God calls us. We experience that call as an inkling in our heart that maybe there really is a God… Maybe I should find out about Him… You may be on this page because you have felt that need, that calling. If you aren’t sure of your faith, if you don’t know what to believe or are confused about how to believe, please message me.
Many people who study Bible prophecy believe that certain events *may* be fulfilled very soon, which *suggests* that Jesus Christ will call all true believers in Him up into heaven. Some of you may know you will be called, and are eagerly watching and waiting for this event.
What about you? Do you KNOW you will be called?
This is a once-in-human-history chance to get a bypass-death card. It also is the ONLY opportunity to ESCAPE what is coming upon this earth. Global earthquakes. Famine. Infectious disease. Asteroids. Toxic water. Volcanic eruptions. Starvation. Wars. Economic collapse and controls.
I have been challenged that if I believe in God and in His signs, that I should warn others. It is better to warn others and be wrong, than to hold a secret and have others suffer because of my silence.
The God who made you, the God who loves you more than you can comprehend, is reaching out to YOU today, to rescue YOU.
The purpose of this life is knowing God.
God made humanity for his pleasure, and it was always supposed to be a mutual relationship. We messed it up, on our end. So now the whole point of our lives is finding God – being reconciled to him in relationship. If we miss this, we miss the entire point of our existence. Nothing else we accomplish matters if we don’t get this right.
Right now, God is calling you. He has chosen you for this time, and for this purpose. You, and those around you, are spiritual orphans. God wants to adopt you into His family. Viewed another way – you, and those around you, are drowning in a sea of deception. God is offering you a lifeboat. Will you get on board? Will you be His witness?
Satan will soon be handed the reins of the earth and will be permitted to unleash his ultimate deception. Make no mistake, he’s been planning this for thousands of years and it’s going to be quite the show. But satan is evil to the core – he is the father of lies. He hates you, and he particularly hates any interest you show in Jesus Christ. He wants nothing more than to see your eternal torment.
Your soul is never going to die. While your body lives, you have the free will to choose your eternal destiny. Salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ. This is God’s free gift to you, will you take it?
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. – Romans 10:13
1. Know How God Sees You
2. Know Where You’re Headed
According to God, breaking even one of His laws, once, results in the death penalty.
3. Want to Change
Once God shows you how lost you are, and what that means, you now have a choice. You can choose to ignore Him, or you can choose to do something about it. God wants to restore the relationship. But you have to want to restore the relationship too. Relationships go both ways.
A change of heart, seeing ourselves as utterly lost and wanting to do something about it, is called repentance. Just recognizing that we do bad things (as defined by God), but not having a desire to stop, is not true repentance. We must truly want to be changed, to be restored to relationship with God.
4. There’s Only One Way Out
Jesus says “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.” (John 14:6)
God does not want you to be separated from Him for eternity. He created hell and the eternal Lake of Fire for satan and the fallen angels, NOT for humans. But you will go there if you reject God’s rescue plan. He wants you to come back to His family. So He sent a part of Himself, Jesus Christ, to die for you. The Bible makes it clear that every sin has to be punished by death and paid by the penalty of innocent blood. Jesus lived a perfect life on Earth – though He lived as a man under God’s Law, He never broke the Law. This qualified Him to take our sins upon Himself to become a perfect sacrifice. Jesus died on the cross to take our punishment for us. His blood paid the price required by God for our sins.
“But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
It doesn’t end there, though. On the third day, Jesus was raised to life, to a new eternal body. When we join God’s spiritual family, we, too, will get a new eternal body someday.
“the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord” (Romans 3:23)
5. Turn From Yourself Towards God and Believe
We chose to sin and Jesus chose to be a “sin-bearer” and take God’s wrath for us. God offers an all-inclusive “forgiveness slip” to every human on earth. If we believe what God has said about us (we are totally lost and have no hope of saving ourselves), and what He has done to fix it (Jesus is the only way as a Savior), we can obtain this “forgiveness slip”. We can ask God for Jesus’ payment to be applied to our account. This allows us to be declared innocent and sin-free in God’s Eyes – the debt we owed for our crimes is paid. Salvation is a change in legal standing before God – from “guilty” to “not guilty”. Jesus didn’t just pay PART of our debt, or even MOST of it, leaving some on the tab for us. He paid our ENTIRE debt.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord”, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:9-10
When you say Jesus is Lord, this means you believe He is God and He deserves to be Lord of your life. When you believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you accept that what the Bible teaches about Jesus is true and that His death paid the price for your wrongdoings.
For many years I didn’t “get” the simplicity of salvation and tried to “earn” it or “prove it to myself” (by repeating the sinner’s prayer many times, trying to live morally, etc). However, anything we do to try and “add to” or “maintain” salvation (such as sacraments, good works on our own effort) leads to death, because it means that we don’t accept that Jesus’ finished work on the cross was sufficient – which is the one thing we need to believe to be saved.
It’s not about anything we DO, but about what Jesus has already DONE.
We can’t earn it or maintain it in any way – we are not and will not ever be worthy of salvation. The critical element is faith. Faith in Jesus’ provision. Faith in His completed work for us on the cross. That’s the beauty of God’s grace. “It is finished”.
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Asking for Jesus’ sacrifice in our stead results in immediate salvation and sealing of the Holy Spirit. That’s what being “Born Again” means. We are forgiven. We can’t accidentally lose our salvation, and God will never remove it from us. We cannot be kicked out of the sheep fold.
[There is, however, some Biblical evidence that suggests we may retain free will to reject our salvation and leave the faith by our own choice, so make sure you hold firm in your beliefs until death. It’s entirely possible that these were never TRULY in the faith, but were instead deceived by their hearts and lulled into a false assurance; but regardless, all those who are truly in the faith will hold firm until the end.]
6. What Next?
Sixth, teach others what you know. Tell others of the spiritual battle that is currently going on and deliver them from the deception. In this way you will literally pull them out of the flames of eternal fire.
Seventh, pray for miracles. God’s Spirit works where the gospel of Jesus is being preached and where people are desperately seeking Him. He WANTS to help you. Pray for divine healing, protection, and deliverance. That said, trials of faith are our destination. Trust God in both the little things and the big things in life. Put your faith in Him.
Eighth, read up! Apart from the Bible, there are books and articles and sermons online you can learn from. Books about growing in Christ I highly recommend are Jerry Bridges’ Pursuit of Holiness and Practice of Godliness. This church has such wonderful articles.
7. What if I still struggle with sin?
Even the godliest people struggle with sin – doing what we don’t want to do, or not doing what we want to do. We still wear the sin nature in this natural body. However, our hearts and minds are freed from being enslaved to it – if we call for help – God will provide a way out so we don’t HAVE to sin. The trick is identifying temptation early, and halting it before we are sucked into full blown sin.
You will still sin, but you will have a desire to get back on track and restore your relationship with God (although individual sins won’t take away your salvation, it will put you out of relationship with God). The Holy Spirit will start to convict you of sins. It is your job to listen to Him and follow His lead, to progress in holiness (sanctification).
8. What if I Don’t “Feel” Saved?
If you do not feel secure in your salvation, IT IS RIGHT TO EXAMINE YOURSELF, to see if you are in the faith.
If you can continue in habitual sin without feeling remorse and guilt (even common sins like sex outside of marriage, homosexuality, gossip, lying, cheating…) then you should question whether you are saved. The Holy Spirit will convict you of sin.
The “heart” is comprised of our mind/intellect, our emotions/feelings, and our will/actions. We have feelings about God, we think through the facts about Jesus and the Bible, and our actions will demonstrate what we believe. In each of these areas, we must rely on GOD to provide the faith. We can’t make ourselves believe – we can’t force feelings, we can’t understand if our spiritual eyes are closed, and actions done on our own effort will consistently fizzle over time. Examine if all 3 aspects of your heart are in alignment. If not, confess that to God and pray for HIM to provide you with saving faith. God rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
Do not give up! Do not despair! Cling to God with all your might, no matter how things look, no matter what others are believing, no matter how you feel.
PLEASE, God is calling you. He LOVES you. He CARES what you choose.
How to join God’s family: HERE
Make Sure You Follow the Right Jesus: HERE
Read God’s Word, the Bible. Suggested order:
The Gospel of John
The Gospel of Mark
The Gospel of Luke
The Gospel of Matthew