How to become a Christain

How to become a Christian…

You may first ascertain…why become a Christian…

It’s only been 7 years since I gave my life to Christ, and I can tell you, the Christian life is not an easy, ‘feel good’ happy go lucky road. It doesn’t come with a benefits package guaranteed to fix all of your problems, at least not this side of Heaven. But, clearly, clearly understand me…. I wouldn’t trade it now for any other path known to man!!!!! The benefits far outweigh the challenges. But, the only real reason to become a Christian, or as some say, to convert to Christianity, is because you believe with all of your heart that God exists, that his Word—the Bible—is true, and that Jesus Christ is who he says he is: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” (John 14:6 NIV)

Becoming a Christian won’t make your life easier. If you think so, I suggest you take a look at these common misconceptions about the Christian life. Most likely, you won’t experience sea-parting miracles every day. Yet the Bible does present several very convincing reasons to become a Christian. Here are six life-changing experiences worth considering as reasons to convert to Christianity.

Experience the Greatest of Loves:
There is no greater demonstration of devotion, no greater sacrifice of love, than to lay down your life for another. John 10:11 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” (NIV) The Christian faith is built upon this kind of love. Jesus gave his life for us: “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NIV).

In Romans 8:35-39 we see that once we’ve experienced Christ’s radical, unconditional love, nothing can separate us from it. And just as we freely receive Christ’s love, as his followers, we learn to love like him and spread this love to others.

Experience Freedom:
Similar to knowing God’s love, absolutely nothing compares to the freedom a child of God experiences when released from the heaviness, guilt and shame caused by sin. Romans 8:2 says, “And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” (NLT) At the moment of salvation, our sins are forgiven, or “washed away.” As we read God’s Word and allow his Holy Spirit to work in our hearts, we are increasingly set free from sin’s power.

And not only do we experience freedom through forgiveness of sin, and freedom from sin’s power over us, we also begin to learn how to forgive others. As we let go of anger, bitterness and resentment, the chains that held us captive are broken through our own acts of forgiveness. Simply put, John 8:36 expresses it this way, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (NIV)

Experience Lasting Joy & Peace:
The freedom we experience in Christ gives birth to lasting joy and abiding peace. 1 Peter 1:8-9 says, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (NIV)

When we experience God’s love and forgiveness, Christ becomes the center of our joy. It doesn’t seem possible, but even in the midst of great trials, the joy of the Lord bubbles deep within us and his peace settles over us: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 NIV)

Experience Relationship:
God sent Jesus, his only Son, so that we could have relationship with him. 1 John 4:9 says, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.” (NIV) God wants to connect with us in intimate friendship. He is ever present in our lives, to comfort us, to strengthen us, to listen and to teach. He speaks to us through his Word, he leads us by his Spirit. Jesus wants to be our closest friend.

Experience Your True Potential & Purpose:
We were created by God and for God. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (NIV) We were created for worship. Louie Giglio, in his book, The Air I Breathe, writes, “Worship is the activity of the human soul.” The deepest cry of our hearts is to know and worship God. As we develop our relationship with God, he transforms us through his Holy Spirit into the person we were created to be. And as we are changed through his Word, we begin to exercise and develop the gifts God has placed within us. We discover our fullest potential and true spiritual fulfillment as we walk in the purposes and plans that God not only designed for us, but designed us for. No earthly accomplishment compares to this experience.

Experience Eternity with God:
One of my favorite verses in the Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has “set eternity in the hearts of men.” I believe this is the reason we experience an inner longing, or emptiness, until our spirits are made alive in Christ. Then, as God’s children, we receive eternal life as a gift (Romans 6:23). Eternity with God will far exceed any earthly expectation we can begin to imagine about heaven: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 NLT)

Now….if your ready then proceed below, but if your not and your still having issues with….is there truly a God…then see my article on…is there a God…But is your ready to roll, continue below!!!! Hit it!

———————————————— here we go, be forever ready:)

Romans 10:9

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

This is one of the most important verses in the entire Bible — It tells us the requirements to be saved!

Luke 6:46 Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

There are no ‘magic words’ to become a Christian. Remember — praying is talking to God, not just saying words. I suggest you pray this prayer:

****************Now…..repeat after me…….

Father God, I come to You right now, in the name of your most Holy Son, Jesus Christ, asking You to accept me as a Christian.

You say in Your word that if I confess my sins and ask forgiveness, You are faithful and will forgive my sins and remember them no more. You will not hold them against me and You will give me everlasting life.

Father, I confess that I have sinned against You. I have not followed Your commandments and I have broken Your laws. I repent of my sins and ask for Your forgiveness.

Father, I believe that Jesus Christ, Your only Son, came to Earth and was born, that He lived among us, and that He was crucified to pay for our sins and for my sins. I believe that You raised Him from the dead and gave Him power over all creation.

Lord, right now I accept Your Son Jesus as my Savior and as the Lord of my life. Send the Holy Spirit to guide me, protect me, lead me and counsel me. Send Your angels to gather around me and protect me. Protect me from Satan and his evil forces. Help me grow in wisdom, knowledge and love for You and Your ways. Give me the strength and courage to change my ways and resist the Devil and avoid sin in the future.

Lord, I thank You for sending Your only Son to die so that I can live.

Jesus, I thank You in that You died for me while I was still a sinner and had not yet accepted You. I thank You for forgiving my sins and for bringing me to a saving knowledge of You. Please bless me and protect me. Teach me to pray. Guide me. Increase my faith, and make me sure in the knowledge that I can rely on You, no matter what may come. Lead me to a good church where I can learn Your word and the Father’s will, where I can fellowship with Christians and grow in my knowledge of You.

I ask these things in Your most holy and precious name, and I thank You for making me a Christian.

Amen!

If you earnestly prayed that prayer, you are now a Christian!

As a Christian, you have obligations. Christianity isn’t a “vaccine” you take once and everything stays the same. You must sincerely try to change your ways to avoid sin. God will help you do this. When you feel tempted to sin, immediately ask God for grace and strength to resist the Devil. If possible, get away from the temptation. Sometimes, this means you may have to avoid people or places you used to…don’t go it alone, find a good bible based church, denominational or non-denominational, get into a good bible study and remember to respect all religions as a way to God….just not your chosen way, as your way is now as a Christian 🙂

God bless you all!!! I hope this has helped someone understand a little bit more than yesterday or at least invoked thought.

SK…Rev. Gerald F. Poe Jr. 32* (The Gospel Commando)
Defender of the Faith Missions and Ministry
Upon this Rock Ministries
Gospel Renewal Mission International
York #16: Knights Templar (Knighted 2009)
AF&AM

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