December 13, 2012

How to Know God

How to Know God

Searching for more? Are you looking for your purpose and for the meaning of your life? By God’s grace and mercy, you, too, can find God. Your choice of what you believe begins with the heart and then reaches to following the Words in the Bible. Everyone is born with an innate knowledge that there is a God. God has planted His beauty in this world for our eyes to see and absorb to remind you of His love for you. You have a Maker, a Creator. Your greatest fulfillment is to create a right relationship with God. To reach fulfillment, you must know that you are at peace with God. How does one create this relationship? The wonderful news is that God has already made complete provision for you to be in a right relationship with Him. God has explained it all in the Bible.

How do you enter into a right relationship with God? It’s very simple and very clear.

1. Realize and admit your sin and guilt.

2.  Acknowledge the total righteousness of Christ and that Jesus Christ dies on the cross for you.

3. Place your faith in the work of Christ and receive Jesus Christ into your life.

4. And pray from your heart as you talk and walk with your Father.

 

1. Realize and admit your sin and guilt.

The law is God’s perfect expression of righteousness. It is the standard that God requires of every person. It is summarized in the Ten Commandments. How do you measure up to God’s standard?  Here are some questions for you to answer with an honest heart:

Have you ever lied?
Have you ever taken something that didn’t belong to you?
Have you ever taken God’s name and used it as a curse word?  (example: “Oh, my G-d!”)
Have you ever committed sexual sin or had a lustful heart towards another person?
Did you ever disobey your parents while growing up or disrespect them in any way?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you are guilty of violating God’s holy law.  These are only five of the Ten Commandments! See Exodus 20:1-21

The fact is – we have all repeatedly broken and disobeyed God’s moral law and come up short of God’s standard.

What are the consequences? The Bible is clear:

“The soul that sinneth, it shall die…”Ezekiel 18:20a

“For the wages of sin is death…”  Romans 6:23a

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”  Revelation 21:8

You may believe that God’s goodness will cause Him to overlook your sins, but it’s God’s goodness that will see to it that justice is done.

If God allows one sin to go unpunished, He is not a righteous Judge.

The first step towards entering a right relationship with God is to admit that you have fallen short of God’s standard and you stand guilty before the Judge of this universe.   Do it today. If you are a believer, and you have sinned, ask for forgiveness soon after the sin. Make it right with God.

2.  Acknowledge the total righteousness of Christ and that Jesus Christ dies on the cross for you.

There is an unachievable standard of righteousness that God has established in the Ten Commandments. But the standard has been achieved in Christ Jesus!

“For we have not an high priest (Jesus) which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  Hebrews 4:15

“And ye know that he (Jesus) was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”  I John 3:5

Who (Jesus) did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.”  I Peter 2:22

The only One who ever kept the standard, the only One who did not deserve to die – DIED!

The Bible says He died for us.

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…”   I Peter 2:24a

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” I Peter 3:18

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”  Romans 5:6

“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we’re still sinners.” Romans 5:8

Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection from the dead, relationships between God and man can now be reestablished. God loves us so much that e sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.

Place your faith in the work of Christ.

3. Place your faith in the work of Christ and receive Jesus Christ into your life.

There is an unachievable standard of righteousness that God has established called the law. We’ve all come up short, but there is a ray of hope – look at Romans 3:21-22:

“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested…Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…”

You can have the righteousness of God by faith, by believing!

“Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 3:24

Do you realize what it means to be justified before God?

  • It means the righteous standard God requires has been credited to you and your falling short of the standard has been credited to Christ when He died for your sins.
  • Justification is a free pardon for you even though you’ve come up short of the standard.

The pardon is given when you truly desire to turn from your sin and turn to Jesus Christ in faith.

“Whom (Jesus) God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission (forgiveness) of sins that are past…To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”    Romans 3:25, 26, 28

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:1

Becoming a Christian is not merely some creed or going to church on Sunday. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your life) and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in…” Revelation 3:20

1. Realize that you are a sinner.

2. Recognize Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.

3. Repent of your sin and receive Jesus Christ into your life.

4. And pray from your heart as you talk and walk with your Father.

Dear Lord Jesus, You are almighty and awesome. I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.

 If you have just prayed this prayer and meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart!

Your decision to follow Christ means God has forgiven you and that you will spend eternity in heaven.

The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” I John 1:9

Next steps. 

Read the Bible.

Pray.

Join a Bible Study.

Pray.

Attend Sunday School and Sunday Worship to learn and understand more of what God has written.

Pray.

Surround yourself with believers.

Pray.

Enjoy your walk with God, be patient, and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ.

Pray.

Share with others the right relationship with God.

Pray.