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How Can I Be Saved?

The Simple Plan of Salvation

I am asking you the most important question of life. Your joy or your sorrow for all eternity depends upon your answer. The question is: Are you saved? It is not a question of how good you are, nor if you are a church member, but are you saved? Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die?

God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.”

Born again

In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How?

First, my friend, you must realize you are a sinner. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

For all have sinned

Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. “For the wages [payment] of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell.

“ . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

Judgment

But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. “ . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

He who had no sin

Jesus had to shed His blood and die. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood” (Lev. 17:11). “ . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon]” (Hebrews 9:22).

Lamb

“ . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Christ died for us

Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie.

My friend, “God commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30). This repentance is a change of mind that agrees with God that one is a sinner, and also agrees with what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

In Acts 16:30-31, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas: “ . . . ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved ’ ”

Believe on the Lord

Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior.

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

Whosoever

Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved.

Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.

In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed:
“God be merciful to me a sinner.” Just pray: “Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.”

Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it!

God’s simple plan of salvation is: You are a sinner. Therefore, unless you believe on Jesus Who died in your place, you will spend eternity in Hell. If you believe on Him as your crucified, buried, and risen Savior, you receive forgiveness for all of your sins and His gift of eternal salvation by faith.

You say, “Surely, it cannot be that simple.” Yes, that simple! It is scriptural. It is God’s plan. My friend, believe on Jesus and receive Him as Savior today.

If His plan is not perfectly clear, read this tract over and over, without laying it down, until you understand it. Your soul is worth more than all the world.

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

Be sure you are saved. If you lose your soul, you miss Heaven and lose all. Please! Let God save you this very moment.
God’s power will save you, keep you saved, and enable you to live a victorious Christian life. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God’s promises. They never change. After you are saved, there are four things to practice daily for spiritual growth:

Pray — you talk to God.
Read your Bible — God talks to you.
Witness — you talk for God.
Join a Bible Study — You will grow in your faith.
Develop relationships with other believers – Fellowship is so important!!

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People Need the Lord

 

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Written the night before the Inauguration:

I remember back in the 80’s when Steve Green sang “People Need the Lord.”  I was a new believer – saved in 1983. The lyrics to the song rang true for me.  It made me think back to my life before I met my Savior.  If you haven’t heard the song, I’ll post the video at the end of this piece. Here are the lyrics:

Everyday they pass me by
I can see it in their eyes
Empty people filled with care
Headed who knows where

On they go through private pain
Living fear to fear
Laughter hides their silent cries
Only Jesus hears

People need the Lord, people need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door
People need the Lord, people need the Lord
When will we realize people need the Lord?

We are called to take His light
To a world where wrong seems right
What could be too great a cost
For sharing life with one who’s lost?

Through His love our hearts can feel
All the grief they bear
They must hear the words of life
Only we can share

People need the Lord, people need the Lord
At the end of broken dreams, He’s the open door
People need the Lord, people need the Lord
When will we realize that we must give our lives?
For people need the Lord, people need the Lord

The DisruptJ20 Boy

I was watching Fox News tonight and saw something very disturbing.  A boy, probably not more than 9 or 10, had set a fire on the street in D.C. A Fox News reporter walked up to him and asked him why he set the fire. He flippantly answered “Because I can! And I want to say screw  the president!”

I thought to myself that this child was being indoctrinated with hate and rebellion and anarchist ideologies.  This is learned behavior.  At first I felt angry with him. But then my heart broke for him.

We are born into sin. We do not have to be taught to be sinful – that comes naturally; and when the deck is stacked against you and you have parents who are rebels without a cause, your only hope is to meet someone who loves the Lord Jesus – someone who will take the time to say “God loves you and cares about you. He wants you to know Him.”  I pray for that young man that God would bring a Christian into his life.

All People Need the Lord

We had neighbors who lived across the street. They seemed like really good people – always lending a helping hand during a snow storm or in any emergency. They had an adorable little boy and another child on the way. They just looked like the all American family.

My husband had the opportunity to share Christ with Fred (the husband) one day. It was after my husband had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, but then was healed within four weeks after being on the Ketogenic diet. That opened the door for Tim (my husband) to talk about Jesus and Salvation.   That ended our relationship with Fred.  He told Tim that he didn’t believe in that stuff.  And that was that.

There are people who feel that they are “good enough” and do not need God to save them. Actually,  Fred didn’t believe in God at all.

The Bible says:

 “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one” (Romans 3: 10-12).

The Righteousness of God Demands Perfection

Jesus said  “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).  So, there is Scripture which tells us that there is none righteous; but Jesus told the people to be perfect even as their Father in heaven is perfect.  Sounds like a contradiction, doesn’t it?  But it is not – not at all.

Jesus was beginning to prepare the people for His Crucifixion. He was teaching them that some things seems so impossible, but with God all things are possible. The shedding of the precious blood of the Son of God would pay the penalty for all sin. God, who cannot abide sin, loved us so much; and wanted us reconciled to Him, so He sent His only begotten Son Jesus to pay the debt for our sin – a debt that we could never pay.

And for those of us who repented and placed our trust in Christ for the forgiveness of our sin – He imputed His righteousness to us. Think about that. The Perfect Son of God, the One who had NO sin, took our punishment and then gave us His Righteousness!

What a Glorious God we serve!

Yes, all  people need the Lord.  I don’t know what tomorrow will bring at the Inauguration. I have been praying all day that God would supernaturally protect everyone at this historic event.  Please remember when you see the protestors, that these people need Christ. Pray for them.  Pray for the DisruptJ20 boy. Pray for our new President and Vice President and their families.  Pray that there will be an awakening in America, and that people would thirst and hunger after righteousness.

MARANATHA