believe what God says about you, rather than the devil’s lies. Sometimes, it’s easy to ignore what God has to say about us, and fall for the enemy’s deception. Your Heavenly Father says that you are His beloved, cherished, valued, and treasured son or daughter. Choose to believe His words, and accept them as truth!
approach God with the freedom and confidence that comes from with knowing that He is your loving Heavenly Father. You are a child of God, and as His child, you have the privilege of boldly approaching His throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16). Use this privilege!
allow God’s love and grace to free you from condemnation and regret. You don’t need to constantly condemn yourself over mistakes you’ve made. Christ has paid the price for them in full!
trust in what Christ has done for your continued right standing before God, rather than your actions. You can never be good enough to earn righteousness. If what Christ did was enough to save you, then it’s enough to keep you in right standing with your Father in Heaven!
receive God’s blessings as the free gifts of grace they are intended. God’s blessing upon your life isn’t dependent on what you do, but rather on what Christ has done. His finished work has qualified you to receive all of the blessings God has for you!
What does it mean to be a Christian? How do you become one? What is having a relationship with God all about?
Isaiah 53:6 says that we, like sheep, have gone astray – that each of us has turned to his or her own way. Romans 3:23 declares that all have sinned. James 2:10 states that if a person keeps the entire law, yet stumbles in just one point, they are guilty of breaking it all. Being a Christian is not about being a good person. It’s about believing in Jesus, and accepting Him as your Savior. John 3:18 says that those who believe in Him are not condemned, but those who don’t believe are already condemned, because they have not believed in His name. Romans 3:22 reveals that it is through faith in Christ that we are made righteous. Romans 10:9 says that if we confess Him as Lord, and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved.
We have all sinned (Romans 3:23), the wages of which is death. However, the gift of God is eternal life in Christ (Romans 6:23). We can’t save ourselves, so God sent His own Son to save us. Jesus took upon Himself the punishment for our wrongdoings, that we might be made right with God. God offers salvation as a free gift for us to receive. Becoming a Christian, therefore, is simply receiving the free gift of salvation that is offered to each one of us.
Have you received God’s gift to you of eternal life, and a relationship with Him? If not, I encourage you to do so today. He wants you to become His child. Accept God’s offer of salvation, and place your trust in Christ as your one and only Savior!
Before Christ was even born, Scripture informs us of what He was to be named – Jesus, for He would save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). John 3:17 declares that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn, but to save it
(John 3:17). These verses paint a clear picture of Jesus as our Savior.
He knew that we never could save ourselves, so He came to accomplish for us what we couldn’t do on our own. He was sent to be our sin offering (Romans 8:3), His blood providing our justification (Romans 5:9). He took our sins upon Himself, and died in our place, that we might be made right with God. Through Him, we have been reconciled to our Heavenly Father (2 Corinthians 5:18). Because of what He has done, our wrongdoings are no longer counted against us (2 Corinthians 5:19), and in fact are remembered no more (Hebrews 8:12).
Christ’s saving work at the cross is offered to us as a free gift, which we need only receive. Instead of trying to save ourselves, He wants us to accept Him as our Savior. Rather than attempting to earn God’s blessings through our own actions, He desires for us to experience the unmerited favor He has made available to us. All of God’s Word points to His sacrifice on our behalf. His redeeming act provided a way for us to experience a relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Let’s receive Christ’s finished work. Let’s accept God’s offer of salvation, paid for by our wonderful Redeemer, as the free gift it was intended. Let’s turn from our own efforts, and rely completely on Jesus as our one and only Savior!