What Is The Result Of Receiving Jesus?
Now you are wondering what is in it for me? First of all, you should stop thinking in terms of what you will get beyond God's blessings.
But you will find yourself utterly changed, you will will be so incredibly aware of it. You will know in your heart rather than your head that God IS real. You will feel joy in your heart like you never have before. Do not confuse JOY with HAPPINESS, because you are human you will experience unhappy times. But joy is far different. It is what comes when you find the peace of God that transcends all understanding filling your heart and keeping your mind in Christ Jesus, no matter what happens.
In my life, I was so utterly desperate to die because I thought I had no hope for a life of joy and peace. I had mistaken happiness for joy. But I realized that even though I was unhappy, for instance when I had to put my beloved pet cat, Mocha to rest a couple weeks after God reconciled me to him and began to give me his blessings again. I was terribly sad, and even as I write this page a month later I still find myself welling up in tears.
Had I lost her before August 15, 2004 I would have blamed God. But instead, on September 4, the day I left her with the veterinarian, I cried a lot, but was able to pray, "Father, I'm so sad. But I thank you for the 14 1/2 years you gave me with this wonderful animal and companion. In Jesus Name, Amen." What a change that was for me.
You will find your attitude about many things will change. You may even be tempted to become overly-zealous for him. But you will also learn to be discerning, and able to keep in control of yourself.
God will not control you. He has given you free will, and will not "slay you in the spirit". You will not lose control if you pray for him to come in with truth.
The important thing is you will know that the Father is now looking at you through the eyes of Jesus rather than those of his own. It will be so reassuring to know that no matter what you've done, no matter how bad the things are, they are forgiven.
Remember, you cannot come to faith on your own. You don't have the ability to accept the gift of faith. Think of it this way. Let's say I call you up and tell you I mailed a check to you for ten million dollars, and you knew it was true. The postman delivers that check to you in your mailbox. What just happened? You just received the gift. You did nothing, absolutely nothing, to receive it. So what will you do with that gift? Will you go to the mailbox to accept it, or will you leave it there forever? If you get that check, will you accept the gift by cashing it, or will you file the check away somewhere?
Faith is just like that. We can say that the gift of the check is the gift of faith and salvation through Christ Jesus. That I sent the check to you would suggest that I symbolize the Father in heaven, who sent his one and only Son to die for us. The postman represents the Holy Spirit, who delivers the gift to you. You've done nothing to receive that gift. You will do nothing to receive the gift of faith in Christ Jesus. God has already sent it. The Holy Spirit has delivered it. Now what you do with it is up to you.
You may not realize it, but you have already received the gift of faith. Now it is up to you what you will do with it. I suggest the following things.
Now, may God's blessings overflow in you. May the peace of Jesus overwhelm you. And may the Holy Spirit lift you up to fly on the wings of eagles. Keep on the straight and narrow path. You now have found the small gate. Walk through it by faith, and let the Lord guide your way through the remainder of your life on earth. And I will rejoice with you in heaven.
In Jesus Name, Amen.