The jailer or keeper of prison asked Apostle Paul what must he do to be saved ? And Paul and Silas said , Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved , and your house. (Acts 16:30,31).
What does believing in Jesus mean ? well we have to believe who He is, His words, His works, His commands, believe whom He sends, and follow His commands.
Do you know that hating someone without a reason is murder according to Jesus ? That lusting for a woman not your wife is adultery according to Jesus. Just thinking bad thoughts is sin already. With that who can be saved ?
Can anyone be saved by following God's laws ? yes if we can follow all of them, but the sad part is no one can. But wait that is why Jesus came, He is the Savior. He died for our sins. He paid for our sins past, present, and future.
What we can not do, He did for us. He is our Mediator. Does that mean we can sin all we want ? Jesus said to the person He healed, sin no more, least a worst thing happen to you. So we should not plan on sinning but confess when we sin. Just as man needs air and water to live, a Christian or believer in Jesus need the Holy Spirit to live a Christian life.
If anyone believe in Jesus as we described earlier, God will give him or her the Holy Spirit. (note: if you have some questions, please ask God to help you and He will send someone. )
You may be saying what? they are supposed to be forgotten and thrown in the bottom of deep sea according to the Bible. But some remain hidden or still exist or happening in our lives.
Hidden, unconfessed, active sins in our lives cause many bad effects in our lives. Reviewing of our sins involve God and us . So we can do it in private. First sins are works of the flesh please see Galatians 5:19,20,21, use as many translations as we can. Btw start with prayer, pray that God will help us see the true picture of ourselves. God is gentle, actually it is us who are hard on ourselves.
One of our weaknesses as humans is we can see the sins in others before we see them in us. Be sure we are not confessing other's sins, start with our own first.
One of the ways we can know we are doing something right in dealing with our sins is we will have peace of mind or peace from God. We will love God more, love our fellow men more and even have peace with ourselves.
This involves cleansing our hearts and minds and souls and also the desired result is for God to put His Spirit in us. Everybody's review time may be different so let us be patient.
May God bless us and that God 's grace and peace be in us.
By Jesus i mean Jesus Christ, and He came..... but before that let us look at life. Has life been a bed of roses ? no disappointment ? no failure ? no rejection ? no suffering ? no loneliness ? we can go and on and see that man every one of us experienced the opposite of those in one way or another.
Whatever it is we are facing now, life does not seem to promise tomorrow. But that is why Jesus came. Jesus came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. That life may be here on earth or may be in life beyond earth.
Jesus died on the cross horribly to give us life. You may ask why ? His death is and was payment for our sins. And His resurrection is a promise for us too that someday we will be resurrected too.
What shall we do now ? if you have not trusted in Jesus yet, now is the time. Believe in Jesus, believe in what the Holy Bible tells about Him. He will give us strength and power to persevere and to follow Him.
This maybe hard for everyone to believe but Jesus knocks at everyone's door. Revelation 3:20 says 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 I will sup (eat) with him, and he with me.
You may say you do not see Jesus at your door but some Christians that you do not like. Well the true Jesus is knocking, He even died on the cross for us. He rose from the dead and returned to heaven and is interceeding for us.
We experience and know Jesus by faith. Those who seek Him will find Him. We can know Him through the Holy Bible and when you hear Him knocking then you can decide as Revelation 3:20 says and other passages from the Bible.
In the power plant we use water, fuel and air and equipments to produce electricity. In so doing operators have to make sure that flow, pressure, temperature, speed, voltage, level etc. are in their proper amount at certain times. To watch and control them manually is almost impossible, so we are aided with what we call as instrumentation.
What does this got to do with the Christian life ? It is this, living a Christian life by our own power will not work. We will tire and fail. We need help from above. The Bible call Him the Holy Spirit. How can we have the Holy Spirit ? We have Him by being born again. Being born again is realizing that we have been living life our own way and violating God's laws and turning away from those and believing Jesus died for our sins and that Jesus came to life again. We then follow the way of Jesus. It is this following the life of Jesus that we can not do on our own. We need the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came as a gift from God when we accept Jesus and also when we ask for Him through prayer.
How would you react to this phrase " Jesus is the Answer " ? Dictionary describes Answer as a spoken or written reply, as to a question. Another definition says a solution or result, as to a problem.
So we can ask what is the question or the problem ? The question or problem could be why people die ?Another is what is the purpose of life ? Another is is there God ? if there is what or who or how does He look like ? Another one is where did we come from and where are we going ? Another one is why is there pain and suffering in this world ?
You may say these are serious questions, and that you do not want to think about those. Or you may want to know the answer or answers.
But here is a fact, we select or choose our answer. We or each one of us decides, no one can force it on us.
In case you are wondering what is mine, for me Jesus is the Answer, and some even says Jesus is the Final Answer, and i agree too.
Btw to clarify, Jesus is not the cause of death, pain and suffering but instead He is the solution or answer . He offers and gives eternal life. He is our blessed hope.
Oh another one, regarding God and what, who, how He looks like. Jesus is the answer to that too.
Let us start with the gospel. What is the gospel ?
The gospel or good news is God's plan to live with man which He created.
Let us say you the reader represent man and let you be the person responsible to produce the electricity or bring the power plant on the line. Bringing the unit is tying it or synchronizing it to the electrical grid.
Let heaven be represented by the combination of the electrical system called the electrical grid.
Let sin be represented by the things that will prevent you from putting the unit on the line like condenser leak or salt leak, boiler tube leak, high silica, low temperature, extremely high temperature. low vaccum, turbine overspeed, high turbine vibration, low frequency etc.
We can see from here that there are many obstacles to bring the unit on the line.
To bring the unit on the line we or you need to follow proper operating procedures using properly operating equipments maintained by plant maintenance crew and engineering department. Watchfulness and attention to details are needed.
We can see from here that bringing a unit on the line takes tremendous effort and proper conditions even corrective procedures.
We hear about Jesus Christ, who is he ? He can be likened to the combination of personnels, their efforts, equipments, and conditions to enable you to bring the unit on line.
In short we need Jesus in our life.
I hope this illustration help us see God's plan for our life. If you need more clarification please pray to God for other things you need to know and do and be.
in this modern life we try to fill our life with ease, comfort, abundance, availability, smoothness etc. but we can not stay on those forever because in times we have to hold on something because our hands, feet, or body will slide.
Sometimes we need friction, sort of glue so something will stick. No better place to turn but to the rugged cross where through pain and hardship Jesus purchased our pardon. His blood that cleanses us. Yes Jesus did it for us that we may have true abundant life, life that will last.
When we find ourselves lonely, isolated, forgotten, abandoned or anything , let us go to the old rugged cross, By faith we will see Jesus pulling us up and giving us what we need , His love, grace and mercy and embrace.
We just celebrated our reunion after 50th year of graduation from high school and one of the keys of locating our classmates was through social media. If you have a list of your classmates, you may start looking for them , one by one. If you find some , just make a friend request and wait or do other things till someone respond.
You may also form a group there and watch to see it grow, it may be fast or slow depending on the situation. In our case , we did it through Facebook, messenger, and your favorite website. In my case true2ourselves helped me too.
I was copying the graduates from our high school starting with the year 1951 and i just finished 1959 when i got sleepy, when i remembered written in the Bible, the Lamb's Book of Life (Revelation 21:27).
What is the Lamb's Book of Life ? Revelation chapter 21 talks about the holy city, the New Jerusalem coming down from heaven. According to the Bible ,only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life shall enter in the holy city.
Is your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life ? Just in case you are wondering the Lamb is Jesus. He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. Have you confessed that Jesus is your Lord and Savior and has been following Him ? Btw. I hope my name is written there , how about you ?