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I believe that how we experience life is shaped by the way we see the world; by what we believe to be true and false. My worldview is that of a Christian. I believe that a Sovereign God, being one in identity and three in function (the Trinity, made up of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) created the earth in 6 days (I am not really all that concerned with whether or not they were 6 literal days), has a plan for the universe, and has a plan for me.
I believe that plan has been set in motion by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Here’s what I believe about Jesus. I believe came to give me (and you, by the way) Life. I was created with value and worth. God wants my life to count. I am not just a number. The bible is full of scriptures that prove that God loves me with an indescribable love and has a plan and a purpose for my life. (Jeremiah 29:11 is a good place to start)
God loves me and created me to have a personal relationship with Him. John 3:16 says that “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This is the GIFT of salvation. It is not earned, but rather, is given to those who accept the gift (Jesus) by the grace of God. I accepted this gift of God as a young child, and have affirmed my gratitude for God’s gift many times over the past 30 years.
So, if God loves us so much and gave His son for us, why is it that many people do not have a personal relationship with God? I think that answer is simple: Our sin keeps us from having a personal relationship with God.
What is sin?
James 4:17 says: “You see, God is Holy and perfect … And we are not.” Sin not only means doing wrong or failing to do all that God wants. Sin is also our attitude of ignoring or rejecting God. Sin is living short of the life that God prepared for us. Because God is Holy, He cannot accept our sin.
Who has sinned?
(Romans 3:23) – Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God’s ideal.
What happens when we sin?
(Isaiah 59:2) “But the trouble is that your sins have cut you off from God.” (Romans 6:23) – “For the wages of sin is death. Sin causes a gap between God and us. Death, which means eternal separation from God, is the penalty of our sin.
What is the solution to our separation from God?
You can only have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Why Jesus Christ?
In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life. No one can get to the Father except by means of me.”
Why did Jesus have to die?
Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins, so we might be forgiven. 1 Peter 3:18 says He died once for the sins of all guilty sinners although he was innocent of any sin at any time, that he might bring us safely home to God.
Why did Christ rise from the dead?
Jesus Christ rose from the dead to prove He could give us eternal life. (1 Corinthians 15:3-6 – Christ died for our sins just as the Scriptures said he would … he was buried … three days afterwards he arose from the grave just as the prophets foretold … he was seen by more than five hundred Christian brothers at one time …”)
I believe that having a relationship with Jesus Christ is not just for the elect, or the called, or the chosen. Well, I do. It’s just that I believe everyone is called, chosen and elected to have a relationship with Jesus Christ – some just choose not to.
How can you begin your personal relationship with God?
You must personally respond by trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. You respond with trust in Christ. In Ephesians 2:8-9 the Bible says, Because of his kindness, you have been saved through trusting Christ. And even trusting is not of yourselves; it too is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take any credit for it.You respond by turning to God from sin.(Acts 3:19 – Now change your mind and attitude to God and turn to him so he can cleanse away your sin).You respond by receiving Christ.(John 1:12 – to all who received him, he gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust him to save them.)Receiving Christ means:- Turning to God from your own way of living. (Repentance).- Inviting Christ to come into your life and trusting Him to forgive your sin.- Allowing God to direct your life.- Receiving Jesus Christ is not just an emotional experience; nor is it just agreeing with your mind that Jesus is the Son of God. It means total trust, and act of your will. You can begin your personal relationship with God by receiving Jesus Christ by faith. You can express your faith (trust) through prayer. He knows what you mean even when it is difficult to express yourself.
If you want to speak to Him about your faith, you could use words similar to these:
Dear God, I know that my sin has separated me from you. Thank you that Jesus Christ died in my place. I ask Jesus to forgive my sin and to come into my life. Thank you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Your trust in Jesus Christ begins a lifelong relationship. God commits himself to you. Would you like to stop and thank Jesus Christ for coming into your life and to thank Him that He will never leave you. Here are some scriptures for you to look up for yourself. (John 14:20; Hebrews 13:5; Colossians 2:13-14; 1 John 5:13; Galatians 5:25; Colossians 2:6-7)
If you would like to know more about living a life in relationship with Jesus, please contact me. You can get hold of me by clicking on “Let’s Connect” above.
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