Four Big Facts
Facts About You, God
#1. GOD LOVES YOU AND HAS A WONDERFUL PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
How MUCH Does God Love You?
His Plan For You?
Okay, If God offers ABUNDANT (joyful & meaningful) LIFE, why don't most people experience it?
YOU AND I ARE SINFUL AND SEPARATED
That's why we don't know about or enjoy His love or plan for our lives.
How Do We Know We Are SINNERS?
In the book of Genesis Adam and Eve were created to have fellowship with God, but because of their stubborness and selfishness, they chose to go their own way and do what THEY wanted to do - and fellowship with God was broken - for all of us! Sound unfair? It isn't, believe me, you and I are just as selfish. This selfishness can be active rebellion or just ignoring God. It is what the Bible calls SIN.
It Mean To "Come Short" or SEPARATED From God?
Picture a basketball hoop several miles in the air. No matter how many people try - no matter how good they are they could never make a point - not even Michael Jordan could do THIS! This is kind of like what that verse says. God is holy and man is sinful. No matter how many people try, no matter how good they are, they will never be pleasing to God. It is like a "gulf" or the distance between two shores, WITHOUT A BRIDGE!
Okay, if we are separated from God by sin, is there a BRIDGE that can help me cross this "gulf"?
JESUS CHRIST IS GOD'S ONLY HELP FOR
Through Jesus Christ we can KNOW and experience God's love and plan for our lives. He is our Bridge.
In Our Place
He ROSE From The
Dead - and people saw Him alive again - at one point by 500 people!!!
He Is The
ONLY Way To God
Because Jesus died on the Cross in our place, He paid the penalty of death for our sins. No one else, not his mother Mary, or any other person, "god" or belief. Only Jesus!
Okay, many people KNOW that, is that all it takes to be saved... Just KNOWING it? No.
#4. WE MUST RECEIVE JESUS AS LORD & SAVIOR OF OUR LIVES,
Only then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
We Must RECEIVE CHRIST
Christ Through FAITH not WORKS (or anything we can do)
When We Receive Christ, We Are "Born-Again" Into His Family. Here is Jesus talking to a religious leader named Nicodemus. He wanted to understand salvation, too! This story can be found in John chapter 3 verses 1-7:
We Receive Christ By His Personal
Receiving Christ means praying and asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to make you the person He wants you to be. It isn't just saying the words, either. We need to "Repent" - this means that in your heart you turn to God from your sinfulness and selfishness.
Just BELIEVING that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for out sins is not enough (Hey! Demons KNOW it is true...) And it isn't enough to have a very emotional experience, either. We receive Jesus Christ by FAITH, as an act of our WILL. What do YOU decide? Since Jesus loves us so much, do you love Him back?
Jesus wants our hearts to serve Him. Some people get
saved and continue to serve themselves everyday. Those people are selfish, and
never satisfied or happy with being a Christian. Think of your heart like a throne room.
Who do you want to sit on the throne, YOU or JESUS?
Okay, I know what Salvation IS, how do I receive it and Christ?
:-) YOU CAN RECEIVE CHRIST RIGHT NOW!
Pray to God with Faith (knowing He
will do what He promises).
"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my heart and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."
Is that the way you feel? I really hope it is! If it is, I invite you to pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised and as He did for me many years ago.
Four Facts about YOU, GOD, and being SAVED!