Can you imagine the small parts of a watch refusing to work as the watchmaker designed them to operate? What if the hands of a watch moved in the opposite direction? The watch would be useless. You are not useless, but you might be a lot like that watch
When God created you, He had a plan for you. But when you refuse to yield your will to Him, you miss His plan and purpose for your life. This means you are in conflict with God, who loves you and created you. God wants a relationship with you. Then He will fulfill the very purpose for which you were created. The Lord says: Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Each time we choose to go our own way, not God’s way, we are in conflict with Him. The Bible says that we “sin.” “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way.” (Isaiah 53:6)
Because God is without sin (God’s character is perfect), our sin puts us in conflict with God. This spiritual conflict results in a penalty or a consequence. The Bible says that the consequence of our sin is to be separated from God’s presence. This separation is called spiritual death.
“Your iniquities have separated you from your God.… The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 6:23)
Sin is serious because it separates us from God. Because God is just, He cannot ignore our wrongdoing. But because of His love, He doesn’t want us separated from Him. This creates a dilemma. He has to punish sin, yet He does not want us to die and be permanently separated from Him. This is why the heavenly Father sent His own Son, Jesus, to come to earth for the purpose of dying on the cross for our sins—Jesus actually chose to pay the penalty for our sins. We should have died, but instead, Christ died for us. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
We must seek God’s forgiveness God’s way. You need to trust that Jesus Christ died as your substitute and ask Him to come into your life to take control of your life. This is God’s only acceptable plan. Jesus said,
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). By believing in (relying on) Jesus alone to pay the penalty for your sins and yielding your will to His will, you are truly forgiven of your sins. And when you are forgiven, you are not only cleansed from all of your sin (past, present, and future), but you also have peace with God—saved from staying in conflict with God. The Bible says, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16–17).
If you wish to have peace with God—so that you will not be in conflict with Him any longer, you can tell Him in a simple, heartfelt prayer like this: “Lord Jesus, I need You. I admit that I have sinned. I understand that the punishment for my sin is death, to be spiritually separated from You. Yet, because of Your love, Your plan is to save me. I believe that what You said in Your Word is true—that You sent Jesus Christ to pay the penalty that I should have to pay. Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross for my sins and taking the punishment in my place. Right now I ask You to come into my life to be my Lord and Savior. Take control of my life and make me the person You created me to be. Thank You for Your unconditional love. And thank You for Your peace. In Your holy name. Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer, listen to what God says! “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:7)