When I was in sixth grade, I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Peace and joy came into my heart in a way I had never known. It thrilled me to be in God’s family. That day changed everything for me.
There’s nothing better than having a personal relationship with the Lord. Walking in intimate fellowship with our Heavenly Father fortifies us when tests come. It strengthens us to overcome adversity.
The way we learn about God is by reading the Bible. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Jesus is the living Word. The written Word unveils the living Word. God is one with His Word. We don’t know Him any better than we understand His Word. And we don’t love Him any more than we honor His commands.
The Word has the power to transform our lives. When we receive the gift of eternal life, God imparts His life, nature, and substance into our spirits. We become new creatures in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17), and we were made the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21). Although we are changed on the inside, we still have the same mind and body we had before.
Make it a goal to begin every day with your Heavenly Father in prayer.Toks Adejuwon
If you had the mindset that you’re not good enough and that nobody loves you, before giving your life to Christ, you would think the same way after you are born again. The same is true with your body. If you used to drink or smoke, you would have those same cravings. Thankfully, the Word can liberate you.
In John 8:31–32, Jesus said, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” God’s Word sets us free. And it’s through the Word that our minds are renewed. As we apply ourselves to the Word, it changes the way we think.
Romans 12:2 tells us not to be “conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Meditating on Scripture keeps us from being conformed to this world. The more we renew our minds with truth, the greater our lives will be transformed into the image of Christ. That’s when we express the life and nature of God in us and exemplify Daniel 11:32: “The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
The Word makes us strong Christians. So when tests, trials, temptations, and pressures come our way, we can rise up and say, “No, I am not going to do that. Greater is He that is in me than he that is in this world (1 John 4:4). I am more than a conqueror through Him that loved me (Rom. 8:37).”
A Prayer for You
God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you. If you would like to know Him as your Heavenly Father, simply pray the following prayer:
I come to you in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I am not right with You, and I want to be right with You. I ask You to forgive me of my sins. The Bible says if I confess with my mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead, I will be saved (Rom. 10:9). I believe in my heart that You did raise Jesus from the dead, and I confess that He is my Savior and Lord. Thank You for saving me now and making me Your child.
If you prayed this for the first time, welcome to God’s family! Email us at [email protected] and let us know about it. We want to send you free materials to get you started in your new life as God’s child!
Draw Near to God
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”
—James 4:8 (NLT)
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