HOW CAN I KNOW GOD?
Whoever you are, whatever your life has been like, you can have a life-transforming,
personal relationship with the Creator of the universe!
Here's what you have to know:
1. God Loves You
God loves everyone and He desires us to accept His
free gift of eternal life. John 3:16 says, "For 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." And, John 10:10
says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus)
have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (NIV)
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2. You Are A Sinner In Need Of Forgiveness
You have sinned
by choosing to go your own way instead of God's way. Through His Holy Spirit, God wants you to know that you are
separated from God and will face His judgment. Romans 3:23 says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory
of God,". Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our
Lord." And, Heb 9:27 says, "Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment," (NIV)
3. God Wants To Forgive You
God demonstrated His love for you
by sending His Son, Jesus Christ. By dying on the cross and rising from the dead, Jesus took your judgment and made
it possible for you to be forgiven. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us." And, 1 Pet 3:18 says, "For Christ died for sins once for all, the
righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,"
4. You Must Turn Away From Your Sins
You cannot save yourself
or earn God's forgiveness as a result of being good enough. Just as you change directions when you realize you're
walking the wrong way, you must repent, or turn away, from your sins. Luke 13:5 says, "....But unless you repent,
you too will all perish." And, Ephesians 2:8-9 say, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-- and
this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast." (NIV)
5. You Must Place Your Faith In God's Son, Jesus Christ
you realize you are walking in the wrong direction, you turn to find the right way. Jesus is the right way. As you
turn away from your sins, place your faith in Jesus to receive forgiveness and eternal life. Acts 20:21 says, "I
have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus."
And, John 14:6 says, "Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through Me."" (NIV)
6. You Receive Jesus Christ Through Prayer
Because Jesus is
alive, He stands ready to come into your life. Revelations 3:20 says, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If
anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." (NIV) Through prayer
Admit to God that you are a sinner and that you are turning away from your sins.
Believe in Jesus by thanking Him for dying on the cross and rising from the dead for your sins and then accept His
forgiveness by faith in what He did. Commit your life to Jesus by asking Him to come into your life as your Savior
and Lord. It's a come-as-you-are party and everyone is welcome! ("But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8, NIV)
After you have prayed this prayer, find a local church where you can worship and learn more about Jesus. Also,
commit to a daily quiet time, reading your Bible and praying. Seek out a pastor if you have any questions.
Learning all you can about the Lord in your young life as a Believer will help your faith to grow.