Friday, October 9, 2015
Scratching the Surface
A Personal Relationship with God
I’m often asked what Christians mean by a personal relationship with God by grace through faith in Jesus.
Before talking about how to get it, let’s talk about what it means.
It feels something like this: “And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own, and the joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known.”
It includes “strong calm sanity” and irrepressible joy, happiness, and overall well-being amid the meanness, madness, misery, and miscreance of life in the modern world.
Does that sound good to you?
If that’s something you’d like to have/experience/express, you can have/experience/express it/Him.
It’s yours by grace through faith in Jesus.
Specifically, here’s how to have/experience/express a personal relationship with God.
Confess or admit you’re messed up a little or a lot but definitely messed up and need Him as Savior.
Repent or pledge right now that you’re going to change the direction of your life from egocentric to Christocentric according to the book.
Believe in Jesus as Lord and Savior; trusting Him for this life and after life so you have/experience/express confident living in the assurance of eternal life in paradise/heaven immediately after you exhale your last breath.
Receive His love! That’s right! He loves you! Or as Eugene says, “The sooner we get the message, the better off we’ll be, for the message is good, incredibly good: God is here, and He’s on our side.”
Lord, I invite You for the first time…[or really this time or to renew/recharge my relationship with You]…into my heart as Lord and Savior. I am sorry for how I have hurt You and hurt others which is the same as hurting You. I need Your love, mercy, and forgiveness. I welcome You into my heart. I thank You for being in my heart now and forever. I ask You to help me to be Yours from now on in all things at all times in all places with all people for Christ’s sake; as I pray in His name. Amen!
Blessings and Love!