While on the highway, hauling freight from point A to point B, we are continually passing and being passed by other 18s and many four wheelers. So, as we “pass” each other by way of this brochure, I want to leave you with this thought:
We never know what the next turn, curve, or even the next straight stretch of highway will bring our way. For that matter we do not know if we are as healthy as we think we are. Just a few years ago a good friend of mine died of an aneurysm, he was only 44 years of age, four years younger than me at the time. That could have been you or me.
According to God’s Word, in death, we go to another place where we will spend eternity. The choice is ours; there are only two places to pick from, Heaven or Hell. Naturally we do not want to think of this, but it is coming and we cannot stop it. As I said, the choice is ours and God said so in John 3:16-19:
“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.
"He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”
Yes, God loves us, He made us and just like any good father wanting the best for his child, God wants the best for us. Parents cannot force the best on their child, because the choice is the child’s to make to either accept or reject what the parents have to offer, no matter how good it is.
In John 3:16-19 we read that God is offering us eternal life with Him, and even though Jesus died for our sins it is our choice to accept or reject this gift.
A few of us, excluding myself, have lived a fairly good life. Are those people still sinners? Let’s look at what God has to say about it:
“For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10 What is the law and what does it say? The law spoken of here is the Ten Commandments. The law is like the house rules parents set up. So God’s “house rules” are:
1. You shall not have any other gods before me.
2. You shall not make any image to worship.
3. You shall not use God’s Name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not lie.
10. You shall not covet.
Have you ever committed adultery? Jesus, (God) says, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27, 28 Have you looked at a person of the opposite sex, that is someone you are not married to, and wanted to have sex with that person? Of course you have. So what does that make you? An adulterer.
Have you ever stolen any thing, even something as small as a pen even if it was unintentionally? Of course you have. So what does that make you? A thief.
Have you ever told a lie, even something small, we often call that a “white lie”? Of course you have. So what does that make you? A liar.
So since God says if we break even one of these we are guilty of them all, and you just saw we are all guilty of at least three, so we are all Hell bound unless someone paid the price for us.
This is where Jesus comes in. Only a perfect person paying the price for our sins could save us. Since no person is perfect, God had to come Himself and pay the price for us. Jesus paid the price when He died on the cross for our sins, rose from the dead coming out of the grave three days later.
Jesus says all you have to do is verbally ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, and invite Him to be your personal Savior and Lord. He will.
All this is why God tells us in:
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 10:9,10: “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.”
Can you answer these questions?
1. Have you come to God realizing that you are a lost sinner? Have you prayed to God asking Him to forgive you and have mercy on you, believing that He has heard you; that you are forgiven because Jesus died in your place? 1 John 1:9
2. Are you determined to please God in every detail of your life? Psalm 37:4-5
3. If you can sincerely answer “yes” to the foregoing questions, then you can know on the authority of God’s Word that you are NOW a child of God and on the road to Heaven. John 1:12
Discouragements and temptations to do wrong will come but remember that such do not come from God, but from your adversary the Devil. Read 1 Peter 4:12 and Hebrews 4:14-16
Now that you took the step and invited Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior you are now asking, “What’s next?” “Where do I go from here?” Here are some steps for you to take as you grow from infancy to maturity in your relationship with Jesus Christ and your new Father, God the Heavenly Father.
1. Start setting aside a daily quiet time with God. This is where you get away to a place or room by yourself and spend time in prayer and Bible reading. Talk to God about your daily life, your friends, enemies, joys, sorrows, sins, your job, and etc. Proverbs 8:17, Psalm 55:17, Matthew 21:22, 1 John 5:14-15
2. Set aside a time, like morning breakfast, for a short prayer and Scripture reading with your spouse and children. 2 Timothy 1:5, Proverbs 22:6, Deuteronomy 6:5-7
3. Find a non-compromising Bible teaching church to go to weekly. Join a Bible class at the church. Hebrews 12:25
4. At the earliest opportunity ask the pastor about being baptized in water. Water baptism is not salvation, but it is an act of obedience to God and a symbol to the world of your surrender to God. Acts 2:38
5. Share with others what Christ has done for you – how He saved you from your sins and promised you eternal life with Him just because you asked. Tell those around you how God has delivered you from your old way of life. Psalm 26:1-7, Proverbs 11:30, Revelation 12:11
6. Leave ungodly stuff behind such as ungodly friends, books, magazines, movies, places, etc. 2 Corinthians 6:14-17
7. Don’t be discouraged when temptations come. 2 Timothy 3:12
8. Read the Bible through consistently. Start with Matthew and read through the New Testament about three times then start with Genesis and read through the entire Bible over and over and over again. This is a good thing to do in your daily quiet time with God.
What Is A Christian?
A Christian is a person who comes to God as a lost sinner, accepts Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior, spends time with Christ daily in prayer and Bible reading, shares Christ with those around him/her and strives to please Christ daily.
We are here for you as you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
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