Friends of God

Salvation

The first step toward salvation is understanding that what God said is true. He’s given us his word (the bible) and told us all the things we need to know. He told us how the world was created and how to live our lives. He’s given us the solutions for our problems and told us what happens to us after we die.
So why do so many people doubt the existence of God? We have become a people so operating in the physical realm and don’t recognize the spiritual realm around us. Nevertheless, God will still hold everyone accountable for what they do and how they live their lives whether they believe in god or not.

Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

I’m sure that when God originally created man that he thought to himself, Surely they will recognize me and give me honor for creating the world they live in, as none of this could ever be created by chance. There is too much evidence for a supernatural work of god; to create a planet able to sustain life, in a perfect orbit around a sun, at the perfect distance away from the sun, to provide the right growing and living temperatures. Add to that plant life creating food, weather systems providing rain, animals created as male and female, so you can’t have just one animal to start the line with as they need to reproduce in pairs. Many animals are also dependent on other animals so they can only exist together. Surely, man will recognize god’s hand at work.

Reality of Spirit Realm

So who’s responsible for creating the series of lies that says, “God does not exist” and that “You were created by chance”. Surely we could go back through the records and point our finger toward certain people that taught this to us, but the real originator of this is Satan. The people used to deliver this message probably never knew Satan was using them to deliver the lie. In fact, that’s why it’s a lie. You believe you are delivering truth when in fact you are delivering a lie. The truth is, we have been born into an invisible spiritual war and most of us have no clue as to what’s going on. The best weapon Satan has is to remain invisible. If you don’t know he’s there, you’ll have a harder time stopping him. Now we don’t suggest you go looking for a war as that war will find you as you search for god. We have been commanded to resist the devil and he will flee, but to pursue God. The war will come soon enough as you decide to pursue God as Satan and clan of demons have but one purpose; to stop anyone pursuing God. This is why knowing the bible and the truth that it brings become so critical. God has given us a set of armor to deal with this war and come out of it victorious. The bible says, “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”.

2 Cor 10:4-6 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have the divine power to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of god, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience once your obedience is complete.

So the truth is, Both the angelic realm and the demonic realm have the ability to place a thought in your head. We have been commanded to take every thought captive, meaning to weight in out and evaluate it. Consider its source and the outcome before you act. Know that these thoughts will come and they are not always you.

Freedom to choose

So you might say, God why don’t you show up. The reason is he given us a freedom to choose, to love, and to hate. You can’t love unless you have the ability to choose to love. God wants a people willing to choose him out of their own free will. If he showed up, everyone would have to follow him and proclaim him as god and your freedom to choose him would be taken away. This would be no different from the angelic realm he created before man existed. In the angelic realm if an angel turns away from god there is no forgiveness of sin and that angel is removed from office. With man, God has made an exception, because man has never seen God face to face, God is willing to forgive us and use this life as a training ground for the next realm. Receiving forgiveness from God has 2 major qualifications to it.

  1. We look to Jesus, who paid the price, and give God permission to work in our lives; to mold you, deliver you, and make you into his likeness.
  2. We forgive others who have sinned against us.

You Become what you Worship

In this world you have been given a choice. Whoever or whatever you worship will become your god for all eternity. Those people looking to God for the salvation of their souls will be delivered as God has adopted them into his family. Those people who have their minds set against god will have a life without god for all eternity. If you don’t want God now in this life you will not have God in the next life. God has given everyone one life time to make one decision, “Who wants me”?

God has purposely withdrawn his presence from a place called Hell. It’s a place originally created for the demons that rebelled before man was created. Man was never intended to go there, nor does God want to send anyone there. Man elects to go there from his own free will by worshiping other people, places, or things in place of the real god. If you want more information on this we suggest you listen to Bob Jones testimony of dying and returning back to life. Hell is a place where the demons are allowed to rule. It’s not the place you want to go.

God has designed man for so much more than we see right now. We were initially designed to carry the spirit of God within us. At the fall that was taken away, but is now restored through Jesus Christ. Our heavenly Father wants to become our dad. He’s for us, not against us. He’s asking us to be part of his plan to restore the Earth back into proper alignment with heaven.

Is Jesus the only way?

You might say, what about all the people following Buda, Islam (Mohamad), Hindu, or the hundreds or other religions of this world. To that we say that God has only had one plan. He sent his son to the Earth to save mankind and take kingdoms of the earth back from Satan. Jesus is the only way to our heavenly father.

John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.

So how did all these other religions come into existence? Yes, they all had human leaders but once again, there is a spiritual realm at work behind the scenes keeping people in darkness. Satan knew that to keep people from Christ, he would have to create other religions to follow; Man-made religions, with man-made rules.  Yes, Atheism is a religion too, so you can’t get away from it. It all goes back to the same lie Satan temped Eve with, “You can become like God” so you don’t need the real one. Most of these religious have a man-made way of creating righteousness and becoming acceptable before God. The truth is, No one will be declared righteous by observing the law (Rom 3:20).

God showed his justice by sending his son as a sin offering, the righteous for the unrighteous. So the only righteousness offered to man is through the cross of Jesus Christ.

2 Cor 5:21 God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him (Jesus) we might become the righteousness of God.

We’re saved by faith, knowing that the blood shed on this cross was enough to pay the just penalties of our sin. It’s the only way to the Father.

We would encourage you to be open to the truth. Seek God while he may be found. There’s one prayer that is always answered, “Jesus, show me if you’re real”. Then just wait for the answer. God always shows himself to those who are seeking. Just be open as he may surprise you when he shows up.