pic Many people know about God, but only some have discovered what it is to fall in love with Him. In order to have a personal relationship with the living God, you must understand His plan of salvation.

Perhaps you have already accepted God’s offer, but there is still doubt in your mind when someone asks “If you died today, where would you spend eternity?”

Maybe you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Lord. Today can be the day! This decision is only the beginning of a wondrous, lifelong journey with the One who loves you infinitely.

1. Recognize God loves you and desires relationship with you. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Jn 3:16 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Rom 5:8 The Bible is full of evidence that God loves us. The greatest demonstration of his love was when he sent his only Son to die for our sins. God is always pursuing you. Will you pursue him?

2. Realize man is sinful and needs a Savior. All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Rom 3:23 Without a Savior, we exist in a state of separation from God. The sinless nature of God cannot coexist with the sinful nature of man. We cannot get to God simply by being “good” or believing that God exists. In order to enjoy a personal relationship with God, we must accept God’s son, Jesus. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

3. Repent for your sins, and acknowledge that the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing that can cleanse you from all sin. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out…Acts 3:19 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace… Eph 1:7 Despite what popular culture says, Jesus is the only way to the one true God. It was Jesus who died on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins. His blood is the only cleansing agent that can deal with all our past, present and future sin. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph 2:8-9 There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. It is the free gift of God given to us.

4. Receive Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Rom 10:13 In order to receive this gift of forgiveness and eternal life, you must believe and confess. If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom 10:9-10 Take God at his word and receive his gift of salvation!

5. Be Restored to your divine place in God’s purpose for your life. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name… Jn 1:12 If you are ready to receive Jesus Christ, we encourage you to pray this prayer to the Lord right where you are:

Jesus, I need You in my life. I confess that I have sinned and I come to You right now asking for your forgiveness. I believe You are the Son of God, that You died on the cross for my sins, and that You rose from the dead and are alive today. I open my heart and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Have your way in my life Lord, and teach and mold me into the person you have destined me to be. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, please take a moment to respond.