Want to Know God?comment (0)
September 5, 2013
By Pastor Chip Starnes
First Baptist Church, Bay Minette
I certainly hope it is your desire to know God, for I know from the pages of the Bible it is God’s desire for you to have a personal relationship with Him. The fact that the same God of creation, the same One True God of the Bible, desires to have a personal relationship with you and me is a bit staggering. This fact leaves me utterly amazed. Yet the fact is true.
Many people speak of knowing God apart from having a relationship with Jesus Christ. Such assertions are simply false claims and are contrary to the authority of God’s Word. There is only one way to have biblical salvation and that is to have a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.
This personal relationship with God begins when you realize that God loves you so much that He sacrificed His only Son on the cross as payment for your personal sin. On the cross, Jesus died for your sins and my sins. He took the wrath that was intended for all our sinful choices and deeds. Jesus, in this act of sacrifice on our behalf, opened the way to salvation. He provided the opportunity for everyone who believes on Him and confesses Him as their Lord to have a personal relationship with God and eternal life in Heaven. This was and is God’s act of love reaching out to you.
Your decision is to realize and believe God is real and He loves you. You must also realize your personal sin of disobedience to God’s perfect plan and will. Next, you must believe Jesus died in your place and for your sins on the cross and confess your sin and your need for forgiveness of that sin. Then repent of your sin and ask the Lord to forgive you and save you. By accepting Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you have now begun a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Please share this decision with a pastor or Christian friend for further information on living this new life in Christ. It is my prayer that you know God or will soon know God in a personal relationship. “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?” (Heb. 2:3)