How to Have a Personal Relationship with God
GOD LOVES US
'For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.' John 3:16
We matter to God. He made us, and He wants to have a relationship with us.
WE ARE SINFUL AND SEPARATED FROM GOD
'For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.' Romans 3:23
But we've rebelled against God. Whether actively or passively, we've all disobeyed Him. And our sins have separated us from Him and broken off the relationship.
THE ULTIMATE CONSEQUENCE OF SIN IS DEATH
'For the wages of sin is death…' Romans 6:23
Besides causing separation from God, the sins we have committed must be punished, and the penalty we owe is death. This means physical death as well as spiritual death- eternal separation from God for eternity in a place called Hell.
JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD
'For Christ died for sins once for all…to bring you to God.' I Peter 3:18
The good news is, God loves us so much that He provided a bridge over which we can find forgiveness, restore our relationship and spend eternity with Him in heaven. He built it by coming to earth as one of us and dying on the cross to pay the death penalty we owed.
But it's not enough to know about this, or even agree with it…
WE NEED TO RECEIVE CHRIST PERSONALLY
'… to all that received Him, to those who believed in His name, he gave the right to become children of God.' John 1:12
God has provided this bridge back to Him, but we need to respond to Him by crossing to the other side. We do this by humbly admitting to God that we have rebelled against Him and we need His forgiveness and leadership. This simple act of trust and obedience results in our being pardoned and our debt being paid. By faith through prayer you can receive Christ right now. If the following prayer expresses your desire, pray it now.
THE PRAYER OF RESTORATION
'Dear Jesus, I know that I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross and paying the price for my sins. I admit that I have fallen short of Your standards and ask You to forgive me. Thank You for your forgiveness. Please become the leader of my life and shape me into the person You want me to be.'
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