These words are my hope: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” [1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18]
I am writing to warn you against the very real danger of procrastination, meaning deciding later on to accept Christ as your Savior. In the Bible, Paul writes, For He ( God ) says: In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you. Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. [2 Corinthians 6:2]
My hope is this message finds its way to every computer in the world. I ask that Christians everywhere pass this message to those you know, and they pass it on to their friends, and on and on until it reaches everyone!
This message is about the most important life and death decision you will ever make. If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, your soul is in great spiritual danger. This decision will determine where you spend eternity.
There’s an old saying “You can miss Heaven by 18-inches” which illustrates the 18-inch distance between your head and your heart. For example, a person can know in their brain they have an earthly father but not understand in their heart they have a heavenly father.
My name is Stan Cook and I first heard about Jesus when I was in high school. A fellow classmate named Steve told me about God’s plan of salvation. I believed without a doubt Jesus is the Son of God, He suffered and died on the cross to pay for my sins and was buried and rose from the grave three days later.
As time went on, I lost all interest in church and the spiritual things of God. I quit attending church. I gradually became involved in the party lifestyle with drinking, drugs and rock concerts. Every night was party night. I continued this lifestyle for a couple of years. I was on disability due to a work-related injury, so I had the time and money to party. I continued attending church but had no personal relationship with Jesus.
Although I knew Jesus died for all of my sins, I wouldn’t change my sin-filled lifestyle. I didn’t make Jesus the lord of my life and wouldn’t change my current lifestyle.
One day I decided to attend church again. I now know this very idea came from the Spirit of God. At the end of the morning service, the pastor invited those people who wanted to make a decision to accept Christ as the Lord over their lives to go forward.
I immediately had a powerful sense of urgency to go forward to give my life to Jesus, when suddenly a voice in my head began calmly and seductively giving me reasons to stay right where I was began flooding in, invading my thoughts: “You’re in the middle of the aisle…you don’t want to disturb the people next to you…Tell God you’re not ready to give up your sinful lifestyle.” As I tightly gripped the back of the pew in front of me I told God I wasn’t ready to give up my sinful lifestyle, but I’d get around to it later.
As I headed out the door, I heard (in my mind) the words, “You can still turn around.” In reply, a demonic voice stated: “That was close!” and later that night, I told the demonic voices, “If you help me sin, I’m all yours.”
I chose sin over salvation…what an incredibly stupid choice. I chose temporary pleasures and what I believed to be the benefits sin has to offer over eternal salvation. What a revolting tradeoff.
The second call came several years later, shortly after my sister passed away. I knew she was a born-again Christian and am convinced she spoke to the Lord on my behalf. Because my sister spoke with God, I was assured God was still interested in my salvation despite the way I lived and the choices I was making.
This time I did ask Jesus into my life. Less than a month later, I returned to my sinful lifestyle.
For a while everything went well, but as time passed, everything gradually went bad. I had a business partnership that went bad. I lost a good job. I faced financial ruin. I lost most of my possessions. But, the greatest loss for me was the relationships I had with most of my family. So, you see, Satan has a plan for our lives also. He will use us to bring sorrow and ruin not only to ourselves but also to the people around us.
I began thinking only evil thoughts most of the day, cursing God, and saying vile and evil things to Him. I felt my face contorting into an evil scowl as I made rude gestures toward Him. My thoughts grew dark and evil. I was literally immersed into evil.
July 4th 2006. I was downtown watching the 4th of July fireworks show. After the show I stood up to leave and almost fell over. My left leg was very weak. My left leg had been feeling weak for a few days but I tried to ignore it.
What I didn’t know was that I was developing what’s called an aortic aneurysm. That’s where a balloon develops in the aorta. This “balloon” pressed the blood vessels feeding the nerves to my legs between it and my spine. This cut off the supply of blood to the nerves to my legs and they died.
July 4th 2006 was the last day I walked. What followed were several months of rehabilitation; learning how to get by without the use of my legs.
I knew right away that this was a wake up call from God. I know to this day this was a “now or never“ situation. Either turn to God or face the consequences. I had accepted Christ as my savior but I chose evil over good. Who God loves he chastens. By now, I would have given up on myself if I were God. It was clear I had no interest in the things of God.
God is not willing that any should perish but that all turn to salvation. I praise God that he gave me this final call.
I am now in assisted living in a wheelchair. It’s highly unlikely that I will ever walk again; at least not in this life. I grieve over the life I have lived. I would like to turn time back and start over. I caused so much hurt to those around me. I lived for the moment and didn’t care about the future or the consequences. Satan has a plan for us and I chose that way instead of God’s way.
God tried so hard that day in church but I resisted and rejected the call. I understand now why the call to salvation was so urgent. We all have a free will though, and I chose to continue living in sin. The Devil did not make me do it as some claim. Satan can tempt us but It’s our choice to give into that temptation or resist.
Don’t put off this decision like I did. No one has a guarantee that they’ll live another day. So many things can take our lives without warning: Natural disasters, accidents, violent crime, and disease. Any number of things can take our lives in an instant. The more you resist God, the more hardened you will become, and you will fall deeper into sin.
Again, I ask that you pass this on to as many people as you can and they in turn pass it on to many people. I really believe time is short and now more than ever we need to get the gospel to as many as possible.
God’s Plan Of Salvation
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We all have sin in our hearts. We all were born with sin.
We were born under the power of sin’s control.
– Admit that you are a sinner.
Romans 6:23a “…The wages of sin is death…”
Sin has an ending. It results in death. We all face physical death, which is a result of sin. But a worse death is spiritual death that alienates us from God, and will last for all eternity. The Bible teaches that there is a place called the Lake of Fire where lost people will be in torment forever. It is the place where people who are spiritually dead will remain.
– Understand that you deserve death for your sin.
Romans 6:23b “…But the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Salvation is a free gift from God to you! You can’tearn this gift, but you must reach out and receive it.
– Ask God to forgive you and save you.
Romans 5:8, “God demonstrates His own love for us, in
that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”
When Jesus died on the cross He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life. He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!
– Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change. His love bought you out of being a slave to sin. His love is what saves you — not religion, or church membership. God loves you!
Romans 10:13 “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved!”
– Call out to God in the name of Jesus!
Romans 10:9,10 “…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”
– If you know that God is knocking on your heart’s door,
ask Him to come into your heart.
Jesus said, Revelation 3:20a “Behold I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him…”
– Is Jesus knocking on your heart’s door?
– Believe in Him.
Ask Him to come in to your heart by faith, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Open the Bible to the Gospel of John and read what God says about Jesus, about you, and about being born again.
This prayer is here only as a guide. I urge you to pour out your heart to Jesus in your own words. It’s important that these aren’t just words, but that they come from the heart.
“Lord, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
God will help you. He loves you.
You need to look for a local church where God’s word is preached. The Bible says that we are to desire God’s word like a newborn baby desires mother’s milk. Aren’t you hungry to know the truth?
Water baptism is one of the ways you first show that
you have been joined to Jesus. This is an action, and actions will not save you. However, it is an act of obedience and a symbol of commitment.
The symbolism is this:
When you go down in the water you show that You have been crucified and buried with Him,
And when you come up out of the water you show that you have been raised to walk with Him in newness of life.
(See Romans chapter 6)
You have been born again. (See John chapter 3)
Your body has become God’s temple. Your heart is where He lives.
Forgiveness is yours in Jesus. And you belong to Him.
You were sin’s slave. But now…You are a child of GOD!
John 1:12 “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name!”
The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
(Song: To God Be The Glory. Fanny J. Cosby and William H. Doanes)
And also I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” [Isaiah 49:8]
EXCUSES ONLY SATISFY THOSE WHO MAKE THEM!