Let’s face it. It’s been a tough year. It seems not a day goes by that we do not hear of new atrocities – violence, murder, stealing of children, persecution of the innocent, mass slaughter…
How are we to feel “merry and bright” while evil wreaks havoc throughout our world, while those who are suffering cry out in anguish, while the earth soaks up the blood of the innocent?
It seems too much to bear.
We are told in John 10:10 that there is an evil one whose purpose is “to steal and kill and destroy” (NLT). The evidence of his reign of terror surrounds us. It seems, at times, that we haven’t got a chance against such blatant evil.
But the truth, friends, is that a great light has been sent to obliterate evil and darkness!
“The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.”
Isaiah 9:2 (NLT)
Yes, God sent his one and only precious son to be hope for the hopeless. A shining light to pierce through the darkest night. We need only to turn to him and accept the greatest gift ever given, Jesus.
Friend, have YOU accepted this gift? Although faith in Christ is incredibly profound, it is also remarkably simple – as simple as A, B, C.
A – ADMIT that you are a sinner, that you’ve made mistakes. “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23 NLT). Tell God that you are sorry for your sins.
B – BELIEVE that Jesus, the very son of God, came to earth as a baby, was brutally murdered to pay the penalty for sin, and rose again to new life. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 NLT).
C – COMMIT your life to follow Christ as your Lord and Savior. “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9 NLT)
A prayer committing your life to Christ might sound something like this…
“Dear heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner, that I’ve made mistakes and messed up more times than I can remember. Please forgive me (if you feel led to confess particular sins you could name them specifically and ask God to forgive you of them). I believe you sent your son, Jesus, to this earth to pay the penalty for my sin. I believe he died, and rose to new life. Thank you for the gift of your son. I commit my life to following Jesus. Amen.”
This prayer is by no means a ‘magical’ formula. It is not the particular words that make the difference, but rather the condition of your heart.
If you prayed this prayer with a sincere heart, then congratulations, and welcome to the family of God!
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1 NLT).
Unfortunately, this does not mean that everything will be all sunshine and roses from now on. In fact, the bible tells us that we will face trials and difficulties of many kinds, but that we can have hope knowing that Jesus has overcome them all, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33 NLT).
For those of you who are in the thick of the struggle this Christmas, I hope you will be encouraged knowing that God truly can redeem all of your brokenness for good. Often it is when we are at our lowest, that God can shine the brightest in our lives. It is then that we are often willing to reach out to him, and draw close by his side. As we draw close to him, he promises to be with us, to sustain us, to free us.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
He rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Psalm 34:18 NLT
It has been during some of my darkest hours, that I have experienced the most beautiful encounters with my loving heavenly Father. I have heard him speak amazing words of love and hope into my brokenness – that I am his precious child, loved beyond measure, forgiven, pure in his sight, free…
I pray, dear one, that you would experience the miraculous hope of Jesus this Christmas,
(Please let me know if you have made this commitment to following Jesus, so I can celebrate with you this Christmas! I would also love to hear any questions or prayer requests. Blessings!
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