Do you want to be saved?
If God has shown you what you are lacking and if you want to be saved, then you have to turn to God and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior. (Acts 20:21)
Turn to God.
This means to have a completely new outlook on life. For this, a fundamental change in your attitude is necessary. You must admit that you are a sinner who is in rebellion against a holy and loving God. A change of heart is necessary – a true sadness and shame over the reprehensibleness of your sin. Then you have to be willing to give up sin in order to give your life a new direction. God invites people to turn to Him. The Bible says: that they should repent and turn to God. The way that they live must prove that they have changed. (Acts 26:20) It's all about this.
Conversion means: to take a new direction.
Wholeheartedly strive to live as it pleases God. This means to confess from all your heart: “You are Christ, the Saviour sent from God, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:16) The point is to completely trust in Jesus Christ, who has laid down his life for you. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5:6)
Your pride and your sinful nature certainly want to convince you that you should just rely on your own honesty and religiosity. But you have no choice. You must not rely on anything or anybody other than Christ, who is the only one who can save you. Consequently, he (Christ) is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)
Turning will into action.
If God has shown you what you lack, and has given you the desire to turn to Christ – do it now! But how does that work? Confess to God that you are a guilty and hopelessly lost sinner and ask Christ with all your heart to save you. Pray that He becomes the Lord in your life as He deserves it, and that He helps you to quit sinning, and to live for Him.
A sincere prayer could sound like this:
God, I recognize that I have lived without you and that I am separated from you through sin. Please forgive my sins. Thank you that Jesus Christ died in my place and rose from the dead. I want you to be the center of my life from now on. Thank you for your love for me. Amen.
God stands by his promises.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9) Whoever genuinely trusts in Christ as his Savior and accepts him as Lord may consider this promise applied to him.
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