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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
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
I must accept a Holy God’s evaluation of me. When Isaiah saw God, he cried out…“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts.” (Isaiah 6:3) And though our tendency is to view ourselves or others from a relative standard, God’s evaluation of us stems from His holy character and will so that He declares …
“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecc. 7:20)
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
“They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:12)
Furthermore, it appeals to the pride of man to think that there is some good in him that could make himself acceptable to God. But again the Bible says…
“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” (Isaiah 64:6)
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10)
This of course, is the bad news.
I must see what God has provided for me through Christ’s death and resurrection.
The good news of the Gospel of grace centers in what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross of Calvary. Though God’s justice demanded the punishment of death or separation, Jesus Christ died in our place, taking the penalty or punishment we justly deserved.
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6)
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way, and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” (Hebrews 2:9)
His sacrifice for our sins paid the penalty in full, satisfying God’s holy demands completely.
“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God.” (Hebrews 10:12)
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit.” (1 Peter 3:18)
And why did He do all this for us? Because He truly loves us and wants to save us from eternal hell.
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10)
I must believe eternal salvation and, life is a gift to me apart from religious works.
Since Christ fully paid for our sins when He died, what sins remain to be atoned for by our good works? None! Salvation is not a reward for good people, it is the gift of God for sinners who trust in Jesus Christ alone. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
“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 3:16)
“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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Think for a moment, if you could go to heaven by living a moral life, trying to keep the Ten Commandments, being baptized, going to church, etc., why would Jesus Christ have had to die for you and your sins? It would have been for nothing!
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” (Galatians 2:21)
“Therefore we ,conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28)
“But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” (Romans 4:5)
Good works are to be the result of salvation, they are never the means to be saved.
“Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:9-10)
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” (Titus 3:5)
“This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.” (Titus 3:8)
I must rest by faith in God’s promise and assurance to me. God’s free salvation is personally received through an act of childlike faith in Jesus Christ as your Saviour.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12)
You need not wonder any longer regarding your eternal destiny. Read God’s promise to the one who transfers their faith from their works to Christ’s finished work for them.
“And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 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.” (1 John 5:11-13)
Do you know for sure where you will spend eternity? If you don’t know, you don’t go.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:24)
God is offering to you the free gift of eternal life on the basis of His amazing grace. Jesus Christ, God the Son, has paid for this wonderful gift by the supreme sacrifice – He gave His life by shedding His blood to save you.
However, God’s available salvation is of no personal value to you until you receive it through trusting in Christ alone. While you may have seen before that faith in Christ was necessary for salvation, do you see how that FAITH ALONE IN CHRIST ALONE is enough? Jesus Christ’s last words on the cross were… “IT IS FINISHED [PAID IN FULL]” (John 19:30).
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:31)
“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:17)
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” (John 11:25-26)
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 free 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, which would be 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 have been made a new creation, you will want to grow in your knowledge of Jesus Christ and your obedience to Him. Jesus’ teaching about how to live for God can be summed up in the “POWER acrostic” and will help you to 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 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 to 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 at all 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 that 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 experience 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!
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
Are You Sure You Have Eternal Salvation Today?
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 former pastor Ron Sauer and his wife, Sue Sauer, encouraged me to encourage others as I was struggling through some very difficult times of my own.So that is when I started this website NeedEncouragement.com to help encourage people concerning many different topics. Look around our website and find what interests you from over 450 pages of encouragement, links, and videos.Please tell your friends and family about NeedEncouragement.com Also please mention us on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, please.Thank you very much and may God bless you and keep you encouraged, Bill Greguska