God has a special plan for you and only you. I do not know what that special plan is, nor do I need to know. God will reveal that to you, little by little, as you walk with Him. Even if you have NO TIME, you can begin to know His special plan for you. Well, you may have to find 2-3 minutes a day.
I do know that His plan for you begins with a personal relationship with Him. In the beginning, God created Adam & Eve in His image, perfect with no sin. Because of this, they were able to communicate directly with God and have a perfect relationship with Him. When they disobeyed God in the Garden, they were no longer perfect, without sin, so the relationship was broken.
(Scripture References have been omitted throughout this section for ease of reading. See list at bottom of page)
God told them that if they ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they would die. Yet, when they ate the fruit, they did not physically die. Their death was spiritual in that they no longer had a relationship with God. They knew they were naked, and they were afraid of God. So they made clothes of fig leaves and hid among the trees when God came. This is now the condition of all mankind - naked and afraid - because we are alienated from God due to our own disobedience. We try to make ourselves presentable to God, but still hide from Him today, just as Adam & Eve did. We know our own efforts are not good enough, yet, deep down inside, we long to know Him and be His friend.
The consequences of Adam & Eve's disobedience were severe. The serpent was cursed; the woman would experience sorrow and pain in childbirth and be under the authority of the man; the man would now work the ground with sweat and hard labor. The ground would no longer easily produce food and would also produce thorns, thistles, and weeds. The final consequence was that man would die physically. Since he was made from the ground, he would return to the ground. Any doubt about the truth of these consequences today?
Adam & Eve's attempt to hide their sin and shame by covering themselves with fig leaves was totally inadequate to God. He looks on the inside, not the outside of us. So God made clothes for them from animal skins. Although not directly stated, the death of an animal was required to do this. Thus, God showed how sin could be forgiven and man's relationship with Him restored. First and foremost, it is God's work and not man's. God made the clothes that covered their sin and shame. Second, a living creature who has not sinned must die. In order to make the clothes and save the lives of Adam & Eve, God killed an innocent animal, providing an adequate sacrifice for them. Finally, Adam & Eve had to accept God's provision for them by putting on the clothes He provided. This is the outline of God's plan for salvation.
Throughout the Old Testament, animals were sacrificed to pay the penalty for man's sin. These sacrifices had to be made over and over again, each time man sinned - one sinful event, one death. So God promised to send someone who would pay the penalty one time for all sin. But who could that be? It could not be just another man or woman because we all sin. If a man or woman died, they would only pay the penalty for their own sin. It would have to be someone who is perfect. God is the only one who is perfect. Jesus, being God, could therefore become the ultimate sacrifice. He could come to earth and become a man, born just as we are as a baby, but then live a perfect life without sin, and die on a cross to pay the penalty for all sin, for all time, for everyone who will accept. And that is exactly what Jesus did!
The following quotes are from God's word, the Bible:
Have you, at some point in time, believing these things to be true, made a decision to accept God's plan for salvation? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as the only One who could die for you to save you from the penalty of sin, which is death? Have you experienced the forgiveness of sin which can only come by believing and accepting Jesus as your personal Savior?
If your answer is Yes - Praise the Lord!
If your answer is No - Will you do it now? Wherever you are reading this - Will you do it now?
God has provided the way to restore your personal relationship with Him. He is waiting for you to accept!
Please, accept Him and His plan for your life now!
Genesis 1:26-27, 2:15-17, 3:1-24, John 3:16, Romans 3:23, 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, I Corinthians 15:3-4,
II Corinthians 5:17-21, Hebrews 4:14-15, I John 5:11-13
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