how to know god

all about relationship

how to know god

all about relationship

 

 

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Our greatest desire at Calvary Chapel Apple Valley is to see people come to know God personally. It is important for each of us to know there is a God who created us and loves us very much. Because He has given us life, we are to be thankful and grateful to Him.


The problem, however, is that we have chosen to defy Him and sin against Him; all of us have done wrong and failed at some point in our life. We may not be more sinful than our neighbor, or we may be far worse than anyone else we know. Either way, we are guilty before God.


God is perfect in every way, completely without fault. Because He is perfect, He will not tolerate sin in our lives. He cannot simply overlook the fact that we have chosen to disobey Him. The Bible says "the wages of sin is death.” This means that the fair payment for our rebellion against God is death. It is the punishment that we deserve.


Jesus, the one and only Son of God, came to earth and lived a perfect, sinless life. He is the only person to ever live a completely sinless life. He was crucified even though He was completely innocent. He received the punishment that we deserved. He was the perfect sacrifice. He was put into our place and took on Himself the sentence of death that should have been ours. However, Jesus did not remain dead. After three days, He rose from the grave and later ascended into heaven. He will return for all those who are trusting in Him as their Savior.


With this knowledge there are four things that need to take place in each person’s life in order to know God and have a personal relationship with Him. They are as follows:


1. Realize that you are a sinner.

No matter how good we try to live our life, we still fall miserably short of being a good person. That is because we are all sinners. We all fall short of God’s desire for us to be holy. The Bible says, “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).


2. Recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you.

The Bible tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). This is the Good News, that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die in our place when we least deserved it.


3. Repent of your sin.

The Bible tells us to “repent and be converted” (Acts 3:19). The word “repent” means “to change our direction in life.” Instead of running from God, we can run toward Him.


4. Receive Jesus Christ into your life.

Becoming a Christian is not merely believing some creed or going to church on Sunday. It is having Christ Himself take residence in your life and heart. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door (of your life) and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in . . . .” (Revelation 3:20).


If you would like to have a relationship with God, simply pray this prayer and mean it in your heart.


"Heavenly Father, I know that I have sinned against you. I know the truth is that I have sinned by my own choice, and I am the one responsible for it. I know that I have earned punishment from You, and that the fair punishment would be death. Jesus, I believe that You died in my place. Forgive me for my sin. I cannot cover or take my sin away; I am relying totally and completely on You. You are the only one who can save me. I reject my sin, I turn away from it, I repent. Come into my life, take away my sin, and show me how to live my life in a way that is right and pleasing to you. I pray this in Your name, Jesus. Amen!"


If you have prayed this prayer and meant what you prayed, you are saved! You are now completely forgiven, a new creation, and innocent in the eyes of God. Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Your decision to follow Christ means that you will spend eternity in heaven. The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Welcome to the family of God!


To put your faith into action, be sure to spend time with God by reading the Bible, praying, going to church, and telling others about Jesus. Call our church at (760) 240-3633 and ask to speak with one of our pastors about your new life in Christ or email us at the church office   with any questions you may have.

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