LIFE'S MOST IMPORTANT CHOICES by Brother bob...<><
The Bible is full of wonderful assurance and promise for all who believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. But each person must accept Jesus as his or her own personal saviour before he can claim these promises personally. How can these promises be yours? The Bible tells us that each of us must.....
RECOGNIZE that you cannot be saved by trying to be good, or by doing the best you can, or because you are a member of a social group or religious organization.......for God says that we are not saved by our good works......
For by grace you are saved, and that not
The wages of sin is death,
CONFESS that you can not save yourself...in fact there is nothing you can do to undo any of the sins you have already commited, or change their consequences. You need to be forgiven for commiting these sins, and for rebelling against the will and holiness of the Living God. The forgiveness you need must be a divine act of God, because of His mercy which He extends to us. The Bible says...
If we say that we have no sin,
There was a time when I wouldn't admit
what a sinner I was.
I said to myself, "I will confess
them to the Lord."
Now I say that each believer should confess
his sins to God
BELIEVE the good news that Jesus Christ, God's Son, died to pay the the penalty for your sins. He therefore died for you and settled your debt from sin by His death on Calvary's cross. Believe the blessed news that Christ was raised from the dead, and now lives in eternity to save all those who will come to Him by faith. All promises and spiritual powers are released to a christian through our response of believing the revealed Word of God.
This Good News tells us that God makes
us ready for heaven--
He that believes on the Son of God has
He that believes on the Son of God has
the witness in himself:
And this is the record,
These things have I written unto you
HUMBLE YOURSELF before God in prayer. Talk to God, just like you would talk to a good friend, and yet reverence Him because of the Almighty and Holy God that He is. See Him as the Creator and Lord of the universe, the sovereign King over all.... and yet He is kindly and forgiving to the person who will turn away from pride and self-involvement, and submit himself to the safekeeping of God.
For thus saith the high and lofty
One that inhabits eternity,
Thus saith the LORD,
For all those things has mine hand
CALL on Jesus Christ, Himself, to save you and to come into your soul, and to make you a new person. The christian life is not a list of do's and don'ts, of religious rituals or observances..it is rather a personal, living, eternal relationship between you and Jesus Christ. Jesus says....
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
The door Jesus is talking about is the entrance to your innermost being... your soul or heart..the real you. It is the crossroads of acceptance or refusal. On the one hand, do I accept the free offer of eternal life and fellowship with God, that He is offering, or do I refuse His kindness and go my own way and continue in my sinful behavior? Jesus Christ wants to live inside your soul with you, in the person of the Holy Spirit, to guide you and give you comfort for life's difficult journey, and to give you a purpose for living. Where there was only confusion and aimless drifting before, now there will be peace and purposeful activity. What is your response?
For I know the thoughts that I think toward
you, saith the LORD,
Then shall you call upon me,
RELY upon God's promises in the Bible, not on your feelings or worldly teachings. Your life is new from this point forward...the old things must be thrown out and forsaken....Old sinful habits must be done away with by the power of Christ Who now lives inside you. You may never have had the power to overcome these things before, but Christ in you can overcome them by the Power of the Holy Spirit who lives in you now...
Old opinions and ways of thinking must be replaced by God's Words and instructions from the Bible. You must consciously choose to do things God's way, and to leave behind old opinions and ways of thinking and acting when the Bible tells you that your way is wrong. This is how spiritual growth occurs.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is
a new creature:
And so, dear brothers, I plead with you
When you think of what he has done for
Don't copy the behavior and customs of
TELL someone else about your decision to receive Christ, and what He has done for you...tell your family, your friends, your co-workers or fellow students. Tell the people who have wronged you in the past. Forgive them with the Holy forgiving attitude of Christ, just as you were forgiven by Him.
And plan to be baptized in your local church, as a testimony to your faith in Christ, and plan to attend a Bible- believing , Christ-centered church. Become involved in its ministries, and get to know with your new family in Christ. As Jesus said.......
He told his disciples,
Therefore go and make disciples in all
and then teach these new disciples
WALK AND TALK every day in fellowship with Jesus. Someone has once described fellowship as "two fellows in the same ship". The ship is your body and soul... the two fellows are you and Jesus. You have the privilege of sailing through the waters of life, calm or rough, with Jesus as your Captain and Navigator. He knows the way to get you to His destination safely and with maximum spiritual profit. Talk to Him continually through the day. Ask for His strength, His guidance, for the words to speak, for the necessities of life and ministry. Praise Him continually for His care and provision. Jesus puts if this way.
If you love me, obey me;
He is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit who leads
into all truth.
No, I will not abandon you or leave you
as orphans in the storm--
For I will live again--and you will too.
The one who obeys me is the one who loves
Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but his other
disciple with that name) said to him, "Sir, why are you going to reveal
yourself only to us disciples
Jesus replied, "Because I will only reveal
Anyone who doesn't obey me doesn't
"I am telling you these things now while
I am still with you.
"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of
mind and heart!
Remember what I told you--I am going away,
I have told you these things before they
May your life and your family be blessed as you decide to live for Jesus..............
in Christ....brother bob.......<><
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