1) God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
GOD'S LOVE ~
"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16, NIV)
GOD'S PLAN ~
[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).
Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?
Because . . .
2) Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.
MAN IS SINFUL ~
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
MAN IS SEPARATED ~
"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23)
The third law explains the only way to bridge the gap between you and God . . .
3) Jesus Christ is God's ONLY provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and experience God's love and plan for your life.
HE DIED IN OUR PLACE ~
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8).
HE ROSE FROM THE DEAD ~
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures... He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).
HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD ~
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me'" (John 14:6).
It is not enough just to know these three laws . . .
4) We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.
WE MUST RECEIVE CHRIST ~
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12).
WE RECEIVE CHRIST THROUGH FAITH ~
"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).
WHEN WE RECEIVE CHRIST, WE EXPERIENCE A NEW BIRTH ~
(Read John 3:1-8).
WE RECEIVE CHRIST THROUGH PERSONAL INVITATION ~
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20)
Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins in not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by FAITH, an an act of the will.
~ ~ YOU CAN RECEIVE CHRIST RIGHT NOW BY FAITH THROUGH PRAYER ~ ~
(Prayer is talking with God)
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:
~ Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for
~ dying on the cross for my sins. I open
~ the door of my life 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.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?
If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
HOW TO KNOW THAT CHRIST IS IN YOUR LIFE ~
Did you receive Christ into your life? According to His promise in Revelation 3:20, where is Christ right now in relation to you? Christ said He would come into your life. Would He mislead you? On what authority do you know God has answered your prayer? (The trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.)
THE BIBLE PROMISES ETERNAL LIFE TO ALL WHO RECEIVE CHRIST ~
"God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may KNOW that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:11-13.
Thank God often that Christ is in your life and that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5). You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him in. He will not deceive you.
An important reminder . . .
DO NOT DEPEND ON FEELINGS ~
The promise of God's Word, the Bible -not our feelings- is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.
NOW THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED CHRIST ~
The moment you received Christ by faith, as an act of the will, many things happened, including the following:
~ Christ came into your life (Revelation 3:20; Colossians 1:27)
~ Your sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14)
~ You became a child of God (John 1:12)
~ You received eternal life (John 5:24)
~ You began the great adventure for which God created you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Can you think of anything more wonderful that could happen to you than receiving Christ? Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He has done for you? By thanking God, you demonstrate your faith.
To enjoy your new life to the fullest . . .
SUGGESTIONS FOR CHRISTIAN GROWTH ~
Spiritual growth results from trusting Jesus Christ. "The righteous man shall live by faith" (Galatians 3:11). A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:
G Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7)
R Read God's Word daily (Acts 17:11); begin with the Gospel of John.
O Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21)
W Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8)
T Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7)
H Holy Spirit - allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness (Galatians 5:16, 17; Acts 1:8)
FELLOWSHIP IN A GOOD CHURCH ~
God's Word instructs us not to forsake "the assembling of ourselves together: (Hebrews 10:25). Several logs burn brightly together, but put one aside on the cold hearth and the fire goes out. So it is with your relationship with other Christians.
If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited. Take the initiative; call the pastor of a nearby church where Christ is honored and His Word is preached. Start this week, and make plans to attend regularly.
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