Welcome to INTO THE LIGHT Journal! This journal is NOT about me but about the GREAT Savior, the LORD JESUS CHRIST and ALL that He has done for me (and NOT what I have done)—who saved and changed(inside-out) a great sinner like me. I don't claim that I know everything about life. But one thing I am certain, that apart from the love and mercies of Christ—I AM NOTHING. "... God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."(Galatians 6:14). I’m attesting the words of Charles Spurgeon: "My hope lives not because I am not a sinner but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; I don’t trust that I am holy but that, being unholy, He is my righteousness. I don't have to be rich, but I must be pure. My faith doesn’t rest upon what I am, or shall be, or feel, or know, but in what Christ IS and what He has done for me. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live!" Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing."(John 15:5). For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 10:36)

Journaling in Christ's throne of grace,

Erlinda Mejia Olson, BSN, RN

The Romans Road

By: Moments With The Book via INTO THE LIGHT Journal
Date: Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Time: 20:36PM CDT

1 CORINTHIANS 1:18 ~ "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."

I had a pretty good opinion of myself until a friend invited me to take a walk down the Romans Road. He used just a single book in the Bible to open my eyes to my relationship with God, and I haven’t been the same since.

He warned me that the trip might hurt, and he was right because he started by revealing my real status before God. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God... Romans 3:23

Then I learned of sin’s penalty. For the wages of sin is death...Romans 6:23a

He went on to tell me that God loves me so much He offers an alternative called ‘eternal life’. ...but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23b

Then he showed me how God provided His son Jesus as an atoning sacrifice for my sin. Jesus took my penalty! But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

I wondered if God would accept me. He assured me with even more good news. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

My friend showed me what I should do to receive eternal life. That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

We prayed together, and I gladly accepted God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus. I asked him if there was anything in the book of Romans that could help me with my new life. He pointed to the beginning of Romans 12: ...present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

He explained that if I gave God first place in my life, other things would work out according to God’s plan for me. I read a lot of the Bible since that day, and my friend was right! My life has been transformed. I joined his church and was baptized.

Many verses are underlined in my Bible, but I’ll never forget the Romans Road because a close friend used it to show me the way to eternal life.

That’s why I gave this tract to you today–so you too can know the way to eternal life. If you already have walked that road, please pass this on.  News this good is meant to be shared.