We have sinned

Whoever we are, regardless of our race or color, whether we are rich or poor, and whatever is our social status in life, we face one serious problem: we have sinned in the eyes of God; and unless we are reconciled with God, we will eventually suffer the consequence of our sinfulness, in this life and in the life to come. The scriptures declare:

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23

Because Adam brought sin into this world by eating the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good ad evil, we have inherited a sinful nature that leads us to commit wickedness and rebel against God. There comes a point in our lives when we desire the freedom to do anything we please without having to be accountable for our behavior. Tempted by the pleasures and passions of this world, we disobeyed the teachings of our parents and the will of God. Our disobedience is a result of our selfish desire or self-will that initiates our rebellion against God. It is written:

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise."

Ephesians 6:1

 

"Children obey your parents in everything for this pleases the Lord."

Colossians 3:20

 

"We were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another."

Titus 3:3

Consequence of our Sinfulness

And as we are separated from God, we become slaves to sin. Evil controls our thoughts and deeds. Satan, the prince of the world, is our provider of worldly pleasures and praise, for a costly price. Eventually, money becomes the object of our faith because of its power to acquire material possessions to satisfy the lust of our eyes and pride of life. We also have that uncontrollable urge to possess what we do not now own, and to boast of what we have and what we do. We squander time and money in wild living, drunkenness, addiction, sexual immorality, and such other works of the flesh.

Our acts of sinfulness are obvious:

"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery, idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God."

Galatians 5:19-21

Sinfulness is not from the Father:

"For everything in the world -- the cravings of a sinful man, the lust of his eyes, and the boasting of what he has and does -- comes not from the Father but from the world."

1 John 2:16

Out of our hearts come evil thoughts:

  "For out of our heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander."

Matthew 15:19

Instead of repenting of our evil ways, we often attempt to justify them. When confronted, we readily make excuses, and instead of humbling ourselves, we cover up our acts of sinfulness by putting the blame on circumstances beyond our control.

Then, without warning, adversity appears. It comes in a variety of forms: serious illness caused by addiction, strained family relationships, bankruptcy, mounting debts, loss of job, addiction, a failed career, and a lot of unwanted sufferings, but most of all, we suffer a guilty conscience. This is the consequence of our sinfulness: We will eventually experience a feeling of remorse and deep sorrow.

Perhaps you are among those who hopelessly need help. Will your friends be there to help you out, or have they abandoned you? You'd hope that you could struggle free from this perpetual tragedy and start all over. Is there a way? You know that there is a God, yet doubt whether He will help you out.

The Mercy of God

Yes, my friend, God loves you, but you need to respond to His grace and mercy. For God allowed sufferings as a result of our disobedience so that He may show His mercy.

"For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that He may have mercy on them all."

                                     Romans 11:32

Do not let your disappointments and sorrow ruin your life. Let your sufferings remind you that there is a merciful God. Make that sorrow work for you by coming to your senses and humbly laying all your troubles before God.

 
"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret but worldly sorrow brings death."

                                                   2 Corinthians 7:10

 

There is a Blessed Hope

This Seeker’s Guide will help you obtain faith by learning from the scriptures that tell about the Prophecies in the Old Testament and how these were fulfilled in Jesus Christ in the New Testament scriptures. You will learn more about the purpose of the ministry of Jesus when you read the Parables of Jesus explaining His Kingdom. You will increase your faith when you learn about the wonderful Miracles laid out in the scriptures as witnessed by the Apostles and disciples as a testimony that Jesus Christ truly is the Son of God, and our Lord and Savior.

 
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

                                                   Romans 6:23

You now encounter a forked road. The road to the left will lead you back to where all your troubles began -- the road to destruction: the road to the world of sorrow and despair. The road to the right leads you to a life of peace where Jesus with outstretched arms beckons on you.

You have a choice. Yes, my dear friend, Jesus can set you free from the bondage of sin! Let Jesus Christ be the foundation of your faith and your life. Jesus said:

"Come all of you who are heavily burdened and I will give  you  rest." 

                                                   Matthew 11:28

If you are still with me at this point, I want you to know that I am overjoyed by your desire to learn more about the will of God for your life. I am happy that you have chosen the road that leads to Jesus.

On the left side of this page is the table of contents of our Seeker's Guide. It contains eight lessons that prayerfully, will help build up your faith. Before going to the first lesson, please read the following very important pointers:

    • Click on each and every link that leads to the scriptures. On the succeeding web pages, you will find the sidebar on the right side of the screen where all scriptures, articles and commentaries are displayed when a click is made on the link. The scriptures are your communication line with Jesus. Therefore, the more you read and reflect on his words, the closer you get to him.

    • The Seeker's Guide does not attempt to explain the holy scriptures. It simply aims to provide you with a clear path towards these holy words, which will explain and help build up your faith in God. By faith you will be saved and by faith you will remain saved until the day of judgment. The Bible  states plainly that faith comes from hearing the word of Christ. 

"Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ."

                                            Ro 10:17

    • I urge you to pray sincerely before every lesson. Pray with humility and resolve in your heart to the Father for understanding and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The verse below will explain why.

"This is why I tell you that no one can come to me unless he is enabled by the Father."

                                           John 6:65

Ponder upon the scriptures with humility and a repentant heart, and you will find that God's plan for your life is so easy to understand and easy to learn. With a prayerful heart, the Holy Spirit guides you into a deeper knowledge and understanding of God's scheme for your redemption from the bondage of sin.

Enjoy the Lessons!

          

Acknowledgements

 
  To publisher of  Thompson Chain-Reference Bible 5th Edition that provided us with a wealth of topical chain references indexed in the most organized manner.

Scripture quotations were taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission.

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