Why we Are Praying for Steph Curry’s Mother or Somebody to Lead the Great Naomi Osaka to the Lord Jesus Christ (GLMX #470)
This is the “chief of sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, with the Gospel Light Minute X Podcast #470 titled, “Why we Are Praying for Steph Curry’s Mother or Somebody to Lead the Great Naomi Osaka to the Lord Jesus Christ.” I’m here to remind you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me.
You may be wondering why certain religious groups insist that you are lost and need to be saved. Saved? saved from what? As far as you are concerned, you don’t feel lost. You feel fine just as you are. So what’s the big fuss? Ok, let’s go over some facts together:
[a] Do you ever feel that in spite of all your achievements and all that you possess, there is still a void and an emptiness gnawing at your insides?
[b] Do you have that uneasy feeling that you’re missing something in life?
[c] Are you desperately searching for new thrills to feel alive and motivated?
[d] Do you need a quick picker-up each day to face life challenges?
[e] Do you quickly dismiss ideas of rejection, loneliness and death because these thoughts really scare you?
If your answer is yes to any of the above, then you are lost. Why? You ask. Isn’t this the way normal people feel? In fact, all your peers confide that they have the same sentiments.
They feel and react the same way and suffer from the same social dissatisfaction. They are no different from you. You see yourself and family having every day problems, but nothing out of the ordinary So what’s the big deal?
Well, let me tell you. The feelings described above are symptoms of a desperate soul living an empty existence and prone to depression or any other terrible emotional conditions. All that is needed is a major life crisis to push you over the edge. Honestly, could you survive a divorce, chronic illness, unemployment, sudden homelessness, losing the esteem of your close friends, or loneliness? Of course, no one is exempt from these life dilemmas and there is no insurance that covers these catastrophes. Even though no one is exempt from these unfavorable situations, there is a way to be protected from them. Yes, rain will and must fall, but if you have proper protection you won’t be anxious when it starts to rain.
If you do not have a relationship with God, the Creator, you are losing out on an excellent opportunity to have peace of mind while in this life and to reap future benefits that God promises.
What does that have to do with me?
No matter what anyone tells you, God created you to have a relationship with Him. You may have repressed this natural longing for a relationship with God for a long time.
However, the anxieties brought on by life’s impossibilities are nothing less than your inner self calling out for a reconnection with God. Nothing else can fill this void nor take the place of this spiritual longing that is inherent to all human beings.
How can I satisfy this emptiness that I always feel?
We can only satisfy our feeling of emptiness by reconnecting with God, the Creator. However, due to our sinful nature we cannot relate to God on our own terms. There is a barrier between God and man. The Bible, which is the word of God, tells us that man is cut off from any purposeful relationship with God:
The Bible states in Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
The punishment for man’s sinful nature is death, which includes a spiritual separation from God in this present life.
The Bible says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
God will also punish those who do not ask for and receive His forgiveness in this life.
The Bible says in Revelation 20:14-15, “…the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
What must I do to be saved?
You can overcome the terrible anxieties of your present life and escape God’s punishment for sin.
God recognizes that all human beings come into this world with sins.
The Bible states in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God…”
However God loves us and wants to save and protect us from the eternal punishment reserved for those who choose to live in sin.
The Bible states in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in order to pay for our sins. This was the only way that God’s judgment could be satisfied. Jesus Christ rose up from the tomb triumphantly showing the world that He had power over death and He returned to his Father in Heaven.
We can do nothing by ourselves to receive God’s forgiveness. We cannot receive His forgiveness by our good deeds, by our kindness to others, neither by our religious acts. We can only be saved by asking Jesus Christ to forgive us and reconnect us with God, our father. Salvation is only possible through Jesus Christ.
The Bible says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he [Jesus Christ] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Jesus Christ is the answer to an intimate relationship with God, without Him life is void and meaningless. Turn to God and put your trust in Jesus Christ Who died for you and rose again.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour in the free pardon of your sins. Allow me to show you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for your souls salvation from the power of sin and from the punishment of sin in that awful place called Hell. Please pray with me what is called the sinner’s prayer: Holy Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and I admit that I have sinned against You and that I have broken Your Ten Commandments. I have lied before. I have stolen things before. I have lusted after people and things before. I have dishonored and disobeyed my parents. I have taken Your holy Name in vain. For Jesus Christ’s sake, please have mercy and grace upon my soul and forgive me of all of my sins, my failures, and my faults. As I now believe in Your Holy Son the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe that He suffered, bled, and died on the cross for my sins, was buried and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to repent of my sins past. Help me to turn from my old, evil life and follow You in the new life. For it is in Your Name I pray. Amen.
The important point here is that you should ask Jesus to come into your life, forgive you of your sins and reunite you with God in a personal and intimate relationship.
When Christ comes into your life, you become a Christian, that is, a follower of Jesus Christ and you also become a child of God.
If you sincerely asked Jesus Christ in your life and believed that you have a personal relationship with God, then you are as of this moment a Christian; that is a child of God.
Thank you for listening to this Gospel presentation. If you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour after listening to this podcast, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. To find out more about what you need to do after trusting Christ as Savior, visit GospelLightSociety.com and read “What to Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
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