During these last few weeks I find that I have been writing a lot about this stupid virus, well, that stops now! I don’t see the point or the need to concentrate my efforts into focusing on the negative. We need to be focusing our attention on what is truly important right now.
The State of Man
Every man or woman that was ever born (except one) was born into sin. Have you ever noticed that you don’t have to teach a baby to be self centered, willful and manipulative? No, it’s right there from birth, this “look out for number one” spirit, the “survival of the fittest” (ME!), and all that. What does that tell us about US? We are selfish, greedy and arrogant, sure, there are also nice bits about us too, we have the capacity to do good, be kind, think of others, and even self-sacrifice at times too. But the fact is, we are sinners. If you say you are not a sinner, you are a liar, a lunatic, delusional, or more likely all three. Also, and more importantly, you are calling God a liar, as it says in 1 John v 10 “If we say that we have not sinned, we make him (God) a liar, and His Word is not in us. As a consequence of this sin that we are born into, we, each and every one of us are judged as “guilty”, as it says in Romans 5 v 12: “Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all have sinned.”
“Wait a minute!” you might be saying, “if I was born into sin, then it’s not my fault that I’m a sinner!”, and you would be right! The fault lies with Adam and Eve, but unfortunately there is nothing we can do about that, because of their actions we all are born in sin. You also might be saying to yourself, that is unfair, and I would agree with you too, life is often very unfair, but that is not the point. The fact is that we were born into sin, and being a sinner, we are under judgment and should face the firing squad. It may seem unfair, but to a Holy God it is not unjust, there is always a consequence for our actions, in thought, word, and deed. Luckily for us there is an antidote for our sin, because God is a JUST God. He decided to step in and throw us a lifeline, and there is a particular way in which we must grasp this lifeline.
If I were a car maker, and I fashioned a piece of this vehicle so that in order to dismantle it, one would have to press in a tab on the side of a particular component before I could access and unscrew the screw that holds it in place. Now, I, being the maker of that vehicle and component, would have to instruct another in the removal process, or else the other person could not remove the component because of the hidden screw, and in all probability would damage the component whilst trying to remove it. I, as the car maker would need to instruct another in the removal process before any repair could be effected, but what if I were not physically present at the time that this other person needed to perform the repair?
What means of communication could I employ these days to get my information across to the man trying to repair his car? It is possible that I might make a video showing the process; it is also possible that I could make an audio recording telling the man how to push in the tab on the side to access and undo the hidden screw. It is also possible that I might write down the process in a book or manual.
Well, that is just what God has done for us about our sin problem. He wrote (or inspired His writers) to write down the solution for our sin problem, and there is a very specific way in which God ordained for us to solve our problem. God knew that we had a problem with our vehicle (as it were) so He wrote down the precise steps we need to take to fix our vehicle. Now, He, being the Maker knows how we are put together, and He knows how to fix us, and He also shared with us the fixing process in His book.
How hard can it be?
Have you ever tried to fix something that someone else has made? Have you ever tried to dismantle a car, or a printing press? Some things seem almost impossible to dismantle until we know the process, and once dismantled can be even more difficult to put back together again. God has given us the manual for our well-being, body, mind and soul. It teaches us how to live in right relationship with one another, but more importantly it teaches us how to be right with God. The process is precise, accurate and true, yet many of us overlook it as being too simple. Yet it is God’s book, and He has given us precise instruction if we want to be saved from our sin.
So, what is the process by which we can make ourselves clean and not deserving of a bullet? Are you ready for it……….. Here it comes………. John 6 v 29:
“Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
WOW, really? sounds simple, right? The answer to our sin problem is just to believe in Jesus whom God sent to earth? How can that be? Surely I need to do good things, live a good life, be kind to my neighbor, not drink, swear, lie steal, cheat, etc. NO ! that is not what God said. Read Luke 23 vs 42-43 we read that there were 2 thieves crucified with Jesus, one on His left and one on His right. One of them said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Remarkable! Did this man ever have a chance to live a good life, be kind to his neighbor, not lie, cheat, steal, etc? NO!!! All he did was believe in Jesus, without any time to clean up his act. So, may I suggest that that is precisely what you do -stop over complicating what the manual says and start doing the work of God; believe in Him whom He sent! Done and dusted, that is it…. The finished work of God. You will find that if you have time before you die, that God will work in you to change you, and indeed you will welcome the change, because maybe for the first time in your life, you can enjoy Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, etc.
John 6 vs 35-40
“And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me, I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Covid-19 has no hold on me
Once you believe on Jesus, nothing can hold you in fear and trepidation any longer, fear of man has gone. The only one that you should fear is God Himself. Luke 12:5 New King James Version (NKJV): “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him.”
Read the manual and follow the procedure
If you have never read a Bible before, may I suggest you get one and just read any one of the Gospels: Mathew, Mark, Luke or John. You can get a free bible for your phone, tablet, or computer HERE.
Then all you need to do is say the prayer below, and tell someone in the next 24 hours what you have done. Also, find a Bible-believing church, you may not be able to visit this Sunday because of the current crisis Covid-19, but most churches have a website and you can contact them there for fellowship and support.
The Sinners Prayer (by John Barnett)
The following prayer expresses the desire to transfer trust to Christ
alone for eternal salvation. If its words speak of your own heart’s
desire, praying them can be the link that will connect you to God.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can
do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own
sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as
the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He
did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy
presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a
guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my
trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite
my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you
that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the
assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you
for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Till next time.