Having a relationship with God through Jesus is easy as knowing the A, B, C's.
A = Admit
The relationship begins when you admit to God that you have not lived up to His standards. The Bible calls missing God’s standards sin. "Everyone has sinned and fallen short of God's glorious standard."(Romans 3:23 )This is a problem because there is a price to pay for sin. "The payment for sin is death. But God gives us the free gift of life forever in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23 ) This gift is good news. It is God's solution to our problem.
B = Believe
To receive the gift you must believe what the Bible says about Jesus; that God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to pay for your sin debt by dying on the cross; that after dying Jesus was buried and on the third day was raised back to life; and, that Jesus desires for you to have a spiritually fulfilling life now and to live forever with Him in Heaven. The Bible says,"God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son (that's Jesus) so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. 17 God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him." (John 3:16-17 ) The Bible also assures us,"Christ (Jesus) died for our sins, as the Scriptures say; that he was buried and was raised to life on the third day as the Scriptures say.” (I Corinthians 15:3-4)
C = Commit
Commit your life to God through faith in the person of Jesus Christ, and accept what God did for you through Jesus. This can be done by confessing in a prayer your faith in Jesus and asking God to forgive you your sins. "If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and if you believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you will be saved. We believe with our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we declare with our mouths that we believe, and so we are saved." (Romans 10:9-10 )
Use this prayer as a guide to help you begin a relationship with God today by using the ABC’s - Admit Believe and Commit.
"Dear God, I admit that I haven't lived up to your standards, and have sinned. I ask you God to forgive me of my sins, help me to turn away from that type of lifestyle. I believe that you sent your son Jesus to die for me, to pay my sin debt, and that you raised him from the dead, so that I may live with you forever. I commit myself to you. Jesus, come into my heart right now to save me and remain in my life forever. In Jesus name I pray, Amen."
The ABC's are just the beginning of a wonderful relationship with God! Here are some ways you can get to know Him better:
- Follow Jesus' example in baptism.
- Join a church where you can worship God and grow in your faith.
- In your church, get involved in a Bible study.
- Begin a daily personal worship experience with God where you study the Bible and pray.
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