Connecting With Jesus

When we look into the Bible, we see that God made everything that is and this creation was good. Tragically, however, sin came into this perfect world. As a result, everything became broken and corrupted by sin. AWe don’t have to look around too far to see the results of this brokenness and corruption. It touches everything, including us. Death, disease, and disaster are everywhere. Is there any hope?

The answer is yes. The Bible is the story of Jesus. It tells us the gospel, or good news, of how God makes it possible for us to rise out of the brokenness and corruption of sin and separation and find hope and restoration.

God loves you. Regardless of where you have been or what you have done, God wants a relationship with you.  The Bible tells us, “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:9-10, CSB).

You can connect with Him in the following way:  First, admit that you are not perfect.  In other words, you have sinned.  So have I.  All of us have. We all bear the brokenness and corruption of sin. And sadly, our sin separates us from God. The Bible says – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23, CSB).  Since we are all sinners, we need God change the direction of our lives.  The Bible tells us that “We all tend to go our own way.  Again, the Bible says “We all went astray like sheep; we all have turned to our own way; and the Lord has punished him for the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6, CSB).  The word the Bible uses for changing directions is repentance.  It simply means that we quit running from God and turn towards Him.

Second, quit trying to get there on your own.  We can never be good enough to be right with God.  Having a relationship with God is more than doing good things, believing right doctrine, or being a religious person. Rather, we must accept Jesus by faith and surrender ourselves to Him.  Jesus is God and He became man in order to live a perfect life, die on the cross in our place, and rise triumphantly from the grave. In doing this, Jesus provides a way out of the brokenness of our sin, and offers us restoration with God. The way to God is to trust who Jesus is, what Jesus said, and what Jesus did. Again, to quote the Bible, “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9, CSB).

Third, surrender your life to Jesus and accept Him as Lord.  Did you notice that in many of the passages above, Jesus died for our sin?  He paid the price for us to be right with God.  We need to accept Him and what He has done, and allow Him to control our lives.  The book of Romans says, “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation” (Romans 10:9-10, CSB).

You can ask Jesus in right now.  If you pray to invite Him in, He will come (Romans 10:13).  He is waiting to connect with you right now.  We would love to help you any way we can.  Please let us know of your decision and how we might help you grow.

 

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