Part III: Jesus Christ to Eternity

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What does God’s gift mean to you?

God, the Creator and Giver of Life does care about each of us.

God’s created a paradise for us, and He will one day restore it. (Photo copyrighted)

But, God is Holy and must be approached on His terms. He wants you to worship Him as the only God in your life. Just as the first people, Adam and Eve failed to trust God, so all of us have sinned by trying to run our own lives without God.

The Bible says that even if you obey all of God’s laws but one, you are a lawbreaker and a guilty sinner before Him. So, no matter how religious you might be, or how many good deeds you may have done, you can never measure up to God’s holiness. You are lost and separated from God.

But God understands your helplessness. and He loves you so much that He arranged to have His Son take your punishment and die for your sins. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

SALVATION IS A GIFT. It can’t be worked for, so no one can boast about earning it.

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In the Bible, John chapter 3, Jesus told a religious leader, Nicodemus, that he must be born again to have eternal life; so you too must be born spiritually into God’s family. That is why you need to invite Jesus to come into your life and to forgive you of your sin.

Become a child of God and have Jesus as your Savior.

Confess your sins to God, repent and determine to forsake them.

Thank Him for allowing Jesus to take the punishment for your sin by dying on the cross. Ask Jesus to come into your life, to be your Savior and the Lord of your life. Accept His free gift of salvation and thank God for it. Do everything that you can to become a true and strong follower of Jesus Christ.

There are no particular words that you must say to become a child of God, no specific prayer.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” —1 John 1:9 NKJV

But, if you would like to talk to God right now and are not sure what to say, below are some suggestions that cover the basic issues involved in a right relationship with God. Whatever you say to God, IT MUST COME FROM YOUR OWN MIND AND HEART; YOU MUST HONESTLY MEAN WHAT YOU SAY.

If you are NOT yet ready, wait patiently and humbly, and urgently seek God and read the Bible, asking Him to guide you to truth and understanding.

Consider these steps in getting your relationship right with God

CONFESS— I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I know I deserve Your punishment. I confess having committed these sins: ________________________________________________________
(specifically confess what you have done)

What is confession?

REPENT— I repent of my sinfulness; I turn away from it.

BELIEF— Father God in Heaven, I truly believe in Your Son, Jesus Christ who You graciously sent to provide us with a way to be saved.

John 6:68-69; 1:12; 3:16; 3:36; 5:24; 8:24; 20:29 | Acts 16:31 | 1 John 5:4 | Hebrews 11:1; 11:6 | What is faith?

Right now, I place my faith and trust in Your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and I give You my life.

Lord Jesus, I believe that You are God’s only Son, that You died on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins and rose again on the third day.

I want to follow You with all my heart. I now present myself as Your servant, and I accept that You are my Master. I humbly submit myself to Your will in every area of my life, and I ask You to make me into the person You want me to be, from this day forward. Make my life a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto You.

FORGIVENESS— Please forgive my sins, wash me clean and give me a reborn life and save me from Hell.

REGENERATION (SPIRITUAL NEW BIRTH)— Change me from the selfish person that I am inside to a person of true love.

Give me wisdom and discernment that I may know good from evil, and help me to follow after You with all my heart all the days of my life. I earnestly want to walk in the light of Your truth.

Fill me with Your Holy Spirit to guide me through Your Word. Help me to trust You daily for all my needs and to rely on Your Spirit to lead me as I seek to live in obedience to You.

I ask You to convict me of whatever sin is in my life, that I might confess it to You as it comes to mind each day, knowing that You have already forgiven me, and that You will never leave me or forsake me. From this day forward, I will live with the peace and assurance that I am Your child.

Lord, I pray that You will show me Your will. Help me to grow in my faith. Lead me to others who can help me to grow, and lead me to Bible-believing fellowship where I can be accurately taught in Your Word.

Show me how my life can be a blessing to others, and give me the courage to tell others about Your saving grace.

I ask You Lord that my entire family will come to know You as Lord and Savior. Please convict their hearts and draw them to You—remove the blinders of our enemy Satan from their eyes. Give me the words to speak as I share with them how I came to know You and how they too can begin a personal relationship with You and spend forever in Your presence.

Help me to faithfully live the life You call me to, and to be a holy example for all the world to see, that they too may believe.

THANKFULNESS— Thank You for Your great mercy and grace to me a sinner. I trust You as my Lord and Savior, and I know that when I die, I will spend eternity with You in Heaven. Thank You for Your forgiveness and for Your gift of eternal life that I could never earn.

Heavenly Father, I want to love You more each day! Thank You for saving me and receiving me as Your child. Lord Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross to pay for my sins and for giving me eternal life. Holy Spirit, thank You for showing me my need for a Savior and for Your new indwelling presence in my life.

What’s next?

If you have repented of your sins, accepted Christ’s free gift of salvation through His atonement for your sins, and have decided to become a true follower of Jesus, then by God’s grace you have been saved from eternal punishment. The angels are rejoicing. You will one day live with your Creator in paradise!