I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life:
no man comes unto the Father, but by Me.
he that cometh to me shall never hunger;
and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Jesus Christ also told a story in the Bible of a man that went to Hell. Hell is real just as much as Heaven is. Hell was not created for man, but for the devil and his angels. You do not have to go there! You do not want to go there!
Luke 16:19-31: “There was a certain rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and feasted sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, who was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and seeing Abraham far off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they who would pass from here to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from there. Then he said, I pray you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house: For I have five brothers; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham said unto him: They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, No, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him: if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”
Maybe you think you are a good person and do not need to be saved. Many have thought that, however being a good person will not save you; going to a church and belonging to a respectable denomination or group will not save you; doing good deeds (although good) will not save you either. Everyone has sinned and is guilty of judgment and death. The good news however, is that you can receive the free gift of life through Jesus Christ our Lord!
The Bible says that in order to be born again, a person must first repent of all sins and believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ calling upon His name, for there is no other name under Heaven whereby we can be saved:
Acts 4:10-12: “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Romans 10:9-10: “That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Romans 10:10: “For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you do not know how to repent, here is a simple prayer model. Do not simply repeat it, but use as a model for your own personal conversion:
I know that I am a sinner who
has broken your laws and commandments.
I am guilty of death and hell,
however today I turn away
from sin and my past sinful life.
Please forgive me, and help me
to walk in purity and righteousness.
I believe that your only begotten son, Jesus Christ
willingly died for me on the cross of Calvary,
and that He was buried and resurrected
from the dead on the third day,
and ascended up into glory.
I believe He will come again
to judge the living and the dead.
I surrender my life to you
and make you my Lord and Savior.
I give you permission to rule and reign
in my heart from this day forward.
Come into my life and fill me
with your Spirit in Jesus’ Holy Name.”
If you have repented of your sins and received Jesus Christ into your heart, you will feel different and clean. That is because the blood of Jesus Christ has washed you from all sin and taken that burden off of you. However, although that is a wonderful thing you have done, now you must be baptized in water and be filled with His Holy Spirit:
Acts 2:37-39: “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their hearts, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles: men and brethren, what shall we do? 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 you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
and be gracious unto you:
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
and give you the peace
that passes all understanding,
through Christ Jesus.
Amen and Amen
By the Grace of God, go we.
By The Soapbox Orator
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
Proverbs 12:15 KJV
It’s wonderful to have love and a vision for souls, as we must have a vision for the value of a soul. However, let’s be sure that God is calling us to be where we are – when we’re supposed to be there!
Wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17 KJV
If you go some place that God hasn’t clearly directed you, it can do greater harm or cost you your life, which brings no glory to God. Unless you have confirmed it in Scripture, taken it to prayer and the Holy Spirit has given the peace to go, the need does not constitute the call. Be sure that you are being led by the Lord!
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
Watch out for the carnal mind! It isn’t led by God – it’s against God. The word enmity means it has declared war with God. It cannot please God.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Romans 8:7-9 KJV
Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!
Psalm 53:1 NLT
The sin of presumption is a very dangerous sin. It means you are assuming that God is telling you to do something, but you haven’t received His blessing to do so.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.
1 Corinthians 2:14 KJV
God isn’t interested in Lone Rangers. We are called the Body of Christ and Jesus is the Head. We are the members, and if possible, we must first secure tremendous prayer backup to go where God leads us.
I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.
Matthew 18:19 NLT
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Ephesians 6:18 KJV
If you’ve taken it upon yourself to do something He has not clearly called you to do, the Lord may not intervene on your behalf when you’re in a position of needing help. You must repent and turn away to be released from the situation. You’ve got to know if God is calling you to do something and if He calls you, He enables and He equips. There is no power without the power of God. Our mission must be under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, energized, directed, and in total obedience to the Lord.
I can do all things THROUGH Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:13 KJV
For I can do everything THROUGH Christ, who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13 NLT
For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Luke 1:37 KJV
By the Grace of God, go we.