READ: 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
I was very fortunate to be raised in a Christian home and taken to church every Sunday. I remember being totally captivated by the Bible stories as flannel graphs would be put upon the board and I was taught the stories of Jesus as a child.
However, when I was 12-years-old, I remember having more of a consciousness of the sin in my life. I knew that even at 12-years-old, my heart was unclean and I was not living the way God had intended.
Back then, we had revival services and the church would be packed, with extra seating added to the aisles. During the alter call the front would be so full of people giving their lives to Christ for the first time, or wanting a closer walk with Him -- that the middle aisle of the church would become part of the alter as people were backed up that far. I remember night after night - knowing that the Lord was calling me, but I was being stubborn. I would physically shake as the call of God was on me so strong, but I was afraid to walk forward.
Finally during the final revival service, which happened to be a Sunday morning, the alter was again so full that all I literally had to do was step out of my seat and kneel down. I may have been only 12-years-old, but I meant what I said when I asked Jesus to be Lord and Savior of my life and forgive me for the sins I had committed in those 12 years.
After the alter call and prayer, I went back to my seat, but it wasn't the same old me that went back there. I knew in my spirit that I was NEW. I knew my sins were washed away and I was a part of the family of God. There was a lightness that overtook me. My shoulders, even at 12, that were weighed down with sin, were light again. I was free and I was His Child and I knew it!
Did I walk with Jesus perfectly the rest of my 34 years so far? No! I have messed up more times that I can count. I've made mistakes and fell, but Jesus is faithful and he forgives, forgets, wipes the sin as far as the east is from the west, redeems, and gives me another chance. Being a part of His family certainly doesn't make me perfect - it just makes me REDEEMED, FORGIVEN, and FREE.
Can you say that you are part of the family of God? If you do not know this for sure or if there is even an inkling of a doubt in your mind.... please don't even live out this day until you are safe in the fold of Christ Jesus. Do you know what the Bible says in Luke 9:36? It says, "Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."
The world likes to teach that everyone goes to heaven - this is just NOT TRUE. Heaven is only for God's elect. "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven, Matthew 7:21.
Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven - "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me", John 14:6.
Don't live another minute without making sure you are His!
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