Knowing God

Are you trying to figure out who God is, what the Bible means, what do people mean by a relationship with God?

I believe one word describes it all ~ FAITH

What is FAITH?

What do you think it takes for someone to get to heaven?

Is it luck? Good deeds? Nothing at all? Or is there something more?

The Bible has the real answer to this question. It’s a matter of FAITH.

F stands for FORGIVENESS.

We cannot have eternal life without God’s forgiveness.

A is for AVAILABLE.

Forgiveness is available for all. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

But forgiveness is not automatic. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” says Matthew 7:21a.

I is for IMPOSSIBLE.

It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven because of who He is and because of who we are.

God is loving and just, but His judgment is against sin.

We are sinful people. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

T is for TURN.

To turn means to repent. We can repent – or turn – from our sin and from ourselves and to Christ.

Trust Christ alone. Romans 10:9 tells us how: “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.

H is for HEAVEN.

Heaven is eternal life. Here on earth that means life “more abundantly:”

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10b).”

In the hereafter, it means the promise of heaven: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. (John 14:3).”

So how can a person have God’s forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? By trusting in Christ and asking Him for forgiveness.

Take the step of faith described by another meaning of FAITH: Forsaking All I Trust Him.

You do this through a simple prayer reflecting your desire for Christ to change your life. You don’t need fancy words–only an honest heart.

You can pray something like this:

Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I believe You died for my sin, and only through faith in Your death and resurrection can I be forgiven. I want to turn from my sin and ask You to come into my life as my Savior and Lord. From this day on, I will follow You by living a life that pleases You. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me. Amen.

Accepting Christ is just the beginning of a wonderful adventure with God!

Get to know Him better in a number of ways:

* Follow Christ’s example in baptism. * Join a church where you can worship God and grow in your faith. * In your church, get involved in Sunday School and Bible study. * Begin a daily personal worship experience with God where you study the Bible and pray.

I would like to thank the Southern Baptist Convention for this simple explanation of FAITH

Blessings, Susan

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