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The Way Back to God

By Billy Graham

[ 1-The Great Quest]

[ 2- You Can Start Over ]

[ 3- Peace With God ]

[ 4- The Way Back to God ]

[ 5- Peace of God ]

[ 6- The Future Peace ]

4 The Way Back to God

The way back to God is not an intellectual way. You cannot think your way back to God because human thought-life will not coordinate with divine thought-life, for the carnal mind is at enmity with God.

You cannot worship your way back to God because man is a spiritual rebel from God’s presence. You cannot moralize your way back to God because character is flawed with sin.

There is only one way back to God. Jesus said, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3). This is how to begin! This is where it starts! You must be converted!

There are many people who confuse conversion with the keeping of the law. The Bible says, “By the law is the knowledge of sin.”

The law is a moral mirror, the gauge by which man can see how far he has fallen. It condemns but does not convert. It challenges but does not change. It points the finger but does not offer mercy. There is not life in the law. There is only death.

Examine your own motives before you decide that you are above reproach and living a life that absolves you from all need of conversion. Look into your own heart fearlessly and honestly before you say religious conversion is all right for some but you certainly don’t stand to benefit from it.

Conversion can take many forms. Conversion may follow a great crisis in a person’s life; or it could come after all former values have been swept away, when great disappointment has been experienced, when one has lost one’s sense of power through material possessions or lost the object of one’s affections.

Or, conversions may take place at the very height of personal power or prosperity – when all things are going well and the bountiful mercies of God have been bestowed generously upon you.

There are many conversions that are accomplished only after a long and difficult conflict with inner motives of the person. With others, conversion comes at the climactic moment of a long period of gradual conviction of their need and revelation of the plan of salvation.

Actually., Biblical conversion involves three steps. Repentance is conversion viewed from its starting point, the turning from the former life. Faith indicates the objective point of conversion, the turning to God. The third step we may call the new birth, or regeneration, commonly called being “born again,” which literally means being born into God’s family.

There is a vast difference between intellectual belief and the total conversion that saves the soul. To be sure there must be a change in our thinking and intellectual acceptance of Christ.

There are thousands of people who have had some form of emotional experience that they refer to as conversion but who have never been truly converted to Christ. Christ demands a change in the way you live.

But even if you have an intellectual acceptance of Christ and an emotional experience – that still is not enough. There must be the conversion of the will! There must be that determination to obey and follow Christ.

Conversion is so simple that the smallest child can be converted, but it is also so profound that theologians throughout history have pondered the depth of is meaning.

[ 1-The Great Quest ]

[ 2- You Can Start Over ]

[ 3- Peace With God ]

[ 4- The Way Back to God ]

[ 5- Peace of God ]

[ 6- The Future Peace ]