The Missing Ingredient in American Life

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Hear the word of the Lord, ye children of Israel: for the Lord hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. (Hosea 4:1)

God goes on to say, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

These scriptures certainly apply to the United States of America. They accurately describe what we are lacking—truth, love, and knowledge of God. The major difficulties that we face—our economic crisis, our run-away government, and the war on terror—are  just symptoms of the real problem, which is a lack of knowledge of God. We don’t know him and we don’t know what he says in the Bible.

The Bible was America’s textbook until it was banned from our public schools. Now, the majority of Americans know nothing about it. The Bible is the greatest treasure we have. It is the source of essential truths that everyone needs to know, to save them from destruction. Here are some examples:

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)

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

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

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

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Making Jesus Lord of Your Life

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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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

If you have never made Jesus Lord of your life, I urge you to do it today. It’s the most important thing you will ever do in your life. Because, it determines your eternal destiny—whether you will spend eternity in Heaven or Hell.

When Adam gave Satan control of his life, he sold us (his descendants) into slavery too; and, everyone is born spiritually dead, or separated from God. And all of us were born into Satan’s kingdom—except for Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus is not descended from Adam, because God is his father. He’s not subject to the law of sin and death, because he never sinned. He is the Second Adam. He made a way for us to escape from sin, death, and hell. His obedience to God has reversed the effect of Adam’s disobedience for everyone who belongs to him.

Redemption and Salvation are only available by grace (the unmerited favor of God.) And they can only be received through faith in Jesus Christ. (Faith is belief in action.) “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, lest any man should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus is your Redeemer. He made it possible for you to be born again into the Kingdom of God. Jesus is your Savior. He paid the penalty of death for your sins. He took your place and he died so that you can live. You are buried with him in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.

When Jesus is your Lord, you belong to him. You have God as your spiritual Father, because “whoever has the Son has the Father also,” and the Holy Spirit comes to live in you forever. He is the same Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead.

The Holy Spirit baptizes you into the body of believers. He seals you until the Day of Redemption. He regenerates your spirit, causing you to be born again. He gives you a new heart, a heart full of love for God and man. He gives you joy, peace, faith, and self-control. He empowers you to do the things that please God.

All of this is yours when you make Jesus Lord of your life; and, you do that by praying a simple heart-felt prayer, like this one: “Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord, and that you raised him from the dead. I make him Lord of my life right now. Thank you for saving me. Please send your Holy Spirit to live in me forever. In Jesus Name, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God. You have Eternal Life. Your sins are forgiven. God has declared you to be righteous (in right-standing with him,)  and made you a part of his own family. Your citizenship is in Heaven and you are a joint-heir with Jesus.

All of these blessings are yours because Jesus did you a favor (grace). And you received it through faith, (believing that God’s word is true.)  “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed . . .” Romans 4:16

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Are You In or Out?

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The Bible is the word of God. Everything we know about the One True and Living God comes from the Bible. And the whole Bible is about Jesus, both the Old and the New Testaments. Jesus is the living Word of God. The Bible is the written word of God about the living Word of God. If you believe the Bible, you must necessarily believe in Jesus.

Jesus is the physical manifestation of the God of the Bible. All of the other so-called “gods” are nothing but idols. That is why Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father but by me.” John 14:6

There are millions of people who give their mental assent to the fact that Jesus is the Son of God. But that, in itself, is not enough to save them. It’s too shallow of a form of belief to count as “faith.” They don’t believe it in their hearts, and they don’t know the Lord personally.

They’re going to miss heaven simply because of their ignorance of the Bible. The most important concepts in life are found in the Bible. This is a matter of life and deatheternal life and eternal death.

If you fall into this category, look carefully at what the Bible says about salvation:

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. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

Don’t forget that salvation is a free gift from God. You don’t have to do anything to earn it or deserve it. All you have to do is to receive it by faith.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

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

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.  Acts 2:38

To “repent” simply means to change your mind and change your direction. To depart from sin and follow Jesus instead of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and to fill you with the Holy Spirit.

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