“Having a Right Relationship with God”
But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions----it is by grace you have been saved.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith---and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God---not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:4, 8, 9
There are certain things we MUST DO in order to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God. The FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT thing does NOT require your “GOOD WORKS” but it REQUIRES a REPENTANT and CONTRITE HEART. In Ephesians 2:1 Paul says that we ARE DEAD in our TRANSGRESSIONS and SINS. The Lord Jesus also says: “I am the Way and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Which indicates that you MUST have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Jesus, in order to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God.
You might be the MOST kind, loving, considerate, individual around, but unless you have come to Jesus Christ with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART, for the SALVATION of your SOUL, you are LOST and DO NOT POSSESS a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with GOD. You might be one who PRAYS, READS their BIBLE daily, and attends church regularly, even teaches a Sunday School Class or sings in the CHOIR, you may even serve as a DEACON, ELDER, or even be the PASTOR, if you HAVE NOT SINCERELY REPENTED of your sins, and ACCEPTED in your HEART, Jesus Christ as your SAVIOR and LORD, ALL these things you are doing, doesn’t make a difference in the RELATIONSHIP you have with the Almighty God. 2nd Tim. 3:5 says to AVOID those having the APPEARANCE of GODLINESS, but DENYING its POWER.
The ONLY WAY for you to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God is through His SON, Jesus. You cannot have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, the Father or His Son, Jesus on the merits of YOUR WORKS. It is by the GRACE of God that you are SAVED. If you are depending on YOUR GOOD WORKS or SOMETHING ELSE other than FOLLOWING GOD’S PLAN of SALVATION, you are HEADED for an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS.
God does NOT hear the PRAYERS of an UNREPENTANT SINNER, UNTIL they have PRAYED the PRAYER of REPENTANCE. “If I regard wickedness in my HEART, the Lord will not HEAR.” (Ps. 66:18) You MUST COME to Jesus in order to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with God, and to have an ETERNITY in Heaven, with ALL its BLESSINGS. To do that you MUST TURN AWAY FROM your sinful lifestyle, and TURN TO GOD, with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. You MUST CONFESS your sins to Him, and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. You MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in HEAVEN, making intercession for you, before God. Then you MUST ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and HAVE A RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with GOD. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!