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Salvation

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

Man has a natural desire to be boss and to ignore God's principles for living.  You can see this all the time in our society around us.  You hear phrases like, "Look out for number one... Do your own thing... If it feels good, do it regardless of what God says."  In other words, "It's my life and I'll do what I please" or as the great theologian Frank Sinatra sang, "I did it my way."  We want to be our own boss.  We don't want God to be our boss.  The Bible calls this attitude sin.

The Bible says we've all had this problem.  Isaiah 53:6 "All of us like sheep have gone astray and each of us have turned to his own way."

1 John 1:8 "If we say we never sin we're only fooling ourselves and we refuse to accept the truth."

The sad part is that sin breaks our close relationship to God and it causes us to fear God and to try to live our lives outside His will.

Isaiah 59:2 says "The trouble is that your sins have cut you off from God."

Romans 3:23 says "All have sinned and fall short of God's glorious ideal."  We have all sinned.  There's no perfect person in the world.  When people have problems they often try many different ways of coping before turning to God.  When we have this relationship that we were meant to have with God and it's broken, when we feel this emptiness inside, we don't always know that what we're yearning for is God.  So instead of looking to God to fill this emptiness, we try all kinds of things.

WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?

Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father, except through Me."  Notice Jesus didn't say, "I might be the way ... I point the way ... I teach the way ... I'm looking for the way." He said, "I'm it!"  Then He said, "I'm the Truth."

"I am the Truth."  Not, "I point to it... I teach it ... " But "I am the Truth."  He's either who He says He is or He's the biggest liar who ever lived.  God, Himself, came to earth as a human being to bring us back to Himself.  If any other way would have worked, Jesus Christ would not have had to come.  The Way is not a religion, the Way is not a path, the Way is a person.  God wants you to know Him personally.

Jesus has already taken care of your sin problem.  Romans 6:23 "The wages of sin is death, the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." 

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A CHRISTIAN?

It means to put your faith in Christ.  It takes more than just knowing about. 

People say, "I believe about God."  So does the devil.  He knows there's a God but you're not going to find him in heaven. So what's the difference.  It means to believe in Christ.  God did this for us because He loves us and wants us to know Him.

Romans 5:8 "God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still separated from God by sin, Christ died for us."  God is on the one side and all the people are on the other side and Christ Jesus is between them to bring them together by giving His life for all mankind.  God has already done His part to restore our relationship to Him.  He took the initiative.  He came to earth. Now He waits for each of us to individually accept what He's done. 

WHAT DOES GOD WANT ME TO DO?

1.  Admit.  You may have known about God all your life. You may have wondered, "Am I really a Christian?"  Maybe you've had doubts about it.  You can know for sure right now.  First, you admit.  I admit that God has not been first place in my life and I ask Him to forgive my sins.  1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins He's faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong."

2.  Believe.  I believe that Jesus Christ died to pay for my sins and that He rose on Easter and is alive today.  Romans 10:9 "If you confess that Jesus is your Lord, and you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."  It doesn't say you might be.  It doesn't say you can hope to be.  It says you will.

3.  Accept. AcceptGod's free gift of salvation.  Ephesians 2:8-9 "It is by grace you are saved through faith and it is not of yourselves.  It is the gift of God.  Not of works so no one could boast."  Can you imagine, if you could earn your way to heaven, what a cruddy place heaven would be?  If you could earn your way to heaven, everybody up there would be bragging on how they got there.  You don't get there on your own effort.  You get there just by accepting God's free gift.

4. Invite. Invite Jesus Christ to come into your life and be the director (or Lord) of your life.  John 1:12-13 "To all who receive Him, He gives the right to become the children of God.  All we need to do is to trust Him to save us. All those who believe this are reborn.  Not a physical rebirth but from the will of God."  You must believe and receive.

A Simple Prayer of Commitment to God:

"Dear Jesus, Thank you for making me and loving me even when I've ignored You and gone my own way.  I realize I need You in my life and I'm sorry for my sins.  I ask You to forgive me.  Thank You for dying on the cross for me.  Please help me to understand it more.  As much as I know how, I want to follow You from now on.  Please come into my life and make me a new person inside.  I accept Your gift of salvation.  Please help me to grow as a Christian.  Amen."