NOW THE GOOD NEWS!
Let's go deeper:
At birth, you, along with all mankind, inherited an independent spirit. You were created by God to know Him, and walk with Him in fellowship, as one of His children, and to also be an intimate friend. However, as with Adam, there is planted in you a seed of rebellion which causes you to desire to do your own thing.....'I did it MY way'!
This is true for every human being born, and God knows it. The devil (Satan) is a real spirit being with demonic followers, whose work is to deceive you and us all into not believing the goodness and love of God, but to rebel against Him, ignore Him, reject Him....as Satan did.
Though Satan was cast out of the presence and glory of God's heaven, and those who followed him likewise, we can re-enter something of that glory in this life and then fully when we pass through death into immortality....'eternal life'.....with God.
The truth sets us free to know God and walk with Him through this life and into glorious eternity....beyond time, into the heavenly realms as true sons of God.
The Bible teaches that we are 'sinners' from birth - selfish, independent spirited, wanting our own way. As a result of this inner attitude, we behave wrongly towards others and God according to God's standards of perfect love and selflessness. We are stuck!
God knows this....
(To be continued...but meanwhile look below about being depressed, with no hope, etc.)
Watch a superb example of what Jesus is like towards a needy person....a short excerpt from the
film Ben Hur, (You can paste the link at the end of the video into your
computer direct from You Tube if you wish). LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDoyywKt1_0
Depressed? No hope?
You were not
made to be on your own, trying to cope. You were designed to function in
partnership with the LIVING GOD who made heaven and earth! Though He
is the senior partner in the relationship, it IS a true and real
relationship. Marriage partners or other relationships just don't hack it! The
Lord is a life partner, incredibly able to meet your needs and keep you well,
provided for and protected. He alone gives you the purpose you were designed to
fulfil. The root of depression, illness, lack, is your lack of God in your
'For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life'. (New Testament: The book of John chapter 3 verse 16...the most well known verse in the Bible.)
Everlasting or eternal life is a state of being, in
relationship with your Maker. As you embrace this, through the life of
Jesus sharing in your life, you are 'born again' into life with God, from which
you were blocked by your own rejection of God and rebellion against Him -
whether you know it or not. This rebellion or desire for independence of
spirit, apart from God is called 'sin'.
Jesus came from God - we celebrate this
at Christmas - and He lived amongst us: Immanuel'....('God with us'). Not
only did His life demonstrate the love and power of God in a human being, but
He resisted every desire to rebel or reject His Father in heaven...we call . He
did not sin.
But He did suffer and die a cruel death as an innocent
man, a perfect man in His Father's sight. He died in your place and mine, in
the place of every human being who has ever lived. He died and suffered God's
judgment against sin - death - so that you can LIVE! Live in this life,
and go through death into eternal life with all those who have
accepted God's way of putting us right with Himself.
This is called the Divine Exchange. God exchanged the life of His Son for your life. God loves you so much that He gave His most precious gift - the life of His Son - in exchange for your life. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice. His blood was shed...His life willingly given...for YOU. As Jesus died, hanging on the cross, He shouted, 'It is finished!' By that He meant that his work was over, and a way to relationship with God had been opened for everyone.
God the Father verified this by raising Jesus to
life again from the dead - the only time this has ever happened. It was
not resuscitation or a short time life stop on an operating table,
but the restoring of life from the dead of a man who had been dead and buried
for three days! As a result, many people believed in Jesus and followed
Him....the beginnings of the world-wide Church. Jesus then ascended to
heaven...a man in heaven who knows what it is like to be human, with all the
problems we go through!
Think of an egg timer. At the death of Jesus, all time
focussed on this amazing event...the divine Exchange of the life of God the
Son, for all of mankind. All who ever lived before this moment in time
knew about a 'Saviour', the Messiah, One to whom they could look for
Life. All who have lived ever since the cross have known of this One also,
whether though the Church or through direct revelation of this truth....often
heard about in remote tribes and languages.
The resurrected life of Jesus is available to YOU. The
deal is that you accept His life in your life. That you accept that He is the
'senior partner' and will guide you through life. That you spend time with Him
and in the company of His people - the Church. And that you read His book - the
Bible, written by over 40 authors each directly inspired by God to write their
contribution. It is a book of books, made up of 66 smaller sections or books.
It is the world's best seller (and always has been).
DO YOU WANT THIS LIFE? A life of meaning and purpose, power and fulfilment. Do you want to be put right with God - not against Him but with Him and for Him? If you do, then you can make a beginning, the first step, by talking to God RIGHT NOW in the privacy of your own thoughts or room. Read the following through, and if you feel you can speak this to God, then do so now:
Lord God, I admit that I have not wanted You to rule my life. I have wanted to be my own boss. I have sinned against You in thought, word and deed. I know I need saving from the consequences of this rebellion and independence of spirit from my Creator. I know that I will die without God if I reject You now, and I don't want that.
Jesus, come into my life and forgive my sin. Make me right with God and ready to fulfil His purpose. Fill me with your Holy Spirit to enable and empower me to live for You and for others, to make a difference in this world. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
if you have talked to God in this way and truly meant it, then He has begun the
process in your life of granting you eternal life. You now need to find a
bible-believing church near you and join with other like minded people, who
truly believe in Jesus. Buy a bible and start reading the New Testament. Talk
to God about your day each day, and ask for His guidance. He will begin to
communicate with you in all sorts of ways which you have never before been able
to pick up!
Your circumstances will begin to change as to share
your needs with Jesus. He is God - the Son, and can change your circumstances
according to His best purposes for you. It is safe in the arms of Jesus,
however young or old you are!