Monday, January 22, 2018

Need Forgiveness?



The Bible says that God loves us and wants us to know Him so He can fill us with peace and give us real life. However, God will not force us to love Him. Because He is a God of love, He gave us free-will to make that choice whether to love and follow Him or not. Because of wrong choices in our lives, we have fallen into sin and become separated from God. God still wants us to come back to Him, but because of our sinful condition we cannot draw close to God as He is a Holy God.

Because God knew we could never do anything about this problem, He gave us the solution. Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem. He is the only One who can bring us back to God. He died on the Cross and rose from the grave, paying the penalty for our sin and bridging the gap between God and people.

Our response is to believe by faith that God sent Jesus to the cross as a sacrifice in our place to pay for all of our sins. We must trust Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and determine to obey Him for the rest of our lives. That way we can know God and find peace again.

Is there any good reason why you cannot turn your life over to Jesus Christ right now? We must admit we are sinners who are in need of His forgiveness. Because only Jesus Christ paid our sin debt in full, He is the only answer to forgiveness and eternal life. We must repent of our sins (turn our back to our sin and old life and turn back to God). We surrender our lives to Jesus and determine to follow Him the rest of our lives. Jesus is not a "get-out-of-jail-for-free" card. Salvation is a total abandonment of self and surrendering all of your life to Jesus. It is a vow to give Him your life and to live for Him alone. You can not ask Jesus to forgive you of all of your sins and then go back to living the life you were living. It is an understanding that once you are born again, once you surrender to Him, you must be willing to live for Jesus in a style of life that is holy and pleasing to Him alone. You may ask, "How can I do this?"  The answer is that you can't. But when you are born again, determining to live for Him, God will change your heart and your desires. This alone is a work of the Holy Spirit. Let's face it, if you could have done it yourself, you would have already done it years ago.

So, what's the first step? We start by praying to God for forgiveness and salvation. While salvation is not just about saying a prayer, this is the first step. We must then find a church who teaches the truth of the Bible and surround ourselves with Christians of like faith who will encourage us in our new Christian life. Find someone who is mature in their faith and look to be discipled. Equally as important is to read the Bible every day and obey what it says. We must pray every day to continue to draw closer to God. To begin your new life in God, pray the following prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I confess that I have broken your laws and that I am a sinner and have not lived my life the way you desire.  Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God who died to pay for my sins.  I know that there is nothing I can do to earn my way into heaven or to earn your love. I believe that you accomplished everything on the Cross and I believe by faith that through your sacrifice, all my sins have been paid for. Right now I repent by turning away from sin and turning to back to you, and I open the door of my heart and life to You. I receive You as my personal Lord and Saviour. Come and live in my heart and be the Lord of my life. Through the help of the Holy Spirit, I will serve you all the days of my life. Thank you for your grace and mercy and for saving me.  I pray this prayer in the name of Jesus, amen.

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Congratulations, you have just made the most important decision in your life that has eternal impact!

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