"I would like to accept God's Gift..."
That's wonderful that you would like to make this decision! It is a very important one though, and we want to make sure you understand it clearly. Please read through the following:
- You must recognize that you are a sinner. You were born into sin from the first man, Adam, who along with Eve, ate fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which God forbid them to eat (read the whole story in Genesis 2 and 3 in the Bible). As a result of this disobedience to God, every person is now born with a sinful nature. Whether it's selfishness, lying, greed, cheating, or even not doing the things we know are right, we all have sinned. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
- You cannot get to heaven or restore your relationship with God on your own. No amount of good works or trying to obey God's laws can get you to heaven. Jesus sets the standard for us which is: "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48). This is impossible to live up to because we are all sinners and no matter how hard we try, we miss that mark of perfection. Because of our sin, we cannot have fellowship with God because God is holy. In Isaiah 59:2 it says, "Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you."
- The ONLY way to restore your relationship with God is to accept the gift of what Jesus has done for you on the cross. You accept the gift through placing your trust in God's Son, Jesus Christ.
"...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved..." (Acts 16:31)
Trusting in Jesus is the only way to become righteous and holy before God. In Romans 3:22, the Bible says, "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe."
- Trusting -- placing your faith -- in Jesus Christ is not just believing that Jesus existed or that He is powerful or wise. Even the demons and Satan believe that Jesus Christ existed and knew that He is God. In the Bible it says, "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder." (James 2:19). Faith also is not just praying to God in times of crisis or trouble and believing He's there. It is good to look to God during times of crisis, but that is not a saving faith.
You need to place your faith in Jesus Christ and believe that He died and paid the penalty for your sins. It is only by His sacrifice that you can be made right with God and only by you believing that Jesus Christ died for you, can you receive the gift and then have eternal life with God.
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