Thursday, January 1, 2009

How to Begin a Friendship with God

Whatever brought you to this point is most likely the Holy Spirit working in your life. God loves you so much, and He is wooing you to Himself. He created this world and He created humans to have a special friendship with Him. But, humans lost that connection with God when sin entered the world He made.

Because of sin, every person begins life separated from God - there is no heart connection with Him. And we all know we're missing something. Life itself is not complete, and we're all searching for something to fill the emptiness deep inside us.

Because God loved you so much, He sent His Son Jesus to die a painful death and carry all your sin - and the sin of all mankind - so that you wouldn't have to be under sin's curse anymore. "For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Then, Jesus conquered death and rose again, holding all power and authority in heaven and on earth. If you believe that Jesus is God's Son, and that Jesus died to pay for your sin, you can be saved! The Bible says it like this:

"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." Romans 10:9-10

Do you want to become God's friend? It's a free gift that Jesus died to offer you. He's hoping you'll say yes, because He wants to bless you and help you and fill you up. If you said yes, then here's a simple prayer you can pray to invite Jesus into your life:

"God, I believe that Jesus is your Son and that He died on the cross for my sins. I believe He is alive and I believe He is the way for me to be saved. I ask you to forgive me of all my sin and I invite Jesus to come into my life and give me a new heart. Thank you for paying the price to buy me back and make me Yours. Thank you for saving me! Amen."

If you prayed that and began your friendship with God, then WOOOOHOOOOOOO! This is the best moment of your life so far! So, what now?

Tell people! Get connected in a life-giving church that teaches God's Word and find other Christians to link up with. You were made to connect with other believers in Jesus so you can walk together through life.

I am thrilled that you decided to do this! If you made this decision to follow Jesus, please leave me a comment so I can pray for you!