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com Subject: AnInvitationToAcceptJesusAsYourKing AN INVITATION TO ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR-KING. Precious reader, do you know exactly where you stand with the God and Creator of the universe? Have you asked Him to be your Father in the Heavens? Have you believed/trusted/relied/depended on the Lord/King Jesus Christ ---the God anointed Saviour King of Israel ----to save you from your faults, failures and mistakes? Salvation from personal faults/failures/mistakes belongs to the poor in spirit. Matt. 5:3 says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." If you recognize that you are spiritually destitute---totally incapable of deserving or earning salvation from your errors in any way, you are poor in spirit-- you are humble. The poor in spirit, the humble, understand that they are sinners, totally impotent to please or to serve God. To acknowledge that you are a sinner unable to save yourself is humility. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). Isaiah said, "When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see [His] seed. He shall prolong [His] days and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the distressing travail of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities." Poverty of spirit (humility) is interwoven in the act of repentance, the life-altering change of mind about you, your sin and God. When you repent (change your mind), you see yourself as you really are and you change your mind in respect to your relationship to God the Father and to His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The act of repentance brings you to see your sin as ugly as it is, as God sees it, and you come to a point where you want to be free from it. Of course, freedom from sin comes only by believing/ trusting/relying on the Lord Jesus Christ. The one who is regularly committing sin is the slave of sin. However, if the Son shall set you free from regularly committing sin, you shall be free indeed (John 8:334,36) The poor in spirit see their impotence to free themselves from sin/failures/faults/errors. They see that freedom is possible only through Christ's death for us as our substitute. They recognize that salvation/deliverance comes by God's act of undeserved and unmeritted kindness and mercy alone. They choose to believe God and His Word about themselves and their relationship with Him. One cannot speak of the Crucifixion apart from the Resurrection. It is the resurrection that gives us newness of life. Christ's resurrection testifies to two vital truths. One, it shows that God was propitiated, or satisfied, with the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. Jesus became the bearer of our sins. Isaiah's word is "But he was wounded/pierced for our transgressions, bruised/ crushed for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes (from the cutting whips) we are healed." In Romans 4:25 we read, "[He] who was delivered up because of our transgressions, and was raised [from the dead] because of our justification." "Raised
because of our justifica- tion" means that because Jesus' payment (the death of His body) for our sins was adequate to satisfy the demands of justice and a Holy God, God could then declare us righteous, justified and made acceptable in His sight. Jesus was raised from death because His death for us satisfied the righteousness of our Holy God. His resurrection shows us that Jesus Christ conquered death. Death had a holdover man because of his sin/error/failures/faults. However, once the death penalty of sin was paid for by the death of Christ's body, death no longer had any holding power. "The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law" (1 Corinth. 15:56). Jesus paid the price of redemption, redeeming us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us ---for cursed was everyone who was hung on a tree/ stake (Deut. 21:23; Gala. 3:13). His death took away the power of sin. Jesus also took the stinger out of death by paying for our sin so that we need have no fear of what awaits us in and after death. Because our sin debt is paid for in full by Christ, death has no power over us. Dear reader, have you come to the end of yourself? Have you seen your total impotence, your total unworthiness? Have you seen your nothingness apart from God? And have you seen Jesus, God the Son who took upon Himself flesh and blood that He might die for you and for all people? Have you decided that you want His Way and Will in and for your life instead of your own will and way? Do you believe that? Do you believe He died in your place? Do you believe that He was made sin for you, so that you, a helpless and hopeless enemy of God, might have His righteousness and His life? Have you repented-- -turned away from self-will to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ----the God anointed Saviour King of Israel? Out loud with your mouth agree with God about the God anointed Saviour King of Israel, and you will be saved, "for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses [Jesus], resulting in salvation." Romans 10:10-13. Joel 2: 32 And it shall be, whoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved; for salvation shall be in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, as the LORD has said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. Ps 119:6 Then I shall not be ashamed, when I have respect to all Your commandments. Ps 119:80 Let my heart be sound in Your statutes, so that I may not be ashamed. Ps 119:116 Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and let me not be ashamed of my hope. This invitation for you to become a child of God through Jesus Christ is paraphrased from Kay Arthur's "Lord Heal My Hurts". Kay Arthur has neither endorsed nor subscribed to the views and beliefs I state in my files and documents . It is my prayer that you will accept this invitation to become a child of God through Jesus Christ, and sincerely pray this prayer from your heart. God and Creator of the universe, I ask You to make me in Jesus to be Your child, and be my Father in Heaven. I thank You for revealing Yourself in Jesus, born of a virgin and Your Spirit, and crucified on a cross for me. I thank You that Jesus rose His body from
death to show me how He will raise my body from death some day. I praise You that someday Jesus will return in His transformed body to set up His Kingdom on earth. With my mouth out loud I do declare that I believe and trust in King Jesus, Your anointed Son, to save me from my faults and sins. I rely and depend on Your King Jesus to save me from my failures and mistakes. I admit and recognize that I am spiritually deaf, blind and dead to You apart from Jesus. I agree with You that I am totally incapable of deserving or earning salvation from my errors and faults in any way. I admit that I am a sinner, totally unable to please or to serve You, God. I agree with You that apart from Jesus my sins and I are rejected, filthy, rotten, and ugly.I praise and thank You that Jesus took my sin and failures in His body and died in my place for me to justify me and set me free in You. Please change my mind about my sin and give me Your mind about my sin and You. I agree with you that my sin had left me spiritually deaf, blind and dead. I recognize and accept that salvation, deliverance and freedom from sin comes by Your undeserved andunmerited kindness and mercy alone. I thank and praise You that Your holy justice is satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice and death for me, when he took my sins on His dying body. I accept the fact, that He was bruised, beaten, whipped, spat upon, disrespected, abused and tortured to death because of my sin, and for my sins. I am so sorry that He had to suffer so muchbecause of the wickedness of my sins, but I am so very thankful that You now see me in Jesus as righteous, justified and made acceptable to You to be Yours forever. I praise You and thank You that in raising His body from death, Jesus conquered death forever. I praise and thank You that now my soul and spirit are free forever from death, and that Jesus will someday save my body from death and transform it to serve Him. Thanks for saving me from the fear of death. I ask and trust You to work and will Your Life in me to do Your will. I ask and trust You to equip me with all I need for You to do Your will in me. I ask and trust You toproduce in me through Jesus all that is pleasing to You. Dear Emanuel, I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see me and to hear me this day. Savior, I'm blessed because You are forgiving and understanding You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for I have sinned. I ask now for Your forgiveness. Keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Help me to make the best of each and every day and give my best in all that is put before me. Clear my mind that I can hear from You. Help me to not whine and whimper . Loving Father, Help me continue to see sin through Your eyes and acknowledge it as evil. And when I sin, help me repent, and confess my wrongdoing, and receive Your forgiveness, God. And when this old world closes in on me, help me remember Jesus' example to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It's the best response when I'm pushed beyond my limits. I know that when I can't
pray that You listen to my heart. Continue to use me to do YourWill. Lover of my soul, continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others. I pray for those that are lost and can't find their way. I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who refuse to share a word from You. I pray for those that will read this and not use such prayer in their lives. I pray for those that will fail to share such prayers with others. Comforter of my heart, I pray for those that don't believe. But I believe and believe that You change people and You change things. Please hear my prayer for all my loved ones, for every hurting soul, for every broken heart, for every neglected life, for every one searching for You in the midst of the pain of their lives, for the abandonned and grieving widow and mother, for every abandonned and grieving child crying out for Love and Life, for every hurting and grieving husband and wife, for every father and mother wrestling with grief and heart-pain, for all my sisters and brothers. Gracious and generous King, I thank You, I praise and worship You, I lift my hands in adoration and praise to You for being that Loving Father, that persistent Shepherd, that caring Comforter who personally and intimately enlightens every single human life (born and unborn) that comes into this World, offering them the choice of You in this life. I praise and worship you for BEING THERE, FOR BEING HERE, FOR LETTING ME KNOW YOU AND BE YOURS. This is my prayer I pray to you in Jesus' most blessed and holy name. Amen. For more helpful information to help you with your decision and walk in Christ, write Kay Arthur at Precept Ministries P.O. Box 182218 Chattanooga, Tennessee 37422 (423) 892-6814 OR http://www.emmaus.edu/ http://www.insight.org http://www.freedominchrist.com My story, as written to my daughters. +++I was raised in a home where my dad was an active California supporter of the KKK and White Citien's Council. He hated Jews, Catholics, AfAms, Mexican almost anyone who wasn't WASP. He was from a factory working family in Missouri.My mom was an Ohio farm girl whose prejudice ran like this -- "You can go to school with them, work with them, go to church with them, live next door to them, but never date or marry one." +++By the age of twelve (just finished seventh grade) I was almost 5' 10" tall and weighed about 140 lbs. and I had a pretty bad record in the community. I had a "D" average for grades K - 6. I was spanked at least each month by the principal for misconduct and I was either suspended or expelled each semester starting with the fourth grade through the sixth grade. In the seventh grade I had a "C-" average with a lot of "D's" in conduct and I was getting into trouble with the girls. +++I had been kicked out of my church's youth group because I kept on breaking up the meetings by goofing off and clowning around. I believed in God and the Bible, but I sure didn't know Him personally and I figured He was unhappy with me
like everybody else. I figured, at 12, that there was no Love in the world, that every body only had user unfriendly conditional love, selfish love, and I decided I didn't want to live in a world where there was no Love. I didn't believe there was any Love on earth and for sure I didn't believe that my mom and dad loved me. My mom was so desperate to salvage her first born son that she decided to force me to go to the church's September Palomar camp in hope of a miracle. +++On the way to Palomar on the church bus, I decided that since there was no Love on earth, I would either jump off Laurel St. Bridge in Balboa Park or join the local street and motorcycle gang, drinking, smoking marijuana and fooling around with the girls until I got killed like some I knew. That night at camp I saw people doing something I had never seen before, consistently and sincerely loving on each other and joyful. I wanted what they had desperately so I decided I would imitate them so maybe I could fit and they would accept me into their joyful and loving society. I knew what they had was real when I got up that next freezing morning on Mt. Palomar, walked into the men's room and saw guys really joyful and really loving each other, heart to heart and eye to eye. All the more I decided that I wanted what they had and tried to imitate them so I could at least be accepted by them, if I couldn't have what they had. +++On a noon hike that Saturday I was hanging out on the edge of the group, trying to fit in and catch what they had. I tripped over a Manzanita root and meant to say "shoot" but said "sheet" instead, and said it loud enough for THEM to hear. I knew that "sheet" was "shit" with a Mexican accent to THEM and I felt I had totally blown my cover and that THEY all now knew that I wasn't really one of them, but a faker. I blew up over that Manzanita root, kicking it and hitting the bush while verbally overflowing with stuff like "Doggone it! What's wrong with me! I can't do anything right! I always mess up! Just about the time I think I got it right, then I mess up! What the heck is wrong with me!" Now I don't know if she was an angel or not. I never saw her before or after that encounter with the bush. I never got her name. Later when I tried to figure out who she was, I thought that maybe it was a young lady at church who looked a lot like her, but she denied that it was her. +++Well whoever she was, she came gently over to me as I was kicking the root and hitting the tree and verbally dumping. She quietly stood beside me and asked me if I would like to know why I do things like I was doing, why I mess up. Well you know that I wanted to know that, because I was sick and tired of messing up, especially after messing up in the presence of the first real joyful and loving people I ever knew. So she asked me to sit down on a big rock over looking Don Valley on Palomar Mt. and she proceeded to explain to me why I messed and how Jesus could still Love a jerk like me. For the next three hours she showed me, gently and patiently, how and why Jesus Loved me. I believed Jesus was real, but I sure didn't think that He Loved me. The proof that persuaded me that God not only
could but actually did Love me was that Christ died for me. I could argue with most other points, but I couldn't deny that Jesus died. Even unbelievers believed Jesus lived and died. To me that was a historical fact that few disputed. So when I saw that I had solid historical evidence that Jesus died, I was ready to seriously consider that just maybe He Loved me enough to really die for me. +++I respected and believed the Bible, so when she showed me book after book, chapter after chapter, verse after verse that plainly stated that the reason Jesus died (that solid historical fact), was because God so Loved me and the world and because He wanted to Love me as Father, as Shepherd, as King, as Deliverer in a very intimate and personal relationship, - - - - my eyes began to see, my mind to understand my heart wanted that Love. When she showed me why He let them kill Him, that it was His choice, that He died to take my place in the court of Divine Justice----- -- well she had me. I couldn't deny that he died, and she persuaded that God so Loved me that He sent His only begotten Son to die in my place so that I could be His child ------Eureka! Yahoo! I had discovered the Love I was looking for, a Love that I could live for, a Love to give my life to and for. I already believed that He rose from the dead and was coming back. Now I could have a relationship with the GOD who was Love. +++I believed her, accepted Him and got all excited. I told her that I had to check all of this out with the youth sponsor, Chuck Hill, to make sure that all that she told me was right on. If she were an angel, then I can see why I had to check it out with Chuck, because the Bible makes it plain that soul-winning is the work, not of angels, but of the Spirit and his human servants. After Chuck confirmed everything the woman had told me, I tanked him and went up the other hill side to pray my prayer of thanks, believing, receiving and trusting Jesus as my God and Saviour. I was such a babe I didn't realize that I had been born again as soon as I talked to Chuck, because I believed and had faith in Jesus and His Word as soon a Chuch confirmed it all. I believed and was born again even before I made my big formal acceptance prayer. Talk about a radical life change! Within a month of my +++8th grade year (Oct. or Nov.) my grades averaged "B", I was a leader in my church youth group, my school's Bible club (the girls had a hard time believing I had changed), and I determined to do what I could do for my messed up family, especially my mom and dad. I don't know if that young lady was an angel, but I never saw her again at that camp after that three hour talk. I never saw her again anywhere at anytime. Nobody else knew about her. But God used her to keep your Dad from jumping off the Laurel St. bridge or dying with the street and motorcycle gangsters, perhaps so I could be your dad.
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