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You can start a relationship with the Lord by inviting Him into your heart and believing that He is your Savior that died to pay the penalty of your sins. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).
God wants to forgive all your past sins. And He promised, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Faithfulness is one of the Lord’s outstanding qualities (1 Cor. 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thess. 5:24; 2 Tim. 2:13; Heb. 10:23).
When you believe in the Lord, you receive His salvation and eternal life “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Also, the Lord gives you a new fulfilled amazing life “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Then, join God’s family with baptism “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16). Thus, faith is the inward acceptance of the salvation so graciously provided by the vicarious death of the world’s Redeemer and baptism is the outward token of an inward change of life (Rom. 6:3-6). These are the two requirements made of those who accept the gospel proclamation.
After you receive salvation, witness about your new relationship with the Lord to others “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). As you share your faith with others, your new experience will be sealed in Him.
Once you begin a relationship with God, you are called to cultivate it by daily study of His Word and prayer. And God’s Spirit will “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13), and will produce the fruits of the Spirit in your life “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23). The Lord will give you all the grace necessary to live a victorious life over sin “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
You may use the following prayer to invite Jesus Christ into your heart:
“Dear Father, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior who died for me and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. I invite You to have a relationship with me. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me. In Jesus’ Name I ask. Amen.
In His service,