God loves you and created you to know Him personally. But to many people, God seems very far away, distant, and impersonal.
The Bible teaches that God loves you
" For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
And God wants you to know Him personally
"Now this is eternal life, that men may know Him, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom He have sent" (John 17:3).
But people are separated from God and His love
"God is on one side and all the people on the other side." (I Timothy 2:5a).
What prevents us from knowing God personally?
The Bible says our sins have separated us from God
" ...your sins have made a separation between you and your God..." (Isaiah 59:2).
" All have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
God created us to know and love Him. But people chose to go their own way and that relationship with God was broken (Romans 1:19-21). This attitude and its results are what the bible calls sin. This separation caused by sin creates some severe problems.
Sin causes us to...
... Miss God's very best for our life
"Jesus said...I came that you might have life and have it to the full." (John 10:10).
... Face death and judgment
"For the wages of sin is death..." (Romans 6:23).
"...those who do not know God...will pay the penalty of eternal destruction away from the presence of the Lord" (II Thessalonians 1:8-9).
But there is a solution!
We deserve death and judgment, but Jesus took upon Himself the punishment for our sins, so that we could have a personal relationship with God.
"God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Jesus Christ is between them to bring them together by giving His life for all mankind." (I Timothy 2:5)
Jesus is the way to God
"Jesus said, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to God except through me.'" (John 14:16).
Each of us by faith must receive Jesus Christ if we want to know God.
"To all who receive Him, He gives the right to become children of God." (John 1:12).
"For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8).
The "A,B,C's" of Faith Involve:
Acknowledging your need - admitting that you have sinned and desiring to turn from that sin (I John 1:8-9)
Believing Jesus Christ died in your place and rose again to be your Savior - providing forgiveness for your sins (I Corinthians 15:3-4;17)
Choosing to invite Christ to direct your life
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know God personally and experience His love.
Will you receive Jesus Christ right now?
Here is how you can receive Christ: Admit your need. (I am a sinner.) Be willing to turn from your sins (repent). Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave. He is the only real and living God. Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Your desire to have a personal relationship with God can be expressed through a simple prayer like this:
"Dear Lord, I want to know You personally. I am willing, with your help, to turn from my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus who died in my place and rose again to be my Savior. Come into my life and lead me." Amen.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart?
If it does, pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
How to Know That Christ Is in Your Life
Did you receive Christ into your life? According to His promise in Revelation 3:20, where is Christ right now in relation to you? Christ said that He would come into your life and be your friend so you can know Him personally. Would He mislead you? On what authority do you know that God has answered your prayer? (The trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.)
The Bible Promises Eternal Life to All Who Receive Christ
"The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:11-13).
Thank God often that Christ is in your life and that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5). You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him in. He will not deceive you.
This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ! To deepen this relationship you should:
Read your Bible every day to know Christ better.
Talk to God in prayer every day.
Tell others about Christ.
Worship, fellowship and serve with other Christians in a bible believing church where Christ is preached.
As Christ's representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.
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