Updated: Dec 3, 2020
It may not be today, tomorrow, or in a 100 years... But Jesus is returning for all who believe.
Be ready now. Don't wait. We do not know when death will take us. We do not know when
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will return.
Tough times are coming. I will not paint a picture of rainbows and butterflies for this fleshly world. "But the one who endures to the end will be saved." Matt 24:13
𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐇𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧
"And the Lord said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.” 𝐄𝐳𝐞𝐤𝐢𝐞𝐥 𝟗:𝟒
"And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads." 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝟗:𝟒
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
"For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows."
"When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." Luke 21:28
**How to Become a Follower of Christ/Not religious!**
You're not here by accident. God loves you. He wants you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus, His Son. There is just one thing that separates you from God. That one thing is sin.
The Bible describes sin in many ways. Most simply, sin is our failure to measure up to God’s holiness and His righteous standards. We sin by things we do, choices we make, attitudes we show, and thoughts we entertain. We also sin when we fail to do right things. The Bible affirms our own experience – “there is none righteous, not even one.” No matter how good we try to be, none of us does right things all the time.
People tend to divide themselves into groups - good people and bad people. But God says that every person who has ever lived is a sinner, and that any sin separates us from God. No matter how we might classify ourselves, this includes you and me. We are all sinners.
"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
"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
Many people are confused about the way to God. Some think they will be punished or rewarded according to how good they are. Some think they should make things right in their lives before they try to come to God. Others find it hard to understand how Jesus could love them when other people don't seem to. But I have great news for you! God DOES love you! More than you can ever imagine! And there's nothing you can do to make Him stop! Yes, our sins demand punishment - the punishment of death and separation from God. But, because of His great love, God sent His only Son Jesus to die for our sins.
"God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
For you to come to God you have to get rid of your sin problem. But, in our own strength, not one of us can do this! You can't make yourself right with God by being a better person. Only God can rescue us from our sins. He is willing to do this not because of anything you can offer Him, but JUST BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU!
"He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy." Titus 3:5
It's God's grace that allows you to come to Him - not your efforts to "clean up your life" or work your way to Heaven. You can't earn it. It's a gift to us paid for by Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary.
"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." Ephesians 2:8-9
For you to come to God, the penalty for your sin must be paid. God's gift to you is His son, Jesus, who paid the debt for you when He died on the Cross.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23
Jesus paid the price for your sin and mine by giving His life on a cross at a place called Calvary, just outside of the city walls of Jerusalem in ancient Israel. God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God's offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is "repentance" - to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God's.
All that's left for you to do is to accept the gift that Jesus is holding out for you right now.
"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." Romans 10:9-10
God says that if you believe in His son, Jesus, you can live forever with Him in glory.
"For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life." John 3:16
Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? Let's review what this commitment involves:
I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior - this is to repent or turn away from sin.
I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead - this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins.
I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God - this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus.
I receive Jesus as my Savior forever - this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised.
If it is your sincere desire to receive Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior, then talk to God from your heart:
Here's a Suggested Prayer (Say these words with true repentance and a heart, mind, and soul that is seeking Him. This prayer is not a free ticket into heaven. These are just words. God truly knows our hearts):
"Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I do not deserve eternal life. But, I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. Jesus, come into my life, take control of my life, forgive my sins and save me. I am now placing my trust in You alone for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."
If you prayed this prayer and are ready to begin your relationship with Christ, here are some links to help you begin your journey. God bless you!
Tools to have a relationship with Christ (not get religious!)
*Note: No one teacher has everything 100% correct. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide; ask for wisdom and discernment from Him! Research for yourself. Think for yourself. Don't ever let my words or anyone else's be the final say, even if it sounds good. Test all things and hold fast to what is good!
I may not agree with everything from the content I share from other people.
𝐀𝐩𝐩𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 to come to your own conclusions regarding the content in videos/links I may share.
Before you read the Bible, pray for wisdom and understanding.
"that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him,"
"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."
1 Corinthians 2:14
14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them - because they are spiritually discerned.
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Remember: Don't get lost in letters on a page and puffed up with knowledge of the Scriptures.
“You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me (Christ)! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life."
Mark of the Beast - 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐇𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧!
Heaven or Hell? The Damning Deception of Empty Words and Empty Hearts If you have accepted Christ and you are still finding yourself asking this question (will I go to heaven or hell), I am linking an excellent sermon (𝒊𝒕 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒗𝒊𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒎𝒆!) below to help.
In this video, we look at how the New Age movement and the pagan, occult, esoteric beliefs it holds to come directly from Satanism and the Luciferian doctrine of Helena Blavatsky and Aleister Crowley.
This video debunks the idea that New Age spirituality is harmless by showing how the same kinds of occult beliefs taught in the New Age are also taught by Anton Levay, the author of the Satanic Bible.
If you would like to know more about the 'new age movement', this is a link to Steven Bancarz's channel on YouTube.
𝐖𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢-𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥; 𝐢𝐧 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐭, 𝐰𝐞'𝐯𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐞𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢-𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐥𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐲𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐦.
We are at a place where 'theology' and 'doctrine' are bad words.
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your MIND." 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐰 𝟐𝟐:𝟑𝟕
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 𝟏 𝐏𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟑:𝟏𝟓
Why I choose to believe the Bible:
"I choose to believe the Bible because it's a reliable collection of historical documents written down by eyewitnesses during the lifetime of other eyewitnesses. They report supernatural events that took place and fulfilled specific prophecies and claim that their writings are divine rather than human in origin." - V. Baucham
Voddie Baucham unpacks and breaks down this statement in this short 30 minute clip.
Sound is messed up for a minute or two, but it gets fixed.
What version of the Bible do you use? How about we study from several versions, use concordances, and use the discernment the Holy Spirit gives us?
Sharing if anyone is interested. New Believers: Start at John 1:1 read all of John first, then you can understand who Jesus is how it was Him that created the heavens and earth, why He came, why He had to die, and how he taught us to follow him.
40 Day Devotional: 1. Jesus is God - 1:1 2. Embracing the Light 1:4-5 3. Children of God 1:10-13 4. Born again 3:3-8 5. God's great love 3:16 6. Right place at right time 4:4-9 7. Spirit & Truth 4:23-24 8. Jesus is Life 5:25-27 9. Believe 6:28-29 10. Bread of life 6:32-35 11. Living bread 6:48-51 12. Truth from above 7:16-18 13. Spiritual thirst 7:37-39 14. Light of life 8:12 15. Truth & set free 8:31-32 16. Redeeming our time 9:4-5 17. Life to the full 10:10 18. Jesus the good shepherd 10:11 19. Truly God or merely man 10:33 20. Jesus the resurrection & the life 11:25-26 21. Surrender 12:23-25 22. Following Jesus 12:26 23. Power of the cross 12:31-33 24. Praise from God 12:42-45 25. The Father speaks 12:48-50 26. Love one another 13:34-35 27. Solution to anxiety 14:1-3 28. Jesus the way, truth & life 14:6 29. Seeing the Father 14:8-11 30. Prayer - do it seriously 14:13-14 31. Holy Spirit, source of strength for obedience 14:16-17 32. God's supernatural guidance 14:25-26 33. Gift of peace 14:27 34. Overcoming fear 16:31-33 35. Incredible sacrifice 17:1-3 36. Heaven 17:24 37. Unfailing love 19:25-27 38. Empty tomb 20:3-9 39. Love for Jesus 20:17-18 40. That you may have eternal life 20:30-31
Other blog posts you may find interesting! Glory to God if you've made is this far reading/watching and want to learn more!
The Old Law. Why are there so many “rules” to be a Christian”? (There’s not, by the way.)