Category: Relationship with God

How Can I Receive Forgiveness From God?

It is a fact that we all have done some bad things in our life. We have all done things that are shameful and hurtful to ourselves and to others.
The reason why we are capable of doing acts that are bad, wicked, foolish and shameful is because we are inherently sinners. We have an inherited sinful nature because of the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12).

Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23 says that none of us are righteous and that we are all sinners who fall short of the glory of God.

So the fact that we are all sinners before a just and holy God, means that we all require God’s forgiveness for our sins. If we do not receive the forgiveness of God, then we will perish eternally.

The effect of our sins is that our sins have a tendency to separate us from a holy God. Sin draws us further from God and can hinder our spiritual growth and relationship with Him.
Isaiah 59:2 says: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”

Fortunately God is a forgiving God. The Creator of the universe is loving, merciful and gracious even though we are sinners and have done many shameful things in our life.

Psalms 103:12 says: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

In Isaiah 43:25, God says “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

Isaiah 1:18 says “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

To “forgive” means to pardon; to cancel a debt; to wipe the slate clean.
Forgiveness is necessary because it helps to restore a broken relationship. Therefore a relationship cannot be restored without forgiveness.
So for us to be eternally reconciled with God – then God must forgive us of our sins.

 

So the question is: How can we receive forgiveness from God?

Hebrews 9:22 says “Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Acts 13:38 says “Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this Man (Jesus Christ) forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by Him everyone who believes is freed from everything”

We can only receive forgiveness from God because of the finished work that Jesus completed on the Cross. Jesus Christ paid for our sins on the cross and thereby paid the debt we owe God because of sin.
The blood that Christ shed on the Cross was what was used to pay the debt for our sins. Therefore Jesus took the penalty for our sin (Romans 6:23).
Ephesians 1:7 says: In Him (Jesus Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace,

It’s also important to note that we cannot earn the forgiveness of God. We receive God’s forgiveness freely. All we need to do is confess our sins or the fact that we are sinners in need of Jesus Christ. We furthermore need to believe and receive Jesus Christ as Saviour through placing our total faith in Him (Ephesians 2:8-9). God’s forgiveness is the result of His love, grace and mercy.

 

Receive Forgiveness Through Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour
When we believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour then we will be forgiven of our sins. It is only through becoming born again believers in Christ that we can receive God’s forgiveness and become part of the family of God (John 1:12).

Romans 10:9-10 says “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”

1 John 1:9 says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

DO YOU WANT TO RECEIVE FORGIVENESS AND BE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “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).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Why Are There So Many Religions?

Why are there so many religions? Why do people worship many different gods? Is it possible that all religions lead to the same God or the same destination after we die?
To answer these questions we need to go back to the beginning of creation.

Before Religions Began
In Genesis Chapter 1 & 2, God created the heavens and the earth. He created the first man and the first woman (Adam & Eve) and God saw that all He had created was good (Genesis 1:31).
In all of God’s creation, it was only mankind who was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and man had the unique purpose given by God to subdue and have dominion over the earth.
Therefore since man was made in the image of God, it also means that man was created to have a unique relationship with God that was different from the rest of His creation. Of all the creatures that God had created, man is the only creation whom God breathed into and gave the “breath of life”.
Genesis 2:7 says “Then the Lord God formed man of the dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature”.

So from the beginning, man was uniquely created to have a personal relationship with God because mankind was created in God’s image; God gave man a special purpose in the earth; God communicated with man and man communicated with God; God instructed man, and man was supposed to obey.

However in Genesis 3:1-24 everything goes wrong on the earth. Man disobeys God by eating from the forbidden tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and as a result of man’s sin and disobedience, there are 3 major things that changed in the life of mankind:

1. Man’s relationship with God changes (Genesis 3:9-11).
2. Man’s relationship with each other changes (Genesis 3:12)
3. Man’s relationship with the earth also changes (Genesis 3:17-19)

Therefore it is the problem of sin that affected everything that we know today. Mankind’s ability to perfectly relate with God and fulfill his purpose was affected because of sin.
Man’s ability to harmoniously relate with each other was also negatively affected as a result of sin.
Also because of sin – mankind has tried to directly or indirectly find meaning, purpose and a relationship with his/her Creator.

 

Why Are There So Many Religions?
It’s vital to understand this important aspect: Before sin existed, there was NO religion – there was ONLY relationship. Instead of religion – man had a relationship with God and that was it.
Therefore many religions exist because of the sin that exists in the world.
Religion is man’s attempt to seek God or seek a relationship with God. Religion is man’s attempt to seek meaning and purpose in life. Religion is man’s attempt to relate better with others and with the earth.
However – religion is man-made. Religion is man’s effort. This is why many religions exist and why there are many different gods that are worshipped.
Different religions will exalt different gods and different religions have different philosophies and beliefs. Many people have tried to discover their own way to seek God through their own ideas.


Is Christianity A Religion?

While religion is man’s attempt to seek God – Christianity is about God’s plan to reconcile with man.
Christianity is about God taking the form of man through Jesus Christ to die on the Cross and pay for the sins of the world.
Man cannot deal with the problem of sin by his own effort and man cannot pay for his own sins.
Romans 3:23 says: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Therefore all of mankind has sinned because of the sin of Adam in the Garden of Eden (Romans 5:12).
If the problem of sin is not dealt with – this will result in eternal spiritual separation from God because a just and Holy God cannot accept sin.
Romans 6:23 says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Therefore, whilst the wages of sin is death (eternal spiritual separation from God) – God in His love and grace offers salvation as a gift because of Christ’s death on the Cross who paid for the sins of man so that man can be redeemed and avoid hell.

John 3:16-17 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him”
Christianity is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus dealt with the issue of man’s sin through His crucifixion on the Cross. Therefore man’s salvation is not based on his own effort or religion – but man’s salvation is based on Jesus’ payment for sins on the Cross.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Many religions will emphasize man’s work and man’s effort to save himself. However Christianity emphasizes the love and grace of God and that God offers salvation to mankind as a gift of God.
Therefore salvation is obtained through receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
True salvation is the result of the work of God through Jesus Christ. However for many religions – salvation is through man’s fruitless effort to seek God.
So whilst many religions may exist, God offers mankind a relationship for ALL sinners or for ALL mankind through believing and accepting Jesus Christ so that we may reconcile to a right relationship with God. There is only one way to Heaven and to God – it’s through Jesus Christ.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “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).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or TRUSTING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and have decided to follow you. Thank you for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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What is the Meaning of Life?

Many times in this world we have witnessed the life of people who seemingly had everything; we’ve witnessed people who had wealth, possessions, fame and even influence and yet these same people have felt empty, lost and misguided.
When a famous person commits suicide, we sometimes wonder how such a person would take his/her life when they seemed to have adoring fans and wealth that could last a lifetime.
We become perplexed when people who seem to have it all, appear unhappy and fall into the snare of depression, drug addiction and many other different issues.
These type of scenarios prove something very important: It proves that fame, money and possessions do not always give us meaning in life.
Many people have sought things that they thought would help them self-actualize but only to become disappointed and empty after they achieve the goals that they thought would bring them happiness.
Many people have sought that job; that lifestyle; that relationship; or that position and influence in life but only to find themselves unsatisfied, feeling empty or greedy for more.

In Ecclesiastes 1:2, King Solomon writes: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”

This statement came from a man who seemed to have everything. He was the richest man on the earth; he had power; he had influence; he had possessions; he was famous; he had many wives and concubines yet he said that everything is meaningless.

So the question becomes the following: What is the meaning of life? Is life really meaningless? How do we find meaning in life?

When we make simple and objective observations we can easily conclude that almost everything on our planet serves a purpose. From natural things such as the clouds, the trees, the soil, the wind, the sun, the bees, the animals and so much more – these things play a part in our ecosystem to bring balance. It is also the same with man-made objects. Our man-made structures and objects were built by man to serve a specific purpose. For example, from a simple invention such as a paperclip to complex creations such as buildings, bridges, computers, vehicles and software programs, it is evident mankind built all these things with a specific purpose and for a specific reason.
Therefore all things that are made and designed by an intelligent being were designed to serve a specific purpose. The designer or creator is therefore the one who gives or assigns purpose to his/her own creation.

Therefore our meaning and our purpose in life come from only one source – God our Creator.
Without God in our life, we cannot truly understand the meaning and purpose of life. Individually we cannot discover who we are and what we are meant to be without the involvement and participation of our Creator.

In Genesis 1:31 we see that God created everything and He saw that it was good. All that He created was designed to serve a purpose on the planet, including mankind.

In Genesis 1:26-28 we see that Adam and Eve were created with meaning and purpose.
1. They were made in God’s image. This means that they had godly qualities and characteristics. Man’s identity in life was in God. They were designed to have a personal relationship with their Creator
2. They were also given the mandate to have dominion over the earth. They were given rulership and were caretakers of the planet
3. They were given the purpose of being fruitful and to multiply in the earth.

Notice in Genesis 1:26-28 that it is God Himself who gives mankind both meaning and purpose in life. It is God who created mankind with a specific objective and purpose.
Therefore God is ultimately the Source of our meaning and purpose in life.

Without God in our life, we cannot find meaning and we cannot truly discover our purpose in life.
Hence, this is why neither wealth, possessions, sex, fame nor influence can truly give us meaning and purpose. We may seek these things, but yet when we have obtained them, we either find ourselves still feeling empty inside or we find ourselves greedily seeking more due to lack of satisfaction.

In Ecclesiastes 3:11 it says that God “has set eternity in the hearts of men…”
This means that within the soul of man, he/she is aware that there is more to life than just living in the present. Therefore there is something eternal and fulfilling that we as human beings profusely desire.
As humans we cannot be satisfied by the material and natural – instead we inwardly yearn and desire for something that is beyond the things that we can touch and see.

Our human void can only be filled in knowing God and in having a genuine relationship with Him.
The human void that all humans have, came as a result of the curse of sin by Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1-24).
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they thought that they could live their life without God’s direction and counsel. They thought that they could find meaning and purpose without God. They thought they could find meaning and purpose by their own strength and knowledge.
Instead their sin created a human void that is found in every human being. Their sin created a human emptiness which can only be filled by God whom they initially disobeyed.

John 6:35 says “Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Are you looking for meaning and purpose in your life? Then seek God and seek a relationship with Him.
Understand that you are empty because of sin. Understand that sin is the reason why we are separated from a good and loving God. Believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross to pay for your sins so that you may have eternal life. Through faith, receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.

 

 

How Can We Have The Mind of God?

How can we have the mind of God? How can we think with God in relation to our life and situations?
In Isaiah 55:8-9 it says “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Therefore in our practical life, we need to know God’s mind; God’s values; God’s principles and God’s viewpoint as we walk with Him.

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Below are 5 practical methods in which we can know and have the mind of God in our life:

(1) We Must Meditate & Think According to What GOD has Written in His word.
In Matthew 4:4, Jesus says “… Man shall live on EVERY WORD that proceeds from the MOUTH of God”
Therefore we DO NOT live according to every word that proceeds from the mouth of men – but we live according to every word that proceeds FROM GOD.
Man is flawed; man makes mistakes; man cannot know everything; man cannot be trusted; man does not always keep his promises. Therefore living according to the teachings and words of man instead of God can be very dangerous. Romans 3:4 says “… Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar…”
Therefore, God is always true; always faithful; always correct; He is all-knowing; He cannot lie and His word is perfect.
For us to have His mind, we must meditate on His perfect word found in the Bible.

(2) We Must Define Words, Principles, Values & Reality According to how God Defines Them
Acts 20:30 says “Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking PERVERSE things, to draw away the disciples after themselves”.
The word PERVERSE is the Greek word [diastrepho] meaning “to distort; to turn aside from the right path”
Therefore be careful of men who distort God’s words or distort God’s principles & God’s defined way of how we should think. Acts 20:30 says that such distorters will actually come from among the church and that they will distort meanings of scripture and offer different ideas and concepts that oppose how God actually thinks.
It’s therefore important to guard ourselves against false doctrines and doctrines of demons. Understanding the word of God and having the ability to discern enables us to walk in the mind of God.

(3) Yield to the Leading of the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians 2:11 says “For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God”.
Therefore, you CANNOT know the things of God unless the Holy Spirit is in you. The Holy Spirit reveals to us the mind of God. The Holy Spirit reveals and guides us to all truth.
John 16:13 says “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
Therefore, in our own life we must allow ourselves to be continuously filled and led by the Holy Spirit. We must bear fruit and make decisions under the leading of the Spirit of God. Being led by the Holy Spirit reveals that we indeed have the mind of God.

(4) Be Fair-Minded As The Bereans
The Bereans were “more FAIR MINDED”. The Bereans wanted the mind of God and NOT the mind of men.
They studied the Scriptures for themselves & they did not just take up any kind of teachings without first searching & studying the scriptures themselves.
Acts 17:11 says “These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so”.
Whenever we hear preaching messages or teachings from preachers, we should live by the example of the Bereans.
They made sure to fact-check what they heard against the Scriptures. They always put the word of God above what they heard from men. They knew that the authority of the word of God was above the authority of men. They did not want to be deceived. This is one of the reasons why they were fair minded and searched the Scriptures.
God does not want us to be deceived. Therefore, God wants us to test everything. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 says “Test all things; hold fast what is good”.

(5) To Have The Mind of God You Must Be Born Again.
You cannot truly think with God unless you have the mind of Christ. Philippians 2:5 says “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”
Being born again gives us access to the mind of God. Christians have personal fellowship and communion with God. Therefore we cannot know God’s mind unless we have fellowship with Him.
Becoming a Christian is the beginning of our journey to understanding God’s mind for our lives; our walk with Him and our relationships.
In John 15:5, Jesus says “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing”.

 

DO YOU HAVE THE MIND OF GOD? DO YOU KNOW GOD’S MIND ABOUT THE VARIOUS AREAS OF YOUR LIFE? ARE YOU A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN?

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “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).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Whose God is the One True God?

We live in a world where there are many religions, many cultures, and many gods that are worshipped.
It is believed that more than 300 million gods are worshipped around the world.
The question however is: Whose god is the one true god and is there more than one god?

Isaiah 44:6 NKJV
Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God

Psalms 86:8 NKJV
Among the gods there is none like You, O Lord; Nor are there any works like Your works.

From the Bible verses mentioned above, we learn that there is only one God and that among the “gods” there is none like the one true God.
So whose god is the one true God? The Bible says that the one true God is the Creator of the entire universe (Isaiah 42:5). The one true God is self-existent (Exodus 3:14) and there is no other like Him.
Therefore any other god who is not the one true God of the Bible is a false god that has been created either by deceived men or by evil spirits.

The question then is: How is the one true God different from the false gods?

 

WHO IS THE ONE TRUE GOD?

According to the Bible the one true God differs from false gods in the following ways:

1. God’s Attributes Are Different From the False Gods
Unlike the false gods of other religions the one true God of the Bible has attributes that make Him stand out against the false gods. Among other things, God is eternal (Psalm 90:2); God is self-existent (Exodus 3:14), God is all powerful (Job 11:7-11); God is omni-present (Psalm 139:7); God is omniscient (Isaiah 40:13,14); God cannot change (Hebrews 13:8); God cannot lie (Numbers 23:19); God is good (Psalm 145:9); God is love (1 John 4:8); God is gracious (Ephesians 2:8,9); God is life and the sustainer of life (John 1:3,4).

2. God is Triune
The Bible describes the one true God as being 3 divine persons who are one and share the same essence and nature in one God. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are three in one. Matthew 3:16,17 shows the Trinity together and in Matthew 28:19,20 Christians are commanded to make disciples and baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

3. God is Personal & Seeks a Personal Relationship with Mankind
The one true God seeks a personal relationship with mankind. God created people in His own image (Genesis 1:27). The animals were not created in God’s image therefore only people have the unique ability to fellowship with God.
The one true God wants to be known by His creation. He wants people to know Him intimately. The one true God reveals Himself through His word, the Bible and He has also revealed Himself through Jesus Christ.
In Jeremiah 33:3 God says “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know”.
In Jeremiah 29:11-13 God says “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. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart”.
In Revelation 3:20-21 Jesus says “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”.

4. God Seeks to Save Mankind By His Grace
People who worship false gods tend to believe that salvation is by personal works or behavioral merit. Through the worship of false gods salvation is dependent on one’s personal deeds and on how “good” a person has been in his life.
However, salvation through the one true God is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9). There is only one way to Heaven – that way is Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Through the one true God salvation is a gift; it is not a reward (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 6:23).
Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve. Salvation is a gift we don’t deserve. However, because of the love of the one true God, we have eternal life through His begotten Son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16).

5. God Became A Man / Flesh To Pay For The Sins of Mankind
John 1:1-14 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became 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.
1 Timothy 3:16 says: And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

There is no false god who cares or loves his own creation enough to save them from eternal punishment. There is no false god who offers salvation as a free gift. There is no false god who shows the kind of grace that is offered by the one true God.
The Bible tells us that the one true God became flesh in order to die on the cross for the sins of man. Man is a sinner by nature (Romans 3:23). The wages of sin is death or eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23). The Word, Jesus Christ became came that we may have eternal life and escape eternal hell (John 10:10).

 

Which God Will You Choose?
1 Kings 18:21 NKJV
And Elijah came to all the people, and said, “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.” But the people answered him not a word.

Even though many people follow many gods – there is only ONE TRUE GOD.
He has revealed Himself in the Bible; He has reveals Himself to His followers and Jesus Christ is the exact representation of who God is.

The worship of false gods is idolatry and it ultimately leads to eternal separation from God. Luke 4:8 says: And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’
We are to only worship and serve the one true God alone. Any other gods are false gods.
Mankind therefore has a choice. The one true God does not force people to worship Him. He has given people the free will to choose Him. However, there are consequences to making the wrong choice.
Choosing the one true God means choosing eternal life – but choosing false gods means eternal suffering (Deuteronomy 30:19; Joshua 24:15).

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “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).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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What is God Like?

What is God like? What is God’s nature and attributes? Every person including the atheist has some concept of God and what He is like.
For us to understand what God is like, we need to read His word. We need to discover what the Bible says about the character of God.

The Bible describes God’s attributes in the following ways:

1. God Cannot Lie
God does not lie. He is incapable of telling a lie and He will never speak a lie.
Numbers 23:19 says “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

2. God is Spirit
God is immaterial and therefore He cannot be represented by any material or man-made thing. This is why making idols or images in an attempt to represent God is forbidden according to Exodus 20:4,5.
John 4:24 says God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

3. God is Merciful
Mercy is when God withholds giving us that which we deserve. For example, all mankind are sinners and therefore we all deserve to go to hell. However God has shown mercy to those people who accept Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour in that when they die they will go to heaven.
Titus 3:5Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.

4. God is Faithful
God can be fully relied upon. God does not break His promises. God can be totally trusted because He is good and faithful.
1 Thessalonians 5:24He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

5. God is Love
God is the full expression of love. God is motivated by love in whatever He does. For example according to John 3:16 it was out of love that God sent Christ to die for our sins on the cross.
1 John 4:8He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

6. God is Patient
God’s timing is always perfect. God is never late. God is patient those who deserve immediate punishment. God is patient to Christians who continue to grow step by step in Christ.
2 Peter 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

7. God is True
God is true in whatever He says. Not only does God speak truth but He IS the truth. He is the only true God and there is no other.
Romans 3:4 says “…let God be true but every man a liar…”

8. God is Gracious
God is full of grace. Grace is God giving us what we don’t deserve. For example, even though we deserve to be punished in hell because we are sinners, it is by the grace of God that we are saved and receive the free gift of eternal life through Christ.
Ephesians 2:8,9For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

9. God is Righteous or Just
God is fair. He cannot be corrupted. His decisions and judgments are always correct & fair.
Deuteronomy 32:4He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.

10. God is Good
God cannot be tainted. He is kind; He cannot sin; He is sinless; He is perfect.
Psalms 145:9The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

11. God is Slow to Anger
Does God get angry? Yes He does. However, the Bible says that He is patient and “slow to anger and abounding in mercy” (Psalms 103:8).

12. God Cannot Change
God’s nature does not change. He will always be perfect; He will always be loving; He will always be just and gracious.
Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever

13. God is Eternal
God exists outside of time and outside of creation; He is the Creator of time and creation itself but He exists outside of time.
Psalms 90:2Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

14. God is Omni-potent
He is all powerful. There is no one and there is nothing that is more powerful than Him
Job 11:7-11“Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? 8 They are higher than heaven — what can you do? Deeper than Sheol — what can you know? 9 Their measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.

15. God is Omni-present
God is everywhere at the sametime and everywhere throughout time
Psalms 139:7Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

16. God is Omniscient
God knows everything. There is nobody who can counsel God because He is all knowing.
Isaiah 40:13,14Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has taught Him? 14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, And taught Him in the path of justice?
Who taught Him knowledge, And showed Him the way of understanding?

17. God is Self-Existent
God is the uncaused cause. He is I AM; God is eternal; He is not a result of anything
Exodus 3:14And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.

18. God is Life
God is the creator, the source and the sustainer of life. Without Him there cannot be any life as we know it.
John 1:3,4All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

 

Do You Know God?
The above are just but a few attributes of God. The question however is – do you know God? Do you know that He loves you? Do you know that God is gracious towards you? Do you know that God wants you to have eternal life and not got to hell? Do you know that God desires to have a personal relationship with you through Jesus Christ?

If you desire to have a personal relationship with God, you can do so by becoming a born again Christian. Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord & Saviour gives you access to God (John 14:6).

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “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).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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What Happens When You Become A Christian?

What happens when you become a Christian? What happens at the moment of your salvation when you put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?
The answer is – there are many things that happen from the day you become a Christian. Most of the things that happen are spiritual and therefore are not immediately evident to the physical senses. Therefore even if you don’t feel like a Christian when you accept Jesus Christ – it does not mean that you are not a Christian.
The life of a Christian is not lived according to emotion or feelings but the life of a Christian is lived by faith in God and in what He says in His word.
Hebrews 10:38 says “Now the just shall live by faith…” and Ephesians 2:8,9 says that our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour is by grace through faith in Christ. It is not by feelings, emotions or any form of personal effort but through only faith or trust in Christ.

 

The following things happen when you become a Christian

1. You Are A Child of God
When you become a Christian you become part of God’s family. You officially become an adopted son or daughter of God. You are eternally a family member in God’s kingdom through Jesus Christ.
John 1:12-13 NKJVBut as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Romans 8:16 NKJVThe Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God

2. The Holy Spirit Dwells Inside You
The moment you accept Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit dwells inside of you. You are sealed with the Holy Spirit. God Himself is not only with you but God is INSIDE you.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJVOr do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Ephesians 1:13-14 NKJVIn Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

3. You Are A Born Again New Creation in Christ
Accepting Christ immediately makes you a new creation. When you become a Christian you become born again and are spiritually regenerated. You are born again not as a result of a person’s effort but you are born again as a result of the Holy Spirit through the hearing of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJVTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
John 3:5-6 NKJVJesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

4. Your Sins Are All Forgiven & Forgotten
When you become a Christian all your sins are forgiven. Your sins have been paid for on the cross by Jesus. The sins of mankind where transferred to Christ and when we accept Jesus the righteousness of Christ is imputed on Christians. The Christian is no longer condemned.
Colossians 2:14 NKJVHaving wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Romans 8:1 NKJVThere is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

5. You Have Eternal Life & Are Saved From Hell
The moment you become a Christian your eternal life begins. Christians have eternal life through Christ but those who are not Christians do not have eternal life but face the Second Death which is eternal punishment. Therefore as a Christians you will be eternally with God while the unbeliever will eventually face eternal separation from God.
John 3:16 NKJVFor God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 John 5:12 NKJVHe who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

6. Your Salvation Is Secure In Christ
When you become a Christian you cannot lose your salvation. Once you are saved you are always saved. God will not undo your salvation. The blood of Christ has fully paid for every sin of the believer.
John 10:28-29 NKJVAnd I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

7. You Are Blessed With Every Spiritual Blessing
Ephesians 1:3 says that “we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”.
This scripture does not speak of material blessing but it speaks of the Christian having access to spiritual blessings. The Christian is fully satisfied in God who is all that we ever need.

8. You Are Part of The Body of Christ
1 Corinthians 12:20 NKJVBut now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
Becoming a Christian immediately causes you to become part of the body of Christ. You are part of the Church. The church is a combination of all genuine Christian believers from different denominations, local assemblies and nations. All genuine Christians from different parts of the world make up the church.
1 Corinthians 12:12 NKJVFor as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:27 NKJVNow you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

 

There are many other things mentioned in the Scriptures which happen to a person as a result of becoming a Christian. The Bible mentions at least more than 50 things that happen as a result of accepting Jesus Christ. All these scriptures will be mentioned in another article.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “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).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Hindrances to Spiritual Growth

Are you growing spiritually or are you stagnant? How can a person mature in the Christian faith? What are the hindrances to spiritual growth?
There are many things in life that can hinder or prevent spiritual growth in the life of a Christian.

HINDRANCES TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH

(1) Lack of Prayer
Lack of an effective prayer life can lead to lack of direction and discernment in one’s life. Prayer is not one-way. Prayer is two way communication with God. Therefore prayer is not only an opportunity for us to talk to God but prayer is also an opportunity for God to speak to us. God hears us and we hear God.
We draw spiritually close to the Lord by spending more time with Him.
Jeremiah 33:3‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’
1 Thessalonians 5:17Pray without ceasing.
James 5:16Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

(2) Lack of Bible Study & Meditation
Another hindrance to spiritual growth is when a person does not study and meditate on the word of God. Through the studying of the Scriptures we learn
a) The divine nature of God
b) The plans and precepts of God
c) The sinful nature of man & God’s redemption for man through Jesus Christ
d) The nature of mankind’s enemy and how the enemy is defeated through Christ
e) God’s spiritual guidelines for godly living.
2 Timothy 2:15Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Joshua 1:8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Hebrews 4:12For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

(3) Lack of Fellowship With Other Believers
Without fellowship with the right people, it can be difficult to grow spiritually. When you have the right people around you, such people edify, build and encourage you in the Lord.
Fellowship with unbelievers can lead to backsliding and spiritual corruption. It’s therefore important to guard yourself against the wrong kind of influences as you grow in your Christian faith.
1 Corinthians 15:33Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits”.
2 Corinthians 6:14,15Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

(4) Listening to Bad / False Doctrine
False doctrine can hinder spiritual growth. When a person spiritually feeds himself with the wrong information, such doctrine will corrupt the person. God warns us through his word against obeying false doctrine and also He warns us to avoid following false prophets. A person who follows false doctrine and false teachers is a person who is not only deceived – but that person also deceives himself.
Matthew 24:11Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
1 Timothy 4:1Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons
1 Timothy 4:16Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

(5) Living in Sin
A life of unconfessed sin is a hindrance to spiritual growth. When a person does not feel conviction when he sins or when he/she is not repentant of a sinful habit that sin can stagnate that person’s growth in the Lord.
It’s therefore important to always confess our sins. We must also forgive our neighbor if our neighbor has offended us. We must walk in love and humility. Pride is the root cause of many sins.
Isaiah 59:1,2Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Are you growing? If not, seek the Lord; read His word; spend time in prayer; remove the obstacles in your life that prevent or stagnate your walk with the Lord. Surrender all to God.

 

 

How Do I Fix My Life?

 

 

 

 

Does your life feel like it’s falling to pieces? Have you ever wondered how you can fix your life? Perhaps you have been trying to figure out how you can sort out the various issues and problems in your life.

Many people in the world have sought to attempt to fix their life and problems through the help of therapists, horoscopes, witchdoctors, motivational literature, the internet, yoga or various kinds of religions. Yet for some reason, none of these kinds of methods have helped to fix those people’s lives.

So how do I fix my life? Here are a few questions: Can a vehicle repair itself? Can a laptop repair itself?
If a vehicle is under warranty and if it is faulty, is it not sent back to the manufacturer for repair? Yes, a mechanic might be able to also repair the vehicle, but nobody knows the make-up of that particular vehicle than the manufacturer of that vehicle. Even a mechanic requires training and instructions from the vehicle manufacturer on how to repair that particular vehicle.

The truth is this: We cannot fix our own lives. We need to go to our Manufacturer. We need to go to the correct source in order to have our lives fixed. That correct source is God.
Despite the existence of many inspirational speakers and philosophies it’s only God who can fix our lives.

Psalm 139:13-16 NKJV
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

God should be the first Person we think of whenever we have challenges and problems. Whenever we think with God, we will have God-given solutions to our problems.
If we try to solve our problems our own way and without God, we will certainly fail and we will always be dissatisfied with our life.
It’s only through a relationship with God by the reading of His word can we be able to find solutions regarding how our life can be fixed.

 

How Do I Fix My Life?
Below are 4 things that we need to know & understand in order to begin the journey of getting our life fixed.

(1) You Must Be Born Again / You Must Be A New Creation / You Must Have A New Life
For your life to be fixed, your old life must go and it must be exchanged for a new one (2 Corinthians 5:17). To do this you must become a born again Christian (John 3:3-6). True life begins from the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour. Eternal life begins at the moment of our salvation here on earth. Without Christ we can do nothing (John 15:5).
Therefore our journey to fixing our lives begins when we give our life to Jesus Christ and live for Him.
2 Corinthians 5:15 NKJVAnd He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

(2) You Must Understand That Only God Can Ultimately Fix Your Life
We are made in the image of God. Therefore nobody knows us better than God who made us in His own image. Our life can therefore be fixed when we give our life to Christ and we can be “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in us will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6).
Therefore we must understand that our life is like a sculpture or a painting and God is the artist. Our life on this earth is not yet complete and therefore the picture we have of our life is not complete. God therefore is still working on us and God will complete the work that He has started in us.
Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJVFor by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

(3) You Must Understand That In This World We Will Have Tribulation
Jesus spoke these words in John 16:33: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
It’s only in Christ that we can have peace. Our peace cannot come from anyone or anything else apart from Jesus Christ. Therefore our life must rest in Christ through whom “we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
Therefore in relation to having your life fixed, you must understand that our lives are not exempt from facing challenges, problems and tribulation. However, when we rest in Christ and rest in His peace, we allow Christ Himself to overcome the world and challenges that come our way.
Philippians 4:6-7 NKJVBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

(4) Your Life Will Ultimately & Completely Be Fixed When God Gives You A Glorified New Body
Our lives are not perfect right now because the world we live in is not perfect. Furthermore, we do not have perfect bodies.
However, the scriptures tell us that in Christ we will one day have perfect glorified bodies that are immortal and incorruptible. This means that neither sin nor death will have any dominion on our bodies. We will have perfect bodies unaffected by sin, death, sickness, problems and the like and it is God who will clothe us with a glorified body.
1 Corinthians 15:52-55 NKJVIn a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.” 55 “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

So how do I fix my life? I must approach God my Maker and I must allow God Himself to fix my life.

 

Do You Have A Relationship With Jesus? Are You Trying To Fix Your Life?
Are you trying to fix your life with your own strength and effort? Have you been using many methods and techniques that have not worked? The answer is not in a technique or method. The answer is in a relationship. Our lives cannot be fixed unless we have a relationship with God who is our Maker.
To have such a relationship with God we must accept and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour who died and paid for our sins.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN / A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God.

 

Why not make your eternal decision NOW?

We become born again Christians through FAITH / TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Saviour (Galatians 3:26)

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus otherwise you are free to pray in your own words.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Saviour – Amen”

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Why Did God Create Man?

Why did God create man? What is the purpose of mankind?
Most of the answers to the question of why did God create man can be found right at the beginning of creation in Genesis before Man’s fall in the Garden of Eden.

God’s Original Purpose For Man Before The Fall
God’s original purpose for Mankind before Man’s fall in the Garden of Eden can be seen as follows

(1) To Fellowship With God – Genesis 1:26,27 reveals that God created man in His own image and likeness. Genesis 2:7 also reveals that God breathed into the nostrils of man. This indicates that God imparted characteristics of Himself into humans. God did not perform this creation process on any animal. God would not have created us in His image and likeness if He did not intend to have personal fellowship with us.

(2) To Create & Maintain Good Relationships With One Another (Genesis 2:18-25) – God for example instituted marriage. Without a marriage, you cannot have a family; without a family you cannot have a community. In Genesis 1:28 God tells Adam & Eve to “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it”.
All of mankind came Adam & Eve and God created us so that we may have good and sound relationships with one another.

(3) To Be Good Stewards of The Earth – Genesis 1:28, Genesis 2:15,19 reveal that man’s purpose was subdue the earth, have dominion over all creatures and to tend and keep over all that God has made. A steward by definition is somebody who manages property or other affairs for someone else. The earth and all that is in the earth belong to the Lord (Psalms 24:1). However, humans were given stewardship by God to manage God’s earth.
Man’s dominion did not include dominion over each other because God sees all humans as being equal, but dominion was limited to subduing the earth and dominion “over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26).

(4) To Serve & Glorify God – Colossians 3:17 says “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” and Colossians 3:23 says “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”.
Man was created by God so that the purpose of everything that he/she does is to serve and glorify God.
When Adam & Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3), they had forgotten who they were serving. They listened to the devil instead of listening to God.

 

The Effects of the Fall On Mankind’s Purpose
The fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden affected every aspect of mankind’s purpose and mankind’s relationship with God. Instead of serving God and living according to God’s will and purpose, man purpose fails in practically every area of his/her life in the following ways:

(1) Fallen man fails to glorify God as originally intended, but instead he seeks to glorify himself and to glorify other people.
Colossians 3:23-25 – And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.

(2) Fallen man’s fellowship with God as originally intended is broken. Instead man seeks to create and fellowship with different “gods” and has created detrimental religions & philosophies for himself in an effort to understand his purpose of life in general.
Exodus 20:3,4 – “You shall have no other gods before Me. 4 You shall not make for yourself a carved image — any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”;

(3) Fallen man’s relationship with himself and others is skewed & distorted. When we look at the following issues: wars, strife, abuse, homosexuality, gay marriage, hatred, divorces, abortions, murders and the like; all these things are just a few examples of the negative effects of the fall in regards to our relationships with each other. God originally intended that we love one another. However, if our relationship with God is poor, then our relationship with other people will be affected.
Mark 12:30-31 – And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

(4) Fallen man is no longer a good steward of what God has given him. Fallen man cannot walk in obedience as God originally intended. Instead man misuses the things that God has given him; man serves money (mammon) instead of God; man works according to his own rules instead of working according to God’s statutes; man exploits people and resources for his own selfish benefit;
Man therefore also no longer has the original dominion that God intended for him through Adam in the Garden of Eden. Part of this dominion has been given to the devil when Adam & Eve sinned. Therefore the systems of the world are under the control of the devil and therefore such worldly systems are against God.
Matthew 6:24 – No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
James 4:4 – Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

 

How Can Man Conform To God’s Purpose For Creating Him?
Only by restoring our fellowship with God through faith in Jesus Christ can man rediscover & experience God’s purpose for creating him.
Without Jesus Christ a person cannot know why he was created, neither can he fulfill God’s purpose for creating him.
Jesus said “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:5-6).

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Have You Accepted Jesus Christ? Are You Born Again Christian?
If you are reading this article and have never given your life to Jesus Christ, it’s important to know that Jesus died for your sins. He took your punishment on the cross so that whoever accepts Him in faith will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
As mentioned above, salvation is a FREE GIFT and salvation is not received by works but it is received by FAITH in Jesus Christ. It is that simple. A person must repent & by faith accept Jesus Christ as Lord & Saviour because Jesus is the only way, the truth & the life and the only Mediator between God & man.

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHIRSTIAN / A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “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” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting” (John 3:16). “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16)
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.

5. RECEIVE: “He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Saviour and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why not make your eternal decision now and pray the following prayer?

You can say this prayer below. This prayer is only an expression of your trust & belief in Jesus.

PRAY THIS PRAYER TO RECEIVE JESUS AS YOUR LORD AND SAVIOUR RIGHT NOW:

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Saviour
Amen”

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