ROAD TO SALVATION
In my walk Im finding that many of us dont know nor havent tried
to lead someone to salvation. Heres some info for you to do so.
PLEASE DO SO!!! Remember we are the body of Christ!!!
DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT....
AND THE NEW BIRTH?
in this world we find heartache, strife, sickness, poverty, injustice
and a host of other ills. Why can't men live in peace and enjoy
the good things in this earth? The Bible (God's book to mankind)
gives us the answer to these questions and tells us how to be
born again and what that means. He tells us in His Book that all
the troubles in the world are due to either my sin or someone
else's. All of mankind is sinful, thus separated from the holiness
of God. The Bible says that men and women can only find salvation
in Christ Jesus.
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans
the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 6:23).
is sin? If you asked ten different people, you might get ten different
answers. Some might say that sin is "doing something wrong
or breaking the law", while others might say that sin is
"hurting another person or taking an innocent life."
Still others might deny the very existence of sin, saying that
there is no such thing as right or wrong-- in short, that there
are no real absolutes in this world. However, most people agree
(regardless of culture) that there are certain actions that are
wrong, and should be punishable by fines, imprisonment or even
person who "doesn't believe in right or wrong" would
have a hard time observing a maniac rape and murder a small child,
and say that what happened to them was not a crime.
Sin is a
terminal disease that eats away at the very heart of this planet.
It destroys individual people, families, cultures, even the earth
itself. Our world is defiled by it, yet most people cannot even
give a definition of the word, or grasp the true gravity of the
situation. What is sin? Surely sin is more that ten different
opinions from ten different people. Is there any final authority
on this subject?
says that sin is a heart condition. It is a condition of rebellion
against God, which stems from pride. The Bible even refers to
pride as "original sin." The Hebrew definition of the
word sin means "to miss the mark." God created us to
be like Him, but our pride and rebellion make us fall far short
of that purpose. Our actions, though they may be "sinful"
are really only the fruit of our rebellion against God. Our outward
actions merely mirror our true inner condition. It is our true
inner condition that God is concerned with. He knows the "real
you" better than you yourself do, because he sees "the
inner man" and all your secret thoughts and motives.
in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered
and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account."
Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)
we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us." 1 John 1:8
may lead a "good life" on the outside, God looks on
the heart. It is the nature of man to look on the outward, but
outward appearances can be deceiving.
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto
whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but
are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even
so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye
are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." Matt. 23:27-28
deal with our sin by "cleaning ourselves up" the outside,
when our problem is a heart condition. "Verily, verily, I
say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."
John 8:34 We are all slaves to our sinful nature, and we can only
be cleansed from within.
is the root cause of all our troubles, we must deal with our sin
first if we want less troubles in our lives. How do we get rid
of sin? God tells us in His Word that by nature we are "...dead
in trespasses and sin;" (Ephesians 2:1) and that we are "...alienated
from the life of God..." (Ephesians 4:18). Just as a body
without physical life is declared physically dead, so anyone who
is separated from God is described in the Bible as spiritually
dead. As long as we remain spiritually dead, we cannot know God.
We all need
a new life. We need to be cleansed from sin and it's penalty (which
is death) and restored to fellowship with God who made us all.
That is what Jesus Christ (God's Son) meant when He said we "must
be born again" (John 3:7). "...Except a man be born
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). Without
the experience of the "new birth" we have no hope of
enjoying the glories of heaven nor escaping the terrors of hell.
Have you been born again?
birth" is not a religion, not living up to a creed, not a
set of rituals, nor joining a church or denomination. It's a transformation.
Our old nature is changed and we receive a new one. Old things
pass away and all things become new in Christ. We receive a new
heart, new desires, new ideas, and a new direction because of
this new nature. A birth is the coming into being of a new life
which has the nature of its parents. When you were born the first
time, you were made a partaker of the nature of natural man. When
you are born again, you become a partaker of the divine nature
(II Peter 1:4). God can become your heavenly Father.
attribute of God is that He is a God of love. He loves you and
me. He loves all sinners and wants to save every one of us from
hell and the terrible results of our sin. His Word tells us, "But
God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). "For He hath
made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made
the righteousness of God in him" (II Corinthians 5:21). God
hates sin because of what it produces-- war, sickness, poverty,
etc., but God loves the sinner.
Jesus Christ, His only Son, so that we might have new, everlasting
life. The Bible tells us, "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).
By His death and resurrection, Jesus paid for our salvation. He
broke the power of sin and death, making it possible for us to
have everlasting life. The life of God raised Jesus from the dead
and He was the first born Son into the kingdom of God.
thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers
of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered
us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the
kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his
blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible
God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things
created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and
invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities,
or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And He
is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And he is
the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn
from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence"
the Son of God, was nailed to a cross by ungodly men for no sin
of His own. He was an innocent man-- the only man who was ever
perfect and sinless. He never sinned, yet He took your sins and
mine by taking an unjust death. Because He did this willingly,
He was raised from the dead by His Father and given life and authority
over the powers of darkness. God now imparts that same life and
authority to all those who come receiving His provision for their
sin. "...the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from
all sin" (I John 1:7)
We must accept
God's Word that says we all are sinners and know that it is sin
that separates us from God and repent or "turn away"
from that sin. Until we each acknowledge, and ask forgiveness
for our own guilt, we will never be free from it. It will eventually
lead us right into hell.
Lord is...not willing that any should perish, but that all should
come to repentance" (II Peter 3:9)
to give us His power over sin. We cannot conquer sin without that
power. God wants to give us life for death, beauty for ashes,
health for sickness, joy for grief, peace for strife, love for
hate. God's Word says, "...I am come that they might have
life and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).
Do you want abundant life? This abundant life comes only as we
are born again and as we follow on and receive all that God promises
always easy following God, but nothing worthwhile ever was. You
may be ridiculed and persecuted. You will face many temptations
to fall back into your old nature. But you can be assured that
God is with you, and He will give you power to overcome every
one of them.
what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency
of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered
the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may
win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness,
which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ,
the righteousness which is of God by faith." Phil 3:7-9
You can pray
right now and ask God to come into your heart and receive the
new birth. Simply talk to Him as you would talk to another person.
You might pray a prayer similar to this:
God, I come
to you in the name of Jesus, I do not know you personally, but
I want to know you. I believe that Your Word, the Bible is true.
I repent for hardening my heart toward you, and delighting myself
in things you hate. I don't want to go to hell; I really want
to be free of my sin. Dear God, I ask Jesus to come into my heart
and cleanse me of the guilt of my sins and give me the power to
overcome those sins. I want to be Your child and learn of Your
ways. Keep me from evil and save my soul. I am asking to receive
Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord so that I can experience God's
love and plan for my life. Amen If you said that prayer and meant
it from your heart, you are now a child of God. You will need
to do four things faithfully every day so you will grow in God.
1. Read God's
to read and study God's Word (the Bible) every day. This is how
you will learn about God's ways and how to overcome your problems
and troubles. His Word brings strength to your spiritual nature.
If you do not have a Bible, make your first prayer request to
God to supply you with one.
to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Timothy
thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith,
longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, which
came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions
I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and
all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving,
and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou
hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast
learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith
which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect,
thoroughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy 3:10-17).
2. Pray to
We must fellowship
and talk to God if we are to hear His guidance and learn of His
nature. We are promised that all of our needs shall be met if
we will only ask the Father in the name of Jesus.
whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son If ye shall ask any thing in my name,
I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments." (John
ye first the kingdom of God , and his righteousness; and all these
things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33).
with like believers daily.
Ask the Lord
to show you the people you are to pray and fellowship with. He
does not want you to be alone in your Christian walk. We need
one another's prayers, encouragement, and love to grow in God.
let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
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 10:24-25).
4. Keep your
heart pure before the Lord daily.
Ask God to
cleanse you of all sin and impure thoughts and motives. Satan,
our enemy, will try to break our fellowship with God by getting
us back into sin or trying to get us angry at God. Guard against
this by resisting the devil daily.
thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of
life" (Proverbs 4:23).
to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you" (James