Be ye DOERS OF THE WORD and not hearers only deceiving your ownselves James 1:22




           "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." (Jn. 3:16-17)  God loves you unconditionally.  God wants to be your Heavenly Father and for you to be His child.  "God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Ro. 5:8)

            "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Ro. 3:23) "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Ro. 6:23) There is only one sin that separates you from God, and that sin is not believing on Jesus as your Savior. (Jn. 16:9 - "Of sin, because they believe not on me.") Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior?

            Jesus said, "Ye must be born again," in Jn. 3:7. "Born again" literally means to be born from above. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh." (Jn. 3:6) This speaks of physical birth which we all have experienced. "That which is born of the spirit is spirit." (Jn. 3:6) This speaks of spiritual birth which we have not experienced until we are born from above by God. This "born from above by God" experience is the spiritual birth which Jesus speaks of. We experience this spiritual birth when we receive Jesus as our Savior.

            Thus, we are born physically at natural birth and spiritually from above when we receive Jesus as our Savior. When we receive Jesus as Savior, we get a new spirit from God that is in rightstanding with Him. We then have a personal relationship with God as our Heavenly Father, and we are His child. Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior?

            "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the sons of God." (Jn. 1:12) Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me," in Jn. 14:6. "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man, Christ Jesus." (1 Ti. 2:5) Jesus said, "Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out." (Jn. 6:37) "If you shall say with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord, and if you shall believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved." (Ro. 10:9)

            Do you believe that Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead? Do you believe that Jesus is alive today? If so, you can experience salvation right now! If you will receive Jesus as your personal Savior and say with your mouth that He is your Lord, you will be saved and be right with God. You will have eternal life! All of your sins will have been washed away! You will experience the spiritual birth Jesus spoke of.

            Many think that they do not need to receive Jesus as their Savior because they have been a good person. Ro. 3:10 says, "There is none that does good, no, not one." Others think that they will go to heaven because they have done good works. Ephesians 2:8-9 states, "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast."

            Some say, I'm right with God because I joined my church. By joining a church, you belong to an organization. That does not mean that you have a relationship with God as your Father or that Jesus is your Savior. All of us must receive Jesus personally as our Savior, and not just join a church. Others think that being baptized means that they are a Christian. In the New Testament, when one was baptized with water, it always followed believing on the Lord as your Savior. Baptism as an infant does not bring salvation. You receive Jesus first as your Savior and then get baptized.

            Many say, "I know I need to receive Jesus as my Savior, but I'm not ready yet. I like to party; I have plenty; I don't need God at this time." The Bible says, "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." (2 Cor. 6:2) "For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul, or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mt. 16:26) "I will say to my soul, 'Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take your ease and eat, drink, and be merry.' " But God said unto him, "Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee, and then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?" (Lk. 12:20)

            Others say, a loving God surely would not let me go to hell, but in Luke 13:3, the Bible says, "Except ye repent, you shall perish," and 2 Peter 2:4,9 says, "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell . . . reserved unto judgment; I turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes . . . an example unto those that after should live ungodly, the Lord knoweth how . . . to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished."

            Some say, God won't receive me since I have been a bad person and done many bad things. That is a lie, as John 6:37 says, "Him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out." If you have backslidden away from the Lord, God will receive you as the father received the prodigal son. "I will arise and go to my father and will say unto him, "Father, I have sinned before thee and against heaven and am no more worthy to be called thy son.' "(Lk. 15;18-19) God the Father will forgive you of all your sins and receive you again. "For this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found." In 1 John 1:9, the Bible says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." If you think it is too late for you, 2 Peter 3:9 says, "The Lord is longsuffering and not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

            Some say, I do not believe there is a God. "The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God.' " (Ps. 14:1) Others say, "I don't believe in the Bible." "All scripture is given by inspiration of God." (2 Ti. 3:16) "Thy word is truth." (Jn. 17:17) History has verified its accuracy through the fulfillment of events and prophecies recorded in the Bible. Others see the failings of Christian leaders and think of Christians as hypocrites. Don't allow others' failings to hinder you from receiving Jesus as your Savior. Jesus will never fail you. Don't let any of these attitudes sway you away from Jesus.

            Jesus went to the cross for you. His blood was shed for the remission of your sins. Jesus paid a price for you! He gave His life to redeem you from Satan's authority! Jesus came to set you free and give you eternal life! Will you accept Jesus as your personal Savior now?

            If so, please say this prayer right now with your mouth:

            "God, I come to you now to receive Jesus as my Savior. I truly believe that Jesus has been raised from the dead and is alive now. I say with my mouth that Jesus is my Lord. I receive Jesus as my personal Savior. I am now born again and right with God! Father, I am now your Child! Thank you for saving me and giving me eternal life! Amen."

            Congratulations if you just prayed this prayer! This was the most important decision you ever made because it affects you eternally! Don't forget this date, as it is your spiritual birthday! We would love to hear from you the news that you have received Jesus as your Savior. Please share your testimony with us, or let us know if we can be of any help to you. Contact us at; or, call us at (602) 279-5212 or Toll Free at 1-877-77DOERS [773-6377].

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