Friday, August 16, 2013

New Life in Jesus Christ

 “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’”  (John 14:6 KJV)

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  (Romans 6:23 KJV)

At the very beginning of this blog, I want to share what will make a difference in the lives of those who are reading: the importance of having a saving relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior?  If not, why not?  What are you waiting for?  God loves you deeply and desires nothing more than a relationship with you.  God is waiting with open arms for you to come to Him.  You can take comfort, because everyone has sinned (Romans 3:23  Sinners (and that’s all of us!) are worthy of death.  The only way we can be saved is by calling upon the name of the Lord (Romans 10:13 there aren’t multiple ways to God, as the world would have us believe. 

Do you honestly know where you’ll be spending eternity?  Each human will spend eternity either in Heaven with the Lord or in the horrors of hell—utterly and eternally separated from a holy God.  The choice is an individual one—no one can make it for you.  There is only one way to God and that is through His Son, Jesus Christ, without Jesus we lose our way—Jesus is our compass—guiding us through life until we leave this life for eternal life with our Father.  This is only possible if we have Jesus in our hearts; if we don’t have Jesus truly in our hearts we deceive ourselves and others, and we will pay for it for eternity.  If you haven’t acknowledged your need for a Savior and honestly confessed your sins and invited Jesus into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior what is holding you back?  I pray that you will find that Jesus in your heart and life satisfies your deepest longings. 

What are you waiting for?  Jesus accepts us just as we are.  We don’t have to do anything other than come to Jesus, just as we are—He will do what we can’t do—change us, set us free from all that has enslaved us.  In salvation, the Holy Spirit will come and live within us, empowering us to live a Christian life.  Allowing Jesus to come into our hearts and lives changes us.  As the old hymn, Just as I Am (public domain) states, “Just as I am, Thou wilt receive, wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve; because Thy promise I believe, O Lamb of God, I come!  I come!”  This is so true.  We don’t have to clean ourselves up before coming to the Lord.  He accepts us when we sincerely come to Him; however, He doesn’t leave us as He finds us. 

When we invite Jesus into our hearts and lives, He begins to change us from the inside out.  It’s a transformation, we are a new creation!  ("Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed awaybehold , all things are become new." 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV).  Without the Lord, there’s a deep emptiness inside, a longing that we try to fill with things, with people, with work, with activities, and sometimes even drugs.  Yet we find the emptiness remains—an emptiness that can only be filled by our Creator, the One who loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die on a Cross, so we could have a relationship with Him (John 3:16).   Why not start the greatest relationship of all—a relationship with Jesus today?

God loves you all so much and desires to have a relationship with you.  He’s a gentleman, so He’ll not force Himself upon you.  He’s already said yes to you—the ball is now in your court.  What will you decide?  Will you say “yes” or “no”?  Please don’t wait too long; one day it will be too late—none of us know when our life will end. 

Here’s a prayer that is an example for asking Jesus into your heart and life. 

Dear Jesus, we come to You humbly admitting that we are sinners.  You died for us, to pay the penalty for our sins.  We need Your forgiveness and we turn from our sins.  We open our hearts to You and invite you to come in to our lives as our Lord and Savior.  Thank you, Jesus, for humbling Yourself to come to earth and live among us and then die upon a cross for us.  In Your name we pray.  Amen. 

From my heart to yours,


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