The Bible says you can know God personally and you can have an intimate relationship with Him. The following five principles will show you how:
1. THERE'S GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS
The first principle shows us the condition of mankind as a result of the fall in the Garden of Eden.
The good news is that God, the Creator, loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you. The bad news is that all of us have a problem that keeps us from knowing God and having a relationship with Him. We live life totally on our own and leave Him out of the picture. In fact, the truth is that we disobey and rebel against God as a normal pattern of behaviour. This is what the Bible calls "sin."
Sin, our offenses and wrongdoing, separates us from God and if we are separated from Him at death, then we will spend eternity in this condition. The Bible tells us the place of eternal separation is called hell.
Both physical and spiritual death come from sin. Would you be willing to say that you’ve never sinned? Could any human being truthfully answer yes? Let’s face it: It is obvious everybody sins.
2. JESUS CHRIST IS GOD'S SOLUTION FOR THE BAD NEWS
The second principle points us to the answer for this sin problem.
When Christ died on the cross and rose again from the dead, He opened wide the door for your friendship with God to be restored. Jesus Christ is God’s solution to man’s problem. The following Scriptures make this very clear.
Because of what Jesus has done in dying on the cross, salvation is offered to you today as a gift.
You don’t earn a gift, it is something given. All you do is receive it. How?
3. IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST KNOW ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
The third principle tells us that we need to respond to Jesus personally.
A three-fold response is required:
4. THROUGH PRAYER, CALL ON THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST
The fourth principle shows us how to believe and receive Christ through prayer.
We express our faith by prayer. Prayer is the only avenue through which we can come into contact with God. The simplicity of genuine faith is expressed in Romans 10:13
Will you call on the Lord right now in prayer and invite Him into your life?
Here is a suggested prayer:
If you are ready to commit your life to Him, then pray this prayer to God from a sincere heart and Christ will come into your life as He promised. If you are not ready to pray right now, that’s okay, but don’t procrastinate in the face of such amazing truth. Christ wants to begin a relationship with you today.
Note the profound simplicity of God’s promise to those who will receive Christ.
1 John 5:11-15
5. WATCH YOUR LIFE CHANGE
The last principle tells us what happens to our lives after Jesus has been received.
When you received Jesus Christ, things do not remain the same. There will be some remarkable changes that will take place in your life. Knowing God personally means a lifetime of learning, growing, and changing.
Some of the Things that Will Begin to Change:
As a result of receiving Christ, you will start to experience all of the above and more, but if you are not experiencing these kinds of changes in your life, then you should examine yourself to see if your faith is genuine. Follow the advice given by the following text of Scripture.
WHERE DO I START READING THE BIBLE?
Start with the Gospel of John, the fourth book in the New Testament. Here you will come face to face with the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. He lived the greatest life ever lived. By His resurrection power, He now lives to dramatically change the lives of those who trust Him. You are about to begin the journey of a lifetime. Enjoy it. Love it. Live it. See you on the other side—when this amazing ride is over.
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