For Those Who Feel Too Guilty To Come To Christ Uncategorized by admin - January 12, 20140 Many feel, because of their bad habits and sins they commit in their lives, that Jesus Christ would never accept nor forgive them. Some who are ready and willing to accept our Lord Jesus as Savior, feel they must get their lives under control before they can come to Him. They might even say to themselves, “Jesus would never accept me; I mean, look at all the bad things I’ve done in my life. Every time I just think about what I’ve done in my past, it depresses me.” All of us, including those who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, have done things in our past that we now surely regret. Much of those sins are the way of the flesh, caused by the ‘flesh thinking’. There never will be enough time to get your life together by yourself. It will not happen. There is no Salvation through the flesh, as it is destined to perish. As Paul the Apostle would teach: Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (KJV) That spiritual mind of ‘life and peace’ is not of the flesh, as the flesh will always let us down, falling in sin. All have sinned. None are perfect in the flesh, and this flesh body will still continue to cause sin requiring a further need for repentance through Christ Jesus. Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (KJV) Our spiritual nature in Christ can only be perfect to the Law of God, not our flesh. The flesh always fails in following God’s Law. The fleshy life cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, because it is carnal, and condemned to death. Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you. (KJV) The flesh body will always fail, as said before, its destiny is to die and perish. The flesh cannot have eternal life and eternal peace (1 Corinthians 15:50). The reason why your soul was placed inside your flesh when you were born, was so you could make a ‘choice’, to either eternal life through Jesus Christ, or to eternal death, which is the casting into the ‘lake of fire’. That’s not a threat, but Truth. Eternal ‘death’ means ‘blotted out’, gone, just like you never ever existed. It can be no other way, as GOD’s Divine Nature is Life and there is no darkness of death in Him, as in the future death will no longer exist (Revelation 21:4). Our heavenly Father does not wish to lose any of His children which He created. That’s why we are all here born in the flesh, and appointed once to die and then the judgment (Hebrews 9:27). When you accept Jesus Christ as The Only One Who can offer Salvation from this bondage state of flesh, believing on Christ as Savior, then His Spirit will begin to dwell in you, quickening your soul and spirit, while you are still walking upon this earth. By His Spirit giving you that ‘quickening’, He gives you strength and peace, to help overcome this evil world of flesh bondage. And it’s yours for the asking. Rom 10:9 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. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture saith, “Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.” 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek [as for Gentiles]: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved. (KJV) What Happens When You Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior? 1) When you realize the flesh always dies, you realize that your flesh cannot save you from its terrible state of death, and that there must be some other Way by a Higher Authority with all Power. 2) When you believe that Jesus Christ is The Son of God, and GOD’s Savior, you ADMIT He is That Higher Authority with all Power, and there is none else. 3) When you believe: A) that Jesus Christ is The Only Begotten Son of God: B) that He came in the flesh to offer Salvation to all who would only believe; C) that He only was without sin in the flesh; D) that He died on the cross and resurrected; and now sits on the right hand of God, and by this act Christ became The Victor over Death; E) then you recognize that Jesus Christ paid the price for us so that we might obtain Salvation. 4) When you repent to Jesus Christ, and ask forgiveness, confessing to Him that you are a sinner, and believe that He only has the Power to save you from this flesh state of death, and believe all the previous three statements, then you will have received His offer of Salvation. Then Christ’s Spirit will dwell in you, even now as He promised His (1 John 4; Ephesians 3:14-19). These are the steps each must take, and in sincerity, as God knows all hearts and all thoughts. Then after accepting Christ’s offer of Salvation, believing on Him, repenting to Him of yours sins and asking Him forgiveness,then go get baptized in Christ’s Name. Our Lord and Savior set the example for us as He Himself was Baptized of water (Matt.3:13-17). So we need to do likewise in obedience to His command (Matt.28:19; Eph.4:4-8; Col.2:11-12; 1 Pet.3:21; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38-39). John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. When Christ begins to spiritually dwell in you, He will help you to gain better control over the flesh. His Holy Spirit will guide and direct you in sincerity and in Truth as you seek Him further. Get to know His Letter called The Word of God. God personally wrote That Letter to you, which The Holy Spirit will help you understand as never before. Remember to ask our Father through His Son Jesus Christ for His Spirit of guidance in your study of His Word. The offer of Salvation by Christ is given freely, as our Heavenly Father does love us. He wants us to return to Him as ‘sons of God’. Don’t wait until you can get your life in order, going it alone. It won’t happen. The flesh bondage was created to make sure you can’t do your own salvation (Galatians 3:22), ensuring we must rely on Christ Jesus as our Salvation to have eternal Life. Peace be with you in Christ Jesus, Dave Ramey.