Doesn’t that almost seem redundant? I mean, I would assume that all the many unusual and paramount things that are happening right now, in these final hours right before Jesus’ return, would be much more noteworthy and really need to be addressed or at least mentioned instead. I also think that the man, whom the bible calls ‘the son of perdition’ (II Thess. 2:4 KJV) and who is about to step up to the plate and center stage on the world scene and unite nations and kingdoms and religions together under the ‘One World Government’ should be exposed, so the very last thing that I want to do is go ‘back to the basics’. But, I believe I received a directive from the Lord. You see, last night I told a friend that I needed to write an article but did not have a thought in my head. Her response was, "Why not just preach the ‘Good News’?" What she meant was that she thought I should just relay the Gospel story. I quickly nixed that idea because I have been there and done that many times in the past and was confidant that by now everyone had heard the message. I told her that I was confidant the Lord would show me what to write. He always does! Happens month after month.
Well, this morning I received an article in my e-mail entitled, ‘Tell the Good News with Thanksgiving’. Now everyone knows that I do not believe anything is a coincidence. Just the title alone would have been confirmation enough to begin steering me in the direction that my friend suggested, but when the remainder of the title included "...Psalm 40:1 - 11" I knew I had received a memo from heaven because Psalm 40 is the name of my ministry and Psalm 40 is where it all started for me.
Up until one life-changing day in 1980 it had never occurred to me that I was a sinner and needed to be reconciled to God. I actually thought that I was a pretty good person and people even referred to me as a ‘goody-two-shoes’. They would say that my honesty bordered on stupidity so I figured that if anyone was going to make it to heaven it was going to be me.
I had never heard though that all my righteousness and goodness was ‘as filthy rags’ (Isaiah 64:6 KJV) in the presence of a most Holy God and that I was alienated from Him because of my sinful nature. When I came to an altar for the first time to surrender my life to God it felt like this terrible black filthiness was pouring out of the top of me at a thousand miles per hour and at the same time it felt like Niagara Falls was being poured in. The water felt clear as crystal while refreshing my spirit and setting me free. Sins were being forgiven and bondages were falling away. Fear, that I had lived with my entire life was removed that day. Never in my entire life had I heard that He was the ‘Fountain of Living Waters’ and that once I tasted of Him I would never thirst again. (Jer. 2:13 & John 4:14)
I never understood that God Himself came to earth and put on our mortality in the person of Jesus Christ and then allowed Himself to be beaten by those He had created. He then took my place on that cross and willingly laid down His life so that I could have eternal life. It was because He was the sinless, spotless Lamb of God that His precious blood qualified to become the atonement necessary to place me in right standing with God the Father. There was no other way.
It has been said that salvation is FREE but it did not come cheap ... it cost Jesus His life. But, the ‘Good News’ is that He did not remain in the grave but rose from the dead and is alive forever more.
Basically, that is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
At the moment I committed to live my life in obedience to Him the Holy Spirit took up residence within me and I became the Temple of the Holy Spirit. (I Cor. 6:19) I became a ‘new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’ (II Cor. 5:17) I passed from death unto life. (John 5:25) I became a citizen of heaven and from that moment I was seated at the right hand of God in Christ Jesus. (Eph. 2:6) I automatically began to love what God loves and to hate what He hates. I began to see with His eyes and with His heart and was given the ‘mind of Christ’. (I Cor. 2:16) I became part of the ‘Family of God’. (Gal. 4:5-7)
Basically, that is what it means to be ‘born again’.
Of course there are a thousand more chapters to this Gospel but the most important verse is this: "Jesus said unto them, ‘Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’." (John 3:3 KJV)
Do not delay. Jesus is coming soon. Sooner than you think.