You can walk with God

Did you know …?

There are a number of Hebrew words for salvation which also mean “to bring into a spacious environment”, “to be at one’s ease”, “to be free to develop”. “Salvation” can be seen then as the new life in Christ, in which we are “free to develop” into Christ-like people.

There is uneasiness about God in every man and every woman on planet Earth. To be human is to be aware of the “God-sized vacuum” in us. Man knows that somewhere in the vast and hostile universe there must be an eternal Presence, Someone who is unlike all other living beings. Man knows that God exists.

There is uneasiness about the human condition in all of us. To be human is to be aware of a great and terrible need in ourselves: the need to meet God, to come into contact with Him, to be redeemed, to be restored and to be loved by the eternal God.

You can enter that spacious environment where fear no longer exists.

God invites you to walk with Him …

God is calling you

Jesus says, It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Lk 5:31-32). Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, … and I will give you rest (Mt 11:28). The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come.” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life(Rev 22:17).

God loves you

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (Jn 3:16).

We may well ask, “Why would God love us? Why would He love me? I do not deserve his love.” This is a valid question. We do not deserve the love of God.  God loves us because God is love (1 Jn 4:8).

God offers eternal life to those who desire to live in his presence for ever

God wants you to have eternal life. Jesus says, I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life (Jn 6:47). Jesus Christ also says unambiguously, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (Jn 14:6). The meaning is clear. There is no other Saviour. The miracles of Jesus … are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (Jn 20:31). Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

Your reaction may be, “But I am a sinner.”

God knows that you are a sinner

The Bible says, All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one (Rom 3:12).

We are not saved by merit. We are saved by mercy.

God has sent his Son to seek and save sinners

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost (Lk 19:10).

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 Jn 1:9).

Do not procrastinate. Do not hesitate. “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool” (Is 1:18).

Every human being is a sinner. And sinners should confess their sins. When we confess our sins God will be merciful. Our sins will be forgiven. This is the message of the Bible. This is God’s message to you. This is the miracle of love. Man does not deserve the forgiveness that God offers, but He offers it to us, all the same.

God can forgive all your sins: the sins of yesterday, today and tomorrow – He wants to make you free

The Bible says, And the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin (1 Jn 1:7). For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish of defect (1 Pet 1:18-19).

God wants you to be born again – his Holy Spirit can accomplish this miracle in your life

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has a message from God for all of us, I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again (Jn 3:3). Only the Holy Spirit can accomplish this miracle. The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit (Jn 3:8).

Becoming a Christian is not making a new start in life. It is receiving a new life from God to start with. As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins … But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved (Eph 2:1, 4, 5). Sinners are saved by the grace of God.

To be saved, we have to come to God like beggars. We have nothing to offer. We are not saved by merit or by generous deeds and incredibly beautiful acts. Giving our hearts to God does not save us.

A dead man cannot assist in his own resurrection.
W G T Shedd

No sinner was ever saved by giving His heart to God. We are not saved by our giving, we are saved by God’s giving.
A W Pink

To be saved, we must believe what the Bible tells us about Jesus Christ. This message is from God. We must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God. We must believe that Jesus Christ is the Saviour, that He desires to be our Saviour and that He is the salvation itself.

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (Jn 1:12).

Everyone who believes this, has eternal life. If you believe that Jesus Christ is your Saviour, even if this truth has dawned upon you a few seconds ago, the Holy Spirit has revealed it to you. God has come to be with you.

“No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor 12:3).

If you believe that Jesus Christ is your Saviour you, too, are now a child of God. This new relationship, this wonderful certainty changes your life forever.

C H Spurgeon said:
Many people think that when we preach salvation, we mean salvation from going to hell. We do mean that, but we mean a great deal more: We preach salvation from sin. We say that Christ is able to save a man, and we mean by that that he is able to save him from sin and make him holy, to make him a new man.

What must I do to grow spiritually?

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit – God Himself – will help those who abide in Him, those who remain in union with God. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing (Jn 15:4-5).

God’s nourishing Word is available to every sinner who has been born again

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17).

Read the Word of God. Believe the Word of God. Pray about the Word of God. Obey the Word of God. Share the Word of God and you will grow spiritually.

God’s Word warns us that the tempter is at large and he will try to get hold of us again

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”(1 Pet 5:8-9).

Benjamin Jowett said:
When a man listens to the voice of the tempter within him, he is inclined to do as others do, not to
resist when temptation seems great. But when he looks into the laws of God, and hears the words of Christ, his natural sense of right and wrong is restored to him, and he becomes elevated, purified, and sanctified.

God will be with you always – the Spirit of God lives in you Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father’’ (Gal 4:6).

“As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in him”. (1 Jn 2:27).

The Spirit of God lives in you (Rom 8:9).

The Holy Spirit will guide you. The Word of God has the same message for you as the one delivered to Saul after his conversion. The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth (Acts 22:14).

You can walk with God.

God will assist those who know that they are spiritually poor

For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows (2 Cor 1:5). God loves to help the followers of his Son on their spiritual journey. Ask God to help you. Talk to Him about everything, just as you would talk to a beloved and caring father. Study his Word and you will most definitely receive more and more spiritual blessings. This new life is a journey … What an incredible journey, full of surprises and adventures, full of blessings and obstacles, full of opportunities and temptations, a journey, deeper and deeper into the holy light of God. Beloved child of God, live close to God. Trust his Holy Spirit.

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Cor 4:6).

To walk with God is a journey into ever-deepening light. It is the life and the journey that your soul has been longing for.

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! (Jude vs 2425).

Dare to be different

Share the following statements with your colleagues and friends. Expect fireworks!

It may well be that the world is denied miracle after miracle and triumph after triumph because we will not bring to Christ what we have and what we are. If, just as we are, we would lay ourselves on the altar of service of Jesus Christ, there is no saying what Christ could do with us and through us. We may be sorry and embarrassed that we have not more to bring – and rightly so; but that is not reason for failing or refusing to bring what we have and what we are.

The truth is that the only key to the Christian life is the life of Christ; that the only solution to the many pro-blems that thicken round our lives as we live them is to be found in the study of his life as He lived it; and that we shall never begin to understand what we ourselves are until we have begun to understand what He is.
Commemoration of Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester

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