How can I be saved?
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Now matter how good we think we are, no matter how many good
deeds we have done, we are flawed (Isaiah 6:5.), even evil compared to
a holy and perfect God. (2 Samuel 22:31; Jeremiah 17:9.) To be
reconciled to God—to be able to come into His presence—we must be
as perfect as He is. (Psalm 101:6; Matthew 5:48.)  However, no one is
perfect. (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8.)  When we recognize this
shortcoming, then we can realize that “righteousness” before God is
what we are missing. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3.)

To the poor in spirit—those who hunger and thirst for righteousness—
Jesus  says, “come to me.” (John 7:37.)  The Bible says we obtain
righteousness when we come to Him in faith.  It is faith which justifies
(or provides righteousness) before God.  “For what does the Scripture
say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for
righteousness.’” (Romans 4:3 quoting Genesis 15:6.)

It is not our works or our self-righteousness which provide righteousness
before God; rather, it is a gift from God through faith.  “For it is by grace
you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is
the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:
8-9 NIV.)

A person who surrenders to Jesus and makes Him Lord of his life
receives justification and peace with God.  “It shall be imputed to us who
believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was
delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our
justification.  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have
access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of
the glory of God.” (Romans 4:24-5:2.)

“He made Him who knew no sin [Jesus] to be sin on our behalf, so that
we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21
NASB.)  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9.)

The good news is that we don’t have to “get our act together” before
getting right with God.  “God shows his great love for us in this way:
Christ died for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8 NCV.)

God gave us—anyone in the world—a way to get to Him, through His
son Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
everlasting life. For God did not send His Son to condemn the world, but
that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17.)

We just have to let Jesus come into our hearts and lives.  In Revelation 3:
20, He states, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears
My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him,
and he with me.” We simply need to gladly receive Him into our lives.  
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become
children of God . . .” (John 1:12 NASB.)

“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord . . .”
(Acts 3:19.)  Accept Jesus’ offer, “Come to Me, all you who labor and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and
learn from Me...for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew

If you are ready to receive Jesus as the Lord of your life, pray this
prayer right now:

Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe you died for my
sins. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart
and life. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Please send
your Holy Spirit to me and help me to do those things that are
pleasing to God.  I can’t change myself, but I know that you have the
power to change me.  Thank you for saving me. Amen.

The Bible tells us, “If we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins,
because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all
the wrongs we have done.” (1 John 1:9 NCV.) God also promises, “As
far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our
transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:12 NASB.)  “Do not be anxious
about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your
minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7.)

If you prayed this prayer, go and tell someone about it.  You can also
send us an e-mail.  We will respond with encouragement and love.  God
bless you.  

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