How to Start a New Life

Are you frustrated with your life? Have you struggled to get out of a rut? Do you want to give up and just start over? Where is life’s reset button?

You have probably run through all of these questions many times over but here’s one more question to consider: Have you ever read the greatest book that was written on how to start a new life? That book is the Bible—and if you’ve never read any of it, you’re missing out on life’s biggest truths.

How do you restart your life with the Bible? The Bible isn’t just another book on self-help. In fact, it isn’t a “self-help” book at all because it tells us we are too weak to transform our lives. We’re just not able to make ourselves into the kind of people we should be. No one likes to admit this—but it’s true and you know it from your own experiences.

Instead, the Bible points us to God because He is the only one who can turn you around and make your life different. You can’t reset your life—but God can, and He will enable you if you’ll let Him. The Bible says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). God loves you, and He doesn’t want you to be stuck in this state of helplessness and desperation for the rest of your life.

So how do you start your new life today? It begins with repentance. Tell God you know you have sinned and you want to turn away from your old ways of living. Next, you must turn to Jesus Christ and ask Him to come into your life as your Savior and Lord. Once you do this, God Himself comes to live within you by His Spirit. Then you’ll discover the same truth the Apostle Paul discovered: “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Are you tired of your old life and ready to start your new one with God?

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Step 1 – God’s Purpose: Peace and Life

God loves you and wants you to experience peace and eternal life.

The Bible says:

“We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 5:1

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:16

“I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10

What keeps us from having the life God planned for us?

Step 2 – The Problem: Our Separation from God

God created us in His image. He gave us a will and the freedom of choice; we choose to disobey Him and go our own way—which is called sin. This separates us from God.

The Bible says:

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 3:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23

Our choice to sin separates us from God. People have tried many ways to bridge this gap between themselves and God.

The Bible says:

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
Proverbs 14:12

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
Isaiah 59:2

No bridge reaches God… except one.

Step 3 – God’s Bridge: The Cross

Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the grave. When He did He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between us and God.

The Bible says:

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.”
1 Timothy 2:5

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”
1 Peter 3:18

God has provided the only way back to Him. You must make a choice.

Step 4 – Our Response: Receive Christ

We must trust and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

The Bible says:

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
John 1:12

“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:9

Which side are you on? The side with Christ or without Him?

Here is how you can accept Christ into your life:

"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?