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What does God say?

 In today’s world there is a lot of confusion about what God says and what man says about some of today’s most debated topics. Topics like divorce, marriage, going to church, drugs, homosexuality, lying, money and wealth, suicide, prayer, gambling, salvation, tongues and more. Unfortunately, a lot of people today get their information from TV which does not offer real help. At My Black and White World, we offer a platform for you to be able to find out what God says and a way for you to ask us questions that you may have that we have not addressed yet. We know that many people out there are facing storms in their life and are looking for answers and help. Many people today may feel as if they need to do this on their own and that there is no help.  God is the answer, and the Bible is God’s word. You will see references to all scripture quotes along with our own Biblical perspectives. Our hope is that you will find the answers to some of today’s hardest questions and if, you have not done so yet, take the next step in a life dedicated to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

God will not force you to accept Jesus as Savior—you must decide

I John 1:12

Introduction

New construction, Tel Aviv

New construction, Tel Aviv

Thanks for visiting this site. Check out all the contents and I hope you find something within that will be very helpful to you. You ask, why title this “My Black and White World”? Let me explain it by sharing that I am a structural engineer that has been in the business for 43 years. In my world of building design it is a black and white issue. I always remind myself in jest—the building stands or it falls! God has been good to me in my professional career.

The buildings that are designed must resist all the forces from the outside and from within. The structural members of the building must be designed for both strength and deflection. One of the most important components of the building is the foundation on which the structure rests.

I have found over the years that there are many similarities between my professional life and my spiritual life. God will provide a firm foundation for your entire life and stability and equilibrium for your daily life.

I plead with you to continue reading and putting these thoughts in your heart and mind. First a few very important questions: “Do you believe in the one and only true God?”, “Do you believe the Bible is God’s Word?”, and “Do you believe Jesus, Yeshua, is God’s Son?”.

How does this relate to “Black and White”?

The Bible is clearly God’s Word—it is black and white.

What have you done with Jesus? It is a yes or no—it is black or white.

Salvation is a black and white proposition.

Would you like to make God part of your life? Would you like to know Jesus, God’s Son? Would you like to live eternally with God? Would you like to have a relationship with a Living God, not someone in a grave?

Have you heard these terms or phrases? receive Christ, accept Christ, saving faith, make decision for Christ, ask Jesus into your heart, and born again.  The Bible clearly explains regeneration which is the renewing of the heart and mind and being born again which means “born from above”.

THE NEED

Why does a man or woman need to be regenerated or born again? Adam and Eve started the whole thing when they disobeyed God. Ever since we are born as sinners and are spiritually dead and void of God. What is sin? Sin is anything that comes between you and God. Did you know that at least 125 sins are listed in the Bible? Here are just a few: idolatry, greed, covetness, love of money, anger at God, laziness, neglecting to assemble with the saints, murder, anger, hate, abortion, arguing, unforgiving hearts, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, stealing, cheating, lying, gossiping, hypocrisy, lust, drug abuse, desire for power, drunkenness and materialism. And there are many more!

Here are some thoughts. We have a void that God wishes to fill. God will not force you to accept Jesus as Savior—you must decide (I John 1:12). We have a will and each of us must say yes or no to Jesus during our lifetime. It is a very personal thing—there is no religion or denomination involved here—only Jesus (John 3:36). God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins.

We have a will and each of us must say yes or no to Jesus during our lifetime. It is a very personal thing—there is no religion or denomination involved here—only Jesus

John 3:36

WHAT IS SAVING FAITH

What is saving faith? Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Faith is a channel by which God grants salvation—it is a free gift from God. Faith comes as a result of the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit. Saving faith involves both the mind and the will. Faith requires three things—conviction, trust in God, and obedience. True saving faith is a personal relationship with the Savior. True faith wants Christ without exception. The Lordship of Christ is clearly at the heart of true saving faith.

Do you have this saving faith? Do you recall making a decision for God? Your conversion can be a process—but at some point, date and time, it is a specific identifiable moment of time when a person simply and sincerely trusts in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Do you recall making a decision from the influence of a Billy Graham crusade, from a friend or family member, or an invitation at church?

WHAT SAVING FAITH IS NOT

Now let’s discuss what saving faith is not. We all must be aware the Bible mentions others who have faith yet are not saved. What are these characteristics? Many possess a faith which has been worked up by their own wills. Many have a temporary faith which lacks root and fruit (Luke 8:13). Many give mental assent to the facts of the gospel only. Many are trying to work their way to heaven, by being good, going to church, being baptized, tithing, and performing rituals (Eph 2:8-9). Many believe in vain (I Corinth 15:2). Many see Jesus as a good teacher and accept some of His sayings, but reject other of His sayings. As you can see from these characteristics, the reality is the church today is permeated by people who are not born again.

ASSURANCE

This leads us to a very important question. How do you know if you have been regenerated and born again?

ASSURANCE

This leads us to a very important question. How do you know if you have been regenerated and born again? Do you have the assurance of your decision? Please know that the Holy Spirit offers assurance (Romans 8:16) “the Holy Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”. The Bible has the answer and encourages us to examine ourselves to see if we are truly “in the faith” (II Corinth 13:5).

Check the following. Do you enjoy having fellowship with Christ and His redeemed people—fellowship with other Christians (I John 1:3). Would people say you walk in the light, or walk in darkness (I John 1:6-7). Do you admit and confess your sin—do you have a contrite heart (I John 1:8). Are you obedient to God’s Word—involved in prayer and the Word of God (I John 2:3-5). Does your life indicate you love God rather than the world (I John 2:15). Is your life characterized by “doing what is right” (I John 2:29). Do you seek to maintain a pure life (I John 3:3). Do you bear fruit and put your faith into action—the outworking of one’s faith reveals one’s salvation status (James 2:17). Do you see a decreasing pattern of sin in your life—you attempt and overcome sin but know that we are born sinners (I John 5:4, I John 3:5-6). Do you demonstrate love for other Christians (I John 2:10, I John 3:14). Do you “walk the walk” versus just “talking the talk” (I John 3:18-19). Do you maintain a clear conscience (I John 3:21). Do you experience victory in your Christian walk (I John 5:4). Do you have a hopeful anticipation of being with Christ (Phil 1:21). Do you make decisions in life according to God’s will—either from scripture or simple following His direct commands (I John 2:3). Are you developing Christ-like characteristics in your walk with God—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, knowledge, and Godliness (Gal 5:22-23).

How did you do with this series of questions as you search your own heart? Remember that no one will perfectly fulfill all of them all the time, but they should reveal a consistent trend that characterized our lives as we grow in grace.

TWO GATES

Matthew 7:13-14 talks about two gates—the great and the small, two roads—the broad and the narrow, two destinations—life and destruction, and two crowds—the few and the many. The choices are clear-cut and black and white. God demands a decision and each individual must choose which way he or she will go. May you be one of the few on the narrow road and going through the small gate.

Accept Jesus, Yeshua, as your Lord and Savior.