My hope is to live "RadicallyforJesus" in all I do. The reflections herein can be described as my attempt at keeping this verse. " Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God."
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Have you been Saved?
Have you been saved my friend?
Are you even sure of what that means? I know we Christians throw around a lot of words, that the non-Christian may not quite understand. To be saved, means essentially being spared from eternity in Hell. I know, that does not seem so warm and fuzzy of a topic. However, wouldn't you rather "get it right" now while you can. It is better than waiting till you die only to find out you waited too long. What about your children, have you taught them about God. As a parent it is your responsibility. But of course you must know Him first. What do I mean by knowing Him?
What I am talking about is having a personal relationship with God. Do you have peace in your life? I mean real and true peace. The peace that only G iod can give. Do you find that there is just something that isn't quite right in your life perhaps? A deep longing for more?
But perhaps you say I don't like God, what has He ever done for me? Or perhaps you say, I am Christian, my parents raised me as Christian. (be it Catholic, Protestant, whatever) Saying you are Christian, does not make you so! Being raised "Christian" won't help. Even if you were baptized into the faith. It won't save you. Neither will living a really, really "good" life. You can't earn your way to heaven by doing nice things.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The first step in salvation is repenting from your sins. You might say, there is nothing that bad you have done. I assure you we all sin. We ALL have something in our lives that is wrong or unholy. You could argue that you don't see anything you have done as wrong. However, what about how God sees you. Will he find you have been so perfect? No, He will not. The Bible says ALL have come short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
To be a real Christian, takes first repentance, and then acceptance of God. To be able to really and truly repent means you have to actually believe you are first guilty. You have to WANT to change. You have to WANT to please God.
Under the Old Testament Scriptures, a blood sacrifice was required to purify a person from sin. However, a Messiah was promised who would take fulfill all that. Jesus Christ is that blood sacrifice. He became that for you, and for I so that we might be able to be washed clean. He came to teach us and to show us how to live life. There is no greater love, than someone willing to actually die for you. Well Christ did just that. God sent Him, His only Son, so that you and I might see how MUCH He loves us.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Luke 18: 18And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. 20Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. 21And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. 22Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. 23And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. 24And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! 25For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. 26And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? 27And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
Do you accept that God created you?
Are you willing to admit you are a sinner?
Are you willing to repent of that?
Are you willing to accept Christ's sacrifice over your life?
Are you willing to surrender your life for Christ?
These are basic questions that all Christian's must be able to answer a strong and fervent yes to. If you are able to do that, bow down right now and start talking to God. Tell Him these things. You don't have to use fancy words, just talk with Him. Admit your sins, repent of them, and ask Him into your heart.
Romans 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
I will not give you the words you should say, these words need to come from your heart and be truly sincere. If you do this, then welcome to the Kingdom of God! If you have ANY questions, please feel free to email me.
Also, I recommend that you find yourself a Bible believing and Bible following church. You really should get baptized. It is something that all believers should want to do. Keep in mind though, if you already welcomed Christ into your life, you are saved. Baptism won't save you by itself, but it is one of the signs that is to follow those who believe.
Get yourself a Bible, and study the scriptures yourself as well. That way you can be prepared and understand if someone ever attempts to mislead you. Trust God and His word. You will never be failed.
Luke 9:23And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
A further note for those who did not welcome Christ into their life or are unsure of what they want to do. I URGE you not to wait. Please make your decision soon. One never knows when this life will end. It can end within seconds or years, so please make sure you are ready.
Mark 16: 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him [God] that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.