God has stirred something up in me. I'm concerned about a movement that is gaining popularity and proclaims the name of Christ, but is not of Christ; at least it's not of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, our Savior, of whom so much is written in the Bible. [Read more…]
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I recall a time over 10 years ago while I was a single man living in Santa Monica, California. I'd been ignoring God for a time, just living my unfulfilling life for myself, each day inching closer to death. Although my back may have been turned, He was always there, waiting patiently, speaking softly.
Some months earlier I had signed-up for a Christian CD-of-the-month club. When the CDs arrived in the mail I didn't excitedly open the box and listen to the latest music, but simply tossed the unopened box onto the floor into the pile of other unopend CD boxes. One day I needed to get out for a walk. Wanting to listen to something new, I randomly chose one of the unopened CDs and ripped open the box. The band was called Plumb, the album was 'Candy Coated Waterdrops', hmmm, this sounded interesting 'so I popped it into my portable CD player, put on my headphones and headed out the door towards the ocean to watch the sunset.
The very first song on the album is called 'Late Great Planet Earth' … once outside I started my walk to the deliberate, driving beat of the song, when something supernatural happened. The lyrics being sung were, "The sky is falling, voices crying out in desperation, hear the calling, everybody SAVE YOURSELF…" then something caught my eye that wasn't there the last time I walked down Broadway. It was a sticker spirally wrapped around the hand rail of some stairs to an office building. It was smaller than a bumper sticker, I could only read 3 letters on it that looked like "SAV" so I just knew that the rest of the word had to be "SAVE" so I stepped up to the rail and peeled the sticker off and read it in shocking belief, tears instantly welled up in my eyes, it said, "SAVIOR SELF" at the very exact moment that the lyrics to a song I'vd never listened to before were being sung, "YOU CAN NEVER SAVE YOURSELF". Only a fool says in his heart that there is no God.
I recognized the sticker as a mockery and insult to what God has done for us by sending His only son to earth to live a perfect life, and to pay the price for our sins by dying on the cross in our place, so that those who believe in Him and accept His love can be with him in paradise forever. But I also recognized this as a very special moment when God was speaking to me, showing me something. His death and resurrection made a new everlasting covenant between God and mankind. Christ promises those who turn to him: "Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed from death to life" (John 5:24).
There were a half dozen or so little blue advertising postcards strewn about on the ground and I felt compelled to pick one up and put it in my pocket. I felt that there was a connection to the sticker on the handrail. Although I don't remember exactly what was on the postcard I still have it stashed away somewhere. There was a website address on it. When I got back home I got on the Internet and did a WhoIs on the domain name… the owner's name, Morgan Bennett, was very familiar but I couldn't immediately figure out why. Then a lightbulb turned on, there was always mail being delivered at my apartment building to people who used to live there but moved years ago…at one time this guy lived in the very same 8-unit apartment building that I did on the corner of Lincoln and Broadway because I'd seen mail addressed to him… what are the odds of that?
So tonight, I watched a 5-minute video clip interview with Anne Rice, author of 'Interview with a Vampire' At one point in her narrative she says, "you can't save yourself" which sparked the memory of what I've just written above. I recommend watching it.
Interesting that the owner of www.SaveYourself.com is Suze Orman, the self-professed financial guru. Somebody ought to tell her that you CAN'T save yourself. The Way to true, everlasting security is Jesus Christ, who said, "I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me." : John 14:6
Today you can come to God by surrendering your life and heart to Jesus Christ. The Bible says: "To all who received him (Jesus Christ), to those who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12).
Right where you are you, right at this moment you can pray something like this: "Lord, I know that I have sinned and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ died for me and rose from the dead. I invite you into my life to be my Lord and Savior."
If you sincerely put your faith in Christ, God promises not only to forgive you, but also to receive you into his family. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you". If you haven't already made a decision for Christ, become a child of God today, while you still can.