My purpose in writing this article is to share my faith and viewpoints with you. Just like people publish blogs and share their opinions, this website is my personal blog to share my faith.  The purpose is not to argue with you about my views. If you disagree, that’s cool.  I just appreciate that you have given me time to share my life with you, if only for a brief moment.  — Victoria Ring

Is This Gift “Really” Free?

People who sell products often use the marketing angle of offering you a “free gift” — but there is always a catch. You normally have to purchase something first to get the “free gift.”

This is the way Satan operates; he places the emotion of greed into the minds of people by asking them: “What is in it for me?”  God does not operate that way.  He operates on the premise of “What can I do to help you?”  There is a big difference between the two and it is important for you to see the difference so that you can make a better decision about your own faith and eternal life.

The “free gift” we are going to make known and offer to you right now requires no money and there is no hidden catch. In fact, this gift is so valuable it is worth more than any mansion or bank account on earth. No amount of money could purchase the “free gift” you are getting ready to be offered and this opportunity may not come again.

Why is Your Soul Worth Much More than $10 Million Dollars?

There is a popular credit card commercial on television that says: “Life if priceless; but for everything else there is MasterCard.”

What do you consider to be “a lot” of money? We’ll use $10 million dollars as an example.  Okay — you now have $10 million dollars in your bank account but you just had a heart attack and are expected to die within the next 48 hours. Is that $10 million worth anything now? No — having money in your bank account is the least thing on your mind. Your mind is focused on the fact that you are getting ready to face death.

This simple analogy should help you to clearly understand “why” your soul is worth more than $10 million dollars — or any amount of money on earth.

What is Your Soul?

You are made up of 3 parts: (1) a body; (2) a mind; and (3) a soul. Your soul is shaped like your external body (two arms, head, feet, etc.):

Psalms, Chapter 44, Verse 25:
“For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth. “

— or —

Leviticus, Chapter 19, Verse 8
“Therefore every one that eateth it shall bear his iniquity, because he hath profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.”

Note: If your soul was just a part of your head it would not be bowing down to the dust or being cut off from among its people.

When your body dies your soul leaves your body.  Since souls never die — your soul will go to either 1 of 2 places: (1) to Hell or (2) to be with God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ) and God the Holy Spirit.

This is the hard part that people have a hard time accepting and want to be shown the truth before they accept Jesus Christ.  However, accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior works in reverse.  You have to make up your own mind and seek Him.  He does not force you because He made you to have a free will.

Once a person understands the simplicity of loving Jesus Christ, given the choice, any sane person would choose to be with God. However, since God is a perfect spiritual being and does not allow sin to be in His presence, the only way you can escape going to Hell is to accept that Jesus Christ died on the cross and shed His blood for your sins as the only means of salvation.  That is the “free gift” you are being offered at this very moment — the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Again, this is hard for many people to accept.  I have heard people who worship Satan laugh and mock when they read the words in the paragraph above.  But Roman soldiers laughed and mocked Jesus as he was hanging on the cross, suffering a horrible and agonizing death; so this is nothing new.

How to Become Saved:

Billy Graham cannot save you. The Pope cannot save you. Buddha cannot save you. Satan cannot save you. Nobody in existence can save you from Hell except the Creator: Jesus Christ. Only by His grace are you saved — and the only way to obtain His grace is through faith. Like I mentioned before, many people ask God to show them He is real before they accept Him. God is the ultimate power and deserves much more respect than that. He already sent his Son to die for you. What more do you want?

1.  Admit you are a sinner. (This is not easy for most people.)
Romans, Chapter 3, Verse 10:
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

2.  Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for you, shed His precious blood, was buried and rose from the dead.

Romans, Chapter 10, Verses 9-10:
“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.“

3.  Ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart, soul and mind — and know that after you die you will be going to Heaven to live in peace for all eternity with your creator, Jesus Christ.
John, Chapter 3, Verse 16:
“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.”

Don’t Delay!

Do not make the mistake of delaying the acceptance of your “free gift.” If you wait to clean up your life first — you will never be able to do it. Jesus Christ is the only one who can change your human nature. And you won’t be saved just because you are a good person and treat people right. The ONLY way to be saved is by the acceptance of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians, Chapter 2, Verses 8-10

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Who Am I to Tell You This? I am a Saved Sinner!

Just so you will know that what I am telling you in this article is the truth — I lived an “unsaved” life until I was 24 years old.  In 1982 I gave my heart to Jesus Christ and He immediately started working on cleaning me up from the inside out. The approach Jesus used was not the one I expected. It took several years of living though a wide variety of good and bad experiences to bring me to the point I am now — but giving my heart and soul to Jesus Christ was the best decision I ever made.  I honestly cannot understand how anyone can make it through the day without Jesus Christ.  So I sincerely hope my words in this article help you to see another viewpoint or strengthen the faith you already have.

Just keep in mind that I am nobody special. In fact, I am sinner just like anyone else on the planet earth — including YOU. The only difference between me and an unsaved person is that I will be with Jesus Christ when my external body dies and the unsaved person will be in Hell.

Don’t believe in Hell? Then I suggest you do a little more research before you are convinced of that. It is too important not to find out.  Besides, if there really is a Hell (and there is), you could be in for an eternity of intense pain and suffering with no relief and complete separation from God.

Of course, I would expect any rationally thinking person to do everything they could to escape Hell — especially when Jesus Christ will give His “free gift” to you right at this very moment. However, because so many fanatical and ignorant people have misrepresented Jesus Christ to you in the past — you may not want to hear any more about Him.  Please do not allow those people to cause you to miss out on Jesus’ wonderful plan of salvation. Find out for yourself about Jesus Christ and do not rely on these other people or even other ministers to tell you the truth. Jesus Christ wants a personal relationship with YOU — and He is the only one that can save you from an eternity in Hell. This is done by first accepting the fact you are a sinner and going to Hell unless you have Jesus Christ.

You see — the problem is that we human beings think “too much” of ourselves (the sin of pride). We look back at all the accomplishments we have made over the past decade with pride and boastfulness. We get “puffed up” and lose the humility we are supposed to have as followers of Jesus Christ. But in actuality — God is NOT in existence for our pleasure. Instead, we were created for HIS pleasure. God is the creator of all things. He is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

The Revelation, Chapter 1, Verse 8:

God says: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning, and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

I realize that it is very hard for us to imagine an entity so powerful that everything is within His control. If we do realize it, we begin to ask questions like: “Why would a God so powerful allow all the bad things to happen?”  I used to think the same thing before I was saved also. But because of mankind’s sins (not God’s) the world today is the result of the sin where human beings were given free will to reject God.

So instead of seeking to ridicule God, you should be looking at the situation in a different light. You should be looking at God as the most powerful spiritual being in existence who loves you dearly but will NOT interfere in your decision to love and worship Him. It is up to you to seek and find Jesus — not Jesus to find you and prove Himself. He is not your “genie.”

Let’s look at it from a human point of view: If you wanted to talk to the President of the United States would you expect him to pull your phone number out of the phone book and call you up one evening to chat? Of course not! You know that the President is famous, and in order to talk to him, or see him in person — you would have to exert a lot of effort. So if you would exert this type of effort just to see a human being, why can’t you see that Jesus Christ is much more powerful, more famous and is the Creator of everything? Wouldn’t it be more logical to seek out Jesus Christ? He is certainly more powerful and cares more about you than the President of the United States ever would. Besides the President of the United States cannot give you eternal life but Jesus can.

What to Do After You Are Saved

If you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have just begun a wonderful new life with Him.  Here are some suggestions for what to do next:

1.  Learn more about Jesus Christ by studying His Word (the Holy Bible). Many new Christians do not enjoy doing this because they claim the Bible is too hard to understand. All you need to do is take the Bible in your hands, bow your head and ask God to direct you in understanding. Then, open the Bible and start reading (with the intention of learning, not ridiculing God). Sometimes it even helps to read the Holy Bible in an audible voice. God’s Word is very powerful and He will begin teaching and showing you things you never knew or imagined if you allow Him.

2.  Talk to God in prayer every day. You don’t have to get down on your knees and make a spectacle of yourself. God is a personal God. He wants to have a one-on-one relationship with you if you will allow Him to. Tell God about your problems or anything else that is on your mind. Talking to God can be done anywhere regardless if it’s on the way to work or a quiet time during a break or lunch. So turn off the radio and TV for a little while and talk to God.

3.  Don’t be overly concerned about joining a church unless you feel the personal need to. Many churches today are more interested in making money and could care less about your soul. So watch out!  Satan is alive and well in many churches today.

Instead, use the internet to seek out others who share your faith and fellowship with them.  You do not need to get dressed up in your “Sunday best” and make a showing at your local church to be saved.  This is what people do in order to gain acceptance of other people, not God.  My mother used to go into a closet, get on her knees, cover her head with a white cloth and pray.  This allowed her to communicate with Jesus Christ solely on a personal level and humble herself before Him.  It is my belief that this is the best way to pray — alone, with God, just like Moses did.

Besides, show me any place in the Bible where Jesus or the prophets built a church and held church services?  All of them, including Jesus were street preachers who journeyed from town to town. Therefore, it is not mandatory you attend church to be saved. However, in Hebrews we are told to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together:

Hebrews, Chapter 10, Verse 25:

“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

But “assembling of ourselves” does not translate to a huge church with 1,000s of people in attendance. “Assembling ourselves” can be a discussion about God with your friend or a fellow Christian over the telephone or by email.  Again — it is not necessary for you to attend church unless you know it will help you in building a better relationship with Jesus Christ.

4.  Beware of television ministries. This industry is one of the most fraudulent medias in existence today.  Don’t believe me? Find one that doesn’t ask you for money.  A ministry should only be concerned with your soul — not your pocketbook.  If the ministry is legitimate, God will supply it’s needs and they never have to ask people like you for money.  (The telethons are the ones that make me the most angry.) So the next time you are sitting on the couch watching a TV evangelist, write down some of the scripture verses they refer to and listen to how they are explaining that particular Bible verse. Then look it up in your 1611 King James Bible (available free from this website) and read a few verses before and after the verse. See for yourself if the minister is right. Test the spirits for yourself and you’ll begin to see many people are telling you “half-truths” as well as “downright lies.” It is up to you to learn more about who God is and what you can do to serve Him. Every single one of us has distinct purpose we were born for. We will never find that unless we succumb to God’s will and worship Him for who He truly is!

Pray and ask the Lord Jesus Christ:

“Lord Jesus, be merciful to me a sinner, and save me. I now, with a repentant heart, receive you as my personal Savior”.

If you just received Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, click here to download free Bible lessons to help you in your walk.  These free downloads are offered on the website of the Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida.

Your Future

If you truly are saved, your future will be magnificent. Of course you will have to suffer through life while on this earth like everyone else. But after your body dies, Jesus will have a mansion ready for you. Also, you and I will personally meet and know each other in Heaven. You will remember reading this article and together we will praise and worship our Savior Jesus Christ. We also will enjoy the wonderful eternal life He has ready for us who Love Him.  I look forward in meeting you there one day very soon.

The AV 1611 King James Bible

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