First, see yourself for what you are...a sinner. Sin is tragic, vile...it blights, degrades, destroys. It has dire consequences: "The soul who sins is the one who will die." "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Acknowledge Your Sin For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
You must also repent. Repentance is not making a resolution to do better. It is not just conviction of sin, for a person may be convinced that he is wrong and still not repent. D.L. Moody liked to describe repentance this way: "Man is born with his back toward God. When he truly repents, he turns right around and faces God. Repentance is a change of mind, a change of heart, and it results in a change of action."
Repent Of Your Sin
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out...
As the Bible says, "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, and let him return unto the Lord...for He will abundantly pardon." You must change your mind about sin and want God to end its mastery over you. After all, sin is so bad it took Christ's death to make forgiveness possible for you.
For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Believe in the completed work Christ accomplished on the cross. You must believe that Christ substituted Himself for you, that He died for your sins (though HE never sinned), and that He was resurrected from death. "The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him." Our sins nailed Him to the cross, and "by His wounds we are healed." "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved."
That if you confess with your mouth,
"Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God
has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
You must believe in Christ and receive Him personally into your life by faith if you are to be saved from the power of sin and its consequences. "To all who receive Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become children of God."
Will you pray to God something like this?"God, I'm convinced I am a sinner, and that Christ alone can save me. I willingly repent of my sinful life and believe Jesus Christ died for me. I want to receive Him as my personal Savior."
All Bible quotations are from the New International Version.
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Barbara S. Lehrman