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Hope For The World

January 21, 2019

 

John 3:16   For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

 

Perhaps you have been to a football game or sporting event and saw the Bible verse “John 3:16” written or posted on a sign or elsewhere, but didn’t really know what it meant. The words that are within this powerful verse contain eternal truths that can transform one who believes them. Maybe you stumbled across this website looking for hope. I would like to share with you something wonderful that you may have never heard before. It is so beautiful that it can change the course of your life and destiny forever. It is the message that God loves you! The creator of the universe knit you together when you were in your mother’s womb and deeply loves you. Maybe you have never picked up a Bible in your life, and all that you know is that there has to be a God, because all of the brilliant artistry of nature couldn’t have happened by random chance processes. You know that there has to be something more. I would like to share some good news with you!  

 

When God created the first man, Adam, and first woman, Eve, things were perfect on the earth. Adam walked and talked with the Creator of the universe in a garden called Eden. When the Creator of the heavens and the earth finished making everything, He called it “good.” After He created mankind in His own image, He called His creation “very good.” Humans were the crown of His creation, above the animals, and not some sort of evolved species. This loving God had an open, unhindered relationship with His children and things were the way they were meant to be.  

 

God created Adam and Eve with a will to make choices. It wasn’t until they disobeyed God’s command, and ate of the fruit from the tree that they were told to stay away from, that things radically changed. Because of their sin, they had to leave their home in the garden, and live in a world that was very different from the one that they knew. This broke God’s heart. 

 

This new world had a problem now…sin. Death had entered the world because of their sin and now the beautiful world that God made was under His judgment. It was no longer perfect and today we see so much hopelessness and depravity in the world such as suicide, despair, evil, suffering, and troubled lost souls. This was not the way life was intended to be, nor is God the cause of it.

 

God has longed for relationship with his people since the beginning. He has created a space in all of us that only He can fill. The thing is, we can not go directly to God on our own, with our sin nature. God is perfect and we are far from perfect. So, we are doomed to be separated from Him forever because of our sins, because the result of sin is death and destruction.

 

You may be thinking, “That does not sound like “good news” to me! Well, the GOOD NEWS is this: God has made a way to get us out of the dark and into His light to restore the relationship that was broken because of sin. It’s mentioned in John 3:16. God loved you so much that He sent His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish without Him, but will have everlasting life with Him. His name is Jesus Christ. Jesus came to the earth and He never did anything wrong. Even though He was perfect, He shed His blood and died on the cross for sinners like you and me. He died and rose again on the third day and lives forevermore! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. If you place your faith and trust in what He did on the cross for you, you will be saved and have eternal life. There is nothing that you can do to earn this. It is a free gift! 

 

When you put your faith and trust in Jesus as your Savior, you become a child of God! The separation that was there, because of sin, is gone. You become restored to God, the way it was always meant to be. You can then have a loving relationship with your Heavenly Father and know Him in a personal way. Once you give your life to Him, you begin to understand and experience the love and hope that you never knew before.  This is living hope and it comes from God! 

 

God led you to this website because He loves you and He wanted you to hear the words of life. Today is the day for you to be changed on the inside so that you can have life forever with God after you die and enjoy a relationship with Him here on earth until then. Please make that important step of faith today. You can also pray this prayer in your own way:

 

“Dear Lord, I realize that I’m a sinner and that I’m hopelessly lost. I believe that you sent your only Son to die for me on the cross so that I could know You and have eternal life. I believe that Jesus died and rose again on the third day. Please forgive me for my sins and make me a new person. I place my faith and trust in what Jesus did for me, so that I can be saved. Thank you for your free gift. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

 

If you prayed that prayer, and meant it with all of your heart, you are a now a child of God and angels in heaven are rejoicing!  Please send us a message to let us know about your decision, or, if you have another prayer need, you can submit it on the contact page. May God bless you in your wonderful journey with Him!

 

(c) 2019 ELICIA ROY for writing and photographic image. All rights reserved.   

 

 

 

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