“When you call on Me when you come and pray to Me, I’ll listen.
“When you come looking for Me, you’ll find Me.
“Yes, when you get serious about finding Me
and want it more than anything else,
I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.”
“I’ll turn things around for you…”
Jeremiah 29:12-14 MSG
I remember years ago before I received Christ. I kept rejecting Him because I thought I had to be perfect first. I feared that I would mess up and wouldn’t get it right. I often thought, “But what if I can’t stop drinking…stop having sex…stop sinning…” I didn’t want to receive Christ and fail, then people would say, “See, I thought you were supposed to be a Christian…”
But one day my eyes were opened to the truth. I thought to myself, “Well, I’m already down. If I try this Christian thing and I fall off, I’ll only be right back to where I started.” Therefore, I had nothing to lose. But if this Jesus thing is real, I have a lot to gain.
It was my life and it was up to me to make a decision. I couldn’t worry about what people might say if I fail. Think about it. I can’t go to hell, fearing what people (who were on their way to hell), might say. So I decided to go for it.
I looked to God and I saw Him. I took a leap of faith and He caught me in His arms. I sought the Lord and I found Him…and He wasn’t hard to find.
“There you will look for the Lord your God, and if you search for Him with all your heart, you will find Him.”
Deuteronomy 4:29 GNT
Oh, I’ve set out goals before and didn’t accomplish them. I’ve tried to hit targets but missed them entirely. I failed to achieve many things, but one thing I have learned, “When you aim for God, you won’t miss Him.”
“Examine and see how good the Lord is. Happy is the person who trusts Him.”
Psalm 34:8 NCV
Ever since that day I received Christ, my life hasn’t been the same since. I found out for myself just how good God is. You should do the same. Try God. Put Him to the test. Become acquainted with God by experiencing Him. He will not let you down. Ever!
“Come and see. He avoids no seeker. He ignores no probe. He fears no search. Come and see.”
~ Max Lucado
I don’t know what your situation is. Maybe you need to get right with God. Maybe you’re like I was, thinking you need to be perfect before you come to God. You don’t need to be perfect, you just need to be connected to the Perfect One – Jesus.
You’re not reading this article by accident. If you’ve never received Christ, this is a perfect time. You don’t have to wait to you visit a local church to get it right. You can get it right today…right now…in the next few minutes. Or maybe you’ve received Christ before but something happened that caused you to stray away from the faith. Maybe you were hurt; maybe you’re not living right; maybe something happened…but you know what? It doesn’t matter what happened. What matters most is you returning to Him. God is more concerned with your comeback than your setback. He’s more interested in your “get ups” than your mess ups. So if you’ve never received Christ or you’ve strayed away from Him, don’t put it off any further. Receive Him right now!
Do you believe that Jesus died for you?
Do you believe that He died on the cross for your sins?
Do you believe that He was raised from the grave?
If you’ve answered “yes” to all of these questions, then you’re already halfway there to a transformed life. All you need to do is confess it out loud.
“If you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and if you believe in your heart that God has raised Christ from death, you will be saved. A person believes with his heart, and he is made right with God. He speaks with his mouth and so is saved from his wrong ways.”
Romans 10:9-10 WE
You may not know how to put it in words, so I want to guide you. Say this prayer out loud. Believe it in your heart and confess it with your mouth.
“God, in the name of Jesus Christ, I realize that I need You in my life. I believe in my heart that Jesus died and You raised Him from the dead. I receive Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. Come into my life and save me. Forgive me for all of my sins. I now place my trust in You for my salvation. Thank You for saving me and making me Your child. In Jesus’ name, I pray…Amen.”
If you just said that prayer, God and heaven are rejoicing over you at this very moment. If no one has ever celebrated you, just know that heaven is doing it right now. And I want to celebrate you as well. If you’ve said that prayer, please let me know. I’m not going to put you on the spot or anything. I just want to celebrate your decision as well. Plus it’s always joyful to see God’s goodness at work. You can let me know by texting your name & email to (910) 447-9407. Just say “I did it”, and I’ll know what you’re talking about. Be blessed.
BILLIE MILLER “The Motivational Minister” is a Bible teacher, speaker, and a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author of “Life in Righteousness: The Word is Your Life” and “30 Days of Righteousness: The Word is Your Life Action Plan”. Thousands of lives have been changed through Billie’s powerful teachings. For more information please visit www.BillieMiller.com. Follow Billie on Twitter (@BillieMiller7) and on Facebook (BillieMillerPage)