Originally Posted by cmasoldiersofthecross on January 21, 2013 at 9:40 AM
Have you prepared your ride plan?
Step #1 - Pick Your Road.
So Many Roads, So Little Time! Everybody enjoys a beautiful, scenic ride on a bike. Few people really enjoy riding the flat, straight roads. The flat, straight roads are practical when you are in a hurry, but nobody really enjoys riding them. Many people have ignored or rejected God because they think He wants to take the joy out of their ride, but God loves you and wants you to have a wonderful ride through life. In John 10:10 Jesus said, "....I have come that they might have LIFE and have it to the fullest!"
Step #2 - Consider Your Destination.
Where a Road Ends Is Important Too! A beautiful road leading to a fatal end is a deceptively bad road. The same is true on your Spiritual Ride. Prov. 16:25, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." We have all taken some wrong turns on life's road (committed sin). Rom. 3:23, "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Any turn from the road detours us from Heaven to Hell. Rom. 6:23, "For the wages (destination, end result) of sin is death......"
Step #3 - Realize Your Dilemma.
You Can't Get There From Here! If the Grand Canyon separates you from your destination, you're done. Your bike can't jump the Grand Canyon, no matter how good it is! Everyone's Spiritual Ride ends at the canyon of Sin and Death. You can't jump it, no matter how good you have been. There is no way YOU can do it, but God made a bridge over it. In John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
Step #4 - Cross the Bridge Today!
Tomorrow Never Comes! To simply know the facts about the Bridge does nothing to solve your dilemma. You must make the decision to cross the Bridge. A bridge isn't crossed by acknowledging its presence or by good intentions of crossing it some day. You must accept Jesus Christ as God's only answer to your dilemma. A couple isn't married until they commit their lives and say, "I do". Jesus Christ isn't Lord until you commit your life to Him. You must accept Christ by an act of your will in FAITH, not the feelings of your emotions. You do that by simply asking Him to come into your life and take over. In Rev. 3:20 Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in....."
Take a good look at the two roads below.
Ride Plan #1
Your map is your own common sense. Your way is as good as any other way. You ride with fickle friends. You plan to cross the canyon by your good works outweighing your bad works to earn God's love.
Ride Plan #2
Christ and the Bible direct your life. You acknowledge Jesus as the only Way. You ride with the Good Shepherd. You plan to cross the canyon by submitting to God's plan and receiving His love. Which Road best describes your life? Would you like to change to Road #2?
How To Change Roads.
Simply pray and ask Jesus Christ to change you TODAY.
God is personally calling you TODAY.
Pray this simple prayer TODAY:
"Lord Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner in need of salvation. Please forgive my sins and come into my life as my Lord and Savior. Give me a new mind, a new heart and a new life. Direct me in my daily decisions so I can turn from sin. Take me to Heaven when I die and fill me with Your Holy Spirit now. Thank You for hearing my prayer and saving my soul TODAY."
If you prayed this prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ promised to come into your heart, forgive your sins and give you a new life. It is impossible for God to lie, so receive His love, ride with His peace and begin a new life TODAY.