Knowing God

Because God loves you and cares about you, He has reached out to you. God desires to have a relationship with you, and for you to know Him.

 

God wants your desire to know Him, to result in you making a decision that will affect your life now, as well as for eternity. The Bible says that God wants the best for you. And because that is God's desire, He gave His very best for you...Jesus!

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16)."

However, our sin is a very serious problem. We all have sinned, which leads to death and eternal separation from God.

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)."
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23)."

Death is not God's plan for us. Life is what God wants to give us, abundantly and eternally. And so, according to Romans 5:8, "God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

Jesus' purpose in coming into our world at that time, which is called Christmas, was to fulfill the promise of His love. Jesus clarified His provision for us when He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6)." And so, because Jesus came into our world, willingly gave Himself to die on Calvary's cross, and rose to life again (Easter), we can have new and eternal life.

 

Nothing and nobody else could make such provision for us. The best of our own religious and moral efforts do not accomplish anything either, in regards to compensating for our sin, and bringing us to God in an acceptable manner. "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast (Ephesians 2: 8-9)."

So, all we have is what God has provided. We all have to turn to God for forgiveness of sin, trusting in Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection, in our behalf."Repent therefore, and turn again (to God), that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord... (Acts 4: 19-20)."

By placing your trust in Jesus, you are putting your total faith in Him alone, as the One Who can save you from the penalty of your sin, giving you new and eternal life.

 

If you desire to know God as your savior, in the way that He has provided, you can talk to God where you are right now. In your own words, you can pray something like this: "Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner before You, and that I deserve the consequences of Your judgment. I am genuinely sorry. And I desire that You forgive me of all my sin. I do believe that Jesus (the Son of God) died as the payment for my sin, and rose to life again, so that I could be forgiven and have a relationship with You as my savior. I thank You for loving me and giving Yourself as my substitute on that cross, and for providing eternal life in heaven. It is my desire to live life now, in obedience to You and Your Word (the Bible), as You develop my relationship with You. In Jesus' name, Amen."

 

If you have prayed and asked Jesus Christ to be your savior, we rejoice with you! We would love to hear from you - (330) 825-7888.

 

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