JOHN 3:16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in Him (trusts in, clings to, relies on and joins Him in His work) shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
Essentials 3. BELIEVING. YOU MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT BELIEVING IN JESUS ACTUALLY MEANS. Ever noticed how EARNEST Muslims are? Their praying puts us all to shame. They are utterly committed to Allah. They BELIEVE in the cause, be it Jihad, or whatever: and because they truly BELIEVE, they give their whole lives over to it - even unto death!!
First. We may call believing "COMMITMENT" - in fact, TOTAL commitment, and nothing less! This is true to the Greek word translated "believe" in the verse above. It means to join Jesus, becoming one of His life-time followers.
Second. It is not, repeat NOT, SIMPLY repeating a few words, as literally millions of seriously misled people have done, by saying a few simple sentences like: "I believe in Jesus," or "I accept Jesus as my Saviour" ('accept' isn't even Scriptural!) This sort of thing is quite appalling and has rightly been condemned as "Easy Believism."
Third, instead of unscriptural 'easy believism', in order to BELIEVE in Jesus means to commit the rest of your life to Him forever! You now belong only to Him: to DO only what He wants, LIVE how He wants, BELIEVE in Him always, and SERVE and OBEY Him according to New Testament rules - utterly, totally, committed to the Lord Jesus Christ, forever! (once again, major truth simply NOT taught by the churches). This commitment thing is pretty serious, right! But how incredibly and utterly WONDERFUL!! I am now servant to my Saviour and Lord for all of time and eternity! Sure works for me!!
Fourth. It's time to stop reading and do this right NOW, i.e., to truly Believe in Him, to make YOUR serious, forever COMMITMENT to the perfect Lamb of God Who shed and lost so MUCH of His precious blood so that you may be SAVED from punishment IN HELL forever. HE IS WORTHY!!! Worthy to be your Lord and Master - to serve only Him for the rest of your days, doing what HE wants, not what YOU want! Jesus Himself, Paul, John, Peter, and the N.T. saints ALL lived like this, and ONLY like this!
So provided, and ONLY provided , that you've fully REPENTED as above (otherwise it would be very wrong for you to continue), here are some words that you could use purely as a starting point and guide to beginning your new life of BELIEVING in Jesus. They are based on a prayer from a beautiful Christian from Islands in the Pacific... "Dear Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You came to earth 2,000 years ago. I believe You died for me on the cross and shed Your blood for my salvation, so that all my sins could all be forgiven forever. I believe You rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. I believe You are coming back again to earth."
"Dear God, I know I've really sinned against You. I've repented of all the sins in my life that I can think of, and will repent always. Thankyou for forgiving all my sins I've committed against You, and please help me to give up all my sin and please You. Cleanse me now with Jesus' precious blood. Lord Jesus, I give all of my life to You. Save my soul right now. I believe in You as my Saviour, my Lord, and my God. I am Yours forever and I will serve You, and follow You, and obey You the rest of my days. From this moment on I belong to You only. I no longer belong to this world and will stop following its ways. I no longer belong to the devil, the enemy of my soul. I belong to You, and I am born again. I pray this in Your precious Name. Amen
Fifth. Now that you've given your whole life over to Jesus forever, it's mostimportant for you to confess this with your mouth. ROMANS 10:9 If you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.So make certain to waste no time in TELLING someone that you now believe in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour and your life is now changed forever because of Him!
Sixth. Great news! You are now totally forgiven for ALL of your sins. That means past ones, current ones, AND future ones. Why? Because when He died on the Cross for you He paid the price for ALL of those sins!! "All" really does mean ALL!! But if my future sins are already forgiven, can't I sin as much as I like? Well, considering how much God loves us and has forgiven us when we do NOT deserve this, why would we ever WANT to do THAT? Instead, we live FOR Jesus, to serve Him, obey Him, and please Him. This will enable us to slowly become less and less sinful and more and more righteous ("living right"). How about all of that!!!