LIFE in Christ for Those Who Are Desperate
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
As distorted as life may be; as distant as God may seem to you; as distressful is every moment to you in this world, hope in Christ — God’s means of LIFE to us — is the complete extreme of what you are experiencing. He is able — NOT YOU — to provide this hope, this new LIFE in Christ. God has given His own Son to die for you. He has already DIED for you. Death is no longer an option for His children. He has experienced all the agony that is plaguing your life now. He took all your sins and your burdens upon Himself when He was put to death. His blood was shed that we might not have to experience eternal death. He was resurrected that we might live forever in Him and with Him.
The apostle Paul speaks of the difference of life in the flesh and LIFE in the Spirit in Romans 8.1-2;14-15
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
Those who are born of God, of His Spirit, have a goal. This goal is set past this life into eternity. It begins here but transcends into the heavenly kingdom. Though this world is all that you can see with the physical eye this is not all there is. There is existence past this life, through natural death, into an eternal world. Without Christ as our escort, our shepherd, our mediator, our Savior, we plunge ourselves headlong into our own oblivion. What we experience as oblivion now will be eternal damnation, death reigning forever. Death will not be an escape. It will not make things better. Past this life there is no longer any hope. As long as you have breath there is hope. Through prayer, seeking answers to true LIFE through God’s word, finding someone who can tell you about Christ and His salvation, and a church where the people love the Lord, His word, and each other you can experience this LIFE in Christ. There is nothing of any value in this world or the next without Him.
Hope and Patience
“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:24-26
We must all come face to face with God, the goal of every child of God. It is He as our creator, redeemer, and Father who will bring us to Himself one day. How will you face Him – – – in His love, or His judgment. Eternal judgment comes only to those who refuse the love that He pours out to us through His Son.
“And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” 1 John 3:23
Taking our life in our own hands to destroy what God created for Himself is disobedience, a lack of love for Him and others who know us and those we have yet to know. Leaving this world before He lavishes His love and His goodness upon us is being our own God and refusing what God created for Himself.
We are all a result of what we think, and others have taught us; but new LIFE in Christ transforms us by the renewing of our minds. In this new birth of God’s Spirit we have a new heart, a new love, a new way of thinking and living. No longer do we live for ourselves, with our thoughts turned inward, but all that we are and do becomes an onward and upward movement toward God and His heavenly goal for us as His children.
Life is a spiral, always moving;
either onward and upward to God or downward to an abyss.
Seek and You Will Find Christ
If you are desolate, and desperate, as you read this, call someone and pour out your heart to them. If they do not know God, or listen, or encourage you, or help you to find Christ, don’t let them stop you from calling a church near you. If you have means of transportation, find a church and its pastor; find someone who knows Christ, and ask them to help you.
Jesus said, “Those who endure to the end will be saved.” Our only means of endurance are in Him. He is our refuge, our strength, our LIFE.
Continue in hope and prayer, reading God’s Word. If you don’t have a Bible, buy one or go to your local library and find one. Read the Bible online here. Keep looking, keep asking, keep seeking, and keep knocking at the door of God’s heart until He answers.
Hear His words from Jeremiah 33:3
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3
I cannot promise you anything. Only God, who created you because He loves you, can bring you to hope in the promises from His word. I can only point you to Him and the means whereby He saves us from death to LIFE. I speak here in my love for Christ who has saved me and given me new LIFE in Him. I can witness of the difference between His LIFE and life apart from Him. I understand desperation, loneliness, and depression. God is able and has delivered many others and me.
Of the Bible verses I learned as a child the one that was imprinted on my heart and mind comes personally from Jesus Christ in Matthew 11:28-30. Take to heart verse 28:
“Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden
and I will give you rest.”
Choose LIFE and Wait on the Lord
“Wait on the Lord; be strong, be of good courage; and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
There is no other hope but Christ only. Even though you may not believe now does not mean that you can’t or won’t. LIVE AND WAIT TO SEE WHAT HE HAS PLANNED FOR YOU. Thank Him everyday for that day as you continue to look and wait for Him.
The following numbers are from Focus on the Family.
They can direct you to help in your own area.
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. —ask for the “counseling department.” 1-800-232-6459
6 a.m. – 8 p.m. to find a counselor in your area 1-855-771-4357
Dear Father, hear our cries for the mind, heart and lives of those whom You have created. In Your love bring your children to Christ, Your Son, for LIFE; that we might all know, love, obey and live in and through Him the abundant LIFE He died to give. In His precious name we pray. Amen
(Tomorrow: Part 3: LIFE for Those Who are Left Behind)