…If you want to live.
Jesus did not come just to teach you how to be a better person. He came to bring you back from the dead. You were dead in your sins the Bible says. Ephesians 2:1 says, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins.”
Dead!! I add the scripture throughout this to emphasize it is God who says this, not me.
Jesus came to raise you from the dead and make you brand new.
This is true. You are brand new. You just have to know it about yourself and quit believing you are still the old you. That old you died in the waters of Baptism. The word Baptism comes from a Greek Word “Baptizein” which means to immerse or plunge!!! baptism is CCC 1214
Without Jesus, we are really and truly dead. Dead spiritually! Dead in our sins with no forgiveness, no hope, and no salvation. We are dead, 100% dead. But whoever chooses Christ is born again to new life in the spirit. If you do not choose Christ then you are choosing to remain dead.
Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that we are made new creatures at Baptism. We die and are buried with Christ and rise to new life.
When you were baptized, your old self died and you became brand new in Christ. This is HUGE!
That is what happens at our baptism. We are delivered from sin and washed clean and free from original sin. But that is not all, we are also made new because our old self was crucified with Christ and buried which is why in baptism we go under the water. The water is a sign of rebirth. We died with Christ and when we come up out of the water it is symbolic of us rising with Christ from the dead.
You may not be experiencing this new life, but you can. It is true and it is yours. You belong to Jesus and because of this all of God’s promises are yours! Every blessing and promise is yours because of who you are in Christ, not because of what you have done or didn’t do, but because of who you are and to whom you belong.
Many of us were baptized as babies and didn’t get the opportunity to choose Jesus for ourselves but today we can and we must. If you want to live the abundant life God has planned for you then you must choose Jesus for yourself.
Once you choose him and begin following him and the Holy Spirit, your life will never be the same.
How as a Catholic do I choose Jesus?
Here is how!
FIRST: Simply choose him. That is what I did. One day I heard God speak to me and he said this, “Come to me first and then you will have the power.”
I heard these exact words and I said “yes.” I was so full of joy that I bet I screamed “YES.” God is saying the same thing to you and all of us. Come to me and I will take care of everything else.
SECOND: Say this,
“Jesus I choose you. I choose to believe you and trust you. I choose you as my Lord and I believe that you died for me and rescued me from sin and all evil. I believe you rose from the dead and have made a way for me to live now and forevermore with God The Father in heaven.”
THIRD: The next time you take communion and receive the Body of Christ you are remembering this day and declaring to the world who you believe in. Every time you receive the Eucharist you have the opportunity to choose Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Jesus is the only way to life. Jesus is the only way to the Father. Jesus is the only way to heaven.
The Eucharist is our yes to Jesus.
We remind ourselves and those who see us and even God that we are believers; we are his. We let the world and the devil know we are born into the KINGDOM of God and do not belong to this world. We are God’s very own children. When we partake of the Eucharist, we share in the New Covenant.
WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT……
You are not who you used to be. You are more!!!
You are more than the person you have grown up to be and more than you have become. You are more than your ancestry and more than all you have learned and experienced up till now. Today is the beginning of the rest of your life. It is time for you to grow in the spirit. You have spent years and years growing up in this world, now it’s time to grow in the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said “What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I told you, ‘You must be born from above.’” John 3:6-7
Jesus destroyed the work of Satan and restored us to life with the Father. That life is now! We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to be restored to the Father we get that right now. Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” John 17:3
The devil talked Adam and Eve out of eternal life. They chose death when they chose to eat the fruit of the forbidden tree. They chose death for themselves and for you and me. God said to Adam and Eve, “if you eat this fruit you will die.” He wasn’t lying. He was telling the truth. The devil is a liar and lied to Adam and Eve saying “you won’t surely die.” The snake called God a liar and Adam and Eve believed the snake. They believed the devil over God and they died and were kicked out of the Garden of Eden and so were we. This death is what the church calls “ORIGINAL SIN.” We are born with it. We inherited their sin and the sinful nature but in Christ we have a new heritage.
Jesus is our salvation and restores us to life.
Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). There is no other way, no other truth, and no other source of life.
He is it.
You either know this and accept it and receive it, or you don’t. But the fact remains. Oh that you may know what is yours today. Not tomorrow, today. Not in heaven but here and now.
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Do you struggle with thoughts of shame or guilt, feeling burdened, lost, and overwhelmed? Maybe you believe you are stuck in a pit and can’t get out, and even worse you believe you deserve to be there.
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