God has a plan for your life. It is your choice to accept it or reject it. He is loving enough that He will not force you to follow or serve Him. However, if you do make a choice to exchange your brokeness for wholness and enternal life: you’ll be glad you did. Here’s how…
1. Acknowledge you are a sinner. Sorry, but you’re born into this one. When Adam sinned, being the representative for man, we all sinned. His sinned resulted in separation between us and God. We inherited it and there’s no way around it. But God made a provision. But first, you must acknowledge your sinful state.
2. Invite Christ into your life. Transfer ownership from you running things to Him in full control (Lordship).
All you have to do is receive Jesus as your Savior, fully accepting His death as the sufficient sacrifice for your sins (John 3:16), fully trusting Him, alone, as your Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) and recognizing Him as part of the triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Jesus is God and no man can come to the Father but my Him (John 14:16).
*Focus on the relationship between you and God. Don’t focus on what you can do, cannot do or should stop doing. Allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in your life. He will guide you and direct you as you spend time in prayer and Bible reading.
Tips for Christian Success:
1. Church membership. The Bible says we cannot forsake the coming to together (Hebrew 10:25).We grow from it. Think of a coals on a bbq. If one coal is away from the others, it will soon burn out. It needs the fire and heat from the mass to continue to burn strong and fulfill it’s purpose. It’s the same with Christians. Just be sure to choose a church with good teaching and make sure the pastor is living a life of integrity in the church, community and in his home. If you’re not sure, ask his wife if he’s a good husband. Seriously.
2. Read your Bible
You will grow when you read God’s word. Be crazy about it! Ask God to help you understand it. He will. Find a translation that you can understand. One of the ministers at my church introduced me to the New English Version. Good stuff. Another is the New International Version. Visit this website and you can try out a few. Just enter any verse and you’ll see.
Intentionally, purposely devote some time to prayer. Just talk to God about what’s on your mind. Read different Psalms to get some ideas on prayer, if you like. Remember, after you have said all you’re going to say, save some time to just sit quietly before the Lord. As your prayer life matures, you’ll incorporate praise, confession, supplication (asking) and such in your prayers.
4. Hang around Christians more than non-Christians
As you know, hanging out with your buddies that drink, smoke and do a lot of dirt can reak havoc on your new Christian life. Get around folks that are walking the Christian walk as you want to walk it – genuinely and openly. Too much time around your old buddies will set you up for failure. Walk in your newness of life. Trust God for new relationships. He’ll send the right people you’re way.
5. Tell Somebody!
The world has enough ‘closet Christians’. Tell your family and friends about your new relationship! Jesus said if you can’t confess Him before men, He won’t confess you before the Father. Don’t be ashamed. Say it loud – “I’m saved and I’m proud!” Ok, I got carried away.
I love you and pray God’s blessing on you, your life and you’re new decision. If you have made a fresh decision for Christ, email me and let me know! Email godsygirl(atsignhere)yahoo(dot)com. (I didn’t put the email address so the spammers don’t bug me…I guess some of them need salvation too, but that’s another post altogether.
Also, if you don’t believe in Christianity and you want to send mean emails. Save your time, please. I don’t understand why so many anti-Christian folks read Godsy Girl and send mean emails. Hey, we disagree and in the end, we’ll see who was right.