How The Lord Came Into My Life
Two homeless men lived in New York City. Often they were hungry. One day one of them found a few loaves of bread behind a church where there had apparently been some kind of get-together with plenty of food and quite a bit left over. The man who found the bread knew his friend needed something to eat, so he sought him out and told him where to find the bread. The two of them had quite a feast.
In a sense I am like the man who found the food. I got something wonderful from the Lord and I would like you to have it also.
In another sense, I am like the friend. God provided people to tell me where to find the bread I needed.
John 6:35: And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Jesus was and is the bread I needed and that you need.
When I was 43 years old, I went through a few very unhappy months. Perhaps like a mid-life crisis. I awoke to the fact that many of my dreams weren*t coming true. Many of my plans for my life just weren*t happening. And the worst thing was that it was too late. There was no hope that I would ever accomplish them. I had a lovely wife, a sweet daughter that adored me, a good job, a comfortable home, two cars (both paid for) and many other good things. But those things didn*t make me happy as I thought they should. I was overwhelmed with feelings of weakness and helplessness over what I didn*t have and couldn*t get. I did not know that the only thing that could satisfy me was to have Jesus Christ in my heart and life.
Jeremiah 31:14: . . . and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.
Donald Grey Barnhouse:
There is no satisfying the restless craving of the man without God.
Oh God, thou hast formed us for Thyself; and our souls can know no rest until they rest in Thee.
Salvation really was an intrusion into my life as it is for everyone. It*s not something that we seek on our own. As a wonderful hymn says . . . he sought me and bought me with his redeeming blood. . . That hymn is Biblical.
Romans 3:10-11: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Luke 19:10: For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Boy was I lost!!
At that time, God provided a Radio Preacher who gave me exactly the message from the Lord that I needed. I had heard the plan of salvation (which I shall share with you later in this letter) before that time, but had never acted on it or given myself to Him. The message was based on Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
He pointed out that even the faith is a gift from God. He made an analogy with open-heart surgery. A person who needs it can*t do it for Himself. All he can do is be sick enough to need it. And trust that physician to do it. I knew there was something that I could not do for myself and only the Lord could do it. At the end of that radio message, I asked the Lord to do that thing for me, without fully understanding what it was. I only knew that the Lord was going to change me. For the first time in my life I was really trusting Him . . . and it worked!
The Lord has made many changes in me and in my life, too many to mention here. For one thing, the Bible (the word of God) used to bore me or annoy me. I didn*t really understand it. Now, a day without reading some of it is a miserable day. Thank the Lord I haven*t had one of those days for years.
I used to be angered by certain words and phrases from the Bible -- now I love them. Born again in John 3:3 used to bother me -- now I read it and think WOW that*s what He did for me!
Saved in Romans 10:9 used to make me mad -- now I read and think WOW that*s what He did for me!
We know that we have passed from death unto life, . . . in 1 John 3:14 used to puzzle me. WOW that*s what He did for me!
. . . kept by the power of God . . . in 1 Peter 1:5 meant nothing to me -- WOW that*s what He does for me!
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, . . . in 1 John 1:9. I didn*t believe it. WOW that*s what He does for me!
We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. I could only wish for that. WOW that*s what He is going to do to me!
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18. I found no comfort here. WOW that*s when He is coming for me!
Friend -- I know the Lord would like to do all these things and more for you! He says so in 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is . . . not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
In Luke 12:31-32 Jesus says this: But rather, seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father*s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
You must believe that you are a sinner.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
What we deserve because of our sin is death -- eternal separation from God. What we can have is eternal life -- now and forever in heaven with God. You must choose. Not choosing equals choosing death.
Romans 5:8: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus was separated from God on our behalf, he paid the penalty for our sin for us, so that when we receive Him we need not suffer that eternal separation, but can have the free gift of eternal life. Do you want that?
Romans 10:13: Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
That is a prayer. The word whosoever includes you.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, (Jesus) to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:
Would you like to do that?
Would you like to have the Lord in your life just now?
O taste and see that the Lord is good: Psalms 34:8.
If you would, pray this prayer or one like it: Dear God, thank you that you love me. Thank you that Jesus died for my sin. Forgive my sins. Lord Jesus, I receive you as my Saviour. I trust you now to come into my heart and take control of my life.
If you have trusted the Lord and been changed by Him, I would love to hear about it -- Ron
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