Thursday, April 9, 2009

Walk Down The Roman Road

Back in the old days when family or friends came to visit, everyone would either sit on the porch & visit, or more often than not they would take a walk down the road and discuss important issues in their lives.

Take a walk with me down the road …

The Roman Road

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

I hear all too often how if you’re a good person, God wouldn’t send you to hell. The popular thinking is that being kind to family & friends, giving generously to those in need, and trying to live a wholesome life should be enough to get the approval of God. There are several denominations who base their entire teaching on this thinking.

The fact is, we don’t have to be taught how to sin. Mankind is born with a sinful nature. Lying to save ourselves from punishment is as natural to us as eating when we’re hungry. How about being envious of someone else’s possessions? Have you ever looked at a pretty girl or handsome man and entertained lustful thoughts? If we are real honest with ourselves … sinfulness is our very nature.

"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

God lovingly created us in His image. God knew that before we were ever born we would need a Savior. Christ the Savior came to earth, lived a sin-free life, and died for our sins ~ before we took our first breath, Salvation through Christ was waiting for us.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ or Lord." (Romans 6:23)

We were created with a fleshly body and a living soul. The fleshly body is just the covering for our spirit. The body grows old, gets sick, and dies. The idea of a physical death scares folks.

Our spirit was created to live forever with God. But God, being loving, simply allows us to choose Him, or not choose Him. Let me ask you something ~ when you love someone and want to have a lasting relationship with them, (be it marriage, a parent-child relationship, or a friendship), do you want that relationship to be forced or do you want them to choose to love you in return? We can program a machine/robot to act the part of a friend or we can seek out to have a real flesh & blood relationship. God could have created us to automatically love & worship Him; but He wants a real relationship with us. In accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior, we are choosing God and in making that choice, our spirits will live forever with Him. That is His free gift to us. But a gift is only appreciated if we choose to reach out & receive it.

"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." (Romans 10:9-10)

This isn’t about religion, it isn’t about becoming like those other Christians. It’s very simple ~ this is just between you & God. Listen to your heart. Does your heart want to have a loving relationship with Him? Do you want the Salvation that He so freely offers? With your heart, believe that Jesus died on that cross for you, believe that God raised Him from the dead, confess Jesus as your Lord & Savior ~ thou shalt be saved.

"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)

Call out to Jesus. Confess your sins to Him. Ask Him to come into your heart and your life. When you do, your name will be written in the Book of Life. When you confess your sins, God promises to cleanse you of all unrighteousness. That means your sins will not only be forgiven, but it will be as if they never even occurred. And when you die, you will forever be with the Lord in heaven.

"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." (Romans 14:11-12)

Either by death or by the passing of this world, we will all stand before the Lord. We will have to give account of our lives, our thoughts, and our words to Him. Even the most arrogant & powerful people on earth will KNOW beyond a doubt that there is only ONE True God, and they will bow in His presence. Will you bow willingly now, while there is still an opportunity for Salvation through Christ, or will you bow later when all opportunity is gone? If you wait until later ~ it’ll be too late.

No one is promised tomorrow. If your life were to end today, would you be ready to stand in God’s presence to give an account of your life?

If you’ve chosen Salvation through Jesus Christ, drop me a line using the comment button, your message won't be posted if you don't wish. I want to celebrate with you the path that you've chosen.

May the Lord bless you.

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