Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday's Thought

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Sometimes when I read or hear the news, I start getting concerned about many things or issues I've never seen happen in our country and an increase in crimes.  Will my wife be alright using the public restroom, violent protests in cities across the US, hatred displayed against fellow man, who will win the upcoming election, ISIS and it's endeavors overseas, the world is in such choas and craziness, another shooting in the Washington DC area, taxes are going up again, another person feels discriminated against, more hate crimes, hatred against certain people and certain beliefs.  It goes on and on and on!  Sometimes to a point of being unnerving and concerning.

As my concerns grow, I suddenly feel God settling me down with the comfort that He is in control of everything that happens.  I shouldn't be worried, stressed, nervous or in any human emotional way as God has me in His Hands and not to worry.

A most comforting thought these days, but it only comes when you've accepted Him as your Savior and asked Him to come into your life.  Here's how:

Admit
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
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
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

So now what?

If you prayed this prayer with your whole heart and believed what you did, you are now a Christian.  And, yes, it is that simple.

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:

Centreville Baptist Church, Centreville Virginia
Manassas Church of the Nazarene, Manassas, Virginia

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Peace With God.

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