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Conversion - How to Get Converted

Christian Growth and Life (sanctification) is an ongoing experience that encompasses many things, but this page is directed at those who want to experience the FIRST and most VITAL step - Conversion. (Personal Growth is in the second section of this page - scroll down to view).

The very best book on this subject is Steps to Christ (I read it over and over again). This book will teach you exactly how to be converted. Listen or read it FREE here: http://steps-to-christ.org/

"“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 --- Here is how to be converted. BELIEVE on Christ. Faith. Too simple? Not really. Faith is “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

 

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There are 3 stages of conversion - Seed sowing, Cultivation, Harvest. They are related here in terms of evangelism, but the principles apply the same...>>>

 

The Experience of Genuine Conversion:

"I have been shown that many have confused ideas in regard to conversion. They have often heard the words repeated from the pulpit, "Ye must be born again." "You must have a new heart." These expressions have perplexed them. They could not comprehend the plan of salvation. Many have stumbled to ruin because of the erroneous doctrines taught by some ministers concerning the change that takes place at conversion. Some have lived in sadness for years, waiting for some marked evidence that they were accepted by God. They have separated themselves in a large measure from the world, and find pleasure in associating with the people of God; yet they dare not profess Christ, because they fear it would be presumption to say that they are children of God. They are waiting for that peculiar change that they have been led to believe is connected with conversion. After a time some of these do receive evidence of their acceptance with God, and are then led to identify themselves with His people. And they date their conversion from this time. But I have been shown that they were adopted into the family of God before that time. God accepted them when they became weary of sin, and having lost their desire for worldly pleasures, resolved to seek God earnestly. But, failing to understand the simplicity of the plan of salvation, they lost many privileges and blessings which they might have claimed had they only believed, when they first turned to God, that He had accepted them. Others fall into a more dangerous error. They are governed by impulse. Their sympathies are stirred, and they regard this flight of feeling as an evidence that they are accepted by God and are converted.... Many precious souls, desiring earnestly to be Christians, are yet stumbling in darkness, waiting for their feelings to be powerfully exercised. They look for a special change to take place in their feelings. They expect some irresistible force, over which they have no control, to overpower them. They overlook the fact that the believer in Christ is to work out his salvation with fear and trembling. The convicted sinner has something to do besides repent; he must act his part in order to be accepted by God. He must believe that God accepts his repentance, according to His promise. "Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him." The work of grace upon the heart is not an instantaneous work. It is effected by continuous, daily watching and believing the promises of God. The repentant, believing one, who cherishes faith and earnestly desires the renewing grace of Christ, God will not turn away empty. He will give him grace. And ministering angels will aid him as he perseveres in his efforts to advance... Conversions are not all alike. Jesus impresses the heart, and the sinner is born again to new life. Often souls have been drawn to Christ when there was no violent conviction, no soul rending, no remorseful terrors. They looked upon an uplifted Saviour; they lived. They saw the soul's need; they saw the Saviour's sufficiency and His claims; they heard His voice saying, "Follow Me," and they rose up and followed Him. This conversion was genuine, and the religious life was just as decided as was that of others who suffered all the agony of a violent process." {Ev 286-7}

 

Just a few of my personal favorite quotes from the amazing book "Steps To Christ" and a summary or refresh course on conversion and how to be converted.

“Our Father in heaven is the source of life, of wisdom, and of joy. Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature... ‘God is love’ is written upon every opening bud, upon every spire of springing grass. The lovely birds ...the delicately tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air, the lofty trees of the forest with their rich foliage of living green -- all testify to the tender, fatherly care of our God and to His desire to make His children happy.” {SC 9-10}

“God permitted His beloved Son... to come from a world of indescribable glory, to a world marred and blighted with sin, darkened with the shadow of death… But this great sacrifice was not made in order to create in the Father’s heart a love for man... No, no! “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16...“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself.” 2 Cor 5:19. God suffered with His Son. In the agony of Gethsemane, the death of Calvary, the heart of Infinite Love paid the price of our redemption.” {SC 12-13}

“It is impossible for us, of ourselves, to escape from the pit of sin in which we are sunken. Our hearts are evil, and we cannot change them... Education, culture, the exercise of the will, human effort, all have their proper sphere, but here they are powerless. They may produce an outward correctness of behavior, but they cannot change the heart;... There must be a power working from within, a new life from above... That power is Christ.” {SC 18.1}

“Oh, let us contemplate the amazing sacrifice that has been made for us! Let us try to appreciate the labor and energy that Heaven is expending to reclaim the lost, and bring them back to the Father’s house... the enjoyment of heaven, the society of the angels, the communion and love of God and His Son, the elevation and extension of all our powers throughout eternal ages--are these not mighty incentives and encouragements to urge us to give the heart’s loving service to our Creator and Redeemer?” {SC 21.3}

“Just here is a point on which many may err... They think that they cannot come to Christ unless they first repent... must the sinner wait till he has repented before he can come to Jesus? Is repentance to be made an obstacle between the sinner and the Saviour? The Bible does not teach that the sinner must repent before he can heed the invitation of Christ… We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience than we can be pardoned without Christ.” {SC 26}

“Christ is the source of every right impulse… It is true that men sometimes become ashamed of their sinful ways, and give up some of their evil habits... But whenever they make an effort to reform, from a sincere desire to do right, it is the power of Christ that is drawing them… The sinner may resist this love, may refuse to be drawn to Christ; but if he does not resist he will be drawn to Jesus; a knowledge of the plan of salvation will lead him to the foot of the cross in repentance for his sins...” {SC 27}

“If you see your sinfulness, do not wait to make yourself better. How many there are who think they are not good enough to come to Christ. Do you expect to become better through your own efforts? ‘Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?’ Jer 13:23. There is help for us only in God. We must not wait for stronger persuasions, for better opportunities, or for holier tempers. We can do nothing of ourselves. We must come to Christ just as we are.” {SC 31}

“(Some)... excuse themselves by saying of professed Christians, ‘I am as good as they are. They are no more self-denying... than I am. They love pleasure and self-indulgence as well as I do.’ Thus they make the faults of others an excuse for their own neglect of duty. But the sins and defects of others do not excuse anyone, for the Lord has not given us an erring human pattern. The spotless Son of God has been given as our example.” {SC 32}

“Confess your sins to God, who only can forgive them, and your faults to one another. If you have given offense to your friend or neighbor, you are to acknowledge your wrong, and it is his duty freely to forgive you. Then you are to seek the forgiveness of God, because the brother you have wounded is the property of God, and in injuring him you sinned against his Creator and Redeemer.” {SC 37.3}

“The humble and broken heart, subdued by genuine repentance, will appreciate something of the love of God and the cost of Calvary; and as a son confesses to a loving father, so will the truly penitent bring all his sins before God. And it is written, ‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ 1 John 1:9.” {SC 41.2}

“In giving ourselves to God, we must necessarily give up all that would separate us from Him...Whatever shall draw away the heart from God must be given up... The love of money, the desire for wealth, is the golden chain that binds them to Satan. Reputation and worldly honor are worshiped by another class. The life of selfish ease and freedom from responsibility is the idol of others. But these slavish bands must be broken. We cannot be half the Lord’s and half the world’s. We are not God’s children unless we are such entirely.” {SC 44.1}

“There are those who profess to serve God, while they rely upon their own efforts to obey His law, to form a right character, and secure salvation... Such religion is worth nothing. When Christ dwells in the heart, the soul will be so filled with His love, with the joy of communion with Him, that it will cleave to Him; and in the contemplation of Him, self will be forgotten. Love to Christ will be the spring of action. Those who feel the constraining love of God, do not ask how little may be given... but aim at perfect conformity to the will of their Redeemer. With earnest desire they yield all and manifest an interest proportionate to the value of the object which they seek.” {SC 44.2}

“God does not require us to give up anything that it is for our best interest to retain. In all that He does, He has the well-being of His children in view. Would that all who have not chosen Christ might realize that He has something vastly better to offer them than they are seeking for themselves. Man is doing the greatest injury and injustice to his own soul when he thinks and acts contrary to the will of God. No real joy can be found in the path forbidden by Him who knows what is best and who plans for the good of His creatures.” {SC 46.2}

“‘How am I to make the surrender of myself to God?’ You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your impulses, your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity, and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you; but you need not despair. What you need to understand is … You cannot change your heart, ... but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your will; He will then work in you… Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him.” {SC 47.1}

“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. If you believe the promise,--believe that you are forgiven and cleansed,--God supplies the fact… Do not wait to feel that you are made whole, but say, “I believe it; it is so… because God has promised.” {SC 51}

“Here is where thousands fail; they do not believe that Jesus pardons them personally, individually. They do not take God at His word. It is the privilege of all who comply with the conditions to know for themselves that pardon is freely extended for every sin... None are so sinful that they cannot find strength, purity, and righteousness in Jesus, who died for them. He is waiting to strip them of their garments stained and polluted with sin, and to put upon them the white robes of righteousness; He bids them live and not die.” {SC 52.3}

“With the rich promises of the Bible before you, can you give place to doubt? Can you believe that when the poor sinner longs to return, longs to forsake his sins, the Lord sternly withholds him from coming to His feet in repentance? Away with such thoughts!... Look up, you that are doubting and trembling; for Jesus lives to make intercession for us. Thank God for the gift of His dear Son and pray that He may not have died for you in vain. The Spirit invites you today. Come with your whole heart to Jesus, and you may claim His blessing.” {SC 54}

“As you read the promises, remember they are the expression of unutterable love and pity. … Yes, only believe that God is your helper. He wants to restore His moral image in man. As you draw near to Him with confession and repentance, He will draw near to you with mercy and forgiveness.” {SC 55.1}

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OK, once converted it's time for STEP TWO in getting started reaching out.

Now onto Personal Growth below.

Personal Growth

Steps for Personal Growth in 3 Steps AFTER conversion:

1. Surrender: "Submit yourselves therefore to God." James 4:7

2. Study: Learn of Christ DAILY! Read scripture, meditate on the words, pray through the day, memorize promises, and think on Jesus and His example. Desire of Ages is a book all should read over and over (once a year or every couple years). Read it online or download it here. Here is a compilation on "how to study" the Bible.

3. Self-examine: Look over your day/life and see if there is anything you need to give to God or give BACK to God. We often lay burdens at the cross only to pick them up again and not even realize it. Self-examination is not about correcting your flaws but acknowledging they are there. We are living in the anti-typical day of atonement.

Repeat!

 

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