BEGINNING STEPS TO SALVATION, RESTORATION
Romans 10:9 (ESV) – … if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
That’s good news! So, what does it mean?
God created humans, humans rebelled (sinned) against Him causing death and a separation from God. But God loves us so much he made a way back to Him. All we have to do is accept what God did for us.
What did He do? He sent His only Son, Jesus, to pay the price for our sins by dying on a cross. That sacrifice, though, wasn’t the end – it was only the end of the beginning. Jesus rose from the dead conquering death.
If you want your sins to be wiped away so you can live forever with Jesus here’s a prayer you can pray to begin the life of a Jesus follower. “I know I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I repent from sin and desire to be with You. I believe in You, Jesus, and I trust that You are the only One who can save me from an eternal life in hell. Thank you for dying on the cross for me and for rising from the dead. Now I want to quit disobeying you and allow you to transform me into a Jesus follower who desires to live according to Your teaching and commandments. I want to be Your disciple and I want to tell others about You. Forgive me and change my life. In Jesus name, Amen.”
If you prayed the prayer and truly meant it, know it’s not a magic formula. Instead, it’s simply the beginning of turning your life over to Jesus because He is now Lord of your life. Real Christians become Jesus’ disciples following His teachings and commandments, including His order to tell non-believers who He is. You no longer live as non-believers do. Your desire to sin (rebellion against Jesus and His teachings) is replaced with a desire to be committed 100 percent to Him even if it means sacrificing earthly gains to live as He commands - love God, love neighbors and tell others about Him.