Have you found yourself in a place you never thought you would be? Have you been told that there’s no hope? Do you feel despair at how to deal with this news? Are you fearful of what the following weeks and months will hold? Are you struggling with decisions that need to be made and don’t know where to turn?
If you are truly desperate for real answers, please continue to read this post. Even if it begins to feel a little awkward, just keep reading. What I am about to share with you is something that changed my life. There IS HOPE!
In January of 2016, my husband had a stroke. It affected his balance and he had to take off two months of work. One of the imaging tests he had done for the stroke came back showing he had a tumor on his thyroid. A few months later we learned it was cancer. He quickly had surgery and then had radioactive iodine treatment.
Gabe was beginning to heal and by December was feeling much better. Except, he was starting to have bowl discomfort. In January of 2017, a colonoscopy revealed that he had colon cancer. After his surgery, we were told stage III Rectal Cancer. My husband underwent aggressive chemo and radiation therapy for 9 months, going on short-term disability. In December of 2017, my husband was finally told he was in remission!
During his treatments, however, many people asked my husband how he remained so positive? How was he not afraid of his future? My husband had a peace that no one really understood.
He told those who asked, that it was because he knew that if the worst thing happened, and he died, it still would be the best thing! He would spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus Christ.
You see, my husband believes the Bible to actually be God’s love letter to mankind. He believes that God created us so we could fellowship with Him.
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20
However, because of sin, we have built a barrier between us and God.
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” – Isaiah 59:2
God never intended for us to be alone. No matter how hard He tried to make it possible for mankind to follow His laws and to make atonement for our sins, we kept failing.
“For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” – James 2:10
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” – Romans
Realizing there was only one final option to save us all from eternity in Hell, God made the ultimate sacrifice. He sacrificed His only Son, Jesus Christ. He allowed Jesus to become the only atonement ever again needed.
“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” – Romans 3:24, 28
“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” – John
How do we receive atonement for our sins? How do we know we can go to Heaven? It’s so simple. You just need to ask!
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10
In your own words, ask God to use Jesus’ blood as an atonement your sins. Tell Him you believe Jesus died on the cross. Ask Jesus to come into your heart and live. Believe in Him!
No, doing this won’t change your life circumstances that have caused your desperate search for answers. However, you can have complete assurance of where you will go when you do die.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39
You can claim Gods promise of peace, as you walk through this difficult journey. You have God’s promise to walk with you!
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” – Psalms
If you find you want more answers, please visit this website from my church (hopetoledo.org), or leave me a comment below!
You don’t have to be on this journey alone. There is a God and He loves you. He wants to walk with you, comfort you, and give you peace.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7
He wants you to know that you are desperately loved!
“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.” – John 3:16