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Peace Treaty With God: The Way To Salvation

[This is the gospel message, the plan of salvation.  Please share so others may receive the word of the Lord.]

Here are the plain facts.  We, all of humanity, are sinners.  We start our lives in direct opposition to God.

Romans 3:10-12 (NCV) – “There is no one who always does what is right, not even one.  There is no one who understands, there is no one who looks to God for help.  All have turned away.  Together, everyone has become useless.  There is no one who does anything good; there is not even one.”

It is God versus man.  God versus evil…yes, I said evil.  What is not good is bad, sinful, evil.  As sinful people, we naturally turn away from God.  We do not desire to do good.  But we do know what is right and what is wrong.  God gave each of us a conscience to know this.  Romans 2:15 – “They show that in their hearts they know what is right and wrong, just as the law commands.  And they show this by their consciences.  Sometimes their thoughts tell them they did wrong, and sometimes their thoughts tell them they did right.”

He also gave us the Law, the Ten Commandments.  You’ve heard of them.  They are intended to show us the things that we do wrong.  They are a standard.  A comparison.  Look at your life.  How does it stack up against the Ten Commandments?  When you see the places where you miss the mark, that is proof positive that you are a sinner.  (Romans 3:20 – “No one can be made right with God by following the law.  The law only shows us our sin.”)

The law shows us that we are sinful.  We are not for God, so we must be against God.  In essence, we are at war against God.  Since God is God, He is invincible.  There is no way possible for us to defeat Him.  You cannot stand against Him and have victory.  In the end, everyone will stand before Him to be judged.  Romans 2: 5b-6 – “On that day everyone will see God’s right judgments.  God will reward or punish every person for what that person has done.”

How do we go from being punished by God to being rewarded by God?  Can we do that on our own?  No.  We just don’t have it in us.  It is impossible.  Go back to Romans 3:20 – “No one can be made right with God by following the law.”  So then what?  Is it hopeless?  Are we doomed?  No.  But we are at the mercy of our enemy…God.  Thankfully He is a merciful God.  And because He loves us, even though we have never deserved that love, He has provided a way to become right with Him.  God has offered us a peace treaty.  Romans 3:22-25 – “God makes people right with himself through their faith in Jesus Christ.  This is true for all who believe in Christ, because all people are the same:  All have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory, and all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift.  They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ.  God gave him as a way to forgive sin through faith in the blood of Jesus’ death.  This showed that God always does what is right and fair.”  The peace treaty came in the form of Jesus Christ, who died as our punishment, for our sin, but was raised to life again to conquer sin and death.  The only concession you need to make is to admit that you are sinful.  Accept the treaty by faith.  That is the hardest part.  It is a free gift from God.  But to believe that God is real, that Jesus is real and He is God’s Son, and that He actually gave up His life for you, is sometimes hard to do.  It is the only way, though.  You just have to believe.  Accept the peace treaty, and become an ally of God.  No longer an enemy, but a friend.  He can be on your side, or rather, you can be on His.

Romans 4: 6-8 – “David said the same thing.  He said that people are truly blessed when God, without paying attention to good deeds, makes people right with himself.  ‘Happy are they whose sins are forgiven, whose wrongs are pardoned.  Happy is the person whom the Lord does not consider guilty.’

IF YOU ARE READY TO SIGN THE PEACE TREATY GOD HAS OFFERED TO YOU, HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT DOING THAT?  This next step can be intimidating, although there is no reason for it to be so.  Remember, God loves you so much, and He has been waiting all your life to hear from you.  You just need to begin talking to Him…this is called prayer.  But to get you started, I offer the following prayer for you.  You may choose to read it as your own prayer to God, or you may read it and then formulate your own.  It is a starting point.

Dear God,
I know that I am a sinner, and that I cannot do what is right on my own.  The only way to be right with You, and to receive your reward, is to believe in You, and what Jesus did for me.  I want to be right with You, God.  Please forgive my sins, and accept my faith in You.  Please teach me more about who You are.  Thank you God, for Your love, and Your mercy.
Amen.

If you have prayed this prayer, welcome to the family of God!  You may be wondering what to do next.  The most phenomenal thing has happened to you!  The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit if God lives inside of those who believe in Him.  He will guide you as you seek to grow closer to God, and to learn more about Him.  I encourage you to find a church that teaches from the Bible.  Bring a Bible with you when you go.  Read what is being taught.  Ask God to show you the truth.  If a church is not teaching from the Bible, I encourage you to look to another one.

Be patient.  It takes time for God to make changes in your life.  But you will see them, and you will be blessed.

Finally, if you have prayed this prayer, please let me know through this blog.  I would love to pray for you, and I am sure other readers of this blog would pray for you as well.  God bless you!!

A New Commandment?

Exodus 20: 1-20 (NCV)  –  Then God spoke all these words:  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt where you were slaves.
“You must not have any other gods except me.
“You must not make for yourselves an idol that looks like anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the water below the land.  You must not worship or serve any idol, because I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.  If you hate me, I will punish your children, and even your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  But I show kindness to thousands who love me and obey my commands.
“You must not use the name of the Lord your God thoughtlessly; the Lord will punish anyone who misuses his name.
“Remember to keep the Sabbath holy.  Work and get everything done during six days each week, but the seventh day is a day of rest to honor the Lord your God.  On that day no one may do any work:  not you, your son or daughter, your male or female slaves, your animals, or the foreigners living in your cities.  The reason is that in six days the Lord made everything–the sky, the earth, the sea, and everything in them.  On the seventh day he rested.  So the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
“Honor your father and your mother so that you will live a long time in the land that the Lord your God is going to give you.
“You must not murder anyone.
“You must not be guilty of adultery.
You must not steal.
“You must not tell lies about your neighbor.
“You must not want to take your neighbor’s house.  You must not want his wife or his male or female slaves, or his ox or his donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
When the people heard the thunder and the trumpet, and when they saw the lightning and the smoke rising from the mountain, they shook with fear and stood far away from the mountain.  Then they said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself, and we will listen.  But don’t let God speak to us, or we will die.”
Then Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid, because God has come to test you.  He wants you to respect him so you will not sin.”

I have been working my way through the early books of the Bible.  The stories are fun and interesting.  But the rules!  Oh my!  Rules, rules, rules!  This kind of animal sacrifice for this reason.  The grain sacrifice for that thing.  So very strict, regimented.  One slip up and you could be dragged out of the camp and stoned to death, or struck dead on the spot!  I often wonder why.  And how in the world did they ever remember it all?  In Numbers 15 a man was stoned to death for gathering wood on the Sabbath.  Then God told Moses to tell the people to make tassels out of thread.  Put a blue thread in each tassel, and then attach the tassels to the corners of their clothing.  When they look at the tassels, they would be reminded of the Lord’s commands and obey them.  I’m sorry, but a tassel tied to my clothes would not help remember all of the commands!  The 10 maybe, but everything else?  Not a chance!  

What a relief to be able to jump ahead to the New Testament, and read the2 commandments that Jesus gave!  Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and most important command.  And the second is like the first: ‘Love your neighbor as you love yourself.’  All the law and the writings of the prophets depend on these two commands.”  

The key word is love.  Oh, I know.  This is not nuclear science or an amazing spiritual breakthrough.  It could, I suppose, be brought to the level of duh.  Not on Jesus’ part, on ours.  We had to ask, what is the most important of the commandments (Matt. 22:36), after all.  Jesus was just simplifying the code for the sheep to understand.  Take the first three of the ten commandments.  If we love God, we will not have any other gods before Him.  If we love God, we will not make idols to worship in place of Him.  If we love God, we will not use His name thoughtlessly.  Take the second of Jesus’ commands.  If we love our neighbor as ourselves, are we going to steal from them?  Lie to them, or about them?  Murder them?  Of course not!!!

It is all about the love… of God, for God, from God!  I have been battling against a self-serving attitude.  I become upset, lose my temper with my children, my husband when things don’t go the way I don’t want them to.  I have spent a great deal of time in prayer about this.  And have boiled it down to selfishness.  A self-serving attitude.  I am angry and frustrated with my family because they don’t do what want.  They don’t behave the way Iwant them to behave.  They don’t speak the way want them to speak.  You get the idea.  But GOD boiled it down even further.  THE BRASS TACKS??  LOVE!!!!!!!  IF I DO NOT LOVE MY NEIGHBOR (OR MY CHILDREN, OR MY HUSBAND) AS MYSELF, THEN I SERVE MYSELF.  And how can I say that I love God, but not love the most precious people He has put in my life with the kind of love that He loves me with?

Whatever your battle is, God’s love is the key.  Join me in praying: Father God, fill our weak and broken earthly vessels with Your love. Pour it out of us onto those closest to us.  But Father, don’t stop there.  Seep it out of the cracks and wholes of our lives to all those we come in contact with each and every day.  May Your love be seen in and through us.  And may You be glorified because of it!  In the precious name of our Savior and Lord, Jesus…Amen.

God bless you all!!!

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