March 4, 2004

New Life: The great exchange

As I stated before on my main page, we all have struggles in this life whether we are God's children or not.
But when we are uninformed about who God is and who Jesus is, we can't make the right decisions in our life and that is the biggest factor which contributes to our unhappiness and our emptiness we feel inside. Before I was born again, there was something missing. I did not know what it was, but I soon found out.

In the beginning:
God created the human race for a very specific purpose. He wanted to have fellowship with man and for man to experience his love. God told Adam in the beginning to have dominion over every living thing that he had created.
He didn't create us so we would have to go through pain, suffering, and hardship. That was never his intention. But, that was Satan's intention from the very beginning:
Genesis 1:27-28:
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

What are the Facts about Salvation?

2000 years ago, God sent his Son into this world to give himself as a sacrifice for the sins of man and to give lifeand truth to all of humanity.

John 3:16;
"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".

The Reason:

The reason God sent his Son was because Satan had brought the entire world under his control and into bondage because of the sin that Adam and Eve had committed in turning away from God and trusting Satan. It was as if they had transferred their trust from God their creator, over to Satan. This is referred to as "the fall of mankind" Because of the sin in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were separated from God. Jesus came to give life to fallen mankind and to restore our relationship with God. Jesus did this in offering his body and blood as a sin sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.

The Serpent, Eve, Adam, and the Fall of Mankind.
Genesis 3:1-6

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, "Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden;
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shalt thou touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said to the woman, "Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Satan gained control
It was at that time in the garden, that Satan began having control over all men and women, but just when it seemed as if the situation was totally hopeless and couldn't get any worse for the human race, then there was the wonderful prophecy that God himself gave about Eve's seed to come, (Jesus). God gave this prophecy in the garden of Eden immediately after Adam and Eve sinned and turned their faith from him to Satan.
Genesis 3:15;
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Man, from the time of the fall, remained on this same path of emptiness and destruction until that very prophecy that God had given previously in the garden of Eden would come to pass. God would do something about the situation to deliver the entirety of humanity. So God sent his Son , (the seed to come), born of a woman and begotten of God and not man.
Matthew 1:23;
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, "God with us".
John 1:14;
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth
This is very important to note:

No man was Jesus father. God alone was Jesus father. That is why Jesus was able to pay for our sins by offering his blood as a sacrifice for us, because Jesus had holy blood, and not the sinful blood of man. We were all affected by Adam and Eve's sin down through the ages, but when HE came, this was changed entirely.

To Mary, Jesus's Mother, Luke 1:35;
And the angel answered her and said, The Holy Ghost shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.

There was no way for man to save himself from the grips of Satan, for all men that were and ever will be born into this world would have the sin nature just as Adam and Eve acquired when they sinned and disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.

Galatians 3:23;
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Romans 5:12;
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

Jesus himself took the keys of death, hell and yes, even the grave! There is reason to rejoice if you know that Christ is your Savior. We cannot save ourselves from this life. We are not capable. We are made in his image, we do not make him into our own image

A Christmas Morning

When you were a child, it was Christmas morning, you had gifts that you received from your parent or parents. You never questioned whether or not you should accept those gifts did you?
No, I know I didn't!
Well, then why do you hesitate to accept God's free gift of salvation? Yes, you heard me right, it's a FREE gift! Also, you did not do one thing to earn those gifts from your parents, just as you have not nor ever could do one thing to earn God's gift of his Son.....Your parents loved you, and that's the "why" of it all.
Did you ever in your childhood question your parents as to WHY they would purchase you a Christmas gift?
Truly, I never did. There was only the paper flying and excitement building at what that gift could possibly be..and also the joy.
I just remember being happy to get it.

The Shocker of all Shockers!

Do you know that there is not one single thing you can DO to change your life and your self? The changing takes place when you are born again of God, born of the Spirit. There are masses of people that have been living their lives according to what their mind and bodies tells them is right. But do you know that there is another side to your nature other than the body and the mind? It is the Spirit.

John 3:5;
Jesus answered, Verily, verily I say unto you, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
John 4:24;
God is a Spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

What is MY part in receiving salvation that God freely gives through Jesus Christ?

Romans 10, 6-13
But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart who will ascend up into heaven?" (that is to bring Christ down from above)
7: or ,"Who will descend into the abyss?" (that is to bring Christ up from the dead).
8: But what does it say? "The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach):
9: that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, You Will Be Saved.
10: For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.
11: For the scripture says, "Whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.

So we see that salvation is not of Our effort, no matter how sincere we may be. It is not what we DO. It is what HE HAS DONE!

If you are all ready to take this step toward a New Life, please join me in spirit and let's pray together for your salvation.

Dear God,
I realize that I am a sinner.
I know and have believed that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ down to earth, in order for me to be saved through his name. There is redemption in no other name but that name of Jesus.
Jesus, You came to earth for the purpose of giving your sinless blood as a sacrifice for our sins.
I accept that perfect and glorious gift of eternal life right now in your name Jesus.
Lord, I ask that you forgive my sins. I understand that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that nothing I can do by my own power (my own good works) will make things right between us. But it is only your gift of grace and my personal faith in your son Jesus Christ that I am accepted by you. I thank you for your love and mercies that are new every morning . Jesus, I believe that you gave your life so that I could gain eternal life. Now your righteousness is my righteousness, as my own righteousness is as filthy rags and is of no use to me.
Heavenly Father, I also believe that by the power of your Holy Spirit, you raised Jesus from the dead on the third day. He was raised by your power Father, and now is seated at your right hand in heaven after having spoiled principalities and powers he also DID get the keys to DEATH, HELL, and the GRAVE so that now I do not have to fear death has NO sting in it whatsoever to those that do believe in Christ and are saved by his work on the cross...
Father, I know that your greatest joy is that I would receive the truth about who Jesus is to me, have faith in his finished work on Calvary, and walk in the light of that truth. I know that your word is truth.
No matter what man may say concerning salvation, we rely on what your word says Lord.
I thank you once again Lord Jesus for the supreme sacrifice that you made for me on Calvary.

Welcome Brother or Sister of mine! You have just joined the family of God

A Few Things that will help you in your relationship with the Lord :
Very important!

You may start attending church at this point, and there may be those that at some time may mistreat you or try to instill their own ideas into you.

They may try to sway you in whatever fashion. Here's what to do in that case.
Just you rely upon the Word of God and the Holy Spirit and not man.
These days, there are many that are now gone from God because they did not understand this and got offended. God has not offended them. Man has, yet they hold God responsible for what members of their church or denomination have done to them or someone they know.
God is not responsible. We must understand that MAN is FALLABLE. But GOD is INFALLABLE. God entrusts his people to relay the gospel message to the world, but we are to be learned in the scripture in order to do this, full of mercy, patient, understanding and before all else, FULL OF LOVE for all of God's creation! Foremost, mankind. This is where we have the trouble. There are many who are teachers and instead they should be hearing.

There are always going to be those in the church that get in the flesh or are "carnal Christians" as the Apostle Paul spoke about. You just rely on what God said in his Word if there is any doubt about what someone says or does, go to the Word and find out and pray to God about it.
And don't get offended, remember, offense is not of God.

1 Study your bible, praying beforehand that God through the Holy Spirit will give you understanding of his word.

2. Pray every day. Be like Daniel was in respect to prayer:
He prayed 3 times a day and even when met with the possibility of death, he still bowed his knee to God.

church3. Find a church to attend.
It should be one that preaches and teaches the Word of God thoroughly. And if the church you find does not teach and preach the bible forthright, leave it. It is better to not be in church at all than to be in one that is teaching error and spreading strife.