Do You Know The Steps
To Peace With God?
In all of life, there is nothing more wonderful than discovering peace with God. Step 1
Step one to this discovery is realizing God's Plan ... Abundant Life. God loves you and wants you to experience peace and the abundant life. The Bible says ...
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
" ... I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10b)
Since God planned for us to have peace and the abundant life right now, why are most people not having this experience?
Step two is acknowledging Man's Problem ... Separation.
God created man in His own image and gave him an abundant life. He did not make him as a robot to automatically love and obey Him, but gave him a will and freedom of choice.
Man chose to disobey God and go his own willful way. Man still makes this choice today. This results in separation from God. The Bible says:
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
"For the wages of sin is death (separation from God); but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Man through the ages has tried to bridge this gap in many ways ... without success. There is only one remedy for this problem of separation.
Step three is recognizing God's Remedy ... The Cross.
Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem of separation.
When Jesus Christ died on the Cross, He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap from God to man.
"God is on one side and all the people on the other side, and Christ Jesus, Himself man, is between them to bring them together." (I Timothy 2:5, Living Letters).
The Bible says ...
"But God commendeth (showed) His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (John 14:6)
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8, 9)
God has provided the only way ... Man must make the choice.
Step four is Man's Response ... Receive Christ.
We must trust Jesus Christ and receive him by personal invitation. The Bible says ...
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock (Christ is speaking): if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him." (Revelation 3:20)
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 1:12)
Is there any good reason why you cannot receive Jesus Christ right now?
What You Must Do
Admit your need (I am a sinner).
Be willing to turn from sin (repent).
Believe that Jesus Christ died for you (on the Cross).
Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and
control your life. (Receive Him as Savior and Lord.)
What To Pray
Dear Father, I know that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that Christ died for my sin. I am willing to turn from my sins. I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal savior. I am willing, by God's grace, to follow and obey Christ as the Lord of my life. Amen.
God's Assurance ... His Word
Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life? Where is He right now? What do you have? The Bible says ...
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)
"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life (right now); and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (I John 5:11, 12)
This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life with Christ. Now:
Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.
Talk to God in prayer every day.
Tell others about Christ.
Worship, fellowship, and serve with other
Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Box 779, Minneapolis, MN 55440