The blessing and favor of God are reserved for his children. But you can easily become a child of God right now, by making Jesus Lord of your life.
Memory Verse: If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10)
When Adam gave control of his life to Satan, he sold us (his descendants) into slavery. We’re all born spiritually dead and separated from God, because we’re born into Satan’s domain. That is, everyone but Jesus. Jesus is the Second Adam.
Jesus is not descended from the first Adam. Because God is his Father, he’s not subject to the law of sin and death. Furthermore, he never sinned. His obedience to God has reversed the effect of Adam’s disobedience. That applies to everyone who belongs to him.
When Jesus is your Lord, you’re translated from the Kingdom of Darkness to the Kingdom of God. Jesus is Your Redeemer and Your Savior. He has already paid the death penalty for Your sins. He died so that you can live.
Redemption and Salvation are only available by grace (the unmerited favor of God.) They can only be received through faith in Jesus Christ. (Faith is belief in action.) “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
If you’ve never made Jesus the Lord of your life, I urge you to do it now. This is the most important decision you will make in your life. Will you receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, or will you reject him? That’s what determines your eternal destiny, whether or not you belong to Jesus.
There are not several different paths to God, one for each religion. Our God, the Creator, is unique. All other “gods” are nothing but idols. Jesus is the only way to God. He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) You cannot have the Father without the Son, because Jesus and the Father are inseparable.
There is one True and Living God. He created the earth and all living things. He is the God of the Bible. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He consists of three persons: The Father, who is God in Heaven—Jesus, who is God in human form—and the Holy Spirit, who is God in you.
The Holy Spirit is the same Spirit who raised up Jesus from the dead. He gives you spiritual life. He baptizes you into the Body of Believers. He seals you until the Day of Redemption. When he comes to live in you, he gives you a new heart—a heart full of love. He gives you joy, peace, and self-control. He gives you the desire to please God, and then he empowers you to fulfill that desire. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13)
To make Jesus Lord of your life, pray this prayer with all you heart: “Heavenly Father, I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God, and that you raised him from the dead. I repent of all my sins, and I make Jesus Lord of my life right now. Please send your Holy Spirit to live in me forever. Thank you for saving me and for adopting me into your family. In Jesus name, Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer, and meant what you said, you are now a child of God. Your sins are forgiven and you have Eternal Life. You’re in right-standing with God. You’re a citizen of Heaven and a joint-heir with Jesus. You’re a new creation in Jesus Christ.
All of these blessings are yours because Jesus did you a favor (grace), and you received it through faith. Grace is God’s part of the deal and faith is yours. “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed . . .” (Romans 4:16)
Now that you’re a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, you have a new heart. God’s Spirit is now living in you, and he will change you from the inside out. He will empower you to do things you never thought you could do, like overcoming old addictions. He’s the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead. You are never alone, because he will never leave you nor forsake you. Now that you walk with God, you don’t have to be afraid of death or anything else.