Knowing God    Personally
First Step: Recognize Your Condition
God loves you. In fact, He loves everyone with a love that none of us can fully comprehend! Yet, if that is true, why doesn’t everyone in the world automatically have a relationship with Him? What is it that keeps us from God?
 
The Bible tells us that sin keeps us from God. And all of us sin – nobody is perfect. In Romans 5:12, the Bible says, “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” No one had to teach us how to sin. We were actually born with a natural inclination to sin!
 
So sin separates us from God. It makes a chasm between us so that we cannot reach God – and we all fall short. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” 
 
Also, our sin has a penalty. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death…” The “wage” or payment for our sin is spiritual death – eternal separation from God forever.
Religion and Good Works Are Not the Answer
Religions try to create their own ways to God. Their systems may seem logical, but they cannot bridge the gap created by our sin. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” In other words, our thoughts and ways are not what matter. God’s Word, the Bible, provides true answers of grace and forgiveness.
 
In Ephesians 2:8–9 the Bible says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
The Good News: Jesus Christ Provides the Way!
Even though we were lost and separated from God, He loved us, and because He is love, God sent His Son to die on the Cross and raise from the dead three days later. John 3:16 explains “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
 
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, He became the payment for our sin. Now, we do not have to pay for our sin ourselves. By His grace, salvation is provided! In Romans 5:8, the Bible says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Finally, Believe and Receive Christ Personally
In order to have a relationship with God and an eternal home in Heaven, we must stop trusting ourselves, our works, and our religion, and place our full trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life. In Romans 10:13 the Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is a promise directly from God that if you will pray to Him, confess that you are a sinner, ask Him to forgive your sins, and turn to Him alone to be your Saviour; He promises to save you and give you the free gift of eternal life.
 
You can make that decision today by praying from your heart, something like this:
 
Dear God, I know that I am separated from you because of sin. I confess that in my sin, I cannot save myself. Right now, I turn to you alone to be my Saviour. I ask you to save me from the penalty of my sin, and I trust you to provide eternal life to me.—Amen
 
You’ll never regret that decision! If you have just trusted Christ, we would love to know about your decision and give you a Bible and some other materials to help you learn more about that new relationship! If you have additional questions, we are here for you as well!