"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
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I may not know much, but I do know that being saved by Jesus is very simple. Why is it simple? In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said,"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Jesus asks us to seek Him as children, therefore He made it simple for us to be saved. If you think as a child, you think simply, as a child, therefore what does He want you to do? In Matthew 18:3-4, Jesus said to his disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
Just believe in the LORD Jesus Christ and ask forgiveness for your sins. That's it! That's the whole ideal of Christianity! Everyone has probably seen John 3:16 by now, but if you haven't, It states, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." You can't get much more simple than that! Just believe.
Jesus died on the cross, and when He did, he took all of your sins, past, present, and future with Him. Think about it. Could just any man have done this. No. It had to be God himself on earth in human form to be able to withstand this inhuman torture, but when He died on that cross, He gave us the key to eternal life. All we have to do is ask for it. If you have placed faith in Christ's finished work on the cross for your sin, then you are saved.
From this moment on, your eternal destiny is secured, because Christ's atonement has made you righteous, or free to stand before God without guilt or penalty for your sins. To use Paul's word, you have been "justified" (Romans 5:1, 8-9). In Matthew 7:7-8 Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."
Someone asked Jesus how to pray. What did He tell them? In Matthew 6:6 Jesus said, "When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly." In Matthew 6:9-13 Jesus said, "In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.
Is that so tough a prayer, that you can't remember it. It's in Matthew, in the New Testament.
The Ten Commandments are of the Old Testament and created the Law. No one could keep the Ten Commandments, but God gave the children of Israel a way out. He had them bring animal sacrifices for their sins to be burned at the alter. This would satisfy their previous sins through the blood of the animals up to a year. When Jesus died on the cross, His blood took away our sins for eternity. Jesus blood cleanses for life where an animals blood could not!
Jesus came and fulfilled the Law of the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments only led to death. The Ten Commandments were impossible for anyone to keep. Break one you break them all, even in your thoughts. No one but Jesus could keep all the Commandments. He was perfect, and the only one to be able to go to the Cross perfect, and take all of your sins with Him. The Cross was and is the New Covenant with man. From the point that Jesus died, taking all of your sins, put us under The Life Covenant. He gave you His Righteousness when He died. When you are saved, God's new law is written in your heart by God. The "Good News," as I am sure a lot of you have heard the Gospel called, is that, you are now saved and the Grace of God Himself is upon you. God now looks at you through Jesus. Jesus blood covers your sins forever. God has forgotten your sins for eternity. As Jesus is, now, so ARE YOU!! You are now the Righteousness of God because of His Son Jesus!!!!!
You are now saved by Grace and are no longer under condemnation of God. God no longer sees your sin because Jesus died and made you righteous, only because God sees Jesus as righteous with no sin or blemish. God now looks at you through Jesus. As Jesus is, so ARE YOU. So Start by saying that you are the righteousness of God through His son Jesus.
This does not give you license to sin, but know that you are no longer seen as a sinner by the Most High God Almighty. You will start transforming to the Law that God has now written on your heart when you are saved. You will continue to sin the rest of your life as it is our man nature, but because God is righteous to forgive you when you are saved, He remembers your sins, past, present and future, NO MORE!! You will never be perfect, only God is perfect, but God sees you now as perfect because He sees you only through Jesus. Your sins will diminish naturally because of the Love you feel from God, knowing you are now His son or daughter too!
God only wants to Bless you. Do not try to bring back the Ten Commandments and mix them with the Grace of God. You are under Grace now, not under the Law. You cannot work for the Grace of God. You will never do enough good to gain entrance into heaven. The free gift of Grace is the only way to eternal life in heaven. The only work when you are saved is to Believe in His Son Jesus, period! Don't try to help God. He doesn't need your help unless He asks for it. Think for just a second....HE IS GOD!! Let God have your life and just rest in His Presence, Glory and Grace. If God wants you to do anything for Him, He will let you know!!
Have you turned away from God, only deciding now that you need to come back for forgiveness. Read the prodigal son of Luke 15:11-32 and I believe you will find that our Father in Heaven is standing by the gate waiting for you to return to Him. When you do, he will cover you with kisses. He does not see the filth on you because you are the righteousness of His Son Jesus and He will be glad to see you return to Him. The prodigal son did not ask his father to forgive him again. He was already forgiven. If you are not saved yet and want to be covered with God's kisses, just ask to be forgiven and He will run to you too, maybe even faster!!! Just remember, when you are saved, your eternal salvation is secured!!!!
Most people think you have to go out and perform miracles and great works to be saved. Once again, nothing can save you but God's Grace. We're not all put down here for the same purpose. God may not have any kind of elaborate plan for you. As I said, if He does, He will let you know! I heard a story once, told by a pastor, of a Christian man that was dying. On his deathbed, When asked what he thought his purpose on earth might have been, he paused reflectively and replied, "Maybe it was just to die a Godly man." Maybe some of us are here to be a good example to others. I pray that I can, at least, face death like that man!"
Don't worry about semantics and works when you're first saved. As Jesus said, you are born again. As a newborn, people will try to influence you to go this way or that way. Let the Lord lead you. The devil will try to influence you because he is mad, but now the only way he can bother you, is by convincing you you aren't good enough to be saved. Look at where you've been and what you have done! Recognize those as lies from Satan and his demons. Your answer to Satan and his demons always? Out loud, say, "I am the Rigteousness of God through Jesus Christ!"
Take time now with the Lord. Pray, read the Word, allow your faith to grow, and know that God will show you in his good time what it is, and if He wants you to do anything other than Worship Him, and where it is He might want you to be. Don't be influenced by good intentioned Christians you fellowship with unless you feel the Lord actually leading you in that direction. Unfortunately, some good intentioned Christians can even try to steer you back into a works mind.
Works Christianity is Boxcar Christianity. Trying to work for the free gift of Grace is wrong. It can stack so many boxcars on the train that people forget who the engineer was that got them there in the first place. You are redeemed for all eternity but you feel like you still have to work for God's favor. Remember, you don't have to work yourself into salvation and shouldn't try. You are already there if you are saved by God's Grace. Quit trying to live under the Law while you are now under Grace. This can be very confusing to a new Christian and cause the new believer to run away. You are now FOREVER SECURE under God's Grace. You didn't work for it. It was a FREE GIFT! Only work for God if He is leading you! It doesn't mean you can't tell others what God has done for you. Your testimony and excitement for God may lead others to Christ. You know God would like to see that! That's not works, that's sharing God's message.
As a newborn, take the time to learn. You can say no with confidence unless you know it is the Lord speaking to your heart. You will know when it is from Him! It's not about what other people want you to do, it's what God wants you to do. Spend quiet time with the Lord before you jump in with both feet. Allow your spirit to grow, just like an infant grows. After all, you're a newborn. As you grow in understanding and truth you will be able to discern, and make better decisions based on listening to God in your heart.
Did you know that as a Christian in faith, you are one of the sons of Abraham. That's right. Even if you're not Jewish! Galations 3:7-9 is proof. It reads: Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, In you all the nations shall be blessed. So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.
Don't be concerned about all of the denominational religions, as long as they believe in Jesus Christ and in accordance with the Bible's teachings of Grace and not works. There is only one God, so find the church that you're comfortable with. Practice your newfound faith in your own way, but practice it always with God's will in mind, not yours.
Don't let anyone tell you that the Bible is not true because it has been interpreted many times. That is their excuse. True, but all true interpretations have the same message. Trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, believe that He died on the Cross for your sins, and you will be saved. That's found in all interpretations of the true Bible. Don't worry about hypocrites in church, just don't be one. Go to church for the reason you're supposed to be there....JESUS CHRIST!!!! If you have a job that prohibits you from going, go when you can go.
Tithing is a personal commitment to give money to the church, missions, or just the needs of people around you. Traditionally in the Old Testament it was ten percent, but remember, you are no longer under the Old Testament. It is personal what you give and when. It is nobody's business but you and God. Just remember this. EVERYTHING YOU HAVE comes from God, including your money and all of your posessions. Don't give anything with a begrudging heart. The Lord rewards those who give. The reward you receive is not necessarily money. God's ways and rewards are not your ways. God's greatest reward is the final reward you now have, ETERNAL LIFE.
Don't get caught up in the fire and brimstone aspect that some people like to preach. That could scare anyone. Jesus came to save, not condemn. Avoid the negative approach to Christianity. Remember this though! There is a "Hell". God does not want anyone to go to Hell. Hell was reserved for Satan. However, if you do not believe in and are not saved by our Lord Jesus Christ, you will go to Hell. Also remember this! God doesn't send people to Hell. People send themselves to Hell by not trusting in God's only begotten Son...Jesus! No matter what anyone tells you....no amount of good works will get you into heaven! The only way to eternal life is through our Lord Jesus Christ! Beware of false religions! 2 Peter 2:1-3 (from NIV Bible) states, But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
Satan is real. If you don't believe it...just look around you. Jesus is just as real. Believe in him and you won't have to worry about Satan. Remember that Satan is not equal nor was ever equal with God as T.V. and movies show. Satan is a fallen angel, and therefore is not as powerful as even God's angels, much less God. For that matter, Satan is not as powerful as you on earth when you are saved because you are the Righteousness of God through Jesus Christ!!! Life is not easy as a Christian, as Satan will try to influence you daily. Don't let him. If you remember that Satan is a liar and recognize the lies he's telling you. All you have to do is remember you are now one of God's chosen and say to him out loud, "I am the Righteousness of God through Jesus Christ," because, now you are!!!!
The Word (Jesus) will teach you how to avoid Satan and reveal many wonderful things you've never seen before, even if you've read the Bible before. Your eyes will be opened! Trust me. I know from personal experience as a person who grew up in the church, was a sinner (and still am, but I am saved). I really did not get saved until at 44 years of age even though I grew up in the church. I never understood until I quit fighting with God and surrendered myself to Him. I'm just thankful that He allowed me to live to be truly saved!
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NKJV)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Your good works may be elaborate but they also may be very simple indeed. The point is, when you are saved by Jesus Christ our Savior, He will show you what good works He wants you to do, if any. In your workplace, school, church, home and public life. Trust in the Lord to show you and in His good time, He will. Always remember....His will be done....not yours.
May this simple message guide you to eternal life with God, the Father of us all, in Jesus name Amen.
The following is your prayer for salvation:
Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn to Jesus.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that You raised Jesus from the dead. At this very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Lord and Savior and according to Your Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your Grace never leads to license, but rather it leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
If you just prayed this prayer, yes, it's that simple, you are now saved. May God Bless You as You Grow in Christ Jesus Our Saviour...Amen!
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