Our heart’s desire is that people come to have a REAL relationship with God. Because we are sinners and have broken God’s commandments, we are separated from God. You might be struggling with guilt and shame for an attitude you have, or for something you did or were a part of. At judgment day, we will be found guilty before God. And because He is a good judge who cannot let the guilty go unpunished, we will be destined to spend eternity in hell.
However, the Good News is that while the sentence was being read, someone you don’t even know came in, paid the fine, and erased the debt, causing you to go free. The person who did that is Jesus Christ, and the following information will guide you in accepting His payment for your sin and how to have a REAL relationship with God.
RECOGNIZE YOU ARE A SINNER
First, you must admit your spiritual need: “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). We can’t make excuses or blame others and our circumstances for our actions. “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
RECOGNIZE JESUS DIED FOR YOUR SINS
“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God…” (I Peter 3:18). Jesus paid the price for your sin. The Apostle Paul said, “…the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
REPENT OF YOUR SIN
The word “repent” means “to change your direction.” The Bible tells us, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19). God commands us to repent. You must be willing to turn away from the things that displease God.
ACCEPT JESUS AS YOUR SAVIOR
Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). It is essential that you come to Jesus as you are. Don’t try to “clean up your life” before you come to God. Instead, receive Him and allow Him to do the “cleansing.” Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).
PRAY SOMETHING LIKE THIS
Dear God, I understand that Jesus died on the cross for my sins so I could be in relationship with You and go to heaven.
I am sorry for living in rebellion to You. Please forgive me of my sins and change my life.
Help me to walk with You and honor you all the days of my life.
In Jesus name, Amen.
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