The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association puts out a resource entitled “Steps To Peace With God.” A few blogs ago I shared with you how I was called to a suicide scene one time by the GPD. Yesterday, I was able to meet with the mother of the young man who took his own life. I walked her through the 4 steps listed below and she willingly said the prayer for salvation at the conclusion of our time together. She’s not certain if her son’s residence is in heaven, but she’s 100% certain now that hers is. She didn’t want to leave her family wondering where she went when she died one day. She’s looking forward to sharing her testimony with her family, being discipled, and growing in the knowledge of her Savior. I’ll not name her by name, but please be in prayer for her as she begins this journey with the Lord. And please pray for me that I’ll be faithful and diligent in assisting her through this growing process (sanctification).
Practicing His Presence,
Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!
The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:
Step 2 – Man is sinful and separated from God.
We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?
Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!
Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).
Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?
We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:
I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness.
I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died
for my sin and that you raised Him to life.
I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord,
from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will.
I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."
Did you pray this prayer?
If you said this prayer and received Christ as your Savior, then please let me know. I’d love to celebrate this moment with you and find a way to help you grow in Him too.
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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