The worldís definition of what being a Christian is consists of someone who lives by a bunch of rules that tell you not to smoke or drink or have sex. Rules that say you canít have any fun in life. It couldnít be more wrong. Do you ever find yourself wanting or searching for something more? Do you want to see a change take place in your everyday life?
Being a Christian is really about the change inside of you that connects you with something bigger than yourself. It gives you purpose, because it connects you to God, the source that defines your future, and that offers you the ability to live a powerful, dynamic, and unashamed life. When you realize just how awesome a life with God is, your life wonít be boring, it wonít be about just living the day to day; it wonít be about rules and regulations, because you understand what living really is. Youíll discover the reason you are here, and what Godís specific plans and desires are for you on this earth. If you grab a hold of it, you will live a life of freedom.
John 10:10 (the message) - A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
So many times the devil fills our minds with temptation and desires, ĎI can sleep with this person, itís no big dealí, ĎI can drink and party with my friends, who caresí, ĎI can do this and that, and itís not going to make a differenceí. Donít fall into the misconception that what you do doesnít matter. Donít get into the mindset that what you do and the choices you make are insignificant. Donít settle for living a life like everyone else, a life thatís ordinary or average.
Choose to make your life stand out, to be different and to make a difference, choose to live a life of purpose.
John 3:16- 18 (the message) - This is how much God loved the world: He gave His Son, His one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in Him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.
The very first step you need to take to becoming a part of the awesome life God has for you is to recognize the sacrifice that He paid for you. He sent His only Son, Jesus, down to this world to put his life in the place of yours, to die for you and take all your sins upon Him. All of this was freely given so that you can live free and experience Godís love. God cares that much for you and doesnít want to see you suffer and go through life feeling empty, without a sense of hope and purpose.
Godís grace, His favor on us even when we deserve it the least, and His mercy, not giving us what we deserve, are the only way that we are able to be saved. God took everything that we deserved because of our fallen nature including death and gave it to Jesus to bear for us.
John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Because of the sacrifice that Jesus made for you, because He became your sin for you, He is your entry point to an abundant life with God. He is the one and only way to salvation. The most important choice you can make today is to believe in the sacrifice that Jesus laid down for you, and to embrace it and accept Him into your life as your Lord and Savior. Grab a hold of this revelation, know that today you can live free, today you can start fresh and new.
The instant you make the decision to become a child of God, you slate is clean. Your sins, your worries, your fears, all of that is taken away, and is replaced with Godís love, and you are adopted into the promises that He gave in His Word.
If you are tired of the same routines, the same scenes, if youíre saying to yourself, Ďthereís gotta be more out there than just thisí, I challenge you to make the decision today to start living the best life you can; a life of purpose, a life or passion, a life thatís a part of something bigger than yourself. Choose to see what God can do in your life. If you are serious about making this commitment, making God full time in your life then I want you to say this prayer at the bottom of the page. Believe each and every word that youíre saying in your heart, and understand Godís awesome love.
Once you do this, donít keep it to yourself, tell your friends, tell your family, most importantly, get plugged into a church where you can grow and develop and continue to experience the most awesome life you can have.
ĎFather God, I come before you right now and ask for your forgiveness. Forgiveness from the life Iíve led apart from you, forgiveness for the sins Iíve committed against you. I choose to lay that all down before you today, and I believe in your Son Jesus who died for me so that I could have life in You. I ask Jesus to come into my heart right now as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for Your love and sacrifice, and from this moment on, I am a Child of God.í
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