Do You Know Jesus?

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Salvation is a gift from GOD. It’s not something that can be earned from good works, water baptism, going to church or being a good person. It’s purely and humbly through the acknowledgment that we are sinners who are in need of salvation–leads us to repentance of sins, confession and belief in Jesus Christ the Son of God and the acceptance of His death, burial and resurrection — that beautiful and powerful sacrifice for our sins; that we will have life everlasting in Him.

There is so much I don’t know in life but what I do know is this…

There is a GOD who is the Creator of the heavens and the earth and HE LOVES YOU! Here’s how much: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Here’s what else I know from the Word…

Sin separates us from GOD on earth and for eternity,  but Jesus’ shed blood reconciles us to the Father if we believe. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

May I share the beginning of my life in Christ…

The day I surrendered my heart to Jesus I was 12 yrs old at church with my Grandparents. The message of Salvation penetrated my heart that day. Thinking of how Jesus is the son of God and was crucified, died, buried and resurrected on the 3rd day by the Heavenly Father and that it was ALL done for my sins and yours blew me away almost literally. I found myself out of the pew, saying excuse me to my Grandmother and going down the isle to surrender my life to my Savior with tears streaming down. The reality that Jesus alone offers forgiveness for sin; that He offers redemption, reconciliation to God the Father and eternal life to me a sinner who can not save myself, sent me flying into His arms.  His love is amazing!

Now, here’s a critical point, although I became a Christian that day it wasn’t until later in life that the revelation hit me that Jesus is not just my Savior, He’s my LORD. I lived so many years unhappy, hurt, deeply wounded and angry from my childhood — having to hide behind false smiles and labels, and making unwise decisions based on the lack of realization that I was truly worth being loved and if not for JESUS I wouldn’t be here now. Surrendering to His love brought me peace, comfort and joy during difficult times and still does!

It begins with this…

An understanding that you must be saved from sin and that you can’t be saved by good works or your own doing. Ephesians 2:8-9 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.

Next, a confession from the mouth and a belief in the heart…

Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Don’t be afraid to give your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Don’t think being a Christian isn’t cool. Don’t focus on other Christians but rather on Christ.  Don’t feel that you are not good enough to be Saved.  Yes, He already knows what you’ve done, are doing or has been done to you and you know what? Jesus still loves you and offers to you abundant life (John 10:10).

Today is your day and I’m already praying for you and excited for you because I know who He is to me and what He’s done and is doing in my life even now. He’ll do the same for you. Trust Him.

With a heart of humility pray…. Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner in need of salvation and I pray for your forgiveness of my sins. I lay my heart and life down before You as I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that you are my Lord and Savior. Please create in me a clean and new heart. I pray Your Holy Spirit would lead my life.  Please dwell in my heart and help me to live my life in a manner that is pleasing to You and glorifies our Heavenly Father. Thank You for your sacrifice. I pray in Your name. Amen.

If you’ve prayed with a heart of belief then you are now a new Christian, a new creation and I welcome you to the Family of God!

Next steps:

  • Start to get excited about your life in Christ.
  • Get a good study Bible with the Old and New Testament in it; a version you can understand and you can start with the book of John (New Testament) while also reading Psalm and Proverbs (Old Testament),  and then read the Bible and live it.  There are many tools (Concordance) and other reference tools to help you as you grow spiritually.  If you have questions about that, reach out to me.
  • Pray daily and often and don’t be so concerned about the words, be more concerned about the motivation in your heart to get to know the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • It’s important to tell someone of your decision to give your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and begin to connect with other loving Christians in your community.
  • Remember that it’s a process of growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord so be patient in your new life journey and surround yourself with people who can support you and help you.

I’m excited for you as now you know the #1 Person in my life, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and I hope you’ll make Him your #1 also. May you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.

Share with me so that I can rejoice and pray for you!

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