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Is God Your Father?
“Ye are of your father the devil and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
Today if you ask almost anybody if they think they will go to heaven when they die, they’ll say yes. But when you ask them why and on what merits thy will gain access to God’s domain, they will most likely say that they are a good person or they may tell you about some good things they’ve done or bad things they have not done. As a matter of fact, their concept of God is most likely flawed by myths they have heard all their lives. A man once asked me, “What difference does it make how you get to God as long as you get there?” He apparently was not aware of the scripture in John 14:6 where Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me”.
Another one of the great myths is that a True and Living God could never send anybody to hell because He loves everybody. While God’s love is universal, His enemies will be cast into the Lake of Fire that burns forever and ever. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:15 So, what makes a person the enemy of God? Is it because of some blasphemous thing they have done or some excessive wickedness they have done? We often use examples like Adolph Hitler, Charles Manson, or Jack the Ripper and other such dastardly characters.
the truth is that in order for us to go to Heaven when we die, the Bible
teaches us that we must be born into God’s family. Jesus Himself teaches us in John chapter 3 that we must be
born again. What does
it mean to be born again? How
can we be born again? Well,
Jesus also said “that
which is born of the flesh is flesh and that which is born of Spirit is
spirit” (John 3:6).
You see my friend, we have to be Spiritually born into God’s
family in order for Him to be our Father.
People who are not saved, or born again are serving another god,
the god of this world, sometimes called the “Prince of the Power of
the Air” or “The Prince of Darkness”.
Ephesians 2:2-3 says, Wherein in
time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to
the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children
of disobedience; among whom also we all had our conversation
(lifestyle) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the
desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of
wrath, even as others.” But praise be to God, the next verses give us all hope.
Verses 4-7 says, “But God,
who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even
when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us (made us alive) together
with Christ, (by grace ye are saved); and hath raised us up together,
and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the
ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his
kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
So, the question naturally arises, “How can I be born again?” Just like our physical birth we must have a spiritual mother (The Holy Spirit) and a Spiritual Father, (God). Our spiritual birth must be through the blood (Jesus Christ). So, you can see how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is present in our new birth. “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” 1 John 1:7. The blood that Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary cleans us from all our sin, past, present, and future. Then, and only then, can we be saved and brought into the household of God. Then, God will be your father.
Mark 1:14-15 the Bible said, “Jesus came into Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God and saying, the time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand, repent ye, and believe the gospel”. You must repent of your sin and call on God to save you through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, to the saving of your soul.
Dear friend, get on your knees now and pray and ask the Lord to forgive you of your sins toward him, and what He would have you do. Ask Him to save you and then follow His Spirit.
When we are born again, we must be nourished by The Word of God or the Bible. The Apostle Peter said, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby” 1 Peter 2:2. Get a good King James Bible and begin to read but before reading, pray and ask the Lord to guide you and open His Word to your heart; then join a good Bible Church and serve HIM with the church family. He will not lead you wrong. Trust in Him and be saved today.