September 15, 2013

Know Jesus

God loves Us!
The Bible tells us, “God is Love!” (1 John 4:8). The Lord is our Creator and cares a great deal about us. God wants you to have a happy life. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Our Sin Separates Us from God
Sin has broken our connection with God. “But our iniquities have separated us from our God; And our sins have hidden His face from us, so that He will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). Everyone has broken God’s perfect law of love. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Unless something happens, we are all doomed to die. “For the wages of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23).

Jesus Connects Us Back to God
Because of God’s great love for us, Jesus willingly took the wages of sin upon Himself. Christ died so we could live eternally and not have to die. Jesus’ life without sin covers our life of sin so that We can have eternal life in heaven. Christ’s death was accepted by God as full payment for all your past sins. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

How Do I Accept Jesus Into My Life?
When I accept Christ’s death, as a gift, I become a child of God. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Realize you cannot save yourself. “Without Me (God) you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Believe Jesus died for your sins “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)
Believe that you have eternal life. “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life” (John 6:47).

What does Jesus death on the cross mean in my life? “To all who received him, who believe in his name, he gave power to become children of God” (John 1: 12 RSV). If you would like to receive Christ into your life right now, say this prayer:

“ Lord Jesus, I bow my heart before You. I am plagued by sin, and I need You. Lord, forgive me of my sins. I give myself over to You, in your holy name, Christ Jesus, for You are my savior, healer, and holy redeemer. Create in me a pure heart. May the Holy Spirit indwell within me, and purge me of all unrighteousness. Lord, I am only redeemed by Your blood, which You shed on the cross for my salvation. May you be glorified throughout Heaven and earth…
In the name of Jesus, our Lord, Savior, and Coming King…Amen”

Now live in faith everyday in your new way of life. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him” (Colossians 2:6).

What do I do now? Jesus Guides Us:

In Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus said to his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

I pray that will help you to share Gods gift of eternal life in heaven through the sacrifice of his only son Jesus. May it help you to break down any barriers that would prevent you from freely sharing his love for you and those that do not know Him. Amen!

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