I am a very simple person. Thankfully, when I realized that I was headed the wrong direction
in life, I got a very clear-cut explanation of how to get going in the right direction. That is
why these steps are very simple.

If you want to start on a new road with God, consider these five milepost markers:

Milepost 1: Face Reality
Romans 3:23 declares, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Even in
today's feel-good world, I have ran into very few people who argue the fact that they have
sinned and come short of God's expectation. Everyone has sinned. We have all done
things that are displeasing to God. Worse, each one of us instinctively knows that we have
sinned and are therefore not innocent, no matter how much we try to justify ourselves.

Every human was created with the ability and need to know God and fellowship with Him.
Augustine, a minister who lived during the fourth and fifth centuries, called this longing in
each of us "that God-shaped vacuum."

Romans 3:10 tells us,
"There is none righteous, no, not one."

Every day we hear of people who are rich, famous, achievers, star athletes—people who
seem to have the best life can offer—yet they try to fill that empty void in their lives with
"things." Lots of people around the world try good works, sacrifice, morality, piety and
religious rituals, yet they remain empty. The reason is quite clear: Only God, through His
Son, can fill that emptiness.

Milepost 2: Get Real with God
Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin: "For the wages of sin is death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

There is a gap between God and mankind. He has provided a way for us to receive an
abundant and eternal life, but people throughout the ages have made selfish choices to
disobey God Almighty. These choices continue to cause separation from the Father.

The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. It is like a elementary
mathematical equation:
                                          
  sin = death

This refers not to just physical death, but eternal death and separation from God eternally!
Yet God has provided the solution.

Milepost 3: Understand How Much God Loves You
The second part of Romans 6:23 contains the eternal solution for your sins: "but the gift of
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Romans 5:8 declares, "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us."

Jesus Christ died for you! Jesus' death paid for the price of your sins. Jesus' resurrection is
living proof that God accepted Jesus' death as the payment for your sins. And God stands
ready to provide salvation through Jesus Christ when you ask Him inside.

Moreover, Jesus Christ, His Son, is the only way to God. Only He can reconcile us to God
the Father. Mankind may seek other solutions and worship other gods, but Jesus Christ,
alone, died on the Cross for our sins and rose in triumph over the grave and eternal death.
He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and mankind.

The Bible explains: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the
man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5). And Jesus Himself said,
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me"
(John 14:6).

God Almighty has provided the only way. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin and
rebellion against God by dying on the cross, shedding His blood, and rising from the dead
to justify and reconcile you back to God the Father.

Milepost 4: Accept God's Sacrifice for Your Sins
Romans 10:9 tells us, "If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your
heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

Because of Jesus' death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His
death as the payment for our sins—and we will be saved!

Romans 10:13 says it again,
"for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be
saved."
Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death.
Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as
their Lord and Savior.

Are you willing to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior now?

If you are ready to accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you can simply pray:

    Dear Lord Jesus,
    I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You came to earth to die for me on the
    cross and shed Your blood for my salvation. I believe you rose from the dead and
    ascended to heaven. Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. Forgive my sin. Cleanse me now
    with Your precious blood. Come into my heart. Save my soul right now. I give you my
    life. I receive You now as my Savior, my Lord, and my God. I am Yours forever, and I
    will serve You and follow You the rest of my days. From this moment on, I belong to
    You only. I no longer belong to this world, nor to the enemy of my soul. I belong to
    You, and I am born again.
    Amen!

By praying this prayer, confessing your sins, and receiving Jesus Christ into your heart,
God has given you the right to become His forgiven child. The Bible gives you this
assurance:
"But as many as received him, to them he gave the power to become the sons
of God, even to them who believe on his name"
(John 1:12).

Milepost 5: Discover the Wonderful Results of Your Salvation
Did you ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

Do you believe He has the power to come into your heart and change your life?

Then according to the verse you just read, you are a child of God! He has given you the
power to become the son of God.

I want to be the first to welcome you into God’s family!

And I also want to remind of wonderful promise found in Romans 5:1:
"Therefore, since we
have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Through Jesus Christ, you can have a relationship of peace with God.

Romans 8:1 teaches us,
"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in
Christ Jesus."
Because of Jesus' death on our behalf, as a believer you will never be
condemned for your sins.

What does it mean that we will never be condemned? We have this precious promise of
God from Romans 8:38-39,
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels
nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in
Christ Jesus our Lord."

THE NEXT STEPS
Now what?

The Bible talks about your new life as a believer this way:
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new"
(2
Corinthians 5:17).

What does that mean? In a sentence, the journey you are starting is an exciting one that
never ends, for your eternal destination is now heaven. Jesus said:

    "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My
    Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to
    prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again
    and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also." (John 14:1-3)

What an incredible final destination!

But what about the meantime? Suffice it to say that the steps you take during the coming
days are very important. That is why I've put together seven simple steps to help you get
started positively.

Click here to read about the First Steps As a Christian...