Jesus is the Only Way to Salvation—Period

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John 14:5-6  (5) Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?"  (6)  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

On April 1, 2015, the Barna Group released the results from a survey to determine what people think about Jesus.  The part of the survey results I found interesting is indicated in the following chart from their website.

Regardless of what the skeptic’s say, people are interested in knowing about live after death.  The Bible is clear that there are not many ways to salvation and being prepared for eternity.  There is only one way and that way is by knowing Christ as your Lord and Savior.

If you truly want to be at peace about knowing God and knowing where you will spend eternity, begin by reading the Bible.  It can be trusted.  Go to a Bible believing church and study along with other Christians.  Listen to godly preaching with an open mind.  The Holy Spirit will make the way to salvation plan and simple.  He will convict you of sin and help you understand that you must call upon Christ to be your Savior.

Today is a good day to read and study God’s word.  When you do you will be taking the first step to knowing Christ.  If you want to know what you need to do to become a Christian, click HERE and get guidance on making a decision that can change your life now and forever.

May God richly bless you!

Hope in God

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“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.” (Psalms 42:5)

David had been driven from his beloved city Jerusalem to a foreign land beyond Jordon during the rebellion of Absalom. He was separated from the temple where he worshiped God. The enemies around him believed that the god a people worshiped was confined to the country itself. When the country was defeated, so was the god. If you left your country, you left your god unless you took him with you in idol form. David worshiped the true God Who was with him no matter where he was and no matter what was happening in his life. When the people around him questioned, “Where is your God?” David knew the answer. He was where David was. Sometimes circumstances can be so overwhelming that you wonder where God is and why He does not fix the problem or change the circumstances. You have to admit that there have been times when you made decisions that set in motion a series of circumstances that you did not anticipate. At other times, you have been caught up in the problems or circumstances of others. Sometimes events out of your control occurred and presented challenges for you to overcome. It can be difficult, but you must trust that God is willing and able to help you resolve your problems. When you read Psalm 42 and 43, you will see that David was not questioning whether or not God was real. He was not angry with God, nor did he blame God for his situation. It was the predicament he found himself in that set the stage for him to seek God even more. If you are a child of God, He will never abandon you, nor are you left at the mercy of an impossible situation. God will help you resolve your problem. He is capable of getting you through your situation. He is your hope, so trust Him. David did. David ended his appeal to God the way he started. “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.” (Psalms 43:5)

The Quest for Spiritual Fulfillment

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“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

 Somewhere, somebody is searching for meaning in life.  The search began with a feeling that things are not quite right—that everything seems a little…off.  This person could be a teenager or young adult faced with the making decisions about what they will do the rest of their life.  Or it could be an adult who is restless in their marriage, job, or retirement.  The thing they all have in common is a feeling of emptiness, loneliness, and uncertainty about the future.  For a Christian, this can lead to a spiritual emptiness that causes the person to question their salvation, faith, and even trust in God.  The verse above shows that Jesus anticipated this discouraging possibility.

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The Truth Will Set You Free—if…

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John 8:31-32 (HCSB) (31) So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. (32) You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

The only absolute is the truth, because the truth never changes. The challenge you and I have is to find out what the absolute truth is and follow it. This is not a new concept. The legal system follows the evidence that will lead to the truth about a crime. True believers in Christ can find truth as well. We have a Bible that is God inspired and reveals the truth about Christ, the current worldview, and us.

If you read verse 31 carefully, you notice that knowing the truth and being set free is conditional. Jesus plainly says that (1) we must be a believer, (2) continue in His Word, and (3) follow Christ as a disciple. God created us with a need for Him. Philosophers throughout the ages have pondered about the nature of truth. The philosopher Rene’ Descartes made what he believed to be the truth about our nature and existence when he famously stated, "Cogito ergo sum", or “I think, therefore I am.” I think the Bible teaches about truth the other way around—“I am, therefore I think.” We have a tendency to make truth complicated by coming up with exceptions to God’s truth to suit our needs and continue as less than disciplined followers of Christ.

The two verses above summarize what truth is and how to get it. When Jesus prayed for His disciple and for us during the last supper in the upper room, He said, “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17:17) Sanctification is the Holy Spirit’s process and work in us to make us more like Christ. The Bible teaches that the only way for us to be completely set free from false doctrine, false worship, and false obedience is to continue in Christ’s word.

The truth about who we really are in the “eyes” of God can only understood in light of God’s Word. Our own understanding is not reliable when it comes to evaluating how we measure up to the raw truth of us being a true disciple of Christ. Proverbs 3:5-6 says that we must “(5) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; (6) think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.” Personal revival will come only when we accept the truth about ourselves, and believe that Christ is the truth we desperately need to accept.

Accountability to God

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It is safe to assume that everyone is accountable to someone. When we enter a relationship, such as a job, marriage or friendship, we put ourselves in a position of accountability. There are also those times when we are accountable to someone by default, i.e., a child being accountable to the authority of parents, and the mutual accountability of people to each other. With accountability comes responsibility and it is in our nature to know that we do answer for what we do. Accountability means that we are responsible for our actions because we are held to a standard higher than ourselves. Admit it—if you or I set our own moral and ethical standards we will be highly tempted to set those standards low. In the same way, we are held to a spiritual standard much higher than we are able to achieve. God sets the standards of righteousness for all mankind and we fall short in meeting those standards. That’s where we have a problem and it’s called sin.

Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The literal meaning of sin is to miss the mark. The mark is righteousness by God’s standard. Because we miss the mark, we cannot share in the prize of everlasting life with God by our own merit. Sin also involves an offense. We do not define what sin is—God does. Since you and I have sinned willfully, it is an offense to God and a penalty must be paid. It is not God’s fault that you and I are not righteous by His standards—it is our fault, and once we have sinned (and we all have done so) we are held accountable. You can reason within yourself that you are a good person, and you may be, but not according to God’s standard (Romans 3:10; see also, Psalms 14:1-3). There is hope.

Do you want to have the penalty for your sin removed? If so, the Holy Spirit has convinced you that you need forgiveness, which will remove the penalty and establish your standing before God as righteous by His standard. Accepting Christ as your Savior is the only way you can be forgiven for your sin. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV) says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Ask Christ to be your Savior today.

Prayer

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As a Christian, we are at our most powerful when we pray. Right now, you can probably think of several stories in the bible about people who prayed and sensed the deep intimate presence of God during those prayers. When I think about the prayer warriors in the Old Testament, the one who comes to my mind is Daniel. The bible tells us that he prayed at least three times daily (Daniel 6:10). There was no command to do that, but still he felt the need to stop what he was doing long enough to pray. I often wonder what he prayed for, don’t you? He was in captivity, so did he pray for God’s deliverance? He served a pagan king, so did he pray for the king? I wonder….

There is power in prayer, but do you believe it? Think about your prayers—the deep desires of your heart that you pour out to God. The big question is do you have an encounter with God when you pray?

In the New Testament, Paul says we are a “royal priesthood.” The priest would intercede on behalf of those who sought to experience God’s forgiveness. The elements of this type of intercession involved the person presenting a proper sacrifice. The priest would bless the sacrifice and then offer it to God on behalf of the person. Christ is our High Priest who intercedes on our behalf. Because of Christ, we can intercede on behalf of others. When we pray in the name of Christ it changes things, but mostly it changes us.

Of course, our prayers can be hindered by a sinful heart. There are times when we may pray carelessly, flippantly, and with doubt. This leads to us praying amiss. We must ask ourselves what our motivation for prayer is. God has given us the ability to pray for others and make a difference. I believe that our prayers can actually hinder Satan and his influence on others so they will be able to see the light of Christ we shine forth.

If you were in Daniel’s place what would you have prayed for? Do you have difficulties, challenges, or disappointments that affect how you approach God in prayer? Try coming before the Lord and just being silent about what you want God to do and instead let the Holy Spirit help you worship in the presence of the Lord.

The Quest for Spiritual Fulfillment

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“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

 Somewhere, somebody is searching for meaning in life.  The search began with a feeling that things are not quite right—that everything seems a little…off.  This person could be a teenager or young adult faced with the making decisions about what they will do the rest of their life.  Or it could be an adult who is restless in their marriage, job, or retirement.  The thing they all have in common is a feeling of emptiness, loneliness, and uncertainty about the future.  For a Christian, this can lead to a spiritual emptiness that causes the person to question their salvation, faith, and even trust in God.  The verse above shows that Jesus anticipated this discouraging possibility.

When Jesus says He is the Bread of Life, He is indicating that He is the solution to the problem of experiencing a life without direction.  Jesus said that when we come to Him we will never hunger.  Coming to Jesus means admitting we are a sinner, turning away from sin, and looking for and following His will for your life.  If we believe in Him we will never thirst.  You will find fulfillment and satisfaction in life only by doing what is right by God’s standard.

As you search for meaning in your life, there are some things you can do to find fulfillment.  First, make sure you are right with God.  Second, pray for God’s wisdom as you make decisions about things you have control over.  Third, trust that God is working behind the scenes to resolve the things you cannot control.  Forth, be obedient to God by attending church; developing positive Christian relationships, and cultivating a strong personal relationship with Christ.

If you are uncertain about your current situation, your plans for the future, your relationship with God, or if you just feel empty, remember that you can fill the void by coming to Jesus and believing in Him.

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