Where are you in regards to the Lord? Where would you go if you were to die right now? Please take a few moments to read and reflect upon the information being presented here. It pertains to the most important decision of your life! If you have decided to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, we would love to hear from you! Please let us know how the Lord has blessed you by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first step to getting saved is to realize and admit you are lost without God. You are not alone, we have all done things that the Bible calls sin. The Bible states:
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
So you realize you are lost without God and there is no hope for your life if you continue down the same path? Call out to Jesus! Jesus is the only way to escape the judgment of sin. The Bible says that if we will confess our sins that Jesus will forgive us. We must believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, Matthew 1:18; lived a sinless life, 2 Corinthians 5:21; was crucified, buried and raised from the dead, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, and that He lives forevermore sitting at the right hand of God making intercession for the saints, Hebrews 7:25, until that time when He shall come back to take the saved to Heaven, John 14:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Salvation is more than repeating a prayer. Jesus would tell those who came to Him for healing to live differently. He would say, "Go and sin no more," John 8:11, teaching us that we are not to come to Christ for salvation and then return to our sinful lifestyle.
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
We understand that you have probably never seriously prayed before and that it might seem impossible to do so now. It's not impossible and God wants to hear from you. Our prayers are as a sweet smelling incense to God, Psalm 141:2. When we pray, we are simply communicating with God. Just as communication is made up of speaking and listening, prayer is also speaking and listening. We talk to God and tell Him what's on our mind, what we have need of, personal struggles and many times, just to thank Him for being Him. If you are ready to accept Jesus Christ as your savior, all you need to do is talk to Him. Tell Jesus that you realize your sinfulness, that He died for you and is now alive forevermore. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to help you not sin anymore. Tell Jesus you are going to follow Him for the rest of your life and ask Him to help you along that journey. Ask Jesus to do this for His namesake and believe in faith that He has saved you.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
If you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you must strive to live for Him. The Bible refers to this as bearing spiritual fruit. We have not been saved to continue in sin but to live for Jesus! Find a Bible believing and preaching church and be faithful in attendance so you will grow in faith, Hebrews 10:24-25; read and study God's word, 2 Timothy 2:15; continue in prayer, Luke 18:1; refrain from sin, 1 Peter 1:15-16.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
So you sinned...now what? Is God finished with you? Does it mean you are unable to be a Christian? NO! It just means you are human. All Christians have the old sinful nature still fighting against what the Holy Spirit is doing in our hearts. Take a moment and read what Paul wrote to the Romans in Romans 7:14-25. When we sin we must come to Jesus in prayer as soon as we realize we have failed God and ask for forgiveness. If we are sincere, we will be forgiven! In God's eyes it will be just as it never happened! It is also good to pray for strength to not be entangled with that sin again so that we may live pleasing to the Lord.
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 2:1–2
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.