Getting Started
 

Getting to know God requires a desire to know Him and faith.  God gives to every person a seed of faith in their heart.  When He created you He put that faith in your heart.  You will have to humble yourself before Him by believing what He has to say about you and what He has to say about Himself.  His plan is to bring the two of you together and He has revealed His plan in the Bible, the written Word of God.


God Loves You


No matter how much pain and suffering you’ve been through, or are in right now, you need to know that God loves you.  He knows exactly where you’ve been and where you are right now.  He knows your thoughts and everything you’ve ever done.  He loves you anyway.  He has chosen to love you before you were born and there is nothing you could ever do that would make Him stop loving you.  He made you so He could love you and show you His love for all eternity.  You may be thinking, “well then how come I’m suffering so much?  If He loved me I wouldn’t be hurting so bad.”.  One day all the suffering, pain and tears are going to go away.  For now there will be good days and there will be hard days.  That brings us to how we got into such a mess.


Adam and Eve


Thousands of years ago God created Adam and Eve on the earth.  They were the first man and woman.  They were also the first husband and wife.  They lived in the garden of Eden where everything was perfect.  God told them that they could eat anything in the garden except the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.   He told them that if they ate of that fruit that they would die.  Things were going along pretty well until Eve was tempted by the devil to eat some fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The devil told her that she would be like God and that she would not die.  So Eve ate some of the fruit and also gave some to her husband Adam.  When they ate the fruit they died on the inside.  Their spirit within them was separated from God and spiritual death entered them.  Eventually their bodies died too.  Because of that one act, sin entered mankind, and every person born since Adam and Eve are born into sin.  Sin separates man from God.  The penalty for sin is eternal death.


Jesus Christ


Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was born of the virgin Mary.  He was without sin because His Father was God.  Jesus lived a perfect life and never sinned even though He was tempted just like we are.  He was crucified by the Roman army and religious leaders of His day because He claimed to be God’s Son.  In God’s plan, because Jesus was sinless, when He died on the cross, God counted His death as more than sufficient to pay for the sins of mankind.  Jesus died for the sins of everyman throughout history.  Jesus died for your sins.  He paid the price with His own death to bring you back to God the Father.  Now it is up to you to believe that His death on the cross paid for your sins and reconciles you back to God the Father.


New Birth


Jesus said that in order to be reconciled back to the Father a person must be born again. To be born again is to experience a spiritual rebirth.  This happens by believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that He died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins. This includes repenting, or turning from your old way of life, and trusting in Jesus Christ alone to now be your Lord and Savior.  It doesn’t mean that you have to clean up your life before you come to Him.  You can’t because you’re spiritually dead.  Only by coming to Him, trusting in Him and asking Him to live in you can you live a life that is pleasing to Him.  And when He comes to live within you by the Holy Spirit, your human spirit will be born again, or filled again with the life of God.  You will be spiritually alive.  You will be saved from eternal death and now have eternal life.  Can you think of anything more important than that?


I Want to be Born Again


You can be born again right now.  Pray this prayer to God who is listening.  ”God, I know I’m a sinner and I can’t save myself.  I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son and that He died on the cross for my sins, for me.  I now turn from my old way of life to You.  Jesus, come into my life and be my Lord and Savior.  Come to live within me.  Wash me from my sins with Your blood.  I give my life to You to follow You.  Show me the way and guide me into Your will for my life.  Thank You for saving me.  I praise Your name.”


What Now?


Now that you’ve given your life to Jesus you are in the family of God.  You are God’s child. You are accepted before God as if you’ve never sinned.  Heaven is your real home.  Earth is a temporary dwelling place.  You have a new life to live.  You now have purpose in  your life.  God’s love fills your heart.  You will spend the rest of your days here on earth learning just how much God loves you.  If you have just prayed this prayer or recommitted your life to Jesus please let us know.  
 

Now you can begin walking with Jesus and understanding more of what that means.

Born Again

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