Message of Hope

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For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13

Here at About These Things, our purpose is twofold. We seek to glorify the God of the Universe with every photo, poem, song and prayer that we post, and to thank Him for all of the wonderful blessings His hand has provided. We seek to shine like beacons in the dark, pointing the way to the true Light of the World, Jesus Christ. We believe with all our hearts that a life lived with and for Him is the only life worth living. Maybe you know of him but don’t have a relationship with Him. If you’d like to, then please read on…

You can be sure that there is a God, and that he loves you very much. The hearts of human beings long to know God, and while you may believe in Him, you may also feel a sense of separation from Him. We know that by His very nature, God is holy and good, and we see ourselves as unholy and unloveable, so we decide that God must be angry with us, and therefore we cannot experience a close, personal relationship with Him.
The Good News is that God’s Word, the Bible, tells us that He loves us as we are, and that His love will save us from our sin and make us what He would like for us to be as His beloved children.

John 3:16 says “For God SO loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

God’s love has no limitations. He loves us SO much more than we could ever comprehend. And His love is for everyone, not just for some.
Romans 5:8 tells us that God loved us so much that “when we were in our sin Christ Jesus came to die for us.”
Romans 3:23 says “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
This verse tells us that all people have sinned. All people have fallen short of God’s intended purpose for us. We were made for a loving relationship with God, to receive His love and to love him in return.

But God gives us a choice. We can choose to love and serve ourselves and our own selfish pursuits if we want to. That is sin. In our sin we cannot know God and His love. The result of sin is that we are “lost” or separated from God.
As Romans 6:23 tells us, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in
Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Wages are the rewards we earn because of our labor. The reward for our sin is death. When we are still in our sin, we have no life with God. We are alive physically but dead spiritually. If we continue in that condition, we will be separated from God for all eternity.

The wages of sin is death, but God’s free gift is eternal life. While wages are something we earn, a gift is something that is given free of charge, no strings attached. God says He will give us eternal life – life with Him in heaven- instead of sin’s payment of death.

But God is holy. How can He forgive unholy sinners? Because Jesus, His Son, has paid the price for sin by His death on the cross.
Second Corinthians 5:21 says, “He who knew no sin became sin for us, that we may be made the righteousness of God through Him.”
Jesus arose from the grave to conquer sin and death for all who receive Him as God’s free gift.
How can you receive God’s free gift of love and life?

Romans 10:9-10 says “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
A person receives God’s free gift of love and life by putting their faith in Jesus Christ. To believe is simply to take God at His word. To believe in our hearts that Jesus is God’s Son who died for our sin on the cross and arose from the grave to live in us as Savior and Lord.
To believe in Jesus will result in confessing that faith with one’s mouth.

Do you acknowledge that you are a sinner?

Do you believe by faith that Jesus, God’s Son, died for your sin on the cross?

Romans 10:13: “for Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
This verse says that ANY person who will call upon the name of Jesus, the Lord, shall be saved. To call means simply to ask in prayer. The verse does not require one to know more… do better… clean up one’s life… or in any way try to add to what Jesus has done for us.

Would you like to call upon Jesus to save you from your sin so that you can know God’s love and forgiveness? If so, pray like this:
“Dear God, I confess that I am a sinner, and I am sorry. I need a Savior. I know I cannot save myself. I believe by faith that Jesus, your Son, died on the cross to be my Savior. I believe He arose from the grave
to live as my Lord. I turn from my sin. I ask You, Lord Jesus, to forgive my sin and come into my heart. I trust you as my Savior and receive you as my Lord. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me.”

When anyone calls on the Lord in this manner, that one is saved according to God’s Word. If you pray a prayer of repentance and faith, you are saved. You have God’s Word on it.

If you have prayed this prayer today, congratulations and welcome to the family of God! We urge you to take the next steps in your new life; find a church and attend regularly. Surround yourself with other believers. Follow Jesus’ example and be baptized. And finally, saturate your mind and heart with God’s goodness…
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things – Philippians 4:8

*** Below are some scriptures for additional reflection on your new life in Christ:

Be properly taught, and hear (Romans 10:17, Matthew 7:24);
Believe or have faith (Hebrews 11:6, Mark 16:15–16);
Repent which means turning from one’s former lifestyle and choosing God’s ways (Acts 2:38, Acts 17:30, Luke 13:3);
Confess one’s belief that Jesus is the son of God (Matthew 10:32–33; Acts 8:36–37);
Be baptized (Acts 2:38; 1Peter 3:20–21; Romans 6:3–5; Mark 16:16; Acts 22:16);
Remain faithful unto death (Revelation 2:10).

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