Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Golden Calves

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A waiting period could be a pleasant experience of restful and blessed assurance or it could be a stressful one filled with doubts and impatience ; depending on the value which one has placed on the expected  persons ,  promises , benefits or the desired thing which one is waiting for .
Any excellent  and desirable person or thing is worth waiting for .
A person who has proved that his word ( promise ) is his honour which he would keep to the letter ; is worth depending on and worth waiting for .

The people of Israel were camped at the foot of Mount Sinai as they awaited  the return of Moses who had gone up the mountain summoned by God to receive further instructions about how Israel should proceed on their journey.
Obeying divine instructions had been the condition for sustaining Israel's continual walk with God and for actualising His promises to them , being a peculiar people ,God's own nation which was distinct among all the other races  .
Before leaving them to go up to the Mount , Moses had told the people why he was embarking on that trip and they agreed to do all what God told Moses. Exodus 24:3.
Moses had gone up the mount with Aaron, Nadab, Abihu and seventy other elders of Israel. At a point on the mount, Moses only was permitted to proceed near to God ; but Aaron and the others were instructed to worship God from afar off. Exodus 24:1,2.
Even at that distant point up there on Mount Sinai, these leaders enjoyed the unusual privilege of seeing God and t
hey had a glorious time in God's presence.

 Then in that steam, they returned to the base camp .
" And they saw the God of Israel.... And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink".
Exodus 24: 9-11 .
When expected promises take too long to materialise and the long wait for answers to prayers seems endless and in vain then doubts and impatience would fill the vacuum.
Impatience births doubt , frustration and desperation which lead to error and sin.
Israel had waited for Moses' return for forty days and nights with no sighting of him and no messages from God. 
Then the multitude became impatient and fearful for their future 
In their state of ingratitude , they forgot all their past victories and the glorious miracles which God had wrought for them all the way from Egypt.

The turn of events whereby Israel , led by Aaron and their other leaders actually decided to help themselves by making a golden calf which they bowed down before in worship, as they danced, sang and played; is amazing by all accounts!

" When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”
2. So Aaron said to them, “Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” 
3So all the people took off the rings of gold that were in their ears and brought them to Aaron.
4 And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden[ calf. 

And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!”
5When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.”
6 And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play ". 
Exodus 32:1-6. 
The reaction of anyone reading this narration of Israel's blunder would be;
 "How on earth could Israel do THAT ?"
Were these idolaters the same Israelites and their leaders , the chosen people of God , who all had witnessed the awesome miracles wrought by God's power right from the moment when Moses first stood before Pharaoh to utter the audacious demand , "Let my people go and worship me in the wilderness!" ?; then they saw the spectacular displays of unusual miracles at the Red Sea and as they went on their God ordained journey to the Promised land?
After all said and done for Israel by God , how could these people commit the monstrous atrocities of gathering  their precious ornaments to make a golden calf and then actually bow down before it !?

This great blunder was a collective agreement by the leaders and the led.
 Aaron and the other leaders were in charge of the people during Moses' absence.
The same leaders who saw God on the Mount failed in their duties as mentors to the restless Israelites when the people became ungrateful , impatient and filled with doubts to the extent of demanding for Aaron to make a golden-calf god.
The Bible did not say whether Aaron used all or whether he used a fraction of the people's gold which he collected to make the golden calf or whether he diverted a large chunk of the gold for himself and his family.

People should be amazed indeed at the ingratitude of the Israelites .

 And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a goldencalf. 
And they said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” Exodus 32 :4 .
But would most human beings have done and said differently from what the Israelites said and did against the Almighty God if they were in the same desperate situation of a lengthy wait without hearing from Moses and from God? 
If expected promises take too long to materialise and the long wait for helpers seem endless and in vain, then impatience and doubts would start brewing in human minds .
What would you do and what have you done when you have waited for a very long period and the answers to your fervent prayers have not manifested ?
Would you resort to "helping God" and helping yourselves in order to birth your long awaited miracles ?
How many of your "precious gold ornaments" have you given up as offerings to all sorts of priests and religious leaders to aid them to make golden calves for you to worship as other gods , just to receive your miracles?
The words "idol" and "graven images " conjure the pictures of graven , carved or sculptured images of demonic deities in the resemblances of animals , humans, birds , mermaids and reptiles and so on.
Most people , especially real Christians , would recoil from bowing to such graven images of demons.
May be you have vowed that you would never bow down to any graven images and indeed you have not done that ,you have kept to your vow so far.
But consider this : idols and graven images are of different sorts.
Graven images or idols are not physical images only.
Golden calves are whatsoever turn people's focus from God's word and from the finished work of God's salvation and deliverance by grace through Christ  Jesus.
Idols turn people's focus to self- help , to other gods and to arms of flesh.  
The list of "golden calves" erected and worshipped  by different people is as lengthy as it diverse. 
It is different strokes for different folks.

"Golden calves" could be those LEGITIMATE needs , wants, fervent desires, human ambitions, dreams and aspirations or they could be religious  doctrines or worldly systems which people hold dear.
There is no law against achieving legitimate dreams and aspirations. 
How far one is willing to go in order to get possess one's desires and those "must have"dreams and achievements would confirm the depth of idolatry.
Your own golden calves to which you would readily bow down in fervent worship could be your dreams and aspirations ; they could be those person(s) , places or things, habits , vices and that status which you have idolised so much that for these idols , you are ready to do and say anything it takes to impress and please them, to possess them, to indulge in them and to be seen that you have "arrived " at that place or level.
At that desperate point when there is the  realisation that a person is heading towards idolatry or have actually resorted to idolatry to get what is desired, then it is time for a re-think and a re-tracing of steps , back to God.

You have seen God in action and you know that God's blessings and miracles abound in your life; but now you desire more and greater miracles .

When you have prayed with faith and with earnest expectation and you have waited for long for your desired answers but your wait seems all to no avail? 
What next ? Are you tired, discouraged and forgetful of God's deliverance? 
“The harvest is past,The summer is ended,
And we are not saved ! " Jeremiah 8 : 22.
Complaining and doubts lead to  seeking other gods.
God says:"Is there no more help in my name and no power in my blood?" 
"Do I not save to the utmost ? "
" Is there no balm in Gilead, Is there no physician there?

Why then is there no recovery ? For the health of the daughter of my people ?" Jeremiah 8 :22.
Patience and perseverance are the keys which expose well-guarded secrets .
The well-guarded secrets of the enemy of our souls is that Satan has nothing good to offer ; what he presents as the perfect solutions are not even nearly as good as the alternatives to what we would receive  from God by waiting on Him. 

The source of our Hope as we wait is the Word of God . 
This hope in the Word sustains our patience ; it is our strength in the times of despair .
Our God sees us , He knows , He listens to our cries for help and He cares about us.

" Listen! The voice,The cry of the daughter of my people
From a far country:
“Is not the Lord in Zion?
Is not her King in her? 
Why have they provoked Me to anger

With their carved images—With foreign idols?”. Jeremiah 8:19.

Ingratitude leads to impatience and doubts which displeases God and invokes God's wrath causing diverse problems in human lives. 
God is ever present , always at hand with His answers for us.
May we persevere in faith and never lose out completely at the gates of our breakthroughs! 
If only while we would wait on the Lord and we could be patient and persevere till the end .
If we could see the immediate future, what glorious scenes we would behold! 
Scenes of blessings which add no sorrows and scenes of glory , peace and everlasting joy; prepared for us by our loving Father .
" Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments ! Then your peace would have been like a river, and " your righteousness like the waves of the sea " ; Isaiah 48:18.
Israel lost out because they provoked God and incurred God's curses , just before Moses returned with good news for them from God after his encounter with God on the Mount .
Receive grace for strength to stand firm till the end . Amen !
Always, we pray O Lord that our response to all temptations which call for building and worshipping golden calves  must be the same as these words of determination spoken by the Prophet Habakkuk  during the dark days of despair.
The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills ". Habakkuk 3 : 19.
Amen.






























Friday, 10 July 2015

Wisdom Armour

"And now, O Lord God, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you.
 For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.”  2 Samuel  7 : 28 -29 .

ARMOR, n. The kind of clothing worn by a man whose tailor is a blacksmith.”  ― Ambrose Bierce.

The Wisdom from God's word is that which is all-encompassing and all enduring against the uncertainties of the future.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock ". Matthew 7 : 24. 
 Wisdom reveals the power of the knowledge of God's word. This knowledge from above is pro-active ; it is not passive and must not be dormant in the hearts or minds.
The promises of God are true , for God will keep His word to the letter.
We need wisdom to retain the promises of God for our lives
Knowing what the word of God says about everything is not enough.
Knowledge must translate to Wisdom to be utilisied for the benefit of the believer.
 "By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established "; 
Proverbs 24: 3
Life , our destinies , our God- given blessings and our achieved treasures are worthy of protection .
Wisdom is the armour which guides and guards us in  overcoming the wiles and the wickedness of Satan evil one and the devices of demonic sons and daughters of men.
 Failure to utilise the knowledge gained from the word of God and from our own personal experiences and the experiences of others which we have heard and seen happening could result in unpleasant challenges.
"Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation”. Matthew 11: 45 
Relationships are liaisons between two or more persons.
Rarely are they casual liaisons because relationships are of higher levels than ordinary connections.
They are bonds which are built on either blood lines, on friendship, trust , love,marriage,business partnerships and other types of close associations.
Relationships start on happy notes because all relationships commence and thrive when there is peace, love, harmony and mutual understanding between the parties who have chosen to be linked with each other in close relationships which they hope and pray will last for forever or for as long as both parties consent to be in relationship with each other.

So happy are people with each other at the start of their relationships that people do not have cause to be on their guard because they believe in the genuineness of their relationship partners , without question.
In any relationship , the parties involved understood what they were going in for right from the beginning.
 Each party would have roles to play in order to build up and make the relationship grow and to hold them together.
Business partners , while signing their agreements would have faith that their partners would remain true to their agreement which is to work together and to be of mutual benefits to their business and to each other.
Children would believe that their parents would be there for them to protect , nurture and guide them. Parents would believe that their children would grow up to become blessings and a source of pride for them .
Friends lovers and married couples would believe the promises and declarations of faithfulness and love they made to each other.
Everybody, on their wedding day has faith that their marriages are for keeps and will endure for life ," in sickness or in health, for richer or for poorer till death do us part ".
Nobody would believes that their marriage or very good business  partnership or lucrative employment contract would ever end.
Does anyone ever say or think "Oh, let me just try this set-up for now and enjoy it will it lasts . I am sure this cannot last even for one year ! !?" 

When we become joint-heirs with Jesus Christ , we enter into the relationship with God by which we are birthed into His Kingdom , by the the salvation of our souls , through the blood of Jesus Christ.
As His children God has made promises to uphold every good thing He has blessed us with .
 When God makes promises , He makes them to us based on our covenant relationship with Him as His people.
  Believing the word of God and confessing it always , we have faith that every good thing the Lord has given us, including our relationships, must endure and last for life.
Like David did when he received the word of God through Prophet Nathan; pertaining  to the promise of God  to establish David's kingdom through his son Solomon and that David's seed from his bowel will build a house for God's name and God will establish the throne of the kingdom of David's seed , forever. 2 Samuel 7:12- 17.
David believed the word of God and he rejoiced over it.
I am not sure that David, in his excitement, got the revelation of what he heard .
God made kingdom promises to David about the "seed from your bowels". David thought God was referring to the continuity and permanency of David's kingdom through Solomon and his descendants .
However , God's promise was about Jesus Christ the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Jesus is the sinless seed of David through whom God established this promise of God's everlasting kingdom which bears God's name forever.
Christ's kingdom has no end and He shall reign forever and ever. Hallelujah!
Solomon reigned after David his father but Solomon could not retain God's promises to David.
Also, Solomon failed to keep his own part of the covenant which God made with Solomon. 1 Kings 9:1-9
 Solomon failed to retain David's kingdom and he failed to pass the blessed kingdom down, intact to his descendants because Solomon grieved God by worshiping myriads of strange gods. 1 Kings 11: 1- 14.

In every covenant or agreement and in every relationship there are tacit and expressed components of "giving", "doing" and "receiving" which are expected to be adhered to by the parties involved and these components  are the promises which make relationships last.
When relationships are new, fresh and sweet , people would say and do anything and everything very pleasant  and courteous for each other .
Business partners would hug each other and click glasses to celebrate "another done deal ".
Families would arrange frequent get-to-gather parties for socialising , bonding with each other. If separated by distance, they would call and text each other , everyday.
  Lovers and spouses would be inseparable and they would declare regularly , many times a day ; "From the bottom of my heart I love you so much darling and I will love you for the rest of my life !"
 " Honey, baby, this is definitely for keeps! "
Truly , these words from the mouth of lovers could  be true  and the words they speak to each other could  be straight  from their hearts.
Some people do fall in love and remain in love with each other , for the rest of their lives.
Many partners have been together in business of as friends for many decades and some have been happy together as friends even till they died.
Togetherness with love , peace and unity is the ideal setting for all true and worthy relationships.
But how many love affairs and marriages attain that ideal ; how many business partners have remain loyal and dependable?
How many Christians , since after their conversion excitement on the day they received Christ as Lord and Saviour have retained their "first love" for the Lord Jesus Christ and for the things which pertain  to upholding the Kingdom of God on earth?

“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding” . Proverbs 4:6-7.

Applying Wisdom in the word of God is the armour which protects against all losses of everything good and every promise received from God.
 Relationships  break up because either one or all the parties have decided to call it quits by blatantly refusing to remain together and adhere to the ideals in the agreement which sustained the relationship.
They have refused to walk together on the same path.
 " Can two walk together, except they be agreed ?" Amos 3:3. (KJV)  
Apart from blood relationships which are for life , whether the family members like / love each other or not; every other relationship will last for as long as both parties consent to be in relationship with each other.
Families could fall apart and vow never to have anything  to do with each , for the rest of their lives ; but the members of any family are forever linked together by the blood in their veins . 
All other relationships could end by mutual agreement either abruptly or they could fall apart after prolonged hostilities between the persons involved.
When relationships including family relationships fall apart, people involved could decide to go their separate ways quietly.
 This is the ideal , mature and amicable end to relationships which everybody involved would hope for and pray  for.
However , life is not always black or white , only.
Wrath, bitterness,vindictiveness are the after-math of failed relationships; even in marriages where the couple have children together.
In some cases , even after decades of being involved beneficial, close and loving relationships , when such relationships end on a bitter note people would forget the "good old days " ; then vitriol and bad blood would and does flow regularly.
Either one of the parties involved or all of them could turn nasty vowing to teach the other very bitter unforgettable lessons. 
The reasons which caused the end of any relationship would decide the intensity of the "bitter lessons" in store for people at the receiving end.

Wisdom is the armour which protects our peaceful and profitable relationships with God and with our our fellow men from the fiery darts of Satan. Ephesians 6:10- 20.
Destinies have been truncated, blessings  and promises have died out and discord has been sown amongst friends, families , in offices, in marriages, in love-partnerships and among business partners; all because people have failed to apply the guidance in the word of God when relating  to their fellow humans.

The main causes of relationship breakdown are cheating or fraudulent practices, injustice , exploitation between business partners and bosses/employees.
In marriage and love relations infidelity, irresponsibility, selfishness, deception, cruelty , rejection and abandonment of the marital home are a few of the many causes of break-ups among couples. 
Among blood brethren, families split up due to treachery, envy, hatred, divisions and so on.
Among Church brethren , splits are caused by hypocrisy, deception ,  excessive demands for money, sexual depravity, embezzlement of Church funds, gossips ,false accusations and many other "little foxes" that destroy the Vine.  
Sin is disobedience against God and sin tarnish the relationship with God. Sin incurs the wrath of God , especially the sin of hardening one's heart against the word of God by reprobates and backsliders . These are people who had known and tasted the goodness of the salvation of God but have decided to reject God afterwards.
There are dire consequences for breaking the relationship with God and going back to the world.
"And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God ".John 9: 62.


 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Choose Life

" Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.
"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
John 6: 52 - 54.
Good health and vitality are valuable aspects in maintaining wholesomeness in a person's life ; they are as  desirable as a good land which yields a bountiful harvest .
The word of  God  is the seed sown in the heart of men which , when well- nurtured with FAITH , will grow into a bountiful harvest. 

God has prepared a way out from His condemnation for every man and Jesus Christ is the Way. John 3: 18.
The salvation plan of  God presents Jesus Christ as the only way  to Eternal life . 
Mankind has a choice in the matter of  believing the word of God ; for we are not created as robots who must obey the commands of their manufacturers .
God has given humans  the FREEWILL to accept  or reject Jesus Christ  by saying "Yes" or "NO" to the enabling grace of  abundant LIFE  offered by Jesus Christ.
38 "  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
40 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day ". John 6 : 38 - 40.

Jesus is the Word of God who came to save us , to heal us from all our diseases and afflictions  and to deliver us from  all our destruction.
10 " The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy.
 I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows) ".
John 10: 10 AMP
 
Eat the Word  , embrace Him and remain attached to Him always .
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing ". John 15 : 3 - 5 .

The substance in the Word of God is the life in Christ.
Choose life , cleansing , healing and deliverance  found in  Christ only.
Our living the abundant  Eternal life does not start only after we die ; but every believer should live the good life in Christ, even here on earth because the Lord's victory and goodness is our portion in the land of the living...
During our life here on earth, the Lord has told us that we will face tribulations ; but He will deliver us, the righteous believers ,  from all our afflictions. Psalm 34: 15-19, John 16: 33.
"The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly ". Psalm 118 : 15.
 We remain victorious and filled with joy , as long as we remain in Christ.
Be blessed as you obey the word of the Lord . Amen
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 
 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it ". Deuteronomy 30: 15, 16.





Sunday, 19 April 2015

By Christ's Righteousness Alone

" The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.
 So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. 
And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins " . 
Romans 8 : 3. NLT

God gave His people through Moses instructions and laws regarding the acceptable ceremonial sacrifices for their repentance, proper cleansing, sanctification and for their purification.
 Rejection of God and the rejection and disobedience of His laws is SIN.
The law of God states that " The soul that sinneth, it shall die ..." Ezekiel 18: 20.
 In order to pacify God, the sinners had to make atonement  for their sins through the shedding of blood which was mandatory for the purging and forgiveness of sins. Hebrews 9:22 
Every time they sinned, people had to come to the temple to do ceremonial rituals of cleansing and forgiveness which they were told would make them qualified to become  righteousness before God. 
These rituals had to be performed each and every time by the priests on behalf of sinners as atonement for every sin.They entailed offerings of blood sacrifices for sins through the shedding of the blood of "clean and spotless" animals.
 Leviticus 14:19-20.
Apart from individuals offering sin offerings , the ceremonial laws stated that occasionally , the High Priest  must present blood sacrifices at the altar as national sin offerings on behalf of all the people, in order to take away their collective sin as a nation. Leviticus 4 : 13-21.
These rituals of ending blood sacrifices for sin were burdensome ; and they were not fit for the purpose of permanent remission of sin. 
This was the situation before Christ came to the earth .
Then a more excellent way for the remission of sins was presented to mankind through God's salvation plan  .
God's Salvation Plan was completed and perfected through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God ,whose blood was shed on the cross as the perfect sacrifice once and for all , for the redemption of mankind.
1" But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation)  
12.he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption". 
Hebrew 9 : 11- 12.
God's Salvation plan was born out of God's mercy ,His  love  and grace.
God knew that all man's sacrifices and continuous efforts to make amends for sin could not save man neither could these bestow  mankind with His righteousness.
 Man needed a saviour to stand as the Mediator between sinful man and the wrath of God.
The Mediator who would qualify to do that had  to be sinless and had to be acceptable  to God as a perfect sacrifice for the remission of sins .
Who else qualified for such a huge task than the Jesus Christ the son of God , the spotless lamb of God chosen from the foundation of the world ? 1 Peter 1: 18 -21.
Jesus , came to the earth in human form but He was born without the Adamic seed of sin .John 1:13,14.
But He was made sin for our sakes.  
" For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 
2 Corinthians 5 : 21.
 Therefore Jesus Christ , no man else , qualified  to bear the sins of the world as the sacrificial lamb slain for sinners' sake. , Hebrew 4:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21
 God saw the sacrifice of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross and God was satisfied and His wrath towards the sinner was pacified. Isaiah 53:10, 11.
God accepted Christ's sacrifice as the perfect offering for the sins of the world.  

"It is finished!" 
After those words were uttered by Christ ,He died on the cross, accomplishing His redemptive mission to the world.  
Christ's sacrifice, once and for all, brought to an end the necessity for all man's efforts and endless works through which no man could achieve God's righteousness and holiness.
  Christ's sacrifice tells us that because "It is finished !", all human reliance on works of outward public shows of penance by putting on ashes and sackcloth , by performing ceremonies of unending animal blood sacrifices , alms giving and all sorts of " holy offerings"are unnecessary.
 Ali works which were supposed to buy God's forgiveness and acceptance, have been rendered  "not fit  for purpose"!, because "It is finished!"
Jesus has paid the price for all sin, for all infirmities, curses, afflictions and oppressions.
Our salvation was perfected  by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
All that is required from all humans for us to accept God's love and obey Him by believing that Jesus died and resurrected for us that we might live eternally.
" Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; " Hebrew 5:8-9.
Belief in salvation through Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved ; there is no other way to please God.
"Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. 
No one can come to the Father except through me ".
John 14:6.(NLT )
  God's salvation is offered to you full and free.
Today, now ,is your day of salvation.
Please, make a definite confession of faith and acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour  . 
Do not delay  to accept God's love  and mercy ; the alternative  to rejecting Jesus Christ  is to choose to qualify  for the wrath of God .
"He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." John 3:36.
Maybe you have accepted Jesus some time in the past , but  since then you have gone back to trying to please God by your own methods of  attaining " righteousness ". 
Now is the time  to abandon doing it your own way and to believe in God's own perfect way through Jesus Christ. 
There is no alternative , no other way to become righteous before God , no other way to Heaven except through Jesus Christ the son of God.
God bless you as you obey His Word . Amen .
" But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed ". Romans 10: 8 -12.