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Tracts > First Things First

By: Martin Cisneros

The book of Ephesians talks about those who've lived their lives prior to their coming to a public faith in Christ, as those who are strangers from the covenants of promise, thereby being without hope and without God in the world.  Does this describe you?  When you pick up a Bible, is it anything short of a Blood sworn Oath to you, that guarantees your standing with God through Jesus Christ? (Hebrews chpts. 8-10)

Do you not yet know that the Bible is God's Bond; His Integrity; His statement of the terms upon which He'll complete and rehead all of life in Himself?

Do you lack the assurance of God being your very own Daddy?  Do you look at a crucifix or any other depiction of Christ, and while seeing that nail piercing in His hands, are you personally lacking the ability to close your eyes and see a corresponding Covenant-cut in your own self?  (Colossians 2) Do you not know Jesus yet as your Blood-brother? (Hebrews 2)

If you'd like to get this straightened out, and know for sure when you pick up a Bible that it's your title deed to the whole Universe, and your roadmap to success, then pick up a Bible as soon as possible, find it's table of contents, and work your way through the following outline:

  1. Christ must be first in your life, because He's the One sent of God to lead the whole world back to God; (Philippians 2:5-11; Revelation 5:13)
  2. You must renounce living a life that's not completed [and complimented] by Christ and the Scriptures; (Phillipians 2:1-4; Colossians 3:12-17)
  3. You must petition His pardoning grace; (Romans 10; 1John 1; Hebrews 4)
  4. You must spend enough time with the Holy Spirit that Christ gives to all who obey His commands to repent and to yeild to Him, until the Holy Spirit has restored your life, through the Written Word of God, to that place of peace, contentment, and until all that drives you in life is precisely what drives the Lord Himself. (Philippians 2:12-16; 1John 2)

If you're to the point where life would make more sense with God's sense to rely on, and you're tired of always being on the outside looking in, in your own estimation regarding where the people in your life who actually know God would be concerned, then pray this prayer with me, baring in mind the above commitments that the Scriptures are demanding of you:

Dear God, I bow before Jesus Christ and acknowledge His Lordship over my life.  I now willingly submit my life to the Christ of the Scriptures.  From this day forward, I'll never go my own way again, but I'll stay at the Feet of God and do all that I believe that Your Holy Spirit is showing me to do.  My days of being an outsider where the true grace of God is concerned are over.  I turn loose of my unbelief and I take to myself the faith of God: and I believe that I receive the complete work of the Holy Spirit in my life.  Your grace and your mercy will follow me all of the days of my life, and I thank You for it, in Jesus' Name.  Amen!

 

Was this your first time really acknowledging the Lord, receiving Him with all of your heart, and receiving, or accepting, those things that He has determined for your life? If this was your first time praying a prayer for Jesus to do a really saving and empowering work in your life, please write to us and let us know that you've committed your life to Jesus Christ. We'd love to hear about it!

 

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