Open Line

Prayer is an open line to Heaven. No cards to use, no low bat problem, no charging, always good signal, and all messages sent.

For sure, nobody can be a greater text mate than our Lord Jesus Christ. He always waits for our message and responds in many wonderful ways. All we need to do is open our heart to His signal. The reward, my friend, is our salvation!

The world we live in is full of sins, starting from the motives of our mind to the emotion of our hearts. Arrogance, lies and personal desires deprive us of dignity and honor. Corruption, narco-politics, crimes, terrorism and trade irregularities are troubling this country, and you like many other Filipinos, feel helpless.

There are those who decided to take up arms, but they themselves fell to sin. The media, in spite of its many pretensions of being upright, only makes things worse. You see ads and TV programs promoting sexual desires, homosexuality and other forms of immorality, and you begin to be convinced that they are funny and entertaining. But who finds the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah entertaining?

The truth, my friend, is that our heart teems with evil desires. We are discriminating and proud, looking down on those who are poor. We cherish our possessions in life and are glad we have things other people don't. We treasure our beautiful friends and move away from those we consider "losers". We save for our future, but our future would be over soon. Then comes death. What have we done with our lives?

My friend, some philosophers think they have found clues to life. Haughty as they are, they make us think they are wise and attempt to lead us further into confusion. The truth is they do not have an idea about what they are talking about and realize this at their deathbed. Paul once asked: "Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?" (I Corinthians 1:20)>

Some people think they are upright and discriminate against those who do evil things. The truth is they are proud and pretentious. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). The prophet Jeremiah said we cannot do good because we are accustomed to doing evil (Jeremiah 3:23).

Being sinful has its price - death. Paul said: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

All people, including you and me, have sinned against God. But God loves us so much that "He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). God wants us back into his arms. He sent His son Jesus Christ from heaven to die as a man for our sins. By dying on the cross, Jesus Christ redeemed our sins and now offers us a new life. After resurrecting from the dead and ascending to Heaven, Jesus Christ, who Himself is God, is offering us the greatest gift of all.

What Jesus Christ offers us is the grace of salvation. He wants us to have a new life free from sin. "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)

By accepting Jesus Christ as the One who saved us from the punishment we deserve, we transport from death to life. Paul said: "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins" (Colossians 2:13). John the apostle said: "Whoever hears God's word and believe in Him who sent Jesus Christ has eternal life. He has crossed over from death to life" (John 5:24).

In Jesus Christ, we have a new life. We can look forward to a future that holds eternal joy. We say these things to you because these are true, and because God wants you to know that He loves you very much. In Jesus Christ, we pray for your salvation. Remember that Jesus keeps an open line. Why don't you send Him a message through prayer right now!

God, the most high, I praise You for your great kindness. I thank You for sending Jesus Christ from Heaven, so that He can deliver me from the sins of Earth. I confess that I am a sinner and receive the grace of your salvation through Jesus Christ. From now on, I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and allow Him to prevail upon my old self so that He will lead me from death to life. Glory to You, our God in the highest. I pray, in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!

My friend, if you want to know more about Jesus Christ and the wonderful things that He has done for us, we invite you to visit these websites: http://emmaus.50megs.com/ and http://www.cbphilippines.org/ or send an email to juan@txtmania.com or fill up the forms below.

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Bible verses were quoted from the New International Version (NIV) of the International Bible Society. The article was based on the first five of 16 lessons under the Follow Me Bible Discovery Series I prepared by Pastor Nicky Joya of the Emmaus Bible Fellowship Center in Mandaluyong City.