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Dear Friend, Seeker, Inquirer

Post  fennywest on Fri 03 Feb 2012, 9:51 am

My dear friend, seeker, enquirer
Lend me your ears
Hear me well.

A long time ago, man, who was united with God, fell out of fellowship with God because of sin. Sin is the transgression of the law. (Rom.3:23, -6:23) It is disobedience to your Creator; doing your own thing, going your own way; living your life outside of God. Sin is presenting your self-righteousness as sufficient to absolve you of the penalty of sin.

The fall of Adam was the origin of the fall of man- you and I. He was like the baking bread-tin for the whole of humankind. He had the dent of sin which infected and affected us all- transferred to all of us.
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.1John3:4

As a result everyone born of a woman was separated from God; an enemy of God. We were all doomed and damned, heading for destruction with our fingers in our ears.
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,( Rom3:3)
24 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Rom6:23

But God in His infinite mercy, because of His great love, in response to the promise He made to Abraham 'through you all the families of the earth shall be blessed' made a way by sending Jesus Christ-God the Son, the perfect Lamb of God, to come and die on our behalf.( John1:29)
Yes, remember in Gen3:15 in the pronunciation of judgment after the fall of man God also promised salvation, redemption, restoration, atonement: Genesis 3
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
He was speaking about Jesus, Who was to come to rescue you and I. Jesus came in response to the passion of the God-Head: ' 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: " Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me." ( Isa6:8 )

God -the Son, Who knew no sin stepped out of eternity into time, in the fullness of time,( Gal4:4) took upon Him flesh-the body prepared for Him, brought the Good News of salvation to man – breaking of the chains of the man; freedom from the man of sin. He was rejected, vilified and crucified. Yes, He died in our place. (Isa53:7,10) He paid the price we could not pay. Hence He said 'It is finished.' (John19:30)

And when the righteous demands of a just God were satisfied, Jesus was raised from the dead. Henceforth, whoever believed in Him will never perish but have everlasting life. Whoever came to Him in repentance of their sin, will in nowise be cast away.
( John 6:37). They will be forgiven of their sins and be restored. The middle wall of partition between them and God will be broken; the gap will be bridged by the cross.
Ephesians 2
14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
Because, Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. (John11) He is the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the father but through Him. (John 14:6) Mohammed is not the way, Gautama Buddha is not the Way. Hare Krishna is not the Way; the Virgin Mary is not the Way. Mammon is not the way. Your righteousness or ‘dogoodism’ or ‘churchianity ‘or ‘religiousity’ or scientology is not the Way. Jesus, the Rod of Jesse, The Son of David, the Righteous Branch, the Redeemer, Emmanuel-God with us, is the Way.
6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.John14:6

All our righteousness is just like filthy rags before God. Religion is not the way but a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.( Isa64:6)
If you will confess with your mouth: Jesus is Lord Jesus and believe with your heart that He took your sin on Calvary's cross, you will be saved. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God. If anyone is in Christ, he is a New Creature, the old has gone and the New has come. As many as received Him, He gave the power to become children of God. We are saved by grace through faith and not of works, lest anyone should boast.
(Rom10:9-10, John3:3,8, 2Cor5:17, John1:12, Eph2:8-9)

Are you getting the message?

Paul, a religious man, discovered this truth after he was arrested on the way to Damascus, to falsely accuse, torture, imprison believers. He was driven by religion but he thought it was God. He later wrote:
Philippians 3:8-14
New King James Version (NKJV)

8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

You and I must come to this same realisation that religion is a stumbling block. Only a RELATIONSHIP counts.

I came to this realisation over thirty years ago, as a religious man, who had piety but no integrity. I was a dead man walking, a white-washed tomb full of a dead man's bones. I was under the clutches of sin and Satan, ensnared, trapped, yet oblivious that I was headed for oblivion- hell. I came to the realisation of my nakedness, blindness, wickedness, sinfulness, unrighteousness, separation and alienation from God. I was hell-bound, hopeless, useless, groping in the dark, dead.

I fell down at the foot of the cross and repented of my sin and God forgave me.

I thank God for that moment the scale fell off my eyes like Paul, like Cornelius, to realise that I needed a Saviour-Jesus Christ- and opened my heart for Him to come in. He knocked on the door of my heart: ‘Behold I stand and knock. If anyone hears My voice and open, I will come in and dine with him and he with Me.’(Rev.3:20) And I let Him in. You too can do the same. God is no respecter of persons.
The Just Live by Faith
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

O what a blessed Day!
What a glorious Day that was! I was born again. (John3:3,Cool The old went and the New came. I had a brand new start, a New Beginning! (2Cor5:17)

If you are reading this and you have not experience this New Birth, I have no doubt that Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart.
"Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." "whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."

" How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
10 As it is written: " There is none righteous, no, not one;Rom3:10
Proverbs 14
12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. ( -16:25)
2 Corinthians 6
2 For He says: " In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you." Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Romans 13
11 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels.Luke9:26
29 "Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ? John4:29
Life and Judgment Are Through the Son
24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. John5:24
33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"
27 She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." John11:25-27
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John10:10

1 John 5
11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Friend, there is a purpose to your life as there is for my life. Do not waste your life grasping the wind, pursuing shadows.

I close with some of the songs the Holy Spirit gave me for you and for me and whoever will listen. May they speak to you and trigger a positive response.

Why not let Him in?
Why not let Master Jesus in?
Why not open,
Open the door to your heart?
Why not let Him in?

This Day is the Day of Salvation.
This is the acceptable time
Today, if you hear His voice
Be wise and make Him your choice
Why not let Him in?

You must be born again


Free now


Something Happened inside


If God is plucking at your heart's strings
and you want to be saved
Today, I come to the Throne of Grace
There to repent of all my sins
O Lord, I desire to see Your face
Forgive me, Lord, lift me from the bin.
Nothing can I do without You.

O Lord, I bow my knees at the cross
Withholding nothing from you my King
Come and wash clean, take away the curse.
I lay at Your feet all ambitions, everything.
Only You and You alone can satisfy.

Give me a clean slate, a new lease of life
That life purchased by Christ on the cross
The God-kind of Life- abundant life
That turns to good and gold, all dross.
O Lord, let this be a New Beginning with You.
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