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Salvation – Do You Want To Be Saved?

on January 12, 2016

As you read this, some of you may not get this or agree with it but my hope is that you will continue to read this as someone you know may need to be saved. It says in 1 Corinthians 1:18 (AMP) For the message of the cross is foolishness [absurd and illogical] to those who are perishing and spiritually dead [because they reject it], but to us who are being saved [by God’s grace] it is [the manifestation of] the power of God. Some of you may be thinking that I am already saved so I don’t need to read this, but you should consider reading this for your unsaved family and friends. What if someone else’s salvation was in your hands and you didn’t do anything to save them? It says in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (MSG) Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.  Why are we so willing talk about our favorite TV show with strangers, friends and our co-workers, but how many times have you reached out and told those same people about Christ?

Do you know what it means to be saved? Being saved means to turn away from living a life without God, that is focused solely upon yourself.  If your only concern is about yourself then you really don’t know yourself in Christ and you are lost. You have to know God to know who you are in Christ.  Jesus said in Matthew 10:39 (MSG) If your first concern is to look after yourself, you’ll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you’ll find both yourself and me. Don’t you want to know who you really are in Christ and what abilities and purpose God has placed in you?  No matter what your life looks like right now, God has purpose and plans for your life. It says in Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.  Your future is bright and so are the plans that God has for you. 2 Timothy 1:9 (NLT) For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. He did this out of love for you.  He made a declaration in front of people and one that millions of people would read about to show you that you are loved by him. John 3:16 (NLT) For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  His son endured a lot and eventually lost his life, so that you would gain an eternal one through him. Timothy Keller said, “The gospel is this: We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.”

The only way to become saved is through salvation in Jesus Christ. Salvation means a source or means of being saved; deliverance or redemption from the power and effects of sin.  It says in Romans 10:10 (NLT) For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. When you receive salvation, you are being saved from the righteous judgement of God as a sinner. Only through God can you receive salvation.  It says in Acts 4:12 (AMP) And there is salvation in no one else: for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among people by which we must be saved [for God has provided the world no alternative for salvation]. There is no other way to receive salvation but through God. 

Who is salvation available too? It is available to everyone! Titus 2:11-14 (MSG) God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. Everyone matters to God, no matter how lost you are. In the bible it clearly shows this with the two parables in Luke 15:3-10 (AMP) So He told them this parable:  “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost, [searching] until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he gets home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’  I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.  “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins [each one equal to a day’s wages] and loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her [women] friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, because I found the lost coin!’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents [that is, changes his inner self—his old way of thinking, regrets past sins, lives his life in a way that proves repentance; and seeks God’s purpose for his life].” Each lost soul matters to God.  Bryan Stevenson wrote that “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” So know today that no matter what you have done in your past that you are more than it because Jesus went to the cross and redeemed you from it.  Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].

You might be thinking why should I want to be saved? Well, you should want to be saved because in the bible it clearly says that you can only be saved or condemned [to give someone a usually severe punishment]. It says in Mark 16:16 (AMP) He who has believed [in Me] and has been baptized will be saved [from the penalty of God’s wrath and judgment]; but he who has not believed will be condemned. Wouldn’t you rather be saved then condemned? God gives two very clear choices.  The only way to be saved is to receive salvation through him.  Romans 5:10 (AMP) For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more certain, having been reconciled, that we will be saved [from the consequences of sin] by His life [that is, we will be saved because Christ lives today].  Why would you not want to be saved when Jesus gave his life for us lovingly? How many people in your life would be willing to die for you like he did?  Romans 5:7-8 (NLT) Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.  God has unconditional love for us that he’s shown us through Jesus.

Hopefully through reading this you have realized that you want to be saved or maybe you need to recommit your life to Christ. Choose today to make the right choice and give your life to Christ for real. You will never be the same and it will be the best decision you will ever make in your life.  Let me lead you to salvation with this prayer: Lord, today I choose to believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that you are my Lord and Savior. I know that I am a sinner and I come before you now and repent of my sins and ask for your forgiveness.  Thank you for sending your son to the cross so that I would be redeemed and forgiven through his death for my sin.   Please wash me clean from all my sin, shame and guilt.  Help me to turn away from my sinful nature and commit myself to you Lord from this day forward.  Lead me each day to know more of your word, walk by your ways and live in your will for my life.  Show me how to seek you and know you for myself. Transform me and my life according to your purpose for it.  I ask all these things in Jesus name, Amen!

If you have received salvation today, let me know it so I can pray for your new journey with Christ. Congratulations and Welcome To The Family!!

 God Bless

 


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