Daily Devotional for Sunday October 21, 2007

Have You Made the Decision to Accept Jesus

(John 3:16)

HAVE YOU MADE THE DECISION TO ACCEPT JESUS? You will make many big > decisions > throughout your life. Where you will go to college, what career you will > have, who you will marry, having children, are just a few. However, there > is > no decision that you will make during your life greater than where you > will > spend eternity when this brief life is over. > > The Bible teaches us that tomorrow is promised to none of us and that each > day is a gift from God. When you die, your body will go back to the dust > of > the earth as God mandated, but your soul, the part of man made in God's > image is eternal. Where your soul spends eternity is a choice each > individual who lives will make during their life. It is God's desire that > ALL come to repentance and none be lost. He sent His Son Jesus to die for > the sins of all mankind so that thru faith in Jesus man could be > reconciled > back to God and have the assurance of everlasting life with his Creator. > > My friend, nobody who is honest will dispute that they will die one day, > and > nobody who is honest will dispute they commit sin. We ALL sin and fall > short > of God's glory and it is our sin that separates us from a holy God. GOD > LOVES YOU! He is willing to forgive you of your sins if you will simply > ask > Him. There is nothing you have done in your life that God won't forgive > you > for if you ask Him. He does not want to see your soul perish for eternity, > but wants you to spend your eternity with Him. > > Please, take a few moments, the most important few moments you will ever > spend and read the following few paragraphs. These words can literally > change you for all eternity. I am praying for you! > > For God so loved the world, HE GAVE. Good Friday is the day that we > celebrate one of the greatest events in human history. We celebrate that > day > the death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, God's gift to the world. It > is truly a day of rejoicing. Because of this gift from God, we can be > forgiven of our sins and reunited with our Creator for eternity. So much > of > what I deal with each day in this Devotional is to help you walk through > this short journey here on earth victoriously and productively. But we > must > never forget that our time here is very short, and there is an eternity > waiting for us when this journey is completed. > > I want to focus for just a minute on that most special day, to that split > second when our life on this earth is finished and we are launched into > eternity. Do you have the assurance this very moment that when your life > is > complete, your eternity is going to be spent in Heaven with God your > Creator? > > If the answer to that question is anything but a resounding YES, then let > me > just share this simple truth with you. You see, our God, our Creator so > loved this world, so loved His creation, that He sent His Son, His only > Son > to be part of this world. Jesus had one mission in this life. It wasn't to > be a great teacher, though He was a great teacher. It wasn't to be a great > prophet, though He was a great prophet. It wasn't to be a great miracle > worker, though He did work many great miracles. No my friend, Jesus came > to > this world to perform only one job...to die. > > You see, the reason it was vital for Jesus to be immaculately conceived by > the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin was so that He was not infested with > the same problem you and I are born into this life with, sin. Otherwise, > the > best He could have done was to die for His own sins. Jesus lived on this > earth for some 33 years before it was time to complete His work. That work > was finished on a cross on the hill called Calvary where He hung, and then > died as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of this world. That is why, > whosoever believes in Jesus, shall not perish, but have everlasting life! > > Believing in Jesus is the only way to be saved because it was Jesus who > died > for our sins. There are no other ways to be saved, no other roads to God, > there are no other plans of salvation!!! This is God's one and only plan > to > reconcile His fallen creation back to Himself. This is the only way that > you > can escape eternity apart from the God who created you in His own image. > It > is through His grace and by your faith in Jesus Christ! > > There are many incredible mysteries in the Bible. There are many doctrinal > issues that will never be fully understood until we are in Heaven. But God > made the most important decision of this life very easy and simple to > understand. He gave every one the same opportunity to have their sins > washed > away and be assured of an eternity in Heaven. That is why we celebrate > Good > Friday. That is why we put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ. > > The most important decision you will make in this life is not who you will > marry, or where you will live, or what kind of job you will have. The most > important decision you will make in this life is to accept Jesus Christ as > your personal Lord and Savior. If you have not done that yet, the Bible > says > that TODAY is the day of salvation. I would invite you to go to, > http://www.liveprayer.com/bdy_salvatn.cfm. Pray to ask God to open your > heart, read the words, pray the prayer, and accept today God's gift to > you, > the gift of everlasting life through His son Jesus. > > I love you and care about you deeply. For those of you who already know > Christ as your Savior, I would encourage you to forward this email to > someone that you know who is lost and without hope today. What better > present to give someone than the opportunity to know Jesus as their Savior > and God's free gift of everlasting life. I pray that you will take time > today to focus on the gift that God has given to us in His Son Jesus. He > gave His very best gift to us, which is why I will continue to encourage > you > each day to give your very best to Him.