes we sin and don't even know it. Psalm 19:12 says "People cannot see their own mistakes. Forgive me for my secret sins." Everyone has sinned. There is no human being that is without sin. Psalm 14:3 says "All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one." GOD hates sin. He can't even look at sin. If you have not yet been saved you are under His wrath. If you are not saved before you die you go to Hell. The wages of sin is death and its the same wages for every person. Do you wish to be saved from this?? Well you can't earn it. You can't buy it. Some of you might say "well I've done some good in this life so it'll balance out." Wrong! GOD is infinitely perfect, holy, pure and just. (And so much more but there is not enough room on this blog to list everything that He is.) You and me are finite and not perfect. Nobody is perfect. To be acceptable to GOD you gotta be perfect. Some of you go by a list of rules or by the Law in the Old Testament. By observing the Law no one will be justified. And the reason is in order to be justified by it you would have to obey it perfectly and make no mistakes your whole life. I don't care who you are that's impossible to do. Before you are saved you are chained to your sins. You are enslaved by them. They control you and you can't free yourself. Think of how many times you may have tried to quit drinking, smoking, doing drugs, etc and always wind up back where you started. Your trapped. Do you wish to be free?? Cause you do wish to be good don't you?? But you can't do good. Romans 7:18 says "I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." So you can't do good you can't save yourself. And sin is controlling your life. And as time goes on your sins will just pile up more and more. Never letting up and being worse then before. The weight of it holds you down. You try to stop it you try to fix it but nothing you do helps. Maybe your thinking "I want outta the mess I've made. I've made so many mistakes. I wanna start over." Maybe right now your at the end of your rope. Maybe your contemplating suicide cause you just wanna give up. Your so tired from carrying your burdens and you've had enough. You think that you just can't do this anymore. Do you wish to be free?? Do you wish to have joy?? Do you want help?? If you want freedom your not the only one who wishes you were free. GOD wants you free to. He has plans for you and hope and a future. So how do you get free?? Jesus sets you free. Jesus is the only begotten Son of GOD and your Saviour. He came and died for you cause He loves you. He loves you more then words can say. He doesn't want you trapped and chained down. He wants to free you. Romans 4:25 says "He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." Yes He died for you then three days later was raised back from the dead. He is alive and He loves you and wants you free. So do you wanna be free?? Well in order to be free you need to be born again. John 3:3 says 'In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of GOD unless he is born again." So what is the way to being born again?? John 14:6 says 'Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." GOD sent Jesus His only begotten Son to die for you and be the way for you. John 3:16-18 says "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. For GOD did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, nut to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of GOD's one and only Son." And John 3:36 says "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for GOD's wrath remains on him." In John 5:24 Jesus says "I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." And Jesus says in John 6:47 "I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life." So you are saved by faith in Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour. Romans 10:9 says '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." That's it. Once you have done that you are saved. That's all you need to do. There is no mention of a sinners prayer in the Bible. So you can pray if you want but all you need to do is what is stated above. Once you do that you will be set free and forgiven. Romans 10:13 says 'For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." GOD will not reject you. If you have done this congratulations. All your past, present and future sins have been forgiven. GOD has adopted you and He is now your Father. Now isn't that nice to know?? And He is way better then any earthly parent you have ever had. And He loves you just as much as He loves Jesus. And not only does GOD love you but He is proud of you. Galations 3:26 says "You are all sons of GOD through faith in Christ Jesus." And Romans 5:8 says "But GOD demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Cause if GOD waited till we were perfect then He would still be waiting and would wait forever cause we will never be perfect. But Jesus was perfection for us. Cause only GOD is perfect. So I want you now please to write down the following "I am a child of GOD. GOD is my Father; Heaven is my home; every day is one day nearer. My Saviour is my brother; every Christian is my brother or sister. I am GOD's special precious adopted son/daughter. GOD loves me. GOD forgives me." I got that outta a book. I think it was J.I. Packers "Knowing GOD" but I'm not sure. But please write that down and recite it to yourself every night before you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up. John 1:12-13 says "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His named, He gave the right to become children of GOD - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will but born of GOD." And Galations 4:6-7 says 'Because you are sons, GOD sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, GOD has made you also an heir.' Abba is Aramaic for Father. So you are a child of GOD. How great is that!? 1 John 3:1-2 says "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of GOD! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now we are children of GOD, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we that when He appears, we will be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." This is great news isn't it!? And also nothing can separate us from His love. Romans 8:38 - 39 says "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor and powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of GOD that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Once your saved your saved. Once you are forgiven you are forgiven. Be assured and certain of this. 1 John 5:13 says "I write these things to you who believe in the name on the Son of GOD so that you may know that you have eternal life." And remember that it is not by works but by faith you have been saved. Ephesians 2:8 says "By grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of GOD." Also Titus 3:5 says "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy." So we are rescued and freed from the slavery of sin. Colossians 1:13-14 says "He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." So we don't need to do anything to get into Heaven but believe in Jesus. Jesus is the final sacrifice. No other sacrifice needs to be made. But this doesn't mean now you can sin all you want and its ok. It's not ok. Because now you are free to not sin. Before you had no choice but now being free you have a choice. You are now dead to sin and alive in Christ. Your body does not belong to you now that you are saved. Your body is now a home to the Holy Spirit to Jesus to GOD. Don't grieve Him by sinning. 1 John 2:1 says "My little children, I am telling you this so that you will stay away from son. But if you sin, there is Someone to plead for you before the Father. His name is Jesus Christ, the One who is all that is good, and who pleases GOD completely." So you are to try not to sin but if you sin by accident or if your in a struggle with alcohol, drugs etc then Jesus intercedes on your behalf. Temptation to sin is sure to come. And you will be made fun of,teased,bullied,picked on and maybe prosecuted because of your belief in Jesus. But don't worry He was beaten and went through all of that first before you did. And He will give you the strength and inner peace and serenity to get through it. Now that you are a Christian there is still tons more to learn about GOD and the Bible but there isn't enough room on this blog to put it all. So I have some suggestions for you. First after becoming a Christian go and share this news with another Christian. We love hearing about that. Second get yourself a Bible. Preferably the NIV version. I would suggest you start in the book of John. Third find yourself a Church home that you are comfortable with. Pray about this as well and trust Father GOD to lead you in the right direction. And finally find yourself a Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered recovery group for any hurt, habit or hang-up. They are wonderful people and will help you out. If you haven't yet committed your life to Christ then please so so now. Don't wait till later. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me."