If you didn't read part 1, from yesterday's post, you don't want to miss it. Check it out, it's a great part of the rescue plan.
Here is the Great News of this rescue, you may have heard it as the Good News, but I’m sticking with great. Once you have heard it and are able to share it, you too will realize IT IS GREAT! Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." It tells us there is a cost. But here’s the Great News, especially for everyone looking for an online deal, Jesus Christ offers us the free gift of eternal life. That’s right there is a cost but the cost to you is free. You just have to take it. I mean, who doesn't want a free gift, right? Free!
1 John 4:9 says, “By this the Love of God is revealed in us: that God sent His One and only Son into the world in order that we may live through Him.”
Let's look at it this way. You are on a sinking ship, have always been. Some of you may feel like it is going down faster than others, nonetheless, it is sinking. You look out into the water for an island to swim to or a branch to take a hold of, but there is nothing. You start plotting with the people in the rest of the boats for a way to somehow build a quick raft or something, anything. You realize again, there is nothing.
Then you turn to look at the vast blue sea and see someone standing on the water. It is your Father, your Creator. With outstretched arms He gently says, “Jump my child, I’ll rescue you.” You’re not sure if He is going to catch you. You don’t understand why He would save you. You have done so much wrong maybe you should just go down with the ship. You look back at the boat which is definitely going down and you turn around with all these questions in your eyes.
You look to your Father to make the leap into His loving arms because you realize that He is the only hope. You are scared and excited at the same time but you decide faith in Him is your only choice. He’s says to you with all the love a Father could have for a child, "I already know all that you have done. I promise to forgive you, just ask, just trust me. You are safe in my arms, dear one." You decide it is time to jump.Into His arms you go and as He draws you close to Himself, He whispers, “Trust me, child, My love will catch you every time.”
What saved you? The love of a Father for His child. What was the cost to you? You had to trust Him.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
Good? We could never be good enough. Working Hard? We could never work hard enough. It is by the grace of God that we are saved, it is a gift. Do you want it?
Well, eternal life is just what it sounds like, forever life. Eternal life is life after death here on this Earth, in Heaven with our Risen Lord, forever. Now for the fine print, Romans 10:9 says, “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.
Sinking ship is sin. Do you need rescued? Call Him Lord, believe He alone can rescue you.
Ready for a Rescue? The exact words that you pray are not the essential part. Your heart that you give to your Father is.
You can pray a prayer something like this.
Heavenly Father, I am a sinner. I know that I have done so many things wrong in my life so I am asking you to forgive me. I believe in my heart that it is all about you. You went to the cross to die for my sins. You suffered and bore all my sins and shame on yourself so that I may live. I believe that you conquered death and rose from the grave. Lord, I ask you to come into my heart and life today and make me a new creation and become Lord of my life. I ask that you help me put off my old self and turn and walk toward your path. I praise you and thank you for all that you have done for me and all that you are going to do through me. And all God's children said. AMEN!
If you prayed that prayer and want to turn your life around; if you want to make Christ Lord of your life and if you want off that sinking ship, that is amazing! I am so excited for you. Please don’t leave your decision there. Please don’t leave questions or thoughts unanswered. Let me know. Let someone know that can guide you to grow and mature in your faith.
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You can also send me a personal email at email@example.com and I can help you to find resources to further your walk and step into faith.