The following explains how you can receive Christ:
You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer
(Prayer is talking with God)
God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude
of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.
Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
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Now that you have trusted your salvation to Jesus Christ, here are some next steps for you to follow:
1. Publicly confess your faith in Christ. Major decisions in life are almost always announced publicly. Whenever Jesus called someone to follow Him, He always called that person publicly. By declaring your allegiance to Jesus, you announce to the world that you are not ashamed to acknowledge Him as Lord of your life. This public confession helps seal your commitment. (Read Matthew 10:32; Romans 10:9, 10.)
2. Follow Christ in water baptism. Your baptism is a public statement of your faith. You are declaring that you have died to the old way of life and have risen to walk in newness of life in Christ. Your baptism is also a wonderful opportunity to share your faith in Jesus Christ with your family and friends. (Read Romans 6:4.)
3. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill and control you. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter Jesus promised to bring to His followers. The Holy Spirit lives inside us as Christians, giving us the power to act, think and speak in ways that please God. The Spirit’s fruit, gifts and power are available to you. (Read Ephesians 5:18.)
4. Turn from every known sin. We can live holy lives by the power of God’s Spirit who lives in us. Immediately, whenever God reveals to us any words, attitudes or actions that dishonor Him, we should acknowledge our sin and fully repent. As we walk in His light, our fellowship with Jesus stays strong and we grow ever closer to Him. (Read 1 John 1:7–9.)
5. Unite with a Christ-centered local church. Fellowship with other believers is vital for your Christian growth. We are strengthened by fellowship and worship
together, and we also strengthen others. Faithful involvement with a Christ honoring church will allow you the privilege of serving and giving to Christ and
His people. (Read Hebrews 10:24, 25.)
6. Serve Christ by serving people. As followers of Jesus, we are to serve others. Instead of focusing on your own needs, let your focus be on the Lord and
on people you can minister to in His name. By giving yourself for God and for others, you will bring honor to Jesus Christ. (Read Mark 10:44, 45.)
7. Open up to God through the Bible. Don’t let a day go by without reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word, the Bible. The Bible is God’s love letter
to you. Through its pages God speaks to you—guiding, warning, correcting and expressing His love. Look around you. Everything you see is wearing away—
except the Word of God. God’s Word endures forever. (Read Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 119:105.)
8. Develop your prayer life. There is no higher privilege on earth than communion with God. Because of the blood of Jesus, we have direct access to God anytime, anywhere. You can begin today by using the model prayer Jesus taught in Matthew 6:9–13. As you pray, believe God for answers. You can be a worldchanger through prayer! (Read Mark 11:24; Hebrews 10:19–23.)
9. Introduce others to Jesus. What an honor it is to represent Jesus Christ! Millions of people all over the world are hungry to know God. They are ready
to receive Christ—if only someone will point the way to Him. Be sensitive today to opportunities to share your love for Christ and your faith in Him. There is
great joy in introducing someone else to Jesus. (Read Acts 1:8.)
10. Trust God’s promises. God is pleased when we live by faith, trusting what He has said. God has given us the promise of His presence. (Read Hebrews 13:5.)
He has given the promise of His purpose. (Read Romans 8:28, 29.) He has given the promise of His provision. (Read Philippians 4:19.) He has given the promise of His power. (Read 1 Corinthians 10:13.) Be a person of faith and trust God’s promises to you. (Read 2 Corinthians 5:7.)
Taken from Life Book by David Shibley Published by Global Advance Resources A Ministry of Global Advance, Inc. www.globaladvance.org