Wherever you are in life, whatever is going on with you, right now God is focused on you because you are looking toward Him.  Anyone can change their life, find peace with God and leave their failures behind.  This is the beauty of the gospel.  So, I hope you read on and make a decision to follow Jesus.

 

 

Let’s start at the beginning, our failures.   Whoever you are you have failed somewhere, sometime.  Maybe it was a lie, or anger, or selfishness.  Whatever it was it’s called sin, and the Bible says we all have sinned.  Sin has a way of destroying our lives and bringing us trouble.  That’s why God tells us not to do it, it will destroy your life.  Even though we think at the time it’s fun and exciting sin always comes back to ruin us.  What’s worse is that sin will not only ruin this life but afterward we stand before God and have to give an account for all we have done in this life.

Most people realize this and come up with their own ways of dealing with sin.  We think that if we do enough good it will somehow remove the bad.  It doesn’t.  We think if we go to church and get baptized it will cleanse us from sin. That doesn’t work either.  Ephesians 2:8-9 clearly teaches that we are saved by grace and “not by works so no one can boast”.

So, if church and good actions do not remove the sin, what does?  Jesus does.  Jesus died on the cross for our sin.  In fact the Bible teaches that Jesus took our sin on Himself ( 1 Peter 2:24 ).   Why would God do this?  Jesus says in John 3:16 that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him would not perish but have everlasting life”.

 

 The truth is God loves you even if your life is a mess and covered with sin.  His love and grace extends to you.  The offer of forgiveness and new life goes out to everyone. That’s why Jesus used the word “Whoever” in John 3:16.  It simply means, anyone, you.

So where does that leave you right now?  You realize that you have failed and sinned.  You realize that God loves you and Jesus came to die for you.  You realize that God offers you forgiveness and a new life.  How do make this a reality for you? 

The first thing you must do is decide if you’re ready to change the leader of your life.  Up until now you have been calling all the shots.  You have been deciding what is right and what is wrong.  A change in life means a change in leadership.  Jesus must become your life leader.  There is no way around this.  The church word for this is repentance, which means to change your direction.  When the people asked Peter what they had to do to be saved his response was “repent”.(Acts2:38)

 

Once you’re ready to follow Jesus, you pray.  You talk to God.  You confess your sin and ask Him to forgive.  You declare that He is the Lord, the new leader of your life.  You trust Him that He alone can and will forgive you without any works on your part.  You simply cry out to God and receive Him as your savior and God.  The Bible says that “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12

What happens if you reject Jesus and ignore God offer of forgiveness? Very simply you die in your sin and you have to pay for your own sin.  Jesus says this about such people, “whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son”  John 3:18

This is your decision time.  What will you do with this God who loves you and offers you eternal life? It is your choice.  All the church can do is tell you about God’s love and offer.  We invite you to come to Jesus.  We encourage you to join us in this forgiveness, but the choice is yours. 

If you’re ready for a new life in Jesus, then right now stop and talk to God.  He will hear you and He will save you.

 

You may pray your own prayer or pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I am ready to make you my God, my leader in life.  Forgive me for all my sin as I trust in You alone. I realize there is nothing good that I can bring to undo my sin.   I believe that You died on the cross for my sin and from now on I want to follow You.  Thank You for loving me and forgiving me.  Come into my life and lead me.   Amen

                             

If you have made that decision, we would love to hear from you and we encourage you to get involved in a gospel preaching church.  If you already attend a church then go tell your pastor about your decision.  If you do not have a home church we hope you will consider ours. Browse our website for information about worship times and Bible studies.  Please feel free to contact us if we can help in any way.
 
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