Meet The Lover of Your Soul
The gospel has too often been preached with hellfire and brimstone as a method to scare people into heaven (or their churches). But gospel actually means “good news,” not bad news. The good news is that God's heart for you is not to condemn and make you feel horrible about yourself; it is to rescue you from hell and the corruption of sin so you can enjoy abundant life—friendship with God. It is a way to enter into the joy of the Lord. God invites you to receive eternal life today!
1 John 4:8 says, “God is love.” In Genesis chapter 1, we see that God created mankind in His image and made all things good. He formed this world to host His love and created people to receive it. His greatest desire was to build a family on this earth with whom He could share His kingdom.
Genesis chapter 2 tells us that He entrusted the Garden of Eden to His first children, Adam and Eve, so they could rule it in pleasure. Being one with God, Adam and Eve were to bring forth the human race under the blessing of Heaven.
God only gave them one rule to obey—do not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (see Genesis 2:17 NKJV).
Unfortunately, the devil was also in the garden and tempted them to sin. When they obeyed his voice instead of God’s, they ignorantly transferred their allegiance to a new lord, breaking heart-connection with God, the source of Life. This act of treason brought death upon themselves, first in spirit and later in body. (See Genesis chapter 3.)
The worst part of this is that they gave birth to the human race, not within God’s Kingdom, but under the rulership of satan. John 10:10 says the devil came to steal, kill, and destroy. This insurmountable blunder caused the corruption we still experience in this world today.
Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned (Romans 5:12 NKJV).
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23 NKJV).
The effect of sin is death and separation from God and His blessings. The greatest tragedy in history is mankind becoming separated from God. Because we all have sinned, we all deserve hell and eternal separation from God.
Wait a minute! I thought this was supposed to be good news. Well, that was the bad news first. The good news is…
Jesus Christ became our substitute! Jesus is the Son of God and came to the earth as a sinless man. Our sins were so great that only God Himself could provide a sufficient sacrifice to cover them all. The penalty that was due for our sins was inflicted upon Jesus as He sacrificed His life for ours (see Isaiah 53:4-5). On the cross, Jesus appeased the wrath of God for the sins of humanity.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV).
On the cross, Jesus took upon Himself all of the sins you and I have ever committed and ever will commit. As He was dying, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). We have been forgiven.
Jesus paid the wages and crucified our sins and sinful natures on the cross by dying for us. He didn’t just bear our sins; He took them away completely. He was called “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
On the third day after Jesus died, He rose back to life again from the grave. He is the Resurrection and the Life (see John 11:25), and in Him death cannot be found. In Christ, we are given the gift of eternal life through His resurrection. Jesus conquered the grave! He is powerful enough to conquer any problem in your life too.
Jesus became the one and only doorway back into the household of Papa God. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6).
Salvation restores your relationship with God. As we read above in 2 Corinthians 5:21, Jesus makes you become the righteousness of God. In Christ, you can be made right with God!
So how can you receive this blessing?
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).
You are promised eternal life by believing in Jesus. This isn’t simply referring to a belief that Jesus exists; it speaks of a faith that proactively connects the heart to Christ’s reality. It is an act of embracing this truth with faith.
If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10 NKJV).
To be saved, you must believe in your heart that Jesus was not only crucified for your sins, but that He was raised from the dead.
Furthermore, we are called to confess our faith with our mouths. “Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45 NKJV). It is important to profess out of our mouths what we believe in our heart. There is power in the confession of faith.
Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved (Romans 10:13 NKJV).
It’s time for you to become all you can be in Christ. If you wish to give your heart to Jesus and receive His free gift of salvation, please pray the following prayer aloud:
Dear Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God and that You came to the earth to die for my sins on the cross. I believe You rose from the dead and ascended to Heaven where You live now. I believe You are the only way to the Father. I want You to live in me!
I am a sinner. I ask You to forgive me of all my sins and cleanse me from them with Your blood. Remove their power from my life so I can be free to live completely for You.
From this day forward, I choose to follow You and live in relationship with You. I choose to live for You instead of myself or this world. I am Yours and I surrender all. Thank you that I am now born again and a child of the Most High God! Amen.
Now that you believe in your heart and have confessed with your mouth, it is time to celebrate! You just made the best decision of a lifetime. Jesus has broken the chains of sin off of you and cleansed you. You are free. Praise God!
Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (NKJV).
Your sins and your old sinful nature have been crucified with Jesus (see Galatians 2:20). He has given you a new life IN CHRIST. You have been “born again” (see John 3:3-8).
God did not intend for Christianity to be about a list of dos and don’ts. It is all about enjoying a relationship with Him. It is a love encounter. God isn’t expecting perfection. He’s looking for you to love Him in response to His love for you. Through relationship, He will work His will into your heart so that you can begin to naturally live a life that pleases Him. In Christ, you now have the power to overcome sin and to live a joy-filled life of freedom.
Here are a few suggestions for really good ways to enhance your new relationship with God:
- Read your Bible daily. This will help you understand how God thinks and feels about things. It will help your thoughts and feelings to become more like His.
- Pray and worship daily. Don’t pray a liturgy; be a friend. Share your heart and mind about all parts of life. He is your new Best Friend who cares. He wants to share His heart with you too.
- Do life with a group of Bible-believing Christians. Christianity was never meant to be done alone. One important way we grow in our relationship with God is by practicing community with other believers who have dedicated their lives to a relationship with Jesus. We all build one another up in strength.
If you prayed this prayer to begin a new life with Jesus, we would love to celebrate with you. Please send us a message at email@example.com to share your good news. We bless your new journey in Christ! We are so excited for you!
Written by Jesse Cupp: http://fromtheoverflow.org/
Author of Unconditional: Liberated by Love.