The Bible says that we must trust Christ as our Savior to ensure the fact that we will spend our eternity in heaven. Our eternal life begins at the day of salvation. The day we get saved is the day our life changes. The Holy Spirit lives within us and nothing will be the same. On that day, God becomes our personal God, Jesus becomes our personal Savior, and the Holy Spirit becomes our personal Counselor. He now guides and directs our life. He fills us with hope, peace, love and joy. He now gives us a reason to live, forgiveness of sins, a sure hope of heaven, and peace that passes understanding. Everyone can have this wonderful relationship with Jesus. If we are to benefit from the promises and truths contained in the rest of this essay, we must have Christ as our Savior.
The promise: 1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
All have sinned: Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Which leaves us in a bad state John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Sin’s penalty: Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sin’s Penalty must be paid: Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Sin’s Penalty Was Paid: Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.
You must repent: Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
You must receive Christ: Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
You can be saved today: Romans 10:9, 13 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
What we must do:
* Admit our need (I am a condemned sinner).
* Be willing to turn from our sin (repent).
* Believe that Jesus Christ died for us on the cross.
* Through prayer, ask God to save us through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
At this point Jesus becomes our Master 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. Our former unloving cruel master was the devil. We now have a loving Master that cares for us and provides for us as long as we put Him first—the place a master should have in a servant’s life. Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Even though we have a relationship with God, we may have a difficult time understanding Him. Many have been misled to believe that God will always heal. Certainly God can heal if He wishes to do so, but He does not always heal. He may have other plans. Paul asked God to heal him, but God did not. Instead, He promised to be with him through the ordeal 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. Notice how Paul’s attitude changed when he realized that God could use him better because he had an uninvited guest. He gloried in his infirmity. As you read the verse, try taking “infirmity” out and replacing it with PD, or whatever your UG may be.
Jesus even had the same attitude when it came to the cross. Matthew 26:39 And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I well, but as thou wilt. We learn that we are to be Christ-like, so take your example from Him – to be submissive to the will of your Father.
Rest assured, God is in control of circumstances that seem to be out of control.