wondering about God?

 Dear Friend,

Knowing Jesus is the greatest joy a person can ever experience.  A relationship with Him restores us to right relationship with God, and frees us to live the life we were created to live.

The following is a basic understanding of the salvation won for us through Jesus Christ:

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners--- of whom I am the worst.”  -1 Timothy 1:15

We Cannot Save Ourselves…

We never could, and we never will. The Bible says in 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.” 

There is nothing about mankind that is strong enough to overcome sin and death. Romans says plainly, “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”   

This means that sin, in all its forms, separate us from God.  That separation can only lead to death.  Romans says, “For the wages of sin is death...”  God had to make a way for us to escape the power of sin and death.   

God Has Had A Plan From The Beginning…

God has always known that we would be sinful, but He still chose to create us and still loves us with a love greater than any we could imagine! His heart’s desire is to have a relationship with us, which is the motivation of His every action.

In Jeremiah 30:22, God declares, “…you will be my people, and I will be your God.” This dream of God’s could not be accomplished until the sins that separate man from Him were removed. That is why God sent His son, Jesus. John reads, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”

Jesus Was The Fulfillment Of God’s Plan…

Jesus, the only Son of God, came so we would not have to die for our sins. He allowed Himself, even though He lived a completely sinless life, to be killed and to take upon Himself all of our sins.  He suffered the punishment and separation from God that should have been ours instead. 1 Peter 3:18a says, "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” Romans explains it even more, saying, “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”

God has always required a perfect sacrifice for our sins—Jesus provided that for us. This is why he said in John 14:6, "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

What Do I Have To Do?

First, you must acknowledge who Jesus is.
You have to realize Jesus is God, that He came to earth and lived as a man, died and rose again, and is now seated next to God, praying constantly for you.

Next, you have to receive Him as your Savior and Lord.
John tells us, “To all who receive Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become Children of God.” You have to tell God that you believe Jesus died for your sins, and ask Him to come and forgive you now. You must also give Him permission to become the authority in your life--give Him the right to take control from this point on.

What Happens Now?

He will save you.
As soon as you ask, Jesus will come and remove your sins from you. Romans 10:9-10 tells you, "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” You will be forgiven, and instead of the death (separation from God forever) that should have been yours, you will be given eternal life.

He will live in you and change you.
Galatians says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Once you give your life over to God, He actually comes to dwell within you! The Holy Spirit is now a part of you—it is God Himself within you, teaching you and helping you. Things may not get easier, and you may not always feel differently, but God is with you now, in every situation.  You can rest in knowing that. Hebrews 13:5b-6 says, “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’.” So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.’”

Acts 10:38 says, “You know how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.”

This is a description of what Jesus did 2000 years ago, and what he is STILL DOING TODAY!  Jesus has done good in my life, and He has delivered me from the power of the devil.

He can do the same for you!
If you would like more information about receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior, send me an e-mail at efcsweetwater@aol.com.  I would love to visit with you.

Grace to you,

Pastor Eric