“I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”
— John 16:33, MEV
It is peace that you need—Heaven’s forgiveness and peace and love in the soul... you can never hope, by your own efforts, to secure it. But God offers it to you as a gift... It is yours if you will but reach out your hand and grasp it.
You have confessed your sins, and in heart put them away. You have resolved to give yourself to God. Now go to Him, and ask that He will wash away your sins and give you a new heart. Then believe that He does this because He has promised.
Let us turn to the story of the paralytic at Bethesda. The poor sufferer was helpless; he had not used his limbs for thirty-eight years. Yet Jesus bade him, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” The sick man...believed Christ’s word...and he made the effort at once; he willed to walk, and he did walk. He acted on the word of Christ, and God gave the power. He was made whole.
In like manner you are a sinner. You cannot atone for your past sins; you cannot change your heart and make yourself holy. But God promises to do all this for you through Christ. You believe that promise. You confess your sins and give yourself to God. You will to serve Him. Just as surely as you do this, God will fulfill His word to you.
Do not wait to feel that you are made whole, but say, “I believe it; it is so, not because I feel it, but because God has promised.”
Jesus says, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24. There is a condition to this promise—that we pray according to the will of God. But it is the will of God to cleanse us from sin, to make us His children, and to enable us to live a holy life.
So we may ask for these blessings, and believe that we receive them, and thank God that we have received them. It is our privilege to go to Jesus and be cleansed, and to stand before the law without shame or remorse.
— Steps to Christ, p.49-51
Go to Him, ask that He will wash away your sins and give you a new heart.
Confess your sins and give yourself to God. Will to serve Him.
Say, “I believe it is so, not because I feel it, but because God has promised.”
Pray according to the will of God. It is His will to cleanse you and enable you to live a holy life.
Ask for the blessings and believe. Thank God that you have receive them.