Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Knowing that you need Him means that you are close to accepting Him and allowing Him to be the Captain of your ship. To receive Christ in your life is as easy as getting into an attitude of reverence, confessing your sins or your inability to get past those areas in your life you want to get rid of, then asking the Lord Jesus to come into your life to guide you through those areas.
Scripture says: “But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved” (Acts 2:21).
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:8-13).
Once you do this, you are considered “saved” and have inherited eternal life. You have died to sin. But this is just the beginning. You must be baptized.
Or have you forgotten that when we were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives (Romans 6:3-4 NLT).
So being baptized is your physical act of burying your sins with you when you go down underwater (submersion) and coming up without the sin burden. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace (Romans 6:14 NLT). Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin (Romans 6:5-7).
Now it’s up to you at this point to determine how close you want to be with God. You can go for the gusto by learning His voice so that He may lead you into all righteousness. You can allow Him to use you to heal, encourage and deliver people or you can continue in your sins without truly knowing who the Lord is and why He made you you.
Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (1st Corinthians 5:17).
As a newborn babe in Christ, you should embark on learning who “the new you” has become by going to the places where the Word of God is taught. Study, listen to and meditate on the Word of God until each of those promises you read becomes “yours.” Most importantly, you have to retrain your thoughts and your body to get rid of and forsake the old you. This doesn’t happen overnight so if you slip, don’t beat yourself up. Get up, brush yourself off and keep walking towards God. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1st John 1:9).
The new you should search the scriptures and identify the promises that are yours. Learn how to speak the scriptures to your challenges. Speaking the scriptures are mighty in battle against the powers of the enemy, satan. You should hunger and thirst for this deliverance in all of your situations. You will have to decide whether your old friends with your old habits are worth letting go for the new. It’s natural to be afraid of what is yet to come and changing the old to the new you will take some time. This time will be well worth it as you get new friends and learn new habits that will bring you peace.
Finally you should be baptized into the Holy Spirit. Jesus didn’t perform any miracles until the Holy Spirit came upon Him. Luke Chapter 4 begins with: “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit…” that’s the chapter where it shows how Jesus defeated the temptations of the devil. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”(Luke 11:10-13NIV.) It’s as simple as opening up your mouth and asking. The struggle comes with letting go of the past habits and incorporating the new. I testify that the new is better.
Once you get saved, tell everyone. This is good news.