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November 7, 2013
By Pastor Ben Hayes
Southside Baptist Church, Decatur
Once upon a time, I believed that everyone wanted to know God, but then I grew up. What I discovered was that most people want to know about God while only some people want to really know Him. I was guilty of living in a fairy-tale world like lots of other people today who believe that there are many ways to know God. Some believe that their good works bring them an introduction to God. Others believe that church membership does the trick.
The Bible says otherwise. We can only know God through an intimate relationship that begins with a broken heart because our sin has separated us from God.
When we experience that kind of godly sorrow, we turn from our sin and we turn to God — that is repentance. What follows is the surrender of our will to God’s will that says the only way to salvation is through the sacrifice of Jesus, His Son, on the cross. Jesus died because the cost of sin, yours and mine, is death, but on the third day God brought Him back to life.
By trusting in faith the fact that we are forgiven because Jesus paid the price for our sins, by believing that God raised Jesus from the dead and by accepting His gift as the way we become one with God, we enter into that intimate relationship. We truly know God. We know His love. We know His grace. We know His power. We know His holiness.
But how do we do that? From Genesis to Revelation, people receive God’s mercy when they cry out to Him.
That’s what you need to do. Tell Him that your heart is broken because you have broken His heart. Tell Him that you want to be forgiven of your sin. Tell Him that you believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again. Tell Him that you want Jesus to be your Master and your Savior.
Then tell Him thank you because the Bible says, “whosever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:13). And then you, too, can live happily ever after.