Where do you turn too in times of trouble? Maybe you’ve turned to alcohol or drugs. Maybe you’ve turned to “worry” and “fear”. Maybe you’ve turned to friends or loved one’s for help, but they have no solutions to your problems.
There is someone you can turn too. His name is Jesus. He is above every name and every circumstance. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). He is God.
Before you were even born, God knew you and He knew what kind of life you would lead and what kind of trouble you would find. He knows you like no one else and He loves you. The Bible declares Him as the “Rock of our salvation” (Psalm 62:2,6) and the “stone which the builders rejected” (Luke 20:17).
~ Have you been rejected? – You need to go to the Rock! ~
There is a story in the Bible about a man named Moses. God had picked this man to lead his chosen people, the nation of Israel, out of a life of slavery. While they were traveling, the Israelites became very thirsty and complained because they had no water to drink. They were afraid that God had freed them from a life of slavery only to die of thirst in a dry, barren land. God told Moses to strike a rock and water would flow out of it. In obedience to God, Moses struck the rock and water flowed in abundance, just as God had promised.
Jesus is that Rock that flows with water, living water. He wants to pour life out of Himself and into you – life everlasting. “But whosoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)
Why do we need Jesus? Because every human born on the face of the Earth, though physically alive, is spiritually dead. The Bible says that “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin separates us from God. God is life and without him we have no life.
Before Jesus was born on this earth, God commanded that certain sacrifices be performed to “cover over their sins. But those sacrifices were only temporary and needed to be repeated whenever someone sinned. All of mankind needed a greater, more complete sacrifice; one that would wash away our past, present and future sins. We needed a final atonement so we wouldn’t be separated from God anymore.
So, God the Father sent his only Son Jesus to die on a cross for our sins. Jesus was born of a virgin and lived a perfect life, free of sin. Then He willingly took our sins as His own and paid the price, which is death. We should each have paid for our own sins, but Jesus spared us the punishment and became that one final, complete sacrifice.
But it didn’t end there. Jesus died and went to hell. He didn’t go to be punished. He went there, took the keys of death, hell, and the grave, came back to life and then ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of God, the Father.
~ Freedom! ~
Death, hell and the grave no longer have a hold on those who accept Jesus’ free gift of salvation. We have been spared the death sentence and been given life all because of Jesus.
Jesus is Lord, the fountain of living waters (Jer.17:13,2:13). The Bible says “with joy we shall draw water out of the wells of salvation” (Isaiah 12:3) Jesus has promised us that “he that believeth on me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38)
~ Thirsty? ~
Are you spiritually living in a dry, barren land? Are you thirsty? Then come to Jesus. He wants to set you free from a lifetime of sin and give you a life of freedom. Salvation is a free gift from God. It cannot be earned or bought, but by faith you can have life eternal and know that your sins are forgiven because of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Now is the day of salvation (II Corinthians 6:2). Ask Jesus into your heart today to become Lord and Savior of your life. In the Bible God has said, “I am the Lord, I change not. ….” (Malachi 3:6) and again it says that Jesus is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
God was faithful to give Moses water and save the nation of Israel when Moses struck that rock and He will be faithful now to become your personal Lord and Savior when you ask Him. Just say this simple prayer:
“Father, I love you. I ask right now that You forgive me of my sins and wash me clean by the Blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus, I believe You died on a cross for me and rose again. Jesus, I accept You as mv personal Lord and Savior. Please come into my heart and be Lord of my life. Thank you for accepting me just as I am. Amen.”
~ Congratulations! ~
Now that you’ve said that prayer and believed in your heart, you are saved. You are a new creature: old things are passed away; all things are become new (II Corinthians 5:17). God has cleared you of all sin. He has forgiven and forgotten all your past sins.
Now as you begin your new life in Christ, remember to ask Him every day to forgive and cleanse you of your sins.
There is a verse in a song that reads:
“I go to the Rock of my salvation. I go to the stone that the builders rejected. I stand by the mountain and the mountain stands by me. The earth all around me is sinking sand, but on Christ the solid rock I stand. When I need a shelter, when I need a friend, I go to the rock •”
If you know someone who has never heard of the love of Jesus, tell them what He has done. Tell them to go to the Rock: Jesus Christ!