12.20.15 When are you going to say yes to Jesus?
How long must He wait before you say yes? That's all He desires is to hear you say yes Lord.
Saying Yes! to Jesus is very simple and, at the same time, is very profound. As Pastor Wayne Cordeiro often says, it is the most eternal decision you will ever make. Saying Yes! starts with a person's desire to know God in a personal way. The Bible says that we can be in God's family, adopted as His sons and daughters; like any parent, He wants to be a part of your life.
Once you know your heart is turning to God and you want that relationship to be strong, saying Yes! is as simple as making that declaration. The Bible says it this way - "If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord, you will be saved." Very simple.
Saying Yes! means you acknowledge that you have fallen short of righteousness and God's example of holiness; we call that sin. Then, you believe and confess (say) that Jesus paid for all sins by His death on the cross, and you want His payment to be applied to your life. You have repented (changed your mind, turned and started going back toward God), confessed and believed. That's all it takes to become a child of God, a part of God's family. It is the beginning of a lifelong journey to become more like God, to love Him fully and to live the life you were created to have. Welcome to the family of God!
The most important question that you ever need to answer is, “Do I belong to Christ?” If you belong to Christ, all of God’s promises are “yes” for you in Him (2 Cor. 1:20). If you belong to Christ, you are reconciled to God, your sins are all forgiven, you can enjoy fellowship with Him every day, and you know that if you were to die today, you would be with the Lord in the glory of heaven forever.
So, do you belong to Christ? You may say, “Yes, I invited Jesus into my heart at Vacation Bible School when I was a child.” I’m glad to hear that, but do you belong to Christ? “Yes, I prayed the sinner’s prayer after a campus worker shared the Four Spiritual Laws with me in college.” That’s fine, but do you belong to Christ? “Yes, the worker told me that if I prayed that prayer, I could be assured that I’m going to heaven.” Really? Where does the Bible say that praying a prayer will get you into heaven? You need to make sure that you belong to Christ based on what the Bible says.
One of Paul’s main reasons for writing Romans 8 was to give assurance to us who believe in Jesus Christ that we belong to Him for time and eternity. He begins with the most wonderful statement imaginable (Rom. 8:1), “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Then he explains (8:2), “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.” The new life that the Holy Spirit imparts frees you from the condemnation that resulted from your sin. Jesus, God’s eternal Son, bore the penalty that the law demanded, so that its requirement of perfect righteousness is met in Him (8:3-4 a).
You are in the Spirit if the Spirit of God dwells in you, which is a mark of everyone who belongs to Christ (Romans 8:9).
IT IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO HAVE THE SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLING IN YOU, BECAUSE IF YOU DO NOT, YOU DO NOT BELONG TO CHRIST.
Jesus’ opening words to him were (John 3:3), “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” He went on to say (John 3:7), “Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” Peter spoke of the same thing (1 Pet. 1:3): “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (see, also James 1:18; Titus 3:4-6). So when we are born again, the Holy Spirit imparts new life to us and takes up residence in us. Thus it is a matter of spiritual life or death to have the Spirit of God dwelling in you or not.
Without Christ, life is grim and futile. As the bumper sticker says, “Life is tough and then you die.” Even if you make it to 100, so what? But if you belong to Christ, no matter when you die you have the certain hope that the God who raised Jesus from the dead will raise you through His Spirit who dwells in you.
So let today be the day of your salvation, God is waiting for you.
Lord I come to You thanking You for my salvation. I love being a part of Your family. Lord please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love You. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.