How to Know God
1. Realize that you are a sinner.
No matter how good a life we try to live, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God's desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, "No one is good-not even one" (Romans 3:10 NLT). This is because we can not become who we are supposed to be without Jesus Christ.
2. Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.
The Bible tells us, "But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while were still sinners" (Romans 5:8 NLT). This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.
3. Repent of your sin.
The Bible tells us to "repent and be converted" (Acts 3:19 NKJV). The word repent means to change our direction in life. Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him.
4. Receive Jesus Christ into your life.
Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church on Sunday. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, "Behold, I stand at the door (of your life) and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in . . . ." (Revelation 3:20 NKJV).
If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, pray the following prayer and mean it in your heart. The Bible tells us that, "If we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead we will be saved" (Romans 10:9 NIV).
Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.
If you just prayed that prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Your decision to follow Christ means God has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity in heaven. The Bible tells us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9 NKJV).
Now that you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior he wants our obedience. The Bible tells us how we can be transformed in the image of Christ. Jesus said, "If anyone loves me he will obey my teaching . . . I have told you this while still with you but the counselor, the Holy Spirit, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you" (John 14:23-26 NIV).
Spend time with God and learn the commands of Jesus by reading your Bible, encounter the Holy Spirit in prayer, find a church that believes that the Bible are the Holy Scriptures, written by man, divinely inspired by God, where you can fellowship and learn from other Christians, and share the gift you have received by telling others about Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. We hope that church will be Southcliff, please contact us by sending us an e-mail by clicking HERE. Tell us about how we can pray fro you and encourage your new walk with the Lord!