GOD'S INCREDIBLE PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE
LET'S SETTLE THE QUESTION ONCE AND FOR ALL!
We are about to embark on a journey that will lead us to the very God of eternity. He is not hiding from us. On the contrary, like Adam and Eve, our sins have caused us to hide from Him. But here He is-in Jesus Christ Himself-ready and eager to be found by those who seek Him with all our hearts (Jeremiah 29:11-13) "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."
Only the One who overcame death and the grave has the answer to:
THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IN LIFE
If you were to die tonight, where would you spend eternity?
That really is the most important question in life.
Each of us will die. Some of us spend serious time thinking about death, while others try to avoid that thought altogether. Yet, time and events always have a way of making us face the fact of our mortality.
Why is this? Why do only human beings concern ourselves with thoughts about life after death? The answer is really simple. The Bible teaches us that God has put the desire to live forever in our hearts because that is what He intends for each person.
The Bible is a book of facts-truths tested and proven through the centuries. Jesus Christ walked this very earth, performed miracles, died on a real cross and was literally raised from the dead. God is ready and willing to show you the truth and to give you assurance that you can know where you will spend eternity. Here are seven steps and scriptures that can lead you to His path of eternal life.
FACT #1 GOD'S INCREDIBLE LOVE
God loves you so much that He gave His beloved Son to die for your sins.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16
FACT #2 HEAVEN'S ENTRANCE REQUIREMENT
Having the invisible God become real to us requires a miracle.
That miracle is called the "new birth." Good works, church membership or a hundred other positive attributes can't cancel out God's one unchanging requirement to enter His kingdom: "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 What does this mean? Let's look at:
FACT #3 GOD'S VERDICT
There is a wall that separates every man and woman from God.
That wall is sin. When our lives are seen in the light of Christ's perfection, we see how far we have fallen in word, thought and deed. We can also call sin a spiritual cancer, and a pure and holy God says we all have the disease. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
FACT #4 GOD'S OFFER OF PARDON
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23
What an amazing word from God. On the one hand-the terrible fact that the penalty for sin is death. This is not merely physical death but a spiritual separation from a loving God forever. Then comes the glorious fact-God's offer of his free gift of eternal life to all that come to Him. How do we do this?
FACT #5 GOD'S INCREDIBLE PROMISE
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, to those who believe in His name." John 1:12
Here is what it really means to be born again. To receive Christ is more than mere head belief. It is to turn from our sins in a true attitude of repentance and choose instead the will of God as seen in the pure and unselfish life of Jesus. And it is as simple as answering a knock at the door.
FACT #6 CHRIST'S INCREDIBLE INVITATION
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock, If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me." Revelation 3:20 Jesus stands at the door of every human heart. That heart is the real you, not merely the physical organ that pumps blood.
Christ forces Himself on no one. He is waiting for you to answer His invitation to enter your life, forgive your sins and make you a new creation.
You will then begin to discover His own wonderful plan for your life. And you will know for certain that Christ's free gift of eternal life with Him is yours now and forever. Will you ask God right now to forgive your sins and receive Jesus into your life? Here is a prayer that can help you do it.
"Dear God, thank You for loving me and sending Your precious Son, Jesus, to die for my sins. I want to be born again spiritually and have your gift of eternal life. I know I've broken Your laws and Your heart many times. I'm so sorry. I turn from my sins and my own ways and come to You. Cleanse my life and change me. I open my heart to Jesus Christ and receive Him as my Savior and Lord. Help me to love and trust You one day at a time. Thank you for hearing my prayer and for coming into my life. You are my heavenly Father and Jesus is now my personal Savior. Amen."
FACT #7 GOD'S INCREDIBLE GUARANTEE
"These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God. 1 John 5:13 Now that you have asked Christ to forgive and save you, here is God's answer to you as to where you will go after death. Look at that word again-"that you may K-N-O-W that you have eternal life." That's "now"-present tense. According to God's own word, you can now confidently say, "If I were to die tonight, I would go to be with my Lord!"
We can help you begin your new life in Christ. Look at the word "trust" and let's give it practical meaning.
T-ake time daily to talk to God in prayer.
R-ead His Word each day for spiritual food. (A great place to begin is the gospel of John).
U-nderstand that you need the strength and friendship of other true Christians who love the Lord. You will find that at a church where the Bible is preached and lived.
S-tand on God's promises in the Bible no matter how many times Satan tries to pull you back into your old ways of thinking and doing.
T-ake every opportunity to tell others that you have opened your life to Christ. When you share your simple story (your "testimony") with another, your faith grows stronger and others learn how they, too, can be forgiven and have eternal life.
Now that you have asked Jesus to be Savior and Lord of your life, you're ready to grow from a new babe into spiritual maturity. With Christ in your heart, you are a brand new creation.
Our next study will help you discover what that means by growing in Jesus Christ. Read/download that study and 8 more absolutely free (and free at Shalom always means FREE) here. Lessons are completely and absolutely free.