God's Free Gift For You

        Salvation is the free gift of eternal life God has prepared for you and me through Jesus Christ. It is given to whoever will admit their spiritual need, repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord.

        In Romans 6:23 we read "The wages of sin is death..." Every one of us has missed God's mark. Every one of us falls short of being perfect. We are getting only what we deserve, and we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth. We do not deserve the gift of salvation. We were still sinners when Jesus died on the cross and took upon Himself the sins of the world, and we still are sinners. Everyone that has ever lived, except Jesus, has sinned. But, God loves us so much, that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to enter into and die in this world of sin. We cannot earn salvation by our good works, for the Bible says that we are saved by grace.

        Since we can never measure up to God's standards on our own, God has reached out to man. We cannot solve the problem of sin, but God, who is perfect, can and has. He has become a bridge for us. John 3:16-17 states "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 to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.." In Romans 5:8 we read, "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." If a person acknowledges that he is a sinner, and he accepts the promise that Christ is the solution, he is at a crossroads. Either the person must reject God's solution and accept the consequences, or he must accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. What must a person do to accept this gift? Simply receive it! Matthew 11:28-30 states "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me.. for My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

        His invitation is clear. We must come to Him. All that remains is a response. If you have never asked the Lord, Jesus, to come into your life, why not open the door now? You really have nothing to lose, except your worries, fears, and guilt. Jesus says that he is standing at the door of your heart right now, knocking to be allowed in. If YOU will open the door to Him, He will come in, (Revelation 3:20).

        Because Jesus Christ has already paid the price for our sins, all we have to do is confess Jesus Christ as Lord and believe that God raised Him from the dead. Are you ready to receive this free gift God has made possible for us? Do you believe in Jesus Christ? If you are sincere about this, and you are ready to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, Please say this prayer out loud as follows:

        "Dear Lord Jesus Christ: Have mercy on me, a sinner, I confess my sins. I am not proud of them, but I acknowledge them as sin. I thank You for dying for mankind and arising from the dead for me. I am a person in need of forgiveness. I ask You to forgive me and cleanse me from my unrighteousness. Make me the person You want me to be, the person You have purposed me to be from the beginning of time. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life.

        Lord Jesus, I accept you as my personal Savior. Thank You for saving every personal area of struggle in my life. I rejoice that Your blood cleanses me from my sins, and I am filled with the strength of Your Holy Spirit. I dedicate my life to You and vow to live everyday according to Your Word. Jesus mighty name AMEN ."

        If you just prayed that prayer and really meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Not only that, but he has forgiven you of all your sin. The Bible tells us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9) God also promises, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalms 103:12). Your decision to receive Christ also means that you are now going to Heaven one day.

        You need to take some practical steps to grow strong spiritually: read the Bible, pray, and go to church. Please let someone who is a Christian know about your decision to accept Jesus as your personal Saviour. I encourage you to obtain a Bible, and read it (God's holy word) everyday!. Repent, turn away from sin! Pray to Jesus everyday. Find a Bible believing, teaching, and preaching church, and get involved with the activities, meet the people, find a close friend in that church that can hold you accountable for the actions in your life, support that church through your tithes , offerings, prayer, and fellowship with the believers. If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited. You need to take the initiative; call the pastor of a nearby church where Christ is honored and His Word is preached. Start this week, and make plans to attend church regularly.

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