Ever since the fall of man in Genesis 3, he has needed a savior. People lie, cheat, steal and commit many other sins against God. Even if others consider us "good people," we know we've either done something wrong in our life or omitted doing right. All have sinned and need salvation to go to heaven (Romans 3:23) or they will end up in hell.
The Lord is perfect and holy, so much so no one has seen him in his full glory at any time (John 1:18). As wonderful as Jesus was in walking this earth, he even said no one is good but God (Matthew 19:17). So how do we bridge the gap between fallen people and sinless perfection? Through Christ.
God so loved the world he gave the suffering Savior, Jesus, to die for our sins (Hebrews 10:12). By accepting his perfect sacrifice, we can have eternal life with the Lord and greater peace in today's increasingly crazed world as well. This comes through the gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the Comforter who proceeds from the Father (John 15:26).
Romans 10:9 says, "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." We also must repent of our sins to be converted, forsaking our own way and pledging to follow Christ (Acts 3:19).
If you've come to the end of yourself and know you can't make it without God, it's time for you to pray to receive Jesus. There's no magic chant to it, but here's a petition you can repeat:
"Dear God, I'm sorry for my sins. I know I need Christ to save me. I now take him as my Lord and Savior, believing he rose from the dead and lives forever. Come into my heart, God, and make me your own. In Jesus' name, amen."
If you prayed that and meant it, you have entered the family of God! You are a new creation, and the Lord even now is making you into the person he, and you, always wanted. Only in Christ can we fully live, move and have our being (Acts 17:28) as well as eternal life.
Don't think, however, that's all there is to the faith. God "is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6), so it's time to press into his Kingdom.
Pray to the Lord about your concerns. Let his peace guide you. Read Scripture (King James and New King James versions are good) to find out more about him and the new life he's given you. Get into a Bible-believing church where Jesus is the only way of salvation, his Word is respected, believed and followed, and people are loved personally and honestly.
If you prayed the prayer above, please contact me and let me know. I'm happy to help you find a Bible-based congregation to attend, too.
God bless you!
Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D.
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