Would you like to “be saved”?

Have you ever heard this before? What does it mean…. “saved” from what exactly?

By this often overused cliché we mean to be set free from your old self in this life AND saved from an unimaginably terrible eternity in hell, freely given a confident new hope of an eternity full of love, joy & peace, void of all hurt and sadness.

Are you tired of trying? Whether you’re trying to be a better person, shake a bad habit, be happy or just trying to find sense & real purpose in life. Trying perhaps to escape those dark depressing feelings of guilt… shame or condemnation, trying to be good enough. Exhausted from the pain of hatred, bitterness or unforgiveness… You know… when everything seems just to be a huge effort of trying and never really changing. Some begin losing hope that change is even possible. BUT it IS!!!!

Wouldn’t you like to experience Real Peace? By REAL peace I mean that tranquility of heart & mind that one can experience continuously, irrespective of the chaotic circumstances of life that may arise.

Listen to what Jesus says: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28-30 from THE MESSAGE Bible

GOD really cares about YOU!

JESUS died to pay the whole penalty for all your sins

It was never God’s intention for man to live as he does today. When God created man, He placed him in a garden on the earth that had it all. He wanted man to experience His unconditional love in friendship and fellowship with Him and for man to have dominion over the earth. In that garden man sinned when he chose to believe the lies of the deceiver rather than trust God’s word to him as truth.

Since that day all of mankind has lived life in un-belief – i.e. the opposing false belief that God is withholding His unconditional love from us. This is the essence of sin. God’s one and only Son, Jesus, came to prove to mankind once and for all that God our Father does indeed love us with an uncompromising, unqualified and unconditional love. God made a way to remove the sin issue that had separated man from his loving Father. Romans 5:8 declares that “God demonstrated His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners [unbelievers], Christ died for us.”

Jesus, though innocent himself of any sin, through His death on that torturous cross accepted from God the ENTIRE punishment and penalty for ALL mankind’s sin (including ALL your sins, mistakes and failures – no matter how bad!)

This is the power of the “gospel”, (translated, the word means: “good news”) – that Jesus came to demonstrate through His life, death, burial, and resurrection from the dead on the third day – that God truly loves us with an unconditional, no-strings-attached, heart-mending love! Only by trusting and accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, can you experience wholeness in this life – and the life to come – that we humans so desperately need.

To receive for yourself this wonderful gift of a freed LIFE… what you need to do is to declare the risen and living Jesus as Lord of your life and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. Relinquish control. Relax! Trust Him as your Director of Life.

Romans 10:9,10 states that, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are made righteous and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved [made whole].”

If real life is what you desire, you might simply tell God something like this:
“I believe that Jesus took the punishment for all MY sins on that cross. I understand that His death, burial, and resurrection represent the greatest demonstration of your love for me! Jesus, I proclaim You Lord of my life. Be the center of my everyday life. Thank you for saving me from myself and a lonely, terrible and eternal hell apart from you… apart from love. Thank you for making me a brand new person and restoring my relationship with you God. Today You’ve become my Father and I’ll dwell in Your love forever! Thank you!”

Please contact us for any help or assistance in learning more about what you have just done. Go and enjoy Great Peace knowing that you are free to enjoy a brand new relationship with The Creator of All – who is now your Heavenly Father! He is at peace with you… Jesus has paid the penalty for your sins and you enjoy His right-standing privileges with the Father – your Father! Enjoy talking to Him, carrying to Him all your cares and concerns, allow Him to flood your life with the knowledge of His Great Love for you. You have begun a great new adventure of Life as you have never even imagined possible! It’s not all “sunshine and roses” but watch how you are equipped to live your new life above circumstances.

We have some studies to help & encourage you: 5 Minute Bible School and a great series called: “Basic Training” available freely here online in video, streaming audio or downloadable mp3 with an accompanying workbook that you can study along with. These tools will help you gain understanding and build a solid foundation in your new Christian walk.

If you need any help with this, please email Shannon@lakehaven.tv or call (352) 589-1105.