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In these stressful and hurried times we live in, sometimes we all wonder:

"What's the purpose of it all, it's all to do over again tomorrow, it seems that no one cares about me unless they need me to do something for them."

Well there is more to life than the cares of this world, please read on.

God loves YOU.  He offers you a full and meaningful life.

God showed His love for us by sending "his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him(1 John 4:9)

This full and meaningful life...
    Is abundant.

(Jesus speaking) "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly"   (John 10: 10)

  Is everlasting.

"for God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son.  That  whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life"   (John 3:16)

This life is made possible by Christ's death and resurrection.

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while  we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"   (Romans 5:8)

Christ "was delivered for our offenses, and was raised  again for our justification"    (Romans 4:25)

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while  we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"   (Romans 5:8)

Christ "was delivered for our offences, and was raised  again for our justification"  (Romans 4:25)

This full and meaningful life includes...
    Forgiveness of sin

"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the   forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his  grace"   (Ephesians 1:7)

      Fellowship in the family of God

"For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus"  (Galatians 3:26).

"And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ" (Romans 8:17).

     Strength for daily living

"But my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus"  (Philippians 4:19)

You enter this life through a "spiritual birth."

Jesus said, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God"  (John 3:3).

Nicodemus, a member of the strictest religious group of his time, was a highly educated man.  He came to Jesus seeking a more meaningful life.  Jesus explained that without a complete change in his life no man could understand or enter the kingdom of God.  Jesus called this change a spiritual birth.   (Summary of John 3: 1-8)

The spiritual birth is...

   
More than accepting facts

"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well; the devils also believe, and tremble"  (James 2:19).

    More than doing good works   

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and not of  yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any  man should boast"  (Ephesians 2: 8-9).

Spiritual birth takes place when you turn your life over to Jesus Christ.

Failure to turn yourself over to Jesus Christ is sin.

"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God(John 3:18).

"Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all  men, for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12).

Sin is called many things - missing the mark, rebelling, living   independently of God.  Sin is being or doing wrong against God, others, or yourself.  You can sin in your thoughts as well as your actions.

The greatest sin is failure to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Apart from Jesus Christ you are separated from God, and cannot have eternal life.

You are a sinner by nature.  You remain an unforgiven sinner by choice, for God offers forgiveness of sin and eternal life through Jesus Christ.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23)

This Life becomes yours when you turn from sin and accept Christ as Lord and Savior.

"But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name"   (John 1:12)

To receive Jesus Christ, you need to ...

Admit that you need Christ - that you are a sinner and cannot save  yourself.

Be willing to turn from your sins.

"Repent ye therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out" (Acts 3:19).

Ask Jesus to forgive your sins and take control of your life.

"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. for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation"  (Romans 10:9-10).

You become a Christian and possess this full and meaningful life at the moment when by faith you turn to God through Jesus Christ.

God offers this full and meaningful life now.
"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of  salvation"   (2 Corinthians 6:2).

Is there any reason why you cannot accept his offer now?

Does this prayer say what you want to say?

Dear Lord,

I know I have done wrong and need forgiveness.  Thank you for dying for my sins and for offering me eternal life. Please forgive my sins and help me to turn from them.   I now confess you as my Lord and receive you as my Savior.  Take control of my life and make it full and meaningful. 

In Jesus name,

Amen.

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As you ask him, Jesus Christ will become your Lord and Savior and give you a full and meaningful life.

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