The Salvation that God offers to the world is a free gift that no man can
earn. In exchange for our sins, shortfalls and iniquities, God offers
life eternal to all who will simply confess their sins, repent of them and
accept the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ for themselves and receive
Him as Savior and Lord. It is clear that we get the better end of the deal
because it was not us who died and suffered, but Christ Jesus who took upon
Himself our sins and died in our stead. Not one of us deserve salvation,
but thankfully God in His infinite Mercy offers us an Eternity that is
forever secured in Heaven above by simply accepting the finished work of
His only begotten Son, The Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 6:22-23) (Romans 10:13)
I hope today's message both ministers to your heart and encourages you to
see that salvation comes by grace and not by works. It is the gift of God
offered to all who will simply accept and receive it for themselves.
I was shocked, confused, bewildered as I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all, by the lights or its decor.
But it was the folks in Heaven who made me sputter and gasp --
the thieves, the liars, the sinners, the alcoholics, the trash.
There stood the kid from seventh grade who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor who never said anything nice.
Herb, who I always thought was rotting away in hell,
was sitting pretty on cloud nine, looking incredibly well.
I nudged the angel, "What's the deal? I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here? God must've made a mistake.
And why's everyone so quiet, so somber? Give me a clue." "Hush, child,"
said he. "They're all in shock. No one thought they'd see you."
The Bible says there is Joy in Heaven over one sinner that repents. The
Lord in His mercy wishes for none to perish, but for all to come to
repentance. He has made a way for us to be reconciled to Himself and that
happens through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Man complicates and tries
to make difficult what God in His infinite wisdom has meant to be simple.
The Lord Jesus takes our sins and makes us a new creation in Him.
(Luke 15:7) (Colossians 1:12-22) (1 John 1:5-10) (2 Corinthians 5:17)
It is the blood of Jesus that cleanses and makes clean even the worst of
sinners. Many people believe that they must first clean themselves of
their sin and then be good enough to come to the Lord Jesus Christ. That
is the exact opposite of how God receives us. We come to Him with our
impurities and by His blood we are cleansed and made pure in the sight of
the Lord. What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Corinthians 5:17-19 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus
Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that
God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their
trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation."
Isaiah 55:6-7 "Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him
while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon
him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon."
Romans 10:9-11 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture
saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed."
Psalm 103:10-14 "He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us
according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so
great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from
the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. Like as a
father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear Him. For
He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: MEET ME IN HEAVEN
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Today's Selected Testimony: THE PRAYER OF AN ATHEIST
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry