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Getting right with God

"... there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."  Luke 15:10

 

Do you know where you will spend eternity? Are you going to make it into heaven or is there a chance you might end up in hell?

 

God smiles on us when we want to learn about Him and His ways. Ignoring Him is not a good idea. Many people have their own beliefs about God and how to get right with Him. God doesn't change His ways to our ways any more than adults change to a child's ways. Assumptions and wishful thinking are among the worst ways to conclude anything about anyone, especially God. We need to learn what God says about Himself and us because the greatest future event for every soul is accountability to God.

 

In this age of political correctness and moral relativism, God has not changed. Let's take a look at what God has to tell those who make incorrect assumptions about Him.

Job 38:1-4 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.

It would be good to now pray this short prayer: Father in Heaven, please give me understanding to learn the truth about You and Your ways. In Jesus' name, thank You.

 

All religions tell us if we do good things then there is a good chance we will make it into heaven. But none of the religions can tell us how much good is good enough. We just have to wait until it is all over to find out if we succeeded. But once we leave our bodies, it is too late to come back and change anything. God knows our eternity is such an important matter for us that He made a simple way for anyone to be confident they are going to get into heaven.

 

God wants relationship instead of religion. Of course God commands us to do good things. But no amount of good things can remove the bad things (sin) from our record. We all are guilty of sin. And God knows all our sins:

Matthew 10:26 "... for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known."

 

What does sin produce?

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death [hell]; but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

It is unwise to not fear that we will be held accountable for our sins or that they are small in comparison to the sins of criminals who make the news. People are not God's standard for righteousness ... Jesus is.

 

 

 

 

Our Universal Dilemma

We don't need to go too far down the list of the Ten Commandments to learn we are guilty of sin. For example: You shall not use the Lord's name in vain. Honor your mother and father. You shall not commit adultery/fornication. You shall not steal. You shall not lie.

 

Our sin separates us from our Holy Creator. Lying to ourselves about our innocence is self defeating. The time to get right with God is now. He is watching to see if you truly want Him.

 

If someone has the cure for cancer and keeps it to themself, the world would call them cruel. But humanity has a greater and more universal problem than cancer. It is sin. Sin is what keeps us eternal beings out of God's sinless heaven and condemns us to sinful hell. And Jesus warned us that more people are ending up in hell than heaven:

Matthew 7: 13-14 "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction [hell], and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life [heaven], and there are few who find it."

Many people think we get into heaven by doing good things. But doing good things does not erase the bad things we have done.

 

How we get sin removed from our record

Unlike cancer, the cure for sin is accessible to all and is free! Most people already know these three very important facts:

1.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins.

2.  Jesus shed much blood when He was crucified.

3.  Jesus suffered this painful death voluntarily for us. He did not have to do this for Himself. He is sinless.

 

Jesus paid the price for our sins because we are unable to pay the penalty. If we could make it into heaven on our own by doing good things or by some religious exercises, then Jesus would have been a fool … He would have suffered voluntarily for nothing. But Jesus is no fool! He paid the greatest price anyone paid for anything and that is for our souls so we could make it into heaven!  

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

Now you can understand why God is angry at those who ignore this most costly and precious gift that He is offering to us for free. (Think of how you would feel toward someone who rejects/ignores the most valuable gift you could give.)

The significance of the blood of Jesus

The Bible tells us the blood of Jesus washes our sins away. This is like a delete key erasing the record in computer file. This means when we (true Christ followers) are called up to give account at the Great White Throne Judgment, our record will have no sin on it because the blood of Jesus washed it off! I hope you can understand the magnitude of this.

 

Hebrews 13:12 And so Jesus also suffered ... to make the people holy through his own blood.

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, … Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood,

John 14:6 "Jesus said ..., 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.'"

John 3:18 [Jesus speaking] "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 5:22-24 [Jesus speaking] "For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. "Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

 

I hope you pray the following prayer with deep sincerity. If you do, you too can have confidence that you are in right standing with your Creator and will make it into heaven.

1 John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.


Prayer to get right with God

Dear Father in heaven, I confess that I am a sinner and my sins have separated us. I want to be in a right relationship with You. I ask You to help me remember my sins so that I may repent of them and come clean. I sincerely repent of my sins and ask for Your mercy to forgive me of my sins. I accept Jesus' crucifixion, His shed blood and rising from the dead as His payment for my sins. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to come into my heart to guide my thoughts and actions and to help me stay away from my sinful ways. Thank You in the name of my Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

"... there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."  Luke 15:10

What now?

Read the Bible and pray to God daily. Find a good Bible teaching church near you. And learn more from the Next Steps page. Feel free to print this page, mark it up and call or e_mail me with whatever questions or doubts you may have. I also eagerly accept prayer requests. And don't forget to tell others about this most important information.

 

 

With the love of Jesus Christ,

 

Ro.n Jasniow.ski
www.abcGod.net
Palatine, Illinois  60074

USA

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