1 John 2:7 Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. In John 16:23-24, Jesus teaches us that, “Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it to you. Hitherto have you asked nothing in My Name: ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.” “Then Peter said unto them repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost,” (Acts, 2:38.) Now that we are in a new year, most people are making new year’s resolutions that they are likely to forget about after a couple months. If there is any time that people want to do things differently it is now. One thing that does not change is God and His Word. However, our reading His Word and putting it into practice can be a New Year’s resolution that can last far beyond a couple months–it could last for an eternity! I attended Sunday School when I was young where I studied the Bible to some extent. As an adult, I thought the Bible was boring, not written clearly enough for me to understand, and, well, pretty irrelevant. The result of that is that I missed out for years on what neat/cool things God had to say and I missed a close relationship with Jesus through the power of the Holy Ghost. Because I had been baptized at age fourteen, “in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost” I just assumed I’d been saved, so I gave salvation little thought. That could have been a huge mistake for me. So if there is someone out there who is having less than positive feelings about the Bible and/or feels as if Jesus is distant, that can all change for you. Just ask Him! Salvation can be yours. The Great Commission says that if we believe in Jesus and His crucifixion and resurrection; if we admit we have sinned and repent, asking for His forgiveness; if we are baptized by immersion, in Jesus’ Name, and if we receive the Holy Ghost, the sign of which is speaking in tongues (singing, in my case), we will be saved and live with Jesus in Heaven eternally! Though I keep coming back to how things were and are for me, (which I will most likely continue to do) this blog is not really about me. I use my own examples because that’s what I know the best. This blog is for Jesus, so He can help me help you find Him. God and His Word are unchanging but now, as our new year begins, we can change how we respond to His Word and change our relationship with Him for the better–for the best!
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