Is God Calling You?

“I want to know God, but I don’t know how!  How can I know God personally?”

This is a common question for those whom God is calling.  If you are reading this, it is likely God is calling
you.  God loves you and wants to have a personal, never-ending, relationship with you.  Your heavenly
Father has a special plan for your life.  God says in Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’
says the LORD, ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’”
He wants you to be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth (
1 Timothy 2:4).   “Everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved” (
Romans 10:13).

But one thing separates us from God … sin!  If you’ve ever done something wrong, then you know about sin.
Sin is being opposed to God and disobeying!  The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned!  Even
worse, Romans 6:23 explains that the punishment for sin is death—separation from God in hell forever! No
matter how hard we try, we can’t save ourselves. We can’t earn our way into heaven by being good, going to
church, or getting baptized. That’s the bad news.

But don’t despair, there is Good News!  God loves us so much that He sent his only son, Jesus, to earth to
save us from sin! Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and then died on the cross to take the punishment for our
sins (
Romans 5:10). Three days later, He came back to life and now He lives!  In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I
am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.”  To come to God, you
must accept Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord.  The answer to the question of how can I know God
personally is simple:  accept Jesus as your Savior, begin talking to God and admit to Him that you are a
sinner.  Tell Him that you believe Jesus died for your sins, was raised from the dead, and tell Him you want
to give Him control of your life.


            
Below are few bible examples of how some have come to know God personally:

The first example is that of a group of men and women whose hearts were yearning for forgiveness
because of the way they had mistreated Jesus the Son of God during His time on earth.  Their hearts hurt so
badly that it felt like a knife had pierced them, and they asked, “What must we do?”  God’s answer was
plain: “Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus for forgiveness of your sins and you will receive the gift
of the Holy Spirit” (
Acts 2:37-39).  This was the beginning of their journey of forgiveness and reconciliation
between them and God.

The second example is a man who was not allowed into church because of his nationality, even though he
wanted to know God.  He was rejected by the religion of his day.  His name is Cornelius and you can read
his story in
Acts 10.  Although he wanted to have a personal relationship with God, religion felt it necessary
to reject this man!  But man’s rules cannot constrain the Love of God.  No religion or man-made rule can
stop God from hearing your prayers and seeing your charitable deeds.  God heard the prayers of Cornelius
and saw his heart.  God shows us that He is not a respecter of persons, wealth, or status.  He doesn’t
measure our value by human standards, such as race, sex, age, appearance, occupation, education or
abilities.  God looks at our heart.  He sees our inner most being along with our motives, desires and secret
thoughts.  God looks at the inside; man looks at the outside.  God does not agree with those who say
appearance, power and money make us valuable!  Instead, God says every person is valuable!  He died for
every person as proof of it that.  
How did God answer Cornelius’ question of how to know Him?  God showed Cornelius that he needed to
believe in Jesus for forgiveness of sins, to be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit. (Acts 10: 34-47).  

The third example about a man who committed terrible crimes against God.  This man’s name was Saul.  
He was a misguided man who hated Jesus and anyone who believed in Jesus.  He persecuted Christians
to death, ravaged churches, dragged off Christian men and women and put them in prison.  You can read
some of his story in
Acts 7:54-8:3, 9:1-31 and 22:4-21.  How could such a person as Saul ever come into a
loving relationship with God?  No one can by their own strength!  But God is able to change even the vilest
person into a new person with an entirely different heart and mind.  He did that for Saul.  He caused Saul to
see his sins.  Saul then wanted to know Jesus and how to please Him.  The answer Saul was given was the
same as that in the previous two examples:  believe, obey, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 9).

A fourth example is a person who was a jailer and wanted to be saved.  As Acts 16:30-34 shows, he
became a believer in Jesus as Lord and Savior and was baptized.


                                                                   Conclusion

Every day people just like you are asking the question, “How can I know God personally? The answer is so
simple that even a child can do it.  In fact, children may have fewer problems knowing God than adults
because their hearts are not so hardened and estranged by the difficulties of life.  In general, the human
heart is deceitful and contrary to God by nature, not having God’s views, desires and priorities.  Oh yes, the
"desire" to do good is with us, but there is no "ability" to do it.  Instead we are tempted by wrong desires
and end up doing the things that we don’t want to do!  We need Jesus to rescue us, and He is willing to do
it!  

Notice what these bible verses are saying:  the heart is deceitful above all things (
Jer. 17:9).  Humans are
naturally opposed to God (
Romans 8:7). The problem is me, namely sin living in me (Romans 7:18-20, 24-
25).  All people have this problem and will die because of it (Romans 3:23-25, 6:23).  My old self needs to
die (
Romans 6:4-12) and I need to start a new life (John 3:3-9). I can start life over by repenting, obeying
believing and being baptized and receiving the Holy Spirit (Acts 3:38-39).

No matter how hard we try, we can’t save ourselves. We can’t earn eternal life by being good, going to
church, or getting baptized.  

How can I know God personally?  Ask Jesus to take your sin and personally carry it to the cross of
crucifixion where he will pay the penalty of death for you.  Ask Him to redeem you from separation from God
and change your nature through reconciliation with God.  He will change your thinking and actions.  Be
baptized and begin a new life, one of learning and growing.  You will become a child of God (Romans 8:15-
17) and God will dwell within you though the Holy Spirit.  You will become a new person in God’s sight.  No
one can know God without His Spirit!  

If you have made a decision to follow Jesus Christ today, please let us know and we will assist you in your
daily walk with Jesus.  Minister Jason Brandon invites you to contact him today.  He can be reached
Monday - Thursday, 8
:30 am to Noon at 304- 636-1590, or by email
(
jason@firstchurchofchristelkins@yahoo.com).  Don’t put off the most important decision you can ever
make, one that has eternal consequences.   God hopes you use this opportunity for salvation (
2 Peter 3:9-
12
).  This is the beginning of a new life.  God Bless You.


           Here is an example of a prayer that will help you know what to pray:
Dear God, I know that I’m a sinner and that my sin separates me from You. I realize that I can’t do
anything to earn my way into heaven. I believe that Jesus took the punishment for my sins by dying on
the cross and coming back to life. I accept Him as my Savior and Lord. And I will try my best to please
You all the days of my life. Thank You for forgiving me and saving me now. Thank you for Heaven and
for the unfailing promise of life beyond the grave.  In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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