Have You Heard of the FOUR SPIRITUAL LAWS?
Just as there are physical laws that govern the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws that govern your
relationship with God.
God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
God's Love -
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16, NASB).
God's Plan -
[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly" (John 10:10 NASB).
The passage promises superior, superabundant spiritual life, life empowered by the indwelling of Jesus Christ.
Because we have Jesus Christ, because He lives within them, they have the riches of the superabundant life. Why is it that most people are not experiencing that superabundant life? Because....
Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love
and plan for his life.
Man Is Sinful - " for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23 NASB).
Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference, is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.
Man Is Separated - "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23 NASB). [spiritual separation from God and eternal death] There is a separation between Holy God and sinful man. A great gulf separates the two. Man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion - but he inevitably fails. The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf...
Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin.
Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
He Died In Our Place - "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8 NASB).
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..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6 NASB).
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'" (John 14:6 NASB).
God has bridged the gulf that 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 laws......
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and
experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
We Must Receive Christ - "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children
of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12 NASB).
We Receive Christ Through Faith - "For 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" (Ephesians 2:8-9 NASB).
When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth (Born Again) - (Read John 3:1-22.)
We Receive Christ Through Personal Invitation - [Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and
knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him..." (Revelation 3:20 NASB).
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 our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience. We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will, and enter into an eternal relationship with Him in that act of will.
There Are Two Kinds Of Lives;
A Self-Directed Life - [ you are on the throne - Christ is outside your life - your interests are directed by self, often resulting in discord and frustration. ]
A Christ-Directed Life - [ Christ is in your life and on the throne - you are yielding to Christ, resulting in
harmony with God's plan - your interests are directed by Christ, resulting in harmony with God's plan. ]
Which best represents your life? Which 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 with 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.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?
If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
If you have just received Christ please read “Now That You Have Received Christ -
How To Know That Christ Is In Your Life” - You now have a new life, and a
new birth (you have been Born Again, and are now a part of the Kingdom of God).
*** Now That You Have Received Christ - How To Know That Christ Is In Your Life ***
Did you receive Christ into your life by sincerely praying the suggested prayer? According to His promise in Revelation 3:20, where is Christ right now in relation to you? Christ said that He would come into your life.
Would He mislead you? On what authority do you know that God has answered your prayer?
(The trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.)
The Bible Promises Eternal Life
"And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:11-13). NASB
Thank God often that Christ is in your life and that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5). You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him in. He will not deceive you.
An Important Reminder... *** DO NOT DEPEND ON FEELINGS ***
The promise of God's Word, the Bible - not our feelings - is our authority. The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word. Fact (God and His Word), Faith (our trust in God and His Word), and Feeling (the result of our faith and obedience) (John 14:21). As Christians we do not depend on feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.
Now That You Have Received Christ
The moment that you received Christ by faith, as an act of the will, many things happened, including the following:
1. Christ came into your life (Revelation 3:20 ; Colossians 1:27).
2. Your sins were forgiven (Colossians 1:14).
3. You became a child of God (John 1:12).
4. You received eternal life (John 5:24).
5. You began the great adventure for which God created you (John 10:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17 ;
1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Can you think of anything more wonderful that could happen to you than receiving Christ? Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He has done for you? By thanking God, you demonstrate your faith.
To enjoy your new life to the fullest... - Suggestions for Christian Growth
Spiritual growth results from trusting Jesus Christ. "The righteous man shall live by faith" (Galatians 3:11).
A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:
G Go to God in prayer daily (John 15:7).
R Read God's Word daily (Acts 17:11); begin with the Gospel of John.
O Obey God moment by moment (John 14:21).
W Witness for Christ by your life and words (Matthew 4:19; John 15:8).
T Trust God for every detail of your life (1 Peter 5:7).
H Holy Spirit - allow Him to control and empower your daily life and witness (Galatians 5:16,17; Acts 1:8).
Fellowship in a Good Church
God's Word instructs us not to forsake "the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25). Several logs burn brightly together; but put one aside on the cold hearth and the fire goes out. So it is with your relationship with other Christians. If you do not belong to a church, do not wait to be invited. Take the initiative; call the pastor of a nearby church where Christ is honored and His Word is preached. Start this week, and make plans to attend regularly.
John 3:1-22 NASB
Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Him by night, and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for
no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second
time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of the water and the Spirit, he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which
is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘you must be born again.’ The
wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from
and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?
Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not understand these
things? Truly, truly I say to you, we speak that which we know, and bear witness of that which
we have seen; and you do not receive our witness. If I told you earthly things and you do not
believe, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things? And no has ascended into heaven,
but He who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man. And as Moses lifted up the serpent
in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him
have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the
world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in
Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather that the light; for their deeds were evil. For
everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as
having been wrought in God.”
After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was
spending time with them and baptizing.