God or Self?

We make choices, and other people make choices that impact our lives greatly on a daily basis. We are guaranteed to mess up, but there is God who wants to help us get back up on our feet and will forgive us of all of our sins.

No matter your story, I want to help you understand God’s power of forgiveness and grace. As well as find new hope and freedom with God. Jesus Christ came to die and save US all from an eternal wrath of our sinful nature. In Romans 3:23, it says ‘for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.’ But what exactly does the term ‘fall short of the Glory of God’ mean?

When we relate to our past and often look at things we have been through, we can clearly see mistakes we have made. This is where we will also find that in those mistakes, past or future, we will ‘fall short of God’s Glory.’ I spent most of my life investing my time and energy into all of the wrong people and things, which lead me to become angry and frustrated. Had I have known whom Jesus was at the time, I could have saved myself from a lot of frustration and hardship.

I knew of Jesus and I experienced church a few times in my childhood, but I had no real relationship with God. I had no real experience with the Spirit. I had never actually thought about my actions and mistakes as being ‘SIN’. Everything I do is natural to me. That is where Satan had me fooled. Society was doing the same stuff as I was, most everyone I knew was the exact same way as I was, so I never seen any real need for a Savior.

I never had any real relationships worth keeping when I was growing up. Some of you may know that experience first hand, while others may have had a great childhood. Regardless, at some point in our lives we fall short of God’s Glory, which is why Jesus came and chose to die. It still didn’t make any sense to me that someone would go through execution just to forgive me for things no one ever knew about to begin with. But my spirit and conscience knew. God knew, which is why I most likely felt lost and depressed most of my entire life.

We were created to share a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit. The spirit inside of you knows that it belongs to God. However, by not having accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, your spirit is lost, lonely, depressed, angry, bitter, and so on. One might even think that sounds ridiculous, some may not have anger, nor ever have been depressed. You may have never experienced many of the things I even speak of. The good news is that Jesus will meet you right where you are, as you are, and you can begin to have a relationship with God on a more personal level.

You do not have to turn to God only in the moment of crisis. God would love to be apart of your life through the Good times as well. So rest assured, if you have never had a terrible life or rough past, there is also a place in the Kingdom for you as well. God will reveal ‘His Truth’ to your heart, and you will slowly start to make sense of scriptures. What I mean, is that you will begin to see how scriptures apply to you and your life. God’s word is a guide, or manual for daily living as a Christian. No need to lay out a long list of things that might make you realize you’re probably a sinner. Jesus does not need any explanation for who he is or why he is Godly. Open your heart to receive Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to renew your mind, body, and spirit.

How do we receive Christ? That is a really good question I have asked myself over and over again. I have a Biblical answer, and I have my own conclusion. First I will list out some Bible Verses on Accepting Christ.

Bible Verses About Receiving Christ

Romans 10:9 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Acts 2:38 - Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Revelation 3:20 - Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

John 14:6 - Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Acts 4:12 - Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Romans 10:13 - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Mark 16:16 - He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Galatians 3:26 - For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Acts 16:31 - And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Peter 3:9 - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Acts 2:21 - And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

1 Peter 1:3-8 - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,   (Read More...)

1 Thessalonians 5:23 - And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Finally, we come to my conclusion about receiving Christ. From my experience, I directly talked to God in prayer, out loud, and on a daily basis. I prayed before I ever accepted Christ into my heart. I even prayed to God about accepting Christ the very first time, because I was still unsure if I did it right. I finally noticed God’s handiwork in my life when I paid attention to His Word. I didn’t just hear it briefly, I established a point of contact with the Father. That means that I actually read scripture, thought about how it applies to myself, and then talked to God about that scripture, my thoughts, and feelings. The bible says, ‘ye have not, because ye ask not. – James 4:2 (KJV)’. Let’s take a look at the next verse. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions” (James 4:3). If you establish a point of contact, or point of reference, you can speak to God and do so with more expectation (positive outcome or results/blessings). God is Divine, he can not change his nature. If his scripture is there, it is definitely your point of contact and can be used to receive your blessings. It is how I received Christ. Our intentions reveal a deeper discussion of spiritual identity and to whom we serve: God or self.

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