How to know God
We are all sinners
People don’t necessarily like that description, but it is accurate. One word that the Bible uses to define sin means “to miss the mark.” What is God’s mark? Absolute perfection. Jesus said, “Be perfect as my Father in heaven is perfect.” –Matthew 5:48.
Unless a person is perfect, he has missed the mark; therefore, he is a sinner. Romans 3:23 states, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Since we have all broken God’s commandments, we therefore find ourselves in a perilous position. One might say, “Well, I’m not that bad! There are people who have sinned far worse than me!” That may be true, but God does not “grade on a curve.” One sin is enough to keep you out of heaven. The Bible says, “And the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as the person who has broken all of God’s laws.” –James 2:10 (NLT)
There’s a price to pay
In Romans 6:23 we read, “The wages of sin is death…” Every one of us has missed God’s mark. Every one of us falls short of meeting God’s standards. We are getting only what we deserve and we are bringing judgment upon ourselves. One thing we need to remember is that God never sends anyone to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth. Know this: in that final day no one will end up in heaven or hell by accident. Your eternal destination is dependent on the decision that you make here in this life.
Jesus paid the price
Since we can never measure up to God’s standards on our own, God has reached out to man. We cannot solve the problem of sin, but God, who is perfect, can and has. This is where Jesus comes in. He was not merely a good man, He was and is God. He was God in human form walking this earth some 2000 years ago. They took Him and crucified Him, but He rose from the dead three days later and is alive and ready to change lives today. This is why Jesus, and Jesus alone, was uniquely qualified to bridge the gap between a Holy God and sinful man. Jesus literally paid the price for us. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” –John 3:16.
Receive Him now
If a person acknowledges that he or she is a sinner, and accepts the promise that Christ is the solution, they are at a crossroads. Either the person must reject God’s solution and accept the consequences, or accept Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior. The Bible says, “Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” –Acts 3:19.
To repent means to change your direction. You’ve been running away from God, now you need to run to Him and call out on His name. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." –Romans 10:13.
You can call out to Him in your own words, but here is a sample prayer to use if you can’t find the words: “Dear Jesus, I need you. Please forgive me of all my sins. I believe in you and today, right now, I put my trust in you completely. Thank you for saving me! Amen.”
Did you ask Jesus to save you and mean it? If yes, then congratulations! You've just made the most important decision you'll ever make in this life! Your sins are all forgiven and you are now a part of the family of God!
Mark your decision
Every person in the book of Acts who put their faith in Christ was baptized by immersion in water. It’s a beautiful picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. It’s also a great outward testimony of the decision that you’ve made in your heart! Romans 6:4 says, “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
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