Hope is the glimmer of light, promising answers. The dawning of possibility. But for there to be hope, there must first be the recognition of a problem. The realization that there is something wrong, something needing an answer. That is why you are here.
Hope is the promise offered by Jesus, who is the Son of God. He offers eternal life with God in Heaven to any who will admit they are in need of His forgiveness and healing. The truth is simple. Everyone, and yes that means you, has sinned and is unable by their own efforts to have a good relationship with God. That is the problem that needs an answer. That answer, that offer of hope is Jesus. His death on the cross payed the cost of your sin. That is, if you are willing to accept His gift.
Romans 4:25 “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” The hope we need is found in that death and resurrection. To accept His offer of hope, to accept His offer of salvation, we simply need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that His sacrifice, His death will pay for our sin. The result of that belief, also known as faith, will lead us to follow Jesus as Lord.
The reason that the result of this faith is to follow Jesus is due to one simple truth, we no longer want to live in sin, which as we started with, is the problem that led us to need hope. Sin was the problem. Being right with God is the answer, and that is lived out by following Jesus.
The common prayer or conversation with Jesus that recognizes this faith and decision is “Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.” If you agree with this prayer, take this moment to use it. Talk to God and offer your life to Him that He might fill you with hope and direction.
Once you have accepted Jesus as your Lord, tell a friend. May God bless you and grant you a life of adventure and wonder.
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 3:23 NIV
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 NIV
I grew up in a home with a Christian Mother and Dad. I was a sympathizer. I don’t remember not going to church (Sunday School). I only attended Sunday School until I was nine. Then my SS teacher asked me if I wanted to stay for “Story Hour”. I did and found it was “Preaching Service”, what we call “Church”. I attended church after that and began to “feel/know” that I was one of the people that needed Jesus. I needed saving. I was only nine, but I knew I wasn’t right with God. I knew I was one of the "lost" the preacher was talking about. I struggled with this for several weeks. I can remember gripping the pew and not going forward. Then one Sunday I went up and talked to the Preacher and told him I needed Jesus. He explained that I needed to agree with God that I was a sinner and ask Jesus to come into my life to be my Lord and my Savior. I did just that and felt an immediate peace and security. I knew everything was right. God has been a faithful guide for my life ever since that day. He is the only constant in a changing world.