|Todd Galberth -"Decrease" devotional / Todd Galberth online store
Whether you believe in God or not, He already knows exactly who you are. He knows all about everything you did from the moment you were formed in your mother's womb to the second you read the last word of this sentence. He already loves you. He always has. He's just been waiting for you to want to love Him. He is not a conditional God. He is love, and He said in his Word that love keeps no record of wrongs. It doesn't matter what you did ten years ago, a week ago, or even five minutes ago. When you come to Christ, your slate is wiped clean and you are made new. There's no special thing you have to do to purify your life before you give Him your yes. No matter how unworthy you think you are, He still wants you. He can turn your broken mess into a beautiful testimony (Medicine Music - "Brokenness Aside" by All Sons & Daughters).
Holier-than-thou Christians want you to think that their paths have always been straight, but the truth is, our paths only appear to be straight because God allowed them to be. Truth be told, we are all unworthy of the unconditional love afforded to us. Even while we call ourselves Christians, we fall short of His glory every single day and He STILL gives us new mercies. Who wouldn't want to love and be loved by a Father like that?
I know a lot of unbelievers feel like they can't give up the lifestyle they currently live. Guess what? You can. In fact, when you let God into your life, He'll begin to allow you to let go of things you never thought you could let go of. You'll just let go, and you might not even realize why. When you walk with God, your old habits fall by the wayside. You won't even crave the same things/people/places anymore because He'll change your appetite.
Maybe you've been thinking about getting saved for awhile, but every Sunday, you keep putting it off. You don't have to wait until Sunday. You can start your walk with Him right now. Pray this prayer:
Forgive me for my sins. I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Your Son Jesus died on the cross for my salvation. From this moment forward, I turn away from any and everything that is not of you, and I accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and the Lord of my life. I give my life to You and ask You to fill me with Your Spirit and Your love. Take control and use me for Your glory. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus's name, amen.
Day 19 takeaway: If you sincerely prayed that prayer, you've just made the best and most important decision of your life. If you've truly given your heart to Jesus, you've been born again. I encourage you to join a Bible-based church and find a community of people who know what it means to really love God. You've got a long journey ahead, but trust me, it'll be well worth it when you hear Him say, "Well done."
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