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Getting Right with God

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By saying that prayer, you became God’s child. The Bible promises, “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,” John 1:12. Today is your spiritual birthday. You’ve been born into God’s family. There is joy in heaven because you believed in Jesus. It is a joyous day. Jesus said, “I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents,” Luke 15:10. You have begun a new life as a child of God. You now have wonderful promises and special privileges. You are safe for eternity. You should tell someone that you have believed in Jesus. God wants you to talk to Him ... He wants you to pray. And He wants to talk to you through His Word ... through the Bible.

Promises from God. Nothing can separate you from God’s love, Romans 8:35-39. The Bible has great promises. Jesus gave three of them as He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life,” John 5:24. You now have eternal life as your present possession ... you won’t be condemned for your sins ... and you have already passed out of spiritual death into eternal life.  You are safe for all of eternity. Jesus will never reject you. He said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out,” John 6:37. No one can take you away from God. Jesus said, “I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand,” John 10:28-29. God is holding on to you. You are not holding on to Him. He is stronger than anyone and everyone ... even stronger than you are. No one can ever pull you out of His all-powerful hand.

Tell someone about your step of faith. Jesus said, “Everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven,” Matthew 10:32. The word confess means publicly acknowledge ... means tell someone. You can do that easily by telling John, the author of this site, by clicking here ... Tell John. Publicly acknowledge Christ by telling John that you have believed in Jesus.

Talk to your Heavenly Father. Prayer is talking to God. Talk to Him. Don’t worry about how you sound. And please don’t try to sound religious. Be yourself. Be open and honest. “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth,” Psalm 145:18.

Read His Word. The Bible is God’s message to you It is His talking to you. Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God,” Matthew 4:4. God has much in His Word for you. “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Spend time listening to God by spending time in His Word every day.

Choosing a Bible. There are three types of Bibles. Word-for-word translations are the most accurate … most closely following the original languages. Dynamic equivalents are somewhat easier to read ... being more thought-for-thought than word-for-word. Paraphrases are the easiest to read ... conveying ideas more than details …but are often more like a commentary than an actual Bible. Good translations include the New American Standard (the favorite of the author of 911God), the English Standard, and the New King James. The New International Version is a dynamic equivalent. Bibles without study aids are the simplest and least expensive. However, a good study Bible (like the Ryrie Study Bible) can be helpful ... providing commentary, footnotes, outlines, cross-references connecting similar verses, maps, and other resources. If you need more information or a specific recommendation, make your request at John@JohnDMorris.org

 

Additional resources. Four short lessons can help you get started in your walk with God. Click here for a print-friendly PDF of Bible Basics One In addition, you might enjoy the short daily bytes of God’s Word at www.eBread.org. And for a challenge to grow in your walk with God, click here: www.DiscipleOrBeliever.org.

 

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