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Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Got Jesus? Its very simple!

Maybe you’ve discovered that all roads don’t lead to God, and life is not as simple as you thought it was. For anyone at this crossroad, the Bible gives new direction, one filled with purpose, fulfillment, and acceptance. God makes it simple, change your heart:

  1. Admit your spiritual need. We’re all sinners. People don't always like that title. The literal definition for sin is: "to miss the mark." What’s God's mark? Jesus said, "Be perfect as My Father in heaven is perfect." Unless a person is perfect, he’s missed the mark; so, he’s a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, "All have sinned and fallchangin? Romans 6:23 says "The wages of sin is death" All of us have missed God's mark. All of us fall short of perfection. We’re getting what we deserve, and we’re bringing judgment upon ourselves. We need to remember that God never sends anyone to hell. We send ourselves there by rejecting His truth.
  2. Since we can’t measure up to God's standards on our own, God has reached out to us. We can’t solve the problem of sin, but God, who’s perfect, can and did. He’s become a bridge for us. John 3:16-17 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." Romans 5:8 says , "God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." 
  3. If people acknowledge that they are sinners, & repent from their sins, and accepts the promise that Jesus Christ is the answer, that person is at a crossroads. Either the person must reject God's solution and accept the consequences, or that person must accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. What do you have to do, to accept this gift? Just receive it! Matthew 11:28-30 states, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me...for My yoke is easy and My burden is light." 
  4. God’s invitation is clear. All must come to Him. All that remains is a response. In Romans 6:23 we read, "...the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." What do we have to do to receive that gift? Take it! Revelation 3:20 states, "Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me." Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks, seeking entrance into our lives. John 1:12 states, "For as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God."

If you would like to receive Jesus Christ into your heart and life right now, pray a prayer something like this from the sincerity of your heart, say it, meaning it!

Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and life. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for saving me. Amen.

If you just prayed that prayer and really meant it, Jesus Christ has now taken residence in your heart! Not only that, but he has forgiven you of all your sin. 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). God also promises, "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us" Psalms 103:12.

Your decision to receive Jesus Christ also means that you are now going to Heaven one day. That's a lot to be thankful for! You need to take some practical steps to grow strong spiritually: read the Bible, pray, and go to church. We can help you in all of these areas, even finding a Spirit led, Spirit filled Bible teaching church near you that loves the Lord. We may be able to help with a church in the Rochester area.

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