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Ministering The Good News   Leave a comment

This is a great article on ministering the Gospel. When I started learning about God’s grace, the Lord said "you can catch more flies with honey". Jesus is our greatest example on how to draw people to Him. Look at how He did it. He offered healing, deliverance, their needs. His act caused them to follow Him and they listened to Him. We are not going to get people saved by beating them up about sin. We all know sin is wrong. But if you are constantly talking to a person about… sin, do you honestly think that’s going to cause them to stop? But if you TRULY want a person to turn and repent, tell them about how God loves them, right now. Heal their sickness, cast out those demons from them, give them a food if they are in need. That will draw them to Jesus more and better than beating them up about their sin. To be honest, people don’t need reminding about sin because they are aware of it themselves. They need to know they are loved. They need to know there’s a God that’s loves them and that gave healing for them already. They need to know there’s a Savior that loves them so much, He died for them. They need to know that God loves them so much, He has free gifts for them. Please read this article. It truly is a blessing.

Veronica

MINISTER THE GOOD NEWS – Andrew Wommack Ministries

John 20:21 "Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."

The dictionary states that to reconcile means to re-establish friendship between; to settle or resolve, as a dispute. The key to reconciliation is to effectively deal with the enmity, ill will, hatred, or hostility that caused the dispute, etc.

The enmity between man and God was sin. God took the initiative to remove this barrier through the means and agency of Jesus Christ, thus leaving man and God as friends once again.

We have received the ministry of reconciliation. That means we are in the ministry of reconciling people to God. Much of what people call the gospel today is actually alienating man from God. True, we need to show people their need for God to get them to receive His forgiveness and reconciliation, but the angry and bitter attitude some people have when confronting the sinner, is not correct.

Imputing people’s sins unto them was not the way God used Jesus to reconcile the world unto Himself. We should not focus on the problem of sin, but on the answer of God’s grace (Rom. 5:20).

When you read a newspaper, you read about things that have already happened. They are not reporting prophecy. They are reporting the news. So our real job as ministers of reconciliation is to announce the good NEWS, which is an accomplished fact – that sin has already been dealt with through the person of Christ. We should say, "Now we beseech you, be ye reconciled to God. Change your mind and believe the gospel so that you may partake of what has already been done on your behalf."

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Grace–The Power of the Gospel   Leave a comment

Grace – The Power of the Gospel – Book by Andrew Wommack

Accept The Truth – If by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17

It’s a gift of righteousness that came through One—the Lord Jesus Christ. It doesn’t come through what you do. Righteousness—right standing with God, being declared righteous in His sight—comes through faith. It’s a gift from God. The only thing you must do to access this grace is to have faith in what Jesus did for you.

Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Romans 5:18

That’s the same point. Actually, five different times in these verses Paul made this same point. He repeated it over and over.

As by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Romans 5:19

How can anyone get around this? If you accept the fact that you were born a sinner, then you must accept the truth that you are born again righteous. Righteousness isn’t something you obtain through your effort. It’s something you receive as a gift.

Holy Hippies? – These scriptures changed my life! Back in the late 1960s a friend of mine started telling me I was righteous and then suckered me into going to a Bible study he attended. This was during the time that I was still in a denominational church. I walked in the door of that Bible study and immediately became offended because a woman was leading. Women leaders didn’t square with my theology. Also, there were long-haired “hippies” in attendance. The denominational church I attended preached that long-haired hippies couldn’t be saved. They taught that if a man’s hair touched the collar of his shirt, he went straight to hell. So there I was in this Bible study with long-haired hippies and a woman leader. I was quite offended even before one word had been said.  

My head had the understanding, but my heart kept saying, “How can this be?”   

Then the study began and they started talking about being righteous. I might have been able to tolerate them and not say anything as long as they’d just admit that they were sinners. But when these people started proclaiming that they were righteous, I couldn’t handle it. I whipped out my three scriptures—“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23), “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Rom. 3:10), “All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags” (Is. 64:6)—and just blasted them with both barrels.

To my surprise, instead of getting angry, they just continued to walk in love. For every one scripture I quoted about them being the scum of the earth, they quoted three or four about them being righteous. I didn’t know there were scriptures like that. It just overwhelmed me! Although they didn’t convince me, I determined when I left there that I would study this out for myself. So I purchased a Young’s Analytical Concordance and started studying every time the words righteous and righteousness were used in the Bible. After about a week of poring over the Word sixteen hours a day, I was intellectually convinced that I was righteous as a gift and not through what I did. I realized that these people were right in what they were saying.   Righteousness is knowing that you are accepted by your heavenly Father just as a child counts on their earthly father’s acceptance.   

But even though I could see it in my head, my heart had yet to embrace it. For so long I had related to the fact that I was by nature a sinner. So I struggled with this. My head had the understanding, but my heart kept saying, “How can this be?”

These verses here in Romans 5 were what turned me around. They basically said that if I accepted the fact that I was born a sinner, then I also had to accept the truth that I had been born again righteous. It’s not something I earn. It’s not based on my performance. It’s a gift—and I just had to accept it. If I believed that one side of the coin was true, then the other side had to be genuine too. Finally, I humbled myself and accepted it.

These are powerful passages of scripture! If we truly understand what Paul was saying, there’s no way we can still maintain that we must earn things from God based on our own holiness, righteousness, and works.

The week I studied these scriptures on righteousness culminated in an experience that the Lord used to drive home His point. I walked out on my back porch and sat down on the steps to meditate on what I’d seen in the Word. My dog, Honey, came running up to me the way she always did. At about five feet away, she stopped, rolled over on her side, and tentatively scooted the rest of the way. Even though I had never mistreated her, Honey’s previous owners had beaten her with a chain as a puppy. Now she was a big German shepherd dog, but she always approached me like that. In frustration, I shouted, “Honey, just once I would like you to come up to me like a normal dog. Jump on me, sniff me, or anything else you like— but stop acting like I beat you!”

As soon as that left my lips, the Lord spoke in my heart and said, “That’s the way I feel about you, Andrew. You always come before Me naming all of your sins, afraid that if you don’t mention them, I will. Just once I’d like you to come to Me as a child approaches his father—confident of acceptance instead of fearful of rejection. Just jump up in My lap and say ‘Abba, Father!’” (Rom. 8:15.)

That’s what righteousness is. It’s knowing that you are accepted by your heavenly Father just as a child counts on their earthly father’s acceptance.

Posted June 9, 2014 by Free From Burdens in Uncategorized

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Read The Good News Today?   Leave a comment

Read The Good News Today? – Joseph Prince Ministries

Matthew 6:33; …seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

God doesn’t want you grabbing the newspaper first thing in the morning and reading all the bad news in the world. He knows that if you do that, your heart will be full of cares, anxieties and even fears.

This happened to a mother who read in the newspaper that children from China studying in our local schools were becoming top students. She wrote to the press, voicing her concerns about the stiff competition her child would face from these students, even for the top jobs in Singapore in the future.

When you are reading the newspapers, magazines, medical journals, economic reports, watching movies or surfing the Internet all the time, then you are getting your “nourishment” from these sources instead of God’s Word. Now, I am not against these things. But if you constantly feed only on earthly things which cannot satisfy, you will fill your heart and mind with cares and worries.

Jesus doesn’t want you to end up worrying about your life—what you will eat, drink or wear—as these are the things that the Gentiles (people of the world) seek. He says that your heavenly Father knows very well that you need these things. (Matthew 6:31–32)

That is why He promises you that if you would seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all these things that the world seeks after will be added to you. It will not just be given but added, which means greater in quantity and quality!

If you are faced with lack, don’t pursue material goods. Pursue God your provider. If you are sick, don’t pursue the “cure”. Pursue God your healer.

My friend, don’t grab the newspaper or call your friend first thing in the morning to talk about the latest bad news. Instead, grab your Bible and read all the good news God has for you for the day. And as you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all the things that the world is running after will be added to you!

Grace: The Power of the Gospel   Leave a comment

Grace: The Power of the Gospel – Book by Andrew Wommack

CHAPTER 4: Faith Accesses Grace

Romans 3:31; Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Someone may ask, “Well then, why did God give all of these commandments if salvation is just by grace?” Again, this betrays a misunderstanding of the purpose of the law. They’re still thinking that God gave the law so we could keep it and thereby earn relationship with Him. That’s not the purpose at all. In Romans 4, Paul went on to use examples from Scripture to answer this question, beginning with Abraham.

Romans 4:1; What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?

Some people believe that Abraham was justified by God through his holy life. However, anyone who thinks this hasn’t carefully read the Scripture. Abraham had some serious problems in his life!

Romans 4:2-5; If Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? [Then Paul quoted Gen. 15:6.] Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

God promised Abraham that seed would come out of his own bowels that would become as numerous as the stars in the sky and the dust of the earth, and in him all the nations of the earth would be blessed. (Gen. 12:2-3; 13:16; 15:4-5.) Abraham then believed God and the Lord counted him—at that moment—righteous. (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:3.) This was thirteen years before Abraham received the sign of circumcision, which is the dominant tradition these legalistic Jewish believers were trying to impose upon the Gentile Christians. Paul was showing how these things were proven even in the Old Testament. They were there for those who would read it.

God Wants Your Heart: Then He shifted His attention to David:

Romans 4:6-8; Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, [then Psalm 32:1-2 is quoted] saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 

David knew that the real thing God was after was his heart. David was prophesying and describing the day that you and I live in—when the Gospel is preached. It had been revealed unto David that a Savior was coming. Of course, he gave many prophecies concerning this and saw by the Spirit a wonderful day coming when we would be justified without the deeds of the law. Notice verse 8, how the Word says, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” It’s not just “did not” or “does not,” but “will not.” God’s Word plainly reveals that our past, present, and even future tense sin has been dealt with through the Lord Jesus Christ!

For additional study on this truth, I recommend my teachings entitled “Who You Are in the Spirit,” “God’s Attitude Toward Sin,” “Identity in Christ” (which is the third message from Harnessing Your Emotions), and The War Is Over. They all dig into this aspect of Jesus dealing with our past, present, and even future tense sin in His atonement.

Paul was quoting David to show once again that the Old Testament had the Gospel preached in it. While repenting over his sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11), David said:

Psalm 51:16,17; Thou [God] desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

What a radical statement for David’s day. The law prescribed that certain sacrifices had to be offered for the sin that he had committed. However, according to the record of Scripture, he didn’t offer those sacrifices. David simply repented before God with the knowledge that this was what the Lord was truly after. He had a revelation that all the Old Testament law was types and shadows of the Savior to come. David knew that the real thing God was after was his heart.

Written for Us:  

God loves us independent of our performance. Right standing with Him comes through faith. In the next three verses of Romans 4, Paul returned to Abraham, saying:

Romans 4:9-11; Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised.

Abraham was declared righteous thirteen years before he received the sign of this righteousness—circumcision. He was already righteous prior to being circumcised. This shows that it’s not any of the things—even sacraments—that we do that make us righteous. It’s not water baptism, the Lord’s Supper, or our own personal holiness. Those things are by-products of our relationship with God. They’re the fruit of right standing with Him, not the root of it.

In the latter part of Romans 4, Paul referred to Abraham once again as an example of believing God and his faith being counted unto him for righteousness. He concluded by saying that these things weren’t just for Abraham alone, “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:24-25).

In other words, Abraham’s story was written for our sake. He did all these things that weren’t right, but God still counted him righteous because of his faith. By this example, we can see that God loves us independent of our performance. Right standing with Him comes through faith.

Type and Shadow:  

The only way to have peace with God is to be justified—made righteous—by faith, not by works or performance. However, Abraham’s sin (less than righteous performance) cost him. Lying two times to kings about his wife caused him hardship. (Gen. 12:11–18; 20:1–2.) Going into Hagar (Sarah’s maid) and getting her pregnant caused him some grief. (Gen. 16:3–4.) Although his sins cost him, God didn’t relate to Abraham based on his holiness (performance). If He had, Abraham would’ve been in serious trouble!

Abraham had married his half-sister. (Gen. 20:12.) According to the law, this was an abomination in God’s sight, punishable by death. (Lev. 18:29.) If God had been dealing with Abraham according to his performance and giving him what he deserved, Abraham would have been killed. He wasn’t perfect. But God wasn’t dealing with him according to the law. Through Abraham’s example, Paul showed how the Gospel was being preached in type and shadow even in the Old Testament.

Peace with God:

Romans 5:1; Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul was saying that the only way to have peace with God is to be justified—made righteous—by faith, not by works or performance.

I’ve dealt with literally thousands of people who have argued with me, saying, “You’ve got to be holy and do all these things to have God accept you.” Without exception, those who believe and preach that do not have real peace in their lives. The only way that I have personally encountered real peace in my heart is through understanding these things. All of the people I’ve known who have experienced God’s peace were those who had a revelation of justification by faith. That’s the only way to ever have peace with God.

Otherwise, the burden of salvation is on your back. You have to constantly do this, do that, and hope that it’s enough. There’s never a time to just rest because you always have to perform. This is contrary to what Jesus Himself taught:  

God’s grace is consistent toward everyone, but not everyone reaps its benefits. Matthew 11:28,29; Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Jesus was saying, “Come unto Me. You can’t save yourself. You’re trying to do something that’s beyond your ability. Come and let Me forgive you. Let Me heal you. Let Me deliver and prosper you based on grace and mercy—not your performance.” Praise God—what a tremendous truth! The only way we can have peace with God is through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Trust God—Let Go:

Romans 5:1,2; We have peace with God…. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

God’s grace is consistent toward everyone, but not everyone reaps its benefits. Why? Because faith is how you gain access to God’s grace. Access means “admission.”1 If you go to the movies, you pay a price for admission. What’s the price of admission to God’s grace? Religion will tell you it’s certain actions such as holiness—being good, attending church, paying your tithes. If you do this and that, then maybe God will give you access—admission.

This verse says that faith is what grants you admission, but faith in what? Not faith in yourself or your own performance, but faith in a Savior. Faith in God’s grace—the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. That’s the only thing you have to pay admission. That’s the only thing that can grant you access into the grace of God. Faith is believing that the Gospel is true.

It’s like the person dangling on a ledge five stories high. At this height, they could easily fall and be killed. However, the fire department has come to rescue them. Although they’re a short distance away, they’re ready to catch the dangling person. In order to be saved, the endangered individual needs to trust, let go, and fall into the arms of those waiting to rescue them below. Before they can be saved, they must let go. Before we can receive salvation, we must quit trusting in ourselves. We must let go of our own goodness, which we’ve been maintaining, and put our trust in the Savior. It’s a step of faith!

What We Deserve:

This can be really scary because the entire world system reinforces our performance. To get along well with your parents as a child, you perform. You sing your ABCs, and they say, “Boy, you’re wonderful because you do this.” When you do well, you get a pat on the back. When you do a bad job, you get a pat on the rear. Your good performance is rewarded and your bad performance is punished.   This knowledge of God’s love in our hearts gives us boldness and confidence that we will not be put to shame.  In relationships—even in marriage— most people give us what we deserve. Your employer doesn’t hire you by grace. They give you what you deserve. If you don’t perform, you’re fired. We’ve been trained that everything we get is what we deserve. Therefore, letting go of our own performance and coming to God by faith can be pretty scary. Accepting salvation as a free gift—apart from any goodness on our own—is contrary to everything we’ve known. We just don’t know how to relate—there’s no role model for such grace. To enter in takes a real step of faith. It takes a genuine confidence in the Gospel so that we truly let go of our goodness and performance. This is also the very reason why religious people fiercely oppose the Gospel. After working so hard to be holy and good, they hear someone like me saying that God accepts us based on faith, not based on our performance. This, in a sense, means that all of their good works and effort is wasted. That’s not entirely true. Even though it doesn’t gain us anything with God, it does benefit us personally in our relationships with people and by limiting Satan’s access to us. But as far as earning us right standing with God, it’s worthless. It doesn’t provide us with enough goodness to be able to relate to Him. The only way we can relate to God is by grace and by putting faith in that grace. That’s how we gain access.

What Love!:

Romans 5:2-5; We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Some people have used this scripture to teach things that aren’t really what this passage is saying: “You need to embrace tribulation because your problems have been sent by God to help you.” No, that’s not what this is saying. We’re rejoicing in hope of the glory of God—not only in good times, but also in bad. How can we have such confidence? How can we rejoice when things are going bad? If God loved us enough that while we were still sinners He commended His love toward us, then how much more does He love us now that we’re saints? This knowledge of God’s love in our hearts gives us boldness and confidence that we will not be put to shame.

Romans 5:6; When we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

He died for the ungodly. Someone who isn’t willing to admit they’re ungodly cannot be saved. If they try to hold on to their goodness and performance, believing God owes it to them—maybe not 100 percent, but at least the 90 percent they “earned”—they cannot be saved.

Romans 5:7,8; Scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Can you imagine somebody dying for someone else? We can’t even relate to that. Very seldom do you ever hear of someone dying for another. Somebody might die for a really good person, but Christ died for the ungodly. He valued us and died for us while we were yet sinners. What love!

Opposition To The Gospel   Leave a comment

OPPOSITION TO THE GOSPEL – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Matthew 10:34, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."

MATTHEW 10:34-42

This statement seems like a contradiction to some prophecies concerning Jesus and some of Jesus’ own statements concerning peace, as well as what was written of Him in the New Testament Epistles. However, the peace that Jesus purchased was peace between God and man. We have peace with God (Rom. 5:1). We are exhorted to take this peace and extend it to all men, but it is also made very clear that not all men will receive it.

Peace can only come when we relate to God on the basis of faith in what He did for us, instead of what we do for Him. A person who is thinking that he must perform up to some standard to be accepted by God will have no peace. That puts the burden of salvation on our shoulders, and we can’t bear that load. We were incapable of living holy enough to please God before we were saved, and we are incapable of living holy enough to please God now that we are saved (Heb. 11:6). We were saved by faith, and we have to continue to walk with God by faith (Col. 2:6). Not understanding this has made many Christians, who love God, unable to enjoy the peace that was provided for them through faith in Jesus.

The Gospel will always produce opposition from those who don’t receive it. This "sword of division," even among family members, is not God’s will, nor is it God that causes it. But, it will inevitably come, and Jesus was simply preparing His disciples for that time. As much as we would like everyone to receive the good news, we must not think it is strange when even our loved ones don’t receive it. Jesus was rejected by His own, and we will be also. We must remain faithful to continue preaching the Gospel, for there are others who will receive. Keep sharing the "Good News!"

The Gospel Is The Power of God   Leave a comment

THE GOSPEL IS THE POWER OF GOD – Andrew Wommack Ministries

Matthew 9:38, "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest."

MATTHEW 9:35-38, 13:53-58, MARK 6:1-6

People are born again through the power of the Word of God, not through prayer. Prayer is very important, but it is not a substitute for the Gospel.

Many people petition God for someone to be saved and can’t understand why it hasn’t happened yet. We don’t have to ask the Lord to save anyone. He isn’t willing that anyone should perish. He has already made provision for everyone’s salvation.

So what do we pray concerning someone coming to the Lord? Jesus said to pray that the Lord send laborers across their path. They need to hear the Word. Also, we should bind the influence of the god of this world (Satan) who tries to blind them to spiritual truth (II Cor. 4:4).

God is more motivated to save our loved ones than we are. We don’t need to plead with Him, but rather we need to become a channel for Him to flow through to reach that person. We do that by sharing the good news (Gospel) with them and/or praying that others will come across their path who will do the same.

The Gospel is the power of God that releases the effects of salvation in our lives (Rom. 1:16). If a person needs healing, it’s in the Gospel. If deliverance is needed, it’s in the Gospel. Prosperity, answered prayer, joy, peace, love – they are all found through understanding and believing the Gospel.

The Gospel is the good news that although we are sinners and worthy of God’s wrath, God, in love, sent His Son to be our substitute, bearing our punishment, so that we could be made completely righteous in His sight. It’s based only on our faith in this completed work of Christ and not our own performance. Now that’s GOOD NEWS!

Jesus is the Only Way to Salvation   Leave a comment

Grace; The Power of the Gospel

Grace Equals Gospel:

Someone may say, “Well, I’m preaching the Gospel: God hates sin and He’s angry at you. Repent or burn. Change your ways or you’re in big trouble!” That’s not the Gospel because it’s not talking about the grace of God. Yes, there is a punishment for sin—but the Gospel emphasizes God’s answer to it. Paul also uses these two terms—the Gospel and grace— interchangeably in Galatians. Notice how “the grace of Christ” clearly implies the Gospel. Galatians 1:6; I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel.

Galatians was written for the same reason as Romans—to establish the grace of God. The Gospel is good news. It specifically refers to what Jesus did for us. It’s based upon His performance, not ours. Our good works and “holiness” do not earn us salvation. We must get away from this dependence on self. It’s sad to say, but much of what is called the Gospel today is actually promoting trust in self rather than trust in the Savior. That’s just false religion!

The Only Way to Salvation:

Grace is what sets true Christianity apart from every other religion in the world. Other religions may acknowledge and worship a “one true God.” They may even agree that Jesus existed and that His teachings are admirable. They say that He was a good man, perhaps even a prophet, but definitely not God manifest in the flesh. Religion refuses to acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation—right relationship with God.  

The Gospel—as referred to in Romans—speaks of the good news of salvation independent of our performance.   

Every false religion—even religious Christianity—puts the burden of salvation upon the individual. In other words, “salvation” is based upon your performance. If you live holy enough, do enough good things, observe all of these rituals and rules, then you might be able to be saved. The problem is—and Romans makes it crystal clear—that none of us can live up to those standards. We can’t save ourselves! True Christianity is the only faith on the face of the earth that has a Savior. On Judgment Day, each one of us must stand alone before God and answer the question, “What makes you worthy to enter into My presence?” The followers of every other religion will say, “I was holy and gave to the poor. I never did these things and always did these others. I even journeyed to the holy city and performed the prescribed rituals. I prayed three times a day, and fasted.” However, the Word plainly reveals that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. (Rom. 3:23.) Who wants to be the best sinner that ever went to hell? Therefore, you simply cannot trust in yourself for salvation. However, a born-again believer would answer that same question differently. They’d say, “Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I’m trusting completely in His goodness and His performance. It’s definitely not anything I’ve done. I get in based on what He did for me through His death, burial, and resurrection.” Now that’s the right approach!

Independent of Our Performance:

Many people around the world who have embraced “Christianity” have never heard the true Gospel preached concerning God’s goodness and grace. They’re simply substituting “Christian” things to do instead of Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, or some other religion’s things to do. To many people, Christianity is nothing but a different set of rules, doctrines, and regulations whereby they must earn their way to God. That’s not the true Gospel—and it’s exactly what the book of Romans confronts. The Gospel—as referred to in Romans—speaks of the good news of salvation independent of our performance. It’s by God’s grace. That’s nearly too good to be true. But it is. Thank You, Jesus!

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