Have you ever asked the question; Why is life so hard? Melvin Feller has. In fact, Melvin Feller points out that sometimes the hardest parts of life turn out to be the catalyst to really grow and learn. We all deal with circumstances that are of our own doing or caused by others. Many people feel that they are defined by their last mistake or relationship. But you are not and nor should you be.
God loves you as His child, and wants you to enjoy a relationship with Him. He is the answer to your search for that ultimate relationship. He will fill the hole in your heart. He is the one Creator of the universe and all it contains, including you. You won’t be complete inside until you have a personal relationship with the God who created you.
How Can We Know That This is Even Possible and the Truth?
Melvin Feller believes that God, Himself, oversaw the writing of the most important Book of all time, The Bible. Melvin Feller also believes that “God’s Owner’s Manual” for our life. Within the Bible are all the answers we need to live life and in addition to finding God. This in turn will aid us in facing our problems and issues.
Being at harmony with God is not instinctive, because by natural law we are separated from God. This separation is the “something wrong” that is at the root of our basic selfishness, loneliness, and shadowy feelings. Feelings of imperfection. Through many acts, thoughts and attitudes, we keep moving away from God, not toward Him. ALL of us do this, no matter how moral and upright we may seem on the surface. If you search your own heart honestly, you already know this is true. This has caused a split between us and God. This split is the reason we become sinful.
In the Bible we are told that, “God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Everyone has turned away, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Psalm 53:2–3, NIV)
Thus, the Question is How do We Find God?
We can find God because we know He loves us, God cannot and will not use viewpoint that this will allow us to remain apart from him. But then again because God is perfect, He cannot allow our sin to go unpunished without ceasing to be perfect, because he would then cease to be God. Our sins demand that they must be paid for. Our religion and good living cannot solely pay it off. Therefore, God designed the perfect solution. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to earth. The Bible tells us of His story. He was both God and human. He lived a normal life, but lived it as God. Jesus truly loves each and every one of us. While on earth, Jesus talked with everyone that would listen, even healing them and making them promises. He even submitted to an unjust death sentence for all of us. But that wasn’t the end. After three days, He rose up out of His grave. Alive! God saw and planned the death of His Son Jesus as payment for our sins. Jesus took our place on a cross over 2000 plus years ago! Therefore, Jesus overcame death, actually came back to life to show us His celestial power. And His power over sin and death is ours just for the asking.
This has been proven through the Bible. It says that “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21, NIV
Ever since Jesus came to earth, people have had questions. As life becomes more and more complicated, chaotic and society in general has become more decadent and hurtful, we now know people are asking more and more questions about this life and society in general. However, the most important decision we will ever make in our life is what we decide about Jesus Christ. God is actually looking for only two simple things:
· Will you turn your life over to your Creator and believe that Jesus Christ is that one Person, that one relationship you need?
· Will you admit you need Him and confess your wrongdoing to Him?
By us actually doing these two simple things we are guaranteed a place in God’s family. This simply means turning to God and asking Christ to be part of our lives. God has already implemented that ability when He planned His Plan of Salvation. That occurred when His only begotten Son died for us. Turning to God means we are turning from something. If we turn to the right, we must turn from the left, thus, we cannot face two totally different directions at the same time. It is also the same with Jesus Christ and sin. Only as we turn to Him, we are able to “repent”, which means we comprehend that we cannot fully embrace Jesus and His teachings while hanging onto our sin. The same sins He died for. That means turning our back on wrong choices such as judging people, lying, sexual immorality, becoming quick to anger, etc. in order to begin doing things God’s way.
So, the big question for most of us is how do we turn towards God? God only asks that we do the four simple actions.
· Admit your spiritual need. Admit we are sinners.
· Believe that Jesus Christ died for Us and/or You on the cross.
· Receive Jesus Christ into our hearts and our life, thereby choosing this relationship over our current life of sin and separation from Him.
· Being repentant and willing to turn from sin.
Remember that the Bible tells us that, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12, KJV
Therefore, we all can belong to God from today forward, but only if we will tell Him with total sincerity. Your prayer should be our own because it needs to flow from deep within us. If you have a need I have written a sample of what you might say to God:
Lord, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I was made for You, but I’ve been living for me. I want to begin a relationship with You now. I believe that You died in my place, to pay the penalty for my sin, and rose again for my salvation. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life as my Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name.