Come to Jesus

come to jesus

ARE YOU READY TO COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO JESUS CHRIST?

Jesus is waiting for you.  He loves you and he wants you to enjoy the peace that comes from committing your life to him.  All that is necessary to find the peace in life we truly deserve is to have faith in Jesus. Come to Jesus.  Paul instructs us as follows:

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1 [ESV])

Additionally, Paul refers to the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit as:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (Galatians 5:22 [ESV])

HOW CAN YOU COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO SERVING JESUS CHRIST?

First, you must come to the realization that we are all sinners. The bible tells us that:

as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;  (Romans 3:10 [ESV])

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  (Romans 3:23 [ESV])

NEXT, YOU MUST REALIZE THAT IF YOU DO COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO JESUS, YOU WILL COME TO JUDGMENT BECAUSE OF YOUR SINS.

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment (Hebrews 9:27 [ESV])

So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (Romans 14:12 [ESV])

And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:12-15 [ESV])

ADDITIONALLY, YOU MUST REALIZE THAT YOU CANNOT SAVE YOURSELF 

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6 [ESV])

he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5 [ESV])

MOREOVER, YOU MUST REALIZE THAT JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS TO PAY FOR OUR SINS

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24 [ESV])

and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.  To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood (Revelation 1:5 [ESV])

NOW IS THE TIME TO RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST BY FAITH AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12 [ESV])

Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  And they said, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household. (Acts 16:30, 31 [ESV])

For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 [ESV])

Salvation is accomplished by trusting and receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior. It is trusting in the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary to pay for your sins! It is realizing there is absolutely nothing whatsoever you can do to save yourself and completely trusting in Jesus Christ to save you! It is not any church that saves. It is not baptism, not good works, not sacraments, not repenting, not praying through, not enduring to the end, not living a good life.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 [ESV])

HOW I CAN BE SAVED?

Please pray this prayer with all sincerity and commitment:

Father God, I come to you right now, in the name of your most Holy Son, Jesus Christ, asking you to accept me as a Christian.

You say in your word that if I confess my sins and ask forgiveness, you are faithful and will forgive my sins and remember them no more.  You will not hold them against me and you will give me everlasting life.

Father, I confess that I have sinned against you.  I have not followed your commandments and I have broken your laws.  I repent of my sins and ask for your forgiveness. 

Father, I believe that Jesus Christ, Your only Son, came to Earth and was born, that He lived among us, and that he was crucified to pay for our sins and for my sins.  I believe that you raised Him from the dead and gave Him power over all creation.

Lord, right now I accept Your Son Jesus as my Savior and as the Lord of my life.  Send the Holy Spirit to guide me, protect me, lead me and counsel me.  Send your angels to gather around me and protect me. Protect me from Satan and his evil forces.  Help me grow in wisdom, knowledge and love for and your ways.  Give me the strength and courage to change my ways and resist the Devil and avoid sin in the future.

Lord, I thank you for sending your only Son to die so that I can live.

Jesus, I thank You in that you died for me while I was still a sinner and had not yet accepted you.  I thank you for forgiving my sins and for bringing me to a saving knowledge of you.  Please bless me and protect me.  Teach me to pray.  Guide me.  Increase my faith, and make me sure in the knowledge that I can rely on you, no matter what may come.  Lead me to a good church where I can learn your word and the Father’s will, where I can fellowship with Christians and grow in my knowledge of you.

I ask these things in your most holy and precious name, and I thank you for making me a Christian.  Amen!  

 

IF YOU EARNESTLY PRAYED THE AFOREMENTIONED PRAYER, YOU ARE NOW A CHRISTIAN!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 [ESV])

As a Christian, you have obligations.  Christianity is not a “vaccine” you take once and everything stays the same.  You must sincerely try to change your ways to avoid sin.  God will help you do this.  When you feel tempted to sin, immediately ask God for grace and strength to resist the Devil.  If possible, get away from the temptation.  Sometimes, this means you may have to avoid people or places you used to like, such as singles bars.

NOW THAT I AM SAVED, WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?

Join a church.  The biggest mistake you can make at this point is to accept Christ and try to “go it alone.”  You do not have to join the first church you visit, but do not spend the next six months “window shopping” either!

Jesus Survives would like to invite you to attend a good Bible-based church in your area. As a Pastor himself, Bill knows how important it is for every believer to have a healthy church home where they can connect with other believers and grow in their faith.

We suggest that you join a moderate-size church — one with at least several hundred members, but no more than about one-to-two thousand members.  With less than a few hundred members there is too much of danger of financial problems and church politics, where a handful of long-time members run roughshod over the pastor.  With a congregation of several thousand, there is too much of a tendency to become “just another number”, where your spiritual needs are not being met.

Ask how long the current pastor has been there and how long the previous pastor was there. A high turnover rate could indicate a church that is wracked with politics.

Attend a bible study group.  You do not have to attend Bible study group to be saved, but you definitely will benefit from one.  Realize that in most churches, adult Bible-study groups are substantially different from “Sunday School” you may have attended when you were a child.  If they are not, you probably should look for a different church.

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10: 24, 25 [ESV])

 

CHRISTIANS ARE NOT PERFECT — JUST FORGIVEN

Please do not think that just because you are now a Christian you will not ever sin again.  When you do sin in the future, do not think that it proves God did not really accept you.  God is interested in our effort, in our good intentions.  Humans are not sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.  It is our nature to sin.  God helps us to reduce the amount we sin, but even he cannot keep us from ever sinning again.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 [ESV])

 

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. (Matthew 18:20 [ESV])

We are sincerely thankful to God that you have made the commitment to serve him. If you need any help through prayer and encouragement, please feel free to contact us.  We are here to help you along the way with your new walk with God.  May God bless you!

21 Responses to Come to Jesus

  1. Bob Moore May 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Thank you pastor Lucas for your wonderful words of encouragement. These words touched my heart in a way that is indescribable. I feel so full of the Holy Spirit that I can hardly contain myself. I have said the prayer and I am SAVED. Thank you Jesus. May God bless you all!

    • Admin May 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      Bob, may God always bless you. You have made a wise decision. May your walk with God be a good example to all of those who you encounter along the way. I wish you the very best. May the glory of God always be with you. Please write back to let us know how you are doing.

      Pastor Deborah Lucas

  2. denseone May 7, 2013 at 5:43 am #

    Jesus is my Lord and Savior. The words here are very inspiring. I am making my decision today to serve Jesus Christ. Your words of encouragement have inspired me to start my walk with God. I will never be the same again. Thank you so very much Jesus for dying on the cross for me. I am now your servant and will remain so for the rest of my life. May your Kingdom come soon and rule for all of eternity. I sincerely hope that every person who reads the words on this page come to you (Jesus) and never turn away again.

    • Admin May 7, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Denseone, you will never regret your decision to serve Jesus Christ. He will lead, inspire, bless and protect you always so long as you turn to him in everything you do. It is wonderful to read your words and praise to Jesus for his ultimate sacrifice to die on the cross for all of us.

      I wish you the very best. May the glory of God always be with you. Please write back to let us know how you are doing.

      William Dexter

  3. bemylord4ever May 3, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    I always knew that Jesus loves me but I have been hesitant to commit my life to serving him. I am sorry Jesus for all of my sins and for my stupidity in not accepting the sacrifice you made on the cross for me. I am now taking you up on your offer to be my Lord and savior. I am now born again. I will never go back to the horrible life I lead up until this day.

    I ask everyone to pray for me so that I will never go back to being the person I was. I do not like the person I was and I am glad that person is now dead and I have been reborn a Christian serving God. I thank everyone responsible for the words on this page. The words and music here are awesome. I thank God for the people who wrote the words here. Reading them today has changed my life.

    • Admin May 3, 2013 at 11:35 am #

      Bemylord4ever, you are correct in the knowledge that Jesus always have loved you. His love is endless and without reserve. His sacrifice on the cross to save our lives is something we can always take comfort in. It is our duty to take advantage of his sacrifice by changing our lives for the better by serving him. You made an excellent start by asking for his forgiveness for your sins. Be assured that if you are sincerely sorry for your past mistakes (sins), he will forgive you for them all.

      I wish you the very best. May the glory of God always be with you. Please write back to let us know how you are doing.

      William Dexter

  4. Helen1546 May 1, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    Come to Jesus everyone. Come be saved. Find your peace with the only true God who can grant it to you. Great work Pastor Bill. What a wonderful and inspiring web site this is.

    • Admin May 1, 2013 at 9:13 am #

      Helen 1546, thank you for your encouraging and praising words.

      William Dexter

  5. Brenda May 1, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    I felt suicidal. I couldn’t live my life peacefully on a day to day basis. I was unemployed, with few friends. I had limited prospects because excessive fear and anxiety had crippled me. I felt like God wasn’t listening to me. I felt like he was this amazing, majestic being for everyone else but me. I needed deliverance from my problem. I had sought God in many places but couldn’t get help in both Islam and Christianity. I was on the verge of going to a spiritual healer. Eventually, at my wits end and close to ending my life, I found this page. I immediately felt like God could help. Thank you so much.

    • Admin May 1, 2013 at 8:23 am #

      Brenda, please be assured most everyone has felt the way that you have wrote about from time to time. Oh how fortunate we all are to have Jesus to turn to in our times of woe.

      God is our only help. He will never fail you. He is the same today as he was yesterday and will be tomorrow. Turn your life over to Jesus, you will never be sorry.

      I wish you the very best. May the glory of God always be with you. Please write back to let us know how you are doing.

      William Dexter

  6. Jesusandme April 30, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    What a great feeling it is to know that Jesus died on the cross to save me from eternal damnation. I have been lost for so long but today, here at this web site, on this page, I accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. What a weight that has been lifted off of me. I feel like a whole new person. Thank you all for your wonderful words of encouragement and the heart-felt music. May God bless us forever and more!

  7. Tony April 29, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    My name is Tony, and this is my story of a lifelong struggle to find truth, true inner peace and happiness. I eventually found it by not looking at earthly things, but looking at heavenly treasures; like this wonderful page here.

    I was playing tennis at state level, doing very well at school and, even as a 16-year-old, enjoyed a good relationship with my parents and family.

    A bottle of vodka changed all that.

    One night I ran into a school friend. We bought a bottle each and drank the lot. It wasn’t long before I was an alcoholic. And didn’t care. I enjoyed the lifestyle, drinking, taking drugs and chasing girls. I joined a gang, and with my friends I smoked drugs, picked fights with strangers and vandalised everything from cars to schools. And within two months my life was rolling out of control downhill.

    I gave up playing tennis: I was always too drunk or hung over to play; my relationship with my family deteriorated; I dropped out of school and I became violent because of the alcohol. But I neither saw nor realised what was happening. All I wanted was to hang out with my friends and party.

    After some years of this high life, my health deteriorated badly. This I could see happening, but the partying and drinking was still more important. I believed I was immortal, and nothing would happen to me. I was foolish and blind.

    I began work in a strip club, managing the girl strippers, but my drinking problem worsened, boozing seven nights a week, but through the drinking and partying, I yearned for true happiness.

    Finally my kidneys gave out and I was taken to hospital. About then, I also noticed my memory was getting bad and I was becoming extremely violent. One morning a man approached me, asking the time. For no reason I turned and started to hit him. Why would I hit a person for simply asking me the time I wondered? The alcohol was turning me into a monster. I was arrested over this incident.

    Not long after being released I was back at my old lifestyle but now I also began dealing in drugs and working with other drug dealers and criminals, and started to personally use amphetamines (speed). I would associate with other criminals and bikies regularly, drink continuously for two or three days, going without sleep or food, kept going by the drugs. You can imagine what this does to your body, but I didn’t care!

    I began to make a lot of friends in the strip club and brothel scene. When I finished working at the strip club looking after the girls, I started to work at a brothel and also what was called a shooting gallery where people went to use heroin and cocaine. There were many prostitutes that worked there. I witnessed many horrible things during this period, overdoses and people close to death. Numerous people died in that place.

    It’s shocking what drugs do to you, not just to your appearance but your behaviour and moods as well. I’ve seen people deteriorate within weeks from heroin use. It’s sad to see a healthy girl, happy and attractive one day and only weeks later, she’s sick and depressed. Drugs and alcohol bring only temporary happiness, but in the end only a flood of sadness and depression.

    But for me things got even worse. One evening I went out with a couple of friends. In the early hours of the morning we sat drinking in a cafe. I left for five minutes and by the time I returned, one had been shot in the back of the head. He died later the same morning.

    That makes you wonder about life. Death is so near and will come to each of us, sooner or later. But what happens then, I asked myself?

    Next I saw my friends begin to turn on each other, even to stabbing and shooting. It was like something from a violent movie. This is absolutely ridiculous, I told myself. All over pride and greed, and I began to see the destructive realities of the lifestyle. Some of my friends were also getting locked up and sent to prison. I didn’t want to head the same way.

    Then a friend of some 12 years was also shot and killed. This time in a dance club. By now my eyes had really begun to open and I saw my lifestyle was a dangerous one. But time went on until one morning, after drinking heavily and taking amphetamines, suddenly my right hand went numb. The numbness rose up my arm, then my whole right side went numb. Eventually I couldn’t talk. I was taken to hospital. I was thinking though, repeating to myself, please, God, help me and I will change.

    The incident scared me so much, I stopped drinking and taking drugs. I stopped going out all together and it wasn’t long before I slipped into a deep depression. I thought I was suffering withdrawal, and hoped it would pass in a week or so, but after about eight months, I was more empty and depressed than ever.

    Now, for the first time in my life, I sat back with a sober mind and looked over my life: What did I have in my life? What is life all about? Is death the end? Why am I here? All these and other questions surfaced.

    Deep down I was hurting. I felt lonely, depressed, empty, hopeless, with no sense of peace and without direction or purpose. From the void in my heart, I knew something was missing from my life.

    My depression worsened until one morning I fell on my knees next to my bed and really prayed for the first time in my whole life: Dear God, please help me, I pled. I need your help. I’m so unhappy and depressed; please, God, help me. I need you so.

    Shortly after this, I was told about a Christian neighbour. I’d never spoken to him before, but now I thought, great, I will go and have a talk with him. I went. I wanted to know what God could do for me.

    I heard how God was prepared to forgive my wrongs and be part of my life. This was a great discovery because I didn’t think I was good enough to be saved. I was overwhelmed with excitement when I learned that heaven is real and that Jesus has set me free from my sins and terrible life through His perfect, sinless life and death. All I had to do was reach out and accept His forgiveness and His gift of salvation and heaven. I also learned that I didn’t have to work my way to heaven, which was a great relief. I couldn’t wait to invite Jesus into my heart.

    Having asked Jesus to be a part of my life, I went home. I sat, staring at the wall. “Wow” was all I could utter. I had goose bumps all over. Something wonderful has just happened to me.

    At last: true joy, peace, security and wonderful hope. For the first time in my life, the pain and loneliness in my heart was gone. I was overwhelmed. Also, in that instant of confession and surrender to Jesus, I was cleansed of any desire for alcohol and drugs. In its place was a flood of joy, peace and hope. I wouldn’t trade that for anything belonging to the world.

    It’s been a long journey for me, but these days instead of starting out blindly, I start with a prayer instead. I ask God for wisdom, strength, courage, and guidance throughout the day and to fill me with His peace, joy, love and presence. I ask Him to be my support and shield and to carry me through the day. And I ask myself, how did I ever live without Jesus?

    I’d never have believed this change could have occurred in my life, but it has. My life is proof that Jesus forgives us our past and loves us deeply. His love is unconditional and unlimited.

    I today have total assurance in my Saviours love and forgiveness and my going to heaven, because I have placed all my trust in Jesus and keep my eyes focused on Him. It is this assurance of going to heaven that I have found in Christ that has truly brought so much peace and happiness into my life.

    It was only when I turned away from myself and earthly things and looked towards Jesus that I found true pardon and peace. It was only when I looked towards Jesus that an inner light of joy in my heart ignited. Reader, you can also experience this wonderful joy if you place your eyes upon Him. Nothing in this world will give you true joy but looking to Christ alone.

    Deep in my heart I know that Jesus is coming back soon for me to take me to heaven. You can also have this same joy and assurance when you place your trust in Him.

    Jesus knows all my faults, and yet I know deep in my heart that He forgives me and loves me anyway. Jesus is the perfect gift. He is my best friend, and He can be yours, too.

    [Matthew 6:33] But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

    I have realised that every person that has ever been born has a void and hole in their heart and life. This void and emptiness needs to be filled to find any true peace, joy and hope. Nothing this world has to offer can fill that spot in our hearts. No amount of money, gambling, entertainment, success, drugs, alcohol, can fill it, but Jesus alone. It’s a God-shaped keyhole.

    Special Message: As a result of all the years of alcohol and drug abuse I now have permanent brain damage. I live each day with paranoia and have been diagnosed with bipolar mood disorder and it’s very difficult to function and I do not have a normal life anymore, as I am very isolated and also have post traumatic stress disorder. So I plead with you, believe someone who has been there and done that, especially the younger people reading this, do not ever get involved with gangs, bikies, drugs and alcohol as it will destroy your future life and give you brain illness that stops you from being able to live a healthy and normal life. And each day you live in mental torment and have severe mood swings. But thank God, I now have hope in Jesus that he will return soon to give me a new body, a new healthy mind and eternal life in heaven.

    With Warm Christian Love,
    Tony

  8. Admin April 28, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Blown Away, most people are truly ‘blown away’ when they feel God’s Holy Spirit enter in to their lives. I am so thankful to God that this page and its music compelled you to commit your life to serving Jesus Christ.

    I am not sure if God’s Holy Spirit is attached to this page or not, but I sure hope and pray that it is. As for good churches, we recommend Island Church in Galveston, Texas. Their Pastor, Rusty Martin is truly inspired and filled with the Holy Spirit.

    I wish you the very best. May the glory of God always be with you. Please write back to let us know how you are doing.

    Pastor Bill Lucas

  9. Blown Away April 28, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    I have fought with myself for years about whether it is right or not for me to serve Jesus. My husband and I have gone from church to church but never really found a church that reached our hearts. Most of the churches we have attended seemed more interested in what we could tithe rather than what our spiritual needs are.

    Reading this article and listening to the beautiful music here has blown me away. I became so filled with the spirit of God that I called my husband at work and had him come home to pray your prayer with me. We are both so excited that we cannot come down from the high we are feeling right now. Is this what it feels like every day to be a servant of God? Could God’s Holy Spirit be attached to this article?

    We live in Texas City, Texas. Do you know of any good churches we may attend?

  10. frustmom April 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    When you feel so good that you want to scream at the top of every mountain that you love Jesus, you know that you have made the right choice. Considering your wonderful page here, I am so thankful to Jesus that people like you take the time and effort to share the good news about Jesus Christ with the world. After years of stubbornness and my constant encouragement, my daughter after reading this post got down on her hands and knees and prayed to Jesus to accept her repentance and accept her in to his loving grace and guidance. This post is definitely filled with the Holy Spirit. It is amazing how the Holy Spirit comes out of nowhere to inspire people at times. I had almost given up hope that my daughter would ever be saved. Thank you people so much for what you have done here. You have changed our lives for the better. I am sure that my daughter and I will be your most frequent visitors.

    PS. I love the articles here.

  11. Deborah April 26, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I am so blessed by this website that was inspired by God and created by my husband. Ever since I have returned to Jesus from the life I was living, I have been filled and fulfilled with His Enduring and Wondrous love. I am so glad that we are able to share that love that my husband and I have found with all of you who visit and tarry here. I am so blessed by the people who have been Saved by Grace. I am prayerful that the love with continue to spread far and wide and that other people may be blessed too. Continue in your growth by reading God’s word and get with a good church– one that celebrates the Bible and Jesus. God bless you!

    • Admin April 26, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Deborah, thank you for the wonderful and encouraging words. You are truly a gift from God and an inspiration in my life that I will never be without. I thank God each and everyday for his giving me you to love and take care of.

      May the glory of God always be with you.

      Pastor Bill Lucas

  12. cindy loves jesus April 26, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    May the peace I found here on this page inspire everyone to come to Jesus. I just said my prayer and I just don’t know how I could feel any better. Jesus is truly awesome. The words on this page were sent to me by God himself. The music sounds like it is coming from God’s angels. Thank you so much Jesus Survives for your witnessing to all of those who are wise enough to read your truly inspirational words. I have bookedmarked this site and I will definitely be a regular visitor.

    • Admin April 26, 2013 at 11:00 am #

      Cindy, what a wonderful choice you have made to commit your life to Jesus. You will never be sorry with Jesus by your side. Please read your bible daily. God speaks to us through his word the bible. Additionally, please pray everyday. We speak to God through our prayers and he hears us.

      I wish you the very best. May the glory of God always be with you. Please write back to let us know how you are doing.

      Pastor Bill Lucas

  13. Mary Stewart April 26, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Praise God for your website and inspirational words. After reading this and listening to the beautiful music, I could not spend another minute separated from Jesus. You have changed my life. Thank you so much for your love and kindness. I am so filled with peace right now that my eyes are full of tears. I have never felt anything like this in my whole life. May God bless you always!

    • Admin April 26, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Mary, I am so thankful our Lord Jesus Christ and this page has inspired you to commit your life to Jesus Christ. Please know that you are now part of the body of Jesus Christ. Please turn to him always no matter whether times are good or bad. He is your rock, your salvation and inspiration.

      I wish you the very best. May the glory of God always be with you. Please write back to let us know how you are doing.

      Pastor Bill Lucas

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