Know Jesus Personally Today

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HI! I am so glad you have clicked on this page! I am so excited to share the Good News with you!

In order to truly understand your need for a savior,which is found in Christ, we need to go back to the beginning, Genesis.

I urge you to read Genesis chapters 1-3 that walk through the creation of the world, and the fall of mankind when Adam and Eve eat from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6-7), sin began.

Now that the fall of mankind has transpired, we have been separated from God eternally. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”, and Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

But God, being good, gracious, merciful and perfect, sent us a savior so that we could one day be reunited with Him. John 3:16-17 says,

 ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Romans 5:8 says, “ but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The very thought that God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to earth to dies for us is mind boggling enough, but to add to that Jesus was sinless in His time on earth, so that we could live by the example He set before us. 2 Corinthians 5: 21 says, “ For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

1 Peter 2: 21-24 says,

“For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

No only did He die for our sins, but three days later He rose up from the grave, conquering death, gaining victory over the grave. Romans 6:9-11 says,

We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him.  For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

So, you might ask, “What must I do to be saved?”  Romans 10: 9-11 says,

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says,’Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.’

For,  John 14:6 says,”Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” 

Ephesians 1:7-11 says,

In him we have redemption through his blood,the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,  which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight  making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”

If you have heard all of this and believe what has been written and have not yet prayed for God to enter your heart and would like to I would love for you to join me in this prayer,

“Dear Lord, I thank you for your word. I thank you for your great grace and mercy and love for me. That though there is nothing good in me and while I am still in sin, you have sought me out. I thank you for making a way where there was no way. For sending your son who was perfect and blameless and sinless to live in a world of sin so that He might be the living example and the standard to which we might strive to live our lives. Lord, thank you for sacrificing your son when He died on the cross for all of our sins. That He not only died for our sins, but rose three days later so that we could all have victory over the grave. Thank you for placing all of your wrath upon your son while He was upon the cross so that I wold not have to feel your justified wrath. Lord please place your Holy Spirit within me so that I might be guided each and every day towards what is good and right and glorifying and honoring to you. Lord, in hearing the gospel and believing upon the entirety of it, I know that there is nothing good in me and that I am solely dependent upon you for my salvation. In hearing your Word I know that it is by grace alone, through faith alone, through scripture alone, Christ alone, and to the glory of God alone that I might be saved. God I ask that you would work in me so that I might honor and glorify you with my life.

In your sweet and precious name I pray,

Amen”

If you prayed this prayer with me I am so thankful and I praise the Lord that my post here on my blog has helped lead you to Him. It is all Him and for Him and His glory. It is so important that you know that  becoming saved does not stop here! Ephesians 4 speaks to our new life in Christ. Ephesians 4:17-32 says,

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles(non believers) do, in the futility of their minds.  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.  They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.  But that is not the way you learned Christ!—  assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,  to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,  and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds,  and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  and give no opportunity to the devil.  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

In you newness of faith, it is not just important that our lives be transformed, but also for us to share this news with others. Acts 1:6-11 says,

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’  He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.  And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.  And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes,  and said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’”

What are you waiting for? Go and tell those who cross your path about the Good News you have received!!

 

A friend of mine has products that are great conversation starters, as well as a reference points for the order of events when sharing the gospel. It is the bead system, and is also commonly used when on missions trips. Like, for instance, when I went on a missions trip we did VBS and made bead bracelets with the children with the colors that each represent a part of the story of the gospel. I think it would greatly benefit you to check out this page, and consider buying one of their products which could be wonderful conversation starters:

http://www.wordlesswalkingsticks.com/

 

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