Seeking God?

Seeking God

Let’s start with the best news of all. No matter what you’ve done with your life, God loves you right now as much as He’s ever loved anyone ever - including His Own Son Jesus Christ.
(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. (John 3:16, KJV)
From the moment He placed you in your Mother’s womb
(Jeremiah 1:5)
I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5, NLT)
, His only desire for you has been that you’ll spend eternity with Him in Heaven while leaving that decision to you. He’s used everything in your life to help you understand who He is, how much He loves you, and how much you need Him.
(Romans 10:9)
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9, NLT)
If you’re like most American’s, you know who Jesus Christ is and may even call yourself a Christian. But knowing who Jesus is and actually knowing Jesus are two entirely different things. For it’s only by knowing Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior that you’ve secured for yourself a place in Heaven.
(Romans 6:23)
The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NKJV)
Eighty-three percent of all non-church attenders want to believe there’s a God and want to know more about Him. If you’re in this eighty-three percentile, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re not pastors or ministers, so we won’t preach to you and we won’t ask you for money. Our purpose is clear and transparent. In practical and easy to understand language, we want to show you how easy it is to have a personal relationship with the God who made you and everything else that exists.
(Colossians 1:16)
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. (Colossians 1:16, NKJV)
Starting down this path is an adventure that never ends. The more you know about God, the more you want to know about God as He leads you to a place of rest and confidence and purpose in life that you’ve never imagined possible.
(Matthew 11:28
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, NLT)
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John 10:10)
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have life more abundantly. (John 10:10, NKJV)
We’re not talking about making you into some kind of religious whacko or fanatic. To the contrary! We’re talking about God putting a bounce in your step every day, as you watch Him orchestrate everything in your life for good . . . building your faith and making you a better person.
(Psalm 32:8)
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8, NLT)
By accepting and living this truth, the Joy of the Lord will be your strength
(Nehemiah 8:10)
For the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10, KJV)
through the good days and the bad, making those around you want to have what you have. And when that happens, you’ll lead them to the same God you’ve discovered for yourself. This is God’s Purpose for Your Life!
(Romans 8:28)
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, KJV)

God’s Planned Sequence for your life is 1) accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior
(Romans 10:9
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9, NLT)
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, 2) living your life for His Purpose,
(2 Corinthians 5:5
The one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God. (2 Corinthians 5:5, NIV)
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3) having everything in your life, for the rest of your life, work for good
(Romans 8:28
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28, KJV)
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and 4) spending eternity in Heaven
(1 Corinthians 2:9
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV)
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Revelation 21:4)
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. (Revelation 21:4, KJV)
. This is the life God created for you to live forever.
But first, you have a decision to make – the most important decision of your life!
(Joshua 24:15)
Choose you this day who you will serve . . . as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15, KJV)
Avoiding this decision says ‘no’ to God, with all of the consequences and lost blessings that holds. Until your last breath, it remains your option to say yes to God. But you’ll never be at peace with God and eternally secure until you ‘bite the bullet’ and make this decision. Until you make this decision, you’re playing with fire!
(Hebrews 9:27
It is appointed for men to die . . . but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27, KJV)
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Revelation 20:15)
And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15, NKJV)
Hell’s a real place of eternal damnation that God describes in horrifying detail as an ominous warning against rejecting His Gift of Salvation, which is not yours until you accept it.
(2 Thessalonians 1:9
These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the Glory of His Power. (2 Thessalonians 1:9, NLT)
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Revelation 21:8
. . . unbelievers . . . their fate is in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death. (Revelation 21:8, NLT)
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Revelation 14:11)
And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night. (Revelation 14:11, NLT)
By rejecting Christ, you’re ignoring God’s warnings and breaking His Heart.
A loving father sets clearly defined boundaries for their children, using rewards and punishments to incentivize right choices and behavior.
(Proverbs 13:24)
Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. (Proverbs 13:24, NLT)
To prevent resolute disobedience, more serious punishments are often threatened but never inflicted unless the disobedience is resolute. So it is with God as He patiently waits for you to come to Him.
(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. (2 Peter 3:9, KJV)
God has made the consequences of not accepting His Son as your Lord and Savior exceedingly clear.
(Proverbs 15:25)
The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. (Proverbs 15:25, KJV)
The choice between Heaven and Hell is yours to make . . . and it’s the most important decision of your life!
(John 14:6
I (Jesus) am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father except thru me. (John 14:6, KJV)
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You can’t earn your way into Heaven.
(Ephesians 2:8-9)
For by grace are you saved thru faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any many should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9, KJV)
While you may be the most moral, kind, generous, loving and respected person, you’re not good enough to earn your way into Heaven.
(Romans 3:23
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23, KJV)
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Romans 6:23)
28. The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23, NKJV)
While your ego may be fed by naively comparing yourself to those around you, you stand condemned in the Holy Presence of Almighty God who has no tolerance for sin.
(1 John 1:10)
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:10, KJV)
Likewise, God doesn’t allow good people to go to Hell because, compared to God’s Holiness, none of us are good people.
(Isaiah 64:6)
When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6, NLT)

The awesome truth is that when your earthly life ends, your eternity begins with you standing in Judgment before Almighty God.
(2 Corinthians 5:10)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10, NIV)
. All earthly power and influence and things owned and experienced, apart from serving God, will have no value whatsoever on that day. You’ll stand alone!
(Revelation 20:15)
And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life, was thrown into the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:15, NLT)
Only one thing will matter at that cataclysmic moment: Is your name written in the Book of Life . . . did you confess your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior before you died?
(Revelation 3:5)
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. (Revelation 3:5, NKJV)
At that point, there’s nothing you can do to change where you’ll spend eternity. That will have already been determined. And if you haven’t already made that decision, you’re literally playing with fire.
(Mark 9:43)
If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. (Mark 9:43, NIV)
Jesus endured man’s most horrible form of execution as a personal sacrifice for your sins
(Matthew 27:27-54)

The Soldiers Mock Jesus
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus . . . And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

The King on a Cross
32 Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. 33 And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull, 34 they gave Him sour wine mingled with gall to drink. But when He had tasted it, He would not drink.

35 Then they crucified Him, and divided His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet:

“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”

36 Sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37 And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him:

THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38 Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left.

39 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”

41 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.

Jesus Dies on the Cross
45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.

49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.”

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:27-54, NKJV)

. . . giving you full pardon into Heaven . . . the greatest event in all human history! Then He rose on the third day to tell you
(1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, NKJV)
that He’ll be waiting for you in Heaven.

While this is God’s Gift to you, it’s not yours until you receive it by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. No matter what you’ve done or where you are at this moment, God’s waiting for you to accept His incredible Gift of Eternal Life
(John 14:6)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV)
by 1) confessing to God that you’re a sinner,
(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. (1 John 1:9, NKJV)
2) asking Him to forgive you of your sins according to Jesus sacrifice on the cross for your sins
(Hebrews 9:22)
For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness. (Hebrews 9:22, NLT)
and 3) by acknowledging Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life and the Savior of the world.
(John 8:36
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36,NKJV)
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John 1:12
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12, NKJV)
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Romans 10:10)
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. (Romans 10:10, NKJV)
Put this in your own words and tell it to God right now - and you will instantly receive His Gift of Eternal Life. It’s that easy to have a personal relationship with the God who made you and wants you to spend eternity with Him in Heaven.
Once you’ve made this decision, nothing can separate you from the Love of God
(Romans 8:35-37)
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? . . . No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. (Romans 8:35-37, NLT)
as you bask in the knowledge that your eternity in Heaven is forever secure.
Amen!

Ready to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?