Step #5 – Understanding His Love – in your new spiritual relationship

Unconditional – without conditions or limitations; total… Yes, it’s that simple! You will experience a Love like no other! You did not earn it, you cannot buy it, and there is absolutely nothing you can do other then believe, to receive it! God loves you because he does. Just as you now know “He is” and that He is in you, know His Love is in you! Forever!

1 John 4:9,10 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

All we ever needed is……

When you accepted Christ as your personal Savior, He accepted you and filled you with His Love. Totally and completely, and as well, to never change. His love for you will always be there, no matter what happens in your life. Many in a religious relationship wonder how God loves them because they do not always live their lives right. So they go through rituals and believe this changes His love for them. Well, it does not. They have not matured into a Spiritual relationship with Him, in His Love. His love is so great, and often beyond your understanding, you may not always feel that God loves you. You wonder, if God loves me so much why am I going through pain, troubles and challenges. You may even feel like giving up and perhaps that God has given up on you. Now with your new spiritual relationship with Christ, you can look deep into your heart and believe in His Love. You will immediately experience a sense of calmness, security, and yes, you will be blessed immediately. This is His way.

When you started your new relationship everything is new, even the way life works. Instead of failing, falling and giving up, you now have Christ in you and can walk in His Spirit. Let His Life in you be your source of strength. His unconditional Love is your life giving power. Life may not always be perfect, indeed, just look at what Christ went through. But remember, He went through challenges for you! And will bring you through challenges just as he came through and overcame them. Even to the extent of everlasting life! Christ suffered, died and rose again, just for you! That is how much He loves you!

Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with a love that lasts forever. And so with unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself.

With His Love in you, you can overcome anything, and you will! Even in the midst of significate troubles, remember:

Romans 8:38,39 …neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You now have a power, a strength, a unyielding Love that is in you forever! Your faith, established in a spiritual relationship with Christ, provides you with His Love to stand on, to live with, to cherish and to rely on.

Psalms 147:11 …the Lord delights in those who fear (trust and reverence) him, who put their hope in his unfailing love

Psalms 33:18 …the Lord watches over those who fear (trust and reverence) him, those who rely on his unfailing love

Christ Jesus will open your heart and your mind to the extent of His Love:

John 15:9-11 I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

He loves you no matter what you do and when you believe this, He will lead you. He will illuminate your understanding of His Love and you will follow His way to the Joy He promises and always provides.

Take a moment now and pray to Christ in thanks for His Message for You about how much He loves you!

Father, thank you for Your unconditional, unending, unyielding Love. I know You. I know You are in me. I know Your Love. I know Your Love is in me. There is nothing greater then Your love for me.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen


Step #4 Growing in your new Spiritual Relationship

You have accepted a new spiritual Life (Step #1), you know this life is forever (Step #2) and you have started living your new life in His Spirit (Step #3). You are now growing in your Spiritual relationship and you can expect changes.

Yes a new life means a different life, but you have already accepted this and know you are noticing changes. You are seeing His Spirit lead you and you feel a desire to grow closer and closer to God. Amen, you are walking in His Spirit now! You can let His protections, power, strength and guidance bring you through each and every day.

This may not be obvious at first and may seem difficult. This is because your human nature drives you to succeed on your own. By your own efforts (this is often pride). You have this new life and you are going to take on the world. That is the right attitude, but know this, you cannot do it on your own. Yes, it’s that simple, only Christ can, through you.

Amen, it is…

Now, there is a life changing revelation to take a few moments and pray on!

Get used to this as well. You will find your self praying on this often, indeed, everyday, many times a day. This is His Spirit in you. Leading you, convicting you, changing you and by taking a few moments to “rest” in prayer, comforting you.

To enjoy your new Spiritual Life, He will lead you to rest (have faith and let His power work) in Him. Paul shared His Message with us:

Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me strength and power.

So now you know the secret He has kept just for you (as He does for His chosen ones):

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ: and I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the real life I now have within this body is a result of my trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Amen, on Christ’s final night He shared His Message with the Disciples that although He will leave us now, we will not be alone:

John 16:7 But the fact of the matter is that it is best for you that I go away, for if I don’t, the Comforter won’t come. If I do, he will – for I will send him to you.

You now have His Holy Spirit in you! You can be bold, be courageous and know as you change, He is the change!

Yes, God, Christ and the Holy Spirit are one. Some find this confusing, and as you grow in your new Spiritual Life He will help you understand the Trinity of His Being – God, Christ Jesus and His Holy Spirit as unique Divine Beings who together, and when in you, shine with His characteristics, will, emotion and personality.

His Holy Spirit is the essence of your Spiritual Life. He helped you recognize (convicted you) of the sin in your life and led you to accept Christ. His Message in the Bible tells you that without the Holy Spirit you may see a Spiritual Life as foolish:

1 Corinthians 1:18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God

Many people in your life today may think you are going overboard or are silly. But they do not know what you know, His Holy Spirit has made you aware of Christ in you and what they now see in you are actually the characteristics of Christ, who is in you!

His Holy Spirit gives you life. Receiving His Holy Spirit is a spiritual birth:

John 3:6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.

With His Holy Spirit He pours His love into your heart:

Romans 5:5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

He gives us assurance as Christians that He is in us:

Romans 8:16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.

His Spirit in you will enable you to bravely step out as a Christian. He leads you in the truth of His Message – God’s Word. He illuminates His Message for You in the Bible and you understand you are living His truth:

John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth)

You now know His power and spiritual effectiveness is working through you to reach others:

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere…

With the power of His Holy Spirit you may find yourself overwhelmed with the changes you know are happening because of Him. Rest easy (remember as above – take a moment to rest in Him) because Christ, His Holy Spirit, is your personal intercessor to God, on your behalf:

Romans 8:26,27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

As He promised on His last night, Christ Jesus has placed His Holy Spirit in you so you can live a Christian life and have a Spiritual relationship with Him!

Romans 8:11 …the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you.

Your new Spiritual “Christian” life is possible only with the power of His Holy Spirit!

Romans 8:9 But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)

Now let the power of Christ in you lead you and help bring you through and overcome every challenge you face as you grow in your Spiritual relationship.

Be brave, be confident and open your heart and your life to Him. Let Him be your source of life, every breath, every thought and every thing you do. Yes, it will always be a challenge and you will fail, sometimes everyday (as the enemy in this world snares us in our human nature). So turn to the power in you!

You will find His Message for You is often about a Spiritual relationship. The foundation for a Christian life. In faith, He will illuminate your understanding of our human nature and the life He is leading you to and through (and why).

You will find in His Message, Paul shares about to types of Christians. Some who have accepted Christ, but are living this life under their own effort. They get caught up in material gains and perceive them as blessings and the enemy is quick to snare them in their own pride.

These are Carnal Christians:

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in the Christian life. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready, for you are still controlled by your sinful nature. You are jealous of one another and quarrel with each other. Doesn’t that prove you are controlled by your sinful nature? Aren’t you living like people of the world?

Carnal simply means “fleshly.” The carnal Christian has accepted Christ as their savior at some point, but their life is driven by their own needs and desires. They may have Christian characteristics, but His Holy Spirit in them is suppressed by them not knowing or even resisting the Ministry He desires (or direct and conscious disobedience to His Message and His desires).

The Spiritual person is living with Christ as the center of their life. You care more about the desires of His Spirit that drives you then your own gain. You care more about others then yourself. You care not about how others see you, but how they see Christ in you. Yes, it is true, you will not be sinless and will still face problems and temptations every day. Even more so as the enemy will focus even more effort to distract you. However, now you trust Christ with every detail of your life, every problem, every challenge every decision. You are compelled to please Christ and you do not expect or need approval of others.

You are a bold and brave “Spiritual Christian”:

1 Corinthians 2:15 The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment…

You are distinguished from the carnal nature and separated from the Carnal christian because you rely on and trust Christ’s power to live as a Christian. The carnal Christian relies on their own power.

I promise you, and I know this personally and had to learn it several times, trying to live a worldly carnal life as a Christian is as difficult as running up a mountain, backwards with your eyes closed. You will never make it to the top. Even worse, you may believe your are making it to the top, claiming blessings, but in pride and arrogance and by your own sinful nature you pursue material gains, disregard the needs of many who are closest to you, find yourself jealous of others, go from house to house talking behind others backs and quarreling with others……. SNAP! Snared by the enemy – carnal.

You will recognize this instantly, now! You will grow away from the carnal world (and this may seem painful or that you are giving up things, but remember, do not get snared by the temptations of the material world). Your friends will change, your life will move in a different direction, you will accept this because you are living with Christ in you. He is the one changing you. You cannot receive a greater blessing then to have the All Mighty, All Powerful, Ever Living, Ever Giving, Gracious, Merciful God living in you. Yes, you can change and your life will be far better then you ever imagined.

His Message shares you should be “led” by His Spirit. This means you learn to follow (obey) His Message. Allowing His Holy Spirit to lead you will allow God to bless you. His Way, His Plan “..on earth as it is in Heaven”.

You can choose to let Him lead you!

Or, you can choose to let this carnal world (and the enemy) control your life, where you will always be anxious about the future. You will always be driven to instant gratification or to follow your own desires over Christ’s.

Choose Christ. Choose His Holy Spirit. Choose God! When you let the Holy Spirit into your life, He controls your thoughts and your actions. You will be blessed with the ability not to hate, worry, or be afraid. With the Holy Spirit in you there is no room for such negative carnal emotions.

You will find yourself taking a moment to rest (remember again “rest” from above) and He will help you not to act thoughtlessly and to do what Christ want’s you to.

Ephesians 5:17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

His Message tells us these are the fruits of a Christ-centered life:

Galatians 5:22-23 …the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control…

Indeed, living a Spiritual relationship with His Holy Spirit in your life is by choice.

You can live your life going to church, spending time with other Christians and having the Bible close to you, and not be filled with the Holy Spirit or walking in His Spirit. By your own decision and choice you “breathe” the power and control of the Holy Spirit in your life, daily.

Prayer (remember the “rest” above) enables the control of; and your desire to; follow His Holy Spirit.

You can open the door for the Holy Spirit to work through you each and every day with a simple prayer:

The Lord’s Prayer

Remember as well, Christ sees everything in your heart and your life and is praying for you!

I often pray this prayer and you may find it helpful:

A new start in Life!

After you pray these prayers the Holy Spirit fills you and is in control. You may not feel it, but you know it. God’s word is true and you have faith in His Message of Truth. Some may believe a religious experience will occur, and for some it may, but God promises with just our decision of faith and believing His Message, His Word in the Bible, is His desire. He will illuminate your understanding of His Message and He will share His Message through you.

Let the control of the Holy Spirit bring you through every moment of your life!

Avoid the traps of this carnal world (set by the enemy). Let the Holy Spirit help you not to disobey His Message.

Do not be the person who lives in pride and is always wanting things their way. Reluctant to give God control of your finances and thinking; “I’ve worked hard for my money, it’s mine”. Refusing to give God control of your relationships; why forgive that person when it’s really their fault? Not giving God control of your personal morality; that’s nobody’s business but my own. That’s pride. (Know this, God sees everything, even the things hidden in your heart.)

His Message tells us:

Proverbs 3:34 He [God] mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble

Do not be afraid!

Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare…

Do not be afraid to do what His Holy Spirit is touching your heart to do or what other people may think. Yes, we often feel we cannot do it or we will look like fools if we did. However, this may be exactly what God want’s you to do! For the Christ-centered Christian, you, he usually does!

Proverbs 29:25 also tells you: but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

You Spiritual relationship gives you the approval of God over any person in this world. Yes, your life will be different than others, but you already know, it is worth it. He promised you, you believe Him!

Each day is new start in life and there will be new challenges and you will find yourself giving into the temptations and carnal desires of this world.

You may find yourself falling and praying many times throughout each day. This is not spiritual weakness; this is His Holy Spirit helping you breathe spiritually. This is “Spiritual breathing.” and is His way of helping you open the door to His control and blessings.

When you Spiritually “exhale” you pray to Christ as soon as you recognize your failure. (Remember, He is actually the one in you, that made you recognize the failure!) You know you have placed yourself in a position, in this world, where Christ is not first. By praying and “exhaling,” you are acknowledging your faith and claiming the forgiveness that is yours through Christ’s Salvation.

Then, breathe in!!!! Inhaling is calling His Holy Spirit to fill you immediately and to again be the head of your life. Christ never leaves you when you sin. But when you have stray or fall from His leading, you are separating yourself from Him. With Spiritual breathing you are getting back up and following His direction. You are growing to trust Him. As with any maturing relationship this takes time. You now have the continuous encouragement of God to get back and continue to grow in faith; and Spiritual maturity.

In this world you will always be tempted and exposed to the attacks of the enemy; sinlessness comes when you are called home to heaven. As you mature in a relationship with Him, you learn to see life from His perspective and will grow to sin less and to win over temptation.

Remember to breathe Spiritually and find His way out! You will do this forever from this point in your life. Remember, you have to breathe to live, Amen!

You now understand the difference between a carnal Christian and a Spiritual Christian (which you are). You are now learning to understand your level of Spiritual maturity. Know this, God has a plan for each of us. Each will have a different path. Some of us will be great pastors, some will be great ministers, some will be great church goers and some, will always just be children, new to Christ. This is His Way, His Will, His plan.

A new Christian has choices – carnal or Spiritual. If you are new, and this could be a few months to a few years, know you’re still a “young” Christian. You are not carnal, just young.

Stay strong in your faith. Be bold in your choices and follow the direction of His Holy Spirit in you and trust His power will change you, mature you and then you are exactly where God wants you to be.

As I have matured Spiritually, God has blessed me with the illumination to not compare myself with others, or other Christians, first I simply follow the direction He places on my heart and in my mind. Then I simply enjoying being a Christian. He does what He desires through me. Just as He provides this message though my fingers for you, yes, His Message for you. All of His Word, by Him, from Him, for you.

Father, bless your new Christians with patience and an understanding of maturing with Your Holy Spirit in them. Protect us all from the carnal nature of this world and remind us to breathe “spiritually” daily and often to keep You first in our lives and helping us grow and mature in our relationship with You!

In Your wonderful Name, God our Father, Christ Lord Jesus, blessed Holy Spirit we pray in faith. Amen

Step #3 – Start your new Life right!

You may have known about God early in your life or this may be your first experience with Christ in your life. Perhaps you do not attend church or understand His message in the Bible. God knows this. He knows your heart and is delighted you have chosen a new Life (Step #1) and you know this new Life is forever! (Step #2).

Amen, you are…..

He will now bless you with the ability to better understand His Messages. To know Him more and more each new day. He will help you understand His Message in the Bible. Especially, the New Testament, which provides the message He desires we each understand, today.

Now, today, you will realize a few basic ways to know Christ is leading you as a new Christian. Yes, it’s that simple!

He will speak to you often:

You accepted Christ in faith and it is that faith that allows you to know the Bible is God’s Word.

2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

You may be wondering how and when God will talk to you. He reveals His Message for You in the Bible. There are various versions or translations available today and God will speak to you through one of them, and you will know it when it happens! The New Living Version (NLV), the New International Version (NIV) and The Message are providing His Message in simple terms.

Now that you have taken the bold steps to think, make a choice, recognize the benefits, and accept your new Life, you are well on your way to understanding the meaning of Life!

You will find Christ will speak to you when you read His Message for You in the Bible. Start with the book of John in the new testament. John explains the fundamental way God talks directly to you.

John 1-5 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He (Christ) existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

You now have His “Light” in you!

God shares His Message for You through John and after reading His Word you will know how to hear Christ, how to hear all of His messages for you and how to live your new life. He shares how you can set your mind and actions to hear Christ and just as important how to prevent all the distractions that can limit your ability to understand His message. Only God’s blessing can provide peace, joy, health and happiness and He speaks through John to point out areas in your life to change so you can receive His blessings and hear His Message.

You will hear and understand how much God loves you!

1 John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

You are now hearing His Message and you know you are an entirely new person because you have accepted Christ Jesus as your personal Savior and the Lord in your Life.

Ephesians 1:3-14 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago. The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him.

Now that you can hear God, you can talk to Him!

Start each day, and throughout the day, pray! That’s right, hearing Christ and speaking with Him is an essential part of your relationship with Him.

You will know and be amazed by His Love for you:

Hebrews 13:5 …I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.

You will know you can trust Him and He will always keep His promises:

Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind.

Titus 1:2 This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.

Hebrews 6:18 So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.

Your Spiritual relationship with God makes it possible for you to pray and talk to Him at any time. Going to church (is well and good) but is not necessary to speak to Him and to hear His Message for You. He is in you and hears your prayers immediately, so pray and share your every thought, concern and interest with Him.

Psalm 62:8 O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

You may be new to prayer and talking to God. You may not be sure how to pray, so Christ provided a simple prayer to bring you closer to God and this will help you begin to open up to Him.

God is loving, good, kind, understanding, gracious, patient, merciful and giving. He shares His Message for You in Psalms to let you know how special you are to Him and the blessings you will experience in your new life.

Be open with Him and He will free you from your feelings of guilt, anxiety, pain and confusion.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Pray for others as well. Share with God their names, their issues and precisely what you know God will do for them. Declare it in Jesus’s Name. Remember, He is in you now and you have the power of Him, who is in you!

1 John 5:14-15 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him. And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

Meet and talk to people who know God as you do!

Your Life has changed now and will continue to change. Fellowship with others that have accepted Christ into their lives will help you grow in your relationship with Him. You will make new friendships and enjoy life in new ways.

Acts 2:46-47 They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity – all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.

Share His Message for You with others!

You will immediately recognize God’s blessings when you encourage others with positive messages to help them know what you know.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”

You will find you have a desire to share the good news about your new life and your Spiritual relationship. The forgiveness you received and the incredible Love that is now in your life. Some may not be as excited as you, but over time, they will see something in you they want. They will not be sure why, but they will. This is God’s way. You are His messenger. He will open up opportunities for you to share His Message. Pray for these opportunities each and every day.

Share His Message each and every day.

Father, thank you for blessing us with our new life and for leading us as we start each new day growing in our Spiritual relationship with you. Bless us with the courage and desire to share Your Message because we know You will bless us by answering our prayers when we do this for You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Step #2 – Know your new life is forever!

“You accepted Me, I live in you”

Yes, your new life, your new relationship with Christ is forever! We know relationships come and go; friends, marriages, and even close family members. It is reasonable for us, being new to our relationship with Christ, to wonder if this will last.

Now, in your new relationship with God and when you keep Him first in your life, you have accepted Him as your Father and He has accepted you as His child. His love for you is never ending:

Hebrews 13:5 …“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”

Establishing this relationship (see Step #1) is done this one time, in an instant! We do not have to prove it, work for it are fight to keep it. The moment you accepted Christ in faith, God accepted you.

Romans 3:22-24 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.

It’s time to…..

Think about this and look what God shares about you before you accepted Christ:

You are against God

Romans 5:10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son.

You are helpless

Romans 5:6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.

You are a sinner

Romans 5:8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

You are lost

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.

You are poor

Revelation 3:17 You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

You are not able to see (or understand)

2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.

You are under God’s judgment (see The Meaning of Life for a complete message of His judgment.)

John 3:36 And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.

You are dead, because of your sin

Ephesians 2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins

You are foolish and a slave to your passions

Titus 3:3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.

You have evil behaviors

Colossians 1:21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.

You are distant from God

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

You do not have hope

Ephesians 2:12 Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.

You are living in darkness

John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Amen! Now that you have accepted Christ and a Spiritual relationship with Him, God tells us this:

You have peace with God!

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

You are God’s child!

John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God

You are forgiven! (for all your sin; before, now, and forever!)

Colossians 1:14 …in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins

You are close to God!

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

You are walking with His Holy Spirit in you!

Ephesians 1:13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit

You are living in light, not darkness!

Ephesians 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

You are in His Kingdom!

Colossians 1:13,14 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

God loves you!

1 John 4:9,10 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.

You will live forever!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God’s love is your protection and security!

Romans 8:38,39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God’s grace is forever upon you!

Ephesians 2:8,9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

Christ is in your heart, you are walking in His Spirit!

Ephesians 3:17 …so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

God chose you!

Ephesians 1:4,5 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love crossed from death to life he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will

As God’s love that crossed from death to life when he predestined you for adoption, so to do you when you believe in Christ, you cross over from death to Life!

John 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.

Amen, you are alive in and one with Christ!

Ephesians 2:15 …by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace

God now sees you as His righteous one!

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Yes, it’s that simple – forevermore, Christ will be lead you with all of His passion, care, love and protection!

John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

Christ Jesus proclaimed His Message for You!

John 6:37 All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.

John 10:28-30 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.

Amen, forever in His loving hands, you are secure!

Now you know your new Life, your new Spiritual relationship with Christ Jesus is forever and your life will change as He pours out His blessings upon you (simply for accepting Him). You can stand firm and be confident as you experience His change in your life.

Philippians 1:6 Further being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Jesus carried your sins to death and when you accept this and accept Him as your savior, you have turned your life over to Him and He has accepted you. He then gives you the same victory to overcome sin with His full forgiveness, this instant and forevermore.

Your new Spiritual relationship is secure, not by what you do, but by God’s Grace and Jesus’ victory over death. Christ paid for your relationship with Him, overcoming the penalty of sin that was blocking your relationship with God. you are His child, blessed, forgiven, joined with Him, declared righteous in His eyes, because Christ Jesus already paid the cost of your sin. Yes, you will fall and sin. Often find yourself choosing to do things our way and not God’s way. By God’s Grace, this does not change the security of your Spiritual relationship with Christ. You can stand firm in this relationship, because of what God says:

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus overcame sin and death by returning to life and this is our Salvation! This is a freely given gift from God and is received once by faith. Yes, it’s that simple! At that moment you have a new Spiritual relationship with God that is yours forever.

Your relationship with Christ does not depend on personal holiness, levels of faith, sacrifices, good works or religious rituals. God is not expecting you to focus on looking holy or religious, He desires you to focus on Jesus and His Message for You. Jesus will then lead you and His character will be seen by others in you. This is how others see and find God. Through you!

Your Spiritual relationship is very different than those in this world. Your relationship with God, sealed for eternity, is because He led you (by His plan for you from the start of time) into this relationship.

In your new Spiritual relationship (and Life) you will know He is faithful and will keep His promises of blessings and eternal life:

1 Corinthians 1:9 says “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

We know Christ Jesus has touched your heart and you will make a move!

In Christ Jesus’ Name, and in thanks for God’s Grace, we pray together in faith. Amen

Step #1: A new life for you, now!

“Stand in the  light, in Me”

You may be wondering: “Is there a better life?” “If I pray, will my prayers be heard and answered?” “If I simply acknowledge that I believe will things change?” “How do I know?” “Do I have to go to church?” “Do I have to practice religious rituals?” “Do I have to live a perfect life?”

The first step to change your life is simple, and there is only one thing to do, know God. Yes, it’s that simple. Once you know Him, you have established the one and only thing He desires from you. A spiritual relationship with Him. He is the only one who makes it possible for you to have a relationship with Him. He did this for you, on His own, by His own Grace and freely given to you. It is not by what you do, or can do, it is because of what He has done for you.

Revelation 3:20 “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in…”

Simply take a second, right now, and “open the door”. Open your heart and believe, He will take it from there.

John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

Listen to Glorious Day while you read!

God went to incredible lengths to show you how to have a spiritual relationship with Him. He made this possible through Jesus and by displaying His characteristics of God to you in Jesus: humility; servanthood; self-sacrificing love; compassion; sympathy; and righteousness are a few.

Anyone with these characteristics is someone all of us would love to know, or have as a best friend. Knowing He was such a wonderful person and knowing Jesus “allowed” himself to be condemned and sacrificed, we have to ask –

Why would He do that?

Because God, through Jesus, made a way for us to have a relationship with Him. The world and the way of man, being corrupt, make it hard for you to know how to have a relationship with Him. You are born into this corruptness, and on your own, will never be able to overcome the challenges of this world unless you have a spiritual relationship with Him. Knowing He was such an incredible person, who would not want to have a relationship with Him?

Jesus came to earth to show you how much God loves you. He allowed himself to be sacrificed to show you that He will do anything for you and that when you believe in Him, in His sacrifice for you, you will realize how much He loves you. Not only that, He said in this sacrifice, He is taking the corruptness you were born into, the sins you have experienced and will experience, to death on the cross with Him.

When we believe He took our sins (from before, now, and forever) He is covering us with His righteousness.

Furthermore, after He died on the cross and your sins died with Him, He came back!!!! That’s right, He overcame this world and the sin in the world by returning from death! Knowing and believing in His return; is our Salvation. This is what He has given you! He did this so you would know that when you believe in what He did for you, you will immediately have a spiritual relationship with Him. You will be fully forgiven and fully accepted by Him.

What man would do this? None, only God would. God sent Jesus, God was in Jesus, Jesus was God.

Believe in Him now and your new life begins immediately!

1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”

John 6:37 “All that the Father gives me will come to me; and him who comes to me I will not cast out.”

John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand…”

As you accept Jesus and open your heart to Him, you now have a Spiritual relationship with God!

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 1:12 “to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.”

Colossians 1:13-14 “He has delivered us from the dominion of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Acts 10:43 “To him all the prophets bear witness that every one who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Ephesians 1:7-8 “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us.”

1 John 4:9-10 “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.”

1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son of God has not life. I write this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.”

You can do this now, this instant, simply pray for “My new start in Life

You have now received His Holy Spirit!

Ephesians 1:13 “In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”

You will now begin to realize God’s love for you! You are now in a Spiritual relationship with Him!

Take just a moment and think about the issues you have that brought you to this message. Then know, He is now in you!

John 15:7-11 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

Now you will begin to mature and grow in your Spiritual relationship with God. Receive His Message for You daily and know His Word. Pray often throughout the day and ask Him to reveal more of Himself to you and mature in your relationship with Him.

Remember you have been completely, totally, and fully forgiven for your sins of the past and any you may experience in the future so you can speak with Him openly and any time, without worry, guilt or anxiousness.

Philippians 4:6-7 “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Father, bless You and thank You for saving all of us who have received Your Message and Your Holy Spirit today. We know the first step to a better life is to establish the foundation of Your Love in our life. To receive You and know You have accepted us, forgiven us and blessed us with everlasting life. We know You will pour out Your blessings upon us in this life… “on earth as it is in Heaven” because we now have You in us. This is a glorious day!!!

In Christ Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen

Some thoughts for this weekend!

Heaven on earth!

We will happily take a free ballgame ticket! We will almost always take a free dinner ticket! Indeed, these days, we will take most anything offered to us that is free!!!

We also accept well wishes, happy greetings, pats on the backs for our generosity or service. Which is gratitude from others for our own graciousness. Which is really the way we should view all of these things, these gifts, yes from people, but really from the fundamental essence of all goodness, which is Grace.

Many of the things are obtained through or by an effort, service or work, but none the less, these things are all by Grace, between caring and loving people. Yes love, Grace is love.

Would you like to receive something today that is free and that will overwhelm you with comfort and joy? It is very easy to do! God’s Grace, His Love, is available to you now, this instance!!

Given to you by God’s Favor. Not for any effort, work, thought, desire or prayer of your own. You have it. Now! It is for you absolutely free.

Romans 1:5 “It is through Him that we have received grace (God’s unmerited favor) and [our] apostleship to promote obedience to the faith and make disciples for His name’s sake among all the nations”

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”

God is always more than enough. No matter what is on your “plate of life”, God will empower you with His grace!

2 Thessalonians 1:2 “May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace”

God has Grace in store for you every single day

Matthew 6:11 “Give us this day our daily bread”

In this day and age, many people are worried about their future. They live stressed out, wondering, and asking:
“What’s going to happen if I get laid off?”
“How am I going to handle it if my loved one doesn’t make it?”
Or, “My parents are getting older. How can I take care of them and my own family as well?”

Amen, just ask….

A miracle will be yours, instantly God’s grace is going to be there. Now and at every stage of your life to help you do whatever you need to do. Amen

1 Corinthians 15:10 “But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out His special favor on me — and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by His grace

Father, thank You for Your grace and for empowering us every day to fulfill Your purposes. Keep us close to You and teach us to trust as we walk with You one day at a time.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen

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