GET TO KNOW GOD
Admit Your Spiritual Need. Are You Living For One?
Are you Living4One? If you aren’t sure what that means, let’s take some time to dissect the foundation of your life. What are you living for: wealth, success, or gratification? Those are all earthly things that can give you temporary fulfillment or happiness, but eventually you find yourself unsatisfied. These three will never give you fulfillment apart from God. There is only “one” who can give you purpose and the fulfillment of your heart’s desires. We live to serve and glorify “one” and He is God.
For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.Colossians 1:16
It does not matter where you are in your life. God asks us to come as we are. There is no holy ritual you must do or cloak you must wear before you present yourself to Him. But, you must be willing, sincere, and humbled. It does not matter what you have done, nor does it matter where you come from. If you are willing to take the next step in getting to know God, I would love to help you in your journey of Living4One.
It is easy for us to believe what the world tells us is truth. For example, the world tells us that we only live once and that we should live for the moment. It is true that we only live once, but we never truly die. The Bible expands on this topic by informing us that after we physically parish our souls will live on in heaven or hell. Our life was not an accident, nor is it the result of evolution. In fact, a loving God created each of us with a specific purpose. God wants nothing more than to have a relationship with you.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.Genesis 1:27
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.Psalms 139:13-16
Before your birth God already had you in mind. He knew every detail of your physical and internal makeup, as well as your family lineage. God knows the good and bad of our hearts, the deceit of our minds, and still desires a relationship with us. Regardless of what you have been through, He has been patiently waiting for the moment you would acknowledge him as Father.
God the Father is greater than any earthly father. Fathers are meant to love, protect, and provide, but only God the Father can do it with unconditional love.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.Psalms 103: 8-12
God entrusted us with free will to make our own decisions. With that free will Adam and Eve committed the first sin by disobeying God’s command. As a result, sin created separation between God and man. Sin is an action committed physically, verbally, or mentally against God’s law. We have to understand that no one is without sin, but that doesn’t make it acceptable to God.
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.James 4:17
Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.1 John 3:4
God the Father sent his son, Jesus, as a man to rescue the world and give us the chance at eternal life. This was necessary because he had to eliminate the division that sin created. In doing so, Jesus Christ became a pure, sinless living sacrifice on behalf of our sins. Jesus became the bridge between God and us.
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
Because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”1 Peter 2:21-22
God the Son, Jesus, lived a life with intention to be a servant to all and a living example. In spite of his sinless life he was still spit upon, persecuted, and mocked. This is important to know because living with Jesus doesn’t mean you won’t have difficult circumstances to overcome. Even though Jesus possessed the authority to overthrow the sentence of death by crucifixion (death on the cross) he did not because he knew it was his divine purpose. Ultimately, Jesus suffered and died a death he did not deserve. His death took the place of our sins. Jesus’s resurrection exemplified a new forgiveness from God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus was the only one qualified to pay for our sins.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!Philippians 2:8
With Jesus’ death and resurrection also came a gift to his believers in the form of the Holy Spirit. When you decide to give your life to Christ the Holy Spirit comes and lives inside of you. The Holy Spirit helps guide and lead us to do the things God has called us to do.
The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.John 14:26
Now you know about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. By recognizing who God is and that He wants a relationship with you, we would like to extend an invitation to accept Him.
Darrell Speaking at the Road Church
One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell
We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth. If you acknowledge that you are a sinner, repent from your sins, accept the promise that Christ is the solution, and receive Jesus Christ as your Savior, you will be saved and begin your new life walking with Him.
– Darrell Stuckey
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 6:23
We must realize and admit that we are sinners and that Jesus died for our sins.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.John 14:6
ABCs of Salvation
A- Sincerely ADMIT you are a sinner and repent
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
B-BELIEVE that Jesus is God’s Son and God sent Him to die for our sins
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, Jesus, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
1 John 5:13
C-CONFESS that Jesus is Lord and that you need Him
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
If you want to receive salvation pray this prayer.
I humbly come before you admitting that I am a sinner. I acknowledge who you are and what you have done for me. I desire to have an intimate relationship with you. There is nothing I can do to save myself. Only you can save me. I accept Jesus Christ, your son, as my Lord and Savior and acknowledge he died on the cross and rose from the dead so that I may have eternal life. Lord, please purify me, so that I may be a living example and can be used by you.
In Jesus Name,
If you just said this prayer, let me be the first to congratulate you on a new beginning.
You are now a Christian.
I want to encourage you to continue to grow. Continue to deepen your relationship with God by further studying His Word.
Increase Your Relationship With God
Once you decide to start a relationship with God there are things we suggest that you should do to help with your growth and to ensure you stay on the right path.
- The first thing you should do is share with those closest to you that you’ve accepted Christ.
- Get a Bible and read it daily.
- Pray continuously. Praying is like having a conversation. A conversation that is ongoing and should take place throughout the day. God loves hearing from us whether big or small, good or bad. He wants to have a relationship with you.
- Find friends who also follow God. These people will help support your new faith. They will help keep you accountable and will help you grow.
- Join a church! Show up weekly and be encouraged by the message and other believers.
- Get baptized. By getting baptized you are showing obedience to God.
- Get involved in your church and your community; this will bring opportunities for you to share God with others.
- Share your story
If you have questions or would like to share your new faith with me, please feel free to contact me under the Connect section.
Fox News 5 “Toys for Joy w/ Darrell Stuckey
Darrell Stuckey – Pastors Conference
Darrell Stuckey after Iron Men’s Ministry Big Man’s Breakfast 2013
Why we are not good enough?
Romans 3:10 As it is written, “There is no one righteous, not even one.”
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
What's the price of my sin?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
What's God's provision?
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
What's God's promise?
Romans 10:9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.