How to Know God Personally

God desires to have a personal relationship with you.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope (Jer. 29:11).

Unfortunately, our sin (all of the bad things we do, say, or think, and the good that we fail to do,) separates us from God. All of us are sinners; no one can live up to God's holy standard, which is perfection.
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).

God is a holy God and a righteous judge who cannot allow sin to go unpunished. The penalty we deserve for our sin is spiritual death – total separation from God in hell.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord
(Rom. 6:23).

God is offering you the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.
“For God so loved the World that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is the one and only bridge to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

Jesus lived a sinless life. He allowed Himself to be nailed to the cross to pay the price for our sins so we would not have to face hell. He took our punishment. What a wonderful act of love! He died on the cross, was buried, and then rose from the grave.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).

God is offering you new life in Jesus Christ. Do you want to become a Christian? Then through prayer to God:

1. Admit you are a sinner, ask God for forgiveness, and turn from your sins.

2. Confess that Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross and rose again to save you from your sins.

3. Invite Jesus to be the Savior and Lord of your life. (As Savior, you accept Jesus Christ's payment for your sins. As Lord, you choose to follow Jesus as He directs your life.)

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I am asking for Your forgiveness, and I want to turn away from my sins. I believe that Jesus, Your Son, died on the cross and rose again to save me from my sins, and I now put my trust in Him as my personal Lord and Savior. Amen.

"Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 10:13).

If you have prayed to receive Christ, you have been given forgiveness and eternal life! As a follower of Christ, you will now want to connect with a Bible-believing church to grow in your faith and serve God with other Christians. Don't delay – tell someone you know about your decision to follow Jesus Christ, and talk with a Christian about how to learn more about Christ.