How Can I Know God?
If you think back to the stories you may have heard or read about the Garden of Eden, where God created Adam and Eve, you will see that God created them to have a relationship with Him. (Genesis 2:8-3:21) The Bible says that He actually talked with them and walked with them, provided every food they would need and the relationship was so pure that they didn't even realize they were naked. However, God did not make them like robots - programmed to do everything He said. He gave them the choice of loving and obeying Him. When Eve, and subsequently Adam, disobeyed God by believing Satan and eating the "apple," their whole world changed because, by God's nature, He cannot have sin in His presence. So their disobedience created a separation from the presence of God and their relationship with God.
The penalty for disobeying God (sinning) is death. (Romans 6:23) God, however, in His loving kindness (mercy), still desired a relationship with man - His creation. So, He created a system of payment for our sin. He required a blood sacrifice as payment for sin. The person who committed an offense could take an unblemished animal - with no defects or injuries (perhaps a sheep, goat or cow.) That person would lay his hands on the animal and symbolically transfer his sin or disobedience to that animal and then sacrifice it (kill it) before the altar of God. To provide this sin payment for us, God sent His son - Jesus Christ to come to earth in the form of a man, still having the fully divine nature of God. When Jesus was crucified on the cross, all of our sin was transferred to Him by God and Christ became the ultimate, pure, perfect sacrifice and total payment for our sin. The Bible in John 3:16 says, "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."
The following verses from the Bible give more explanation:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus His Son. Romans 6:23
For while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
To as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to be called children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:12
It is by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves it is the free gift of God, not as a result of works so that no man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
I (Jesus) came that they might have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
You may feel that in the midst of an unplanned pregnancy your life is anything but good right now, but you can find a great source of comfort when you put your hope in Jesus. He knows you inside and out and He knows your baby.
Psalm 139:15-17 says, "My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance, and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God. How vast is the sum of them!"Being a good person does not make you a Christian and does not get you into heaven. Going to church and praying alot does not get you into heaven either. Look again at Ephesians 2:8-9 above. There is nothing we can do to earn salvation. We can only have a relationship with God by believing that Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth in the form of a man, that He died on the cross in our place knowing that we are the ones who deserve death.
If you trust in the death of Jesus as the only way to pay for sins, then you can stand right before God. Then, when God looks at you, He sees you as cleansed by the blood of Jesus - righteous in every way.People who do not know God feel their past is totally unforgivable. They wonder how anyone could ever love them. The truth is that God still loves you. He wants to be your perfect father, friend and your counselor. All He asks from you is that you ask for His forgiveness by trusting that Jesus' death on the cross as the only payment for your actions. He will then fill you with His Holy Spirit who gives you power for living your life in a God-honoring manner."He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."Do you think that God could never forgive you? Do you feel unworthy of unconditional love?
2 Corinthians 5:21Ezekiel 36:26 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you, I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws."If you would like a relationship with God through Jesus Christ you can pray to Him right now where ever you are."Behold, I (Jesus) stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me" Revelation 3:20
If you ask Him, Jesus, by His Holy Spirit, will come and live within your heart.
Here is an idea of what you might pray:
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I gratefully accept Your free gift of forgiveness and eternal life and ask You to come into my life and make me a new person. Thank You. Amen.
If you have prayed this prayer, welcome to the Kingdom! Tell a Christian friend or call us here at Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach. We want to share in your good news. We will meet with you, if you desire, to talk about this wonderful life you can experience. We can give you some ideas of things you can read to help you learn more about God. One good place to start learning about Jesus Christ is to open a Bible and read the book of John. The Holy Spirit will help you understand the Scriptures as never before.
God's Blessings Upon You,The Staff at Aggieland Pregnancy Outreach
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