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In order to get "right" with GOD, we must first understand what is or went "wrong."  The answer is sin.  We all do it.  We have all rebelled against GOD's commands.

The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:6

The bad news is that the penalty for sin is death.

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.  Ezekiel 18:4

The good news is that a loving GOD has pursued us in order to bring us salvation.  Jesus declared His purpose was to go after us.

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  Luke 19:10

...and He pronounced His purpose accomplished when He died on the cross with the words, "It is finished!"

When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.  John 19:30

It is easy to ignore GOD.  Why worry about getting right with GOD?  Most people don't seem to be very concerned.  They seem to be on a different path, they are going some other easier way.  Their first choice many times is their last choice.  Their exit will be different, however.  Unfortunately it's the outlet most will take.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Matthew 7:13

Having a right relationship with GOD begins with an acknowledgment of your sin.  Next comes your humble confession of the sin to GOD and a determination to forsake the sin. 

For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.  Isaiah 57:15

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  Romans 10:9-10

This repentance must be accompanied by faith.  Specifically, the faith must be that Jesus' sacrificial death and miraculous resurrection qualify Him to be your Savior. 

Being right with GOD is a matter of your response to what GOD has done on your behalf.  He sent the Savior; He provided the sacrifice to take away your sin.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.  John 1:29

...and He offers you the promise:

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Acts 2:21

A wonderful illustration of repentance and forgiveness is seen in the parable of the prodigal son.

And he said, A certain man had two sons: and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.  And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.  Luke 15:11-32

The younger son wasted his father's gift in shameful sin.  When he acknowledged his wrongdoing, he made a u-turn and then decided to return home.

He assumed he would no longer be considered a son, but he was wrong.  The father loved the returned son as much as ever.  All was forgiven, and a celebration ensued.  GOD is good to keep His promises, including the promise to forgive.

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.  Psalm 34:18

If you want to get right with GOD stop your procrastinating.

Here is a sample prayer. Remember, saying this prayer or any other prayer will not save you.  It is only trusting in Christ that can save you from sin. This prayer is simply a way to express to GOD your faith in Him and thank Him for providing for your salvation.  Go ahead you can do it!  It is time to get right with!

"GOD, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment.  But Jesus took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven.  I turn away from my sin and place my trust in You for salvation.  Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness and the gift of eternal life!  Amen!"

Be blessed and meditate or meditate and be blessed!!!!.. The choice is yours!!
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