The most important step in putting down spiritual roots is to understand what spiritual salvation is all about. The salvation experience is the initial step in getting to know Jesus Christ personally and developing a close relationship with Him. If you are to "deepen your spiritual roots," you must seek to understand more fully who Jesus is, why He came to earth, and what He wants to do in your life.
To begin to comprehend all this, there are four basic truths about your salvation of which you need to be aware...
1. To better understand God's love for you, write your first name in the following blanks:
"For God so loved ______________________________, that He gave His only begotten Son, that if ______________________________ believes in Him, ______________________________ should not perish, but have everlasting life."
(John 3:16, paraphrased)
The Bible reveals that God's throne is founded on righteousness and justice (Psalm 97:2).
2. If God loves you, why are you separated from Him and stand guilty before Him, according to the following references?
a. Isaiah 59:2
b. Romans 3:23
3. What will be the penalty for your sinful condition, according to Romans 6:23?
The word death means "spiritual death," or literally, "separation." When you die physically, your soul is separated from your body. When you die spiritually, your soul is separated from God and all the good things He intended for you for all eternity.
4. How did God prove His love for you, even though you are a sinner, according to Romans 5:8?
5. Why is it so important that you trust in Jesus for your spiritual salvation, according to John 14:6?
6. Knowing these things, and even believing they are true, is not enough. Why, according to James 2:19?
This brings us to the fourth and final spiritual truth concerning salvation...
7. To better understand what it means for you to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, write your first name in the following blanks:
"Behold, I (Jesus) stand at ________________________'s door, and knock: if ______________________________ hears My voice, and opens the door, I will come into ______________________________ and dine with ______________________________, and ______________________________ with me."
(Revelation 3:20, paraphrased)
Of course, the door Jesus was talking about is the door of your heart. Receiving Jesus Christ means asking Him to come into your life to help you become the person God wants you to be. It is not enough to agree that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He died on the cross for your sins. You must decide to receive Jesus Christ into your life as Savior and Lord.
If you have never done so, will you right now pray the following prayer as your own, or pray in your own words, asking forgiveness for your sins and inviting Jesus into your heart and life?
I know I have sinned, and right now I want to ask You to forgive me of all my sins. I open the door of my heart and receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Take control of my life, and make me the person You want me to be. Thank You for sending Jesus to die on the cross so that I could be forgiven.
In the space provided, write the date when you prayed this prayer, or one similar to it, for the first time:
Your Name ___________________
Memory Verse: John 14:6