Knowing God

How to Begin a Personal Relationship with God

Think about it...a personal relationship with the creator of the universe! What an awesome opportunity! Read through the following information to understand some of the issues that are basic to establishing a personal relationship with God. Take your time with this and ask God to give you understanding with each point.
1. About God
a. He is Holy. He is more awesome than anything or anyone you know! He is absolutely righteous.
[ Isaiah 2:2; Psalm 99:3; Revelation 15:4 ]

b. He is Love. His love is perfect. He loves you. He wants the best for you.
[ John 10:10; 1 John 4:16 ]

c. He is the Creator. God created everything, including you. In this sense, He knows what is best for you. He also created laws (guidelines to live by) for your own good and for His glory.
[ Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 139:13; Joshua 1:8; Colossians 1:16 ]

2. About You & Me
a. We all have sinned. The first man ever created, Adam, disobeyed God, and because of Adam’s disobedience, a deadly spiritual disease called sin entered the world. As Adam’s spiritual descendants, we have all been infected with sin. And, like Adam, we have all sinned against God by breaking His laws.
[ Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12 ]

b. Sin must be judged. Because God is Holy and Righteous, He cannot accept or ignore sin. To do so would violate His character and corrupt His nature. The penalty for sin is separation from God and death.
[ Isaiah 59:2; Romans 2:5-6; Romans 6: 23 ]

c. We cannot “make–up” for our sins by becoming a better person or doing good things. Any sin against an infinite God has infinite consequences. Man cannot “work out” a solution that can “outdistance” the problem of sin. Only God can do that. Man’s greatest need is not to become better, but to become new.
[ Romans 8:3-4; 1 Peter 1:18-19 ]

3. God’s Provision
a. Because God loves you so much, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. Jesus died on a cross to rescue you from sin and its consequences. But death could not defeat Jesus, and three days after He was laid in a tomb, Jesus rose again.
[ Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4-6 ]

b. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God offers you:

  • Forgiveness – No barriers between you and God.
    [ Acts 13:38; Ephesians 1:17; 2 Corinthians 5:15 ]

  • New Life and a fresh start – Through the Holy Spirit, He gives you His very Life. He will lead you into all truth and give you power over sin.
    [ John 3:3-8; John 16:3; Galatians 5:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17 ]

  • Purpose – God has a plan for your life, and desires that you discover your destiny.
    [ Ephesians 2:10 ]

  • Eternal Life – You will live with God forever.
    [ John 3:16 ]

  • And more than you can imagine!
    [ 1 Corinthians 2:9 ]

4. Your Decision
a. Salvation is a gift. What God offers you through Jesus is a gift. And though it is free, it was quite costly to obtain. It cost God more than we could ever understand. It cost God His Son.
[ Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 9:15 ]

b. A gift is not yours until you receive it. You cannot earn a gift, and it cannot be forced on you. But a gift is not yours until you choose to receive it. You receive God’s gift through faith, by trusting Him. You may begin a personal relationship with God by praying the following simple prayer.
[ John 1:12; John 5:24; Romans 10:8-9 ]

reprinted from the HOPE Project