Did you know God Loves you?
God loves you. It does not matter who you are or what you have done. 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. John 3:16 Jesus, God the Son, was born of a virgin and was without sin. Jesus was God’s perfect sacrifice that God the Father accepted on our behalf who paid the full penalty for all our sins and rose from the dead. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Rom 4:25. I asked a man named Pete if he would accept God’s Son Jesus as his Lord and savior. His said,“Don’t waste your time on me. The devil has already got me.” My reply was, “ Pete that’s just not true God says he won’t even mention our sin if we repent”
The bible says in Ezek 18:23-24 that,” None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; because of the righteousness which he has done, he shall live. “Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord GOD, “[and] not that he should turn from his ways and live?” The truth sets us free. You see Pete was believing a lie. We have all been deceived at one time or another. We thought one thing only to find out that we were wrong and the real truth was something different. The Word of God says, There is a way [that seems] right to a man, But its end [is] the way of death. Prov 14:25. Satan’s first lie to us happened at creation. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden. Gen 3:1
Don’t be Deceived
Satan is a master deceiver and it is important that we know what God has said in order to resist the lies of Satan that result in death and separation from fellowship with God. The Bible says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Rom 6:23. The Bible, God’s Word, is what God has given to us to discern truth from error. When Jesus was tempted of the Devil his reply was, “IT IS WRITTEN”(Luke 4) Then Jesus would follow quoting the appropriate Scripture showing us how to combat Satan’s lies. The real struggle we all face is a spiritual one.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].Eph 6:12
Is it possible Satan is deceiving you?
There are a lot of different ideas and opinions we can get from various sources such as the internet, TV, movies, magazines books or from what you heard someone else say. Maybe you heard some philosophy or teaching that sounded good. We don’t want to be deceived regarding our eternal destiny. Only God’s Word can be trusted. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be Deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Cor 6:9
We have all sinned.
We all need to see ourselves in the light of God’s truth so we won’t be deceived. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1John 1:8. We have all sinned, some more than others, but we have all sinned. The Bible says, For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23 and As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. Romans 3:10. If you die without accepting God’s atonement for your sin through His Son Jesus Christ you will be judged for that rejection. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
Rev 21:8. Not everyone has eternal life or goes to heaven. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels Matt 25:41. Only those who accept God’s pardon have eternal life.
He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36. It’s important that when God’s Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin that we repent immediately. After we die it will be too late. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him , He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. Hebrews 9:27-28. There is a final judgment and we all need to be ready.
We must repent of our sin.
God requires us all to repent of our sins and turn to him. Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”Acts 17:30-31. Jesus laid down his life willingly so that we could be reconciled to God “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.”John 10:18. The gift of eternal life God offers us is not anything we could ever earn or deserve. The truth is we only need to believe. Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:29 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:8-9. Perhaps, like Pete, you have fallen short and think it’s too late for you or it’s impossible. The truth is with God, all things are possible. Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Mark 10:27. Now you know what the bible says about who God is and what his Word says. If we come to God we must come on his terms not on our own terms or by some other way only through Jesus. Nor is there salvation in any other for, there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12. Jesus said, “You must be born again.
We must be born again.
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3 Jesus spoke of a spiritual rebirth we all must have before we die if we want to go to heaven. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. John 3:7.
Remember my friend Pete thought it was too late for him but the truth is what God says, But let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isa 55:7. The good news is my friend Pete accepted God’s offer of eternal life that day and chose to believe the truth and you can too. Jesus said in John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.
If you want to receive eternal life and be born again you pray to God. Lord Jesus I thank you for your gift of eternal life. I confess that I am a sinner and I repent. Please forgive me of all my sins. I believe in my heart that you died on the cross and rose from the dead and I receive you as my Lord and my God. Thank you that I am reconciled to God by my faith in you Jesus, the Word of God. Thank you that all my sins have been forgiven never to be remembered again. In Jesus name I pray Amen.