How to Find God

You want to get close to God, but where do you start? How do you find God when you can’t see Him?

Searching for God isn’t a lost cause. He made you and wants to be near His beloved creation.

In fact, He speaks to us about that through His words, found in the Bible. It’s there that God says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).

God can be found and wants to be found by you. That desire to know Him is something He put within you because He longs to have a real, one-on-one relationship with you.

God isn’t hiding somewhere far away, ignoring you or hoping you won’t bother Him. Instead, He did something incredible. God sent His only Son Jesus Christ to earth. Jesus was God in human flesh and came to the human race so that we could know Him personally. Thousands of people saw Him, touched Him and heard Him speak—all which was recorded in the Bible so that we, too, have eyewitness accounts of Christ.

The Bible speaks clearly of God’s love for us and His plan to save us. Here are the simple steps to find God and be “born again.”

  1. Be certain of your need for God. If you think you can handle life on your own, then you’ll probably never find God. You must recognize your own sinfulness and your inability to solve it.
  2. Understand the cross. God sent His only Son to earth to die on a cross for you and your sins. This is the solution we can’t provide for ourselves.
  3. Count the cost. The Christian life isn’t easy and there are things to do for those who follow Jesus, but it’s worth it many times over and God promises to be with you.
  4. Accept Jesus publicly. The Bible says, “So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-32).
  5. Let God change your life. This step represents the beginning. Your new life starts the moment you receive Jesus. He will work through you as you remain faithful, pray, read your Bible, attend church, and tell others about what He has done for you.

You don’t have to search for God any longer. Invite Him into your life today.

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Step 1 – God loves you and has a plan for you!

The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”—a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10). But here’s the problem:

Step 2 – People are sinful and separated from God.

We have all done, thought or said bad things, which the Bible calls “sin.” The Bible says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The result of sin is death, spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). The good news?

Step 3 – God sent His Son to die for your sins!

Jesus died in our place so we could have a relationship with God and be with Him forever. “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). But it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He rose again and still lives! “Christ died for our sins. … He was buried. … He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Jesus is the only way to God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Step 4 – Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness?

We can’t earn salvation; we are saved by God’s grace when we have faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. All you have to do is believe you are a sinner, that Christ died for your sins, and ask His forgiveness. Then turn from your sins—that’s called repentance. Jesus Christ knows you and loves you. What matters to Him is the attitude of your heart, your honesty. We suggest praying the following prayer to accept Christ as your Savior:

"Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen."

Did you pray this prayer?