You may know of God, but do you really know God?
Does God know you? Is there a relationship between you and God?
God tells us in His Word, the Bible, that He created the heavens and the earth. He made the plants and animals. He also made the first people, Adam and Eve. God wanted people to love and obey Him and not out of compulsion but out of a choice. But Adam and Eve disobeyed a command from their Creator. This disobedience is called sin.
The first man, Adam, rebelled against God's command and brought death, suffering, and separation from God into this world. We see the results all around us. All of us are Adam's descendants and we have been born with sin and have entered into this rebellion and sin. You were created by God and for God, but your sin separates you from God.
The Bible says "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from God. The Bible says "The wages of sin is death" (eternal separation in Hell), but also that "God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us."
God does love you, and he demonstrated His love for you by sending His Son Jesus who died on the cross (the sinless Man) who paid the penalty of sin for everyone who trusts in Him. The Bible says, "God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life". And He offers you forgiveness and a relationship with God because of what He did.
Christ died for our sins, was buried, and He rose again the third day from the dead. He was seen by the twelve apostles, and after that He was seen by over five hundred people at once. After that He was seen by his step-brother James, and He was seen by Paul also who formally persecuted the followers of Jesus. Jesus rose from the dead and now He lives in heaven with God His Father.
Everyone, without exception, will one day stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. What will you say in your defense to a Holy God? The good news is that God has allowed a way for your punishment to be paid. Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross in your place to take the punishment for your crimes against a Holy God. Jesus is the only way and said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me."
Do it today, ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sins and come in to your life as your Savior and King. The Bible says "As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe on His name."
-Repent: Turn from sin and turn to Jesus (Acts 3:19)
-Believe: Trust in the finished work of Jesus (John 3:16-17)
-Receive: Invite Jesus to come into your life (John 1:12-13)
If you want a real relationship with God, here is a suggested prayer in asking for forgiveness...
Lord, You have promised in Your Word that if I will confess my sins, You will be faithful to forgive me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I believe You and I want to turn from my sins, and live in a way that pleases You. I thank You for Jesus for dying on the cross, paying the price for my sins, and that You rose from the grave to give me life eternal. I receive You now Jesus as my Savior, my Lord, and my friend. I surrender myself to You and thank You for loving me, in Jesus' name. Amen.Remember the words are not important but the attitude of your heart as you repent and trust in Jesus (Romans 10:10).
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