Faith 101

Most people live their entire lives without ever knowing… WHY???

They exist year after year with no idea of why they live or God’s purpose for their lives. The most basic question a person can ask is… “What is the meaning of life?”

Why am I here?
Everyone wants to be happy. People seek happiness through various avenues… possessions, pleasure, prestige, power… But look at the headlines and entertainment magazines about the people who have achieved all of these things. Rarely do they seem to have found “true happiness”. So if fame and riches can’t bring happiness, what can?

God made me to LOVE me!
The ultimate answer to the ultimate question comes from understanding who God is, who Christ is, and who we are. No matter what our love relationships here on Earth have been like, there is one who loves us unconditionally, and who would give the most important thing in the world to them to maintain that relationship. That one who loves us that much is GOD! The Bible shows us that God is a caring and loving father who wants to have a real, daily, personal relationship with us. In John 10:10 God says… I came that they may have life, and have {it} abundantly.

What’s preventing us from enjoying an abundant life?
Despite all these great things God has taken care of for us, we’ve all at one point in our lives decided our plan is better, and have gone our own way instead of God’s way. Do any of these phrases sound familiar?
“You have to look out for #1”
“Do your own thing”
“If it feels good, do it”
“It’s my life and I’ll do what I please”
“I’m a self made man”
God has a word for this kind of attitude… it’s called SIN. Sin breaks our relationship with God. When this happens, problems follow in every area of our lives… marriage, career, relationships, finances, everything.

So what’s the solution?
Jesus Christ said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.!” John 14:6
God loves us so much that He didn’t want us to live hurting and separated from Him. God was not willing to let us live that way. So He came to Earth as a human being in the form of His son Jesus Christ to do the one thing that could bring us back into relationship with Him… and that was to take the punishment… our punishment… and die in our place. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord..”
Another verse says “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”. (Romans 5:8)
God did the one and only thing that could have been done for us to have a relationship with Him again after we chose to sin… and that was to send His only son who never sinned, who took our penalty for us. He took the initiative. He paid the price. That’s how much he loves us!

So what’s standing between me and the life I was created for?
Faith – I have to have faith in God and Jesus and their plan for my life and the price Jesus paid for my sin. I know – faith is looked upon as a simple man’s solution to life. It’s viewed as the unintelligent solution to my problems. Is it really? What exactly is faith?

What do I do?
The path to an eternal relationship with God and a healed heart here on Earth is so simple!

We have to ADMIT that there is sin in our lives, that we have done wrong, and ask God to forgive us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
We have to BELIEVE that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin, that he rose from the dead after 3 days, and is alive today.
that if you confess with your mouth Jesus {as} Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; Romans 10:9
We have to ACCEPT God’s free gift of salvation, and not try to earn it!
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, {it is} the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
We have to ASK Jesus to come into our life and take control… to give our lives completely to him!
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, {even} to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13
for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Romans 10:13

Most people live their entire lives without ever knowing… WHY???

YOU CAN TAKE THESE STEPS BY PRAYING A SIMPLE PRAYER OF COMMITMENT TO GOD:
“Jesus, thanks for making me and loving me. Even when I ignored you and did my own thing, you were there waiting for me. I realize I need you in my life and I’m sorry for doing so many things that are wrong. Please forgive me. Thank you for what you did for me, for dying for me and taking my punishment. Please help me grow and know more about what you did and what you want me to do with my life. I want to follow you from now on, no matter what. Please be a part of my life and make me a new person from the inside out. I accept this gift of salvation that you paid such a big price for. Now help me to understand what it means to have a relationship with you and help me grow as a follower of Jesus.”