Knowing God

By now, you may have discovered that not all roads lead to God, and life is not as simple as you thought. For those at this crossroad, the Bible offers new direction filled with purpose, fulfillment and acceptance. God’s Way of salvation is the only answer. The steps are simple:

1. Recognize that you’re a sinner.    You must admit your spiritual need. “There is none righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10)  We cannot make excuses or blame others for our actions.  Man is sinful.  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

2.  Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.  “Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;” (1 Peter 3:18)  Jesus paid the price for our sin.  “…the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself p for me.” (Galatians 2:20)  “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

3.  Repent of your sins.  To repent means to feel regret for what you have done or failed to do and to change your direction.  “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)  You must be willing to turn away from the things that displease God.

4.  Accept Him as your Savior.  Jesus said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden,” (or weighed down) and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)  Come to Jesus just as you are.  Don’t try to “clean up your life” before you come to God.  Instead, receive Him and allow Him to do the cleansing.  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (John 1:12)  “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.” (John 6:37)

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All scripture references are from the NASB Updated Edition.