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How to have a personal relationship with the true God of the universe to experience real liberty and peace in our souls:

Every one of us knows that there is something missing in his/her life. We may try to fill that need through friends, family or other relationships, activity, achievement, pleasure, or blot out the pain of loneliness through drugs or alcohol. God wants to give us forgiveness, peace, and liberty in our souls. How is this possible?

  • God is the Almighty creator of everything - all the stars and planets and nebulae in every universe, the skies, the birds, the sea creatures, the land creatures, and every living thing that has life, including man (Genesis 1). Though he is Sovereign and transcendent, he is personally involved in our lives. He loves us and is kind and desires our happiness. He originally made a man and a woman in his own image, having intelligence, a will, emotions, and an eternal soul. They were created good, but they made a wrong choice to disobey him (Genesis 2:7, 15-18, 21-25; 3:1-24). Because God is also holy (totally perfect and good), the penalty for disobeying God is physical and spiritual death (Romans 5:12).
  • In order for us to have forgiveness, peace, and spiritual life, we must recognize we desperately need it. We are sinners by nature and by choice (i.e., we do wrong things and fail to do the right things), we are totally dead spiritually (Romans 3:10-18), and no matter what we do, we cannot please him (Ephesians 2:1-3; Isaiah 64:6 ). Because of this the Bible teaches us that we are bound for hell (a place of eternal punishment in a lake of fire, Revelation 20:14-15). That is the bad news and leaves us desperate, condemned, and alone.
  • The good news is that though God is holy and just, he is also gracious and compassionate to sinners (Exodus 34:6,7). By God’s grace and mercy we can be saved from punishment and hell (Ephesians 2:4-5; Romans 6:23). Jesus, God’s Son, came from heaven to be a perfect sinless sacrifice (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 9:26-28). He died in our place so that we might be saved and totally forgiven (1Peter 3:18; Ephesians 1:7 ). Are you distressed over your sins? Are you at the end of your rope? Are you drowning in despair? Do you want to be forgiven and have peace with God? Do you want to be saved right now?
  • To be saved you need to truly believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died in your place, that he was buried, and that he arose from the dead three days later to be your Savior (1Corinthians 15:3-4; John 3:3, 16-18, 36; Romans 10:9-10,13). In your desperation call upon him and he will save you. Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest," (Matthew 11:28, NIV). In the last book of the Bible this invitation is likewise given: "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, 'Come!' Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life," (Revelation 22:17, NIV).When we do that, God forgives us and we have peace with Him in our souls, He gives us new spiritual life as the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us, and we can now please him (Romans 5:1; Romans 8:1-16). Jesus is now in heaven preparing a future home for us to live joyfully forever (John 14:1-3)
  • Do you want help praying? If you pray something similar to this in your heart and mean it, God will save you.

"Dear God, I am desperately lost in my sin, I know I cannot please you and am headed for hell. I believe that you sent your Son Jesus Christ to die in my place, and that he was raised from the dead so I can be saved from hell and so that you can give me forgiveness, peace, and spiritual life. Please have mercy and save me right now!" Thank you, Lord

If you now have forgiveness, peace and spiritual life, we would love to know about it. Contact us mtbiblestudies@gmail.com. Keep reading our Bible studies so that you can know more about God and how to serve him.

How believers can restore their fellowship with God:

  • We must recognize and agree with God that the actions and attitudes we have toward God or his creation are wrong; or the things we should have done but did not do are wrong (1John 1:5-10; James 4:17).
  • We must genuinely be sorry (contrite, Joel 2:13-14) and repent (have a change of mind that will lead to a change of behavior: “By God’s grace, I will not do that again”)
  • We must ask forgiveness of God and anyone we have harmed and make restitution if possible (Ezekiel 33:11-16 (by principle); Luke 19:8; 2Corinthians 7:9,11)
  • "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.,"(1John 1:9, NIV)

If you would like prayer or more spiritual help, we would love for you to contact us at mtbiblestudies@gmail.com

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