Believe

I write to the Believer, the person who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Much of what I write will apply to anyone, but when it comes to apprehending the Word of God as a book of promises, you really have to be part of the group to whom those promises were made.

That makes sense, right?

Thankfully, becoming a Believer is pretty easy. If you want to go to a website with nice videos and graphics, click HERE.  Or, just keep reading.

STEP ONE
God’s Purpose: Peace and Life Step 1
God loves you and wants you to experience peace and life—abundant and eternal life!

The Bible says:
“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:1)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

So, why don´t most people have this peace and abundant life that God planned for us to have? Well, there’s a problem…

STEP TWO
The Problem: Our Separation Step 2
God gave us a will and a freedom of choice. We each have to choose to obey God and live according to His Word, the Bible. When we don’t, the result is separation.

The Bible says:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)

However, hope is not lost! There is one way to bridge the separation between us and God…

STEP THREE
God´s Bridge: The Cross Step 3
Jesus Christ willingly suffered and sacrificed His life on the cross for our sins, but He didn’t stay in the grave! He arose and conquered Hell and death forever, making a bridge for us back to God.

The Bible says:
“ For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.” (1 Timothy 2:5)
“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (1 Peter 3:18)
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

Christ chose to give His life for ours, and made a way where there was no other way. Yet, we still have a choice to make, too…

STEP FOUR
Our Response: Receive Christ Step 3
We must decide if we will choose to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, recognizing that He is the only way to peace with God.

The Bible says:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12)
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?

  1. Admit your need (I am a sinner).
  2. Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)

HOW TO PRAY
Read this prayer to yourself first. Do you agree with what it says? If you do, just bow your head and say this prayer to the Lord. Pray out loud.

Dear Lord Jesus,

        I’m so sorry! I know I’m a sinner. I know I am separated from God, because of the things I have done against His Word. But, I don’t want to be separated from God anymore! I want to have peace with God. I want to follow God and live according to His Word. So, I need Your help. Please, forgive me for my sins. I believe that You died for my sins. Please, cover me with Your precious blood, and cleanse me of all my unrighteousness. I invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior.  Please, help me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

CONGRATULATIONS! 
If you made it this far, and you prayed that simple prayer, then I would love to hear from you. I will even send you a birthday gift, to mark the day you were born again! Just message me, and get me your address. I won’t send you any other mail. I just want you to know that it really matters to me that you have asked Jesus into your heart. It’s a really BIG DEAL!!! 🙂

WHAT NOW?

The Bible says: 
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Receiving Christ, being born again, makes you a party of the Body of Christ and a son or daughter of God. It’s a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit, who indwells every believer.  This is just the beginning, though!

To help you kick off this new relationship with Jesus, here are a few suggestions:

  1. Read your Bible everyday. You may not understand everything you read, but read it anyway. Think of it like eating good food. You don’t understand how all those nutrients help your body, but that doesn’t stop you from eating. The Bible is our spiritual food, so eat up!
  2. Talk to God every day. When you make a new friend, you ask them questions, and you tell them about yourself. God is the best Friend you will ever have, so talk to Him. Tell Him what’s going on in your life. Ask Him questions. He is always listening!
  3. Share your good news. You don’t have to get a rainbow wig, but don’t be afraid to share what has happened. If you have any Christian friends, reach out to them now. Let them know they have a new Brother or Sister!
  4. Find a church home. The Bible makes it clear that we are not supposed to go it on our own. We are supposed to worship and fellowship with other Believers. And, we need to hear His Word preached. You are part of the Body of Christ now, so you need to get connected!

God bless you, whether you have come to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, or not. If you need more answers, just ask. The Saxophone Player or I are always willing to help. 

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