Chapter 26. God’s Plan For Your Life (from the book, FROM QUEER TO CHRIST)

If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, I encourage you to give your life to Christ.  Christians aren’t the enemy.  The world does not care about you or where you spend eternity.  God commands Christians to share the Gospel of Christ.  The message may be hard to digest, and may not always be delivered in love, but there is nothing in this temporary world worth risking being eternally separated from God.

Scripture declares religion and good works will never save your soul.  You can work yourself to death and you will still go to Hell.  Religion does not have the power to make evil men holy.  Many know about God but don’t know God.  Many pay lip service to God but have no respect for Him, or His laws, nor do they care about obeying Him.  We can be faithful to a church and yet not be faithful to God.

There are people who are “religious” in name only and are going to Hell.  It doesn’t matter if you’re Jew or Gentile.  Jesus taught we must be “born again” (Romans 10:9-13).  None of us can bypass Jesus.  This doesn’t mean being “sprinkled” as an infant.  A baby is incapable of being convicted of sin and turning away from it.  We must be of an age where we recognize our sinful nature and have the ability to make a conscious decision to willingly give our life to Christ.  We cannot earn, take credit for, or buy salvation.  This offer has been extended to us because of God’s grace, not works.  Grace and works are mutually exclusive (Romans 11:6).  God’s free gift of salvation is offered to anyone who wants it but the offer expires upon death.

For those who pray to Mary (the mother of Jesus) or other saints, 1 Timothy 2:5 declares, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”  Jesus is the only mediator.  Mary and other saints cannot mediate our prayer requests to God.

There is no such thing as reincarnation or a place called “purgatory.”  You cannot “pray a dead person into Heaven” even if they didn’t accept Jesus as their Savior.  God’s Word does not support these lies.  Once you die, your fate is sealed (Hebrews 9:27).  If it were true that one could be prayed into Heaven after death, I would certainly live life as I pleased and then have people “pray me into Heaven” when I died.  Only in this life do we have the opportunity to be reconciled to God.  Trust God and take Him at His word.  It is the shed blood of Jesus that makes us holy, sinless, and righteous in God’s eyes (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 10:19; 13:12; 1 John 1:7-9).  We do not work to be saved.  The Cross where Jesus shed His blood will either become your salvation or your damnation.  Your conscience will either convict you or harden your heart.  What we do with this message counts forever.

I have heard some people say they want nothing to do with God because of Christians.  I certainly understand that attitude but the fallacy in that thinking is that it does not absolve us from our responsibility concerning our salvation.  I could have taken the easy way out and said to God that I rejected Him because of my unfortunate experience with some Christians.  However, I am an adult with the ability to reason.  God declared that I am a sinner in need of salvation and I had the choice to either accept or reject this revelation.  I will not be able to stand before God and blame others.  God will hold me personally responsible for my decision.  Every one of us shall given account of himself to God (Romans 14:12).  The way of the Cross is the way to Heaven through Jesus.

When Jesus said, “It is finished!” it was not the shout of a victim, but a victor!  He didn’t say, “‘I’ am finished.”  He said, “‘IT’ is finished!”  The Greek word for finished being teleo or “paid to the end of paying” meaning there’s nothing else left to pay.  The sin issue has been settled for all of eternity because of Jesus’ shed blood (Hebrews Chapter 9; and 10:10-14).

Do you know how important you are to God?  Jesus said: “I say unto you…joy shall be in Heaven…in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.” (Luke 15:7&10)  It doesn’t matter what our sins are.  God makes it clear, and promises, all sins will be forgiven if we come His way, and He promises to remember them no more (Isaiah 43:25; Hebrews 8:12; Psalm 103:12).  There is no day, no hour, in which God is not ready to forgive the most grievous of sins from a truly repentant sinner.

Many people are hurting and unable to see how life can get any better but God is in the deliverance business.  He wants to heal our wounds and set us free from bondage if we let Him.  God did it for me, and He will do it for anyone who comes to Him and cries out for help.  Satan wants to keep us in bondage but we are victorious in Christ!

If you are moved by what Jesus did on your behalf and would like to give your life to Christ and accept Him as your personal Savior, it’s very simple.  Just read the following scriptures.  If you are in agreement, a sample prayer has been included at the end.  You are choosing, by your own free will, to give your life to Christ.  You can change the eternal destination of your soul at this very moment!

God says in order to go to Heaven you must be born again:  This is not a physical rebirth, but a spiritual rebirth (John 3:7).

You realize you are a sinner:  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24; 5:12; 1 John 1:8-10)

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death:  “For the wages (payment) of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)  This includes eternal separation from God.  We are spiritual beings and will live for eternity.  Where do you want to spend it?

Jesus had to shed His blood and die:  “But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Romans 5:8-9; Romans 4:25; 1 Peter 3:18)

Repent and turn from sin:  Jesus said:  “I tell you, Nay: but, except you repent, you shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 17:30)  The Greek word for repent being “Metanoia” means to turn to someone or something from someone or something.  Turn to Christ from sin.

You believe in Jesus:  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.  He that believes on Him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:16-18)  “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me; and him that come to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)  No one, including you, will be turned away!

You confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in the finished work of what Jesus did on the Cross:  “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11; also Romans 14:11-12)  “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:15; Romans 10:9)

You want to receive Jesus?  “…what must I do to be saved…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shall be saved…” (Acts 16:30-31; Romans 10:10 & 13; John 1:12)   This doesn’t mean “maybe”.  It is a guaranteed fact!

This decision is not about the religion of Christianity.  It is about a personal relationship with God.  Truly desire to know Him.  This is strictly between you and God.  Salvation must be viewed from God’s perspective.  God can’t make you accept Jesus as your Savior and Satan can’t keep you from coming to Christ.

One of the unalterable truths that each individual must learn is that we cannot bypass Jesus to get to God.  We cannot reject Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and approach the throne of grace and expect Almighty God to answer our prayers.  Jesus taught we are to pray in His name and God will hear it because we are praying with His authority and asking God to answer our prayers according to His will (John 14:13-14; 1 John 5:14-15).  Note that saying this prayer doesn’t guarantee salvation if you’re just saying this prayer as “fire insurance” against Hell.  God knows the heart, and your motive.  Do not go to Him in a deceitful manner because you will be wasting your time.  You must sincerely mean it with all your heart.

If you want more information on how to come to know Christ as your Savior:   http://georgecarneal.com/discover-christ/

If you’re in agreement with what you’ve read, and wish to give your life to Christ, simply pray:

“Heavenly Father, I come before you and confess that I am a sinner and have sinned against you.  I’m asking for your forgiveness.  I believe that Christ died for my sins, was buried and rose again, as the Scripture teaches.  Right now I choose to receive Christ as my Savior.  I confess that Jesus is Lord. Father, take my life and give me the strength to live for You.  In Jesus name I pray. Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer with all sincerity, congratulations, and welcome to the family of God!  Here are a few things you can do to help you grow spiritually.

Find a Bible-believing church (Hebrews 10:25).  If you are unsure of a church, most websites will list their “doctrinal statement” or you can request one from the church.

Beware of any pastor, individual or church that doesn’t believe the Bible is the infallible Word of God, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Beware of anyone who will not confess with his or her mouth that Jesus is Lord.  Beware of anyone who teaches there are many paths to God, that we are all good, that you can work to earn your salvation, that everyone goes to Heaven, that Jesus is not God’s Son, and denies the existence of a literal Hell.  Beware of anyone who denies the Virgin Birth, Vicarious Sacrifice, Victorious Resurrection, and impending return of Jesus (the Rapture).  These are just a few examples of how quickly to spot a wolf in sheep’s clothing. 

Once you find a Bible-believing church, speak with a pastor about your decision for Christ and that you want to be baptized.  This is in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ as a public testimony of your salvation.

Read the Bible daily (2 Timothy 2:15) for this is how God talks to you.  Try reading a few chapters every day.  Before reading, pray and ask God to give you the wisdom to help you understand His Word (James 1:5-6).

Pray continually to God about everything that is on your heart.  Pray for friends and family.  Praise Him and thank Him for your blessings (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Witness.  Share what Christ has done for you, especially with your family and friends (Mark 5:19).  You do not want your loved ones suffering in Hell.  Develop relationships with people who can help you spiritually.  If there are people who try to pull you back into your old life, sever ties with them.  You will lose most of your “worldly” friends but God will put the right kind of people in your life.

When you are feeling troubled, pray to God and keep Christ-centered gospel music playing in the background.  Demons cannot stand to hear the name of Jesus.  Find music that is soft, simple, and keeps your mind completely focused on Jesus.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)   “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)   “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)   “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

 

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