Have you ever worn a mask? Perhaps you wore one to a costume party, to play a joke on a friend, or in a school play as a child. But, did you know that many people wear masks everyday?
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Psychologists tells us that people wear masks for a variety of reasons. Some people wear masks in an attempt to be someone who they are not. Some people wear masks to try to hide the hurt and pain they feel from their past experiences. And some people wear masks in an attempt to hide their sins and failures from God and from others.
The Bible tells us in several places that trying to hide things from God is futile. In Jeremiah 16:17, God says, "Mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes." The Bible also says in Numbers 32:23: "...be sure your sin will find you out." Ecclesiates 12:14 also says, "For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil."
God does not want you to live wearing a mask -- running from your past and hiding who He created you to be. He knows all about your faults and failures. And He has done something about them. Two thousand years ago, he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and accept the punishment for your sins, failures, and faults that you deserve. He shed his own blood so you wouldn't have to. And 1 John 1:7 says, "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
Instead of hiding the sins of your past, and continuing to wear a mask, you can bring it all before the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will wash you, cleanse you, and make you a new person in Him.
Because of our sins, we will eventually die and, because of our sins, we will go to a place of punishment called Hell or the Lake of Fire. Revelation 21:8 says, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
However, the good news is that God does not want us to die and be punished forever. That is why he sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for us -- taking the punishment that you and I deserve for our sins on Himself. He was put to death on a cross two thousand years ago. After He died, He was buried and rose from the dead.
Because Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins, we do not have to die and go to Hell, and we do not have to remain separated from God. John 3:16 says, "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." Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can make peace with God and live with Him in Heaven for all eternity after we die.
If you want to begin a relationship with God today, you can do so by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and asking Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: "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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
If you want to begin your relationship with God through Jesus Christ right now, you can pray something like this to let God know about your decision:
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God and congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your new found faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read "What To Do After You Enter Through the Door". Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture."
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of sixteen books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel's Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master's degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3.