“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”John 3:16
Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee. I am so grateful to the LORD God and Father of my Lord, Jesus Christ for every one of you who takes time to visit TheTravelingLamp.com’s blog. It is such a blessing to be in a time, ordained by the Father, where we could write to one another quickly and freely – especially in sharing our Faith. We are blessed. Today, I write to you all to share what I believe the Father, through Jesus Christ and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit, has placed on my heart.
This is love: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16]
In respect to you all before the Father, I will not be presumptuous in assuming that you know who Jesus Christ is, but instead, I will appeal to those who God has called or will call. To those who the Lord God has called or will call: open your eyes and see, and open your ears and hear.
“The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers has glorified His servant Jesus” (Acts 3). Although it was not your actual hands that killed Jesus, your hands are still stained because of your unrepented sin. You have disowned Him [Jesus] before the world – in speech, thought, and deed. Though now with so much information made known to you about Jesus, you still reject Him. You say, “God knows my heart,” or “I will serve Him when I grow old.” I warn you, now is the day you must repent and turn to Jesus. I urge you: do not risk your salvation on the flaky hope of seeking Jesus in your older years. As you have seen with your own eyes — time waits for no one.
You have disowned the Holy and Righteous One and have chosen other gods for yourselves. In your sin, you repeat the day of the Lord’s crucifixion and in that, have murdered the Author of Life. How are you and I any different than those who killed Jesus? How are you and I any different than the ones who approved His death and in returned allowed for a criminal to go free? [Luke 23:13-20, Acts 3:12-15] Glory be to God that Jesus is still alive and was raised from the dead by the power of the Living God. It is by faith in the name of Jesus, that many who are weak are made strong, and those who are hungry are fed. Many miracles have occurred in your own lives because of Jesus.
I appeal to you, like my brothers – Peter, who appealed to the Jews and Paul; to the gentiles. Both men were Apostles and faithful servants of Jesus Christ. I know that you have acted out of ignorance – for I once did, too. It was because of our sin that Jesus died on the cross. It was spoken by the Prophet Isaiah, long ago, that the Messiah would suffer and that He did. [Isaiah 53:1-12]
“Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
[Acts 2: 22-41]
Jesus came to free you and I from a life of sin and death. He faced persecution and actual death by crucifixion for the sins of the whole world (that includes you and me.) While carrying the sin of the world, He was separated from God for the first time ever. He was beaten severely, spat on, and mocked all to save you. Since birth you have craved to know who created you and to be in relationship with your Maker, and Jesus’ sacrifice for you gave you that chance! Be reconciled back to your God.
I leave you with this, my Friend:
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of Heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And He is not served by humans, as if He needed anything. Rather, He Himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointment times in history and the bound of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us.Acts 17:24-27
God, the Father and Creator of the entire world and universe, created you and placed you in the right country, at the right time for a specific purpose: that you would “seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him.” There are no more excuses, my Friends. This call is for me and for you. It is time to REPENT and to TURN to Jesus Christ. You must not ignore the calling on your life. These are the last days, and it is vital that you know Christ and claim your inheritance in the life eternal.
If, then, you do not know where to start your journey start here:
- Build a prayer life: start small, and stay consistent on both good and bad days.
- Get a Bible: start by reading one of following books in the Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John.
- Find a community: A community of believers is vital to our walk. Not only are we to be apart of one, but we must participate fully. Be aware of those who say it is not. [Acts 2: 42–47] | Pray for one—God will honor a willing heart.
I am praying for many of you to accepting these calling on your life, to repent and turn to Jesus Christ. My Friends you are so loved! Be encouraged and remember that you have a real enemy who wants you to stay in a life devoted to sin and death. Wake up — your time has come.
Prayers for Disciples from Jesus: John 17:6-19
Prayers for Believers from Jesus: John 17:20-26
What is Repentance?
Repentance is a change of mind and will arising from sorrow for sin and leading to transformation of life. (Luke 3:3, 2 Corinthians 7:9-11) Repent and turn to Jesus. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4; 3:16).
Scriptures references from today’s blog post:
- Acts 2
- Acts 3
- Isaiah 53
- 2 Corinthians 3:16
- 2 Corinthians 4:3-4
- 2 Corinthians 7:9-11