If you have not read last weeks post, please read it first. You will find it immediately below this post. It is the “lead-in” to this post. It’s title is: “Noel!”.
Jesus is speaking:
“… I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me. [John 14:6. NLT]i
“Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. [John 10:9. NLT]
“There are many rooms in my Father’s home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. [John 14:2,3. [NLT]
It is easy to begin your walk with Christ. And, it is the only way to redemption with God; and eternal life in Heaven.
If you truly believe and want to become a follower of Christ, you may be sure God, working through the Holy Spirit, is calling you to a new life. You do not have to accept God’s offer. You may have another opportunity; or, you may not. To become a Christian, and begin your personal relationship with God, all you have to do is repeat this short prayer. But you must truly believe and commit to each word.
Jesus, I believe you are the son of God, and were present with your Father at the Creation of the Universe. I know I cannot save myself from sin and eternal death. I ask for your forgiveness of my sins. I want to live my life in accordance with your will; and, spend eternity with you in Heaven. I ask that the Holy Spirit reside in me as my counselor. Thank you Jesus, for your sacrifice on the cross that I may become part of your family. Amen.
There are many promises in the Bible. Here are two that you that will give you great comfort. The first is Romans 8:38: “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from from His love. Death can”t, and life can’t. The Angels can’t and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. [Romans 8:38, NLT]. You will never be alone again.
The second promise is in Romans 8:28: “…we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” [Romans 8:28, NLT]. So, if you truly believe and internalize these promises, is there any reason for you to worry or fear?
Well, the “correct” answer is a resounding, “NO!” The truthful answer is that you will have worries and doubts from time to time. You must remember that you are now like a baby. You are made “new” and that’s your situation. Yes, you are saved. No, God will not give-up on you. Growing in Christ is a true process. It will take place over time. And, while you are truly saved, you are still human and living on a very badly-broken planet. You are not, nor every will be perfect—until you are called home or Christ returns. Only one man has ever, or will ever, live a perfect life on earth. That was Jesus, the Son of God; who is now your new friend.
At this point think of Jesus as the most loving parent you could ever have. Unfortunately, loving parents have to teach some hard lessons to their children. Our loving Father is no different. He wants you to grow up strong in your faith. He wants you to trust in His love. He wants you to live in His Presence. He want’s you to talk to Him pretty much all the time. Always, thanking Him for your salvation, after all, it’s the greatest gift you will ever receive. Thanking him for everything you have because it actually belongs to Him. Thanking Him for every lesson learned. And when things get really tough, thank Him for what he is teaching you and preparing you to do for Him. So, pray, read your Bible, listen, read your Bible some more, pray some more, and grow.
There will come times when you feel like God has deserted you. He hasn’t. He literally cannot. You have either moved away from Him, or placed sin-barriers between yourself and Him. Stop. Pray. Read your Bible. Think. Pray some more. Re-engage. God is building your faith and your trust in His love.
“Well, all we can do now is pray” is not what Jesus wants to hear you say. Think of Him first. Engage Him first, then watch and listen for His help. Review those two verses from Romans (8:28 and 8:38); and, keep them constantly at hand.
May God bless all who read this; and especially those who have prayed to become children of the great I AM. Amen.
i Scripture quotations marked [NLT] are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.