DO YOU KNOW YOUR ABC'S?
No one would deny that knowing your ABC’s is one of life’s essentials. In fact, trying to get through life without them is extremely difficult. To be quite honest, knowing your ABC’s is, in actuality, a matter of life and death. Let me show you what I mean.
Take a minute to answer the following two questions; they will help you evaluate how well you know your ABC’s:
DO YOU KNOW FOR CERTAIN THAT IF YOU WERE TO DIE TODAY YOU WOULD GO TO HEAVEN?
SUPPOSE YOU WERE TO DIE TODAY AND STAND BEFORE GOD, AND HE SHOULD ASK YOU, “WHY SHOULD I ALLOW YOU INTO HEAVEN?” WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?
If you had trouble answering the first question, you are not alone. Most people are not certain they will go to Heaven when they die. Secondly, most believe they will enter Heaven because they are “good enough.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. However, knowing your ABC’s will not only guarantee that when you die you WILL go to Heaven, it will also help you live a life of purpose, abundance, and true joy TODAY.
OUCH! THIS FIRST PART IS TOUGH: GOD IS HOLY, WE ARE NOT, SO...
A - ADMIT THE TRUTH ABOUT YOURSELF
1. You have done things that are wrong. God calls these wrongs “sin.”
Therefore, acknowledge that you are a sinner.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
WHAT IS SIN?
1. Breaking the law of God.
2. Failing to do what we were supposed to do.
James 4:17 tells us, “Therefore, to one who knows
the right thing to do, and does it not, to him it is sin."
2. Because of your sin you cannot earn eternal life or a relationship with God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, least anyone should boast.”
This is why Jesus Christ came into the world. If anyone could be good enough in him/herself to “earn” salvation there would have been no need for Jesus.Because of your sin you are separated from God.
This means you will go to hell when you die unless you receive God’s forgiveness for your sins. “For the wages of sin is death...” Romans 6:23a
DO YOU UNDERSTAND THIS? GOOD, LET’S GO ON! NOW HERE’S THE “GOOD NEWS.”
B - BELIEVE THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD.
1. God loves you and does not want you or anyone else to perish.
Romans 5:8 tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in
that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
“Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished.” Exodus 34:7b
3. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on our behalf.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosover
believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
4. Christ offers Salvation and a relationship with God as a free gift.
Romans 6:23b tells us, “the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
DO YOU BELIEVE THIS IS ABOUT GOD? GOOD, LET’S CONTINUE...
C - COMMIT YOURSELF TO GOD
1. Receive God’s free gift by faith.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves;
it is a gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
2. Trust God and not yourself.
the right to become children of God.” John 1:2
3. Receive Christ as Lord and Savior.
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
Jesus took your place for the punishment of sin (death) and arose from the dead to give you eternal life.
4. Repent of your sin.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19
Be more than sorry; REPENT (turn from trusting your own righteousness and abide in His).
Make a decision to turn from those things that displease God to those things that please HIm; the difference is LIFE vs DEATH. Obeying God brings life while disobeying God brings death.
You say, “I can’t change! I’ve already tried!”
Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
WHEN YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO CHRIST, HE WILL GIVE YOU THE STRENGTH TO CHANGE.
D - DO IT TODAY!
1. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow.
James 4:14 tells us, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
2. You can begin living in true JOY right now.
YOU ASK, "WHAT DO I DO NEXT?"
Pray something like this....
“God, I know that I have done wrong; that I am a sinner and not worthy of eternal life. However, I believe that You love me and sent Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross to pay the penalty for my sin, and to rise from the dead to give me eternal life. I receive this Gift by faith and transfer my trust from my own goodness, resting in the righteousness of Christ and in His redeeming work on the cross. Jesus, be my Lord and Savior. Give me the strength to turn from my sins and live for you. Amen.”
You are now a “child of God” and a “citizen of Heaven,” and now that you are a child of God, Jesus gives you this promise: “I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life.” John 6:47
If you just prayed that prayer (or one like it)...
WELCOME TO THE FAMILY OF GOD!
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
NOW THAT YOU HAVE BECOME GOD’S CHILD, HERE ARE SOME WAYS TO KNOW YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER BETTER:
Five keys to growing in your new relationship with God:
- Read God’s Word. This enables God to speak to you.
Pray. This is you speaking to God.
Attend Church. Find a church where the Bible is taught as God’s Word (all of it). God has established the Church as a canopy for those who believe (Hebrews 10:23-25).
Fellowship with Christian Friends. Find Christian friends who will help you grow as well as hold you accountable for your actions. (Don’t select friends who want you to “just be like them.” True friends want you to be like Christ.”)
- Tell Others. Tell someone about what God has done for you. There is no greater joy.
Salvation is not in the Church, in the Sacraments or in our own goodness. Salvation is a person, Jesus the Christ.
If salvation is in what we could achieve or what the Church could do for us, we would have no need of Christ; and although the sacraments, the Church, and our good deeds are important for our “fellowship” with God, our salvation is in Jesus and Jesus alone. (Acts 4:12)
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth
and the life. No one comes to the Father
except through me.”
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