How to know God

How to know god

God created you.

You were created by a loving God. You have great value. God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you.

Psalm 139:13- 16. You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

God knew you before you were born—even while you were in your mother’s womb. He knew all about your family and your life until now. He wants to give you a brand new start and a new way of living. He can do that when you give him your life. Why would you do that?  Because.  .  .

God wants to have a personal relationship with you.

John 17:3. And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

God is not some “force,” an unspeaking or unseeing idol, or merely another name for your own self- esteem. Instead, God is a person, your Creator, who created you to be in relationship with him. Why? Because .  .  .

God loves you.

John 3:16. For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

You can turn your life over to God’s control because he loves you and wants the very best for you. In fact, he loves you so much that he gave his Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for you. I’ll explain more about that in a minute. I just want you to realize that when you trust God, you are actually trusting the One who created you. When you turn your life over to him, you are giving your life to the One who knows you inside out. Don’t you think that’s a good place to put your trust?

But, your sin keeps you from having a personal relationship with God.

What is sin?

James 4:17. Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.

1 John 3:4. Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God.

God is holy and perfect; people are sinful. You probably know that for yourself—if you tried to be perfect for a day, you’d quickly discover that you couldn’t do it. Sin means not understanding or even caring about what is “right.” You defy God when you know what is right and then refuse to do it.

Who has sinned?

Romans 3:23. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 5:17. For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many.

The Bible says “everyone has sinned.” We simply cannot help it—we’re human. When Adam sinned (way back in the Garden of Eden in the book of Genesis), sin entered the human race and sinfulness is part of our natures. You might be asking, “So what?”

What’s so bad about sin?

Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death.

Isaiah 59:2. “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”

Proverbs 14:12. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

Sin leads to death. That’s a big problem! Because God is perfect, he cannot have anything to do with us because we are sinners. He wants to have a personal relationship with us but he can’t because of sin!

Our Attempts to Reach God

People have tried many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God. Sometimes people don’t understand the concept of having a “relationship” with a being they cannot see or touch. Yet it is a reality.

No bridge reaches God . . . except one.

God’s Bridge: The Cross

That’s why Jesus Christ came. He was a human being who lived on this earth so that we could understand what God is like. Jesus Christ died on the Cross and rose from the grave.  He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and people.

  •  1 Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”
  • 1 Peter 3:18 “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God.”
  • Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Why Jesus Christ?

John 14:6 —Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Remember how God can’t have anything to do with us because of sin? Well, he decided to deal with our sin. Problem was, he had made it clear throughout the Old Testament that sin leads to death. In the Old Testament, people sacrificed animals as a way to show how sorry they were for their sins. And that was only temporary. God’s plan all along was to send his Son, Jesus—a perfect human being—to be the final and ultimate sacrifice.
Why did Jesus have to die?

1 Peter 3:18. Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.

Jesus died to take the penalty our sins deserved. In essence, he took our punishment so that we wouldn’t have to! Now, because of Jesus, the way is prepared for us to be able to have a personal relationship with a holy God.

Jesus did not stay dead. He rose from the dead, which is a promise to us that we will also rise from the dead and go to heaven to be with him. So what do you need to do next?

You must personally respond by trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.

The fact of salvation means nothing unless a person accepts it for himself or herself. Even if the person grew up in church, he or she still needs to accept Jesus personally. We must emphasize that even if the person has led a terrible life, no one is too bad for God—a person does not have to “clean up his act” before coming to Christ. In fact, Jesus died to take away all that sin and to help the person start anew. Being good is not good enough, yet no one is too bad to be able to be forgiven—God wants all people to come to him. All people need to trust in Jesus in order to be saved. So what kind of response should a person have?
Respond with belief in Christ.

Romans 10:9- 10. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

You simply need to believe. That doesn’t mean that you don’t have any questions or that you understand everything. It simply means recognizing that you are indeed a sinner in need of a Savior. You recognize that you cannot be good enough for a perfect God on your own. And you understand that God loved you so much that he sent Jesus to save you. If you believe that, say so.
You respond by receiving Christ.

John 1:12. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

“Receiving Christ” means acknowledging your belief in Christ, inviting him to come into your life, turning to God from your present way of living (repentance), and then beginning the adventure of letting God direct your life! And the moment you ask, it’s done. Jesus has come in!

Would you like to accept Jesus as your Savior?

Dear God, I know that my sin has separated me from you. Thank you that Jesus Christ died in my place. I ask Jesus to forgive my sin and to come into my life. Please begin to direct my life. Thank you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God’s Assurance: His Word

If you prayed this prayer, The Bible says . . .

Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

Did you sincerely ask Jesus Christ to come into your life?  What has He given you?

  • “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

When you receive Christ, you are born into God’s family through the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit who indwells every believer.  This is called regeneration, or the new birth.
Life in Christ: What Now?

This is just the beginning of a wonderful new life in Christ.  To deepen this relationship you should:

  • Read your Bible every day to know Christ better.
  • Talk to God in prayer every day.
  • Tell others about Christ.  Worship, walk with, and work for Christ with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
  • As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.

Our pastor and elders are eager and willing to come alongside you and assist you as you begin this new life in Jesus Christ. For more resources, please contact us at, and tell us of your decision for Jesus!