INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
      In the last lesson, you learned that Jesus Christ shed His blood to pay the price for your sins. You learned that no other thing, person, or effort has the ability to eliminate sins: only Jesus Christ. He paid the price for your sins. You do not need to pay anything. This is how Jesus offers you a new and eternal life.

      Perhaps you know everything about Jesus Christ in your mind, but the Bible says you must receive Him in your spirit (heart). He must leave your mind, and enter your heart. At the same time that He does this, He forgives your past, present, and future sins. John 1:12 says, "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God."

      What you should do to receive Christ: 

  1. REPENTANCE. Mark 1: 15 says, "Repent and believe the good news ... " The word "repentance" means "change your mind." In other words, you should be willing to change your mind about sin and allow Christ to enter your heart to change and transform your life. You yourself have no power to change your own life. Are you ready to let Christ come into your life and change it? In other words, you must recognize that only Christ is able to change your life. Are you ready to change the direction of your life for Jesus? Are you ready to abandon your sins, give your life to Christ, and allow Him to control you? Are you ready to let Christ be the Master and change your life? 
  2. FAITH. Mark 1:15 says, "Believe the good news." Almost everyone says, "I have faith in Jesus." But, there is a real faith and a false faith. The Bible says in James 2:19 that "the demons believe in Jesus." We know, however, that the demons are not saved.
  3. WHAT IS REAL FAITH? Real faith is the faith that saves. The word "faith" means "to trust". The faith that saves is one that does not believe in anything else except Jesus for salvation. The words "faith" or "to believe" mean to surrender your life to Christ so that you may be one with Him.
  4. RECEIVE CHRIST. Are you ready to confess Christ as your only Lord, Master, and Boss? Are you ready to allow him to transform and control your life? This is repentance! Are you ready to stop trusting in other things, such as a good life, good works, Mary, angels, witches, idols, images, or baptism, and place all your faith Jesus Christ alone? This is real faith! 



      Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, and three days later He resurrected. He is alive today, and wants to come into your life. Do you agree that Jesus Christ is your only Lord, Savior, and Mediator? Are you ready to give your life to Christ, and allow him to transform you and give you eternal life?
      The Bible says in Romans 10:13 that, "All who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved." You may receive Christ in your life right now by faith. You can ask Christ to come into your life through a prayer.
      If this is your desire, say this prayer right now with all sincerity from your heart to Jesus. Tell him: 

"Lord, I am a sinner. I am controlling my life. I deserve death and hell. I believe that you Lord are my only Lord and Savior. I am ready to forsake my sins, and allow You to control my life. I am ready to quit trusting in other things for my salvation. Jesus, come into my heart right now, change my life, give me a new life, and give me ETERNAL LIFE. Amen. "


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