This is a weekly guest devotion written by my mother, Estelene. Each week she shares with us Scripture and encouragement to nourish our souls.
My friend, you may be a person who has never accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior. You may not understand why you need a savior. Maybe you want to become a Christ follower, but you don’t know how. Or maybe God has placed it on your heart to tell a friend or a family member about salvation through Jesus Christ, but you have no idea what to say.
Whatever your situation is, this devotion was written for you. I pray that you will be receptive to God’s calling upon your life and submit to his will.
The apostle Paul states in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
There is not one human being who has ever lived or will ever live a sinless life except for Jesus Christ. God is holy and cannot look upon evil. No one deserves God’s grace and his great love.
Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
God created a sinless world, but Adam and Eve opened the door to sin. The cost for our sin is physical and spiritual death and permanent separation from God. But He provided a way for us to be freed from our sins and live eternally with him.
John 3:3, “Jesus replied, ‘I assure you, unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.’”
Jesus was not talking about another physical birth. He was referring to a spiritual birth. When we give our lives to Christ, we die in our sinful life, and are given a new life in Christ.
Did Jesus have to die?
John 14:6, “Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’”
Blood represents life. Without the blood, there is no life. Since we are born into sin, sinful man is not capable of dying for the world’s sins. Therefore, God, himself, had to come to earth as a baby and be our one and only perfect blood sacrifice to deliver us from death. There is no other way for us to be accepted as God’s child except through Christ.
Roman 10:9-11, ”If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With the heart one believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth one confesses, resulting in salvation.”
We must believe and confess that Jesus Christ is God’s son, that Christ died for our sins, that He conquered death through his resurrection, and that He is now interceding for us in heaven.
2 Corinthians 5:15, “And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.”
We die to ourselves. Our lives no longer belong to us. We don’t give in to our sinful desires, but we now live a life pleasing to God.
Revelation 3:20, “Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.
Do you feel the Holy Spirit speaking to you right now and urging you to give your life to Christ? Is there a small voice gently calling you? Maybe your heart is beating furiously and you feel restless. Maybe something seems to be missing in your life and you can’t put your finger on it.
It is God’s desire for everyone to live with him forever. But His Word says that few will truly accept his Son as their Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ may be knocking at your heart’s door right now. He wants to come in. Either you can open the door and welcome him in, or you can reject his love for you. The choice is yours. He will not push his way through your heart’s door and force you to live for him.
Christ can change your life. He will give you his peace and his assurance that no matter what you face from day to day, he will never leave you. He will walk with you through your trials and your victories. When you think you can’t take another step, he will pick you up and carry you. He will give you the strength you need to live every day for him.
If you want to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and live a life for him, repeat the following prayer right now.
Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and I desperately need a savior. I truly believe that Your Son died upon the cross, was raised to life so that I may be delivered from spiritual death, and is now interceding for me in heaven. Forgive me for my sins and help me to live my life according to your plan and your will. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen
If you prayed this prayer, be assured that God has forgiven you for all your sins. Now go out and tell others about God’s love and what He has done for you. It is very important to stay connected with God by reading His Word and praying daily. Don’t be surprised if Satan places doubts in your head that you have been forgiven for your sins. He may even attack you and try to discourage you. But don’t be discouraged. He wouldn’t bother to attack you if you hadn’t been forgiven. Smile and say, “Thank you, Satan, for confirming the fact that God has forgiven me for my sins.”
Tara and I would love to hear from you and celebrate with you if you have now accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior. May God receive all the glory.