God is there. He is perfect. We can know Him.
When God created the heavens and earth He created men and women in his image. They were perfect and had clean hearts. The first man and woman lived in fellowship with God and in perfect harmony with the world around them. Genesis 1-2
But the first man and woman disobeyed God, sinning against Him. They lost their condition of perfection and their clean hearts became dirty with sin. Their relationship with God was broken. Because we all descend from them, their dirty heart and broken relationship with God have been passed on to all of us. Genesis 3; Romans 3:23
The key question for our lives then becomes, how can I have a right relationship with God? Who is able to pay for my sin, so that I can have a clean heart?
God's solution is His son Jesus. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, so He did not inherit a dirty heart. Jesus lived a perfect life. He obeyed God's commands perfectly and died a horrible death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. Romans 6:23
God has made it possible for our dirty heart [condition] and all of our sins [actions] to be transferred to Jesus on the cross. Jesus serves as our substitute, and our only way of having a clean heart, free from the guilt of our sin. 2 Corinthians 5:21
As a result of what Jesus did, God is able to declare that we have a clean heart, free from the guilt of our sin. And not only do we receive a clean heart, but we are declared to be righteous because Jesus' perfect moral record is transferred to our account. 2 Corinthians 5:17
We can receive the free gift of a clean heart by doing 3 simple things. . .
1. Admit (1 John 1:9)
Admit we are sinners, guilty before God and separated from Him by our sin. When we admit that we are sinners, we are acknowledging that we are ready to repent or make a turnaround in our lives. In repentance we stop trusting in our own efforts to earn our way into Heaven and begin to trust in what Jesus has done for us. In repentance we also stop acting as though we are really in control of our lives. Instead we surrender control to God and submit to Him as the new Lord of our lives.
2. Believe (John 3:16)
To believe in Jesus as our savior means that we trust in Him and in Him alone as our only hope for forgiveness from our sins. It also means that we acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died to pay for our sins and then was resurrected from the grave. Believing goes beyond simple intellectual consent to the facts surrounding Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Believing is an act of trust and the basis for reconciliation to the perfect God we have sinned against.
3. Call (Romans 10:9-10)
Call upon Him to come into your heart right now. There is absolutely no need to spend time trying to be moral or to make yourself more presentable to God before becoming a Christian. If you are ready to admit and believe (repent and trust), then you are ready to go to God in prayer and to become a Christian.
The following is a suggested prayer, but remember that the most important thing is the attitude of your heart and not the exact words you say:
God, I admit that I am a sinner and that I am unable to save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and I believe in what He did for me on the cross: that He died, paid for my sin, and was resurrected. I surrender my life to you. Forgive my sin, take control of my life and transform me into the person you want me to be. Amen.