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Out of the darkness

Chaplain Bertram Bobb

July 2011

I appreciate your prayers for our Native American people. Continue to pray for America and for our leaders.

The Gospel is the good news of salvation, the message that can bring you out of the darkness and bring you into the light (Acts 26:18)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the story of God’s love. God the Father loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the sins of the whole world. (John 3:16)

Many Christians today sense and can see there is something radically wrong in the churches but cannot see what is causing it.

The messages in many pulpits are one of promoting a program rather than preaching what the Bible says, what the Bible says about sin, the penalty of sin and God’s answer to these problems.

And also the teaching of the Bible that Jesus Christ will come again. Jesus will come back to Earth in the same manner He went to Heaven. How did He go to Heaven? We read this record in the book of Acts 1:9-11, just after the commission to His disciple to evangelize the world: “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into Heaven.”

Yes, Jesus is coming back to earth. We do not know the time of Jesus coming but we do have signs. One of the signs we read about in Matthew Chapter 25 is “wars.” What causes wars? James asks this same question in James 4:1: “From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lust that war in your members?”

So we learn that war comes from greed and lust and this is sin, because there is sin in the heart.

So we see here that man’s problem is not a social or an economic one. That is, you cannot change a man by giving him a good house to live in, a good paying job, lots of clothes, a new car. But the problem is a spiritual one.

In the Old Testament we read in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Only you and God know your heart. That is the reason Jesus said “ye must be born again.” (John 3:7). There is nothing a man can do to please God until he has been born of the Spirit of God.

Even today you can trust Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and be born again into God’s family. You do this by faith in His finished work on the cross. You can pray something like this: “God, I realize I am a sinner, I receive Jesus Christ as my Savior.”

To trust Jesus Christ as your personal Savior means to be born again into the family of God – born into a spiritual life. Food for spiritual life is the Word of God. We study the Bible for spiritual growth.

Peter wrote in his first letter, First Peter 3:15: “But Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meakness and fear.”

There is one thing by which a Christian is going to stand or fall. And that is his reality with God. Are the marks of the Holy Spirit’s power about him in his daily walk? Is there a clear ring to his testimony that the people cannot dispute the fact the man is close to God?

Here is something that Paul said in First Corinthians 9:16: “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!”

Have we maintained a clear testimony through the years of our life as a Christian, one who is maintaining an unblemished testimony? You have not let down the standards and you are taking the gospel message out to an ungodly world. But do they see above all a man or woman who is triumphing in his personal walk because he is not allowing the flesh with its appetites to dominate his life, a man living under the control of the Spirit of God? These are the authentic marks of Christian experience.

But the Apostle Paul could never have expressed those things in his life were it not that within him was the indwelling life of the risen Lord Jesus Christ which enabled him to do so.

Again it is only the Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) that will give us victory. John writes in John 1:12: “But as many as received him, to them he gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

Will you trust Jesus Christ as your Savior?

May God continue to bless you. Yakoke! (thank you) for your prayers.