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Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday's Message: By Fire

By Fire
1 Corinthians 3:10-15

Are you searching for stability?  Has the thought, “What would I do if everything I have were destroyed by a fire?” crossed your mind lately?  CRAZY! I know, but let’s talk about it.  Our lives are jam-packed with uncertainty.  The economy, the government, the weather, our families are all completely unpredictable and pretty much uncontrollable!  Where are we to find a stable, unshakable, indestructible foundation?  I am so glad you asked; because, the Bible says, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  Jesus is the foundation, the solid bedrock on which we can construct a life that will last for eternity!

There are over 3,000 religions in the world today.  That tells me that there are a lot of well-meaning people with the best of intentions attempting to help people have hope and certainty in a hopeless, uncertain world, but there is one little problem.  There is only one Jesus, and He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  He alone can build a house that will stand through the test of fire.  Let me ask you this question.  Is Jesus your foundation?  My friend, He wants to be, and you can make Him the foundation of your life today!
Psalms 127:1a Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:

Dear Friend, one day you are going to die, and your body will be buried. But you have a never dying soul that will spend eternity in heaven or hell.
The word of God teaches us that we must realize some certain things in order to go to heaven.

First: You must realize that all of us have sinned.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Second: There is punishment for sin.
For the wages of sin is death... (Romans 6:23a)
the Bible is specific: Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men for that all have sinned: (Romans 5:12)
That one man was Adam. The moment he sinned against God, he died spiritually. That same death has passed upon us when we first sinned. The Bible tells us in John 3:3 ...except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
If we die physically in this condition, having never been born again; (Revelation 20:14-15) And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Third: Jesus paid the penalty for our sins.
God loves us very much and sent His Son Jesus to die in our place.
But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
When Jesus died on the cross He paid your debt for sin by taking your punishment upon Himself.
...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23b) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8 - 9)
Salvation in heaven is a gift to be received by faith in Jesus, trusting Him completely. We cannot earn a gift, we do not deserve a gift; we must accept a gift.

Fourth: Trust Christ to save you today.
If you realize that your sins have condemned you, and that Jesus is the only One who can save you, call on Him right now trusting Him with all your heart to save your soul. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:10, 13)
To call on the Lord right now, pray something like this from your heart:
Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner; I know I deserve hell for my sins. I believe You died for me, and I am trusting You to save my soul and give me the gift of eternal life. Thank you Jesus for saving my soul. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer, please contact us. We would love to know that you made this decision today, and rejoice with you!

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