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Are you really saved?

By Luis Josephus

“Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known Me?” – John 14:9

Come Unto JesusIt is quite possible to think you are a “Christian” and not really know the Lord Jesus in a personal way. Many might find that hard to believe, but it happens a lot. I can truthfully say that I had considered myself a Christian for most of my early life. As a boy I went to church regularly, prayed, learned my catechism, confessed my sins to the priest, and took the Holy Communion. But I really wasn’t saved. nor really knew the true Jesus of the Bible. I was practicing a religion without having a genuine relationship with God.

Calling yourself a “Christian” doesn’t automatically make you a Christian. Today, the term “Christian” has become more of a cultural label than a true testimony that Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, dwells in you.

Until I was spiritually “born again” and personally invited Jesus the Messiah to become my Savior and Lord, I didn’t really become a true Christian. When I had this life-altering experience at the age of 29, I didn’t really know God. Jesus came to dwell in my heart by the power of the Holy Spirit and my life was transformed for the better. I realized what I had been missing all of my life was a personal encounter with the Living God. I finally understood the words of Jesus to Nicodemus, a religious Jew and leader in his church, that he needed to be born again.

There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. ‘Rabbi,’ he said, ‘we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.’ Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” – John 3:1-3

Like Nicodemus, you may consider yourself religious, or even believe you are already a Christian, but if you’re not sure that you are really spiritually born again, you’re probably not really saved. If you’re not sure, pray this prayer of faith right now and invite Jesus to become your Savior and Lord of your life:

“Dear Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God who came to die on the cross for the penalty of my sins. I repent of my sins and ask you to forgive me. I invite you today to become my Savior and the Lord of my life. I submit myself in obedience to you and ask you to take full control of me; change me into your image, and help me to be the kind of person you created me to be. Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer, email us with your complete postal address and let us know so that we can rejoice with you and welcome you into our Christian family. We will also send you some helpful study materials to enrich your Christian growth.

The Next Step

Now that you have received Jesus Christ as the Savior and Lord of your life, below are some necessary and practical steps you need to take to grow in your development as a Christian.

1. Prayer – It is important for you to spend time talking to God every day through prayer. Thank Him for your salvation, share your thoughts and concerns, and pray for the needs of others.

2. Bible Study – Personal Bible study is the primary way that God speaks to us and instructs us on how to live. As you read the Bible, ask God to show you which passages apply to your life. A good place to start your study is by reading the Gospel of John in its entirety.

3. Join a Good Church – Attend regularly and get involved with other Christians. As you get plugged into a local church, you will receive the teaching, encouragement, support, and fellowship you need to become a mature Christian.

4. Tell Others About Jesus – Share your new faith with others who need to know God. Invite family and friends to go to church with you.

5. Live a Godly Life – Make every effort to live a new life in Christ by practicing holiness, goodness, self-control, perseverance, kindness, and love.

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Stop dwelling on your past

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No matter how old or young you are, stop dwelling on your past; there’s nothing you can do to change what went before. What’s done is done. Trust in Christ to give you hope for a bright future and a fresh new beginning. Commit your life to Him today and receive His love, mercy and forgiveness.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (has spiritually become a new person). The old things (the old life) have passed away; behold, all things are become new (a new life has begun as a result of spiritual re-birth).” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

– Luis Josephus

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Our Primary Purpose in Life

Spirit-Lifting Thoughts for Today_150 x 150_jpg“The people living in darkness have seen a great light…” – Matthew 4:16

One may be a pastor, evangelist, deacon, missionary, or business person, but if we are not striving to lead others to the light of Jesus Christ we are not doing the primary work that God has called us to do.

Most people living in the world today are living in darkness because they don’t know God. They may believe in God, but they really don’t know Him. Until a person is spiritually  “born again” he or she is lost (whether they realize it or not). They need to be told about Jesus; that He was the Great Light that came into this world to die on the cross for our sins.

Won’t you let God use you today to pray for those you know who need Jesus? There is no greater work for us to do than to help lead others to Christ. We may think we’re just this tiny little candle burning in the midst of great darkness, but God can still use us in a mighty way, if we allow Him.

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Heavenly Father, I thank you that You have brought me out of darkness and into Your kingdom of light through Jesus Christ. Help me to help others come to know Your salvation. Use me to shine the light of Jesus wherever I go and whatever I do. Amen.

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God’s Loving Care

“For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” – Isaiah 61:11

As sure as the sun rises every day and the springtime refreshes the earth each year by the seeds that we sow into the ground, the day is coming when the Creator of heaven and earth, Yahovah God, will bring forth an everlasting harvest of righteous mankind from all the nations and peoples. They will give Him the Glory and thanksgiving and praise that He  alone deserves. They will also qualify to live in God’s eternal home where joy, rest and peace abide forever.

God is our heavenly Father.

He does not focus on our faults and shortcomings, but prefers to see the potential for good that He has implanted in each and every one of us. These divine seeds God has sown in such rich soil spring up freely, strongly, and constantly. As His redeemed children, He patiently prunes away our unproductive character traits and carefully cultivates the best parts that will yield the most good fruit.

One of the glorious attributes of the true God is that He regards the needs of all His creatures and things. Whether poor or rich, famous or obscure, we are never forgotten by our Heavenly Father. Jesus said that He remembers the falling sparrow, and hears the young ravens when they cry. Are you and I not of more worth than these?

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Matthew 10:29-31

“[Even] When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.” – Psalm 27:10

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

Becoming a Child of God.

We become a child of God by placing our trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of our lives so that our sins can be forgiven and removed and our spirits regenerated. God receives us into His family, one by one, by the dual process of (1) spiritual birth and (2) adoption into His family. Each one of us must therefore make a choice to belong to Him and to benefit from His covenant care and love.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a son or daughter of God, and enjoy the privilege and honor of becoming part of God’s family, click here. God loved you so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, so that all who believe, trust, and rely upon Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16).

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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The Consummation of All Things

heaven“He said to me: “It is finished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” -Revelation 21:6

All Christians should be looking forward to the consummation of all things. That is, when Jesus Christ the Messiah returns again, destroys the wicked kingdoms of this world, His faithful people are gathered in, truth is triumphant, and He sets up His eternal kingdom upon the earth as the King of kings, and Lord of lords. His great work is accomplished, His people enter into their abodes of blessedness, and the arrangement of human affairs is complete.  What a glorious future we have in store for us!

That is what Jesus speaks about in Revelation 21:6, “It is finished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.” The attributes implied in this language makes it clear that Jesus is divine. He is saying, “The setting up a kingdom in the lost world began in Me, and it ends in Me. The glorious and triumphant King.”

To Him who is thirsty.

Even now, He is still drawing people to Himself. Are you thirsty for God’s salvation? There is still time to receive it today. He offers it freely (at no cost). All you have to do is receive it by faith in what Jesus has already accomplished for you on the cross. Salvation is compared with a fountain that flows in abundance, where all may freely satisfy their thirst, if they choose to do so.

If you are already a born-again follower of Jesus Christ, rejoice and keep yourself focused on the future consummation of all things. If you have never received Jesus as your Savior and Lord, today is the day of salvation. Pray right now and ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and commit your life to Him as your Savior and Lord.

–         Luis Josephus

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The Only Way to God

Only_way_to_God“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to [God] the Father except through me.” – John 14:6

Jesus clearly taught that without the new birth there is no salvation. You’re religion can’t save you. Your church can’t save you. Your belief system can’t save you. Unless a person is born again, Jesus said, no one can enter the kingdom of God.

“Jesus answered and said to him [Nicodemus], ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. “ – John 3:3.

Nicodemus was a devout religious man. He was a ruling member of the Jewish Sanhedrin and teacher in his church. He kept most of the Bible commandments and practiced a holy life. Yet when he came to Jesus, He was told by our Lord that He was lost! In his present spiritual condition he would never enter God’s kingdom (John 3:1-3). Why was Jesus so hard on him? Because Jesus discerned that he was not “born again”. He was a good man and deeply religious, but he had never experienced the new birth.

“Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.” – John 3:5

What does it mean to be born again?

Without the new birth there is no spiritual life. You may be physically alive, but you are still spiritually dead in your trespasses and sins.

“And you has He [Jesus] quickened [made spiritually alive], who were dead in trespasses and sins…” – Ephesians 2:1.

“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He [God} that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.” – Romans 8:11

Through the new birth, God gives spiritual life to our physical, mortal bodies by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Nicodemus misunderstood Jesus; he thought that Jesus was asking him to enter his mother’s womb and be born all over again. Jesus corrected him and essentially said, “That’s not what I’m talking about, Nicodemus. I’m talking about a spiritual rebirth. That which is born of the flesh is of the flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Being born again is not experiencing a second biological birth – but a spiritual birth from above, which you don’t have. You may be a very religious Jew, but you’re never going to enter God’s kingdom until you are spiritually born again.”

How often I have met people in the Christian church with the same kind of spiritual issues as Nicodemus. They say they believe in Jesus, go to church, read the Bible, keep the commandments, but yet they are just as lost as Nicodemus was. Why? Because they are following a religion instead of following the Savior.

The only way to be sure that you are saved from your sins, have eternal life with God and truly born again, is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and commit your life to Him as Savior and Lord. He is the only way to God and the only One that that can give you new spiritual life.

If you want to be sure you are truly born again from above, sincerely pray this prayer out loud to God the Father:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I believe in Jesus Christ the Messiah as Your only begotten Son that you sent to die on the cross for my sins. I put my trust in Him only as the only way to God and Savior of my life. I repent of my sins and ask You to forgive me. Cleanse me clean of all the wrong things I have ever done with the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and help me to live in newness of life from this day forth, amen.”

If you just prayed this prayer and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, you are now born again. Write us and let us know of your decision to follow Jesus and let us rejoice with you.

–         Pastor Luis Yosefus

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