Isa. 57:20,21 -- But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. "There is no peace," says my God, "for the wicked." (NKJV)
James 4:1-4 -- What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. (NIV)
Rom. 3:10-18 -- As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God. They have all gone out of the way; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one." "Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit"; "The poison of asps is under their lips"; "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes." (NKJV)
2 Tim. 3:1-5 -- But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God-- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. (NIV)
The Way to Peace!
Ah -- a much avoided subject -- it has been suggested that it is the "lost doctrine" in the church today! It has been a "commandment" of Almighty God for a long time now -- "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." -- (Acts 17:30,31 NKJV).
Here is what's involved if one is REALLY going to repent:
Intellectual -- change of mind -- come to understand what sin is, how horrible it is, and God condemns it -- honest admission of personal responsibility -- "I have sinned!" -- "I can't blame anyone else!" -- confession of sin to God -- 1 John 1:9.
Emotional -- change of heart due to being grieved, troubled, and bothered by the reality of what one has done in sinning against God and one's fellow human beings -- Psalm 51 tells of one person's regret at having sinned.
Volitional -- change of direction -- choosing to turn toward God, receive His Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior and commit to a life of obedience by following Him -- see the example of the rebel son in Luke 15 returning to his father after messing up his life! That's the exact "predicament" in which we find ourselves!
Life's Most Critical Question - How Do You Answer?
A very CRITICAL question -- look at that big colored ball above -- recognize it? Yes, the one to which God paid a special visit when He chose to become human centuries ago! Now that ball can either be under CONSTRUCTION for the better, or under DESTRUCTION for the worse -- EACH of us plays a part in one condition or the other -- have you had a good talk with Jesus Christ, the Creator of that ball, lately as to what contribution you are making in this world? It's the most important issue you'll ever face in a lifetime!
Jesus Christ said,"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father but by me." (John 14:6)
Question -- Is He your personal Way, Truth and Life? If not, why not? Will you open the door of your heart and life to Him today? Here's another way to look at the matter -- ever feel like that guy just below -- always moving and trying to get "someplace" but not really getting anywhere because you're caught in a vicious circle -- the world plays the tune and you just keep getting dizzier -- restless -- dissatisfied!
Or maybe like a bouncing ball -- every time you come down you just sort of flatten out! Life doesn't have any real meaning or any real sense of fulfillment -- well, the answer is in Jesus Christ Who said He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly -- anyone can take advantage of this offer, if they will -- it's a matter of simple choice -- what is yours?
If you happen to be among the vast majority who do not know Jesus Christ personally, the joy and peace of your sins totally forgiven, then why not right now express your regret at having sinned against God and your fellow humans, and ask Him to forgive you and to come into your life as Lord and Savior. If you would like some literature to further help you with this matter and to better understand what's involved, please email your mailing address to me and I will immediately send it to you. For those who have been on the journey of faith for a while but have never read, "My Heart -- Christ's Home," send me your mail address by email and I will see that you get a copy.
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We see and experience a very limited amount of heart ache, pain, distress, and sorrow in this present world because we are finite human beings -- we cannot begin to fathom what it must be for Almighty God to see continually the total misery and chaos which the human race brings upon itself due to massive rebellion against Him -- but take a look at the price God paid to make healing, forgiveness, peace, and hope possible for us by going to Amazing Grace - All for Us! -- use the "Back" feature of your web browser to return here.
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