|The year was 1972, and I am just a kid awaiting my 9th birthday. Okay so now my readers know my age. Oh well only women sometimes hide their age, haha.
God sure blessed me greatly that year, remember that was the year I met my best friend Ed Ramsey. That by itself was enough to make the year perfect. However Gods blessings did not stop there.
I have had the honor and privilege of being a charter member in the same Baptist Church that my family and I still attend to this very day. My Independent Baptist Church, that I love is still praising God and preaching his word for 40 years now and counting to my God be the glory,
In April 1972 our church was started about 5 months later I became a born. again christian. Or another term more often used is, I GOT SAVED. Either term is correct because both mean the some thing.
At age of 8 years old I asked Jesus Christ to come into my life and heart. Also to please forgive my sins and save my boddy soul and spirt from going to a real place called HELL, when my turn comes to die. The Lord Jesus Christ has been my personal savior and my friend for 40 years now. What a very spec ial anniversary it is to me. This anniversary has changed my life for all eternity. If your reading this book and don't know my Jesus as your own personal savior please ask Jesus to be your Savior. Jesus always saves everyone who will ask for salvaion from him. Then you too could have your own anniversary, that will also change your life now and forever. Yes Jesus did die for everyone
If you are not 100% sure that if you died today, you would go to Heaven? Please cuntinue reading. Below are 4 steps that you need to know,
1: We have all sinned.
"For all hae sinned and come short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23a
We are all sinners by nature and by choice. God sees all - actions , thoughts , motives and places we go. We all feel guilty and ashamed of things in our lives. Can you imagine if God videoed your entire life and showed it on nation wide tv ?
2: We have a penalty for our sin
"For the wages of sin is death" - Romans 6:23a, Sin must be paid for, God says the payment is death. Jesus said there are two deaths. (1) Phyisical Death. God already knows the day we will die. We can't avoid it only get prepared for it. (2) Spiritual Death - Thats when a soul dies unforgiven( by the way, Hell was not created for people but for the devil and his demoms), God doesn't want anyone to go to Hell.
"But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 6:23b God gave his son Jesus as his free gift to us so we could recieve him and one day live in Heaven. A gift can not be bought or earned. It can only be received. Forgiveness does not come through baptism church, or good deeds. It only comes through receiving Jesus once and for all as a GIFT into our hearts by FAITH. Yes, Jesus did die for everyone - but not every person is going to Heaven - only those who receive him. We either receive or reject Jesus, there is no inbetween. No one is born with him in their lives. He is a gentleman and won't come in our heart until invited.
3: We Can Have The Savior
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."- Romans 5: 8 Over 2,000 years ago Jesus left Heaven to be born and take on a human body so he could feel what we do - problems,poverty, and pain. He began doing miracles of healing bodies, soulls and lives. Many believe, many did not. Those who didn't spit upon him, beat Him and nailed Him to a cross. He became our substiute. God put the sins of the world upon him. If you were the only sinner in the whole world Jesus would have died just to save you! After 3 days he rose again - alive! He is building mansions in Heaven making room for you and I. When you ask him, Jesus will keep his promise and come in to your heart and life because he loves you! Immediately when I did this all my guilt left and the fear of death disappeared. If it's happened to you, you'd never forget the time, place and day. If you were to die today,unforgiven where would you have to go? Is that what you and God want?
4: We Can Be Forgiven Right Now
" For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"
Romans 10:13 If God was willing to take you just as you are, wouldn't you be willing to take him as he is? Just ask him now, Please.
Make this your own payer - Dear Lord, I know I've sinned and I am sorry. Please come into my heart and be my personal Savior. Take me to Heaven one day and help me to live for you. Amen.