Five Truths God Wants You To Know
These are some basic truths that can help you love God even more.
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
Maybe you’ve just placed your faith in Jesus, or maybe you have known Him for a long time. Let these five promises guide you as you follow Jesus, your Lord. If you haven’t trusted Jesus yet to rescue you from sin, consider these five truths that could be yours.
1. 'And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.' (1 John 5:11-12)
God makes it clear: if you have Jesus, you have eternal life. If you haven’t believed in Jesus, you don’t have that life. Jesus said “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24) Believing in Jesus is the only way to have eternal life: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6)
If you have believed in Jesus, take a moment now to thank Him for the life He has given you. Believe God’s promise – He doesn’t lie!
If you want to believe in Jesus, but haven’t yet, you can talk to Him right now. Tell Him something like this: “Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior. I want to serve you always.”
2. 'Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.' (John 16:24)
When we belong to Jesus, we can pray with confidence. Asking in Jesus’ name means asking with His authority. “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16) Like any good father, sometimes God has to answer his child with “no” or “wait”, but trust that His answer is for your best, your ultimate joy and for God’s glory.
3. 'No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.' (1 Corinthians 10:13)
As a follower of Jesus, you have God’s help in overcoming temptation. Temptation is not the same as sin; temptation only presents the choice to sin. When we are tempted (and all people have been tempted, including Jesus), God promises two things to help us: the temptation will not be stronger than what we can resist, and God will provide the way for us to escape so that we don’t sin.
God’s Word is a powerful help when we are tempted. Why not memorize the five verses you are reading here so that they are always with you?
4. 'If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.' (1 John 1:9)
Even though God provides the way to escape temptation, sometimes we still sin. What a wonderful promise this is, that when we pray to God, turn from that sin and ask for His forgiveness, He not only forgives us, but cleans us up from all unrighteousness.
Is there a sin you need to confess to God today? Let Him know, and then enjoy having a clean heart.
5. 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.' (Proverbs 3:5-6)
God wants you to know that you can trust in Him and He will guide you. When we put our faith in Jesus, God gave us the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17). The Holy Spirit leads us to live in ways that are pleasing to God. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control ...If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25)
Pray this week:
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus. Thank you for hearing my prayers, for helping me overcome temptation, for your forgiveness and for the guidance of your Holy Spirit in my life. Help me to live in ways that please you. Amen.
Would you like someone to pray for you for God’s guidance?