Starting All Over
By now you may have discovered that all roads do not lead to God, and life is not as simple as you once thought. For those who are at this crossroads, the Bible offers a new direction, one filled with purpose, fulfillment, and acceptance. The steps are simple:
1. Recognize that you're a sinner.
First, you must admit your spiritual need: "There is none righteous, no, not one" (Romans 3:10). We can't make excuses or blame others and our circumstances for our actions. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
2. Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.
"For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God..." (1 Peter 3:18). Jesus paid the price for your sin. The Apostle Paul said, "...the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
3. Repent of your sins.
The word "repent" means "to change your direction." The Bible tells us, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19). God commands us to repent. You must be willing to turn away from the things that displease God.
4. Accept Jesus as your Savior.
Jesus said, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28). It is essential that you come to Jesus as you are. Don't try to "clean up your life" before you come to God. Instead, receive Him and allow Him to do the "cleansing." Jesus said, "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out" (John 6:37).
How to say YES
If you haven't already asked Jesus to be your Savior do it right now. Just pray this prayer out loud:
"Jesus I believe that YOU died for me. I believe that God raised YOU from the dead. I turn from my sin and receive YOU as my bridge to God. I confess that YOU, Jesus, are the Lord of my life. From now on I will follow YOU. Thank YOU for forgiving me and bringing me into YOUR family. Amen."
Romans 10:9-10 says, "For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved."