What's the Condition of Your Spiritual Health?
Spiritual health is the condition of our relationship with our Creator. This relationship can seem strong at times and even weak at others-like any relationship. Even if our relationship with God is non-existent or feels distant or stressed, that doesn’t mean He feels that way about us. His love is unconditional…and ours? Well, it’s very conditional.
Frankly, we are conditional creatures because we live in a fallen world with sin. This sin separates us from God, which causes spiritual stress and a distance in our relationship with Him…but there is a remedy.
Why We Need Jesus
God can’t tolerate sin, because He is holy, which means sin literally creates a barrier, or a chasm, between us and Him. The only way to fix this is to be right with Him, accept His plan to be closer with Him. This gospel plan is called ‘the plan of salvation’ or ‘the good news.’
It’s great news because there is a plan to fix our spiritual health. This plan is all about a person, our Savior Jesus. If you have doubts about God’s love for you, turn to the Bible, history, science, or someone you can look to such as another believer or a pastor of a church.
The Simple Gospel
The gospel is simple and so amazing, but not cheap. Our sin separates us from God. Because we are sinful and God is holy, He can’t be around us. But, because He is the most amazing Go ever, He designed a remedy. He sent Jesus, His Son, to come to the world and take our sin. The only way to do this is for someone innocent to pay the price with their life (because sin is very expensive).
Jesus was that something, He was the perfect sinless offering. He paid the price once for all with His life. He was holy, but man, so He could be around us (heal us, minister to us, teach us, walk with us) while on the earth. He was prophesied to be born of a virgin, die on a Roman cross and raises from the dead and ascended to heaven – all of which He did – without sinning.
If you accept this Truth and believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, He is faithful and just to forgive your sins and lead you to righteousness with God – He saves His followers from death. He knows if you are really about this decision in your heart. That’s why it’s a heart decision and not a vocal affirmation. It’s about giving your allegiance to Christ, putting your life in His hands, and following Him. He did this because HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH! You are His prized creation.
This is the gospel. This is the good news. This is salvation.
If you have doubts about God’s plan of salvation, and His love for you, turn to His word. Scriptures to Combat Doubt. If you feel distant from God, pray and talk to Him about it. I have found in my own life that when I put God first, and truly seek after Him and spend quality time with Him, things began to change. My perspective changes, not necessarily my situation. Rejoice in your salvation.
It’s the most logical and rational decision you’ll ever make. Nature sings and demonstrates God’s handiwork. History proves it (just look at all archeological sites – they all prove the Bible is correct). Science proves there is an intelligent design that created just our cells in our body. Love has no match. It’s something that didn’t come from a big bang theory. You are loved, cared for and beautifully made in His image. Identity Crisis – who God says you are?
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