12. Believing that Iím Accepted

Please remember to pray before reading!

Yesterday we learned how the Holy Spirit is speaking to your conscience, and showing you how terrible sin really is, and how powerful it has been in your life. You now realize you cannot fix yourself, and free yourself from sin. You were born with a desire to rebel against God, to be selfish and to think evil thoughts. But God is willing to fix all that within you. He is so eager to forgive us.

Isaiah 55:1 ó God invites us to come and buy salvation, without money or price.

Ezekiel 36:26 ó God offers to give us a new heart and a new obedient attitude.

Matthew 9:6 ó Jesus, the Son of man, has power to forgive our sins.

John 20:31 ó The Word of God helps us to believe in Jesus, who gives life.

Mark 11:24 ó When we pray, we must believe in Godís promises, and He will answer.

Romans 8:1 ó There is no condemnation to those in Christ, who follow the Spirit.

1 Peter 1:18, 19 óWe were redeemed by the blood of Jesus, who was without spot.

Colossians 2:6 ó Just as we depended on Jesus for salvation, we are to continue to depend on Him.

Isaiah 55:7 ó God gives mercy and complete pardon to those who turn from their wicked ways.

Isaiah 44:22 ó God wants us to turn to Him, and believe that He has blotted out our sins.

Ezekiel 18:32 ó God is pleading with us, turn from your wicked ways, and choose life.

Luke 15:18-20 ó As we come to God in repentance, He is waiting to receive us, and welcome us.

Jeremiah 31:3 ó God draws us with a tender, everlasting love.

Isaiah 49:15 ó God's love is more tender and enduring than a motherís love; He will never forget us.

Ephesians 1:7 ó We have redemption through the blood of Christ.

 

As you think about Godís merciful efforts to deliver you, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Am I willing to accept Godís forgiveness, and enjoy the free gift of salvation He has offered me?
  2. Have I opened up the door of my heart, and has Jesus come in to stay?
  3. Do I base my faith on the promises of the Bible, and believe that every word of God is true and faithful?
  4. If God promises something, do I believe He will fulfill His promises?
  5. Do I put Godís Word above my feelings, so that I act on His Word, and not on how I feel?
  6. Do I understand how important the Bible is to give me power to live a holy life?
  7. If I have confessed my sins, do I have the absolute assurance that He has forgiven me?
  8. Do I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am Godís child, because He has promised and I have received His promise through faith?
  9. Do I depend on the Holy Spirit daily to guide me and change me, recognizing my desperate need for His continual presence?
  10. Do I believe that Jesus cares about me individually, that He is always close to me, and that He is my very best Friend?