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Obedience of Surrender

Surrendering your life is a step of profound obedience. Since God is well aware of every detail of your life, He knows what a huge commitment this is on your part. Take comfort in the fact that God designed it this way and therefore has made every provision for becoming reunited with Him—in spite of the inborn weakness of your humanity. There’s no need to worry. Being “born again” into this new life in Christ can happen in an instant of time for the heart that’s ready to receive Him.
       At the same time the Bible instructs those who have already taken that step to: “Test yourselves, to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Do you recognize that Jesus Christ is in you—or do you fail the test?” You’ll find this practice useful in judging your spiritual condition no matter where you are along life’s path.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Faith is the Key

Just how does a person receive the grace God has so generously provided through Jesus? It involves faith. God deals with your heart as well as your intellect. Faith comes through an act of your will; believing God’s promise is a decision on your part. But faith comes with a price. Jesus gave all He had and He asks you to do the same—the surrender of your entire being to Him.
       Yet how can we make a decision of such magnitude? It’s here that God’s gift of grace comes alive. Faith is not only action, it’s also a gift. Without God Himself instilling within you the faith needed to receive Him the whole thing is simply impossible. So ask Jesus to do in you what you obviously are not capable of yourself. He will, and you will receive a life you never dreamed possible. It merely takes willingness on your part.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Why Be Alienated?

Sin has separated us from God. We are spiritually dead because of it. But God has solved this problem by bridging that gap through the suffering and death of His very own Son. Jesus took upon Himself the punishment we deserved by paying an outrageous price for our sin. It’s a free gift! The Bible calls it grace; the favor of God which none of us is able to earn, but all can freely receive. It’s God’s promise.
       Receiving His promise takes repentance on our part. Repent is an idea that has been lost in our culture. The word itself seems a bit scary, but it really isn’t. Repentance is merely a change of mind. It means turning away—that is, turning around and going the opposite direction. It means turning away from your old life by rejecting sin, and turning to God as the new direction for your life.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

The Root of Sin

Becoming a child of God involves surrendering your life to Jesus. Surrender first means acknowledging that you have been in rebellion against God—ignoring Him and His purpose for your life, no matter how subtle that disregard for Him might be. You have been running the show, having installed yourself on the throne of your life instead of yielding to Jesus as ruler.
       The Bible calls it sin. Sin is commonly thought of as specific acts we commit. But these failings are merely a symptom of a much deeper disease. Disregard for God is the underlying problem. All sin is rooted in rebellion. Often people don’t think of themselves as sinners: “I’ve always been a pretty good person.” Regardless, the Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” When first approaching God, it always comes down to this: “Lord, I know I have sinned against you.”

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Our Heart-shaped Cavity

In each of us, within the deep recesses of our inner being, lies a void. It could be called a spiritual vacuum of sorts. Think of it as a heart-shaped cavity that nothing but the love of God can truly fill. Oh, we try to fill it, by every other means possible! The world around us has become very clever in creating distraction, always diverting our attention to substitutes promising to fulfill that spiritual hunger.
       Yet there is no solution but God alone. Only by becoming His child do we find contentment replacing the spiritual poverty we often don’t even realize is there. Somehow we instinctively know this to be true. It’s the reason people run to various religions in their attempt to ease the deep-seated distress of the human condition. And it’s also why those who stubbornly hold no belief system at all rebel so intensely against Christ’s message of salvation.

Ideas are Powerful

Ideas are powerful. There is no greater force for social transformation than ideas. Nations have been birthed by them. Ideas form the foundation of entire cultures. Most people live according to ideas nurtured by the world around us. More often than not the media establishment directs and rules our lives.
      So if ideas really are that influential, wouldn’t it make sense that God’s ideas are the most dynamic of all? Who but God alone totally understands the fabric of our being? God alone knows what brings true fulfillment. His truth is there to be uncovered throughout the pages of the Bible. Yet it’s impossible to discover those ideas without first gaining a solid understanding of what it contains. It stands to reason, then, that we need to study the Bible. In it you will not only direction find for your life, but also the peace which surpasses all worldly understanding.

Ideas are Powerful

Ideas are powerful. There is no greater force for social transformation than ideas. Nations have been birthed by them. Ideas form the foundation of entire cultures. Most people live according to ideas nurtured by the world around us. More often than not the media establishment directs and rules our lives.
      So if ideas really are that influential, wouldn’t it make sense that God’s ideas are the most dynamic of all? Who but God alone totally understands the fabric of our being? God alone knows what brings true fulfillment. His truth is there to be uncovered throughout the pages of the Bible. Yet it’s impossible to discover those ideas without first gaining a solid understanding of what it contains. It stands to reason, then, that we need to study the Bible. In it you will not only direction find for your life, but also the peace which surpasses all worldly understanding.

Born Again?

Belief in God is so much more than a mental acceptance of His truth. Real faith results in transformation, and this is impossible to accomplish on our own. The Apostle Paul described it this way: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Our encounter with God is governed by an entirely new framework. Jesus explained that one must be “born again.” Our spiritual nature must come alive to Him.
       Meeting Jesus personally can’t help but transform a person. It all begins with a first step. As we take that step toward believing Jesus for His promise of eternal life, we find Him stepping toward us as well. God will make it absolutely clear where you stand with Him. His stamp of approval is found on those who have become His children, His chosen ones. It’s God’s gift to us.

From: The Path through the Maze—Answering Life’s Ultimate Question: What Happens After We Die?

Spiritual Illiteracy

Illiteracy is an awful thing. It prevents people from healthy development. In a way, they can’t be blamed for their failure to understand, since this weakness imprisons them. Sometimes their environment prevents them from learning and sometimes they’ve simply made that choice.
      What about the spiritually illiterate—that is, those who don’t have a clue about God and His ways? When we are talking with people we need to realize that they may not be able to grasp what we’re sharing. So we need to be compassionate and patient as God reveals that first glimmer of hope through us. We must realize that while some have chosen spiritual illiteracy, others may not even have been exposed to the truth.
      Our job is to speak God’s truth. And realizing that people may lack the ability to understand will help us to share His truth in love, rather than standing in judgment over them.

Faith Results in Action!

We all exercise faith as we go about our routine of life. And we always behave as we believe. What we have set our heart on is what we naturally pursue. Today’s interpretation of believing rarely lines up with the Bible’s meaning because superficial belief requires almost no effort.
When the Bible uses the word believe it means trusting in what God has promised.                                  Faith and trust are one and the same. Believe is merely the verb form of the nouns belief, faith and trust. Scripture tells us: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who seek Him.” Belief in God, then, should always result in pursuing relationship with Him. Action is what’s needed! It offers proof that we truly believe. Without it our so-called faith amounts to nothing.

From: The Path Through the Maze. Answering Life’s Ultimate Question; What Happens After We Die?