A text from a viewer:
On Aug 8, 2015, at 2:57 AM, E. G. wrote:
“I just prayed this prayer & I honestly still feel ashamed of myself, please help I feel as if I don’t deserve this??”
I hear ya. I dont deserve it either. No one does. Thats the beautiful thing about Jesus. And His grace. Grace is getting what we dont deserve. Mercy is not getting what we do deserve. Jesus is all about grace and mercy. Thats why He died for us. He took on our sin, for us, so we dont have to pay for our sin. He “bought” us back from death and the penalty of sin. He paid for it with His life on the cross. He paid a price we could never afford to pay ourselves.
I was a drug addict and alcoholic. So you know I had some of the same feelings as you are experiencing. But Im free now, for 26 years. What Jesus did for me (us) was free. We dont deserve it. Its a gift given to us. But it wasnt free. He paid for it with His life. But because He did, we now have life.
So, I am soooo excited for you. This is AWESOME. I’m also proud of you and I’m honored to hear that you prayed with me last night on the show.
You made THE biggest and BEST decision of your life!!! We are celebrating with you and we will ABSOLUTELY be praying for you!!!!
It’s a heart thing: now you have a pure heart with Christ in you. You have been re-born. Now you are born of The Spirit. So Happy Birthday!!!!! (You should take note that your spiritual bday!)
You have experienced Jesus in your life and are now ready to learn and experience more and more of Him. And that’s a real good thing!
If u will allow me to give you some very good advice, here are some very practical things to help you grow is your new relationship with Jesus.
-Please begin READING the Bible now. It will fill u with His power as well as the knowledge of His will for your new life in Him.
For starters, the book of John in the New Testament is great. Then Acts, Philippians, Ist and 2nd Timothy, Romans and the Psalms will all be great foundations for you.
Find a translation that makes sense to you. I like the Living Bible or The New Living Bible. The Message Bible is really great too. Many people like the NIV Bible is good too because it’s also east to understand.
-Begin to PRAY. If u don’t know how, just talk to Him. Just like you would to a friend that knows you really really well. He will never ever get tired of talking to you. The more time you talk to Him the closer He becomes. And like you would treat any good friend, don’t forget to not do all the talking, listen to Him too. Then do what He says. It takes faith, but He will reward it. I promise…because He promises!
-Also please find a good CHURCH. And if u have not already done so, please go to http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church-directory It will help you find a good church in your area. The fellowship of likeminded believers is going to be important to your new walk with God. This new walk was never supposed to be done alone, so please don’t try.
-Its also very important to start SERVING God by serving His people as well as those that don’t know Him yet. In this new life of service, we keep what we have by giving it away. But at the same time, don’t forget He will never leave you [... Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down nor relax My hold on you! Assuredly not! So we take comfort and be encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm. I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me?] - Hebrews 13: 5b-6 amplified version.
A part of SERVING is sharing Christ with those that God puts before you. When u do, He will give you the words and the courage. It does not have to be perfect. Just tell them of your new experience, strength and hope that you have found in Christ. That will be enough. Christ is always responsible for the outcome of your words, not you. He is the One ‘on trial,’ in their heart, not you. If you want, check out the GOD button on our site. http://www.mxtv.org/ It will help you learn what to tell people and what they need to understand if they want to become a Christ follower too.
You and people just like u are the very reason we make every episode of MXTV. So to say that I am excited that you prayed with me is a BIG understatement ! In fact you and those like you are the reason I get up every morning…for the past 30+ years of ministry. All of us at MXTV are very very very proud of you and pray this letter has been a source of encouragement to you.
We would love to hear your story of how MXTV has played a part in your becoming a Christ follower. Just write it down and send it if you want. - Just email me back at this address if you want.
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