"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."
How to be Reconciled to God
May I tell you something very important. Although I was raised in “church” and knew about Jesus all of my life, even asking Him to forgive my sins and save me as a child, I spent several years of my life rejecting Him and even deciding that there was no such thing as the truth of the Bible. I believed that everyone who said they were Christians were superstitious or just ignorant. I believed that “I” was my own god and that each of us had the capacity to be the same for themselves.
But when I met some people who I knew were completely changed (in their thinking, actions, and attitudes) after they were reconciled to God (Jehovah; the Creator of everything) through Jesus, His Son (see John 1) I began to question my own conclusions. This is what I discovered.
The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that all of us have sinned. That means that in thought or deed we have all been less than the perfect standard of the Creator God. We have fallen short of that standard. We are separated from God. I’ve done it and so have you. No one is exempt.
That is terrible and so, according to Romans 6:23, we have all earned death - not just physical death, but spiritual “death” which is being eternally separated from God. Wow! Bad news indeed.
However, there is an alternative. Also in Romans 6:23, we see that good news. Jesus Christ, God’s Son (see John 3:16), offers us the opportunity to be brought back into relationship with God. Yes! We can recover the fellowship with God that Adam and Eve experienced in the Garden of Eden before they made a selfish choice. Hallelujah!!!
Romans 10:9-10 says that if we believe the claims that Jesus made about Himself (the Messiah; the Son of God; the Way to God) and repent of (turn away from) and confess (admit) our sinfulness, then we can be saved from this eternal separation.
Would you like to be reunited with your Creator? I hope and pray that you do. You CAN do that right now, right where you are. Here is a model prayer for you to speak to God (He is listening!)
“God, I admit that I have fallen short of what you intended for me. I have sinned. But I don’t want to stay where I am in relationship to You. I want to be saved; be born again; start over in my relationship with you and others. I believe that Jesus is your son and that He came to save me by taking my punishment (death) on the cross. I want to turn away from my “old” self and live for You from now on. By your Spirit I want You to have my life, helping me and living in and around me from now on. Thank You, Jesus for saving me. Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer and meant it, will you please let me know. I know you don’t know me and I don’t want to embarrass you but I would like to rejoice with you as a new member of the family of the reconciled and to help you begin to grow in the understanding and development of your new relationship with God.
Now, you have taken the first step! But Jesus wants you to be restored TODAY into God's Kingdom.
God loves you and wants you to experience abundant life here and eternal life with Him in heaven. I have experienced this forgiveness and joy along with many others. The road has not always been smooth but I KNOW that I am in intimate relationship with God. If you want to know more of my story, just email me and ask. I would LOVE to tell you more.
God bless you!
Dr. Bobby Haney
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