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 Do you believe in magic? Many people treat God as if he were a magic wand or  a genie in a bottle.  But God is not a magic wand. You can pray to Him, but the outcome of what you pray for depends on if He thinks your request will be good for you, for the people around you, or if it will glorify His name and show people who He is. 


When I was younger, I put God to the test in a Sunday school class.  The teacher asked if there was anything that we would like God to do for us, because He can do the impossible.  I asked Him to free my sister from an addiction to crack/cocaine and to bring her to the same church that I was attending at that time.  Within about a week, my sister came to that church and gave her life over to Jesus (the Biblical Jesus, not the Jesus of someone's religion).  This was a true miracle happening before my eyes.  I began to see just how much God loves people.  The day after I saw my sister at the alter, God began the process of revealing himself to me. 


  There is no limit to God's love for you. Yet there are principles that we need to understand about God's love for us, about His Laws that reveal His master plan for our lives, and about how a relationship with Him works. It isn't a book that you have to buy or a far away journey to a mystic place. There are four basic laws that explain this to us and you will find them right here. These laws made perfect sense to me because of what I saw happen to my family and myself after applying them to my life. What happened to my sister in this story is a result of God's love for everyone.  It was never a set of religious rules or traditions that saved her, but His incomprehensible, unfathomable, supernatural love, that has no boundaries. 


Four Spiritual Laws

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Just as there are physical laws that govern
the physical universe, so are there spiritual laws
that govern your relationship with God.

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God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

God's Love
"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" (John 3:16, NIV).

God's Plan
[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly"
[that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10).

Why is it that most people are not experiencing that abundant life?

Because...

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Man is sinful and separated from God.
Therefore, he cannot know and experience
God's love and plan for his life.

Man is Sinful
"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn
self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken.
This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion or passive indifference,
is an evidence of what the Bible calls sin.

Man Is Separated
"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23).

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This diagram illustrates that God is holy and man is sinful. A great gulf separates the two. The arrows illustrate that man is continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through his own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion

-but he inevitably fails.



The third law explains the only way to bridge this gulf...

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Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin.
Through Him you can know and experience
God's love and plan for your life.

He Died In Our Place
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

He Rose from the Dead
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... He was raised on the third day,
according to the Scriptures... He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve.
After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6).

He Is the Only Way to God
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to
the Father but through Me'" (John 14:6).

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This diagram illustrates that God has bridged the gulf that separates us from Him by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross in our place to pay the penalty for our sins.



It is not enough just to know these three laws...

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We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord;
then we can know and experience God's love and plan for our lives.

We Must Receive Christ
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children
of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12).

We Receive Christ Through Faith
"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God; not as result of works that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
(Read John 3:1-8.)

We Receive Christ Through Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20).

Receiving Christ involves turning to God from self (repentance) and trusting
Christ to come into our lives to forgive our sins and to make us what He wants us to be.
Just to agree intellectually that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross
for our sins is not enough. Nor is it enough to have an emotional experience.
We receive Jesus Christ by faith, as an act of the will.

These two circles represent two kinds of lives:

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Self-Directed Life

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Self is on the throne

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-Christ is outside the life

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Interests are directed by self, often 

resulting in discord and frustration

Christ-Directed Life

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-Christ is in the life and on the throne

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Self is yielding to Christ,

resulting in harmony with God's plan

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-Interests are directed by Christ,

resulting in harmony with God's plan

Which circle best represents your life?
Which circle would you like to have represent your life?


The following explains how you can receive Christ:

You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer
(Prayer is talking with God)

God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude
of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.
Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this
prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

If you prayed this prayer, I would like to invite you to contact us either by calling us directly or through our email link.  We would like to send you a gift to get you started on your journey with the Lord and would like to pray for your needs with you. If you have any other questions please join us in our Starting Place Forum*


 

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