At my last posting, I promised to share the booklet ” THE 4 SPIRITUAL LAWS”  by Bill Bright

LAW 1    God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.  God’s Love–“God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that who ever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”  John 3:16 and God’s Plan–(Christ speaking) “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (that it might be full and meaningful) John 10:10

Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life?   Because……….

LAW 2    Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.     Man is Sinful “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God  Romans 3:23  Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin. Man is Separated “The wages of sin is death” (spiritual separation from God) Romans 6:23

God is holy and man is sinful. A  great gulf separates the two. Man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion-but he inevitably fails.The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf…

LAW 3    Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through HIm you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your lifeHe died in our place–“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8  He rose from the dead–“Christ died for our sins…He was buried…He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…He appeared to peter, then to the twelve. After that he appeared to mor than five hundred…” I Corinthians 15:3-6.  He is the only way to God.  “Jesus said to him, ‘ I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me'” John 14:6           God has bridged the gulf that separates us from HIm by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.  But it is not enough just to know these 3 laws…

LAW 4   We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our livesWe must receive Christ   “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name ”  John 1:12 and We receive Christ through faith   “By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works that no one should boast”  Ephesians 2:8-9   When we receive Christ, we experience a new birth  (Read John 3:1-8)  We receive Christ through personal invitation  (Christ speaking) “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him”  Revelation 3:20   Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.

If you have never asked Jesus into your heart at a specific time and place, you must for him to come in.

The following explains how you can receive Christ: You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer–Prayer is simply talking with God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a sample prayer:

Lord Jesus, I need You. thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life as He promised.

The Bible promises eternal life to all who receive Christ.  “God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life, he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.” I John 5: 11-13

Follow up to this next time!

A New One for God’s Kingdom

As we are on hiatus for GriefShare for the summer, I just get calls from those who call in for counseling or help. Last month, I had a call from a young woman who had  lost her husband in March, just 3 months before. She was getting Hospice counseling, but still not coping well. I briefly told her some of my story about how I had come to know Jesus in a personal way and then asked her for her story.  She replied that she must have just assimilated it all from being in church all her life. I told her, “it’s ok, we’ll just start from scratch”. We arranged to meet at a Starbucks at the hospital where she worked-after, yes, another doctor’s appointment for me. Little did I know what God had in store for me!!

We got together and quickly talked through our hellos, how are you doing this week?-not well-ok we’ll talk about the Great Comforter. From there I went right into reading together from a little booklet I have called the Four Spiritual Laws. (I’ll detail them in my next post for those not familiar) While going through the scriptures and the Laws, my new friend came to see that she had to ask Jesus to come into her life, she wasn’t just born with Him; He didn’t just join her one day in church. My Lord Jesus is a gentleman. He even says in scripture (Rev 3:20) Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and will open the door and invite me in, then I will come in and will stay with him. When we came to the sample prayer, she immediately wanted to pray-and pray aloud she did-asking Jesus into her heart right there in Starbucks!

Our conversation then went on to the Trinity and the Great Comforter, the Holy Spirit who now lives inside us. And really what a true Comfort He will be now that He is in her. The ways to go to Him and count on Him. Right now, at this stage of her life, the precious holy Comforter is the most important part of her life.

So after 2 hours or so we went our separate ways, promising to talk regularly, get together at church, and the importance of her baptism.  I knew of course that  I had done nothing but be there and open my mouth. That God had spoken all the words to bring her to Him. But what a tremendous blessing it was to me to be used like that.

It’s Always Something

I got my cataracts taken care of and said great! No more to fix on me, surely not! It was almost as if someone heard that, because in these last few weeks, my right knee started hurting. At first it was just a nuisance, but then it started screaming at me when I got up from sitting or stooping. Finally it became painful to push on the accelerator on the car. I thought it my be my RA,  it was time for my med infusions. It did seem to get a little better after the first one and then came screaming back.  I iced it of and on-that helped a little bit, but the more active I was the more I hurt.

In the middle of this time, my sister Marilou and I had planned a trip to Atlanta to be there for our nephew’s first birthday party and to meet his brother, just 2 weeks old. What a great time it was, seeing everyone! My brother, his wife, his son and his wife came so I had the 3 of us sibs together, along with my 2 kids, son-in-law and 3 grandchildren. Like my dearly departed Dad, I was in heaven having some of the family together!

I had to keep icing my knee during all this and then noticed that my feet and ankles were swollen like little sausages too. So Monday afternoon, I sat in the Doctors’s office while she wrote me a RX for an MRI and some lasix for the swelling.  I was very fortunate to get right in for the MRI.

I was devastated when they faxed me a copy of the diagnosis to find that my inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis was now a destroying bone in my knee under the kneecap. No wonder I hurt so much! So I had my self a little pity party that day. Cried and complained to the Lord, my God for my circumstances and the body he had given me. Did you think I never cried? That I am always strong? Not so!! This does get very old and is really beginning to be my identity-not something I want at all.