Monday, February 14, 2011

God loves YOU

Let’s have a HeartTalk.
God has some things He’d like for you to know from His heart.

God has great plans for you. Hope in Him.

“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.’ ” (Jer. 29:11-13).

God has great things in store for you. If you look for Him, you will find Him. And when you find Him, you find hope. He loves you, cares for you, and listens to you. You might be asking yourself, “Why don’t I feel like God listens to me?” That’s because wrongdoings separate people from God. He is perfect. People are not. Someone had to pay the penalty for your sins. God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to pay for your sins.

God loves you. Believe in Him.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

When you believe God sent Jesus to die on the cross for you and accept the forgiveness He offers, He will wipe your sins away. Then, the communication with God is open.

God will forgive your wrongdoings and clean your heart. Turn to Him.

“…Turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, . . .” (Acts 3:19).

As you turn away from your sins and to God, He helps you make wise decisions. He wants the very best for you.

God will give you a new heart. Call on Him as Lord.
It’s not enough just to know about Jesus. You must ask Him to lead your life and be your Lord.

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Rom. 10:9-10, 13).

If you’d like to ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, just call on Him by praying from your heart a prayer similar to this one.

Dear God,
Hope:                    I know you have great plans for me and I want to place my hope in You.
Believe:               I believe you love me and sent Jesus to die on the cross for me.
Turn:                     Please forgive me and help me turn from my wrongdoings.
Call:                       I want you to lead my life.

If you just prayed this prayer and meant it, God says that you are a new person with
A New Heart!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17)!

[Print this out and] sign your name here and date it so you will remember when you made this important decision.
Signed______________________________ Date______________
Witness_____________________________ Phone______________

The Next Step

Now that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can know that He will help lead you every day and that when you die, you will go to heaven to live with Him forever.

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).

You will also want to:

1.         Share HeartTalk with others and tell them of your decision to follow Christ. God will be pleased.
2.         Join a Bible-believing church and follow Christ’s example of baptism.
You’ll be blessed.
3.         Pray daily. Prayer is simply talking to God just like we talk to each other. 
Tell God why you love Him and about the things you need.
He’ll listen!.
4.         Read your Bible daily. A good place to start is 1 John. Then, read the gospel of John. Ask God to help you understand what you’re reading.
He will.

We'd love to hear from you. If you have invited Jesus into your heart today. Please email and let me know. We will be praying for you!

For more resources and information on HeartCall, please contact:
North American Mission Board,
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, 770-410-6352 for resources and free downloads

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