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How Do I Believe in God?
Believing is more than just knowing that God exists. It means trusting and surrendering to the God that you know. You must believe IN him. You must believe that he loves you. You must believe that he desires an eternal relationship with you.
It’s as Simple as ABC – Admit / Believe / Call
The Bible says that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). Have you broken any of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)? Then you’re a sinner. And it takes only one sin to break your relationship with God (James 2:10).
You may say, “But I’m not a thief, or a liar, or an adulterer. Sure, I may have committed the occasional mistake, but they don’t describe my lifestyle.”
In your eyes, you don’t see yourself as a “sinner.” But in God’s eyes you are, and you have to admit that. Even if those sins are only minor ones in your eyes, they are major ones in God’s eyes.
“But at least I’m not as bad as a lot of other sinners,” you continue. That may be true but, again, it takes only one sin to stop you cold at Heaven’s gate. God does not grade on a curve, granting entrance only to those who were well behaved in life compared to those who weren’t.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
You can’t be saved unless you first realized you need to be saved.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
What do we have to believe if we want to go to Heaven some day? Basically, we need to accept as fact that God exists, that He sent His Son Jesus to Earth to die for our sins, and that Jesus rose from the dead and returned to Heaven.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
But there is one more thing you need to understand. Good works have nothing to do with one’s salvation. Sadly, lots of folks believe that God did his part but now they must do theirs, in the form of helping the poor, being a good neighbor, showing up at church occasionally, and the like. While good deeds are certainly commendable, you can’t earn your way into God’s presence (Titus 3:5; Romans 4:6).
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Heaven will admit only those who acknowledge their hopeless, worthless condition—those whose only hope is to throw themselves on the mercy of the court. They realize that their sin debt is more than they can ever hope to pay off through good deeds.
If salvation is dependent upon works, then Christ died needlessly (Galatians 2:21). Counting on your good deeds is an affront to Christ who paid your sin penalty in full at the cross. It would be akin to refusing a Christmas present because you felt the need to reimburse the giver. At the Judgment, when God asks you why He should allow you into His Heaven, the good works you offer will not impress Him. Instead, He will want to know if you accepted, without conditions, His Son’s free gift of eternal life.
So how does one get into Heaven? Romans 10:13 says that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” All you have to do is ask.
It’s as simple as A, B, C. Just pray this prayer:
God, I admit that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. My sins have separated me from you. I believe that Jesus is Your Son, that He died for my sins on the cross, and that He arose from the grave. I believe this in my heart and not just my head. I call upon You to save me from my sins. I confess and repent of my sins. I know that Your Son Jesus paid my debt on the cross—a debt I could never pay despite all my good works—and I thankfully accept Your gift of eternal life in Heaven that His death makes possible.
If you pray that prayer–sometimes called “the sinner’s prayer”–and really mean it, God will come into your life and save you from eternal separation. That’s why we call this all-important decision “getting saved,” or being “born again.” Don’t delay, do it today.
Once you’re a Christian, here’s what you can do:
- Get a Bible; read a chapter per day
- Tell someone that you got saved. This helps cement your new relationship with Christ while strengthening your boldness
- Start attending a Bible-believing church. This is vital.
- Watch Jesus film online (Google it)
- It’s not unusual to have Bible questions. Check out GotQuestions.org
- Contact a pastor at our church.
Best Books to Understand Salvation
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
- Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
- More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell
- The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
- Simple Christian by N.T. Wright
- The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
- Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon by Greg Laurie
- No Wonder They Call Him Savior by Max Lucado
- Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright
- Saved Without a Doubt: Being Sure of Your Salvation by John MacArthur
- Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You are Saved by J.D. Greear
- Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi
- Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell
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