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.”
Yesterday, we celebrated my husband’s 32nd spiritual birthday. On February 8, 1981, Jeff surrendered his life to Jesus, and at the same time he received eternal life, Jeff was instantaneously delivered from the bondage of alcoholism. Now thirty-two years later, our family is a living testimony of God’s amazing love and forgiveness. Last Saturday, we also celebrated our oldest granddaughter’s 5th spiritual birthday, by taking her to one of her favorite KC restaurants. I had the wonderful opportunity of praying with Ella to receive Jesus when she was four years old. Then, this past Sunday, we held our 5th annual Fletcher Family Legacy Day (click-on link above to learn about Family Legacy Day.) Jennifer, our oldest daughter, led our family with an amazing devotional, speaking about the theme verse, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:1-2). Jen passionately elaborated on the fact that so often we forfeit our rest in God, by living a life that replaces our true rest in God with “stuff.” In our culture today, “stuff” can include spending too much time on social media, along with other forms of busyness, such as running from one activity to the next. Bottom line, our true rest comes only from God and resting in the assurance of knowing His Son Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, and then living a life that exemplifies this rest. Ways to insure our rest in God alone: Spending quiet time with Jesus, reading His Word, praying, sharing our faith in Christ with others, and resting in knowing that God loves us.
I praise God for His great love for me and our family, and for His salvation that is found in Christ alone. This peace-filled rest can be yours today, by believing that God loves you and desires to have a personal relationship with you, through His Son, Jesus. Not “just” believing, because the Bible says that even the demons believe, and shudder, but you won’t see demons in heaven (James 2:19). One must receive Jesus as the Lord of their life. Here’s a simple prayer that you can pray, to receive Jesus into your heart and life.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner, and haven’t been living a life that pleases you. Please forgive me of my sins. I do believe that you sent Jesus to die for me on a cross, and I also believe that on the third day, He was raised from the grave, and He is now preparing a place for me in heaven. I love you Lord, and I want you to be my personal Savior. Please help me to live a life that pleases you. Thank you for loving me so much, that you sent your one and only Son to die for me.
Once you have said this prayer or one similar (in your own words, and from your heart), you are now a child of God and have received eternal life.
What to do next: 1. Find a Bible teaching church, so you can grow in your new faith in Christ. 2. Share your salvation experience with your family and friends. 3. Begin reading your Bible daily. Start by reading the Gospel of John. 4. Spend time talking to God–daily. 4. Surround yourself with other Christians. 5. Avoid those things in your life that cause you to stumble and can lead you to sin against God.
Remember growing as a Christian is a lot like growing as a new-born baby. First the baby craves his mother’s milk, then as his body begins to grow, he requires a heartier diet of nutrients found in meats, vegetables, and fruits. After those first few baby steps….he starts to run, peddle a tricycle, drive a car, ..and so on it goes, until the child is fully grown. As a babe in Christ, you will begin to crave “spiritual milk,” (God’s Word) so that by it you may grow up in your salvation (1 Peter 2:1-3). When you first receive Christ, you are “born again.” To learn more about the term “born again,” read the story of Nicodemus in John 3:1-21. Begin to grow as a babe in Christ by digesting pure spiritual milk, God’s Word….then as God’s Word gets into your heart and mind, you will begin to crave more of the nutrients that will help you to become fully mature in Christ. Of course, this is a life-long process, which will ultimately be complete when we meet Jesus face to face.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
Find rest in God alone!