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1. Recognize the indisputable fact that you are a sinner.
Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Our human instinct is to reject the responsibility of our sinfulness. We try and rationalize it (I’m not doing anything anyone else hasn’t done), minimize it (Hey, it doesn’t effect anyone but me) or event re-name it (There were a few errors in judgment on my part). But God desires us to take responsibility for our sin and turn from it.
2. Repent of your sin.
Repent literally means, to turn away from. Scripture says to repent and be converted that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. There needs to be a definite change in behavior. This will indicate whether there is a true desire to follow Christ. If we think we are Christians but our behavior is opposite of a biblical lifestyle, we should seriously examine ourselves. God desires us to walk holy and He gives us the ability to do so.
3. Believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross to take away your sin.
The Bible tells us that Jesus paid the price once and for all for any who would call on Him and turn away from their sin. His death upon the cross was the cost for our sin. He took our place. In John’s Gospel, Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the father except through Me.” Not everybody goes to heaven; only those who place their faith for salvation in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
4. Receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life.
But as many received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1:12). God does not desire for anyone to perish and has given Jesus as a sacrifice to pay for the sins of those who would trust Him with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. Make that decision today. Let Christ come in and make the changes He needs to make in your life.
What to Pray:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe and thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. As I read the Bible and seek Christian fellowship, make me the kind of person You want me to be.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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