Saturday, April 17, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Realizing that you are a sinner, and God is perfect and Holy....
Sin brings death
Romans 6:23a The wages of sin is death,
What is sin? Sin is breaking any command of God. Beyond lying, cheating, stealing, murder, and lust, we are told that we must "Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind soul and strength." If you have ever not fully loved God with all that you are ALL the time, you are condemned before God.
and realizing that only those who are perfect go to heaven....
you understand that someone needs to pay for your sin who is perfect.
The only perfect man was Jesus and He did pay for your sin.
Jesus brings life
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrated His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 6:23b "but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
1 Cor 15:3-4 "Jesus died for our sins and rose again on the third day" (what Resurrection Day "Easter" is all about)
How we are saved
Eph 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.”
John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
1. Realize you are a sinner, and have God's wrath to look forward to.
2. Believe that Jesus is God and died for your sins, and then rose on the third day.
3. Repent of your sins. That is, turn from your sin and live for Jesus, according to His word.
4. You will know that you are saved by the fruit in your life, your love for Jesus and the Bible, your love to pray and fellowship with other believers. This is what the book of 1 John is all about...how to know you are saved!
If you're not sure you are a Christian, then you probably are not one. Confess your sins to Christ and ask Him to help you understand the Bible and start living for Him. Your life WILL change if you truly believe.
Praying for you...