“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness …’” Genesis 1:26 ESV
God created us in His image. He also created us to have a personal relationship with Him. God placed Adam and Eve in the beautiful Garden of Eden with one simple commandment …
“And the LORD God commanded the man saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.'" Genesis 2:16-17 ESV
Since we are created in God’s image we are given a free will from which we can choose to sin. Keep in mind though, that we can’t choose the consequences of our sins.
From Genesis 3 we learn that the enemy of God (Satan) tempted Eve to sin against God. At the end of this scenario, Adam and Eve decided to believe Satan’s lies, and of their own free will they chose to disobey God. That choice resulted in the sin, suffering, and death we experience in our world today. To this very day, men and women continue to do their own thing, adhering only to their own fleshly desires, and forsaking the will of God.
Adam and Eve’s choice resulted in a broken relationship with God and a marred image in man. The Bible teaches us that a consequence of this blatant sin is that everyone born since this first act of disobedience to God has been born in this condition. This disorder was passed on to us by Adam and Eve. All of us are born with an affliction … we sin by nature and by choice. And, it’s because of this transgression that we all need Biblical restoration.
Psalm 51:5 “For I was born a sinner – yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.” (NLT)
Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” (NIV)
NOTE: It might help you to also read Romans 3:10 & Romans 6:23.
This is a terrible state to be born into! But, because of God’s great love for us, He offered a remedy that would deliver human beings from this horrible condition. God’s solution to this horrific dilemma was Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (NIV)
John 1:12 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”
When we put our faith and trust in the work Jesus Christ did for us on the cross as payment for our sins, and ask Christ to come into our lives to be our Lord and Savior, our sins are immediately forgiven. We also receive the gift of eternal life, and are born again into the Family of God. God has restored our severed relationship with Him. And, another amazing thing also happens - God begins the work of restoring our marred image to be like that of Jesus Christ.
NOW that is good news! That news gives you, me, and all hurting people a true hope. But, it also explains why we all need Biblical restoration. So, how do you receive Christ? Take a moment right now and pray a very simple prayer:
“God please forgive me for my sins. I know I can’t save myself. I believe Jesus died on the cross for me and rose from the grave. Please come into my life and help me to learn how to follow You. Help me to live my life the way that pleases You. Thank You for placing me into the Family of God, for accepting me, for forgiving me, and for restoring my relationship with You. Amen.”
Many years ago I prayed a prayer similar to the one above and asked Jesus to come into my life and help me to have a close relationship with Him. Every day I ask Him to help me to live my life in a way that would please Him.
Keep visiting our blog. My prayer is that you will walk with Jesus so that He can bless you the way He really wants to, and that your life and testimony will become an encouragement and blessing for others.
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Abundant Blessings to You, Judy