The Bible tells us that in the beginning God created everything we know, and on the sixth day he created Adam and Eve in His image. He gave them purpose in ruling over the earth, and he gave them one command to not eat from a specific tree in the garden. In a moment of temptation that ended in rebellion, they chose to break that one command and to eat from that tree. The consequences of that decision have plauged mankind ever since. In that one moment sin entered the world and the heart of man. God’s plan was to have relationship with us, for us to know Him and for Him to be known by us. But God is holy and mankind’s choice to sin prevents that from relationship from happening. This is the reason for all the war, poverty, disease, and scandals that rock our world and our lives even today.
That sin has been transferred to all us, we all bear the burden of being born in sin. Some would say “I’m not a bad person, I’ve never killed anyone.” That may be true, but the fact is we are all born fallen. In the Bible in the book of Romans the Apostle Paul writes that
“all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (NIV)
The Prophet Isaiah even went so far as to say:
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” -Isaiah 64:6 (NIV)
Even if you feel you are good, even if you come from a good family and have done good things, the fact of the matter is that we fall short and fail to meet God’s standard of righteousness.
But here is the good news, God in his love, power, and might has made a way for us to find our forgiveness in Him and he did it through Jesus.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
-John 3:16 (NIV)
Jesus came and lived the perfect life so he could die the perfect death in our place. The perfectly innocent died for the hopelessly guilty.
“Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.”
But Jesus didn’t just die, he rose from the grave conquering sin and death. This is what makes a God Changed Life possible. Jesus died to set us free from our sin in both eternity and in the here and now. If you want to experience the power of a God Changed Life you have to:
Admit you need God and his help and power in your life.
Believe in Jesus Christ alone to save you from your sins
Confess and ask God to forgive all your sins.
Dedicate your life to be lived according to God’s standards from this moment on.
If that is what you have done then the process of living a Christian live has begun!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
-2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
There are two crucial next steps you need to take.
1. You need to get plugged into a church.
Christians are meant to do life together, the Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:25 “let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (NLT)We need to be in relationship with other believers so that we are able to get encouragement, accountability, and support for when life’s troubles happen.
2. You need to get plugged into the Bible.
The Bible is God’s love letter to us, given to teach us about God and guide us into living lives that are pleasing to Him. If you want to know how God would lead you to live your life, you have to get into His word. The psalmist writes, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV) God’s word provides us with the direction we need as we walk down the paths of life.
These two next steps are the most important. If you have any questions on your journey please do not hesitate to contact us, in fact we would love to hear your story! To contact us just click here. God Bless, and welcome to the family!
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