The Blessing of Salvation

The past few weeks, my pastor has been bringing some amazing messages on salvation! From how to be saved, all the way to being saved, many topics dealing with salvation have been covered!

As I sit there and listen to the preaching, I think back to that Tuesday night in November of 2016. I can remember where I was and the feeling of God working on my heart as I knew I needed to be saved. I knew I was lost. I knew that if I died that night I would go straight to Hell. I knew without a doubt I was not saved.

As I sat and talked to my friend, asking him what I needed to do, he simply said “you already know what you need to do, just do it.”

You see, I was born into a Christian family. I remember going to church from a young g age. I went to a Christian school. I attended more conferences than I can remember. I even remember the first time I took someone through the plan of salvation and showed them how they can accept Christ as their own personal Saviour.

I remembered the first time I made a profession of faith. I even remember the second time I made a profession of faith. But I also knew both of those moments were built on situationist experiences and not Holy Spirit conviction. Those moments were head knowledge and definitely not a heart knowledge.

I knew in my heart that I was a lost sinner on my way to Hell. I knew that I was without Christ. I sat in that garage on a cool November night scared to go any farther in life without Christ as my Saviour. When my friend looked at me and said “you already know what to do” I knew that he meant I had to make the choice that night of making Christ my personal Saviour.

I remember that he walked out of that garage and left me sitting there to talk to God that night. I sat there and I thought of Romans 3:10 and Romans 3:23 and how that I was a sinner. I thought of Romans 6:23 and how that my penalty for sin was death in Hell, but how Christ paid that penalty for me and I just had to accept that gift. I thought of John 3:16, the amazing verse of God’s love and Christ’s sacrifice so that a lost and dying soul like mine could have eternal life in Heaven. I thought of Romans 10:9-13 and how it all came down to being a personal choice to accept Christ as my Saviour. I remember sitting their and talking to God, asking for forgiveness of sin and accepting Christ as my Saviour. I remember the feeling of relief and joy that came over me in knowing that I had made Christ mine, I had finally accepted that gift of salvation!

I had known for so long how to act like and be a Christian. I had known for so long how to serve Christ. But I had know for awhile that I was empty on the inside and I needed Christ.

It doesn’t matter your background, your upbringing or what you know. At some point, you will have to make a personal decision about the gift of Jesus Christ. Have you accepted Christ as your Saviour? Have you accepted that free gift of salvation? It’s a personal decision that no one else can make, it is between you and Jesus Christ. If you haven’t, today is the day of salvation.

Below is a simple plan of salvation…

1. We have to recognize our condition. Our condition is that we are all sinners. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 All the good we do will never be good enough to reach Heaven for the simple fact we are sinners by nature. No matter how much good, or how hard you try you will still fall short.

2. We have to realize there is a penalty for sin. The penalty for sin is death in Hell. “For the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23a There is a price for sin and that price is death in Hell. So we as a sinner deserve to pay for our sin by death in Hell. So far it has been all bad news, well continue reading!

3. Believe that Christ died for you. Jesus Christ was the perfect Son of God sent to die on the cross for all of man’s sins. He came to pay that price for you and for me so that we wouldn’t have to go to Hell. “But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 Christ paid that price of sin when He died on the cross. He didn’t just die He shed His blood to cover our sins. The best part is that Christ didn’t stay dead, He rose again after three days and now He is sitting on the right hand of God waiting to call His children, those who have accepted Him as Saviour, home to Heaven one day.

4. Trust in Christ alone as your Saviour. There is no good work, act or deed that can save you. There is no family member or friend that can save you. The only person who can save you is Jesus Christ. “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23b “For whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13 The greatest gift you can receive is that of eternal life through Jesus Christ. All you have to do is place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone to save you. You can do that today, wherever you are at by simply asking Him to save you. Let me help you word a prayer so that you can ask Christ to save you. (Realize it is not the words that save you but the faith and trust you put into Jesus Christ to save you.) “Dear Jesus, I realize that I am a sinner. And because I have sinned I deserve to go to Hell to pay for my sin. But you died on the cross, shed your blood and rose again to pay that price for me. I ask you to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart and save me. I put my faith and trust in You alone to save me and take me to Heaven. Thank you, Jesus. Amen! Accepting Christ as your Saviour is the greatest thing you can ever do in your life. If you accepted Christ I would love to hear from you. If you have any questions of further questions, feel free to reach out to me below.

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My Salvation Story

Awhile back I posted my salvation story on my podcast. I have been thinking about how I got saved and when I accepted Christ as my Saviour! It is something that I hope I never get over!

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I can tell you that I am saved but I am the only one who really knows what I did at that moment and whether I truly accepted Christ. And the same goes for you if you are saved, you are the only one who truly knows.

Our salvation and our love for Christ is made known by our works. Don’t confuse this as our works saving us, because it doesn’t work like that!

Once we accept Christ, we should grow in our Christian life and draw closer to Him every day.

This brings me to a hot topic in Christian circles and that is the conversion of Kanye West. You and I don’t know whether he truly accepted Christ as his Saviour nor is it our right to judge him. I pray that if he did accept Christ, that he would continue to grow in Christ. That he would surround himself with people who are scripturally sound to lead him. I pray that his influence on others would point people to Jesus Christ.

With that being said, I am still not going to listen to his new album because I believe you can’t mix the world with spiritual and be pleasing to God. I still wouldn’t attend his church because I believe he still needs to grow spiritually. But I will continue to pray for him.

Can you imagine where you would be if people criticized your salvation testimony and experience? Would you still be in church or would you still be serving God? Let’s pray for those newborn Christians that they would grow in Christ and point others to Him!

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Let Us….Assemble Together

Have you ever wondered why you go to church?

Have you ever thought about the reasons why you make church attendance a part of your life?

I was thinking about the Biblical reasons why I go to church. To me, these aren’t really reasons but commands. Commands from God for the Christian that should be obeyed.

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“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

This is one of the most recognized verses when it comes to church attendance. We are command to not forsake the assembling of ourselves together. I have always thought and believed that this verse was about church attendance Sunday morning, Sunday night, and the mid-week service.

Over the last few months, I have started to question this verse and what it actually means. In Sunday School a while back, my teacher stated that he believes it means everything that a church has to offer, you be there and be a part of it.

So no, I haven’t question my church attendance and whether I should go or not, I have question how faithful I am to other church events and activities.

It makes sense if you think about it. The Bible states “…and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” That day is the day of the Lord, the Return of Christ! We should want to assemble with our fellow believers whether it be in church or soul winning or activities and events.

This verse tells us to exhort one another. Exhort one another to do what? To be faithful in assembling in church and its ministries and events. Exhort means to strongly encourage or urge to do something. In this day that we live in, it is hard to get people to attend church faithfully, especially with all the worldly things that we have in our lives. That is why God used the word exhort, so that we can STRONGLY encourage people to be faithful!

If you don’t faithfully assemble with your church and your do more forsaking instead of assembling, I am exhorting you, encouraging you, begging you to find a good church and get involved. Why? Because the Day of the Lord is coming and we need as many people as we can to spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this lost and dying world!

I want to focus on verses 22-24, the verses that proceed the well-known verse of “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together…” What is being said that is leading up to this verse?

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 What are we to draw near to? It is talking about the house of God as mentioned at the end of verse 21. When I read this verse, I think about salvation. I see that as we draw near, we should do it with a true heart, full of assurance of faith. When accept Christ as your Saviour you have to be true with yourself. You have to know and believe that you are a sinner who deserves Hell. You have to know and believe that you Christ and Christ alone is the only way to Heaven.

The first step in assembling is association by salvation. Yes, I know and I believe that everyone who goes to church isn’t saved. For 27 years, I was one of those unsaved church goers. Judas Iscariot served alongside Jesus Christ Himself, yet still was lost. When I look for a church to attend, I want to assemble with people who are saved followers of Jesus Christ. Yes, it is our job to witness and and lead people to Christ but I believe church is for the fellowship of the believers. The Bible says in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” When looking for a church, the first thing you should look for is how the church presents the Gospel. You need to look for a church that presents the Gospel biblically, that the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ. Because this is how I believe, why would I attend a church that believes different? Why would I attend a church that believes that salvation is through baptism or that good works are the way to Heaven? Why would I attend a church that believes if I give my life to Christ, I will be saved?

If I am going to be a part of a church, I want to make sure it lines up with what the Bible says about salvation. The Gospel presentation that a church endorses should be Biblical and line up with the Scriptures with no man-made guideline in the presentation. I want to make sure that I am associated with a church that believes salvation is through Christ alone!

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)” Hebrews 10:23 In the next verse, I see what I call our association by stand. The church you attend and the stand it takes helps define you. When I talk about the term ‘stand’ I am talking about the stand a church takes on separation from the world, the stand a church takes doctrinally. It is like that old saying, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” I want to be a part of a church that takes a stand for right, that takes a stand against wrong. A church that takes a biblical stand on separation and standards we should live by. It is alright to have guidelines and rules in place in your life to help protect you from the evil and the wickedness of this world. I want to attend a church and surround myself with people who are living a separated life and standing against wrong also. Now, I do not believe that everyone that even attends my church lives a separated life according to the Bible, and if we were all honest with ourselves, we all have room to grow. But I know that I am able to go to church and for the most part escape the world and its influence because of the type of church members that also attend.

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:” Hebrews 10:24 The last thing that I see that we should consider is our association by service. I want to be associated with a church that believes salvation through Christ alone, I want to be associated with a church that stands for right and stands against wrong. Lastly, I want to be associated with a church that has a desire and a heart for serving others. What good is a church if it isn’t concerned about reaching others for Christ and being a blessing to those in its community? I want to be surrounded by people with a heart of loving and serving others. A church that is concerned with loving, serving and witnessing to others is a church that is growing. Find a church that will provoke or stir you up and encourage you to love and serve others. Each one of us individually also need to encourage those around us to serve and be a witness.

Where we go to church matters! I have stated it in previous posts that I am an Independent Baptist and I wouldn’t have it any other way. But in choosing which Independent Baptist church I am going to attend and be a member of, I want to make sure my association with that church is Biblically correct in salvation, stand and service.

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