If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Apostle Paul, Romans 10:9

It really is that simple. Salvation is not a deeply complex series of commitments to a church or theology, not at all.

Watch this short clip from one of my favorite pastors, Dr. Tony Evans, if now is your time, you’re less than 3 minutes away to beginning a brand-new life!

So where do you go from here?

Prayer and Bible study are where you start. Don’t worry about lifestyle changes unless there is a change you desire to make right now.

Your transformation is a natural process that takes place on the inside by the power of God. It is not a set of forced behavioral modifications you find regrettable or painful causing you to rue the day you ever accepted Jesus into your heart.

That’s a lie the devil wants you to believe to keep you from taking that leap of faith, don’t buy into it.

JUST LEAP

Before I pray I like to read a little in the Bible if I can.

Need suggestions?

In the New Testament I love the books of James and 1 John.

In the Old Testament I love the stories in the book of Genesis and also the lives of Samuel, King David {remember David & Goliath?} and Solomon, David’s son.  1 Samuel, 2 Samuel and 1 Kings. 2 Kings is great too.

Don’t skip anything! Sometimes the Holy Spirit has spoken to me clearest while I was learning how to build an ark or a temple or who begat who. It’s all in there for a reason and at different seasons in your life one area of the Bible will stand out more than others.

How exactly does the Holy Spirit speak to me?

It’s amazing really. God is not limited to any way in particular and your lack of experience will not be a barrier to hearing God’s voice! Sometimes I see visions of solutions to my problems. Like looking at a photograph on Pinterest, I literally see a static image. Sometimes I get a random thought that is a suggestion, answer to a question or word of encouragement. By doing what this inner voice, my own voice by the way, tells me to do and seeing what can only be described as miraculous or extraordinary results I have learned to tell the difference between my own natural inner monologue and the…timbre {I guess} of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes I’ve randomly opened the Bible to a page and my eyes landed on a passage that EXACTLY addresses an issue. Sometimes I’ve had to read 23 chapters to come across one that jumped off the page so powerfully I know God just wanted to see how bad I wanted it. Sometimes a friend or a stranger will say exactly the right thing and when I hear the words of advice or encouragement they ring true like an “aha!” moment. The words seem to “click” with my spirit. Songs, billboards, Christian memes friends post on Facebook. The better you get at recognizing His voice, the more you will realize He was speaking to you all along.

I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett several summers ago. Long before the movie was in production. In the book a main character had a habit of writing down her prayers in a journal. That idea resonated with me so powerfully I knew it must be God. I love to write! And I’ve seen extraordinary answers to prayers typed out.

God can literally use anything to speak to you, so don’t worry about how, just start looking expectantly and when you get ideas that are legal and helpful run with them! Worst case scenario, you did a good deed.

Anything you think you hear that would be illegal or cause emotional distress to you or someone else, better ask God to send a couple more witnesses and also see what the Bible has to say about it. Before I married my husband and also before we bought our house God indulged me with 3 different powerful answers that I recognized as confirmation.

Then what? Find a Biblically based church and I’ve shared my experiences and thoughts on that on another page.

Be blessed!

Michelle