Truth

(Jesus speaking) …”If you continue in My word, then…you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”    The Bible, John 8:31-32

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.    Romans 3:23

There is none righteous (ie: in right standing with God; sinless), not even one.  Romans 3:10

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.    Romans 6:23

All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him.   Isaiah 53:6

But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.   Isaiah 53:5

(Jesus speaking)  “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep… I lay down My life for the sheep… No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative.  I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again…   John 10:11, 15, 18

And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you…”  And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.”   Luke 22:19-20

And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”    Matthew 26:27-28

(Spoken and prophesied by Jesus on His way up to Jerusalem to lay His life down by crucifixion for the forgiveness of our sins)  “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things which are written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished.  For He will be handed over to the Gentiles, and will be mocked and mistreated and spit upon, and after they have scourged Him, they will kill Him; and the third day He will rise again.”   Luke 18:31-33

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.  And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?  He is not here, but He has risen.  Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”  And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.   Luke 24:1-9

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die…”   John 11:25-26

(The resurrected Jesus speaking)  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”    Matthew 28:18, 20

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in (clings to, relies upon, puts their trust in) Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”   John 3:16-17

(Jesus speaking)  “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls”    Matthew 11:28-29

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father but through Me.”     John 14:6

(Jesus speaking)  “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”    John 10:7, 9

(Jesus speaking)  “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish…”    John 10:27-28

“Come now, and let us reason together,” says the LORD, “Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”    Isaiah 1:18

(Jesus speaking)  “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”    John 14:18

(Jesus speaking)   “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.  He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”     John 14:20-21

(Jesus speaking)  “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.  He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”  But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive…”    John 7:37-39

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.”  And let the one who hears say, “Come.”  And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.      Revelation 22:17

So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD.  His going forth is as certain as the dawn; and He will come to us like the rain, like the spring rain watering the earth.      Hosea 6:3

Would you like to know Jesus, and make Him your Savior?  Do you feel Him pulling at your heart-strings and calling you to Himself?

If so, a sample prayer is provided for you below.

Feel free to add any words that you would like; make it your very own.  If its words express the deepest desires of your heart, then just speak them out loud to Jesus.  He is always watching, always listening.  He is always attentive to the deepest cry from the human heart directed toward Him.  He is compassionate, loving, and gracious.

A Sample Prayer of Repentance:

I Want to Know Jesus

Dear Jesus,

Your Word says in the Bible, “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  Jesus, I am responding to Your Word and Your invitation and I am calling out to You now.

I am beginning to see that You are more than just a mere human man.  I now see that You are the Son of God.  Thank You so very much for dying for me on the Cross.

I am beginning to realize that I have not known You in the past, and have been far from you; forgive me for that.  I have sinned against You and my fellow man.  I confess my sins to You now which are __________ (fill in the blank with your own thoughts and confessions).  For these sins, I am so very sorry; forgive me.

Convict me deeply, oh holy Jesus.  Search my inner most heart and if there are any hidden dark places of sin within me, reveal them to me so that I might quickly repent and turn from them.  Search every part of my inner-self with Your holy conviction. 

I now turn from that past life and want to live in the future in a new way of life with You.  Please forgive me for a life of rebellion against You and Your holy ways.   I repent.   Cleanse me completely with your holy blood that You shed for me on Calvary’s Cross.

Now, as I kneel before You on bended knees in submission to You, I surrender my entire life and self to You.  I give You full authority over me and I receive You.  Open my heart to You, and create in me a new heart.  Open my eyes to You where I have been blind in the past. 

Please come into my life and allow me to know You, and I will serve You with the rest of my life.  Come and be my Master, my King, my Savior, and my God.

Come into my heart and live within me now.   Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may grow in knowing You and serving You.  Reveal Yourself to me and fill me with your Truth. 

I receive Your Holy Spirit now. 

Thank You, my Savior, my new King, and my God.  Amen

 

A New Beginning

If you prayed that prayer and it expressed the truest, deepest desire of your heart, watch for your life to change; expect it.  You may change suddenly and miraculously; or, it may be subtly and gradually.  But, you will change.  You will notice that you are changing, and your desires will begin to change.

If you begin to see that you are changing from the inside out, congratulations, you are now born-again, a new birth, a new person.  You are now a new creation, and growing.  And you are headed out upon a new path.

Get a Bible.  Get it in a translation that is easy for you to read and understand.  Begin to read the Book of John in the New Testament (located in approximately the middle of your Bible).  It was written by the Apostle John, who was the closest follower of Jesus during His earthly ministry.  John’s insight, clarity, and his ability to express it in writing is, I think, one of the greatest pieces ever written through men.

Find a church that believes the Bible, and seek to make new friends that are on the same life’s journey that you are now embarking upon.

Don’t worry, Jesus will be walking every day with you, guiding and directing you; whether you realize it all the time or not.  He wants you to succeed.  You are His new child and He has a special place for you in His tapestry of this journey through life.  He has a path uniquely designed just for you.

Look us up on our “Contact Us” page on this website.  Drop us a line and share your story with us.  We would love to hear from you and rejoice with you on your new life.

God bless you richly,

Your new life and journey have begun,

God Speed to you, my brother and my sister

 

In His Service,

Larry & Becky Welch