Christianity is more than a belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. This fact is the basic building block for life. Mankind will build his life on something, and the foundation of God's Holy Word is the only foundation that has and will stand the test of time.
Are you going through life and you feel like something is missing? Maybe you have tried many things - hobbies, material things, different jobs, drugs, alcohol, relationships - but you still feel that emptiness in your life. Maybe you even think that you were just not meant to be happy and fulfilled. Maybe what you are doing is Searching for God and you don't even realize it. He is your answer and the only one that can fill that emptiness.
God is a God of love. He desires to show His love to you and have a relationship with you that you can't even imagine. Many people search for God and find Him, but once they find Him, they do not pursue a relationship with Him. Consider the following truths about God.
God's Love Is Revealed in the Bible
"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." - John 3:16 (KJV)
God loves you. He wants to bless your life and make it full and complete. And He wants to give you a life which will last forever, even after you experience physical death.
We - All of Mankind - Are Sinful
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" - Romans 3:23 (KJV)
You may have heard someone say, "I'm only human-nobody's perfect." This Bible verse says the same thing: We are all sinners. We all do things that we know are wrong. And that's why we feel estranged from God-because God is holy and good, and we are not.
Sin Has a Penalty
"For the wages of sin is death;" - Romans 6:23 (KJV)
Just as criminals must pay the penalty for their crimes, sinners must pay the penalty for their sins. If you continue to sin, you will pay the penalty of spiritual death: You will not only die physically; you will also be separated from our holy God for all eternity. The Bible teaches that those who choose to remain separated from God will spend eternity in a place called hell.
Christ Has Paid Our Penalty!
"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:8 (KJV)
The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, has paid the penalty for all your sins. You may think you have to lead a good life and do good deeds before God will love you. But the Bible says that Christ loved you enough to die for you, even when you were rebelling against Him.
Salvation Is a Free Gift
" 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." - Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)
The word grace means "undeserved favor." It means God is offering you something you could never provide for yourself: forgiveness of sins and eternal life, God's gift to you is free. You do not have to work for a gift. All you have to do is joyfully receive it, Believe with all your heart that Jesus Christ died for you!
Christ Is at Your Heart's Door
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." - Revelation 3:20 (KJV)
Jesus Christ wants to have a personal relationship with you. Picture, if you will, Jesus Christ standing at the door of your heart (the door of your emotions, intellect and will). Invite Him in; He is waiting for you to receive Him into your heart and life.
You Must Receive Him
"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:" - John 1:12 (KJV)
"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." - Romans 10:9 (KJV)
When you receive Christ into your heart you become a child of God, and have the privilege of talking to Him in prayer at any time about anything. The Christian life is a personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ. And best of all, it is a relationship that will last for all eternity.
Maybe now you have questions like, "How can I receive Christ in my heart?" The answer is simply. Talk to God - He's waiting to hear from you! It's as easy as A-B-C.
Admit you are a sinner and ask God for forgiveness for your sins.
Believe in Jesus as the Son of God and the hope of your salvation.
Confess that Jesus is your Lord.
Now that you have taken the first step in a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, pursue after God. Read the Bible daily and learn about God's love and the attributes and characteristics of Jesus Christ. (There are many versions of the Bible and the King James Version is an excellent choice.) Daily prayer is also vital to a growing relationship with God.
It is also important that you attend church faithfully. In Hebrews 10:25, the Bible says, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching". You will not only be able to learn from a Godly pastor, but you will draw strength and encouragement from other Christians who have at one time been at the place you are now.
If you are in the Vidor area, we encourage you to visit Faith Assembly of God and see how God is moving among this body of Christian believers. If you're not in the Vidor area, we encourage you to find a Bible believing church and continue your growth in the Lord. May God bless you as you pursue after Him!
Some excerpts above have been taken from "Your Christian Life" 1965, 1968, as "Aids to Christian Living," 1986 as "Practical Steps in Christian Living," 1995 as "Beginning Your Christian Life," 1997 as "Your Christian Life," Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
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