Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday's Thought

Earlier this week, I received a text from a friend this week after the earthquake struck Amatrice, Italy, killing 290 people across the region.  This came after another strong earthquake in another part of the world.  

My friend said, "with two major earthquakes in the last 24 hours, these verses came to mind. Praise God, (6) And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains. - Matthew 24:6-8, ESV"

While grieving the loss of life in the earthquakes, it is a reminder the Lord will return to this earth one day to take the Christians, those who have given their lives to Him and accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, to their heavenly home.  We do not know the day or the hour of Christ's Return.

Are you ready for His Return?  If not or you're not sure, here is how you can be sure, 

Admit that you are a sinner, just like everyone else born into this world, until we  confess to Jesus Christ and ask His forgiveness:

"(23) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 
(24) and are justified by his grace as a gift, 
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus," 
-Romans 3:23-24, ESV

"(23) For the wages of sin is death, 
but the free gift of God is 
eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-Romans 6:23, ESV

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ:

(16) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, 
that whoever believes in him should not perish
but have eternal life."
 -John 3:16, ESV 

Confess of your sins in a prayer to the Lord Jesus Christ:

(9) "because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. "
- Romans 10:9, ESV

(13) For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”   -Romans 10:13, ESV

And, Pray this prayer

"Lord Jesus,
 I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. 
I believe You died and rose from the grave to make me a new creation 
and to prepare me to dwell in your presence forever. 
Jesus, come into my life and take control, 
forgive my sins and save me. 
I place my trust in You alone
 for my salvation and I accept your free gift of eternal life."


So now what?  

If you prayed this prayer with your whole heart and believed what you did, you are now a Christian.  My suggestion is to find a local church and become involved.  Talk to the pastor about this experience and ask him to teach you where to go or what to do next.  

If you are not familiar with a local church, a few excellent resources to get you started or who can follow up with you are: 

In Intouch with Dr. Charles Stanley

Love Worth Finding with Dr. Adrian Rogers