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Jesus Has Saved Me Look to Jesus: Lesson 1

"Somebody save me!" Have you ever yelled that out before? We all need saving sometime. Maybe you got lost in a deserted area and needed rescue. Salvation is exactly that²rescue from your sins. You see, your sins (all the things you did wrong) had a huge hold on you, like a death grip. Can you imagine a huge giant squeezing someone by the neck? That¶s what sin was doing to you. But when you called out, "Jesus, save me!", Jesus came and broke sin¶s grip off you. The Bible says, "If you declare with your mouth, µJesus is Lord,¶ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved" (Romans 10:9). You were saved from sin and death when you asked Jesus to be your Savior.

Saved Forever
When Jesus saved you, it wasn¶t just for a day or from one particular sin. It was forever. Imagine a child who was sold into slavery, and one day a rich man comes and pays a million dollars for that one kid. Now, if that man paid so much to save that poor child, why would he ever give him up? It¶s even more so with God who paid with His own Son! The Bible says, ³For 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´ (John 3:16). When you asked Jesus to save you, He saved you forever and you can trust Him.

"The Day Jesus Saved Me"
"My life has changed in big places and small. I think my DNA has probably changed as well! From every part of my being, I felt alive, I felt different - I could tell something had happened. And my life continues to be transformed - my mind is less of a battlefield, I live in more peace and joy though the world seeks to take that from me. I know my real home is waiting for me and that gives me great strength, peace and comfort" Rory

For Today
Thank Jesus for saving you forever. Memorize Romans 10:9 and bring it to mind whenever you start to doubt that Jesus has truly saved you.

I wanted so badly for others to love me that I would do anything to get their approval. I experienced the security of being unconditionally loved for the first time. leader. You fill up the car with gas. The Bible calls it being born again. though you are evil. but of imperishable. Imagine an empty balloon. Shortly after becoming a Christian. But if you blow air into it. my life was full of selfishness. ´ You were given this new life through the Holy Spirit. ³Do not get drunk on wine. The Holy Spirit came in my heart and became my friend. ³For you have been born again. which leads to debauchery. I pray and the Holy Spirit gives me peace. Jesus said. 1 Peter 1:23 says. but soon enough. Being Filled Up Everyday The Holy Spirit gives you new life everyday. How the Holy Spirit Gave Me New Life "Before I became a Christian. ³If you then. That is what God did for you when you were born again²He filled you up with His own Spirit and gave you new life so that you can soar. I prayed for forgiveness and began to help . know how to give good gifts to your children. When I finally gave my life to God. and the one who always understood me. it runs out and you have to fill it up again. The Bible says. If I am afraid. If I sin. Take a moment right now and ask God to give you new life by filling you with His Spirit. ³Be filled with the Spirit. be filled with the Spirit´ (Ephesians 5:18). bitterness. a new human life entering the world with so much possibility. and insecurity. How can you be filled with new life from the Holy Spirit everyday? All you have to do is ask. the Holy Spirit began to convict me of my selfishness in my home. The wonderful thing about the Holy Spirit is that He gives new life everyday. That¶s what it is like when you became a Christian. can¶t it? Sometimes people and problems take the air out of us. When it says. Instead. anger. how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!´ (Luke 11:13).´ it means be filled again and again and again. not of perishable seed.New Life from the Holy Spirit Look to Jesus: Lesson 2 Have you ever watched a new life being born? There is nothing like watching a baby being born. When the Holy Spirit spoke to me about this. it just lies flat and lifeless. through the living and enduring word of God. Think of it like driving a car. it fills up and can fly. Life can be hard. On its own. I would leave dirty dishes in the sink and rarely help my mom. He loving tells me that I am wrong and leads me to change.

It¶s a book about Jesus. You know the feeling of waking up in the morning starving? Your body needs its fuel for the day. He was saying that in the same way your body needs food everyday. but on every word that comes from the mouth of God´ (Matthew 4:4). The Holy Spirit was changing my desires and making me more like Jesus. A great place to start is in the book of John. a light on my path. You probably won¶t understand everything in the beginning. Jesus said. Begin the habit today of daily reading the Bible to get direction from God and feed your spirit. God knows that life can be tricky.´ Imagine the difference between stumbling through a dark maze and going through it with lighted path. More than direction. just like it¶s normal for a baby to only be able to eat baby food. But the more you read the Bible. How I Get Direction from the Bible . the more you will understand. Ask God to give you more of His Holy Spirit to fill you. so He gave us directions for life in the Bible to help us live successfully. ³Your word is a lamp for my feet. it¶s your daily meal. peace. Get Direction from the Bible Look to Jesus: Lesson 3 "Help! Can I get directions from you?" Have you ever been lost? Life can seem like a maze sometimes. that¶s normal. written by one of His close friends. showing you how to get through the maze and reach the goal. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit and the blessings that He brings into my life" -Deanna For Today Thank the Holy Spirit for living inside of you and giving you new life. The Bible is like a direction key.out without being asked. and the more your spirit will be fed. and joy in the Holy Spirit. Psalm 119:105 says. That¶s the difference between a Christian who reads the Bible and one who doesn¶t. ³Man shall not live on bread alone. and it is easy to get lost. The Bible says that the kingdom of God is righteousness. So how do you get spiritual food? By reading the Bible. your spirit needs food too²spiritual food. You¶ll love it.

It gives me a point of conversation so that I can talk with God. Hebrews 10:25 tells us to. He is talking to me about what He desires for me. Talk to God as you read and ask for Him to help you understand what is being said. I view it as if God is telling me a story. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother. µHere are my mother and my brothers. He will speak to you and give you direction and help for everything in your life. and they follow Me. That¶s how it is with the Church." I know that He is telling me personally that I can hear His voice. [Jesus] said. and then there are local churches. or maybe it was a special day at the park. the more you talk to Him. There is the Universal Church. which is every person who follows Jesus. Ask God to give you direction from the Bible for a specific issue you are facing. where groups of Christians meet together locally to encourage and help one another. I allow the Bible to become very personal and applicable. that He knows me and that I can follow Him no matter what may be going on around me. God adopted you as one of His own children."When I read the Bible. Maybe it was a really great holiday together. making all other Christians your brothers and sisters! Matthew 12:49-50 says. For example. the more things will begin to make sense" Aaron For Today Plan a time each day to read the Bible. and I know them. That¶s how the Church is. The Church is God¶s family. sharing His heart with me and telling me about following Him. and now it is yours too. ³Pointing to his disciples. it will be easier to do it. The more you read. The wonderful thing about family is that you are committed to each other. if I read Jesus saying "My sheep hear My voice. If you schedule it. The Church is Your Family Look to Jesus: Lesson 4 Think back on a fun family experience. making one big family.¶´ Isn¶t it amazing that Jesus would include us in His own family! The Church: One Big Family Made of Many Small Families Have you ever had a big family reunion? Your individual family joins with other families who are related to you. ³not . When you gave your life to Jesus. to love each other no matter what.

or there may be very up meeting together.´ God is teaching us that we need each other. How the Church Became My Family "Getting connected to my local church has really helped me in my Christian faith. Ask God to lead you to other Christians. A few years ago I moved to a new city. The people I met at church were very friendly and caring. God Hears Your Prayers Look to Jesus: Lesson 5 Every culture has a concept of prayer²of calling out to God for help. We also have a Church Finder to locate a church in your area. So what is the truth? The Bible says you are a child of God by your faith in Jesus. as some are in the habit of doing. spiritual family. and God hears your prayers.´ Have you ever seen a mother rushing to her crying baby? Even though the baby can¶t . Some think that you have to be a very good person to be heard by God. I didn¶t know anybody. Do you know a group of Christians in your area that you can become family with? There might be a lot of local churches around you. but as I started to go to church regularly I met people who became my good friends. ask God to lead you to one and use our Church Finder if you need help. ³How gracious He will be when you cry for help! As soon as He hears. He will answer you. really far away from all of my family and friends. If you do not have a church family. But not every culture believes that God will hear your prayers. They would invite me over to their house for dinner or just to hang out with them and their family. I began to build deep friendships with these brothers and sisters in Christ and I found a home away from home through the church. just like a family. Isaiah 30:19 says. Others think that you have to say certain prayers with certain words for God to hear. I am so grateful and thankful that I have met people in the church who truly love me and accept me like God does" -Dena For Today Thank God for giving you a new. but encouraging one another. I attended a Bible study with people from church and they helped me grow in my faith and supported me by personally praying for me each week.

I never felt like I had anybody who would fight for me. so you can go straight to your dad. when I was spending time with God. when you pray to Him. like it says in Psalm 46. ³In that day you will no longer ask me anything. . God Heard My Prayer "Growing up. So I cried a little and asked Him to help himself clearly. That¶s a picture of God¶s concern for you. The craziest thing happened! The very thing I had been trying to do for months was quickly solved and God made it clear that He heard me and that He even loved me! From that day. This isn¶t like talking about your problems to your best friend who can¶t do anything to help. my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name´ (John 16:23). his mother cares so much to help because of her great love. Jesus said. Very truly I tell you. it was really hard for me to understand that He sincerely wanted to help me out. The God of the Whole Universe Hears Your Prayers But you have to realize how important it is that the God of the whole universe hears your prayers. who loves you and wants to help you. When I started to get to know God. He is so close. Take a moment right now to talk with Him and thank Him for hearing you. and is hoping each one of us will talk to him. Imagine you worked for a huge company. But you are the child of the president of the company. Whenever most people had a problem. His child. Talk to Him about something that is bothering you and ask Him to help you. I realized that God is truly a "very present help" in time of need. I remember one time. He said to me. there was something I had been trying to solve for months. like we would to a trusted friend" -Emilie For Today Thank God for hearing and caring about your every prayer. the boss of the whole universe and your heavenly Father. That¶s a small picture of your special relationship with God. I didn't think He really cared that much. "Why don't you just ask ME for a solution?" I'd never thought of actually relying on God. to tell Him what we need. He loves you more than you understand and wants you to ask Him for help. Finally one day. the person in charge. So do not hesitate to come to God with your problems and concerns. they had to go through the line of authority and figure it out themselves.

the whole reason Jesus came to earth was to help lost people find God.Help Someone Find God Look to Jesus: Lesson 6 Has someone ever helped you with something really important? Maybe it was a big school assignment or learning how to ride a bike. and you can introduce them! Have You Two Met? Imagine that you knew the person who invented the cure for cancer. I told him what I was doing and how God had helped me in my life. That¶s why Jesus said that He came for the sick. and the greatest way you can help someone is to help them find God. Think of someone you can help to find God and ask Jesus to guide you. wondering why I was alone at the beach. Do you know someone who is spiritually sick? The only one who can heal someone is Jesus. but he was your brother. I have not come to call the righteous. How I Helped Someone Find God "Sharing the Gospel can be a very difficult thing to do. it just needs to be YOU!" -A. it's my job to be myself. It is through trusting in Jesus that someone can have a relationship with God. He is the only cure for sin and separation from God. Your testimony of what Jesus has done for you is incredibly powerful. He said. and the guy gave his life to Jesus in front of all of his friends. In fact.¶ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. You just tell them that they can be forgiven of their sins and have a relationship with God by trusting Jesus as their Savior. Do you know how to introduce someone to Jesus? It¶s easy. But I¶ve realized it's not my job to be the next Billy Graham. but the sick.jesus2020. I was at the beach at night praying and a group of high school students jumped out of a limo. Berry . They had just finished Prom. The more that you step out and tell about what God did for you. Not only did you know him. µJesus is Lord. Or you can point them to "It is not the healthy who need a doctor. Helping people is one of the greatest things you can do in life. One of the guys approached me. and that is the greatest need we all have²to know our Creator. you will be saved´ (Romans 10:9). the more the Holy Spirit will work in the hearts of those you speak to. It doesn't have to be a sermon. Think how excited you would be every time you met someone with cancer! You¶d probably be more excited to meet cancer victims than healthy people. The whole group surrounded us as I started to tell everyone about Jesus and His love. but sinners" (Mark 2:17). You can give them this promise from the Bible: ³If you declare with your mouth.

For Today Thank Jesus for saving you and wanting to save everyone else. The New Believer's Guide . Ask God to help you talk to them. Think of one person who is going through a hard time and needs to hear about Jesus.