How to accept jesus into your life

Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior involves an understanding of who Jesus is, what a Savior is, and what it means to accept Jesus as Savior.

Jesus Christ is often noted as a good person, yet the Bible declares He is much more. He is God in human form who came to live on earth (John 1:1). He lived, taught, performed miracles, suffered, died, and resurrected from the dead to prove He is Lord. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 the apostle Paul shared, “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

A Savior is a rescuer, redeemer, or one who saves someone else. Jesus is Savior of the world in every aspect of this word. Jesus rescues us from sin and eternal punishment when we trust in Him by faith. He is a redeemer because He paid the cost of our sins through His death on the cross. He can save us because He has the power to forgive sins and the desire to save those who trust in Him.

To accept Jesus as your personal Savior is to acknowledge who Jesus is in your own life. It is to believe in Him. John 1:12 says: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 3:16 adds, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Are you willing to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive this free gift of eternal life? If so, follow through with the decision right now. There is no special prayer you must pray to do so. However, the following prayer is one you can use to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior:

“Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who died for my sins and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”

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Our joy or sorrow for all eternity depends upon one answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again.”

In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved.

The Bible says there is one way to Heaven. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6) This one way is to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior and follow God’s plans for our life which are laid out in the Bible.

Good works cannot save you. Faith in Jesus alone can save you.

“For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

First, you must realize that you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).”Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)

“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages or payment of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

But if you are willing to change and turn away from sin and repent and we shall not perish.This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

You should believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.

  • “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
  • “But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
  • “If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Believe on Jesus Christ as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.

Through prayer, invite Jesus into your heart to become your personal Lord and Savior.

  • “For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)
  • “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
  • “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer. Dear God, I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to change and turn from my sin. I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior.

  • “But as many as received him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:” (John 1:12)
  • “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” [new life begins]. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

The most important relationship for every one of us is our relationship with Jesus Christ. Choosing to believe that he is who he claimed to be—the Son of God and the only way to salvation—and receiving him by faith as your Lord and Savior is the most vital act anyone will ever do. We want life. He is Life. We need cleansing. He is the Living Water.

After you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior, read the Bible every day to get to know Christ better.

  • “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (aligning and applying) the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
  • “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119:105)

Talk to God in prayer every day.

  • “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)
  • “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
  • “However, they did not all heed the good news; for [the prophet] Isaiah says, ‘LORD, WHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT?’ 17 [Even] So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)

Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority on everything.

  • Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)
  • “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
  • “All [Holy] scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Tell others about Christ.

  • “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)
  • “For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)
  • “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:

  • Pray — you talk to God.
  • Read your Bible — God talks to you.
  • Witness — you talk for God.
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The most important relationship for every one of us is our relationship with Jesus Christ. Choosing to believe that he is who he claimed to be—the Son of God and the only way to salvation—and receiving him by faith as your Lord and Savior is the most vital act anyone will ever do. We want life. He is Life. We need cleansing. He is the Living Water.

Here is a simple prayer if you have not yet given your life to Jesus and invited him into yours:

Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, that you died on the cross to rescue me from sin and death and to restore me to the Father. I choose now to turn from my sins, my self-centeredness, and every part of my life that does not please you. I choose you. I give myself to you. I receive your forgiveness and ask you to take your rightful place in my life as my Savior and Lord. Come reign in my heart, fill me with your love and your life, and help me to become a person who is truly loving—a person like you. Restore me, Jesus. Live in me. Love through me. Thank you, God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior involves an understanding of who Jesus is, what a Savior is, and what it means to accept Jesus as Savior.

Jesus Christ is often noted as a good person, yet the Bible declares He is much more. He is God in human form who came to live on earth (John 1:1). He lived, taught, performed miracles, suffered, died, and resurrected from the dead to prove He is Lord. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 the apostle Paul shared, “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”

A Savior is a rescuer, redeemer, or one who saves someone else. Jesus is Savior of the world in every aspect of this word. Jesus rescues us from sin and eternal punishment when we trust in Him by faith. He is a redeemer because He paid the cost of our sins through His death on the cross. He can save us because He has the power to forgive sins and the desire to save those who trust in Him.

To accept Jesus as your personal Savior is to acknowledge who Jesus is in your own life. It is to believe in Him. John 1:12 says: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” John 3:16 adds, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Are you willing to place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and receive this free gift of eternal life? If so, follow through with the decision right now. There is no special prayer you must pray to do so. However, the following prayer is one you can use to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior:

“Dear God, I realize I am a sinner and could never reach heaven by my own good deeds. Right now I place my faith in Jesus Christ as God’s Son who died for my sins and rose from the dead to give me eternal life. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to live for you. Thank you for accepting me and giving me eternal life.”

Have you made a decision for Christ because of what you have read here? If so, please click on the “I have accepted Christ today” button below.

Salvation Prayer – The Cornerstone is Christ?
What is the so-called Salvation Prayer? What do I do to get “saved?” At one point or another we all ask ourselves this question.

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9) .

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God'” (John 3:3).

Salvation Prayer – Back to Basics
The Salvation Prayer is merely a road to rebirth in Jesus Christ. To be born again you must confess Jesus as Lord and believe that He is. When you ask Him into your heart, you are allowing Him to be the Lord of your life. Unfortunately, the Church today has complicated the Salvation message with various layers of extra “stuff.”

So, let’s get back to the basics!

A. Salvation is the “permission slip” to enter heaven when you leave this world.

B. Salvation takes place when a person listens to the salvation message, believes it, and makes a decision to receive Jesus into his or her heart.

Salvation Prayer – The Simple Steps:
1. Acknowledge in your heart that Jesus is Lord.

2. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord.

3. Believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised three days later.

4. Repent of your sins and get baptized in the name of Jesus.

Salvation Prayer – Merely a Tool to Communicate Our Faith
The Salvation Prayer is not a ritual based on specific words. This is not the power of a prayer, but the power of truly committing our lives to Christ as Savior and Lord. The following is merely a guideline for our sincere step of faith:

    “God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”

If you decided to repent of your sins and receive Christ today, welcome to God’s family. Now, as a way to grow closer to Him, the Bible tells us to follow up on our commitment.

  • Get baptized as commanded by Christ.
  • Tell someone else about your new faith in Christ.
  • Spend time with God each day. It does not have to be a long period of time. Just develop the daily habit of praying to Him and reading His Word. Ask God to increase your faith and your understanding of the Bible.
  • Seek fellowship with other followers of Jesus. Develop a group of believing friends to answer your questions and support you.
  • Find a local church where you can worship God.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK? – We have all sinned and deserve God’s judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, “Jesus is Lord,” you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

By Billy GrahamJune 20, 2017Topics: Salvation

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I hear preachers say that we need to accept Jesus, but I’m not sure I understand what that means. I’d like to be sure that I’m a Christian, but I don’t know if I really am.

I’m thankful you want to be sure that you are truly a Christian. After all, could anything be more important—both for your life right now and for eternity? The Bible warns, “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).

Let me use a simple illustration to help you understand what it means to accept Jesus. Suppose someone came to your door and rang the bell. What would you do? One possibility, of course, would be to ignore it, telling yourself that you were too busy to be bothered. But the other possibility would be to go to the door and find out who it was and what they wanted. And if it were a friend, you’d probably take the next step; you’d invite them to come in.

The same is true with Jesus. He wants to come into our lives, to clean out the things that shouldn’t be there and replace them with His love and presence. But what will we do? Like that visitor ringing our doorbell, we can ignore Him, or we can leave Him standing on the porch—or we can invite Him to come into our hearts and lives.

And that’s what I hope you will do—and you can, by a simple prayer of faith. Why not invite Him into your life today? Jesus’ words are for you: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

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In the last article we went over three signs that might indicate that you are having trouble fully accepting God’s love into your heart.

We looked at Saul’s life and how his compulsiveness, jealousy, and insecurity showed that he had difficulties fully trusting and accepting God’s love completely.

When I was reading this scripture I began to think to myself, “God must feel like this every single day. He showers us daily with blessings yet we still doubt His love for us, we still worry about everything under the sun, and we still search for other things to satisfy our deep, quenching thirst for His love.

Thank goodness that God is patient with us and so loving that He will continue to work on us till the day He calls us home.

So what practical steps can we take to transform our hearts where we begin to actually believe that God loves us?

Especially after we’ve been hurt so much by people’s sinful actions that we feel like we can no longer trust anyone, be loved by anyone, or can depend on anyone.

I believe the key to this is to recognize how you think about yourself, talk to yourself, and treat yourself.

Have you ever noticed that what you think about yourself, how you talk to yourself, and how you treat yourself dictates how you feel about yourself?

Not only that but those thoughts then carry over into actions, which set yourself up to reinforce those thoughts and feelings. If you think that you are unlovable chances are that you will do stuff that makes you even more unlovable to others.

If you feel that you can’t trust yourself or trust others then you find yourself avoiding circumstances, people, or challenges that might otherwise help you grow more as a person making you lose even more trust in yourself and others.

How you think of yourself dictates everything in your life. I personally think the reason that makes it so hard to believe that we are loved by God is because of people’s failures in our life growing up.

If you came from a broken home such as divorce, if you had an abusive childhood, if your father was always away and never spent time with you, its likely that you began to believe that you were not loved.

The logic of this thinking derives because its easier for us to believe the lie that it had something to do with ourselves, not others. Why? Because if something is wrong with us then we can change..it gives us a false sense of control.

Unfortunately, this is misguided thinking. For one, there is nothing wrong with you in the eyes of the Lord. Jesus Christ died for you and his incredible sacrifice demonstrates just how much you are loved and forever will be.

So basically, you were always loved by God no matter what happened in your life and that will never change that fact.

The other problem with this misguided thinking is that its easier to think that something is wrong with me instead of maybe thinking someone else simply made a choice to do whatever it is they did that hurt you or made you feel that way.

We can’t control what people do or say to us, people are sinful and even the best christian parents, family, and friends will make mistakes and hurt us.

However, that doesn’t change who you are, it doesn’t define you, you are defined by God and nothing else. Once you begin to truly accept that in your heart, you will begin to fully accept God’s amazing love for you.

Do you struggle with fully accepting God’s love? Let me know your thoughts below.

By Billy GrahamJune 20, 2017Topics: Salvation

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I hear preachers say that we need to accept Jesus, but I’m not sure I understand what that means. I’d like to be sure that I’m a Christian, but I don’t know if I really am.

I’m thankful you want to be sure that you are truly a Christian. After all, could anything be more important—both for your life right now and for eternity? The Bible warns, “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).

Let me use a simple illustration to help you understand what it means to accept Jesus. Suppose someone came to your door and rang the bell. What would you do? One possibility, of course, would be to ignore it, telling yourself that you were too busy to be bothered. But the other possibility would be to go to the door and find out who it was and what they wanted. And if it were a friend, you’d probably take the next step; you’d invite them to come in.

The same is true with Jesus. He wants to come into our lives, to clean out the things that shouldn’t be there and replace them with His love and presence. But what will we do? Like that visitor ringing our doorbell, we can ignore Him, or we can leave Him standing on the porch—or we can invite Him to come into our hearts and lives.

And that’s what I hope you will do—and you can, by a simple prayer of faith. Why not invite Him into your life today? Jesus’ words are for you: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

HOW TO ACCEPT JESUS INTO YOUR HEART

So, how do you accept Jesus into your heart? What does that mean?

Welcome to Sunday Bible Study Basics where we provide weekly Bible study tips to help you dive deeper in your faith.

Accepting Jesus into your heart is simply accepting his way of living, loving, and leading our lives. When Jesus came to earth we believe that he was God in the flesh. 100% God and 100% man at the same time. He came and taught about the Kingdom of Heaven and showed everyone around him a new type of perspective that they weren’t used to. A new heart. This new way of thinking was the motivation behind everything that Jesus did. And as believers we are invited to live the same way.

And so when we talk about accepting Jesus, that means that we are being saved from being trapped in sin, which results in eternal punishment. And it’s that faith in Jesus that saves us by his grace. He died and rose again just to pay the price for our sins. Salvation doesn’t come from our good deeds or by doing anything special, it’s a free gift from God just because He loves us so much. We need to turn away from our sins, believe that Jesus is God’s Son and our Savior, and submit to Him as Lord of our lives. By doing so, we receive salvation and eternal life.

So if you haven’t taken that next step on your faith journey, to begin a personal relationship with God where you will be saved from the consequences of your sins, I’d love to invite you to repeat this prayer with me.

“Jesus, I believe that you are the Son of God and Savior of the world. I believe that you died for my sins and rose from the dead. I believe that through your sacrifice, I am a new person. Forgive me for my sin and fill me with your Spirit. Today, I choose to follow you for the rest of my life as Lord of my life. Amen.”

How awesome is that! Now what are the next steps?

First, tell another Christian that you accepted Jesus in your life. It’s something to celebrate!

Second, find a local church community to get plugged into. Doing life together is what will help you grow.

Third, try to read the Bible and spend time in prayer for at least 10-15 minutes every day. If you don’t have a Bible, you can buy one at the store or online or use the YouVersion Bible app. If you don’t know what translation to use, if you want it closer to the original language I’d suggest ESV, if you want it a little more modern I’d suggest NLT. So, 10-15 minutes a day of prayer and reading.

And finally, get baptized. Check out the next time your church is offering baptisms. It’s a biblical thing to do. Basically an outward expression of an inward decision.

So that’s what it means to accept Jesus into your heart and the next steps to take once you do.