Awakening – The road to freedom begins with an awareness that God is calling. We feel an emptiness in our hearts and a yearning for something real. He whispers in our ear “come.” Is he there? Does he care? Come? But where?
Repentence – How can I ever be good enough to approach holy God? There’s evil in my life. And evil in my heart. My puny efforts at rule keeping have not made me holy — I can’t do it. I can’t keep it up. I can’t change. I’m rotten inside. I agree that I am a slave to sin. Who will set me free from the body of this death? God help me!
Faith – Thanks be to God, who saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord! No human being can please God by self improvement. We put our faith in Jesus as our own personal sacrifice for sin, understanding that he alone can set us right before God and give us his power to live a free life. How do we get Jesus to do it? Just ask him in prayer. Jesus said,” I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Your prayer might be something like this: “Jesus, I’m sorry for the way I’ve treated you. Please forgive me. I reject my life of rebellion against God. I believe you are the Son of God who came to this earth to save me from a life that I have lived apart from You. Please save me, and give me a new heart that is holy and acceptable. I believe that I am now in You, and You are now in me by your Spirit. Change me from the inside out. I mean this. Though I will surely fail sometimes, I believe that You will never fail me. Thank you. Amen.”
Conversion – If you sincerely prayed in faith, the Spirit of Jesus enters your heart and changes you from the inside out. No longer are you following rules to please God, but the Son of God is now living his life through you. This is not a burden, but a joy, in having Christ the Lord as your new best friend.
Regeneration – You are not the same person you were before. You love God. You love others. You love his creation. You’re learning to walk in partnership with his Spirit to bring about love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in your world.