Category: Believe in the One Who saves
The author and finisher of our faith and our lives is Jesus Christ. If you haven’t come to know Him as your Savior, I encourage you to seek out a Bible-teaching church and learn more about Him. He died to pay for your sins, all you need to do is accept His grace and the gift of salvation through belief in His atonement for you.
Follow these Scriptures, seek Jesus in the Bible, and give your heart and your life to Him. Follow Him and learn to be more like Him. When the Trumpet sounds you will be taken to be with Him forever. That is the reward that we, as Christians, seek to have. This life and the “stuff” in it is temporary but life with Him is an eternity in His love for us.
The tongue is powerful
How can you be saved from an eternity of punishment in hell? Believe in Jesus as your Savior and give your heart to Him. Following Him from that day forward. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? If you feel the Spirit touching your heart and convicting you of your sins so that you know you need Jesus, please don’t turn away from His call on your life. Not one of us is guaranteed to see tomorrow, don’t put your salvation off because you may not have a chance again to “get right with God”.
Some people may say that I am trying to scare you into becoming a Christian. Maybe I am but consider that your life is just a moment in time compared to even one million years. Your decision about Jesus and your salvation through your belief in Him is the only decision that will make your first million years in eternity to be with Him in heaven. You don’t want to consider that amount of time in hell because even if you have friends there, you won’t be having fun at all. Hell is a place of punishment meant for Satan and the fallen angels that followed him. Mankind wasn’t meant to go there at all but many people will.
Jesus Christ came to live a sinless life and to be God’s “spotless Lamb” that could take the sins of the world on Himself and make atonement for them all. Whether you believe in Him for your salvation or not is your choice. Some people will feel the Holy Spirit convicting them of their sins but they will put it off until they can “get right” with God…but you can’t. We can’t do anything that will pay for our sins because Jesus was the only One Who could do that. You can’t pray enough or go to church enough or give enough money to atone for your sins only the blood of Jesus and your belief in Him as your Savior can do that.
Read the book of John and the book of Romans in the New Testament. If you have to, read them a second time but don’t put off your salvation because you may be involved in a wreck tonight or tomorrow and it may take your life before you get a chance to give your heart to Jesus. God loves you but He cannot stand our sinful lives. Do you sin after accepting Jesus? Absolutely! But…you are covered by His blood so just ask for His forgiveness and mean it by turning away from the sinful ways that are still hanging around.
All churches have hypocrites in them but the best ones have forgiven hypocrites.
God is with you
He loved us…
The Holy Spirit came!
Punishment for sin
In today’s society, people would rather not have any consequences for their sinful actions regardless of the “size” of their sin. Whether it was stealing a paper clip from work or murdering someone. A sin is a sin in the eyes of God regardless of the weight of it in our eyes. The smallest sin, such as the paper clip, could go unnoticed by your job or anyone who works there. But, when you consider the Ten Commandments, even in the minutest detail, all of us have sinned and we continue to do so in one way or another every day.
We feel slighted by someone and we wish or just think that bad things should happen to them. Isn’t that a sin? Every day on the highway, many of us think things about other drivers that are really sins if we compare our thoughts to the Ten Commandments. Thoughts and words, spoken or not, have a way of becoming sinful actions if they are acted on. If you haven’t given your heart to Jesus and asked Him to come in and change your heart from the inside out, I am asking you to consider it…please?
Not one of us knows whether we will wake up tomorrow or not. If you do, thank God for another day to seek Him out to become your Savior, after all, it was God Who gave you today and may give you tomorrow as His gift to you. Please don’t waste your life following the crowd and the rest of the world. Give your heart to Jesus and follow Him so your eternity won’t be an eternity of punishment for a decision that you made or chose not to make.
The cross of Jesus Christ is more than a symbol, although it became an international symbol in time. It was an instrument of torture and death in the Roman Empire because it was a horrible way to die. A person could hang on a cross for up to two or three days before they would die, suffering from fluid build-up around their heart and all of the pain that it caused being hung by their arms for many hours. If their feet were nailed to the cross, they had to push up on that nail just to take a breath. It was cruel punishment but also a deterrent to other criminals because it was the punishment they would get if they did the same crime.
Dying on a cross was a spectacle because it took time for those punished in this way to die. It wasn’t quick like hanging or the guillotine although they were used later as execution became a way to deter crime. So, why did Jesus have to die in this way? Because it was foretold that He would. That is what Psalm 22 describes in detail yet crucifixion wasn’t being used at the time that David wrote it. God uses many things and people in their way and in His time to accomplish His purposes.
Jesus paid the price for our sins, all of humanity’s sins, even though many will not believe in Him for their salvation. The debt has been paid but unless you acknowledge it and believe in the One who paid for it for your salvation…you will not be saved from an eternity in hell. What a terrible thing to refuse the offer of your sin debt being paid for entirely and then spend eternity in hell because of that refusal. It is your choice that sends you to hell not God or Jesus. Even if you’ve been “basically good” all of your life but you never got around to accepting Jesus as your Savior, it is up to you to refuse to accept Him which will send you to hell.
Hitler is in hell, not because of his war against the Jewish people, but because he refused to accept God or Jesus as his Savior. Although I would think that his treatment of the Jewish people is making his punishment much worse than it would’ve been. God loves all of humanity and He calls many who may accept Jesus as their Savior. Even some of those who have been called may not answer that call to become a disciple of Jesus. Some will put the decision off until later and some will refuse it entirely. God knows who will accept His offer and who will not.
John 3:16,17 says: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.