When you learn how to know Jesus, you begin an amazing journey into God’s plan for your life. Romans 3:23 says it this way: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Knowing Jesus is simply acknowledging your need for Him, believing what He did for you and accepting His amazing gift. It recognizes that you can’t live this life on your own, that you’ve sinned and are in need of a Savior. And the good news about knowing Jesus, about being saved, is the beautiful exchange that happens in that moment. You give Him all the bad and sinful things you’ve done, and in return, God gives you everything He has for you. Whether you know it or not yet, His plan for your life is amazing, and this is the first step on that journey.
Our greatest desire is for people to come to know God personally. The simple truth is that there is a God who created you and loves you very much. (Genesis 1:27) He gave us life and deserves our gratitude and love. We, however, have chosen to disobey Him and sin against Him; all of us have done wrong and failed to do what is right. (Romans 3:23) We may not be more sinful than our neighbor, or we may be far worse than anyone we know, it does not matter. Either way, we are guilty before God. (1 John 1:8)
God is perfect, completely good, always right and fair. He cannot tolerate sin. He cannot simply overlook the fact that we have chosen to disobey Him. The Bible says “the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) This means that the fair payment for our rebellion against God is death. It is the punishment that we deserve.
Jesus, the one and only Son of God, came to earth and lived a perfect sinless life. He was crucified even though He was completely innocent. He received the punishment that we deserved. He was the perfect sacrifice, He was put into our place and took on Himself the sentence of death that should have been ours. (Romans 5:8)
Jesus did not, however, remain dead. After three days, He rose from the grave and later ascended into heaven. He will return for all those who are trusting in Him as their Savior.
Jesus died for you. You can be saved by asking Him for forgiveness from your sins (John 10:10). If you are willing to repent of your sin, He is waiting to forgive you. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, if you cry out to Jesus for forgiveness, He will not reject you. The word “repent” literally means “to turn away from.” You need to look at your life, admit that you are a sinner, genuinely desire to turn your back on that sin, and ask Him to forgive you. If you do this, He promises to forgive you.
True Christianity is not about attending a particular church, or how your parents raised you, or what country you were born in. Being a Christian means that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that He is your Savior. It’s not good enough that your priest, pastor, mother, or aunt knows Jesus, you must know Him for yourself. They cannot believe in Him for you, you must believe for yourself. They cannot repent for you, you must repent for yourself.
Jesus is everywhere all the time. He can hear you now if you ask Him for forgiveness. Please turn your life over to Him NOW. Time slips by so quickly, don’t miss this opportunity. If you want to pray and ask Jesus to be your Savior, you can say a prayer something like this:
” Jesus, I know that I have sinned against you. I know the truth is that I have sinned by my own choice, and I am the one responsible for it. I know that I have earned punishment from you, and that the fair punishment would be death. Jesus, I believe that you died in my place. Forgive me for my sin. I cannot cover or take my sin away, I am relying totally and only on you. You are the only one who can save me. I reject my sin, I turn away from it, and I repent. Come into my life, take away my sin, and show me how to live my life in a way that is right and pleasing to you.”
If you have prayed this, YOU ARE SAVED! You are now completely forgiven, a new creation, innocent in the eyes of God. Welcome to the family of God!
It is important for you to start to grow in your relationship with Jesus. Just like any relationship, you need to spend time with someone if you want to know them well. The way to know God is through the Bible. Take a look at our links section to get a few suggestions and get started. It’s also important to find a church you can attend where they teach the Bible (Hebrews 10:24-25) This will allow you to talk with a pastor who will help explain questions you might have, and it will give you a chance to spend time with other Christians who can encourage you.
You can start to study the Bible by going through this helpful study at www.godlife.com/en. After that, we recommend that you start your study of the Bible with the Gospel of John. We encourage you to find a church in your area that has a clear emphasis on teaching verse-by-verse from the Bible. This is often referred to as Expository Teaching. We can assist you in your search by contacting us. Make Bible Study and Fellowship a priority in your life. God bless you!
How to follow Jesus
Confess: The first step to salvation is to confess and acknowledge that you are a sinner. (Romans 3:23)—“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.)
Accept: Understand and accept that you are powerless against sin and that living a life of the flesh (in your own strength and after your own desires) will result in eternal death. Roman 6:23– “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”)
…but because God loves you so much, He sent His only son to pay the ultimate price for your sin by dying on the cross. It is through His forgiveness and grace that you are saved.
Romans 10:9-10 “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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Repent: Repentance means to acknowledge that you have sinned against God and then you turn away from sin without having any intention of returning to it.
You are making a personal commitment to focus on living your life by the Spirit of God rather than living for the desires of your flesh.
Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Receive: Receiving Jesus into your heart and your life means to accept Him as your Lord and Savior. It means that you will submit yourself to a higher standard or authority.
– You are surrendering your life to God and realizing that you are no longer in control.
– Instead of living for yourself, you are now living to glorify God in all that you do.
John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Rejoice: Now that you have found salvation in Christ Jesus and have been filled with His Holy Spirit, you have new life. He will begin to strengthen you and teach you as you draw closer to God through reading His Word, prayer and fellowship with other believers in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
Have you decided to follow Jesus?
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