HOW TO FIND PEACE WITH GOD ?
The real problem for us
Although many of use live under good circumstances, at least in western countries, there are still many problems. In many places there are indeed very big problems. The mass media tells us about these and they are discussed in many ways. My intention is not to deal with these problems. I want to go a little deeper behind these.
In last decades there has been a tremendous development in technical and communication areas. But it seems, that the mankind itself has been a victim for this expansion of global connections and trade affairs. Mankind has not developed to meet the pressure, which these increasing activities has created. In the midst of increasing welfare the man has become even more rootless. Therefore we should try to find the real reasons, which are behind the today’s problems. What is the deepest root to this chaos, which seems to be incurable despite of many efforts to get rid of it.
What is a man ?
Man is created to relationship with his Creator. This relationship was broken, when the first people fell into sin. The factors, which through the devil led to this tragic situation, were selfishness, pride, lust for power and disobedience before God. The instincts we have got should be used to help and enrich our lives not to rule over us. But unfortunately we have begun to use these instincts in a way, which lead us further away from God. Referring to freedom and tolerance they have made us to slaves under these powers. Often they also break the relations between people and causes many tragic situations. Often we notice these too late.
The Bible tells us, that we are sinner, because we have not loved God above all. We have broken the most important commandment. Matt.22:36. Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Some important factors
I have shortly specified the situation of men in these thesis :
What is salvation ?
What is to be saved or born again or to become a believer or whatever we call it ?
Different persons can experience this in very many ways according to ones nature, earlier experiences in their lives, traditions etc, but there are some general steps :
You can pray e.g. as this :
Of cause you can also pray with other words. The most important thing is, that you are honest and really want to begin a new life.
What involves in this salvation ?
Salvation means that
What salvation NOT IS
These actions can not bring us salvation :
The obstacles for salvation(examples)
The saving belief is a gift from God.
Ef. 2:8-10 : For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9. Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Salvation is completely the work of God
which we can receive or accept as a gift. Then we will be born again as the Bible (Joh.3) tells us. After that moment is it very important, that the new spiritual life in relationship with God begins to grow in a proper way. In this growing process we learn to know God better and what is His will in our daily life. We always meet new situations, in which we have to make decisions what to do. Therefore is it very important to regularly read the Bible and pray for wisdom and guidance and to have contacts with other believers in some church.
In our daily life we often make mistakes and our selfish nature is not always according to Gods will. But as again born Christians and as a member of the body of Christ we are accepted by God. The basis for our Christian life is the completed work of Christ on the cross and not the half done work of the Holy Ghost in our lives, which goes on during our whole life. Our daily weakness does not nullify the grace of God.
"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. (Joh.10:28-29)
Anyhow if we sin, we must confess : "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 Joh.1:9)
The saving belief in Christ (Rom.10) restore our relation to God. This is our vertical connection. This is only the work of God. A man can not himself restore this relationship.
But we have also our connections in horizontal direction with other people around us. On this plan we should make efforts, that our Christian belief brings forward fruits : "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, temperance (Gal.5:22-23)
According to the Bible it is important that we live according to Gods will in our daily life, but it is not the basis for our salvation.