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So, How Do I Make My Peace With God?

“What makes you so sure that there is a God!?  What about the mess the world is in?  If there is a God, then why are there all these wars and terrible diseases and violence?  Tell me that!”

Good point.  This world is not how God originally designed it to be.  He never intended mankind to suffer physical or mental ill health.  He never intended one race to fight another.  He never intended people to be hounded from their homes into refugee camps to suffer starvation and despair.  He never intended children to be abused.  He never intended loneliness.  He never intended broken families.  He never intended this long list of human misery to exist. And this list is by no means complete.

In the first book of the Bible, God assessed everything that he had made.  “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good ...” Genesis 1:31.  Paul, one of the first missionaries understood this when he wrote in a letter to a young man called Timothy ... “For everything God created is good ...” 1 Timothy 4:4.

BUT...
God is not alone.  He has an enemy.  His name is Satan, the devil and he aims to spoil and destroy.  God warns us through a man called Peter ... “Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8.  Jesus described Satan’s nature bang on target.  He knew what his enemy was like.  “... He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44.
 
Satan ultimately aims to keep people in spiritual darkness; to stop them from finding God for themselves.  Paul was explaining this to a group of Christians in a place called Corinth in Greece ... “The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4. (See John 12:31.  The word Satan in brackets, I’ve inserted for clarity.)
God did not make us as robots without a will of our own.  He made us with the ability to make choices.  Adam and Eve chose not to live by God's advice but listened instead to the enemy of God and decided to try things his way. So entered sin into the equation.  Sin is anything that separates us from God.  There now existed a gap between mankind and his Creator.  A gap that needed a bridge so that mankind could cross back over into a closerelationship with God again.  Jesus provided that bridge by his sacrificial death on the cross.  Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Peter explains ... “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness, by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24.

He paid your fine by dying in your place.  “For just as through the disobedience of the one man (Adam) the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man (Jesus) the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:9 (I’ve added the words in brackets again for clarity).

Jesus who was the only truly ‘sinless’ person ever to live, took our punishment for us and cancelled once and for all, our debt.  “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men ...” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 or as God explained it through Peter, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God ...” 1 Peter 3:18.

So we exist in a ‘fallen world’ with all its wars, famines, death and despair.  “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time ...” Romans 8:22.

“Hang on!  I’ve always lived a fair life.  I’ve never blown anyone up or mugged anyone.  I was baptised as a baby and I go to church at Christmas and sometimes at Easter too.  I’m not a ‘sinner’!! That’s just an old fashioned Victorian word.  Right?”
 
Not so.  God through the Bible tells us “... for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God ...” Romans 3:23.  That means all of us because we all inherited our ‘sinful’ natures from our first ancestors.  We live in a ‘fallen’ or ‘spoilt’ state.
God has got us sussed when it comes to denial too ... “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8.

What we see as, “good enough to get into heaven”, God sees differently.  “... all our righteous acts are like filthy rags ...” Isaiah 64:6.  God’s word gives it to us straight! (Ouch!!)

However, in his mercy, God stepped in and sent his only Son to break the vicious circle of darkness and despair, and what is more, he didn’t wait for us to come to him: he came to us.  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8.  Jesus fully understood his own destiny when he said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16.

"So ... isn’t this just your idea of a religion?  There are lots of different ways to get to God aren’t there?  You know, ‘All roads lead to Rome’?  Aren’t you being a bit ‘narrow minded’?”

You can call it narrow minded if you want to.  You can call it bigoted if you like ... but it is the truth.  “Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12.

Jesus knew it was ‘narrow minded’ ... he also knew it was the truth not a truth, but the truth.  “Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Matthew 7:13-14.

“Well, when you’re dead, you’re dead aren’t you?  I mean I believe there’s nothing after death. It’s just the end.  Oblivion.  Right?”
Wrong!  Make no mistake.  We will all give an account of ourselves to God. “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement ...” Hebrews 9:27.  God gives us one life in which we will decide what we will do with his Son.  God knows everything about us, before and after our life is over.  “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:13.

 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end".
Ecclesiastes 3:11

“So ... ... ... How do I make my peace with God?”
 
Firstly, know that God has a plan for your life and has patiently waited for you to turn to him.  “... He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Peter 3:9.

Secondly, we need to admit that compared to a Holy God, we indeed are a ‘sinner’.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9.

Next we need to turn from all known wrong in our lives.  “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”
Isaiah 55:7.  And embrace the way back to God; to cross over the bridge that Jesus has made for us.  “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God ...”
John 1:12.
 
We need to ask Jesus into our lives, into the private corners of our minds ... into our hearts.  We need to open the door to him.  “Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.”
Revelation 3:20.

Can you hear him knocking?  ... ... ...
If you’re ready to make your peace with God, then pray the following prayer.  It doesn’t need to be out loud.  Just quietly within your heart is loud enough for God to hear you.

“Almighty God, I admit that I’ve done and said things in the past that I know deep down were wrong.  I’m sorry for that and I turn from them.  Please help me to live your way from now on.  I invite Jesus Christ right now into my life and acknowledge that he died on the cross in my place, to pay the price for my mistakes.  God, help me to know your peace in my heart from this day onward.  Amen.”

Well done.  God never breaks his promises and he says to you that:
“... the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” 
Philippians 4:7.

Now you need to tell someone of your decision.  Get in touch with somebody right now by phone, letter to face to face.  You can write to me, I’d be delighted to pray for you!
 
Louise Mann
Old School House
St Peters Avenue
Sowerby Bridge
West Yorkshire
England  HX6 1DF

You’ll never be the same again.  The old has gone, the new has come.  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
2 Corinthians 5:17.

God gives you new hope.  He is the God of second chances.  “... In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or face - kept in heaven for you ...”
1 Peter 1:3-4.

If we never meet in this life ... see you in heaven!

All scripture quotations taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version.  Copyright 1973.