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When it comes to my salvation, all I need is Jesus; after my salvation, everything is Jesus plus the church. When people preach that all you need is Jesus, they cut you and I off from one of the greatest sources of healing, which is the body of Christ. Don’t go it alone – you won’t make it. ~ Josh McDowell
God Is A Gentleman; He Does Not Force Himself On Anyone!
God offers the gift of salvation; it is your choice to accept it or not?
Would you like to know where you are going once you die? If you accept the gift of salvation, you will know for sure.
Prayer for salvation is a prayer that turns your life around from not having faith in God into a life that has confessed with your mouth and believed in your heart that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Saviorof your life.
Just saying the words in a prayer for salvation are not magical words, but they can be your way of telling God that you are serious about following him in your life because of your new faith in Jesus Christ.
There are two kinds of prayers. One type is to ask God to help you or others. A different kind of prayer is one with an eternal perspective, known as a prayer for salvation, the words do not save you, but Jesus Christ does when you accept Him as your Lord and Savior! ~ Bill Greguska
The Acrostic = (P.O.W.E.R.)
After you have received the gift of eternal life and made a new creation, you will want to grow in your knowledge of Jesus Christ and your obedience to Him. Jesus’ teaching about living for God can be summed up in the “POWER acrostic” and help you remember the essential elements of spiritual progress.
Communication with God through prayer keeps your focus on eternal things. If you are truly following Jesus, your desires will be for God’s glory and His kingdom, the church, Jesus promised, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” John 15:7. The Christian who wants to grow communicates with God through prayer. He expresses his gratitude to Him, confesses his sins, and comes to Him with his requests for himself and others. God promises to be near to all who come to Him in prayer, Psalm 145:18.
In John 14, Jesus said that our obedience to His commands is an indicator of our love for Him. We can’t do it in our own strength, however. That’s one of the reasons He gave us the Holy Spirit. As we yield to Him, the Spirit provides the power to walk in obedience. Galatians 5:16-25.
Meeting regularly with other followers of Jesus Christ allows you to follow His example of love and to fulfill His command to “love one another…just as I have loved you,” John 13:34. Just as Jesus surrounded Himself daily with His disciples and followers, find a Bible-believing church where you can meet with other disciples of Jesus. There you will find joy, a community of worship, and encouragement in the fellowship of God’s people. A follower of Jesus Christ’s devotion to God is to be continuous. Privately, we should worship God in our thoughts and prayers Ps. 34:1. Publicly, we should unite with fellow believers in a local assembly to bring praise to God Ps. 111:1; Heb. 10:24-25.
The good news of the gospel is to be shared. As well as tell others what Christ has done for us, we will find ourselves growing by spiritual leaps and bounds Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15.
Jesus said, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them; he is who loves me.” John 14:21. One way to show your love for God is to read the Bible and live out your new life based on its teaching. Reach the Bible daily to learn how to live a life that honors God and gives testimony to others that Jesus has made a difference in your life. The most direct source of a Christian’s spiritual growth is the Bible. It must be read regularly (daily if possible) because it is his milk and strong meat 1 Peter 2:2; Heb. 5:12-14. It tells us how to live Ps. 119:105. It is God’s word to us today.
If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you may be wondering, what happens if I sin after I’m saved? All followers of Jesus sin from time to time. But the good news is that Jesus’ death paid for all of your sins, both past and future. If you humbly admit your sin to God and repent (turn away from sin), the Bible promises God will forgive you and cleanse you from all your sins. Pray for God’s help to keep you from falling into sin again. Jesus assures us that “whoever comes to me I will never cast out” John 6:37. Your salvation is sure because Christ’s sacrifice of Himself on the cross is more significant than any sin.
You Might Also Wonder!
What happens when I don’t feel close to God? Am I still saved? When a person has accepted the gift of salvation. Jesus describes His relationship with them as being like the relationship between a shepherd and his sheep: “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28. Salvation is not based on your feelings or works but on the fact that God has welcomed you into His family through repentance and faith in Jesus. Nothing on earth or in heaven can break that bond–nothing.
If you feel far away from God, examine your life to see if there is unconfessed, unrepentant sin standing between you and God. Continue to read the Bible and pray regularly, filling your mind with God’s truth and goodness. Talk with other disciples of Jesus and learn from their experiences. You will grow closer to God as your knowledge and understanding of Him grow. Rest assured in the promise that no one can separate you from His love Romans 8:35-39
From now on, seek to live in such a way that in every part of your life, you declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light!
One of the most essential things in your new life as a Christian is your assurance of salvation. There are far too many people today who lack this assurance. They simply do not know that they are saved.
YOU CAN KNOW YOU ARE SAVED.
I John 5:13 — “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
This verse teaches that you can know you are saved.
YOU NEED TO KNOW YOU ARE SAVED.
Assurance of salvation is the most essential thing in life (Mark 8:36).
Assurance of salvation is necessary to make you the successful witness God wants you to be.
HOW CAN YOU KNOW YOU ARE SAVED?
By The Word Of God
The only sure basis for our assurance is the Bible, God’s Word. God says, For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16). Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. (John 3:36).
We know we are saved because God’s Word says that we have everlasting life when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
HOW CAN OTHERS KNOW YOU ARE SAVED?
It Is By The Life You Live
We are saved by faith, not by works. However, we need to live a good and exemplary Christian life so that others can be attracted to Christ by our testimony. Because others watch our lives to see if there is a change, we must live so that they can see Christ in us.
This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. (Titus 3:8).
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
1. There Is A Plan Of Salvation.
You must understand clearly the plan of salvation. Therefore, we give it here so that you do understand.
a. You are a sinner.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. –Romans 3:23
b. As a sinner, you are under condemnation.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.–Romans 6:23
c. Christ paid the price for your sins and mine.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. –1 Peter 3:18
d. You and I are saved by believing in the Lord Jesus Christ.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16
2. God receives those who receive His Son.
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God –John 1:12
3. Your becoming a Christian does not mean you are perfect.
The Bible does not teach that a Christian is perfect. Instead, a Christian is a sinner saved by grace. It is not possible to be perfect in this life. Perfection will come when we are taken out of this life and into the presence of the Lord.
This is important to realize, for many new converts get discouraged when they see they are not living as perfectly as they felt they would. Remember, you are a spiritual baby, and you need to grow in grace. God will work in you if you are willing to let Him do it.
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. –Philippians 1:6
4. You are not saved by your feelings – and you do not receive assurance by your emotions.
Not once does the Bible say we need any particular feeling to be saved? Of course, there will be a feeling of peace and joy when we know our sins are forgiven, but this feeling comes from our salvation. It does not produce salvation.
Feelings can change, but God’s Word will remain the same. We need to rest entirely on the Word of God as our only assurance. Your dare not base your assurance on any feelings you might have, and you should not doubt your salvation because of a lack of emotion.
The Free Gift Of Salvation Is Nothing You Can Earn!
When you are born again, you are given the gift of salvation that can not be earned because it is a gift!
The most important decision that anyone will make is regarding salvation. The Bible explains how we may be forgiven for our sins. We must:
Repent of our sins. Luke 13:3 “…But unless you repent, you too will perish.”
Confess our sins to God. I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Believe Jesus died for us. John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath, remains on him.”
Receive Jesus in your heart and life by faith as our personal Savior. John 1:12 “Yet to all who received him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
Seven Things You Need To Know!
1. There Is Life After Death
Just as people are destined to die once and after that to face judgment. Hebrews 9:27
“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. John 5:28-29
2. We Will All Stand Before God One Day
You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. Romans 14:10
And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. Revelation 20:12
3. All Sin Will Be Judged
There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. Luke 12:2
For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14
4. Our “Good” Is Not Good Enough
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. James 2:10
For it is by grace, you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
5. God Provides A Way Out
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 1 Peter 3:18
6. Jesus Lives To Give You Life
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die. John 11:25
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Romans 6:23
7. You Must Trust In Jesus Christ
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
Do You Know These Seven Things To Be True?
God desires that you know His plan of salvation. Even more than that, it is of vital importance that you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior today!
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul? Mark 8:36
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10
The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation. ~ Charles Spurgeon
2 Samuel 22:3 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge, and my savior— from violent people, you save me.
In 2007, my pastor Ron Sauer and his wife Sue encouraged me to encourage others, knowing that I was struggling in my own life. They were wise to know that if I reached out to help other people with their problems, my problems would be put into a better perspective. Yes, it did help. Would you please read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4? I pray that you know God. By chance, if you do not, I encourage you to get to know Him and others and yourself better. We hope you find the encouragement you need on our website if you have been struggling lately, no matter your present situation.~ Bill Greguska