GOD INITIATES THE INVITATION
"Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool."
HE LOVES US
We are all in different stages in our walk with God, but He loves us unconditionally no matter what the stage.
God's love for us flows in a one way direction. It doesn't matter where we have been, what we have done, how horrendous our sins are, what kind of situation we find ourselves in, or where we come from, God invites us into His heart and hands to live there eternally. He keeps us close to Him as long we are willing to stay there. He doesn't expect us to cleanse ourselves, or fix the broken pieces of our lives before coming to Him - He alone cleanses us from the inside out.
We come to God as we are. In fact , God invites us to come to Him even at this very moment. The Bible says in Romans 10:9 "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." The Bible also says in Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." God levels the field in all of our lives by allowing us to see there's nothing we can possibly bring to the table that would buy His love. He chose to die for us even while we were His enemy. He unconditionally love us regardless of whether we accept Him or not. Romans 3:23 says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". We've all failed God.
Romans 3:10-12 states - As it is written “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one." We cannot buy God with our good nature, accomplishments, titles, accolades, achievements, wealth, fame, social status, cultural status, economic status or otherwise. He is not impressed with our wisdom, religious reasonings, high mindedness or philosophical ideas. We cannot please Him with sacrifices, rituals, or religious observations. God isn't interested in our sacrifices, He's after our hearts. Our performance to win Him is worthless. God longs for us to eradicate our performance mentality, and recognize that He simply loves us because of who He is. It is His very nature to love and want us.
"Our relation with God start with the understanding that the Gospel has and will always be about what God has done for us, not what we can do for Him."
Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."
W H E R E D O I S T A R T ?
Our relationship with God starts with a recognition of our need for Him. It's the recognition that we have fallen from grace because of our inherent sin, and as fallen creatures we've been separated from God and in need of restoration to Him. The death of Jesus Christ on the Cross provides a bridge between God and us and provides a way of reconciliation to Himself.
God is a God who invites. He gives us the power and right to choose Him or not. When we make the decision to follow Jesus Christ, there must be a tangible response and confession from our heart and mouth that invites Him into our lives. It can be a simple prayer as the one below:
"Father, I come to you as a sinner in need of your mercy and grace. I thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to die on the cross as payment for the penalty of my sins. Thank you for the shedding of His blood that has brought me into a right relationship with you. I invite you into my heart to live forever, and grant me the grace to yield to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, and to be all you have called me to be - Amen."
Finding a biblically based Christian Church is paramount in walking with Christ. It is critical to our growth and overall spiritual well-being. The Bible says in Romans 10:17 " So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Our faith grows and strengthens as we hear and learn from the Word of God. We are also instructed not to forsake the fellowship of coming together with other believers - Hebrew 10:25 "not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." Can you imagine going through life without a family? Many of us face that heart ache, and it's comforting to know that God has provided in His plan a new family for us to be a part of. This is what Christianity is all about - it's about coming together as a family, worshipping God, loving each other, growing together, walking out our destiny, and eventually sharing the Good News of 'Hope' to all those around us. God has a beautiful plan for your life - Look for it, find it and embrace it.
Psalm 119:105 says "Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path." God's word is His love letter to us. All of who He is and what He requires from us is encompassed in His word. God's will for our lives is written on the pages of the Bible. 2nd Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." Spending quite time reading God's Word, talking to Him, and listening to His voice is all part of building a relationship with Him. As you begin to talk to God, it's important to wait in quietness to hear what He is saying back to you. Like any relationship, spending moments together getting to know each other is critical. Prayer is just simply talking to God. He longs to listen to your heart but more importantly, He is longing to give you His. Communion with God is one way we worship Him. It's letting Him know that He is the most important person in our lives.
1st John 1:7 says "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin." Fellowship and connection with other believers is critical to our walk with God. In fact, if we are part of God's family, we should have the desire to be around others that carry the same fire and desire to live for and please God.
Fellowship comes from the Greek word, 'KOINONIA,' which means “to share in common" or to be in "joint partnership". Connection is not just about attending a church service or an event with other believers, it's about sharing the very essence and deep places of our lives. It's about growing up together into the purposes God has for us individually and corporately, loving and supporting each other, and most importantly we come together to remember the death and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and to celebrate His life. You are now part of a bigger body, and you play a vital role in accomplishing God's plan for you, His church and the world at large.
B E E N C O U R A G E D
The above is just a few basic directions that will help you in starting a relationship with God.
As a believer in Christ, you are part of a bigger family with the privilege of calling God "Father". We want to ensure that no matter where you are in the journey with God, you can find an avenue here at The Gospel Exchange that will help you live out your destiny in Christ.
In the upcoming months, The Gospel Exchange will feature a series of teachings via videos and blogs that's foundational to our walk in Christ. We will feature some of our very own personal testimonies and stories about God's mercy, grace, faithfulness, love and His enduring kindness. Whether you are a new believer, or have been walking with God for a long time, there is so much we can learn together. Our heart is to encourage, inspire and provide practical tools that will help you be all God has called you to be. God has a plan for your life and today can be one day closer to seeing that plan come to pass.
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