There’s GOOD NEWS—no matter what!

No matter what our circumstance or challenge, there’s great news for all of us: We don’t have to do life alone. In fact, God never intended us to. He didn’t leave the first man and woman alone in the garden. And He hasn’t left us alone today, either (Psalm 145:18, Revelation 21:3).

YOU are part of God’s story. And He has a plan for your life.

You are chosen (1 Peter 2:9a), set apart (Psalm 4:3), and called out (1 Peter 2:9c) by God. You belong to Him (Isaiah 43:1). He loves you tremendously (John 3:16) and has a plan for your life—every single part of it (Psalm 37:23, Proverbs 16:9, Proverbs 19:21).

It’s not about us. It’s about Jesus.

No matter where you are, how you feel, or what you’ve done, you can turn to and trust in God (Psalm 32:7, 103:10-14). That’s because it’s not about what any of us have done or ever can do (Romans 3:23-24). It’s all about Jesus Christ and what He already DID (Ephesians 2:8).

Find true hope.

We are finite, created beings (Genesis 2:7, Psalm 103:14). None of us are perfect. We have all sinned (Romans 3:23). And our sins have separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2). Our sin has created a debt that must be paid (Romans 6:23a). Yet none of us can pay this debt ourselves (Titus 3:5). Our only hope is in Jesus (Acts 4:11-12).

Get to know Him.

Jesus is God’s Son (John 1:29-34). But even more than that, Jesus is God (John 1:1, John 10:30). Jesus is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). Scripture tells us that Jesus is the “radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Hebrews 1:3a ESV). God is the Creator. Through Jesus all things were created (Colossians 1:16). Only God can heal. Jesus healed “every disease and every affliction among the people” (Matthew 4:23 ESV). Only God is perfect. Jesus Christ committed no sin Himself (2 Peter 2:22).

He paid the debt we owe.

Jesus gave His life to pay the debt created by our sins (1 Peter 2:24). He became the Lamb of God, the sacrifice Who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29). Jesus did this by willingly dying on a cross, taking the punishment and death we deserve (2 Corinthians 5:21, Galatians 3:13).

Because of Jesus, we can have hope.

Jesus physically died on the cross but resurrected and lived again (Acts 3:15). In fact, He arose and appeared to over 500 people at one time (1 Corinthians 15:6). Jesus conquered physical death and proved that He had paid our debt in full and forever (Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 9:12, 1 John 2:2, Revelation 5:9).

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 ESV). Not only did Jesus say this, but He made a way for us to be right with God again (Hebrews 7:25). Romans 10:9 (ESV) says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Have you accepted His gift of forgiveness and salvation?

Forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ is a FREE gift. We cannot earn it. It has already been bought with the blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19).

To accept Jesus’ gift, we must repent and turn away from our sins (1 John 1:9, Acts 3:19) and believe in and turn to Jesus (John 3:17), trusting in Him completely (Proverbs 3:5).

There are no magic words to say or special prayers to recite. In fact, God makes it very clear that He values sincerity over showmanship (Psalm 51:17, Matthew 6:7). Simply talk to God like you would a close friend. He is with you right now (Zephaniah 3:17), and He wants to hear from you (Psalm 34:17, Nahum 1:7, James 4:8).

If you’re unsure of where or how to start, you can say a short prayer like the following:

Father God,
I know I am a sinner. I repent and ask for forgiveness through Your Son, Jesus Christ.
I believe that He died on the cross to pay the debt for my sins.
I believe that He rose again and conquered death, proving He paid my debt in full and forever.
Guide me as I learn to follow Jesus.
Help me to live from this day forward in a way that honors You.
Amen.

Welcome to the Family of God!

If you’ve chosen to accept Jesus’ free gift of forgiveness, welcome! You’re now part of God’s family (Romans 8:14-17, Galatians 4:4-7).

I find it personally comforting to know that God wants a relationship, not religion (Matthew 23:1-10, 25-26). So, talk to God through prayer, learn about Him, and study about Jesus in God’s Word. Apply what you learn to your own life. A relationship with God is not a mysterious thing. It’s a commitment to thinking about what we read in Scripture and applying it to our daily lives.

With God and by His grace, we’re all able to grow on no matter what.

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