Isaiah 55:6-7 says: "Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! Heís near. (7)Give up your crooked ways and your evil thoughts. Return to the Lord our God. He will be merciful and forgive your sins" (Contemporary English Version -- The Promise).
Always remember that God will forgive you of every sin you have ever committed, will ever commit, and haven't yet committed. God knows everything about your life past, present, and future. He is faithful to forgive you. There is nothing you can do to upset God's plans and purposes for your life. To God you are a "Somebody." There are no "nobodies" in God's Kingdom. You were created by God for a special purpose. Finding that purpose begins with confessing your sins to God through Jesus Christ.
As the verse says, the Lord can still be found. A lot of people think that God isn't concerned with us or the world we live in. They believe that once God wound up the universe, He left it to its own devices and ours as well. Many believe that God doesn't care about us anymore. "Why do you think the world is in such bad shape", they say. "If God really cared, He would do something about it." It's amazing: that's the same thing people said during Jesus' ministry on earth. They were looking for a military leader to overtake Rome, who was making life unbearable for the people of Jesus' day. They wanted Him to overthrow the rulers of Rome and to establish peace and right to the earth. They wanted a bold king to rule them without the constrictions that the Romans were putting upon them. What they got was a savior who was more concerned about their spiritual condition more than their physical condition. Sure, Jesus did many physical miracles to show the people just who God is: He fed many, He healed many, even raised a few from the dead. But Jesus cared more about their souls than He did their bodies. Yes, He cares about our physical being, but if our souls don't belong to Him, then our physical bodies won't matter if they will not be in Heaven with Him.
When you think about it, Jesus is in fact also a military leader who will lead an army of saints (those of us who put our faith in Jesus) to overthrow Satan at the appointed time (Revelation 20:10: "And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever" New International Version). But we must put our faith in Him before He cannot be found. There will come a time in the future when God will remove His Holy Spirit from this earth and salvation will no longer be possible for those who have waited too long to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Won't you call out to God right this very minute and secure your place in Heaven with Him for all of eternity, while He can still be found?
What is the first thing that Jesus will do for me after I accept Him into my life?
I will be cleansed and forgiven
In Jeremiah 33:8 we read: "I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. (New International Version)
Again, the Scripture is talking about the Israelites returning to God yet again. When you read the Old Testament, you will find that God called out to his people through the prophets many, many times to return to Him so He could heal them and forgive them. In all of these times God was showing them, and us, that He will not give up on us, that He will keep pursuing us until we have made a definite decision to either accept Jesus or reject Jesus. Until you make a definite decision, God will keep on calling to you because He does not want you to miss out on His love. Satan has no love for you. All he wants to do is destroy you (1 Peter 5:8B: "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." (New International Version)) so that God can't get you into His kingdom. As I have said in an earlier post, Satan hates God and anyone who sides with him. For those who walk around this earth saying "God is dead" Satan has already destroyed them spiritually. If Satan can keep you from accepting God's Son as your Savior then he has won a great victory. Satan wants you to keep on sinning, because the more you sin, he believes, the more guilt and condemnation you will feel about them and would never go to God because God could never accept a sinner like you. Please do not believe that for a second. Go to God no matter how you feel. Don't trust your feelings because they will lie to you. God will forgive you.
Here is an example of how much God loves you and will forgive you:
Godís Abundant Forgiveness
Place some sand into a bucket to represent all of humanity since the beginning of time until now. Now think about all the sand left on every beach in the world. This represents Godís love for us. If you donít think that God will forgive you, or that there is not enough forgiveness from God for everyone, just think about how many grains of sand there are in that bucket and compare it to the amount of sand left on Godís beaches. For every grain of sand in that bucket there are trillions of grains of forgiveness from God for each person who has or will ever live, past, present, and future. Seen in this light, we realize that Godís love for us will never diminish, never run low, and never run out. We as humans can never sin enough to take away every grain of sand on Godís beaches. There are enough grains of sand to cover the sins of all of Godís children forever.
Never say to yourself that God would never forgive someone as bad as you. There is nothing "bad" enough you go ever do to get God to stop loving you, no matter what Satan says. Satan is a liar. Please remember that. If you don't like yourself, if you don't care about your life, if you just want to give it all up and die because the world will get along just fine without you, if you believe that no one cares about you or loves you, or any one of a million thoughts like these, then you must realize that you are being lied to by the master deceiver himself, Satan.
If you read my post "My Life in Christ" you will see how I once believed all of these lies about myself. But if it wasn't for Jesus pursuing me until I realized that I needed Him, then you wouldn't be reading this post from someone who has been where you are at today. God loves you, and I love you, and there is nothing that will ever change that. Believe it with all your heart.
Please, today, answer the call. God is waiting to hear your voice saying His name. Tell Jesus that you want Him in your life and that you need Him. Surrender all that you are to Him and I guarantee that He will make good on His promise to forgive you, cleanse you, love you, and change you into someone who you can be proud of. His love is everlasting, it will never die. If your heart is being tugged and your mind has turned toward Jesus, please respond to His voice. You will know it is His voice because you will feel peaceful perhaps for the first time in your life. Jesus said in Revelation 3:20: ďLook! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends." (New Living Translation) Jesus is knocking. Answer the call won't you?
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