God has a fabulous plan for your life! What a wonderful plan it is! It is completely 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 brokenness for wholeness and eternal life: you’ll be glad you did. I promise. You will get right with the Lord by reconciling yourself to Him. It’s a beautiful thing!
Here’s how it all shakes down.
1. Acknowledging you are a sinner is the first step to get right with the Lord.
Sorry, but you’re born into this one. When Adam sinned, being the representative for man, we all sinned. His sinned resulted in a separation between us and God. We inherited it and there’s no way around it. But God made a provision. He always has a plan! Still, first, you must acknowledge your sinful state. It’s part of the deal. You don’t get to define or structure this deal.
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. Understanding that He lived, died, and rose from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. Believe this in your heart.
Begin trusting Him, alone, as your Savior to be in charge!
Recognize Him as part of the triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Jesus is God and no man can come to the Father but by Him. He is the Doorway.
Confess that the Lord is God and your Savior – say it with your mouth. You may not understand it all, but you have to say it. Remember, this is not your system.
Be sure to put most of your focus on the relationship between you and God. Don’t worry about what you can do, cannot do, or should stop doing. Most CERTAINLY, don’t focus on people. They will make mistakes and fail you – even the strongest Christian women. Why? Because they are human! Keep your role model Jesus, Girl.
Allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in your life. He will guide you and direct you as you spend time alone in prayer and Bible reading. It’s such a great system!
Tips for Christian Success:
1. Church membership.
The Bible says we cannot forsake the coming together. We grow from it. Think of one coal on a bbq grill. If one coal is away from the others, it will soon burn out and be useless. It won’t serve it’s purpose. That singular coal needs the head from the masses to burn strong and fulfill it’s full purpose of being.
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 whether or not he’s a good husband.
Seriously. Watch her response and body language. It will tell you everything you need to know.
2. Read your Bible every day!
You eat food everyday to nourish your body. Read your bible to nourish your spirit.
You will grow when you read God’s word. Be crazy intense 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 how it reads and if it is easy to understand.
3. Pray often.
Intentionally, purposely devote time to pray every day. Just talk to God about what’s on your mind. Read different Psalms to get some ideas on a prayer flow.
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, and it will, you’ll begin to incorporate praise, confession, supplication (asking), and such in your prayer time. Be patient. It’s a process and a discipline. A solid prayer life takes time.
Liken yourself to a “first date” the first time you pray. At first, it’s awkward and forced. Then, if it’s the right person, it’s fun and free-flowing. Jesus is the PERFECT DATE! Keep at it.
4. Be patient with your mistakes.
The Christian walk is a process. The first step is to get right with the Lord by accepting Him into your life. Then you go about the business of practicing your faith. It’s that easy!
You will make mistakes. Lots of them. The best part about God is He forgives. He restores and He cleanses you. All you have to do is confess when you make a mistake. Don’t hide it in your heart or act like it didn’t happen. Just tell Him about it (He knows anyway) and confess it. Confession gets you right with the Lord. It means nothing between you and Him.
Adam and Eve learned you can’t hide anything from Him anyway. Why try?
Again, be patient. Do not keep beating yourself up over your blunder. We all make them and will continue to do so until we die. It does not END your salvation! Girl, Please.
4. Hang around Christians more than non-Christians.
As you can imagine, hanging out with your buddies who drink, smoke, and do a lot of dirt can reak havoc on your new Christian life.
Instead, get around other Christian women who walk the Christian walk as genuinely as you want to walk it. People who also want to get right with the Lord…those are your best relationships right now.
Too much time around your old buddies will definitely set you up for failure.
Ask and trust God for new relationships. He’ll send the right people your away – especially if you’re in a good church!
5. Tell Somebody!
The world has enough ‘closet Christians’ in my opinion.
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 of your faith.
Say it loud – “I’m saved and I’m proud!” Ok, I got carried away. James Brown was not in the Bible! 🙂
Anyway, I love you and pray God’s blessing on you, your life, and your new decision. If you have made a fresh decision for Christ, contact me and let me know!
Also, if you don’t believe in Christianity and you want to send mean communications. Get outta here with that! Save your time, please. I don’t understand why so many anti-Christian folks read Godsy Girl and send mean communications. I don’t read their blogs and comment on those. Whatever.
Hey, we disagree and in the end, we’ll see who was right.
Scriptures from this post…
John 14:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Acts 4:12 New International Version (NIV)
12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 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.
John 14:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—
Hebrews 10:25 New International Version (NIV)
25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Romans 10:9-10 New International Version (NIV)
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Matthew 10:32 English Standard Version (ESV)
So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven,