Yes, you can know God personally, as presumptuous as this may sound. God is so eager to establish a personal, loving relationship with you that He has already made all the arrangements. He is patiently and lovingly waiting for you to respond to His invitation. You can receive forgiveness of your sins and assurance of eternal life through faith in His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The major barrier that prevents us from knowing God personally is ignorance of who God is and what He has done for us. Read on and discover for yourself the joyful reality of knowing God personally.
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The following four principles will help you discover how to know God personally and experience the abundant life He promised.
What prevents us from knowing God personally?
The third principle explains the only way to bridge this gulf...
It is not enough just to know these truths...
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 want to know You personally. 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 me of 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, pray this prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.
Did you receive Christ into your life?
According to His promise in Revelation 3:20, where is Christ right now in relation to you? Christ said that He would come into your life and be your friend so you can know Him personally. Would He mislead you? On what authority do you know that God has answered your prayer?
(The trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word.)
The Bible Promises Eternal Life to All Who Receive Christ
"The witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life." 1 John 5:11-13
Thank God often that Christ is in your life and that He will never leave you. Hebrews 13:5 You can know on the basis of His promise that Christ lives in you and that you have eternal life from the very moment you invite Him in. He will not deceive you.
Do Not Depend on Feelings
The promise of God’s Word, the Bible—not our feelings—is our authority The Christian lives by faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God Himself and His Word. This train diagram illustrates the relationship among FACT (God and His Word), FAITH (our trust in God and His Word), and FEELING (the result of our faith and obedience). John 14:21
The train will run with or without the caboose. However, it would be useless to attempt to pull the train by the caboose. In the same way, we as Christians do not depend on feelings or emotions, but we place our faith (trust) in the trustworthiness of God and the promises of His Word.
Now That You Have Entered into a Personal Relationship With Christ
The moment you received Christ by faith, as an act of your will, many things happened, including the following:
Can you think of anything more wonderful that could happen to you than entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Would you like to thank God in prayer right now for what He has done for you? By thanking God, you demonstrate your faith.
To enjoy your new relationship with God...
Suggestions for Christian G R O W T H
Spiritual growth results from trusting Jesus Christ. "The righteous man shall live by faith". Galatians 3:11 A life of faith will enable you to trust God increasingly with every detail of your life, and to practice the following:
If this information has been helpful to you and you would like to continue your growth in Christ, Campus Crusade for Christ offers several wonderful online and other resources. Links to those resources and brief descriptions are listed below. (These links will open a new window.)
Another wonderful resource for "new believers" is Dr. Charles F. Stanley's website: www.InTouch.org . There is a "New Believer's Kit" link on the page, in addition to numerous other resources for your spirit.
And last, but not least, drop us a line so that we may pray for you. Click on this link to have Sharon pray for you: Sharon, Pray for Me.
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