Monday, March 1, 2010

The ***BEST*** Deal Ever!!!

So...I was sooo excited about my paid shopping trip yesterday--I was literally bouncing and chirping with delight! I felt productive and happy and excited and wanted to tell
the entire stinkin' world how to save a buck.
And then it hit me. 
I have the *secret* to the best deal--the BEST FREE deal ever and I haven't shared it much lately with anyone at all and that makes me sad.
So, my friends, family and bloggy-readers--do you want to know the BEST freebie I have EVER gotten!? The best part about this deal is that it's ALWAYS available--it's never going to expire and it's good forever!!
So, here it is--the best deal I have ever gotten!
You see, I was born a human and a sinner--I fail every day at a hundred little things. I lose my temper, I'm prideful, I'm mean and snippy--I'm wasteful and I gossip. I'm full of wrong things. But God, the Creator of the Universe cares about me even in my sorry state! He sent His Son many years ago to be born, to live a perfect life, to teach and to heal and to help. Jesus was born so that He could save me/us from my/our sins. He was tortured and abused for me and for you. Died on the cross and rose again on the third day. He defeated death so that we could have hope. He died so that we might live life free from hurt and sickness and death in Heaven with Him. 
It's so wonderful I can hardly breathe. 
He died so that I could have hope, joy and peace in this life. 
It's a deal so great and amazing it doesn't make sense to me. 
It's so much better than clipping coupons and making money at CVS and I couldn't go another second without sharing it again with all of you. A while back I wrote an in-depth look at how you can be SURE you have eternal life with Him. 
In an earlier blog I stated that I had some questions about how we can be sure we are going to Heaven. I can't believe I felt that it was so complicated when it is really SIMPLE to be assured of eternal life in Heaven with God.

The Simple Plan For The Heavenbound (Wo)Man

All you need to do to get to heaven is (drumrolll please...........)

****Believe that Jesus is the Son of God.****

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son (Jesus) that whoever believes in Him should not perish (in hell) but should have eternal life (in heaven).

Going to heaven has NOTHING to do with how you live your life on earth. It has NOTHING to do with how many good or bad things you do while you're here. The ONLY thing you need to do in your whole life to go to heaven is to JUST BELIEVE in the saving work of Jesus on the cross.

Isn't that pretty freakin' amazing?

Jesus' death on the cross was ENOUGH to save us. We can't do anything to earn salvation. Nothing! Just believing is enough.

(Another verse to assure of this fact: 1 John 5:13 "I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. ")

And yes, I do believe it is important to live a life that is respectable, that follows the guidelines set forth in the Bible and I do believe that people who believe in Christ will be rewarded for the things they've done in their lives to honor Him.

However, I *KNOW* that it isn't what I do in life, how kind I am, how loving or loyal or supportive or caring I am that will get me to Heaven. It is my belief in Jesus, His work on the cross and in His Father who sent Him for our benefit.

I'm so glad the He did all the work. His death saved me from the punishment my sinful soul deserves. What a miracle! What a blessing! What peace of mind I can have!

Want to read more about the assurance of salvation we can find in the Bible? I found this website helpful...

***To wrap it all up***
1. believe in Jesus (that He is the Son of God, was sent to earth to be born of a virgin, lived, taught, performed miracles and eventually died on the cross and suffered the punishment for our sin and was raised the 3rd day and lives in Heaven)
2. belief in Jesus leads to asking forgiveness for sin
3. true repentance from sin leads to a desire to live in a way that pleases Him
4. living in a way that pleases Him is a testament to others of what He has done for us.

Any other questions? Email me or comment...I love a good discussion about Jesus.
--> You CAN be 100% sure that you'll end up in Heaven someday--see if you fit the bill--and if you don't send me a message at michellerose630(at)yahoo(dot)com and I'd love to talk to you about what I believe. It's 100% free--it's the gift of Salvation, the gift that keeps on giving hope and life and peace. God bless you all!


brooke lynn said...

GREAT post!!
i agree...Jesus is the best deal i've ever found!!!

Ree said...

AWESOME!! Could not have said it better myself!!! And perfect for this season!!!

Julie said...

Amen, sista!!!

Pamela said...

me, too.
and yes.
and also more yes.

Devin said...

Love, love, love this post. So thankful that Jesus loves us sooooooooooo much!

Madre said...

I don't know how I missed this post.....I saw the one before and certainly the snow angels after - but I must say AMEN and Praise the Lord for His unspeakable - amazing - life changing gift - Jesus. I lived 23 years without knowing him as my savior, and now over 30 with him....there is NO GREATER GIFT - God's love has made this life worth living and his message is priceless!