Like any other subject we have decided to learn, our attitude determines where we begin. For example, if our minds are already made up on what the Bible says or doesn’t say, or what we believe or don’t believe, and we are basically closed to new understanding, there is no real reason to study the Bible further. Openness in learning, as opposed to being closed-minded, is the first key to studying the Scriptures. Openness is an attitude that says, “I am teachable because I do not know everything, but I want to learn more or consider that there might be more.” The first step to accepting God’s word is to have faith. Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 (NIV): “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Rick Warren, author of “God’s Power to Change Your Life,” wrote “The Spirit of God uses the Word of God for the children of God to be more like the Son of God (Jesus Christ).” So when you feel alone, depressed, or disconnected, you can instantly connect with God by reading his word in the Bible.
If you’ll begin by spending just 10 minutes a day by reading one chapter in The Book of Proverbs followed by one chapter in the Book of John, change and a greater peace will come into your life. And you will see for yourself how God’s power to change your life begins with the free gift of his son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior.
There is nothing you can do to earn the gift or pay for it..all you have to do is to accept His gift by praying these words: “Jesus, I invite you into my heart. I proclaim you my Lord and Savior. Forgive me of my sins.” If you just prayed that prayer, you now have guaranteed entry into the kingdom of Heaven that nobody can take away from you, no matter what you have ever done in life. All of your sins are paid for — past, present, and future when you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior.
Your Next Step: Get baptized in a Bible-based Christian church. Baptism is your public proclamation that you have died to your old self (when you are immersed in water, it is symbolic of “washing away” the old you) and that you now have a new self, a new life (when you come up out of the water) with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.
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