As you may have discovered if you have been looking around my blog, Jesus Christ has saved my life. For 35 years I was an Atheist and for many of those years in bondage to lust and an addiction to pornography.
Today, at the age of 46 I can loudly proclaim that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and thankfully the God of first, second and fifteenth chances! He has forgiven my sins, shattered the stronghold of pornography in my life, restored my marriage and given me the promise of eternal life.
He is a God who can restore any life, and rebuild any shattered mess you find yourself in. Whether you suffer from anxiety, depression, fear, anger, lust, addiction to drugs, alcohol, co-dependency, eating disorders, financial ruin, grief, physical pain or any other affliction… He is the answer to a new and victorious life.
How is your life today?
Does it feel out of control? Hopeless? Do you feel like there is no way out? Do you feel like the pain is too much to handle? Do you just want to give up? Do you want to run away or even have thoughts of ending it all? I know I have. Life can be filled with pain and grief and unless or until we learn to find the only true way to cope with the trials and tribulations of life… there will be no end to it. Life will continue to be a vicious cycle and we will sink further and further into a pit of despair.
If this sounds like your reality, let me share something with you… something that will change your life forever. There is a God who created all that you see in the universe. He created you, a unique being in all of His creation… there has never been another like you and never will be. Your DNA is yours alone. That same God knows and loves you more than anything else. He wants to have a personal loving relationship with you… but He wants you to come freely into His arms.
You have a choice to make, we all do. Turn away from God and face the world on our own, or turn towards God and leap into His waiting arms. You may look back on your life, and your story is unique, but let me ask you… how has life been so far, doing things your way? When I asked that question of myself, I realized very quickly that I hated the life I had created under my own power. It was littered with destruction as a result of my sinful choices and I knew there had to be a better way.
Once you accept that you are hopelessly lost where you are (Romans 3:23), cry out to God and ask Him to forgive you for your life of sin… put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and you too will be freely given the gift of eternal salvation (John 3:16). Not only that, but this call to faith will invite the Holy Spirit of God to come into your life and be your guide and counselor. You will learn, over time, to leave all of your worries, anxieties, fears, and old habits at the foot of the cross… and in time you will know what it means to walk in Victory. You will become renewed, a new creation and as you walk side by side with Jesus your life will start to look more and more like His.
Are you ready to surrender?
Brother or Sister, if something you read above has appealed to you, or has described your life I want to encourage you to reach out to God right now, right where you are! You can begin this new walk, this new chapter of your life this very moment… God is waiting.
In the world, when you hear the word “surrender” you immediately think of defeat or giving up. In the Christian life a total surrender to Jesus Christ is the only path to VICTORY. There are no magic words or prayers you need to say to accept Jesus Christ as your savior, but below is a sample prayer to give you an idea of how to start. The most important step is to acknowledge the fact that you ARE a sinner and desperately need a Savior. Once you become aware of your sinful nature, you must also realize you have no power to save yourself from the judgement of God. No amount of “good deeds” will change anything.
So what is the “Good News”?
The Good News is that Jesus already paid the price for our sins, all of them, when he died on that cross nearly 2,000 years ago. That God sent his only begotten Son to DIE for us (John 3:16). This is a love so powerful, so perfect, we can hardly imagine it… but it is that Love and Grace that is waiting for you right now.
Acknowledge your sin, cry out to the Lord wherever you are and ask Him for forgiveness, then invite Jesus Christ into your life as your savior. Here is that sample prayer I spoke of earlier…
“Father, I need you. I know that I am hopelessly lost in my sin and want nothing more than to have a relationship with you. Today I am prepared to turn my life over to you, to fully surrender and live to glorify your name. Father please forgive me for my sins as I put my faith and trust in the name of Jesus Christ, my King of Kings.
I believe with all my heart that Jesus died on that cross at Calvary and rose three days later and I believe that through His precious blood I am saved. Father help me and lift me up with your righteous right hand, give me strength and wisdom. Guide me. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
Again, it has NOTHING to do with the words you speak, only the condition of your heart and the relationship you develop with Jesus Christ. Next I would encourage you to find a good Bible believing church in your area and get connected to the Body of Christ, then get Baptized to publicly demonstrate your new found faith. If you are still struggling to make this decision for Jesus I would love to pray for you… would you tell me about yourself below so I can pray today.