Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
After the disciples had waited in Jerusalem, God had sent His Holy Spirit just as Jesus had promised. When they had received the Holy Spirit, the people started talking in tongues and the people around them were amazed. Peter told them that this is what was promised by Jesus who they had crucified. Then the people asked Peter what they should do and Peter answered for them to repent and be baptized.
All around the world there are many different views on how to get to heaven. Every religion, except Christianity, requires work to be done and then a person might get into heaven.
Jesus is the only one who does not require any works to get into heaven. Works, while very good, are not enough to get into heaven and Jesus knew that. God had it in mind to provide a way for every person to get into heaven. No person is good enough to get in by his own personal merits or works.
When He died upon the cross, He paid the price for all the sins of every person. Jesus is able to remove all sins through forgiveness of them. He made a way for every person to be able to get into heaven.
Being saved and getting into heaven is not a difficult process. All a person needs to do is repent of his sins. That is he must be sorrowful of and turn from all his sins. He must than accept what Jesus has done for him, paid the price for the sins and removed them for all eternity.
Jesus made the way into heaven so simple that even a child can do it. He wants everyone to be saved and get into heaven. God does not want anyone to have to be sent to hell.
Take a look at your own life. Ask yourself why God should allow you into heaven. There is only one correct answer, and that is Jesus paid the price and has forgiven you of your sins.
If you cannot answer the question with that answer, seek Jesus and repent of your sins. Turn away from your sins and believe in Jesus and you shall be saved.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of your sins and turn to Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you; and that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5
Jesus had been at a home speaking to the people. It was crowded and the house was filled with people. Outside there was a man who was paralyzed, who had some friends that worked to get him in to see Jesus by lowering him through the roof. They wanted Jesus to heal the man. When Jesus saw him, the first thing He told the man was that his sins were forgiven.
When a person is sick, injured or has a deformity, the first thing that most people think about is getting healing. The individual is usually most concerned about being healed first.
Believers are very quick to pray for healing for the person. That is what appears to be the most important problem to ask God to deal with. While healing is something that is important and may be needed, it may not be the most important thing the person needs.
As bad as it was for the man to be paralyzed, it was even worse to be plagued with unforgiven sins in his life. Jesus knew this and took care of those sins first, before bringing about the healing.
A person can be healed of the worst disease, injury or deformity that is possible, but if he still has sin in his life, it does not mean a thing at all. If there is any sin left in his life, it will mean eternal separation from God. Anyone who has sin in his life cannot be allowed into heaven.
It will not do a person any good to be healed and have a perfect body in this life, then be cast into the lake of fire in the next life, because he never received the forgiveness Jesus offered. That perfect, healthy body will burned and tormented for eternity, because the first priority was not taken care of.
You may have some healing that you are desiring God to take care of. As you approach God for that healing, be sure to take care of getting healed of your sins first. Jesus died for your sins so that He could take them away. He is willing to cleanse you of all sin, you just need to repent and ask Him to forgive you.
Being healed of your sins is the best part in any healing.
I pray today that you will seek forgiveness of sins first in your life; that you will trust Jesus to remove all sins in your life; that you will trust God to heal both your body and soul; and that you will be the person God wants you to be.
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live? Ezekiel 18:23
The question had been raised asking if a son will die for the sins of the father, and God answered no. He states that a person will die for his own sins, and that is regardless of how he lived prior to those sins. Along with that, God said that if a person had lived a sinful life, then changed his ways, he would live and not die because of the past sins. God does not look forward to someone dying in sin, but that they will change their ways and live.
Looking out on the world, there are many different types of people. When people read or hear about someone who has done a great crime against many people, they often want justice done and see the person destroyed. They do not see any hope for that person at all.
It can even happen in the small town, where a person knows someone who has been living a very bad lifestyle and it there seems to be no hope for him. People do not believe that he will ever be able to accept Christ and change.
On the other side, people see someone who is a great looking Christian, with a large ministry, fall away from God into some sinful lifestyle. Some people feel that God should still save him because of what he had done in his past.
God looks at the current situation of the heart of a man. God’s greatest desire is that every person will change their ways and follow Him, regardless of how bad or how good they were in the past. Jesus does not want anyone to perish.
Often Christians will condemn a person and never have hope that he will change. Or they do not believe it when he does start to change and serve God.
When you see a person, you must have hope that God will touch his heart and he will change. If someone who has served God falls away, your heart must also break with God’s, and pray that he returns.
Have the heart of God in being pleased when a person repents and turns to Him, do not doubt or get angry when a person is given life.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for people; that you will be pleased as God when a person turns to Him; that you will weep as God does when a person turns from Him; and that you will seek to tell all about Jesus.
“Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple. Ezekiel 9:6
God was calling for judgment upon Jerusalem because of the sins of the people. A group of men were set to fulfill the judgment upon the people. Before they began, they went through and marked people who were grieving over the sins that the people were committing. Those people were not to be touched. The beginning point for the judgment was in the sanctuary and then they were to go out from there into all the city killing everyone without the mark.
People are very quick to place judgment upon those who do not follow God in any way. Those in the church like to quickly point out to non-believers that they are heading to hell because of their sins.
Although people like to cast this type of judgment, God looks at things differently. His harshest judgment is focused on those who claim to be believers. Jesus saved His harshest words for the leaders of the temple. Those who did not claim to know God, He showed love and compassion, because they knew who they were.
Just as with Ezekiel, there are many who go to church and claim to be a believer in Jesus, but do not live the life. Those who do not go to church are just living life the only way they know how to live. Those who go to church, have heard how to live their lives for God. There is no reason not to be living for God, yet many do not.
Although God is being patient right now and is holding off judgment of the people, there will come a day when judgment will come. It will start in the church, with those who claim to know Him.
You have to take a look at your own life and see how you are living for God. Are you striving to follow the commands God has given?
Are you living up to what you know God’s Word says?
Or are you living your life in your own way, going against God’s Word?
God is watching and there will come a day of judgment. Live for God and be ready for that day.
I pray today that you will know how God wants you to live; that God will strengthen you to live for Him; that God will see no reason to judge you harshly; and that you will be His witness on this earth.