by Dennis Kelly
October 13, 2014
God created the earth and the seas. He created the stars and the galaxies. God created all things. (Hebrews 11:3 The worlds were framed by the word of God.) God created the devil and the devil has no power that God did not allow. The devil has no power over God.
There is a battle between good and evil in this world. But it effects men not God. God is good.
God caused the Bible to be written in order to declare the law.(Romans 5:13. For until the law, sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.) The laws that were given were impossible to keep. (Romans 3:23. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.) Any violation of the law was a violation of the whole law and condemnation to Hell was the penalty for violating the law. (James 2:10)
Somebody had to pay the price, and Jesus volunteered to pay the penalty for our violating God's law. the penalty was death on the cross and a sentence to Hell. Jesus was crucified so that the penalty for our sins -- yours and mine -- was fulfilled. Jesus' blood from that punishment covers our sins. (Hebrews 9:12)
after three days in Hell, Jesus rose from the dead. (Acts 2:31 ..the resurrection of Christ , that his soul was not left in Hell, neither did his flesh see corruption.) Jesus had committed no sins so penalizing him was illegal. When the devil took Jesus to Hell, the devil's power was broken. He could no longer claim anyone who would accept Jesus sacrifice.
Some people I know, stubbornly refuse to accept the payment that Jesus provide. They mistakenly believe that being a good person will get them to Heaven. Read the ten commandments. (Exodus chapter 20) Have you ever broken one of them? Then you have violated the law. The penalty for violating the law is death and Hell. No one before Jesus was able to keep all ten of the commandments. No one since Jesus has been able to keep all ton of the commandments. Forgiveness through Jesus is necessary for you to get to heaven. Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life and no one gets to the Father (God) except through me." (John 14:6) Jesus is the only way.
The Bible lays out a way of life that Christians are supposed to follow. The lifestyle that is recommended is the best way to live. Violating these recommendations (sin) has consequences. (Ephesians 4:27 KJV Neither give place to the devil.) When a choice is in front of you, the beat choice that you can make is to follow the instructions of the Bible. That is absolutely the best choice. God did not lay out these rules to make it hard for you, but to make it good for you. God is not trying to keep you from having a good time; he is trying to keep yo from getting into trouble. God knows the future. Trust him. He knows more than you know. He is tougher than you are. He wins in the end. There is no percentage in backing a loser. Get on the winning team.
I find that being a Christian is more thrilling than I could have imagined. It is thrilling to pray for someone to get healed and see them get healed. It is thrilling to pray for good things to happen and to see them happen. It is thrilling to pray for the weather to change and to watch it change. It is amazing to pray for help and to see help show up. It is wildly exciting to pray for protection and to see protection come to pass. You cannot imagine how good it is. You have to try it to find out.
Say out loud, "Jesus if you are real show me. I am asking: Show me!"
In the Bible (Acts 2;21): "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
Say out loud: "I am calling on you, Lord Jesus, Jesus save me!"
In that instant you became a Christian and a citizen of Jesus Kingdom, the Kingdom of God. You are a baby in that kingdom and you will begin to grow. It is only the beginning.
Tell the Lord Jesus that you want to turn away from sin.
Ask: "Lord Jesus, help me to turn away from sin and to follow the way that you lead."
Find a Bible and read it . If you have read it before, you will find that it is a new book. the Bible is spiritually discerned. You will understand things that you never understood before. You will be fascinated. I was. I could not put it down until I had read several versions of the Bible. There are several translations. Each one presents the word of God in a little different manner.
Find a Bible believing church and attend. Let other Christians help you understand what the Bible means. Learn that you are not unique in the way that you came to accept Jesus. Learn what good things are happening to you. Find out how good it is.
God bless you.