HOPE & INSPIRATION

Come as you are

God says Come To Him As You Are

God says come to Him just as you are.

Sadly, I ran away from God for many wasteful years. It’s not that I didn’t believe in God; I did. But I was a rebel, wanting to live my life in any which way I pleased. I didn’t want God – or anyone else – telling me what I could, or could not do. Long story short, I made a mess of my life and got into all sorts of trouble.

It’s not that I didn’t know better either. I had a good moral upbringing. My parents baptized me when I was a baby in the Roman Catholic church, which I attended throughout my boyhood. But when I became a teenager, I changed for the worse. I got involved with drugs, illicit sex, and all manner of self-destructive behavior.

Fortunately, God never gave up on me.

He sent many Christians into my life to help me, and to teach me about His love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. I finally repented and received Christ as my Savior and Lord. I was “born again” and experienced a radical life transformation by the power of the Holy Spirit. It was the best decision I have ever made. As I look back now I wish I had done it sooner and avoided so much pain and suffering which I brought upon myself.

One of the reasons I ran away from God for those many years is because I wrongly believed God was angry at me. I pictured Him ready to strike me down with a lightning bolt and send me to hell for eternity. That wasn’t the case at all; I had a distorted view and understanding of God. I discovered that He was not a cruel and vengeful God, but merciful, forgiving and loving. Like a good Father, He was patiently waiting for me to recognize the error of my ways and come to Him for salvation and deliverance.

What about you?

Are you ready to turn your life over to God? Have you had enough of your rebellious living and self-inflicted unhappiness? Why not come to Him today? He will receive you just as you are. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done in the past. God has been patiently waiting for you too with His open arms of love and forgiveness. Pray and ask Jesus Christ to become your Savior and Lord. You’ll be glad you did!

– Luis Joseph Castle
CHOSEN OF GOD MINISTRIES


“And the Spirit and the bride say, COME. And let him that hears say, COME. And let him that is thirsty COME. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” – Revelation 22:17

“All that the Father giveth me shall COME to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” – John 6:37


 

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HEALING

Health and Salvation by the Name of Jesus

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“It is his name—that is, by faith in his name—that this man was healed whom you see and know. Yes, the faith that comes through Jesus has given this man this perfect health in the presence of all of you all.” – Acts 3:16

After Pentecost, the paralytic man was healed through Peter and John at the gate of the temple. It was “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” that they said to him, “Rise up and walk,” and as soon as the people in their amazement ran together to them, Peter declared that it was the name of Jesus which had so completely healed the man.

As the result of this miracle and of Peter’s discourse, many people who had heard the Word believed. The following day, Peter repeated these words before the Sanhedrin, “By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth… does this man stand here before you whole”; and then he added, “There is none other name under heaven.., whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12) This statement of Peter’s declares to us that the name of Jesus both heals and saves. We have here a teaching of the highest import for divine healing.

We see that healing and health form part of Christ’s salvation. In heaven even our bodies will have their part in salvation; salvation will not be complete for us until our bodies shall enjoy the full redemption of Christ. Why then should we not believe in this work of redemption here below? Even already here on earth, the health of our bodies is a fruit of the salvation which Jesus has acquired for us.

We see also that health as well as salvation is to be obtained by faith.

The tendency of man by nature is to bring about his salvation by his works. While for the body, he makes use of well-known remedies; why then should he seek for divine healing?
Happy is he who comes to understand that it is the will of God to heal; that God wills to manifest the power of Jesus, and also to reveal to us His Fatherly love; to exercise and to confirm our faith, and to make us prove the power of redemption in the body as well as in the soul. Oh, let us believe in the name of Jesus!

Wherever the Spirit acts with power, there He works divine healings. If divine healing is seen but rarely in our day, we can attribute it to the unbelief of worldlings and the want of zeal among believers. Let us pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit, let us place ourselves unreservedly under His direction, and let us seek to be firm in our faith in the name of Jesus, whether for preaching salvation or for the work of healing.

A prayer for healing

Dear heavenly Father, grant us healing today as in the days of Pentecost, so that we may glorify the name of Jesus. It is sad to see how little the power of His name is recognized today, how little it is the end of preaching and of prayer. Grant us the treasures of divine grace, of which Christians deprive themselves by their lack of faith and zeal, which are hidden in the name of Jesus. Awaken our consciences, and bring our hearts to obedience. We know, oh God, that you are ready to manifest the all-powerful healing of Your Son, and to do it in a striking way in body as well as in soul. Let us believe it for ourselves, let us believe it for others, for the circle of believers around us, and also for the Church in the whole world. Let us ask great things in Jesus’ name, counting on His promise, and we shall see You still do wonders by the name of Your holy Son.

I thank you, my Lord Jesus, that You are both the Savior of my soul and the healer of my body. Amen.


The following message is by Andrew Murray from the book “Prayers for Divine Healing.” It is edited by Luis Joseph Castle. © Copyright 2017 Chosen of God Ministries. To order, visit our bookstore at: https://chosenofgod1.wordpress.com/category/store/

FREE GIFT

Free Gift

A FREE GIFT FROM GOD

“For it is by His grace that we are saved through faith; it is the gift of God.” – Ephesians 2:8

Gift Box_jpgGood news! God loves you and has a free gift for you. It is eternal life and salvation through Jesus Christ.

The Bible tells us so:

“For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

It doesn’t matter what kind of life you have lived, or how many bad things you have done, God still loves you. He is willing and able to forgive you and give you a fresh new start. All you have to do is simply believe that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for your sins and receive Him as the Savior and Lord of your life.

Can salvation be that easy?

Absolutely! God did not make it hard to be saved. You don’t need to wait until you’re good enough to deserve His pardon. Salvation is a free gift, with no strings attached. Simply place your FAITH in Jesus Christ for your redemption. He has already paid the penalty for your sins on the cross, if you will believe and receive it. Accept His atoning sacrifice by making Him the Savior and Lord of your life.

God’s love is the real thing

“This is real love–not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” – 1 John 4:10

Are you willing to open up your arms to God’s love and forgiveness today? If so, pray the following prayer and mean it with all your heart:

“Dear heavenly Father, I thank You for loving me and sending your only Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for my sins. Today, I humble myself before You and repent of my sinful ways. I ask for your forgiveness – for all the bad things I’ve done in the past. I invite Jesus Christ to become my Savior and Lord, and help me to become a better person from this day forth. Amen.”

A new creation in Christ

If you have just prayed this prayer, you are now forgiven by God, saved from perishing, and have become a new creation in Christ. The old things of the past have been washed away by the atoning blood of Jesus Christ; you have been spiritually born again.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, the new has come into being.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

What do I do now?

The next step is to join a local Christian church and be water baptized. As you begin to attend church regularly, you will grow and mature in your new Christian faith. Also, you’ll make new friendships in church and become a part of the family of God. You’re life will drastically change for the better!

Need help?

If you need spiritual counseling, prayer, or more information on living the Christian life, feel free to contact us.

Chosen of God Ministries
4163 N. US Highway 1
Fort Pierce, FL 34946 USA
772-236-7550
http://www.COGMinistries.org


 

MY DECISION FOR CHRIST

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