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When God created man (you and I), the original purpose was a close relationship with Him; a perfect relationship with a perfect creator. Everything about God is perfect, just and holy. Unfortunately, the original sin of Adam damaged that relationship and distanced man from God as he cannot be in the presence of human sin. Thankfully God always has a plan, no matter what. His plan for brining us back to him (reconciling) is a relationship with his one and only son, Jesus Christ. Jesus so longs to be a part of your life and return you to a beautiful and direct relationship with the Father.
A sin is an offence we commit through our actions or our words against God and ourselves. Sin and corruption are things that are the exact opposite of who God is and what the Kingdom of Heaven represent. Our sin as individuals causes darkness inside of us. As with dark and light around us, only one can exist in a place at a time. Much the same, either darkness of sins or the light of God can exist inside of our hearts - never both. As humans, we are incapable of overcoming darkness and separating ourselves from our sins on our own. Thankfully, God offers a way, though his power and grace, to heal us from our sin and allow us to step out of the darkness of our past into the light of His presence. You can have a direct and personal relationship with God, forgiven of all past sins and live a powerful and vibrant life with Him for the rest of your days here and for all eternity in Heaven. The gift of that forgiveness is granted to us through His son, Jesus Christ. The way to know the Father is through His Son: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6.
Did you know that the Gospel literally translates as "good news"? Because without a relationship with Jesus, we are still very much connected to our sin and "fleshly" nature. God's desire is that we choose to take that step to reject our flesh (things and desires of the world that cause destruction and death) and allow His son, Jesus Christ, to bring us into a relationship with the father, full of forgiveness, light, righteousness and goodness. Its like taking off old raggedy clothes to put on brand new clothes that God the father has custom made just for you, free of charge. Only these clothes will never fade or wear down or get dirty so long as we walk in our new clothes with the Father and his son Jesus.
This forgiveness, or new clothes, cannot be bought or earned. It is freely given to you not because you've done anything to deserve it, but because Jesus himself did that for you by his death, burial and resurrection.
No matter what group you fit in, lumberjack, athlete, academic, parent, etc., one of the most beautiful things about God is that he loves you just the way you are. He doesn't love some abstract perfect future you if you did everything absolutely correct. He loves YOU. As you sit. Right here right now, God wants a personal relationship with you. He wants to lead you, guide you, teach you, talk with you and most of all, he wants to help you become the best YOU that you can be. A relationship with God, through Jesus, changes our heart internally and fills it with his perfect love so that you can experience the fullness of a relationship with Him, the way He intended from the very beginning... but the choice has to be yours. You have free will and can choose to accept or completely deny Him. You have free will to take either path, but God's ultimate plan and hope for you is that you choose a relationship with Him that extends into eternity! He wants to save us from our sin and bring us out of death into LIFE! For god so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. – JOHN 3:16
We are all sinners, from our youth to this moment here and now, we all sin and fall short of God's perfect plan for us. We need God's forgiveness, through Jesus Christ to get back on that perfect path with Him. As stated above, you have to make a choice to hold onto your sin and your flesh nature apart from Him, or turn to Him, ask for forgiveness of your wrongdoings and walk in peace with the Father. Should you choose your own path, the ultimate price is that you will spend eternity the way you chose to spend life, apart from him. God so wants you to spend eternity with Him, but the choice is yours. The bible says that the ultimate cost of sin is death, but a relationship with Him brings life eternal! (Romans 6:23) The death it's speaking of is spiritual. Your spirit remains closed off, separated and apart from everything good. Jesus paid the price for that unholy sin in our life so that we may come to the Father blameless and choose to honor him by living a life that reflects who His is and what he represents.
The gift of eternal life with God through the forgiveness of sins is completely free and available to anyone willing to say YES, i want to live a life endeared to God the Father. You can receive this free gift of life by placing your faith in Jesus Christ. Faith is a way of believing God and taking his Word (what is written in the Bible) at His word. With everything you are, you choose to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, died for your sins on the cross and rose from the grave to live in you as your Savior and Lord.
To believe means to be one who confesses not only with your heart that you hold true to the promises of God as written in the Bible. but you also confess that faith with your mouth and the life you live from that point forward. Whoever calls on the name of Jesus will be saved (Romans 10:13). When you're ready to make this decision and pray a payer of repentance to him, you are saved and included in God's Kingdom for all eternity... you have God's word on that!
Scripture says that it is by believing in your heart and professing with your mouth that you are made right with God. By declaring your faith, you are saved. There is no magic phrase or special charm. Its simply a matter of making the decision in your heart with everything you are and praying a simple prayer with your mouth that professes this new commitment to a life lived in relationship with Him through your Savior, Jesus Christ.
If you want to make that decision right now, we invite you to pray this simple prayer both with all your heart, and your mouth:
Dear God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth that “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead, I will be saved. I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that Jesus is the Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
If you prayed that prayer and truly believe it in your heart, we believe you have just been (spiritually) born into a new life in direct relationship with God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. We recommend you seek out a local church in your community that is spirit filled and even offers support or groups for new believers.
If you'd like to learn more now, please click on the new believer's guide below to be taken to bible.org for a study put together just for you.
We welcome you to the Family and Kingdom of God as a new brother or sister and invite you to tell us about your decision today! Please write us on Facebook or Twitter, or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to rejoice and celebrate your new life with you!
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