Written by: Chuck Anderson of Discovery News
Guilty, Yet Free!
Salvation – the greatest place to start if you are new to Christianity. It will show you what Christianity (notice I didn’t say “religion”) is really all about and how you can begin your all-important, eternal walk with God. You will not regret reading through this section if you are not certain that if you were to die tonite, whether you would end up in Heaven or hell. If you read nothing else in this blog, you should read this section. Your eternal soul (eternal life – heaven, or eternal Hell – eternal death in the Lake of Fire) may be determined by the time you are done reading it. If nothing else, you may realize that you have been through this and maybe your passion for Christ has been re-ignited and you want to start living for Christ again and make a difference in someone else’s life too.
Written by: Chuck Anderson of Discovery News
Posted by Christians Are Us on February 11, 2015
Written by: Chuck Anderson of Discovery News
We live in a "bad news" world... but it didn't start out that way!
Posted by Christians Are Us on September 28, 2014
I am going to beat this horse until it is dead (saying – not literally)!
HELL is a real place, people! You are going to end up there someday unless you come to the understanding that YOU are a SINNER! And, being a sinner, you will pay for those sins in HELL when you die – UNLESS… unless you accept the substitutionary sacrifice that someone has made for your eternal death in HELL.
That someone happens to have been JESUS! Jesus died on a rugged cross for you and for me and raised again from the dead so that we don’t have to pay the penalty for our sins in HELL… He bore our sins upon that cross so that we don’t have to bear our own sins in HELL.
All we have to do is ASK Jesus to forgive us of our sins and ACCEPT His free gift of that payment so we don’t have to go to HELL.
Oh, by the way, did I mention that since YOU don’t HAVE TO go to HELL, instead, you will go to HEAVEN.
That’s right, a free gift that all YOU have to do is accept it… I’ve already done it…
How about you?
Are you going to Heaven or HELL?
It is your CHOICE!
If you don’t make that choice, you are already making the choice – to go to HELL!
Make the choice right now to have your sins forgiven and enable you to go to Heaven.
If you need more information, you should read any or all of the following articles. They will explain to you how it all works.
You may not have another opportunity to make the choice again – do it NOW!
Posted by Christians Are Us on November 20, 2013
Wow, what a question. Have you ever considered why you or anyone else would want to be a Christian? If you were to ask that to 100 people, you would probably get 100 different answers.
I think that God, or Christianity of some sort, has a different appeal to everybody but ultimately, when the answers are sifted out, you come down to the basic reason of Good nature versus Bad nature.
On the Good Side, most people’s image of Christianity says:
When in actuality, God, in His Word, The Holy Bible, says:
“Come unto me all you who are weary
and I will give you rest.”
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen,
nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,
the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
-1 Corinthians 2:9
2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.“
4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow,
nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:
for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said,
Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me,
Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him
shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him
shall be in him a well of water springing up
into everlasting life.“
13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren,
concerning them which are asleep,
that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord,
that we which are alive and remain
unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
-1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Yet, on the Bad Side, people would say about Christianity:
Instead of giving you a bunch of scriptures that refute what I just wrote above, let me ask you a question (or three or four).
What is it that you are relying on to get YOU to Heaven?
If you were to die in the next 10 minutes and you are standing face to face with God and He asks you, “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” — What would you say to Him?
If what you were relying on to get you to Heaven was wrong, would you like to know? If you can say, “YES“, to this question, please read on.
If you can relate to any of these statements on the BAD side here, and your answer happens to be, “NO“, then you can close out of this page and find something else to read (I suggest reading “I’m Dead, Now What?“) because you won’t want to listen to anything that I have to say anyway.
According to the Bible only (I am not making any of this up) since we count the Bible as God’s own Words – He doesn’t just come out and talk to us person to person (yet).
First – Every man is a sinner (breaker of any/all of God’s 10 commandments as set forth in Exodus 20)
James 2:10 –
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law,
and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
Romans 3:10 –
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.”
Romans 3:23 –
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
Second – The penalty of sin is eternal death!
Romans 6:23 –
“For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Third – Eternal Life is offered to us ONLY through Jesus.
John 3:15-16 -
15 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.“
John 14:6 –
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way,
the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.“
Romans 5:8 –
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Fourth – How do we receive this GIFT of God?
Romans 10:9 – 13 –
9 “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.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith,
Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
It’s as easy as that!
If you are relying on anything more than what I’ve just described, then you are not putting ALL of your faith in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His redeeming blood that was shed to wash away all of our sins.
God doesn’t want us to add anything to this because if we do, it becomes a “works based” salvation. What do I mean by that? I mean that if there was ANYTHING that we could personally add in order to get to heaven, we would be relying on ourselves to do something special to buy our salvation into heaven. God won’t let that happen!
Why? Because, if you or I were able to add anything to that very basic salvation then, whether on this side of heaven or even once we get into heaven (which won’t happen), we would be bragging to our friends or anyone we come in contact with about what WE did to get to heaven. Can you tell me what sin that would be called?
Proverbs 16:18 -
“Pride goeth before destruction,
and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
Ephesians 2:8-9 -
8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Pride is one of the biggest sins that there is. If you think about it, most of our sins that we commit on a daily basis are based on pride or at least are stemmed from it. They can almost all be linked back to pride. That being the case, and pride being a sin, and heaven can contain NO SIN, we would never be allowed into heaven based on anything that we are able to personally do.
All God wants us to do is to put our faith and trust in Him. Believe in Him and His salvation-work at Mt. Calvary as all that is needed to get into God’s Heaven.
Doing some of those extra things that you do to get into heaven on your own might make you feel really good, but imagine how much better you could feel if you trust Christ first and then all of those good things that you would have done for your salvation, if there is still any virtue in their accomplishment, you can do them for God’s glory rather than your own.
You see, in Matthew 6:16, Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees of the day for doing works out in the open so that they can look more pious than others, but in verses 17 and 18 He goes on and tells them that they should do their “works” in private so that only God can see them.
Because, in verses 19 through 21 He goes on to say:
19 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth,
where moth and rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt,
and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
- Matthew 6:19-21
What’s even better than this is in:
John 14:2-3 -
2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.”
These verses give me great promise and comfort that when my time on earth is finished, I will have a place of extreme comfort to be able to finally rest. Jesus ascended into Heaven after His resurrection from the dead so that He could prepare a place for me. If you put all of the verses together, that tells me that after we are saved from our sin’s penalty in Hell, and I start doing things for Him (not for myself and my own glory), I start to lay up treasures in Heaven.
Those verses indicate that there are many mansions in Heaven and that Jesus is going to prepare a place for me and if I lay up treasures in Heaven, as the other verse says, then, when I get there, I should have, as I picture it, a larger mansion with many treasures in it.
Why would anyone in their own right mind want to, knowing this, please ourselves and others around us for our own vain glory when we have so much more waiting for us when we do things the way God wants us to do them?
I mean, seriously, WHY?
Yet, people do it all the time — WE do it all the time!
Yes, I’m guilty too! It is the “old man”, the “sin nature”, that is in us that naturally wants to receive the pleasure from the gratitude that we get or the trophy (or equivalent) that we would get for doing something especially well and so that others around us can see how GOOD WE are. We have to fight that sin nature to make sure that God gets the glory for our accomplishments instead of us – after all, He is the one that gave you the ability to do the thing that got you that glory.
I can speak from experience that if you continue to bring glory to yourself and God has other plans for you and you continue to do your own thing to please yourself rather than do the things that would bring God the glory… He can arrange it to where you are no longer able to do those things that bring you pleasure/glory, but make it so that you have no choice but to turn to Him.
Folks, He will continue to allow bad things to come your way so that little by little you are disabled of the things that bring you that pleasure. It doesn’t matter what it is. God has control over all! He can and WILL do what is necessary to get your attention… until… some day, He may finally determine that you are a hopeless case and you will never turn to Him to do His will and He will bring you home. That “home” may be Heaven, or it may be Hell, but if you don’t listen to Him and His callings, the outcome may not be the way you would really have liked it.
God wants your talents and your time and abilities – let Him have them. <I’m pleading with you> Turn your life over to His will. You will have more peace and joy in your life than you ever imagined.
Yes, you will still face adversity but the difference now is that when you do, you will have a friend with you that sticks closer than a brother, that will NEVER leave you or forsake you and will never steer you wrong by giving you bad advise. He is the Comforter.
You see, all of those things that I listed at the beginning of this article can still be yours but only if you are serving God. He will NOT grant those things to you because of your own selfish pleasures. He truly knows the best way to live your life – better than you do. Let Him have control over your life so that He can show you what He has in store for you. It may not be what you thought you would be doing, but I guarantee you won’t regret it.
Lord, I ask that you get into the heart of those reading this article right now and convince them of all of the great things that You have in store for them – at the very least, You can take away the heartache and hurt that they are feeling right now. Give them comfort in knowing that You are now in control of the situations in their life. Please, bring healing to their hearts and lives. In Jesus’ Name and for His glory I ask these things, Amen.
If you have received the blessing from this article and or this prayer, please leave a comment (or go to my contact page if you wish to stay anonymous) and let me know that you have received a blessing from this. I would really love to share your joy so that I can give God the glory as well. As always, if there is anything you need from a spiritual point of view, please feel free to let me know.
Posted by Christians Are Us on November 12, 2013
If you died today and went into eternity, where would you go? Heaven, or Hell? There is NO in between and if you cannot answer definitively that you would be going to heaven with conviction, you are going to hell!
When asking this question to random people on the street, most people would not be able to tell you one way or the other. Some would say that they HOPE or THINK that they would go to heaven, but have no reason why or have no basis as to their thought process.
If you stood before the All Powerful, All Knowing, God and He asked you, “Why should I let you into MY heaven?”, what would you tell Him? If you don’t have any definite reason WHY, you don’t get to go in!
Why would that matter? Because if you don’t get to go into Heaven, you WILL go to HELL!
Yes. Hell is a very real place. It is NOT a place where a person will get to party for the rest of eternity. Think about this…
Who is the one that presides over all of today’s parties that are filled with debauchery and drunkenness and sex and filth and drugs and … the list goes on…? Who is the Father of all of that sinful behavior? Why, it is none other than the “Father of Lies” himself, Satan – or as he is otherwise known, the Devil.
Why is that important at all? Because, if Satan is going to be punished for the rest of eternity for revolting against God (along with a third of the angels) by being thrown into the “Lake of Fire” full of pain and sorrow and weeping and gnashing of teeth where a person will want to die but it will never happen, where there will be torment and torture for the rest of eternity (a very long time – NEVER ENDING!) That is what is in store for Satan and his angels according to Revelations 21.
But, what does that have to do with you? Well, as it says that Satan et al will be thrown into the Lake of Fire, it also says that death and the grave will be thrown into the Lake of Fire with him (them).
If you were not able to give God the right answer to the question above, then you will be included in the “death and the grave” part of that statement.
There is no purgatory, unlike some might think. It is never mentioned in the Bible, but rather, it was made up by a pope many years ago as a ploy to get the catholic people to feel sorry for their dead loved ones and the pope allowed the living relatives to give gifts to the church in order to shorten the time that they will have to spend there before they are finally prayed/payed into their heavenly place. Sorry, it isn’t going to happen that way. I challenge you to find me one place in the Bible where it says that any of this purgatory stuff will actually happen – you can’t do it because it isn’t there.
Back to the important topic at hand… Where are you going to spend eternity?
Friend, if this were not important, do you really think that I would be wasting my valuable time talking to you about this? In fact, in God’s eyes, this is the most important topic in the world!
You see, God desires more than anything in this world to have you spending eternity with Him in His heaven. In fact, since heaven is a sinless place and we humans are very sinful beings, we are not going to be allowed in to God’s heaven the way we are. In fact, you could be the absolute best role model on the face of the earth but you would still be far from the perfect being that would be required to enter God’s heaven.
See, God knew this ahead of time (He knows everything from eternity past to eternity future – even the stuff that hasn’t happened yet), that is why He devised a plan to provide a substitute sacrifice for your atonement of your sins. What does that mean? As we have determined in the last paragraph, we are not good enough to get into God’s heaven, so the alternative is only to go to Hellllllllll!
God’s substitute sacrifice happened to be God the Son – the Second Person of the Godhead out of the “Trinity” (that is discussed in another post), You see, God the Father was going to send His Son down to live with man for an honest-to-goodness sinless lifetime.
He started with the immaculate conception when the Holy Spirit implanted the seed that was to be Jesus within Mary’s womb. No, it’s not what you think – contrary to what some religions believe, there was no sexual intercourse that occurred between God and Mary or an angel and Mary. Mary was a virgin before conception and continued to be a virgin until Jesus the Christ was finally born. After that Mary and Joseph produced a very healthy family in the conventional manner known to man and woman.
Jesus’ mission on earth was to be born as a man-child, to be raised in the normal Hebrew manner, being taught the scriptures that they had up to that time (Moses’ writings and the prophets). He frequented the temples where he would debate the scriptures with the priests and pharisees, usually ending up with Him teaching them rather than them teaching Him. He would literally sit with them for days (and we get upset when the pastor of our churches takes more than an hour for a sermon).
He would live out a normal life as a child developing into a man – the only difference is that He was tempted in every sense of the word, just as we are now, but rather than succumbing to the temptations in front of Him, He remained clean and perfect and without sin. You see, only a sinless, perfect sacrifice could take our place in death. The death that was the penalty for the one sin that we have committed – yeah, right; I know that you’ve sinned many more times than once.
I’m sure you are familiar with the 10 commandments that are referenced in Exodus 20. Among those are: killing, adultery, idolatry, lust, envy, putting any god in front of the only One and True God, disobeying your parents. Did you also realize that the Bible also tells us that if you were to even think in your heart about any of these commandments to break them, you are guilty of breaking that commandment. In fact, it goes further and says that if you are guilty of one, you are guilty of all of them.
According to that statement, where does that put you? Did you know that you are surrounded by a group of mass murderers? That might sound a bit comical, but in God’s eyes it is totally true! And, as we established earlier, the penalty of any sin – regardless what sin it might be – is DEATH! This doesn’t mean that you die and then that is it. NO! That could not be further from the truth. Rather, when we die physically, our bodies might be buried or cremated or whatever your preference might be, but someday there is going to be a resurrection. In fact there is going to be two resurrections. One for the ones that are truly on their way to Heaven and the other will be for those who will be thrown into the Lake of Fire with Satan.
As I said, Satan is not the ultimate party DJ, although he might be the loudest of the screams of pain that will be emanating from the pit of hell. This trip to hell is not going to be a vacation. It will not be a party with 72 virgins (or however many they think they will get). In fact, even though, as the name depicts, “Lake of Fire”, it isn’t going to be like it is here on earth where when something encounters fire of differing temperatures, it will be consumed and that is that – no more existence! In fact, the Bible says that it is a place of eternal torment, where the thirst is not quenched and the “worm dieth not” – you’ve just become a worm….
What is my point in telling you all of this morbid stuff? You see, we only seem to think that it is morbid because it is depressing since all we want to do while we are on this earth is to make lots of money, have lots of fun, travel, even have as much sex as possible (I only say that because it is true).
The thought of interrupting our plans of doing all of this to just stop and turn around and start making dramatic changes in our lives and start actually following Jesus and doing the things that are commanded us to do in the Bible – I can’t list them all here.
The main thing is that we were not put on this earth, much less to become a Christian, but to serve ourselves and make our existence on this ball of dirt to please our own desires and pass into eternity to be punished in hell for not serving God.
Why do we need to serve God so badly? Many years ago in the Garden of Eden, God created two beautiful humans that were sinless and faultless and naked without shame. Why did He create them? He wanted to have some intelligent companionship that WANTED to be with Him. And He even gave them a choice of being with Him or death if they ate of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Satan tempted them, they gave in to his temptation and they eventually died. The worst part of it all was that they didn’t only die physically but they also died spiritually – and that is why we are put on this earth.
I know that this world has a way of sugar-coating evil to make it look like it is fun – and it may be, but that fun wears off after a while and then there are penalties and consequences that must be paid. These payments may be in the form of a traffic ticket fine or you may do something that requires you to have a physical impairment for the rest of your life, or even worse yet, someone else might have that impairment or even lose their life. Or, your penalty may only be the eternal penalty of death in hell.
Friend, if you couldn’t tell God why He should let you into His heaven, you need to get this taken care of between you and God. Please, get on your knees before Him and beg for Him to forgive you and that you want to receive the gift that Jesus is willing to give you of eternal life in heaven with God and then give your life over to God to let Him use you to help show others about how God wants them to go to heaven too.
You know, you could walk away from reading this and go back to doing the same old sinful things, but God has a much bigger plan for you. And, trust me when I say to you, that being in God’s service and doing the things that God wants you to do, you could never get more joy and happiness from anything else that this world has to offer you.
In John 14, Jesus tells us:
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
What many people don’t quite grasp about being a Christian is that even though Jesus is not walking this earth right now, He will be coming to get us soon so that we can spend eternity with Him. He said that this is a word of encouragement that in His Father’s house (Heaven) are many mansions – these mansion (of whatever sort they might be) are made for us! I don’t see these being apartment buildings or condos, but mansions! He is going, at that time until He comes back, to be preparing these places for us. We get our very own mansions. These aren’t time shares either – we aren’t just buying a week or a year out of eternity to be there. He continues and says that He is going to come back again and get us and take us to where He lives (Heaven) so that we can be with Him as He intended for mankind in the first place.
In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul is talking to the Thessalonian church. They were concerned that they would never get to see their loved ones again that had passed into eternity before them. He tells them this:
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18:
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
Brothers, I don’t want you to be ignorant (or unknowing) about those who have died already, that you don’t weep and feel like you will never see them again like those who are unsaved do (they have no hope of eternal life). If you truly believe that Jesus died and rose again, then you will see them again if they were saved when God brings them with Him. Paul speaks this by the authority of the Lord, that those of us who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord will not keep this from happening to those who have already died. Verse 16; For the Lord Himself (not angels or Michael the archangel) will come down from the heavens with a SHOUT, with the calling of the archangel and with the trumpet sound of God, Himself: and at that point, faster than we can even imagine, the dead that had been saved before they died, will rise to meet Him in the clouds: then the rest of us (who have been saved up to this point) will be caught up (modern term is “raptured”) into the clouds to meet them all even including the Lord – or Christ – and from that point on, we will always be with the Lord! Because of this, brethren, comfort each other with these words.
How much more beautiful could you imagine it? If you want a wonderful description of the “New Jerusalem”, you should check out Revelation Chapter 22. … No more sorrow, no more pain … I can’t wait!
My friends, the point in this article is not to, necessarily, get you saved, but to try to light a fire under you to sense the urgency of making sure that anyone and everyone that you come in contact with in the future, that you spend a few minutes and ask them what lies in store for them in eternity and give them the Gospel news that they could spend eternity in heaven with Jesus – and you and me.
… the cashier at the local grocery store is checking your groceries out and all you have to do is ask them that if they died today, would they go to heaven?
… the waitress at your favorite restaurant may have a car accident on the way home from work and end up in hell because you didn’t share Jesus with her.
… the friend you have had since childhood that has never accepted Christ as their personal Savior and you may be the last person that they get a chance to hear it from.
… maybe your parent(s) have never heard God’s plan of salvation and you are just the person that they need to hear it from so that they can make that final decision for Christ.
Remember that we, as Christians, are not out there to twist arms of everyone that we know and force them into a decision. All we are required to do is tell them what God’s Word has to say about their eternal future.
Some sow the seeds; some water the seeds; but God makes them grow. Occasionally, we have the distinct pleasure of actually leading someone to Christ and verifying with them that they are on their way to heaven with you. Even if you don’t get to do that, you – if you have done your duty – have done your duty. Just present God’s Word to them. If you need help knowing what to share with them or how to do it, there are quite a few different approaches listed in the “Salvation” section of my blog site here – or you can follow the links that I supply to you below.
Christian, I really hope that this has made you think about how you can spread the Gospel. The time is getting near when the Lord is going to come back for us and we don’t want to have to stand before Him and try to give Him excuses about why we didn’t do our job and why, now, that person is in hell.
God bless you and your soul-winning efforts. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or you can go to my Contact page to contact me privately.
Posted by Christians Are Us on October 18, 2013
Independence is celebrated on July 4th each year in the United States of America. Of course this independence was won 200+ years ago, giving us freedom from the oppression of England in that day.
What is Independence?
The United States of America formally declared their independence from England on July 4th, 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
What most people don’t understand is that they are also under the tyrannical reign of none other than Satan himself. Just because they don’t see him in front of their noses doesn’t mean that he doesn’t exist and doesn’t reign. The people of the American colonies did not see the king of England. In fact many of the colonists had never even stepped foot in England, but yet they were under his rule and oppression. In fact they might, on occasion, even see a British soldier and at times even squads and whole armies of them.
We, no matter where you might live (this applies to you too), don’t see Satan himself or even his soldiers that we would normally call his demons, which are usually in spirit form. Frequently, most people are influenced by one or more of his demons and some people have even made their bodies the homes of some (one or more) of these demons – we would normally say that these people are possessed by the demons. And, yes, it is very real. It is not something that was made up in a story book or movie or t.v. show.
Why is this so important? Because if we follow, or even allow ourselves to be controlled by Satan and his minions, we will follow him to eternal death. Some will call this HELL!
Why is Satan so bad? Think about what Satan is related to in our own terms today. What is he known for? He is the “Father of Lies”; he is behind everything evil and bad. How far down on the “ruler of bad” does his influence go? All the way down! Even to the smallest white lie or even a bad thought.
Why should it be so important to us?
You see, Satan is so crafty that he makes bad (henceforth referred to as SIN) look so enjoyable and fun – not to say that all things enjoyable and fun are sins – that most people that do it don’t even think twice about it because it doesn’t seem wrong.
But when you look at the outcome of sin, it always comes out bad, sometimes even to the point of the death of themselves or even someone else. Immediately, it might seem or even be harmless, but, you see, the evil has already been done.
When a person starts smoking a cigarette it doesn’t kill them. But maybe, many years later, after that person has smoked all of their life since, one day a doctor tells them that they have lung cancer. But at the beginning it didn’t seem so bad. It didn’t seem to hurt anyone. It did smell up the house quite a bit, so maybe it would be a better idea to smoke outside. Hmm.
He didn’t realize that while smoking obviously causes damage to the lungs, the “bad” that the cigarettes do in the lungs doesn’t stop there. It gets into the bloodstream and it gets into other organs and tissues and starts killing them too.
He didn’t realize that because he smoked, it makes his likelihood to contract any other type of cancer 50% more. In any organ or tissue in his whole body.
He didn’t realize that just the exposure of the smoke to others who might not smoke, increases the other person’s chances of contracting cancer as well as many other diseases (and deformities). He didn’t even think that he might be hurting someone else at the same time.
I write this passionately because some of this has happened to me, you can read about some of it here.
You see, I may not have total liberty and freedom from the effects of the sins that I have committed in my mortal body, but I have the awesome promise that when I no longer have this human body and my soul lives on in eternity, I will have a beautiful and perfect body (Phil. 3: 21; 1 Cor. 15: 42-44; 1 John 3: 2); I will experience no pain – at all! (Rev. 21: 4)
I suffer on a regular and constant basis as a result of my sin but it serves as a reminder of the grace of God.
You see, just as sin will eventually lead to death (physical and eternal), eternal life requires a penalty as well. Because God cannot live in a place where there is sin, and because of the fact that everyone has sinned (Rom. 3: 23; Rom. 3: 10), there is no way that any person on earth – past or present – has lived a perfect and sinless life so that we could warrant entry into God’s presence.
Time for celebration now – God figured out a way that we can get into heaven (His home). He figured out a way that someone else could take the penalty of sin – death – for us! What joy! But who would be able to do that? It would have to be none other than God Himself.
How could that be? How would He do it? It just so happens that God has 3 parts to Him (just like we have 3 parts – body, soul and spirit): God the Father (Who lives in Heaven), God the Son, Jesus (the One that has the physical body); and God the Spirit (the spirit that is in all places at all times). God determined that He would send His Son to die for us – to take our place in death, so that we could have eternal life.
Jesus, in human form (actually we are in His form, but that is another story), was sent to earth as a baby, to be born of a virgin – Mary. He was raised by Mary and her husband Joseph until He was around 30 years old all the while Jesus didn’t sin one time – He lived the perfect life that we couldn’t live. Then Jesus started His ministry years – about 3 years. During which time, He did many miracles such as: Turning water into wine; Healing the sick and disabled people; He raised dead people. He proved that while He was still man and sinless, He was still God and All Powerful!
But then came the penalty. Remember that Jesus was sent to earth by The Father to take the penalty for our sins which would be death!
He would have to die for us.
You know, Jesus, being God still, had the ability to call it quits at any time He wanted to while He was still on earth – and with everything that He went through, I would have called it quits early in His life, I think. But He didn’t! He stuck it out here on earth and dealt with all of the cuts and bruises and all the temptations that we would go through. But He was still sinless, perfect and still a man!
God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us – so that we don’t have to. (John 3: 15 – 16; Rom. 5: 8) Could you imagine, willingly handing your only son over to have him blatantly murdered? There would be no one left to pass on your family name. All of the love that you have given and received from/to your son… gone – as a human, never to return – forever!
Jesus knew why He was there. He knew what He had to do. DIE!
He died in the most horrific, barbaric and painful way that they had at that time – the cross. Two pieces of good sized trees, cut to go one across the other.
One of the tree poles was longer so that it would stick up in the air and so that they could put it in a pretty deep hole to prop it up. Furthermore, they publicly humiliated Him by forcing Him to lift up His own cross and drag it along the path, up the hill to Mt. Golgotha (meaning: the place of the skull).
Once they got to the top of the mount, they then took His hand and held it to the other piece towards the end and used a spike that was about 9 inches long to drive through his hand and then into the wood so that it wouldn’t pull off. Then they did the same to the other side, stretching His arms as far apart as they would go.
They took his feet and, using the same kind of nail, drove the spike through both of His feet together and then into the wood.
Since the Jews hated Him, thinking Him to be a heretic and full of blasphemy because He called Himself the Son of God and God Himself, they mocked Him calling Him, “The King of the Jews”. Because of this, they fashioned a crown out of thorn branches. The thorns were said to be nearly 2 inches long. They then put the crown on His head and then shoved it into His scalp as far as it would go. They then put a sign at the top of the cross above His head that said “King of the Jews”. They mocked Him and tore His beard out of His face by the clumps. They gave Him vinegar on a sponge to drink, which, of course, He couldn’t drink or even swallow. In fact it stung His face in the wounds that had been given Him through His beatings.
After all that, a group of soldiers lifted Jesus, being attached to the cross, up, putting the bottom of the pole into the hole and let it drop – probably a couple of feet – and it fell down. Then it stopped, ripping and tearing at His flesh on His hands. In fact, when He hung on that cross, His rib cage was lifted up into a position to where He couldn’t get a breath of air. He had to push Himself up with His nail-torn feet. Oh, what excruciating pain that must have been. And it was for you and for me.
While on this cross, Jesus took upon Himself the weight of ALL of the sins of the world – past, present and future (Is. 53:4, 5; 1 Peter 2: 24). In fact, for a period of three hours, the skies turned dark, like an eclipse except it lasted for three hours (Mark 15: 33). During those three hours, God the Father turned His back from Jesus, likely, because He couldn’t look upon all of that sin.
Mark 15:34 says, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
After that He said, “It is finished.” Then He bowed His head and died. Soon after He died, the soldiers came to Him to make sure He was dead. Instead of breaking His leg like the other two that He was crucified with, and seeing that He was obviously dead already, they just took a spear and jabbed it into His side and blood and water gushed out.
He was buried in a borrowed tomb with a huge round stone rolled in front of the doorway so that it couldn’t be rolled away without much effort. In fact, it took two to three men to move it in or out of place. Once it was in place, the Romans placed 2 soldiers at the tomb to guard it because they had heard that Jesus said that He would rise again after He was crucified, so they figured that if they placed guards there for a few days (He said that it would happen on the third day) to make sure that the disciples didn’t come to rob the grave and make it look like He had risen.
God is so much more powerful than that. He caused the guards to fall asleep and then God’s angel rolled the stone away from the tomb and Jesus was risen from the dead. Not because of the angels but because He is God and He caused Himself to be risen from that grave.
Mary Magdalene was the first to come to the tomb to pay her respects to “the dead”, Jesus, and when she got there, she saw that the stone was moved and she looked inside and saw two “men” – actually angels – sitting in the place where the Lord was laid. They asked her why she was crying and she told them because they had taken her Lord and she didn’t know where they had taken Him.
After that she turned around and there was a man (Jesus) standing at the tomb opening and, Mary supposed that He was the gardener. He then asked her why she was crying and whom she was looking for. She asked Him if they had taken Him somewhere and that she would like to know where.
Jesus said to her, “Mary”. She recognised His voice and said, “Master”! He told her not to touch Him yet because He had not yet ascended unto the Father.
Mary ran and told everyone else – the disciples. The same evening, all of the disciples were sitting in a room together and the door was closed then Jesus just appeared in front of them and He told them to be calm and not worry. They recognised Him and He showed them His scars in His hands and feet and his side and they knew that they had seen the Lord. (John 20: 11 – 20).
You see, Jesus was truly God! If He wasn’t, He couldn’t have raised Himself from the dead just like He told everyone before He died.
The fact of the matter is here, that Jesus did all of this for you and for me. To take our sins away from us so that we are no longer looked at by God as sinners, but as redeemed or bought back by the blood of Jesus. Jesus’ blood was shed to cover all of the sins of the world, so that God no longer sees them as sin that we are accountable for. We can now go to Heaven to be with Him when we die.
We are now set free from the sin and the eternal death that goes along with it (Romans 6: 23). We are now able to be called “Christians”.
But wait! It doesn’t stop there!
God wants to give us this independence from sin, but He doesn’t just give it to everyone and they don’t know it. He wants us to come to Him and ask Him for it (Romans 10: 9 – 10; Romans 10: 13). That is why “everybody” isn’t saved from the eternal death in Hell. That is why it is so important that I tell you this story. That is why we, as Christians, have an obligation to spread the Word about Jesus Christ and what He did for us.
You see, that is True Independence!
Just like our soldiers went to war and fought and died (some of them) so that we can have the liberties that we have and the independence from the oppression of an evil dictator, Jesus went to war against sin and the Devil and died – but as He died (and rose again), He won the war against the Devil and paid the price so that we can have independence from the penalty of sin.
Friend, if you have not yet asked Jesus for His salvation, His independence, I urge you to do it right now. Please, with all sincerity, repeat this little prayer (talking to Jesus) after me:
Dear Jesus, I know that I’m a sinner . . . and I deserve the penalty of death and hell. . . . Jesus, I’m sorry for my sins, . . . and I want you to take away my sins . . . so that I can go to Heaven to be with you when I die. . . . I want you to be the Lord of my life . . . and make me a new and better person . . . so that I can reflect the changes . . . that you have made in my life. . . . and so that I can share the great news . . . to my friends and family and everyone I know . . . so that they can see You in me. . . . Thank you, Jesus . . . for removing my sins from me . . . so that I can have eternal life. . . . In Your name, Jesus, . . . Amen.
Christian, if you just prayed that prayer with me, I’d like you to just make a comment at the bottom of this page or go to my Decision Made page and just let me know what you have done. It is something that all of us can rejoice about and we want to rejoice with you about it. It shouldn’t be anything embarrassing to you to let me/us know about this life changing decision that you have just made that is going to change your life and who you are, for the rest of your life.
The wonderful thing about being a Christian is that when we ask Jesus to take away our sins and to forgive us, He comes in to live in our life (some people even say that He comes in to your heart – same thing) and He will NEVER leave you, no matter what you might do that might displease Him. If you do something again that is a sin, just ask God to take that sin away and forgive you of it, and He will.
Let’s all live a life of True Independence!
In Christ’s Name and in His love,
Posted by Christians Are Us on July 5, 2013
“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
“There is none righteous, no not one”
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
1 John 1:8
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
Ephesians 2:8, 9
“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.”
“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.”
“And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
1 Timothy 2:5
“For there is one God, one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, “
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
“I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.”
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”
“I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
1 Corinthians 3:11
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
1 John 5:12
“He that hath the Son hath life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believe you this?”
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
Romans 10:9, 10
“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”
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will eat with him, and he with me.”
“But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
“And because you are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”
A. You can never lose it, even if you make mistakes and fall:
“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand”
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
“I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand”
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
1 Corinthians 5:5
“To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
2 Timothy 2:12
“If we endure, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: “
1 John 5:13
“These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God”
B. But the Lord will chasten you for wrongdoing:
“If his children forsake my law, And walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, And keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.”
“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children: My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him; for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then ye are bastards and not sons.”
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. “
“And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”
“In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. “
1 Peter 1:3, 4
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,”
1 John 5:11, 12
“And this is the record, that God hath given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”
(See Revelation 21:1-27 and 22:1-5 for a description of Heaven)
A. Spiritual rebirth makes you a new creature:
“Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.””
“Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.“
John 1:12, 13
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
“Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
1 Peter 1:23
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”
B. You will desire to work for Jesus:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
“Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous for good works.”
(See also Ephesians 4:21-24; Colossians 3:8-10; Titus 3:8; James 2:18.)
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
“While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
2 Corinthians 5:21
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 2:1, 2
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation (replacement sacrifice) for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”
“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”
“For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”
1 John 1:7
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and sayeth, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.””
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace,”
(See also 1 John 2:12)
1 Peter 1:18, 19
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver or gold, from your vain conversation, received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.“
Posted by Christians Are Us on May 28, 2013
“In order to get ETERNAL you must first get INTERNAL”
Maria Schriver’s Dad
Posted by Christians Are Us on April 16, 2013
”Beloved, here is a test for us—is our religion a receiving religion, or is it a working and an earning religion? An earning religion sends souls to Hell. It is only a receiving religion that will take you to Heaven.”
— Charles H. Spurgeon
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
Galatians 2:16 “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
Acts 20:32 “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
Posted by Christians Are Us on December 21, 2012