The Way to God

Which road of life are you traveling on today?the right road that God set out for you? Or that broad road Jesus spoke of—the one that appears so deceptively easy and inviting, but only leads to emptiness, sorrow, and death in the end? (read Matthew 7:13-14). Your life’s journey will end one day and you will go into eternity. Will you look back with sorrow and regret, realizing too late that you traveled the wrong road? I hope you will decide to take the right road in life and that the end of your journey will bring you joy. I hope you will know God’s presence all along the way, and that even in the midst of life’s deepest trials you will find strength in him. Everything you need to see you through life’s problems and hardships to end your journey of life well God has made available to you. This is the time to decide which road you will follow from this day forward.

You do not need to be lost, without God, for all of time and eternity. God Almighty declares in His Word (the Bible) to us that being rescued from sin is within the reach of every person, including you. “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved [from sin]” (Romans 10:13). What a mighty word saved is! No other word is so full of benefits and eternal rewards! No one can ever totally comprehend how wonderfully great it is to be saved.

“I, even I [God], am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins” (Isaiah 43:25). Salvation (“being saved”) means you are rescued from the guilt of your past transgressions against God’s commandments. It means that all your sins are blotted out. Maybe you have committed sins you would like to forget but cannot. God can forgive sins and He does forget them, too. He keeps no record to hold against you of sins He has forgiven. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus [saved]…” (Romans 8:1).

When you are saved from the power of sin, it can no longer dominate you. The devil’s hold is torn loose. Every chain of sin is broken. You are saved both from the effects of sin, and for the world to come. You are saved from the torments of hell, a place where there is eternal “…fire that never shall be quenched… (Mark 8:43). You are saved to become a new creature in Jesus Christ.

You become a child of the King (Jesus Christ) and he will record your name in the Book of Life in heaven. He is busy right now preparing a home just for you in the mansions of eternity (read John 14:2). Freedom, joy, and peace all become your inheritance in God. Crowns of righteousness, brighter than the sun, will be yours to wear. You will be able to joyfully sing the praises of God forever.

It is your duty to be saved. No preacher, no church, no amount of money, no good works, nor anything else can ever save you. Just one person can save you, and he is the Lord Jesus Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

You do not need to wait—salvation is available right now. God is making you the offer to exchange the blood (death) of his son (Jesus) for your sins. He’s waiting to lift you out of the pit of sin and bondage. Cry out to him in simple faith right now: “God be merciful to me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13). This great salvation will then be yours this very moment! There is salvation for you.

Admit what you know deep in your heart is really true. Something inside of you is reaching out to God, crying out for reality, for truth, for some kind of solid ground to stand on. Jesus Christ wants you just as you are—but he wants you to come to him with a heart that is honest. God says: “…ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). Are you ready to be transparent with God? Then he is ready to meet your honest heart. Humble yourself before him and watch a miracle take place in your life. He will give you a whole new lifestyle. Believe in Jesus and his power to save you, and you can be born into the coming kingdom of God.

Do you know for certain that you have personally accepted God’s gift of forgiveness for your sins—the gift which Jesus Christ purchased by bearing the judgment of a holy God when he died on the cross, due because of your sins? If not, you should do so right now, wherever you are. Maybe it bothers you because you don’t understand it all, or you feel you don’t have enough faith. Don’t let these thoughts stop you. All you really need to understand right now is that God offers you a full pardon for your sins and new spiritual life because of the death of Jesus Christ on your behalf. If you truly desire to receive Jesus into your life, you have enough faith to enter God’s family and change your destiny for eternity. He wants your heart to be constantly set toward pleasing him, to have faith to trust him to help you. Jesus said: “…I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door [your will and desire], I will come in to him, and will sup [fellowship] with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). Jesus is the only door to heaven; there is no back door, nor any other door. He said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in he shall be saved…” (John 10:9). Open that door and invite Jesus in. Ask him to keep you filled with faith and confidence during every trial and discouragement. Put your faith and trust in him for your future survival, no matter what may come.

It does not matter who you are or what your background is—God loves you. Admit to him that you are a sinner in need of His forgiveness. Jesus died on the cross for you, so that you can follow a new road in life—His road. Accept his offer to forgive your sins and come into your life as your savior.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Tell Jesus today—“I commit all I am to you.” Someday this life will be over. But you can look forward to that day with joy, knowing that Jesus and heaven are waiting for you. Do not waste your life. Do not be satisfied with anything less than God’s plan.

Right now, in your own way, thank Jesus for dying for your sins and invite him into your heart. Tell Him, “I receive you into my life as my savior, so I can have forgiveness and never-ending life from God!”

Pray an honest prayer. Make it personal. Begin right here and now:

 

Dear Jesus,
I honestly do not know how much I really want to change, but I know I must. I cannot do it myself, so I turn to you for a miracle. Hear the cry of my heart. I am a sinner and I need forgiveness. I am sorry for my sins. I confess my sins and iniquities to you. I confess I do not live up to your commandments. I do not truly follow your Word. Please forgive me and heal me. I believe that you shed your precious blood as you died on the cross for my sins and for the sins of the entire world. You paid the penalty for my sins there. I place my trust in you and your sacrifice of yourself on my behalf. I also accept and believe that God then raised you from the dead. I accept your divine forgiveness for all my sins. I come to you and believe that you are there—seeing, caring, and loving me—right now. I accept your love and your power to keep me. Take me as I am and do what you will with me.

Thank you for:
•    touching me now.
•    taking me into your family of millions of believers.
•    my physical and spiritual survival.
•    making it possible for me to find peace with God.
•    the gift of eternal life.
•    caring for me and changing my heart and life from this very moment on.

Please make me strong to overcome all temptations. May I grow stronger through them all. No longer will I always look only on the dark side of things and drop out of life. I believe that you will preserve me until it is my time to meet you in heaven.

I now make it my goal to follow you every day. I promise to read the Bible daily and let my soul feed on it. I promise to pray daily, and to make prayer a place where I can unburden myself concerning my trials and tests, and a place to gain strength as I go on my knees to talk honestly to you. Until the very day you call me home, I make it my goal to live for you, Jesus Christ. 
Amen.

Did you pray this prayer? Then where is Jesus right now? He promised (and He is God who cannot lie) that He will be in your heart. He also promised, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). He has come into your heart to stay. He comes to bring you new purpose, peace of mind, stability in spite of circumstances, and true fulfillment, along with eternal life!

If you have just given your life to God, we want to be the first to welcome you into the family of God! If you would like to, contact us and tell us what you just did. We would love to hear from you and want to rejoice with you. Nothing could bring us more joy. Nothing could bring God more joy either. And nothing will ever bring you more joy, more peace, more contentment than being part of the family of God.  

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