Sunday, December 23, 2012

Picture the Word

Do you want to be counted wise, to be a repuation for wisdom? Here's what you do; live well, live wisely, live humbly. “It's the way you, not the way you talk, that counts” James 3:13
 
There's a close relationship between hearing the Word of God and seeing God's wisdom shown. Vivid Biblical word pictures help us visualize the truth of God. The Bible speaks about natural vision and the vision of our hearts.
 
The mind's eye or the eyes of the heart are spoken of in Scripture:
 
Ephesians 1:18 “May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to His call, what are the riches of glory in His inheritance among the holy ones.”
 
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes ti see clearly the wonders of your teaching.”
 
Isaiah 6:10 “You are to make the heart of this people sluggish, to dull their ears and close their eyes; else their eyes will see, their ears hear, their heart understand, and they will turn and be healed.”
 
Luke 24:45 “Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.”
 
Acts 16:14 “One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying.”
 
Acts 26:17 “I shall deliver you from this people and from the Gentiles to whom I send you, to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may obtain forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among thoise who have been consecrated by faith in me.”
 
2 Corinthians 4:4 “In whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves.”

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Pray the Word

All prayer is a response to what God has said. You can rea the Bible academically, study it lingustically, follow it morally, appreciate it artistically and enjoy it emotionally, but until you are moved to respond to God in prayer you have really heard the Word of God. Hearing the Word and prayer are inseparable. Together they mark our agreement with God's will. Prayer and the Word signal our realtionship with God. Through prayer we are given the opportunity to agree with the written Word of God.

Paul wrote that everything God created is good. However, it must be received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the Word of God and prayer (1 Tim 4: 4 – 5).

Prayer and the Word of God impact on one another in 2 ways:
  1. Praying the Word: Whenever you pray, you need to pray according to the Word of God

  2. Hearing the Word prayerfully: Through prayer you embrace the Wotd in your life. You allow God to speak, direct and guide you.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The importance of the Word for the believer II


2. Meditate the Word

unfortunately most Christians see meditation as new age practice when in actual fact meditation was given by God as a means of protecting the Spirit of man. The Word of God teaches us that only be meditation can our way be made prosperous. The trouble comes in where humanity meditates more on the negative as apposed to the life giving, Word of God.

Only what you meditate on can enter into the heart. To meditate on the Word of God is to hide the Word in your heart. The Psalmist said that he had hidden God's Word in his heart that he might not sin against God (Psalm 119:11), he meditated on God's precepts and considered His ways. (Ps 119:1)

As you meditate you allow the Word of Christ to richly indwell you, (Colossians 3:16). the more you meditate, the more you become enriched. As you meditate on God's Word you allow it to take deep root in your heart.

Meditating on the Word of God is not a private experience. You are never left alone to interpret the Scriptures on your own. The Holy Spirit guides you in all truth. (John 16:13). As you meditate on the Word of God, the Holy Spirit guides you into understanding and knowledge of the truth. Intelligent people can appear knowledgeable about God and emotional people can be passionate about God. People who spend time alone with God and His Word know that they have been with God. Instead of knowledge about God they have knowledge of God.

When you meditate on God's Word, instead of simply stating the truth, you identify with the truth. You own it, celebrate it and cherish it. In the deepest part of me I come into agreement with God's Word. I resonate with the message and take delight in God's Word. To open the Word of God, is to open your whole being to the will of God, from your innermost self to every aspect of your life.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The importance of the Word for the believer


The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts. I solemnly state this from the experience of the fifty-four years. The first three years after conversion I neglected the Word of God. Since I began to search for it diligently, the blessing has been wonderful. Great has been the blessing from consecutive, diligent, daily study. I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God.” - George Mueller

There are ten life-changing ways to experiece the Bible:

  1. Eat the Word
    Eating involves chewing, considering the words of Jesus:
    'Then Jesus said to them: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”' (John 6:53-54)
Jeremiah was commanded to eat God's revelation (Jeremiah 15:16; Ezekiel 2:8-3:3)

Job said: “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12)

When we eat the word we digest in order for it to become a part of us. It provides sustenance to our spirit man and causes it to grow in the things of God. The natural food we eat perishes, but the Word of God that we eat endures for eternal life. Jesus said that He is the Bread of Life. (John 6:29,33,35). To eat of Jesus and His Word is to eat for eternal life.

The Word of God is a seed, and like a seed, has within it the potential to produce the faith needed for any situation. A seed must however be sown in order to produce.” Ps. T Wolmarans

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Why we study the Bible - continued


In order to understand the Bible, the condition of the heart is crucial



  • You must belong to Jesus
    You must have a heart makeover...a change of heart

Your spirit man was be alive and receptive to the unction of the Holy Spirit

Your natural man does not receive the things of the Holy Spirit of God according to;

Romans 8:7 “The natural man caanot know the spiritual and must be spiritually discerned.”

1 Corinthians 2:14 - words of the Bible are the spirit and life

John 6:63 – thins of the Spirit is follishness to the natural man

  • You must be hungry
    Matthew 5:6 “those who hunger and thirst for the righteousness will be blessed”
    Jesus promises to feed those who are truly hungry
    Promise is not extended toward those looking for casual snack
    We must desire pure milk of the Word like newborn babies – (1 Peter 2:2-3)
    As you feed on the Word you will begin to grow spiritually
    God rewards those who diligently seek Him – (Hebrews 11:6)
    Not every norn again believer studies the Word of God because they are not hungry
    Hunger causes true believers to search out the Scriptures
    Pure spiritual milk must be a craving
  • You must be humble
    One needs humble willingness to obey God's Word
    We are to be obedient servants waiting for our master's instructions willing to put the Lord's instructions into practice
  • You must be passionate
    The Word must be lived not just read
    The Word should not depart from your mouth
    You should meditate in it day and night
    Look out to abey the Word – (Joshua 1:8)
  • You must want to obey
    God gives commands in the Bible
    Obedience must stem from inspiration and not obligation
    For it to benefit us we must appropriate the truths and not just believe it
    Obedience is the basis of knowing the blessing and favour of God
    The Lord wants you to abey Him – (1 Samuel 15:22)
  • You must be willing to learn
    It is impossible to learn what you think you already know” - Dr Mike Murdock
    The Bible allows us to see living flesh and blood illustrations. The Bible is filled with mentors, learning from men and women of God, will allow us not repeat their mistakes: good behavior or bad behavior – (1 Corinthians 10:6)
    Those you do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it” - George Santayana
  • Take the right approach
    There are 2 approaches to studying the Bible:
    • Read it like any other book written by any other author
    • Unlike any other book, responding to its commands, heed its warnings and apply precetps to our lives

You want to be encouraged by its promises, correected by its admonitions and transformed by its amazing truth.

  • The Bible is a miracle
    It's a compilation of 66 books, written over a period of 1600 years by more than 40 authors from different social backgrounds, yet the message is the same. Written on 3 different continents: Africa, Asia and Europe, in 3 different languages: Hebrew, Greek and Aramiac. It deals with subjects such as the origin of the universe, the existence of God, the origin and ultimate end of eveil and the purpose of life...

Monday, November 19, 2012

What should be our approach to the Bible be?

Our approach should be the same as the American flight school's strategy
"It's not what you know that's important. It's what you do with what you know when you're being shot at that makes all the difference"

Jesus gices us help - approach the Bible:

Matthew 7:24 "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But evveryone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them ,will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the flodds came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was the fall."

  • We need to distinguish between: Studying the Bible and applying what has been learned
  • We can become intoxicated with Biblical knowledge - and be reckless - full of pride
  • We must guard our hearts against pride
1 Corinthians 8:1 "Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up."

  • Knowledge about God - transformed into knowledge of God
  • Goal od studying the Bible - not simply observation or interpretation - it is application
  • Point - not to uncover a new piece of knowledge
  • Point - not to explain the precise definition of a Greek word
  • Joy comes - applying the truth to our own lives

Monday, November 12, 2012

Why we read the Bible


What is the Bible?

This question has been answered by so many experts, but what it boils down to it this; it is the greatest book ever written:

Just as a product is proof of a manufacturer and a book is proof of an author, so creation is proof of a creator” - Anon


God Himself speaks to men. We conclude then that it being God's standard – no man could have written a standard this high.

This is a book of divine instruction – it offers comfort in grief, guidance in confusion, advice for your problems, rebuke for sin and daily inspiration for our every need, it is our magna carta, which serves as a gaurantee of our basic rights.

The church sees this as their “Declaration of Indepence”

Simplified the Bible is an owner's manual, a road map to life.

God's Word is also refered to as the light to all who believe. Like a prism refracting light into a rainbow, God's Word splits the light of thruth into a multimedia presentation of:

  • clear prose
  • true stories
  • passionate poetry
  • powerful visions
  • precepts, and
  • engaging parables

BE WARNED – The Bible poses some dangers!!!

IT ENDANGERS OUR OLD WAY OF LIVING!

  • The Word – hammer – shatters – rock of pride and complacency Jer 23:29; Ps 19:7
  • The Word – fire – shut up in your bones Jer 20:9








Friday, November 9, 2012

Jesus Culture

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In the summer of 1999, the youth group led by Banning Liebscher at Bethel Church in Redding, California, launched the first Jesus Culture conference. The heart of these gatherings was to serve other churches and lead young people to experience the radical love of God. At each conference there was a strong presence of the Lord, and the youth and young adults were going back to their homes, schools, work places and churches, completely impassioned and transformed.
A few years into hosting conferences at Redding, the Lord began to speak to us about a new breed of revivalists that were emerging throughout the earth to answer the cry of God’s yearning for nations. Our mandate was defined: to raise up, mobilize, equip, encourage, resource, and send these burning ones to fulfill the call of God on their lives, and see entire cities saved, campuses revolutionized, and nations discipled. The Lord revealed they would be marked by four main characteristics:

1. They would be connected with spiritual fathers and mothers and aligned under their covering.
2. They would be passionately in love with Jesus – encountering His extravagant love for them daily.
3. They would give their lives to prayer and know how to win the war in the heavens.
4. They would walk in the supernatural – demonstrating the Kingdom of God through power.
It soon became very clear to us that worship was to be a significant part of our movement. Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, and Melissa How were worship leaders at our local youth group, and the Lord began to use them to bring an entire generation into whole-hearted worship.
Shortly after God commissioned us to mobilize this new breed of revivalists, we began taking Jesus Culture conferences to different regions, and currently hold them in Redding, Orange County, Dallas/Ft Worth, Chicago, Atlanta, and multiple cities through Australia and England. Also, in response to our mandate, Jesus Culture Music and Campus Awakening have been inspired and birthed out of Jesus Culture.

Jesus Culture Music

Jesus Culture Music exists to ignite revival in the nations of the earth. Our heart is to compel the Body of Christ to radically abandon itself to a lifestyle of worship, motivated by a passion to see God receive the glory that is due His name. We long for Jesus to be exalted in the nations and for His manifest presence to invade this world. Although we aspire for people to sing great worship songs, we are primarily committed to see them come into His presence through worship… to encounter His extravagant love and raw power.

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http://www.jesusculture.com/

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Science vs The Bible


With all the scientific evidence before us, why believe in God? Why believe in The Bible's account of creation? Surely our modern scientific discoveries prove that our origins are far more complex than the mythical stories of Genesis?

Let's take a closer look.

INTRODUCTION

The Bible is full of statements that may be seen as scientific. Their accuracy, as compared to our modern scientific understanding and evidence, is a matter of much debate. Dennis Gordon Lindsay in his book "Harmony of Science and Scripture", presents a wide range of Bible quotations and corresponding scientific facts. Anything from the Earth being a sphere, to radiation from stars, to the universe being stretched and expanding like a tent or curtain. Now it's all well and good to use hindsight to fit scientific discovery to ancient Biblical texts, especially vague sounding statements, but the true test of the accuracy and value of 'Bible Science' is to see if it can be used to predict something that modern science has not yet discovered. This is precisely what is presented in this post - an hypothesis of galaxy formation that future science may prove or disprove. Only time will tell.

IN THE BEGINNING...

Now for this discussion we'll focus on just the first 10 verses of The Bible, just on the physics of the creation of the universe. The biology of creation is beyond the scope of this short discussion.

Genesis 1

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

This is one side of the argument. Science presents its side in the form of a model called 'The Big Bang'. Backed up by some serious scientific observations we find a universe that started out at a single point some 14 billion years ago, and expanded into the well ordered universe we know today.

With the Big Bang model there's still quite a few gaps in our understanding. While we're slowly putting the pieces together it's still a lot of guesswork today as to how a chaotic mass of particles ended up in the form of elegant galaxies that run like Swiss watches.

WHAT ARE WE MADE OF?

Much scientific effort has gone into determining what we're made of and where we come from. What is the fundamental building block of matter and how does this fit into the Big Bang theory? Starting with ordinary matter, the stuff we can see and interact with, we discovered that matter can be broken down into molecules of over a hundred elements, which in turn are made up of a few standard subatomic particles like electrons, protons and neutrons. We go down even further into quarks and other strange particles. But where does it end?

In 1997 a team of 20 physicists from four institutions literally made something from nothing, creating particles of matter from ordinary light for the first time. The experiment was carried out at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre by scientists and students from the University of Rochester, Princeton University, the University of Tennessee, and Stanford. We've known how to get energy out of matter in nuclear bombs, but now for the first time we have an idea of how matter could have formed out of light. Interestingly that's exactly where The Bible says everything came from:

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

The fundamental building block of matter is light. Out of light we can get all the particles we need to make galaxies with stars and planets and gases.

But where do you put the light? The Big Bang theory talks about a finite universe, restricted to something called space. The Bible also describes a confined region for the universe.

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

So first God created a space that contained 'heaven and earth'. Not the heaven where God is, but a space separate from it, containing everything that would exist above earth (the heaven), and the space that would contain the earth itself. But at this point the space is void or empty. Then we find that there was darkness in this space, in this deep. Remember, this is before light was introduced. Compared with the Big Bang we note that it similarly predicts a period of darkness at the beginning, called 'The Dark Ages'.

So what was this 'darkness' upon the face of the deep? Until recently we would have just said it was an absence of light. But The Bible distinguishes between an empty space without light (the void) and darkness. Later it also talks about separating the light from the darkness. Fortunately for us science has just recently provided us with the information to answer this question.

THE INVISIBLE UNIVERSE

Dark matter is a type of matter that doesn’t emit or scatter light, so it cannot be seen with telescopes. Dark Energy is an unknown type of energy that is causing the universe to expand. Together they make up the ‘dark’ part of the universe.

Just as we saw earlier that light and matter are interchangeable, dark matter and dark energy also form two sides of the same coin. Together they make up more than 95% of the stuff in our universe. So if we consider the void (space) as a balloon, then dark matter would be the gas blown into the balloon, and dark energy would be the pressure of the gas causing the balloon to inflate. But we still can't see anything in the balloon until we add light, and the light starts changing into matter, creating galaxies in our balloon universe.

But there's still one big unanswered question - how do you get well ordered galaxies from a mass of dust? It's like taking a pile of sand, placing a fire-cracker inside and expecting a Swiss watch to result from the explosion. Science has no clear answers. What about The Bible?

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

The missing ingredient is in verse 3 - 'And God said'.

From Leonardo da Vinci's time we knew that sound waves can affect matter. But it was only in the 1960's as a result of work by Swiss scientist Dr Hans Jenny, that we realised what the extent of this interaction can be. Jenny pioneered a field of study of wave phenomena. In the attached videos you will see some of the results of his work, the intricate patterns caused by sound in fine dust particles.

So if, as The Bible shows, sound is the missing ingredient in bringing detailed order to the chaotic mass of particles then why hasn't science picked up on this? The reason is clear - sound has been dismissed as a possible candidate for creating the galaxies because sound can't travel in a vacuum, like that found in space. But with the emergence of the existence of dark matter all that changes. This is the reason there is the dark stuff in the universe - to provide a medium for sound to propagate through the universe to create the exact sound wave patterns for galaxies to form precisely where God intended. And The Bible presents us with the exact sequence of events require to create an elegant universe:

1. Create a space to put everything in.

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void;

2. Add dark matter and energy to expand the space and create a medium for sound to pass.

2 and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of

the waters.

3. Add sound to create the complex wave patterns as a blueprint for the galaxies.

3 And God said,

4. Add light to create the dust.

3 Let there be light: and there was light.

EARTH - A UNIQUE PLACE

A nice way to visualize the structure of the Earth is to look at the inside of an egg. Firm core (like the iron core in the centre of the Earth), surrounded by a blobby liquid (the mantle), and closed by a thin fragile shell (the crust). And our shell is cracked, leading to all sorts of interesting effects.

In the 1970's plate tectonics was accepted fully by the scientific community as the way that processes on Earth are geared together, and how mountains are built over time. We take for granted the fact that we have separate Continents and Oceans, but no other planet or Moon in our Solar System is organised like this. No other planet has plate tectonics. Why are we different? Science has no clear answer. But The Bible does:

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

Our atmosphere (the firmament) separated the gases and matter above (fluid in space) from the molten mass below (fluid rock and gas).

Plate tectonics gathered together the waters and corralled them in between continents - just as described by The Bible.

Job 38:8-11:

8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb?

9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddling band for it,

10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,

11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

Today we understand plate tectonics and its role in the creation of oceans and mountains. Water broke forth out of molten rocks and escaped from the Earth's 'womb' in steam clouds before condensing to form our oceans. Simultaneously plate tectonics pushed the ground together to raise up mountains which stand as doors to contain the oceans.

CONCLUSION

The Bible clearly presents sound as a key ingredient in the formation of the galaxies. Where will our corresponding science take us - toward God or away?

From a void, with scaffoldings of dark stuff, mapped out by sound waves, built with light, to a small blue green planet - built by Him, for Him - a place to build His house.

Psalm 19:1-4:

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

4 Their sound is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Know God Personally

How to Know God Personally
Tweet What does it take to begin a relationship with God? Devote yourself to unselfish religious deeds? Become a better person so that God will accept you?

You may be surprised that none of those things will work. But God has made it very clear in the Bible how we can know Him.

The following principles will explain how you can personally begin a relationship with God, right now, through Jesus Christ...


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Principle 1:
God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

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God's Love
"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." 1

God's Plan
[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" [that it might be full and meaningful]. 2

Why is it that most people are not experiencing the abundant life? Because...



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Principle 2:
All of us sin and our sin has separated us from God.

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We Are Sinful
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." 3

We were created to have fellowship with God; but, because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

We Are Separated
"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God]. 4

This diagram illustrates that God is holy and people are sinful. A great gulf separates us. The arrows illustrate that we are continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through our own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion -- but we inevitably fail.

The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf...



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Principle 3:
Jesus Christ is God's only provision for our sin. Through Him we can know and experience God's love and plan for our life.

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He Died in Our Place
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." 5

He Rose From the Dead
"Christ died for our sins...He was buried...He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures...He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." 6

He Is the Only Way to God
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.'" 7

This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf which separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.

It is not enough just to know these three principles...



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Principle 4:
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.

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We Must Receive Christ
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name." 8

We Receive Christ Through Faith
"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, that no one should boast." 9

When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth

We Receive Christ by Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him." 10

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be. Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross for your sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. You receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.

These two circles represent two kinds of lives:



Which circle best describes your life?

Which circle would you like to have represent your life?

The following explains how you can receive Christ:
You can receive Christ right now by faith through prayer
Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."

If this prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then you can pray this prayer right now and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?