SALVATION: Your New Life Begins with God’s Love

“This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God—but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.”—1 John 4:10b MSG

CHRISTIANITY IS NOT A RELIGION. IT IS A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GOD AND YOU.

God loves you deeply and wants a personal relationship with you! The Love of Jesus Christ will sweep away your sin, loneliness, pain, and fear. He wants you to spend eternity in Heaven with Him, and the rest of your life on this earth walking with Him. If you would like to begin a new life—beyond your wildest dreams and be born again—pray the following prayer, and believe in your heart that God answers!

“Heavenly Father, I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead. His blood washes away my past, my sins; and prepares me for eternity. I receive Your forgiveness and accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord. From this day forward, I am Yours, in Jesus’ name. Amen!”

If you have prayed this prayer, we would love to hear from you. Please call us at 847-645-9700, or simply email us at prayer@changinglives.org.

AS YOU GO FORWARD: Next Steps

As a believer, I encourage you to step out in faith and live every day as if it were your first day living for God. I also encourage you to do the following three things:

1. Read your Bible. The Bible has the answer to every problem that you could ever face. As you read and study, know that you have the same promises that God gave Abraham, David, and all of the great men and women in the Bible. You will find out exactly who you are and what you mean to Him. You will find out that He will never leave you or forsake you! You will be filled with strength and wisdom.

2. Get planted in church. By now you understand the power that comes from the church family. You don’t need to go to church to get into heaven, but you DO need to become equipped to fulfill God’s will for your life. In Luke 4:16, we find it was Jesus’ custom to go to church every week. If the Son of God made it His custom, how much more should we?

3. Tell Somebody. One of the most rewarding things I have ever found in my life is the opportunity to share with others what God has done for me. You don’t have to be a preacher. Just tell someone your simple story of God’s love and plant the seed of the gospel in someone’s life. You will be blessed, and so will they!

Well, what a journey you’ve just begun! And it is just that—a journey. Remember, the power of a new life is a process. It begins the moment you are born again, but it continues through our lives. We all face storms and trials, and we have an enemy, the devil, trying to stop our progress. But God has given us the tools and weapons to resist the enemy and be victorious in our journey. Build your life on these foundations, and you will not fail!

“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”

—Matthew 7:25

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