Friday, August 29, 2008
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- A school groundskeeper found a woman's body on the school's property Friday afternoon.
The body found in the backend of the property in an athletic field owned by Spartanburg Day School, according to sheriff's deputies.
School officials said that even though the body was not covered and was lying in an open area, it was in a location that would not have been visible to any of the students.Sheriff's investigators are following standard procedures and will treat the death as a homicide until they determine otherwise.
The school's headmaster, Chris Dorrance, sent the following note home to parents:
"Early this afternoon a member of our grounds keeping staff discovered a body on the back corner of our campus. Little is known at this time about the circumstances. The police are currently investigating and have not released any specific details about this person.
"Classes have continued as usual and students have been kept from the back half of campus. Students have not been at any risk and appropriate security measures are in effect. If necessary, we will notify you of any additional information as it becomes available to us."
Spartanburg Day School has lower, middle schools with a total student body of about 500.
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Monday, August 25, 2008
Our youngest sister and her husband have a son named Lee. Lee is a wonderful young man too. Jenny, Luke and Lee are like our own children because we've been so close and lived so close to them. I love all our nieces and nephews, but they are special because of living out on the family farm for so many years together. Elaine and Ronnie live behind us now.
Alton and Paula Gilbert
announce the engagement of their daughter
Hannah Marie Gilbert to William Luke Harris,
the son of Ronnie Harris and Elaine Harris,
The wedding is planned for October 4th, 2008 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Hannah is a graduate of James F Byrnes High School and is attending Midlands Technical College in the Spring.
Luke is is a graduate of James F Byrnes High School, and is currently serving in the United States Air Force. He is stationed at Shaw Air Force Base as an armament specialist on the F-16
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Genesis 11:29 Abram married Sarai, but she was not able to have any children.
Genesis 11:31-32 Terah (Abram's father) decided to move from Ur to the land of Canaan. He took along Abram and Sarai and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran. But when they came to the city of Haran, they decided to settle there instead. Terah lived to be two hundred five years old and died in Haran.
First Time God Promised Abraham
Genesis 12:1-5 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy
kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.
And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.
Second Time God Promised Abraham
Genesis 12:6-8 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem (Shechem), unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.
And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.
And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
And Abram journeyed, going on still toward the south.
And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.
Genesis 13:1-4 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.
And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.
And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;
Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
Third Time God Promised Abraham
Genesis 13: 14-18 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward:
For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.
And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.
Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee. Then Abram removed his tent, and came and dwelt in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and built there an altar unto the LORD.
Fourth Time God Promised Abraham
Genesis 15 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?
And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.
And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.
And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;
And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.
And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.
But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.
And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.
In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:
The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,
And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,
And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
Son Of The Bond Woman, Born Of The Flesh
Genesis 16:1-4 Now Sarai, Abram's wife, did not bear. And she had a female slave, an Egyptian, and her name was Hagar.
And Sarai said to Abram, Behold now, Jehovah has kept me from bearing. I pray you, go in to my slave woman. It may be that I may be built by her. And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai, Abram's wife, took Hagar her slave woman, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife (after Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan).
And he went in to Hagar, and she conceived. And when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. ..
Genesis 16:9-16 And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Return to your mistress and submit yourself under her hands.
And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, I will multiply your seed exceedingly, so that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
And the Angel of Jehovah said to her, Behold, you are with child, and shall bear a son. And you shall call his name Ishmael, because Jehovah has heard your affliction.
And he will be a wild man. His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him. And he shall live in the presence of all his brothers.
And she called the name of Jehovah who had spoken to her, You are a God of vision! For she said, Even here have I looked after Him that sees me?
Therefore the well was called The Well of the Living One Seeing Me. Behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.
And Hagar bore Abram a son. And Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bore, Ishmael.
And Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
Fifth Time God Promised Abraham
Genesis 17:1 -14 And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, Jehovah appeared to Abram and said to him, I am the Almighty God! Walk before Me and be perfect.
And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly.
And Abram fell on his face. And God talked with him, saying,
As for Me, behold! My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations.
Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham. For I have made you a father of many nations.
And I will make you exceedingly fruitful, greatly so, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you.
And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you and to your seed after you.
And I will give the land to you in which you are a stranger, and to your seed after you, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession. And I will be their God.
And God said to Abraham, And you shall keep My covenant, you and your seed after you in their generations.
This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your seed after you. Every male child among you shall be circumcised.
And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin. And it shall be a token of the covenant between Me and you.
And a son of eight days shall be circumcised among you, every male child in your generations; he that is born in the house, or bought with silver of any stranger who is not of your seed.
He that is born in your house, and he that is bought with your silver, must be circumcised. And My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
And the uncircumcised male child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.
Son Of The Free Woman, Born Of The Spirit, Son Of Promise
Genesis 17: 15-19 And God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but her name shall be Sarah.
And I will bless her, and give you a son also of her. Yes, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations, kings of people shall be from her.
And Abraham fell upon his face and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to him that is a hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear?
And Abraham said to God, Oh that Ishmael might live before You!
And God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed. And you shall call his name Isaac. And I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
Son Of The Bond Woman, Born Of The Flesh
Genesis 15: 20 And as for Ishmael, I have heard you. Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly. He shall father twelve chiefs, and I will make him a great nation.
Son Of The Free Woman, Born Of The Spirit, Son Of Promise
Genesis 15: 21-22 But I will establish My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.
And He left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham.
The Sixth Time God Promised Abraham
Genesis 18:1-16 And Jehovah appeared to him in the plains of Mamre, and he sat at the tent door in the heat of the day.
And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him. And when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed toward the ground.
And he said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, do not pass away, I pray, from Your servant.
Let a little water, I pray, be brought, and wash Your feet, and rest under the tree.
And I will bring a bite of bread, and will comfort your hearts. After that You shall pass on. For this is why You have come to Your servant. And they said, Do so, as you have said.
And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal; knead it, and make cakes.
And Abraham ran out to the herd and brought a calf, tender and good. And he gave it to a young man. And he hurried to dress it.
And he took butter and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree, and they ate.
And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.
And He said, I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and lo, Sarah your wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard in the tent door which was behind Him.
Now Abraham and Sarah were old, far gone in days, and it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.
Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After my being old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?
And Jehovah said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I, who am old, truly bear a child?
Is anything too hard for Jehovah? At the time appointed I will return again, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Then Sarah denied, saying, I did not laugh; for she was afraid. And He said, No, but you did laugh. And the men rose up from there, and looked toward Sodom. And Abraham was going with them to bring them on the way.
Son Of The Free Woman, Born Of The Spirit, Son Of Promise
Genesis 21:1-8 And Jehovah visited Sarah as He had said. And Jehovah did to Sarah as He had spoken.
For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.
And Abraham called the name of his son that was born to him (whom Sarah bore to him) Isaac.
And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him.
And Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.
And Sarah said, God has made me laugh, so that all who hear will laugh with me.
And she said, Who could have said to Abraham, will Sarah suckle children? For I have borne a son to him in his old age.
And the child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast the day that Isaac was weaned.
Son Of The Bond Woman, Born Of The Flesh
Genesis 21:9-21 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian (whom she had borne to Abraham) mocking.
And she said to Abraham, Cast out this slave woman and her son. For the son of this slave woman shall not be heir with my son, with Isaac.
And the thing was very evil in Abraham's sight, because of his son.
And God said to Abraham, Let it not be grievous in your sight because of the boy and because of your slave woman. In all that Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice. For in Isaac your Seed shall be called.
And also, I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman, because he is your seed.
And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread and a bottle of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder. And he gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.
And the water was gone in the bottle, and she cast the boy under one of the shrubs.
And she went and sat down across from him, a good way off, about a bowshot. For she said, Let me not see the death of the boy. And she sat across from him, and lifted up her voice, and cried.
And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar out of the heavens, and said to her, What ails you, Hagar? Do not fear, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.
Rise up, lift up the boy and hold him up with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.
And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went and filled the bottle with water, and gave drink to the boy.
And God was with the boy, and he grew, and lived in the wilderness, and became an archer.
And he lived in the wilderness of Paran, and his mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.
Galatians 4:21-31 Tell me, those desiring to be under Law, do you not hear the Law?
For it is written: Abraham had two sons, the one out of the slave-woman, and one out of the free woman.
But, indeed, he out of the slave-woman has been born according to flesh, and he out of the free woman through the promise;
which things are being allegorized; for these are the two covenants, one indeed from Mount Sinai bringing forth to slavery, which is Hagar.
For Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in slavery with her children.
But the Jerusalem from above is free, who is the mother of us all.
For it is written, "Rejoice, barren one not bearing; break forth and shout, you not travailing; for more are the children of the desolate than she having the husband."
But brothers, we, like Isaac, are children of promise.
But then even as he born according to flesh persecuted him born according to the Spirit, so it is also now.
But what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the slave-woman and her son; for in no way shall the son of the slave-woman inherit with the son of the free woman."
Then, brothers, we are not children of a slave-woman, but of the free woman.
Ishmael is the forefather, the ancestor, of the Arabs, the Middle Eastern peoples who are not Jews. Isaac is the forefather, the ancestor, of the Jewish race. Both claim to be descendants of Abraham. The Arabs believe they are the legal heirs since they are descended from Abraham’s first son through Hagar. The Jews believe they are the legal heirs since they are descended from Abraham’s legal wife, Sarah and was the promised Son. God promised Abraham a son through Sarah. Sarah and Abraham did not wait on the fulfillment of God’s promise but tried to meddle. They came up with a way to have a son without having to wait on God and Ishmael was the result. They tried to make it happen, they came up with their own plan. They schemed with their minds and used Hagar’s young body to make it happen. They were determined and didn’t want to wait on God. They believed God’s promise but they thought it was up to them to make the promise come true. They trusted the flesh and did not trust spirit. Isaac was born after the flesh, or by the ordinary course of nature, the other was by promise, it was a miracle that only God could do. There has been division between Ishmael and Isaac, and their descendants ever since. How often do we do the same thing? We become desperate as time goes by and we try to force things to happen. We rely on what we can do, we make plans, we start searching out for ways to accomplish what we want. We forget to rest and trust in God’s plans and to wait for Him to move on our behalf. We forget that a miracle by God is far better than the mess we create in our own strength.
But let’s talk about two Covenants. The term “Covenant” means a contract or agreement between two parties. The Hebrew word for covenant is “berith” which means “to divide”, “to cut in two” or “cutting”. Covenants were made by cutting animals in two and the two parties meeting in the middle. A blood covenant, if you will. Often the parties ate together and exchanged gifts. If they exchanged clothing, it was meant to symbolize they sympathized with each other, they knew what it was like to “walk in each other’s shoes”. Sometimes they exchanged rings which indicated authority and meant they were acting on each other’s behalf. It was a solemn ceremony with witnesses, and it’s why we call a wedding a “Marriage Covenant”.
In the first Covenant we are discussing, the two parties were Abraham/his descendants and God, Himself. God initiated several Covenants throughout the Bible. None were nullified, but one covenant was built upon the previous. There was the Adamic Covenant (with Adam), the Noahic Covenant (with Noah), the Abrahamic Covenant (with Abraham & his descendants), the Mosaic Covenant (with Moses & the Israelites), the Davidic Covenant (with King David). These covenants were building towards the New Covenant (between Jesus Christ and his believers). The Old Covenants were God promising to save and bless men on condition of perfect obedience. In the New Covenant, God promises to save men on condition of their believing in Christ and receiving him as their Lord and Saviour. Grace. Grace means we are given a reward that we did not deserve-salvation!
God is responsible for the work of this Covenant. It was an act of pure grace on His part. God’s people are responsible for agreeing and accepting the Covenant. They did not have the power to contribute to the old Covenants and receive salvation. So, with the New Covenant, our responsibility is to accept God's Way to Salvation, through Jesus Christ, and trust Him for salvation.
Romans 5:13 Sin was in the world before the Law came. But no record of sin was kept, because there was no Law.
Romans 4:20-25 But Abraham never doubted or questioned God's promise. His faith made him strong, and he gave all the credit to God.
Abraham was certain that God could do what he had promised.
So God accepted him,
just as we read in the Scriptures. But these words were not written only for Abraham.
They were written for us, since we will also be accepted because of our faith in God, who raised our Lord Jesus to life.
God gave Jesus to die for our sins, and he raised him to life, so that we would be made acceptable to God.
Romans 3:19-22 We know that everything in the Law was written for those who are under its power. The Law says these things to stop anyone from making excuses and to let God show that the whole world is guilty.
God doesn't accept people simply because they obey the Law. No, indeed! All the Law does is to point out our sin.
Now we see how God does make us acceptable to him. The Law and the Prophets tell how we become acceptable, and it isn't by obeying the Law of Moses.
God treats everyone alike. He accepts people only because they have faith in Jesus Christ.
Rom 7:6 But the Law no longer rules over us. We are like dead people, and it cannot have any power over us. Now we can serve God in a new way by obeying his Spirit, and not in the old way by obeying the written Law.
Romans 7:7-13 Does this mean that the Law is sinful? Certainly not! But if it had not been for the Law, I would not have known what sin is really like. For example, I would not have known what it means to want something that belongs to someone else, unless the Law had told me not to do that.
It was sin that used this command as a way of making me have all kinds of desires. But without the Law, sin is dead.
Before I knew about the Law, I was alive. But as soon as I heard that command, sin came to life,
and I died. The very command that was supposed to bring life to me, instead brought death.
Sin used this command to trick me, and because of it I died.
Still, the Law and its commands are holy and correct and good.
Am I saying that something good caused my death? Certainly not! It was sin that killed me by using something good. Now we can see how terrible and evil sin really is.
We know that the Law is spiritual. But I am merely a human, and I have been sold as a slave to sin.
In Galatians, Paul uses the two mothers and two sons and two locations to illustrate the two Covenants. Hagar, Ishmael and Mt. Sinai (earthly Jerusalem) represents the Old Covenant, the Covenant of Law, the Covenant of Works that the Jewish people still follow today. Sarah, Isaac and the heavenly Jerusalem represents the New Covenant, the Covenant of Promise, the Covenant of Grace.
The Old Covenant was intended to show people their need for salvation by grace. It was never meant to provide salvation. It’s purpose was to show all Jews, who were under it’s demands and condemnation, their desperate need for salvation.
Romans 5:20 The Law came, so that the full power of sin could be seen. Yet where sin was powerful, God's kindness was even more powerful.
The Law was given at Mt Sinai and received it’s highest expression in the temple at Jerusalem. God promising to save and bless men on condition of perfect obedience. This Mosaic Law was only intended to be temporary. The Law could not save anyone because no one could perfectly follow the Law. It could not bring about an inward change in a person. Rather, it cursed everyone because no one could follow the Law perfectly and have the inward change of heart. With the Law, we knew of sin and yet, we were helpless to perfect ourselves using the Law. As we looked in the mirror of the Law, we saw our sinfulness and our inability to do anything to save ourselves from the curse of eternal damnation.
Hebrews 7:19 For the Law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did, by which we draw near to God.
Hebrews 10:1 For the Law which has a shadow of good things to come, not the very image of the things, appearing year by year with the same sacrifices, which they offer continually, they are never able to perfect those drawing near.
Hebrews 8:6-13 But now He (Jesus) has obtained a more excellent ministry, by so much He is also the Mediator of a better covenant, which was built upon better promises.
For if that first covenant had been without fault, then no place would have been sought for the second.
For finding fault with them, He said to them, "Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will make an end on the house of Israel and on the house of Judah; a new covenant shall be,
not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day I took hold of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt," because they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not regard them, says the Lord.
"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My Laws into their mind and write them in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
And they shall not each man teach his neighbor, and each man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more."
In that He says, A new covenant, He has made the first one old. Now that which decays and becomes old is ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 10:3-12 But the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins. It only reminds people of their sins from one year to the next. When Christ came into the world, he said to God, "Sacrifices and offerings are not what you want, but you have given me my body.
No, you are not pleased with animal sacrifices and offerings for sin."
Then Christ said, "And so, my God, I have come to do what you want, as the Scriptures say."
The Law teaches that offerings and sacrifices must be made because of sin. But why did Christ mention these things and say that God did not want them?
Well, it was to do away with offerings and sacrifices and to replace them. That is what he meant by saying to God, "I have come to do what you want."
So we are made holy because Christ obeyed God and offered himself once for all.
The priests do their work each day, and they keep on offering sacrifices that can never take away sins.
But Christ offered himself as a sacrifice that is good forever.
Romans 10:4 But Christ makes the Law no longer necessary for those who become acceptable to God by faith.
Galatians 3:6-14 The Scriptures say that God accepted Abraham because Abraham had faith.
And so, you should understand that everyone who has faith is a child of Abraham.
Long ago the Scriptures said that God would accept the Gentiles because of their faith. That's why God told Abraham the good news that all nations would be blessed because of him.
This means that everyone who has faith will share in the blessings that were given to Abraham because of his faith.
Anyone who tries to please God by obeying the Law is under a curse. The Scriptures say, "Everyone who doesn't obey everything in the Law is under a curse."
No one can please God by obeying the Law. The Scriptures also say, "The people God accepts because of their faith will live."
The Law isn't based on faith. It promises life only to people who obey its commands.
But Christ rescued us from the Law's curse, when he became a curse in our place. This is because the Scriptures say that anyone who is nailed to a tree is under a curse.
And because of what Jesus Christ has done, the blessing that was promised to Abraham was taken to the Gentiles. This happened so that by faith we would be given the promised Holy Spirit.
The Old Covenant allowed for salvation only upon the complete, perfect obedience to it’s laws and no one was saved under this Old Covenant. But the New Covenant took up where the Old Covenant left off. In despair, we would be hopeless and eternally damned. We would know we are sinners with no hope of being saved. But, thanks be to God, we are not left there. He provided a way to salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is responsible for saving us, reconciling us to God, the Father. It was His sacrifice that made it possible for us to be saved. Now, instead of trying to follow rules, regulations, laws (and failing) we only have to trust in Jesus. We believe in Him and trust Him to save us. This brings about a glorious thing…our spirits are born again to live in eternal glory, heaven, with God! The Holy Spirit moves into our heart and begins training our new spirit. We begin to have the inward changes of heart that were impossible before! Throughout the rest of our life we are being changed from the inside out, it is a process of sanctification and it’s all God’s work! Instead of outwardly trying to obey all the Laws, the Laws are slowly being written on the tablet of our heart. With the changes in our heart, our behavior, actions, words, etc. begin to change. We find we are obeying God because we want to, not because it is demanded of us.
I pray that God will open this concept up to you and lead you to accept His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and a closer walk with God. It is impossible to get your life straight before you come to God (like the Jews did under the Old Covenant). It is up to you to accept Jesus and let the Holy Spirit begin the work inside of you so that your life will begin to straighten up. If you would like to ask Jesus into Your heart, please say this prayer.
Dear Jesus, I come to You recognizing that I cannot save myself. I’m a sinner and my life is a mess. I have to have Your help. I ask forgiveness for my sins and I ask that You would save me. I ask that Your Holy Spirit would come into my heart and begin the work that will change me. I want to trust and rely on You for my salvation and for the sanctification work that needs to be done in my life. I thank You and give You praise and glory for my salvation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
If you said that prayer and meant it in your heart, then you are saved. You may not feel real different now but that is where faith comes in. You trust in God even despite how you “feel.” Please tell someone what you’ve just done. This will help cement it in your heart. Pray and ask God to help you understand the Bible and where you should go to church. God bless you in your new journey!
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