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Heaven's ARCH

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“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2) Our sins have separated us from God, but God has built an ARCH so you can cross over from the side of sin and separation to forgiveness and fellowship with Him. Here it is...

1. Admit you are a sinner -

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We have a major crisis in today’s society: a focus on self. Our minds have been infiltrated by a massive overdose of positive self image/self esteem information promoted through books, magazines, radio, and talk shows. “Think good about yourself” is the cry of the day from the self-help guru. The damaging results of this type of ego-boosting mindset is that the preaching on sin and judgment is not a well-received message. Much better received are messages that boost the self-image. Yet the apostle Paul tells us through the power of the Holy Spirit, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.” (Romans 12:3) Why? Because “Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18) It was pride that caused Lucifer (now Satan) to rebel against God, resulting in Him being cast out of heaven to await a future eternal punishment. (Isaiah 14:12-15) Pride will also harden your heart and hinder you from coming to God for forgiveness. “The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. For he flattereth himself in his own eyes.” (Psalm 10:4, 36:2) Nobody likes to admit they are a sinner but it is necessary. God won’t save those who come to Him with head held high believing themselves to be all right. God only saves those who come to Him as lost sinners. “And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” (Luke 18:13)

2. Repent of your sins -

“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.” (Acts 3:19) The first step across heaven’s ARCH was admitting you are a sinner. But what good is admitting something about yourself if nothing is done about it? For example, what good is it for an alcoholic to finally come to grips and admit their addiction if they don’t seek help? Ultimately, the admission of the addiction was fruitless. Likewise, once you admit you are a sinner you must make a conscious decision to do something about it. The decision you must make is to Repent! When you repent of your sins, you make a decision to turn from evil and that which is offensive in God’s eyes and turn to Christ for salvation; it is a change in direction. For instance, if someone intends on walking east, do they not have to first turn their back on the west? If not, how can they go east? In like manner, how can you receive Jesus Christ into your life and at the same time want to live in sin and rebellion against God? A man divided between two directions goes nowhere. He has to choose one way or the other. Repentance was the cry of the Old Testament prophets, it was the cry of John The Baptist, and it was and is the cry of Jesus Christ to you today: “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) Our Creator has given us freewill choice, but we have abused the gift and have sinned against Him in our choices and resulting actions. However, you can also make a choice to turn from rebellion and wickedness and turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. God is under no obligation to forgive the rebel who refuses to do so.

3. Call on Christ for salvation -

The good news of the gospel is “that Christ died for our sins...And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day.” (1 Corinthians 15:3&4) Christ paid the price for your sins, which opened the door to God’s forgiveness and a pardon from His eternal judgment. For “we shall be saved from wrath through Him. In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Romans 5:9, Ephesians 1:7)

Here now is the final step across Heaven’s ARCH: call out to Christ for salvation. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) It is simple to do. Who cannot call out to another? Even children can call out to their parents. Likewise, who cannot call out to Jesus? But unless one calls, how can another answer? And so, how can Christ answer the sinner’s call for salvation and forgiveness unless one calls upon Him?

It doesn’t matter where you are, you can call out to Christ and tell Him you want to receive Him as your Lord and Savior. God will hear you no matter where you are. “...He also will hear their cry, and will save them.” (Psalm 145:19)

What is hindering you from calling on the risen Savior right now? Admit you are a sinner. Repent of your sins, and Call on Christ where you are.

4. Heaven -

If you have crossed the ARCH, you are forgiven, you are saved, and you are heaven bound! Praise the Lord!