Category: Salvation & Evangelism

Wrong Reasons For Following Jesus

John 6:26-27
Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.”

Have you ever had a “friend” or colleague who only wanted your companionship or friendship for as long as you had something to give them like money etc – but as soon as you no longer have the very thing that they want from you, then you hardly hear from them. Some people behave the same way towards God. They seek God for what He can do for them and not for who He is. These people don’t really want God – but they want what God can give them. These people don’t really seek to have a genuine & obedient relationship with God – but they seek a way to get God to “unlock” the “keys” to material wealth. They are really seeking the gift but not the Giver of the gift.
Just like the 5000 followers, it is possible today, that people follow a church or appear to follow Jesus not because they seek to become like Jesus and to serve God – but because, for example, they want various temporary material and monetary possessions that they believe God will give them. Like the 5000 who followed Jesus for food, there some who follow God for presumed money and wealth.
Just like the 5000 followers, the motive of some people is not to learn from God but their primary motivation is to feed their fleshly desires. To them Jesus is a means by which they can attempt to achieve their carnal desires.

In our own life, our motives for being followers of Christ must be CORRECT and GENUINE. We must not be like some of the 5000 who followed Jesus because they were only interested in satisfying their fleshly and temporary desires. God knows our minds and hearts and He is able to clearly see and read the motives or the reasons for why we do the things that we do. (John 2:23-25 – Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.)

 

Below are some of the WRONG reasons why people follow Jesus or go to church

WRONG REASONS FOR FOLLOWING A CHURCH OR FOLLOWING JESUS

(1) FOLLOWING GOD FOR MATERIAL THINGS(Luke 12:15 – And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”)
Some people view God as being a type of Santa Claus / Father Christmas. To certain people, the primary motive for following God is because they believe that He will give them what their flesh and carnal minds desire. The motivation to acquire riches and possessions blinds them from genuinely following God for the right reasons because they have been deceived into believing that God MUST grant them whatever they desire. However Jesus teaches that life is more than about what possessions we have or the amount of money we have and that if we seek after material things only then we are short-sighted and do not understand God’s eternal plan. Jesus also taught that our primary focus should be to seek God’s kingdom & righteousness FIRST. (John 6:27 – Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal). It is also important to realize that while God is Jehovah our Provider, it is God’s prerogative to either give us or to withhold giving us the material desires that we want. Therefore God is not obligated to give us what we want because He is not Santa Clause / Father Christmas. He is God.

(2) SEEKING AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE – (John 4:23-24 – But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.)
Some people go to church or follow Jesus because they are seeking an emotional experience. They seek an emotional “high” or they seek to be entertained. They judge their spiritual condition by their emotional feelings. Some people believe that if they have an emotional experience at church then it means that God has visited them or that they are growing spiritually. However, is following Jesus really about seeking an emotional experience? And is having an emotional experience no matter how temporary that emotional “high” might be – can such experiences be equivalent to true spiritual growth in a person’s life?
(Matthew 13:20-21 – As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with JOY, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away).
When Jesus spoke about the Parable of the Sower, he spoke of a type of people who hear God’s word and receive God’s word with JOY and with a lot of excitement and energy. However, the fact that they were joyful or excited at receiving God’s word was not enough to sustain their spiritual growth because the problem is that they were not firmly rooted in God’s word through meditation and OBEDIENCE to God’s word. An emotional experience or feelings do not automatically guarantee that one will obey God’s word. Therefore when trials, tests and challenges come, they backslide or become defeated.
The problem with going to church or seeking God because you want an emotional experience is that you will find yourself going through a cycle of unpredictability and inconsistency in regards to obedience to God’s word. Therefore your relationship with the Lord is based on feelings.

(3) FOR POSITION, POWER & RECOGNITION – (Mark 10:43-45 – But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many).
I have often seen, experienced and heard about situations where people may appear to be interested in following God and in doing the work of God, but yet their ulterior motive is to gain various positions of power and influence within the church so that they may fulfill their own personal agenda and not God’s work. The Pharisees sought the adoration and admiration of men. The Pharisees sought power and influence, and therefore when they discovered that the power and influence that they once had over the people was now shifting to Jesus, the Pharisees connived to kill Jesus (read Matthew 23-26:1-3)
Jesus Himself did not come be served, but He came to serve and fulfill the plan of the Father.
Therefore when we go to church or when we decide to follow Jesus, we must be prepared to give ALL the glory to God. We cannot claim to follow God but yet seek our own glory in the process because God does not share His glory with anybody. (Isaiah 42:8 – I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols).
Even if you do not have a position or recognition in church, you are still a vessel of God whose function is to glorify God all the time (Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.)
Our duty as Christians is not to seek self-glory or the admiration of others, but whatever we do must give glory and praise to God whom we serve and live for.

(4) FOR BUSINESS, MONEY & PROFIT – (Matthew 21:12-13 – And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.)
For some people, going to church is an opportunity to make business contacts; make money and to make a profitable business out of the church setting & environment. For some people, church has become a business market – and for these people, they may appear to follow Jesus – but they are actually following and serving mammon (money).
When Jesus entered the temple, He realized that people had lost the true meaning & purpose of the existence of the temple. The temple had not been built so that people could run their businesses and make money. The temple had not been built so that it could be a marketplace for people to sell and buy. The temple was supposed to be “a house of prayer”. The temple was supposed to be a place for man to communicate with God. The temple was supposed to be for the service and glorification of God and not for the advancement of people’s monetary or material wealth. (Matthew 6:24 – “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.)

(5) FOR SIGNS & WONDERS – (Matthew 12:38-39 – Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered him, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah)
If God does not perform a miracle or a healing in one’s life – it does not mean that He is not God. God is still God even if He does not heal. God is still God even if He does not perform any physical sign or wonder. God is still God even if He does not give us the things that we want and desire in life.
There is no doubt that Jesus performed miracles that nobody had ever witnessed. After all, Jesus is God and through Him all things were created. Jesus would heal the sick, open the eyes of the blind and even bring back to life those who were dead. However, not even miracles could sway the hearts of many including the Pharisees to believe and genuinely follow Jesus. The Pharisees, the Sadducees and many other people who would follow Jesus would witness the miracles He did but in the end some of them would still not genuinely seek Christ’s salvation or devote themselves to become His disciples. This example of the hardening of the heart by the Pharisees even after seeing miracles by Jesus clearly shows that signs and wonders alone do not guarantee one’s salvation nor can they be a primary reason for following a church.
(Matthew 24:24 – For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect). In Matthew 24:24 Jesus warns that false christs & false prophets will perform false miracles or signs & wonders in order to deceive people and lure people to follow after them.
Therefore if people go to church or attempt to seek Jesus because they seek miracles only, they must be careful that they don’t fall into the trap of false prophets and false christs because according to Jesus, it is by false signs & wonders that many people would be led astray.
God is not a magician. He is not an entertainer. God can choose to perform miracles or not to. Jesus did not perform a sign when the scribes & Pharisees asked Him to. Jesus did not have to prove Himself to them even though they sought Jesus for a sign.

 

God wants us to seek Him genuinely. He wants us to worship Him truthfully. Below are  GOOD Reasons or GOOD Motives of Why We Should Follow Jesus.

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10 GOOD REASONS WHY WE SHOULD FOLLOW JESUS

1. Because we love Him. If you love somebody you will want to do the things that please them – (John 14:15 – If you love Me, you will keep my commandments).

2. Because we want to serve Him above all things – (Matthew 16:24-26 – Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?)

3. Because we desire to learn from Him – Of the 5000 followers, many of them decided to no longer follow Jesus. However, disciples such as Peter remained with Christ because they knew that only Jesus could really teach them the truth about life. (John 6:66-69 – After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”)

4. Because we desire to obey Him – (Luke 6:46-49 – “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”)

5. Because we want to glorify and praise Him above everything – (1 Peter 4:11 – Whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.)

6. Because He is our Lord & Saviour – (Acts 4:12 – And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.)

7. Because He is the Way the Truth & the Life – (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.)

8. Because only He can satisfy our every need – Contrary to the teachings of various “prosperity” teachers, God’s mandate is not to supply us with every material need, but however He does supply us with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:3 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places) and (John 6:35 – Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst)

9. Because we would rather have Jesus and follow the Lord rather than to have what the world offers – (Romans 12:1-2 – I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect). (Matthew 16:26-27 – For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.)

10. Because we desire to yield to the teaching & direction of the Holy Spirit so that we follow and genuinely obey God in our lives – (John 16:8-15 – And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10 concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; 11 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. 12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.)

 

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 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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Bible Verses about Hell

According to the scriptures, hell exists. This place is eternal and it is a place that is reserved for those who will face eternal punishment. Jesus Himself spoke about hell and warned people about hell.

Hell can be avoided when we genuinely put our total trust and faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Please read Where Do We Go When We Die for more information.

Jesus Christ died for our sins and paid for all our sins through His finished work on the cross so that we may have eternal life (John 3:16). When we accept Christ and receive Him by faith, we become children of God (John 1:12) and we are given every spiritual blessing in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).

Below are several Bible scriptures which describe, teach and warn us about hell …

Revelation 21:8
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.”

Matthew 5:22
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Matthew 7:13-14
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Matthew 25:46
“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Luke 16:19-23
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Psalm 9:17
The wicked return to the grave, all the nations that forget God.

2 Thessalonians 1:9
They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power

Matthew 13:50
and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Acts 2:27
because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

Mark 9:43
If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out.

Jude 1:7
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

Proverbs 15:24
The path of life leads upward for the wise to keep him from going down to the grave.

Proverbs 23:14
Punish him with the rod and save his soul from death.

Matthew 13:42
They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:41
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Revelation 19:20
But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshipped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulphur.

Proverbs 15:11
Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD– how much more the hearts of men!

Matthew 16:19
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

2 Peter 2:4
For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgement;

Revelation 20:13-14
The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.

Matthew 10:28
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Ezekiel 18:20
The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

Revelation 20:1-3
Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

 

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.

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by 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 make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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How Can I Know If I’ll Go To Heaven?

 

 

 

John 14:2-4
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

If you were to die today, do you know for CERTAIN where you would go? Would you go to Heaven – or – would you go to hell?
It is important to know that Heaven and hell are real and it is also imperative for us to know that we are only on this Earth for a very, very short time.
The existence of Heaven is eternal and the existence of hell is also eternal. Therefore whilst we still are alive on Earth we must do what is necessary according to God’s grace and God’s will to ensure that we have a place reserved for us in Heaven and not in hell.

What Do You Need To Do & Know To Be Assured of A Place in Heaven?

(1) YOU MUST BE A TRUE, GENUINE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN – (John 3:3 – Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”)
Here, Jesus was responding to Nicodemus who was a Jewish ruler. Jesus clearly tells Nicodemus that only people who have been born again will “see the kingdom of God”. In other words only children of God will be assured of a place in Heaven.

(2) BECOMING BORN AGAIN MEANS THAT YOU MUST BELIEVE & RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD & SAVIOUR – (John 1:12-13 – But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become CHILDREN OF GOD, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.)
Being born again means that you become a child of God. You also become a new creation (read 2 Corinthians 5:17). It means that you surrender your life to God and allow Jesus to dwell inside you and become your Lord and Saviour so that you may live by Christian or Biblical values.

(3) YOU MUST BELIEVE & UNDERSTAND THAT ONLY JESUS CHRIST ALONE IS THE WAY TO HEAVEN – (John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”)
Do not for example think that you can be a Christian and a Buddhist at the same time. Nor can you be involved in any idolatrous or occult traditions and follow Jesus at the same time.
There is only ONE path to God and to eternal life in Heaven – and that path is Jesus Christ. Do not believe the lie that all religions lead to the same God. Only Jesus is your ticket to Heaven. Neither your pastor, your church or your parents can assure you of a place in Heaven but only Jesus can.

(4) YOU MUST UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY YOUR OWN WORKS OR EFFORT, BUT YOU ARE SAVED BY JESUS & WHAT HE DID FOR YOU ON THE CROSS – (Ephesians 2:8-9 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.)
Grace is undeserved kindness or favour. God showed us His love and kindness through His Son Jesus who died for us on the cross so that if we would believe in Him we would not perish but have everlasting life in Heaven (read John 3:16). There is nothing that we can do by our own effort and works that will earn us a place in Heaven. There is no amount of good works that we can do WITHOUT Jesus that can earn us eternal life with the Lord. However because of God’s grace through His Son Jesus, our salvation is totally FREE because of what Jesus did for us and if we only believe and receive Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour. Jesus Himself paid for our salvation by His death on the cross and by His blood. (1 Peter 1:18-19 – knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.)

(5) YOU MUST HAVE A GENUINE RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS. YOU MUST NOT LIVE A HYPOCRITICAL OR DECEPTIVE LIFESTYLE – (Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’)
We must be careful of self-deception and of living a hypocritical and disobedient lifestyle. God desires that we live an obedient lifestyle according to His values and not the values of the world or other religions. Therefore if one professes to be Christian, then he/she must live as a Christian and follow and obey the Lord. We must not deliberately live a hypocritical and disobedient lifestyle. We must allow Jesus to change our lifestyle so that we follow Him.

Conclusion

1 John 5:11-13
And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 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. Salvation is FREE.
2. Eternal life is available to us through Jesus.
3. We are saved by God’s grace and not by our own effort.
4. Jesus is the ONLY way by which we can be saved and receive eternal life.
5. We must have a personal one-on-one relationship with the Lord and live a Christ-like lifestyle.

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, we are all guilty of telling a lie; we are guilty of lust; we are guilt of coveting at some point in our life. If we are guilty of breaking even one of God’s 10 Commandments, then that makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s commandments means that we are accountable to God 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.

You can also pray the prayer below to become a born again Christian but after you have prayed the prayer below, PLEASE visit our Become A Christian link and Who You Are In Christ Jesus link in order to understand and be knowledgeable of Salvation through Christ 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. Make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You right now. I make You my Lord and Saviour from this day.
Amen”

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What Is A Nominal Christian?

Are you a nominal Christian or are you a true, genuine born again Christian? What is the difference between a religious person and a true born again Christian believer? Can a person be identified as a true Christian just because they go to church regularly, pray, read the Bible and even have a position or status in the church?
Jesus warned that not every person who claims to be a Christian is in fact a REAL Christian. There are some people who are unrepentant hypocrites and then there are some people who are true believers. It is therefore important for us to continuously walk as TRUE born again believers in Christ.

Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

WHAT IS A NOMINAL CHRISTIAN?
The word “nominal” means, “in name only.” Therefore nominal Christians are Christians in name only, but yet their life, their fruits, their true inner beliefs, their works (even the things they do in secret) is unrepentant & contrary to the word of God even though they bear the name “Christian”. Nominal Christians will know exactly how to act “Christian” or “religious” outwardly, but either in secret or because of false indoctrination or self-deception, they will be living a life that is hypocritical, deceptive and rebellious against God and His word.
In summary, a nominal Christian can also be defined as a person who may behave religiously, but yet he is a false or hypocrite who does not walk or believe in the salvation that God offers by grace through faith in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9).

John 5:39-40 NKJV
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. 40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.

The problem with being religious is that religion can lead a person to knowledge yet that knowledge will not lead them to a relationship. The purpose of the Scriptures is not only that we may have knowledge, but that we may have a relationship with the One who wrote the Scriptures – God.
The Pharisees had a knowledge of the written logos or Scriptures, yet they refused to have a relationship with the God with whom these Scriptures talked about. This is the problem with being religious.

It is very important to note that the word of God regards nominal Christians in the same category as unbelievers and not as genuine born again Christians.
Matthew 7:21-23 clearly shows that there will be judgement upon people who thought they were true Christian believers but in the eyes of the Lord, these people were deceptive nominal Christians or false believers.
So therefore, what are the characteristics that distinguish a real born again Christian from a nominal Christian?


WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A NOMINAL CHRISTIAN?

Here are a few examples in God’s word concerning God’s view and God’s judgement about nominal Christians and those who are religious but yet are self-deceived due to false doctrine:

(1) Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Are IniquitousMatthew 7:21-23 NKJV“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
There is so much we can learn from Matthew 7:21-23. The fact that Jesus called these nominal Christians “lawless” or “iniquitous” shows that they lived a life that was deliberately and habitually sinful and contrary to God’s word and God’s principles even though they claimed to be real Christians. God wants people who walk the talk. God wants Christians who put into practice His teachings and values. According to Jesus, not everyone who calls Him “Lord, Lord” is a real, true Christian, but he who obeys His will. Are you a religious person or are you a person seeking and obeying the will of God in your life? The reason why Jesus dismisses these false believers is because they “practice lawlessness”. They loved to practice lawlessness. An example is a certain group of the homosexual movement which claims to be Christian whilst practicing or engaging in homosexual activities. Their lifestyle, their actions and what they claim to believe were not corresponding; on one hand they called Him “Lord, Lord”, but yet what they practiced habitually in their lives did not show / testify that Jesus was in fact the Lord of their lives.

(2) Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Are Disobedient to Christ – Luke 6:46-47 NKJV“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”
God is not just interested in lip service. God expects our obedience. God expects us to listen to Him and to do what He says. When we claim to follow Him but yet live a disobedient lifestyle then we risk becoming false believers or nominal Christians. For example, a homosexual person who refuses to repent of such a sinful lifestyle may claim to be a Christian. Yet such a lifestyle is not supported by God & the Bible mentions that those who practice this type of sexual lifestyle “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9). Disobedience arises when we put our own personal interests before the interests of God. Disobedience arises when we follow our own principles and discard the values and principles mentioned in God’s word. Disobedience arises when we prefer to do things on our own terms and not on God’s terms. Isaiah 29:13 says “ Therefore the Lord said: “Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me, And their fear toward Me is taught by the commandment of men”

(3) Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Have Deceived Themselves – 2 Timothy 4:3-5 ESVFor the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
Nominal Christians do not correctly interpret the scriptures. They distort the meaning of various scriptures so that they can justify ungodly and self-serving behaviour. For example, certain cults like the Jehovah’s Witness do not believe that Jesus is God. Neither do they believe in hell or in salvation by grace. Yet they call themselves Christians. Nominal Christians do not like to be corrected by the truth in God’s word which is why they would try to distort the scriptures. They also dislike godly rebuke and instructions. A nominal Christian would rather listen to preaching or issues that do not rebuke his/her sinful lifestyle.

(4) Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Do Not Abide in Jesus – John 15:5-6 NKJV“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. 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.”
While nominal Christians profess to know Jesus, they do not allow Jesus to be the LORD of their lives. Jesus is LORD of Lords, and when Jesus becomes LORD of your life, it means that He becomes the master of your life. When Jesus becomes LORD of your life is also means that He has full authority to direct and guide you so that you may bear good fruits and godly works. The only way that we can abide in Jesus is by giving Him Lordship over our lives. A nominal Christian will however still maintain lordship over his own life instead of allowing Jesus to truly be Lord over his/her life and decisions. It is important to note in John 15:6 that Jesus mentions that at some point – most likely on judgement day, the nominal Christian who does not abide in Jesus will be “cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned”. This means that the judgement of a nominal Christian will be similar to that of an unbeliever.

(5) Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Love Worldly Pleasures – Romans 12:2 NKJVAnd do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
When we become true born again Christians, God does not want the teachings and values of the world to negatively influence our relationship with Him. God does not want us to conform to the standards and philosophies of this world. God wants our worldview and our lifestyle to be different from the worldview and lifestyle that the world offers. Nominal Christians however love the world and its pleasures they will continue to allow worldly standards and worldly influences to impact their lives and decisions. In Matthew 13:1-9 and Matthew 13:18-23, Jesus talks about the parable of the sower. In His parable, about the seed that fell among thorns, Jesus explains the following in Matthew 13:14 : “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” Therefore according to Jesus’ parable, the nominal Christian hears the word of God, but he is unfruitful because he/she is very much a friend of the world. However, God also tells us in James 4:4 that we should not be friends with the world. The lifestyle and spiritual values of a Christian are very different from the world’s values. It can therefore be very difficult to tell the difference between a worldly person / unbeliever and a nominal Christian – why? – because the nominal Christian is a Christian by name only.

(6) Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Do Not Bear Godly Fruit – Matthew 7:15-20 NKJV“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
The nominal Christian does not demonstrate the character of Jesus. To be Christian also means to be “like Jesus”. When we become Christians, Jesus wants us to imitate Him in many different ways. One of the reasons why He came to earth was to teach us and set an example for us as to who we should live, treat others and relate with God. When we become born again Christians our conduct and behavior must encourage others to believe in Christ.
The nominal Christian will however give Christianity a bad name by his/her conduct which will be contrary to the word of God. In Matthew 7:19, the judgment that will come upon the false prophet or nominal Christian is a judgment that is similar to an unbeliever, because a nominal Christian is not a true genuine Christian.

(7) Nominal Christians Are Religious, but Appear Righteous Outwardly Only – Matthew 23:27-28 NKJV“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”
The Pharisees had studied the law. They were religious leaders. They were respected by people and in society. They prayed and read the law frequently. However, they were more focused on appearing righteous and godly to men yet in secret or inwardly they were unrighteous and wicked. The nominal Christian loves the praise of men and works in order to be noticed by people for the religious activities that they perform. In Matthew 6:1-7, Jesus warned us not to be like the hypocrites who do various religious and charitable activities just so that they can be noticed and praised by men (and not by God).
It is important to know that God looks at the heart and not at the outward appearance of whatever we do (Jeremiah 17:9, 10). Men might judge according to outward appearance, but only God knows the deepest inner thoughts of our heart. God is interested in our inner motives more than our outward actions. Therefore whatever we do in word or deed, we must do it to the glory of God only (Colossians 3:17).

(8) Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Do Not Apply Both Faith & Works – James 2:14-15 NKJVWhat does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?
An intellectual belief in the existence of God is not enough for true salvation. We also have to apply our beliefs about God into action. The scriptures say that even the demons believe in God (James 2:19), however it does not mean that demons will repent just because they believe in God. Repentance is therefore key to change. Jesus’ message was a message of repentance or change so that we live our lives according to God’s values and not our own. Therefore whatever we believe about God that is reflected in the scriptures, we must apply in our own lives for His glory. The nominal Christian however will profess belief in God, but will not repent not put into action the deeds that prove that he/she believes. James 2:15-17 NKJV – If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

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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 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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Why are God & Satan at War?

Why Are God & Satan at war? Why does this battle exist? Who or what is it all about?
From the moment that Adam & Eve sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, there has been a battle experienced in mankind that still continues to this very day.
GOOD versus evil; LIGHT versus darkness; LOVE versus hate; PEACE versus war; FAITH versus fear; RIGHT versus wrong; LIFE versus death; the SPIRIT versus the flesh; ANGELS versus demons; GOD versus satan.

Below are 4 reasons why God & Satan are at war
(1) The Trophy In This Battle is YOUR LIFE. When the war is over which side will you be found? On the side of those who have perished? Or on the side of those who have received everlasting life though Christ Jesus. (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJVI call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;)

(2) God Wants You To Have A Life In Heaven – If there is anything that you should know about God is that He loves you and He wants you to have everlasting life. God wants you to have quality & purposeful life on earth and He wants you to have everlasting life with Him in Heaven. (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). GOD’s main goal is to reconcile His creation and all people to Himself and make sure that as many people as possible go to Heaven through Jesus.

(3) The Devil Wants You To Be In Hell – Satan knows that his time is short. He will therefore do all in his power to ensure that as many souls as possible join him in hell. The devil’s objective for all that he does is for the eventuality of ensuring as he takes as many souls as he can permanently away from the presence of God. Hell is a place where a person is eternally separated from God. (Revelation 12:12 NKJVTherefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.)

(4) Satan Wants To Destroy Everything That God Loves. In Genesis 1 whatever God created, He made good. However, the devil sought to steal, kill & destroy creation through the introduction of sin. The problems we see in life including those related to nature such as sickness, chaos, death and all kinds of suffering are rooted to the sin problem or the fall of man. If there is anything that you should know about the devil, is that he hates you and he wants to make sure you perish. The devil wants to kill, steal and destroy you and God’s purpose for you in your life. (1 Peter 5:8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour).
The devil didn’t create anyone or anything. The devil wants to destroy everything that God loves and the devil wants to destroy everything that God created. (John 10:10 NKJV – The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly)
The real trophies are people’s lives. YOUR life is important to God because God created YOU. When He created you, He had a purpose and a plan for your life.

 

God Loves You & Wants You In His Family
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
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.
God’s thoughts of you are thoughts of peace and not evil. God is not out to destroy you. God has no ulterior motives. God wants you to have a great future.
When the devil deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden the devil tried to make it appear as if God had ulterior motives; as if to suggest that God didn’t have Adam & Eve’s best interest at heart.

Genesis 3:4-5 NKJV
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The truth is, before Adam & Eve sinned, they were already like God. Because they were made in God’s image; they never experienced sickness; they never experienced poverty; they never experienced anxiety; they never experienced death; they were always in God’s presence; they were always joyful; they were never afraid; they were prosperous; UNTIL they listened to the serpent and sinned.
When Jesus came to earth He came to destroy the works of the devil and restore man to God’s original status

1 John 3:8 NKJV
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
So if the devil came to steal, kill and destroy – then Jesus came to restore you to a right relationship with God and to give you a quality, prosperous and everlasting life.
If you want to experience true life and God’s plan for your life, then you need Jesus. You can receive Jesus TODAY, right NOW and become a citizen of the Kingdom of 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.

This prayer 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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Who You Are In Christ – Useful Bible Verses

What does it mean to be a Christian? What are the privileges of being a Christian? Why should you become a Christian?
These Bible verses explain…

All bible verses quoted in NIV

In Christ Jesus You Are Accepted…

• John 1:12 I am God’s child.
Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

• John 15:15 As a disciple, I am a friend of Jesus Christ.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

• Romans 5:1 I have been justified.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

• 1 Corinthians 6:17 I am united with the Lord, and I am one with Him in spirit.
But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

• 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 I have been bought with a price and I belong to God.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

• 1 Corinthians 12:27 I am a member of Christ’s body.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

• Ephesians 1:3-8 I have been chosen by God and adopted as His child.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

• Colossians 1:13-14 I have been redeemed and forgive of all my sins.
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

• Colossians 2:9-10 I am complete in Christ.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

• Hebrews 4:14-16 I have direct access to the throne of grace through Jesus Christ.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
In Christ Jesus You Are Secure…

• Romans 8:1 I am free from condemnation.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

• Romans 8:28 I am assured that God works for my good in all circumstances.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:31-39 I am free from any condemnation brought against me and I cannot be separated from the love of God.
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died more than that, who was raised to life is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:”For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughter”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

• 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 I have been established, anointed and sealed by God.
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

• Colossians 3:1-4 I am hidden with Christ in God.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

• Philippians 1:6 I am confident that God will complete the good work He started in me.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

• Philippians 3:20 I am a citizen of heaven.
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

• 2 Timothy 1:7 I have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

• 1 John 5:18 I am born of God and the evil one cannot touch me.
We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him.

 

In Christ Jesus You Are Significant…

• John 15:5 I am a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and a channel of His life.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

• John 15:16 I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

• 1 Corinthians 3:16 I am God’s temple.
Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

• 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 I am a minister of reconciliation for God.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

• Ephesians 2:6 I am seated with Jesus Christ in the heavenly realm.
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

• Ephesians 2:10 I am God’s workmanship.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

• Ephesians 3:12 I may approach God with freedom and confidence.
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

• Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

 

 

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, we are all guilty of telling a lie; we are guilty of lust; we are guilt of coveting at some point in our life. If we are guilty of breaking even one of God’s 10 Commandments, then that makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s commandments means that we are accountable to God 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.

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by 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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Who Is Jesus to You? (Part 2)

The world and unbelievers have a problem understanding and believing the existence of a supernatural all-powerful God. The world does not view nor understand God from a spiritual view, but the world instead views God from the lens of evolution, science, assumption or various man-made philosophies and theories.

1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

An atheist will often ask a Christian to prove the existence of God. The unbeliever or atheist relies more on what they see with their physical eyes. They do not live by faith, but they believe by the principle of “seeing is believing”. The Christian however lives according to the word of God which also says that “the just shall live by faith” and that “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. – Hebrews 11:3 NKJV”
Therefore in order to know Christ, you must have FAITH in Him and you must be able to BELIEVE Him. The interesting thing about FAITH is that you are NOT required to INTELLECTUALLY UNDERSTAND in order to have FAITH in God.
FAITH does not look at your background or social position or even your intelligence. Many of the people who received God’s touch and healing when Jesus was on earth were very ordinary people and they were not intellectuals as the Pharisees and Sadducees. Jesus would often touch the lowest people in society and often it was the faith of the people in Christ that opened for healing in their lives. Which is why Jesus would often tell those He healed or helped and say “your faith has made you well” (Mark 5:34, Mark 10:32, Luke 7:50, Luke 18:42)
Therefore the difference between those who personally know and have a relationship with God in their life and those who do not believe in God is summed up in one word – FAITH.

Matthew 16:15-18
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

When Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was, Peter answered correctly by identifying Jesus as being the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Jesus clearly responds by saying that Peter’s revelation of who Jesus is did not come from his own understanding or intellect, but the revelation of Christ came from God the Father.
The same is true of every Christian believer. As a Christian, your revelation of God comes from God because you have chosen to open yourself by FAITH to God. Even though you have not physically seen God with your physical eyes, you believe and know in your spirit that God exists and you see and experience God’s presence and work in your life. This is the FAITH that an atheist or unbeliever needs in order to know who Jesus is.
The knowledge of God and who Jesus is cannot be discovered in the natural or by natural understanding, but it can only be revealed in the spiritual by faith.

John 1:12-13 NKJV
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Therefore if we are to fully understand, experience and know who Jesus is in our life, then we constantly need to exercise faith in Him so that He may continue to reveal to us about Himself and His word.
In addition, if we are to help and unbeliever to know God, then we need to teach them to exercise their faith.

The Grace & Mercy of God

Psalms 103:10 NKJV
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

What is your personal view of God? Do you view Him as being ready to pounce and punish you for EVERY sin? Do you view God as only having a military style of leadership where you can’t ask Him questions and you are not allowed to show Him your true feelings? Or maybe you view God as being always angry with you because of a past sin you did.

Sometimes our perception of God can have an effect on how we relate to God. If you want to know the Lord, you have to spend time with Him and you have to read His word. You also need to look at Jesus and the life of Jesus in order to have a clear perception of what God is like. (John 14:9 – Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?)
Therefore in order to have a real understanding of God, you need to have a relationship and knowledge of His begotten Son, Jesus.

Psalms 103:8 NKJV
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

Grace is defined as : unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.; a virtue coming from God.
Mercy is defined as : Compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm

One of the characteristics of God is His MERCY and GRACE towards us. It is very important for us to know and appreciate God’s qualities of mercy and grace.

  1. If God were not merciful and gracious then no human would be alive right now on earth because He would have destroyed all mankind because of sin. (Genesis 9:11 – Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”)
  2. If God were not merciful and gracious then Jesus would not have come as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. (John 3:16-17 – 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. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.)
  3. If God were not merciful and gracious then God would not have made SALVATION to be a FREE GIFT through Jesus. We therefore are not saved by our own works, but we are saved by FREELY accepting and receiving Jesus. (Ephesians 2:8,9 – “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”)
  4. If God were not merciful and gracious then we would be punished according to our sins and iniquities. (Psalms 103:10 – He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.)

2 Corinthians 10:17 NKJV
But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord”

Nobody is perfect because of sin. However thank God for His mercy and grace. He is kind and good to us even though we don’t deserve it.
We can never boast in ourselves or in our own goodness – because our own effort is not good enough for God. However we can boast in the Lord and give praise to Him because of the grace and mercy to which He shows to us despite our flaws. We can thank Him also that in Christ Jesus we are complete and we have access to Him.

TODAY. Thank God for His grace and mercy.

The Value of Sinners

Luke 15:1-2 NKJV
Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.

The battle between God and Satan is for people. There is nothing more important to both God and the devil than your life. The question is, whose side are you on?
God wants you on His side so that you may prosper and have eternal life in His Son Jesus.
The devil wants you on his side so that he may eventually kill, steal and destroy you.

The Pharisees and scribes despised that Jesus would spend time teaching and being among the tax collectors and sinners. Yet Pharisees somehow failed to understand that Jesus came for the sinners so that they may believe and follow God. The Pharisees themselves also failed to realize that THEY were sinners too and that the Pharisees and scribes needed to repent too.

Therefore Jesus had to teach them the VALUE of a sinner who repents

Luke 15:4-7 NKJV
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

God’s love for a sinner who repents is such that the whole of Heaven will celebrate if just ONE sinner repents and decides to follow God. And God will put GREAT effort to find those unbelieving people who are lost. Everyone is valuable to God, especially the lost because God desire that sinners should come to Him and be saved through His Son Jesus.

Matthew 18:11 NKJV
For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

Jesus focused through-out His ministry on the lost; the sinners; the unbelievers. Therefore as God’s children, what attitude should we have towards sinners or unbelievers?
Our attitude should be like Jesus, and that is: To bring sinner to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. When we do this, we are obeying and imitating Christ.

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

 

HOW TO BECOME A GENUINE CHRISTIAN
If you are not a Christian, and you want to become a born-again Christian, you can do so by confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that He came to save you from the power of the enemy and so that you may have an eternal everlasting relationship with Him.

Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

(You can also click two of the following links below in order to have detailed information on how to become a born again Christian and what it means to become a Christian).

LINKS
Become A Christian
Bible Verses on Who You Are In Christ Jesus

You can also pray the prayer below to become a born again Christian but after you have prayed the prayer below, PLEASE visit our Become A Christian link and Who You Are In Christ Jesus link in order to understand and be knowledgeable of Salvation through Christ 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. Make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You right now. I make You my Lord and Saviour from this day.
Amen”

 

You Are Light

Are you the type of person who is afraid to share about Christ to other people? Are you afraid that if you shared your faith that you might offend some people?

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

When you become a Christian Jesus says that you ARE LIGHT. Before you became a Christian you were in darkness, but when you became born again, you become the “light of the world” because of Jesus who is in you.
The world is in darkness; the world’s philosophies, the world’s doctrines, the world’s direction are all in a state of darkness. However every born again Christian has the answers to the world’s problems through the word of God and also because Christ Jesus is in us.
Light was never created so that it could be hidden. Light was created to remove the darkness. Therefore when you became a new creation in Christ, you became God’s light to the world, so that you may reveal and expose the darkness that is in the world.
Therefore don’t be ashamed of the gospel of Christ. You ARE light.
Don’t be afraid that you might offend someone. You ARE light.
Remember that whenever you speak to somebody about the gospel – it is to the glory of God because it is God’s gospel.

Luke 9:26 NKJV
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels

When you became a born again Christian, it was because God used somebody; a person who wasn’t ashamed to share the gospel to you.
Therefore you too have the ability to be used courageously by God to share the gospel without fear or shame to an unbeliever. Because you are light, you have the privilege of impacting somebody’s life to the glory of God through Christ.

2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

The most common reason why some Christians do not share the word of God with unbelievers is fear. However, the Holy Spirit will help you to walk in power, a sound mind and to be motivated in your actions by love.

From today, don’t be afraid to share with an unbeliever about God.