Are You Ready?

by Andy on September 7, 2010

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:
if any man hear my voice, and open the door,
I will come in to him, and will sup with him,
and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

We all need salvation–so how do we get it? Fortunately for us, holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit, and in doing so they wrote the scriptures that we know today as the Holy Bible. Within the pages of the Bible, the purpose of man and the road to eternal life with God is laid out for us. The book of Romans, found in the New Testament, contains several scriptures that are written to guide us on the road to salvation. It’s exciting, it’s simple, it’s something worth grasping hold of, and once you do, you’ll never want to let go.

Are you ready? Let’s go!

We’re all in the same boat

Since the day that the fruit was plucked from the tree, there hasn’t been a man aside from Jesus Christ that lived without sin. It’s our nature, to do as we please, and too often the things that we do are displeasing to God, in fact the scriptures say that every single one of us have sinned.

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” ~ Romans 3:23

Romans further goes on to describe the state of mankind without God.

“As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.” ~ Romans 3:10-18

Sin has a consequence

The bad news is that every action has a consequence, and the consequence for sin is death. Of course we all die a physical death, we’ve seen it in both the just and the unjust, but what the Bible warns us about is eternal separation from God, or what is known as a spiritual death.

It’s sad state when one lives their life separated from God, but it’s devastating for that one to be eternally separated from God.

“For the wages of sin is death…”
~ Romans 6:23a

Now for the good news

The Bible is often referred to as “The Good News” because that’s exactly what it’s all about, in fact the good news for mankind appears in the second half of that very same verse.

“…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
~ Romans 6:23b

You may wonder why that verse says, “through Jesus Christ,” you may even say to yourself, I believe in ‘God’ isn’t that enough? But if we look further into the scriptures we will see exactly how God provided a way for us to escape eternal death and why it’s through His son Jesus.

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
~ Romans 5:8

So you see, Christ is the one who paid the penalty for all of our sins. Without His death on the cross that gift of eternal life wouldn’t be possible. You’ve probably heard the familiar verse found in John 3:16:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

And now we understand that God’s gift to us was His son, that through His death we may have life. When He died, He paid our debt, and when He rose He bridged a gap between God and man, and gave new hope to mankind.

How do I get this?

We know what the gift is, but some of us may not be clear on the terms of this gift. You may be asking yourself what God requires of you, or exactly what you’ll need to change. The Bible shows us in simple terms what God is asking of us–believe, confess, and receive.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” ~ Romans 10:9

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” ~ John 1:12

The Results

Here are just some of the blessings that a relationship with God has to offer.

Peace

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” ~ Romans 5:1

Justification

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
~ Romans 8:1

Union with God

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” ~ Romans 8:38-39

And again–Life

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” ~
John 3:16

The Calling

Jesus is knocking on the door of your life, waiting for you to invite Him inside, but there’s still one question that needs to be answered, and only you can answer
this one:
Are you…

If you are ready for a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you can receive Him right now.

Here’s how:

  • Admit that you are a sinner, and that without Christ, you fall short of the glory of God.
  • Be willing to turn your life away from sin.
  • Believe that Jesus died for your sins and that He rose again as the Bible says.
  • Pray, asking Jesus to come into your life, and to fill you with the Holy Spirit, which will be your comfort and your guide. Ask God to forgive your sin and to cleanse you within.
  • Follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit by following goodness and truth according to the Word of God (The Holy Bible).

The Bible is spiritual food. It keeps us growing in Christ and provides comfort to our soul. If you haven’t got a Bible of your own, there are resources online that provide them, such as www.biblegateway.com or visit your local library and see what they have to lend. We also suggest that you find a Christian church in your area so that you will find fellowship and strength with other members of the body of Christ.

If you have just made a commitment to follow Christ, we’d love to hear from you so that we can pray as you start your journey with God. Please send us an email at: editor@christianwomenonline.net

 

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