Satan has other plans for humanity and the war of good and evil prevails, and has since the inception of time. The biggest lie ever told to mankind by Satan was, “surely you shall not die.” How wrong Satan was. All mankind died a Spiritual death, and without Jesus, we would have been doomed to spend eternity in hell. It was by the grace of God, that we were given a second chance.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”(John 3:16 KJV). It was never God’s plan that any man should perish, but have eternal life, and that is why we need Jesus.
Jesus, the Cross, the Theif and Forgiveness
One of my favorite verses and stories in the bible appears in Luke, regarding the thief on the cross (Luke 23:32-43), It is a reminder how gracious our Lord is, and that Jesus forgives us INSTANLTY, when we ask him. The precious gift that He willingly, gave must be understood in its full meaning for mankind. It is NEVER too late to ask for forgiveness.
Just how precious are you to your Heavenly Father? More than you could ever imagine!
- He knew you before your were created n the womb (Psalm 139:13-16 KJV)
- He breathed the spirit of life into you (Job 33:4 KJV)
- He knows the very number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:7 KJV)
- He knows your thoughts and what you are doing every moment (Psalm 139:2 KJV)
- He Knows the Secret desires of your heart (Psalm 44:21 KJV)
Do you know where you will spend eternity? Salvation is the free gift of eternal life that Jesus gave to all sinners. While all things on earth shall pass away, those who believe and accept Jesus shall have everlasting life, and spend their eternity with him in Heaven.
What must I do to be saved?
If you want to be saved, you simply exercise your free will and confess Jesus as your savior.
“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 ( Romans 10:9 KJV).
I encourage you to use your own words to confess your sins and ask Jesus in your heart. Your relationship with God is not based on what others tell you to pray or say, but what you feel in your heart. But here is a sample prayer:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. Forgive me for my sins Jesus and wash me with your blood. Forgive me, and give me your spirit that I may walk in your light. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
Its very simple. Jesus accepts us where we are. No matter what we have done, no matter what our past is, “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him (John 3:17 kJV).
When we pray the prayer of salvation, we’re admitting that we’ve sinned. As the Bible says of everyone, except Christ, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23 KJV).
- Acknowledtge that Jesus is the son of God, came to earth as man, died upon the cross for all mankind, and rose again three days later, and Jesus was sinless ( 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV).
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
- Understand that he covered us with his blood, and not by any works of our own, but by the Grace of Jesus, we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-10).
- Confess your sins to JESUS. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 KJV).
Why is the confession of sin important not only at the time of salvation but throughout our walk with Christ?
It is only through the redemption and intercessory of Jesus Christ that our sins are pardoned. When we sin, even after salvation, we must confess it to Jesus. Just as if you are saying sorry to a loved one when you have wronged them. This practice of confession and acknowledging wrongdoing is not for the continued renewal of your salvation, but it is to grow and keep your heart from hardening.
When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy (Proverbs 28:12-13 KJV).
For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6 KJV).
We are to walk in the light, not hide our sins in darkness. We are to be bold and know that we are on a journey to learn to live for Christ, sacrificing our carnal natures and seeking always the will of God.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind (Matthew 22:37 KJV).
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us (1 John 5-10 KJV).
Where do I go from here?
The transformation of a person walking in Christ is a change from the inside out. It is through His Holy Spirit that we are given the mighty power to overcome the flesh and replace it with the fruit of the spirit ..”the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith” (Galatians 5:22 KJV).
Blood bought and Spirit wrought
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6 KJV).
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4 KJV).
Welcome to the family of God, you are beloved and precious soul! As you continue on your journey, I encourage you to begin praying daily, acknowledging God in all things that you do and understanding that he will guide and direct your steps. Read the Bible. Pray. Seek his will and not your own.
Suggested Reading: Are you prepared for Battle?
Your Sister in Christ,