Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's good to have hope...

Let me put it this way. It's good to have assurance. Assurance that Jesus is our Lord and Savior and all we have to do is Know, Admit, Confess, Believe and then Trust. How can a family endure a great struggle such as a sick child? I can say it helps to know with certainty that that child will soon be in our Saviors arms. His body will be completely healed and all he will know is joy.

This is from a brochure you get at Bible Study International BSF.

To be sure about your relationship to Christ…
Know that God made you and keeps you. Without Him you would have nothing. He decides what is right and wrong because He is holy, perfect and pure. He is God Almighty. He made you in His image so that you could worship, honor, relate to, and delight in Him. God has authority over your life, and you are responsible to reflect God.
Psalm 100:3
Acts 17:24-31

Admit to yourself and to God that you are a sinner. You have ignored God and wanted to control your own life. You have disobeyed or disregarded God’s law. You have wanted to decide for yourself what is right and wrong. The consequences of your sin are physical and spiritual death because of God’s wrath toward you.
Romans 3:10-12
Romans 3:20
Romans 3:23
James 2:10

Confess your sins and, as much as possible, name them specifically.
Psalm 139:23-24
1 John 1:8-10

Believe that Christ went to the Cross for you, taking your guilt upon Himself and enduring God’s judgment in your place. This means that God has forgiven your sins and you are justified (pardoned and cleared from guilt) in God’s sight.
Isaiah 53:5-6
1 Peter 2:24
Romans 5:8-9
John 5:24
John 14:6
Acts 4:12

Believe that Christ rose from the dead, conquering sin and death, and that He ascended to the Father in heaven to reign as Lord. This means that Jesus is alive today to help you live a new life that is pleasing to God.
Acts 2:22-24, 36
Romans 6:4
Acts 1:9-10
Ephesians 2:1-10

Would you like to receive Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and Lord of your life? If so, would you pray right now? Perhaps you would like to kneel and pray (Philippians 2:10). This position helps to give a sense of reverent nearness to God. You can pray aloud to Him with words from your heart, or you might want to pray this prayer:

O God, I know I have sinned. I have not obeyed your Word. I have tried to run my own life, ignoring you and your will for me. I have tried to decide for myself what is right and wrong. I know I deserve your wrath and punishment and that I am lost unless you save me. I thank you for sending the Lord Jesus Christ to pay for my sin and guilt. I thank you for raising Him from the dead and giving Him authority over my life. I receive Him as my Savior and Lord. I receive your free gift of eternal life in Christ. I will turn from my sinful life to serve you, my Creator and Redeemer.

Continue your prayer by telling God what you are thinking and feeling.

Trust (be assured) that having received Christ into your life, you are sealed with God’s Holy Spirit and stamped with God’s name on you. You may or may not “feel” different, but you don’t need to. Your trust is not based on your feelings but on the authority of the Word of God and His promises to you.
John 1:12-13
2 Corinthians 5:17
2 Corinthians 1:21-22
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
1 John 5:12-13

Be praying for the Parriera Family. You can read their testimony on Jack's blog
Hana took this picture of Cash's hands after he was done drawing with markers. One of his favorite things to do.

Thanks for your prayers:)