The first step to becoming a Christian and getting filled with the Holy Spirit is accepting Jesus. Every human being has sinned, it is impossible for a man to have lived without sin. This sin separates us from God. The sin in our lives also leads us to spiritual death. The punishment for sin is death. God is a fair judge, He does not act partially against specific people or specific sins. He totally hates sin and all sin is wrong if God’s justice prevails.
The only thing greater than God’s justice is His mercy. Jesus is God’s way of removing our sin, He gave us his only begotten son so that we may be forgiven and saved. Jesus took upon himself the sins of the whole world and died as the penalty so that we may be set free and experience the love of God and have fellowship with him.
Acknowledging and repenting of sin is very simple. You need to own up to your actions and accept you were wrong. You need to be sorry and deep down in your heart decide that you do not want to commit the sin again. Next, tell God you are sorry, he can hear you anywhere. You don’t have to be in church or before a priest when you confess.
God knows you’re likely sin again, it may be the same sin you just confessed some time ago. The key here is to understand that god is willing to empower you and help you overcome your weaknesses provided you are truly sorry and you sincerely want to be set free. God sees you heart and knows if you are playing games with Him.
“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13 (ESV)
God has proved how much He loves you by giving up his only beloved son to the death sentence so that you may enjoy life, the whole Bible is a love letter written by God telling you how much He loves you. The question is will you accept God’s Love? Will you accept Jesus Christ?
“If you declare 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 profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)
God’s solution is really simple, to accept Jesus you need to confess using your mouth that he is Lord and believe in your heart that he rose from the dead. The minute you do this you are eligible to receive the Holy Spirit.
- Accept Jesus, if you have not already done so. He is waiting with arms wide open for you.
- It is the Holy Spirit that actually converts you soul and draws you to Jesus.
In † Christian Love, Susan Osten
Resource: The Holy Spirit by Blue Flames