Tuesday, March 29, 2011

THE WONDERFUL GOOD NEWS

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS AND THE SPIRIT-LED LIFE



Of course, I stress the importance of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.  I share the GOOD NEWS at every opportunity I get.  There’s only ONE WAY to be in a RIGHT STANDING with God, and that is THE WAY God Himself PROVIDED in His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, JESUS.


It’s NOT through being a “good” and “decent” person that we are made right with God!


“Oh,” some people insist, “I’m moral and I do my best.  I’ve never stolen anything and I’ve not committed adultery”…etc., etc.  The Bible says something ENTIRELY different.


“There NONE righteous, no not one…There is NONE that does good, no, not one.”  See Romans 3:10-18.   (This is WHY the human race so desperately needs a SAVIOR!)


It’s NOT through doing the WORKS of RELIGION that a person can be made right with God.  Going to church will NOT save anyone.


Each person must INDIVIDUALLY hear the TRUTH about Jesus, about His death for us, about His resurrection into NEW LIFE for us.  Each person must INDIVIDUALLY BELIEVE and ACCEPT WHAT JESUS DID--that’s WHAT makes us RIGHT with God!  And we must REPENT (turn from our own wicked ways) and INVITE Jesus into our hearts as SAVIOR and LORD, becoming BORN AGAIN, which gives us a new and alive spirit.  Then we can DRAW UPON HIS POWER in order to LIVE the LIFE that God desires for us.


What does being BORN AGAIN mean?


When man fell into sin by DISOBEYING God in the Garden of Eden, what God warned them came to pass--they DIED in that very instant!  This means that their SPIRIT, which had been ALIVE in God, DIED.  Every person on earth, after the fall into sin, is BORN with a DEAD SPIRIT--SEPARATED from God.  If one REFUSES to heed the gospel and become BORN AGAIN, that person will go to their grave SEPARATED from God, and from the grave, they will go to a PRISON called hell, which was CREATED by God as a place to confine the DEVIL and his WICKED ANGELS.


When we hear the GOOD NEWS about what Jesus did in His death and resurrection, and ACCEPT that FREE GIFT of God--the shed blood of His Son, which brings SALVATION--we’re BORN AGAIN.  Jesus said this to Nicodemus in John 3:3.


“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be BORN AGAIN, he CANNOT see the Kingdom of God.”


Nicodemus asked Jesus, in effect, “What in the world do you mean?”


Jesus explained further in John 3:6-7.  “That which is born of flesh is flesh (those born NATURALLY on the earth), and that which is BORN of the SPIRIT is SPIRIT (“reborn” SUPERNATURALLY by the work of Jesus).  Marvel not that I say unto you, You MUST be BORN AGAIN.”


When we confess (AGREE with God that we’re sinners who desperately need a Savior), and ASK Jesus to SAVE us, and ASK Him to LIVE in our hearts, we’re BORN AGAIN.  Our DEAD spirit is quickened to LIFE by His Spirit, and we become Holy Spirit INDWELLED.  There’s NO OTHER way to enter the true Church!


Jesus declares how EXCLUSIVE He is, that He’s the ONLY WAY to be made RIGHT with God!  It’s JESUS HIMSELF.


“I am the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE:  NO MAN comes unto the Father, BUT BY ME.”   John 14:6.


Have you REALLY TRULY accepted Jesus Christ?  Are you YIELDING your life to Him, doing those things that the HOLY SPIRIT inspires?


Are you REPENTING of sin, and GUARDING your hearts AGAINST acts, words, thoughts and attitudes that are REPUGNANT to God?  Are you bowing your knees and lifting up your hands to WORSHIP the ONE Who has given you life?  Do you have a BURNING DESIRE to know more about the ONE Who saved you?  Have you stored His WORDS and PROMISES in your hearts so that you’ll avoid sinning against Him?  If you fall short (and we ALL do in some area), we have a way to be cleansed. 


1 John 1:9--“If we CONFESS our sins, He is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE us our sins, and to CLEANSE us from ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.”


I pray this scripture every night, admitting my failures and shortcomings.  I want SO MUCH to remain CLEAN before God; any stain or blot is ABHORRENT to me.  I want NOTHING to come between me and my Lord!


Is this your desire?  Do you THIRST after God like a deer pants for the mountain brook?


What I describe is a heart that seeks the Lord ABOVE ALL ELSE.  In this TIME of the END, it’s IMPERTATIVE that we OPERATE in a SPIRIT-FILLED and SPIRIT-LED life!  We’re ASSURRED that we’re in RIGHT STANDING and PLEASING to our Lord.  This ENABLES us to walk with God in CONFIDENCE and BOLDNESS, knowing we have NOTHING TO FEAR.  YES, NOTHING TO FEAR!!!


While the end times are rapidly plunging to their APPOINTED FINISH, we NOT only must be ACCURATE in our understanding of the PROPHESIED EVENTS, but we must constantly DECLARE the GOSPEL to WHOSOEVER will listen.  JESUS SAVES US--YES, TOTALLY SAVES US!


What I intend to share here is not only the BLESSED HOPE of the church in a PRE-TRIB RAPTURE, but to also emphasize that Jesus is ALL in ALL.  He is GOOD.  He is GRACIOUS.  And it’s my DESIRE that many come to KNOW and TRUST Him like I do.  His PROMISES are “YES AND AMEN” for ALL who will yield to Him and believe!


May you be abundantly blessed in EVERYTHING that Jesus died to give you.


In His glorious name, keep looking up!  Our redemption draws near.


Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.  We long to see Your wonderful face!

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