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Today more than ever people are searching for answers to questions, solutions for problems, and some kind of hope for the future. Jesus Christ is the answer, solution, and hope for any problem that you may face. The Bible reminds us that every human being has sinned and failed God (Romans 6:23). The only way to Heaven and therefore eternal life is through Jesus.
Within our souls there is place that only God’s love can fill. This longing cannot be filled by the pleasures of the world, or the company of good friends. You can never know enough, give enough, or do enough to fill the place in your life that was created only for God to fill. God longs to be your father, your provider, your best friend. He feels your hurts, and He longs to bear your burdens.
The Bible tells us in John 3:16 that God loved the world so much, that he gave his only son to die for us. No love on earth can compare to a love so powerful, so pure, and so unconditional.
If you believe you are a sinner, and in need of a Savior, how do you receive God’s gift of salvation? Actually, it is very easy. If you believe in your heart, and confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, you shall be saved (Romans 10:9). By believing that God gave his son, Jesus, to die for you, and by confessing that you accept God’s gift of salvation through His son, you become a part of God’s family. Below is a prayer that you can say to receive the salvation of God through his son, Jesus. Say this prayer aloud, and as you speak believe that the words you speak are changing the course of your life forever. Once you have prayed this prayer, call a friend, contact your local church or email us at email@example.com, so we can partake in this joyous celebration. As a child of God it is important that you begin to fellowship with other believers, and continue the process of growing in the things of God. The most important decision you can make in your life, is the decision of eternal life.
- “Jesus, I ask you to come into my life. I am a sinner, and I want to stop living my life under my own control. Come now and live your life in me. I believe that you died on the cross for my sins. Cleanse me from my sins. I believe that you rose again from the grave, that I may also live a new life apart from my old lifestyle. I receive you as my Lord and my Savior. I will live for you all the days of my life. Amen.”
A recent broadcast program, on the miracle of how plants produce seeds that then become mature plants, pointed out a wonderful similarity between nature and how God provides for us. The horticulturist explained that, in general, seeds are made of three basic parts: the seed coat, the endosperm, and the plant embryo. The seed coat protects the internal parts of the seed (the plant embryo) until it is ready to begin the process of becoming a plant. The endosperm serves as a source of nutrition, providing food and energy for the seed. The expert went on to say that though plants disperse their seeds to develop independently, they have not just dropped them without the protection and provision needed for them to develop. Think on that for a moment.
Through the sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection and ascension of Christ, we were sanctified and made whole to become partakers of eternal peace with God and to become ambassadors for Christ. Hallelujah for salvation and redemption; we were made new creatures in Christ! However, God knew that even though we are no longer of this world, we still have to live in it, and like the seed, He did not leave us defenseless.
The Holy Spirit is the birthright of every born-again believer, and accepting this gift is an important step (second only to the acceptance of Christ as Savior) in being equipped to live a victorious Christian life. The purpose of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, is to instruct, to teach, and to reveal. Communing with the Holy Spirit, through frequently praying in the spirit and being positioned to receive guidance, provides us with both the protection and provision we need to live and minister with power and to impact the world.
- “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” – John 14:16-17
- When we were five, just the thought of what might be lurking in the dark, behind that slightly ajar closet door, or under our beds was enough to freeze us in our tracks or cause us to bury our heads under our blankets. We found comfort in familiar things and tended to shy or even run away from the unknown. Those are rational responses for little children. In fact, the fears that children have (such as of strangers) protect them from possible dangers.
As adults, we have long since shed those childhood fears; however, in adulthood, the stakes of life are higher, and whether we admit it or not, we are often as controlled by fear as we were back then. For some, we don't reach our highest potential or even take the associated risks because of an underlying fear of failure. For some, we don't open our hearts fully to others for fear of rejection. Indeed, we miss out on some of the greatest experiences and rewards in life because of fear.
As believers, we cannot allow ourselves to forfeit the blessings of God because of fear. Although God has promised us, by His Word, a great many things, it is up to us to have the faith, and many times the courage, to bring these promises to completion. Even the miracle of Christ's conception was prefaced by the words “fear not”, as the angel of God revealed the Divine plan to Mary (Luke 1:30).
All we have to remember is that God is magnified by our faith, and He is given free reign to move in the atmosphere that our confidence creates. Demonstrating faith in God by taking the necessary steps toward our goals, even when we are unsure, is the opposite of fear. Peter was able to walk on water as long as his faith outweighed his fear (Matthew 14:24-32).
How much more will God do for us when we relinquish fear and stride boldly toward His promises?
- “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. “ – 2 Timothy 1:7
- For better or for worse, as evident in the volume of celebrity gossip and reality television shows on the topic, our society is consumed with the concept of marriage. Unfortunately, the media’s depiction of celebrity couples swapping partners as quickly as they exchange vows and the preoccupation with shows like “Bridezilla” and “Say Yes to the Dress,” has presented a disturbed view of the institution of marriage.
As believers, we know that marriage is sacred. It is a spiritually and legally binding agreement entered into by two imperfect individuals (one man and one woman) who have committed to live the rest of their lives together in a manner that meets the needs of both the husband and the wife and brings glory to our Father in heaven.
A successful marriage is a platform for ministry. The husband’s role in the household exemplifies God’s protective and provisional relationship with the Church. Likewise, the wife’s love and support of the husband provides a picture of the Church’s service to God. A successful marriage can also providing a stable and loving environment by which to raise children which can produce a new generation of Godly individuals with a healthy perspective on male-female relationships. For every negative statistic and jaded reality show that points to the impossibility of a flourishing marriage, every intact marriage operating under the grace of God provides a model and a testimony to the unifying power of God.
While dress selection, flowers and reception venues are important to every bride, the most important preparation is spiritual. Both believers, the bride and the husband-to-be, must prepare themselves in advance for a lifetime of service and sacrifice that only begins with saying “I do”.
- “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” – Ephesians 5:32-33
- In 1711, Merriam-Webster defined self-control as, “the restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires.” Immediately, we must understand that we are responsible for ourselves! Every day and several times each day, we have to decide whether or not we are going to be glad, sad or mad. One of the character traits that a Christian soldier should exemplify is the ability to maintain self-control with whatever challenges life presents. Self-control for a Christian is the ability to act or react the exact opposite way that a non-Christian may act if faced with the same challenging situation.
Apostle Paul states in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have learned, in whatever state I am, in this to be content”. In essence, Paul was saying that he knew how to carry himself in any given situation and he knew how to act and react in the most appropriate manner at all times. We can liken it to someone who is gifted enough to know how to fellowship and talk with people who represented all facets of life such as a gifted person who can talk to the President of the United States, a Prime Minister, a soccer mom, and a homeless person. Not once does a Christian make an individual feel inadequate, unimportant, or unworthy.
Self-control may sometimes be perceived as a state of discomfort. But, the peace and assurance for a Christian is the resolve that the discomfort is only for a season. It is easy to like-love someone who reciprocates the like-love feelings or expressions back to us. How does a Christian respond to someone who obviously neither cares for them nor has their best interest at heart? Again, the answer is the same, “We are to act like Christ, just because we are Christians!” Is it easy? Honestly, sometimes, it is not, but as we study God’s Word and listen to the teachings of our spiritual leaders, we are nurtured to grow and develop into beautifully mature and incredible Christians. The maturity process takes time and is uniquely crafted for each individual. But, the Master Potter, Jesus Christ, holds time and us in His Hands!
- “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” – Proverbs 25:28