Have you ever wondered how to know God?
After having an affair, many people will ask if God can forgive them, because of the emotional pain they’re in often makes people want to know how to know God.
Can God really forgive me of this sin?
Sometimes when we’re at our lowest, we’re willing to see what has been lacking in our lives all along.
We were each created with a soul to know God, and we all have a hole in our hearts that only God can fill.
He’s placed eternity in our hearts- a knowing that there’s something more to life than our selves.
Yet, we often try to fill that hole with things that don’t satisfy (moving up the corporate ladder, acquiring wealth, seeking love from others, or having an affair…).
But we’re each separated from God by sin. Sin basically means missing the mark; falling short of the ideal.
Sin separates us from a holy perfect God. Although He is love, He cannot allow sin to enter heaven.
Much like we would not allow a thief to enter our home.
That’s why Jesus came to earth to do what we couldn’t do for ourselves, take away the penalty for our sin and make us right before God.
He was perfect in every way- being fully God, yet human. He died on the cross to help us with our sin problem that separates us from God.
He wants to change our address for eternity from a place called Hell to a place called Heaven.
We’re often led to believe we can be good enough to get there on our own. If we do enough good deeds, go to church enough, pray enough… than God will let us into Heaven. The truth is, we can never be “good enough” to get to Heaven on our own. Jesus would not have had to come to earth and die for our sins if we could have done it ourselves.
I don’t know about you, but if I don’t really have to do something that is really hard, I’ll find another easier way. But it cost Jesus His life.
So if we can’t get to Heaven by being good enough, then how do we know God?
The truth on how to know God:
- We need to admit we can’t do this salvation thing on our own. Admit you are a sinner, not make excuses for it.
- Realize Christ died on the cross for your sin.
- Repent (which means turn around from) your sin. Go the other way. Ask God for forgiveness then turn away from sin.
- Receive Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. Invite Him to come into your life, and to be with you every day. (just like we need to reach out and receive a gift that is offered to us).
If you’ve done all this, you can be certain you’ll have a new address in heaven.
There’s no magic prayer or formula, but something along these lines, in your own words:
God will hear the prayer of your heart.
“Lord Jesus, I know I’m a sinner. But I know you’ve died on the cross for my sins. I’m sorry for my sin. I don’t want to be separated from you now or for eternity. Please forgive me now. I turn from my sin and want a new beginning. Come into my life to be my Savior, Lord and friend. I choose to follow you. Amen.”
You can read my own story of faith and how God was instrumental in our marriage healing, by clicking here.
Some helpful sites to help you grow in your faith are these from Billy Graham and Pastor Greg Laurie:
Or, this one that answers some common questions people have: