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I Will Never Be The Same Again!

Lord, have mercy on me a sinner. Salvation is abundant and for all.

Just reading these words 'salvation is abundant and for all' gives such a feeling of freedom and peace. Freedom because there is plenty to go around and peace, because it's for everyone, regardless of what you have done, who you are or where you come from.

But for many who are unfamiliar with God and salvation and His word, the Bible, you might begin to wonder what this is all really about. You might have many general ideas about salvation, but do you know what is required of you, do you really know why Jesus died?

Matthew 11 v 27 – 30: “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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.”

The number one answer to the question above, if you ask many Christians today is sadly a little off. The most popular answer is that “Jesus died for your sins to save you from hell”. In truth, he died 'that we might know the Father', our Father in Heaven, who created the heavens and the earth and the fullness there of, for this reason and this reason alone did he die. Everything else that accompanies salvation is to further this purpose, that we might know the Father, for if we do not know the Father we will hear some very heartbreaking words 'Away from me I never knew you'! And no amount of good works or things done in His name will change that; the sole purpose of salvation is a personal relationship with our Father that we might do His will. Do not become an illegitimate child of your own making when there is a better way.

Yes, he died also for our sins, why, because without washing away the stink and grime of sin we could not stand before our Father and he could not look upon us, You don't go to a wedding or an important event in your underwear, it would be inappropriate for you, and insulting to your host. You put on your best clothes, and go out of your way to show that YOU deserve to be there. The forgiveness of sins can only take place when we make our decision to walk away from the rebellion to our true Father, and to become obedient children; he wants us to love Him as we love our earthly parents. To be forgiven for our sins, we must openly repent of them to God AND man, as our way of showing Him that this is truly what we want, a life with Him.

Without Jesus' death on the cross, we would never be able to know God, you could know OF Him, but never truly know Him. Take a walk down a busy street, you know that other people are walking past you, but you know nothing about them, who they are, what they do or don't like. It is the same with God. At your salvation you are saying to Him I want to KNOW you! Everything about you! Who you are, what brings you joy, what breaks your heart, what can I do for you?

We hear of all that God has done for us, given up for us, and put up with from us in our ignorance and pigheadedness and suddenly we just have to give something back. And there is only one thing to give; (and no all you people who think you can buy God off by dropping your 10 percent or 'pledge' in the bucket, it's not your money) He wants you. 100 percent, not 10 percent or half or three quarters, but all of you, that He may envelope you and fill you from toe to scalp, give a purpose to your life which otherwise would be left to pleasuring your self right into hell. Without him we are a rudderless ship at the mercy of the sea or Satan if you will, and he is merciless.

He calls us, all who are weary. Those who are tired of life as we know it to be, tired of being crushed and oppressed, looking for someone in this world to really care about us. Someone to help us turn it all around, those of us ready to commit to something greater than ourselves, ready for real security. Something no 401K plans or retirement setup can give.

Matthew 25 v 34: Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

2 Corinthians 4 v 17- 18: For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I have prepared here a study for you to do on Salvation, it's easy for me to do it, but you will learn more and get a fuller understanding if you allow God to give you revelations of your own from His word, too often I prepare massive articles on different subjects and it is too easy for you to read them and forget, now it is your turn to show yourselves approved, if you really want it and Him, then come drink of the fountain. Take the Fathers hand and he will lead you through. As you read and study his word, you will see just how much Jesus wants to be able to take you to his father, he wants to strip away everything that would leave you feeling ashamed as you stand before your maker, your Father and your God, you will see how desperately he wants to reunite you with the heart of love.

As a mother, I can't stand even the thought of losing my children, of not being able to watch them as they sleep, to enjoy every smile like it was the first and the last, I don't want to miss a moment for every one is precious and fleeting, the idea of being on the same planet and not having them with me tears my heart to shreds and brings tears to my eyes. If I, a sinful and worldly being can experience such emotion over my children, who are with me all day everyday, and yes, even drive me crazy sometimes, these children given to my husband and I by God, they are his always and forever, to do with as he wills, if I can feel this way about my children, how much more can the heart of God break for you, his little ones, gone astray from the womb? Does he not pine for you day and night like the desert longs for the rain.

SALVATION IS THROUGH CHRIST

Luke 1 v 69: He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.

A horn is a sound for alarm, like the microwave alerting you the popcorn is ready, well, 2000 years ago the horn was raised to let all mankind know that now is the time for salvation, Jesus had come. We sure do know how to take our time.

Luke 1 v 71: Salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.

Luke 1 v 74- 75: To rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

Luke 2 v 30: For my eyes have seen your salvation.

Anyone who has laid eyes on a bible has seen His salvation, anyone who has been ministered to by a spirit-filled Christian under the power of the Holy Spirit by word or by deed has seen His salvation.

John 10 v 1- 18: “I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he had brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a strangers voice.” Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father- and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. The reason my father loves me is that I lay down my life –only to take it back up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.

YOU CAN'T BUY YOUR WAY IN! Salvation was an act of love and only by a real love for God can you obtain and hold on to it, love is the key and must be your driving force. He is the only door, for the Jew and the Gentile

Acts 4 v 12: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

Self-explanatory.

Acts 15 v 11: No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.

You must believe you are saved by the grace and mercy of God your Father, not by ancient laws and traditions or good works, but by believing which is faith, and everything you do is acting upon that faith in Jesus, not upon your own power to get something done, believing in faith that he has saved you, and that He will see you through, that He will either rescue you from your circumstances or give you the strength to endure and fight. His grace is sufficient for you; it is NOT through His mother Mary or the priests of the Catholic Church, or leaders of any church for that matter. Jesus was given occasion to give her the sacrilegious esteem the Catholics do, here is an example: Luke 11 v 27- 28: As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Nope, no encouragement to worship Mary there, instead He turned it around and said that we, those of us who not only read His word but live it are blessed, so you can strike that 'Hail Mary' rubbish from your language. Every time you say it you are worshipping the created rather than the Creator, which is idolatry and you are in danger of hell fire. No man in a frock can absolve you of your sin.

We are commanded to confess our sins before man so that our pride at not wanting to look bad in the eyes of others doesn't send us to hell, no sprinkling of holy water can cleanse you, you must be washed by the blood of the lamb, there is no religion with God, religion is just a repetitious act, a monkey can do it, there is only faith in Gods word and believing in His son Jesus, only this can save you, get out of your churches and give up your well worn seats, you don't need them, do as God commands and seek the expansion of His kingdom, I can guarantee you that everyone in your church has heard about God, you are all supposed to be out there finding the ones that aren't in church on a Sunday because they don't know Him and you are supposed to be sending them there so that they can learn, your no good to anybody in that little church of yours, fellowship on your own time, God didn't call you now or ever to warm a bench and fill a bucket with money for a nice parking lot and choir robes, get out there and do what GOD called you to do, some of you have been sitting in churches for decades, God called you to be men and woman of action, flowing and MOVING OUT with His love which pours forth like a river, not sitting like a toad in a stagnant pond, your church should NEVER be so full of the usual crowd that there is no room for the newcomers who genuinely want to hear about God, you have heard enough, it is time to GO and share it with people you have never met before. Salvation is a job, you can't be an electrician if you don't do any electrical work, you're not saved if you're not fulfilling your requirements given to you at salvation, Ephesians 4 v 11 – 13: I t was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God and becoming mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Nope, no bench warming positions in there, wonder what that service our pastors are supposed to be preparing us for? Cake sales? Fundraisers? Preaching the gospel? If you hold an evangelistic meeting and a thousand people get saved, you didn't just get a thousand member strong church and a big fat cash cow, you got a thousand people that need to be brought up in the knowledge of Christ (that bit about maturing, not marinating for 20 or 30 years), that you might have 1000 people out getting thousands more saved from the fires of hell before it's too late, it's a race against time, not a race to see who has the biggest church. We are paying a heavy price whilst too many of you sit stubbornly in church every Sunday and Wednesday hearing the same message three times that some preacher picked from his sermon repertoire by closing his eyes and pointing at a page with his finger, and we are paying it with the lives of others, what a dangerous game.

Romans 5 v 6- 11: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
If this piece of scripture alone dose not spur on the flame of love for Him even though for now He is not visible to you, not much will. It is filled with the warmth of Christ's love, His compassion for us like an abandoned baby, He came for us in our tears, crying and cold, hungry and thirsty for something REAL to fill us, to meet our needs, His blood avails us, it justifies us, our spirit KNOWS that without it we will die, our brains and bodies are just too slow to catch on, sadly.
1 Thessalonians 5 v 9- 10: For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
Continual union with Christ through His gift of salvation, we are restored from wrath to sonship.
Hebrews 5 v 9: and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him
Once he fulfilled the law of the old testament statutes, and blamelessly died a criminals death in our place and wept for our forgiveness with His last breath He was made perfect and able to become the way for us to know our Father, when He joined us in a mortal body and staked His claim amongst us, he made us heirs to his inheritance, He made us brothers and sisters in Him and He then went one step further, He sent the Holy Spirit in His place to comfort us, to teach us, to convict and rebuke us and to lead us to repentance. He returned to heaven that he might continually go before God our Father and plead our cases, keeping us continually before our Father, reminding Him not to forget us in our suffering like an older brother that has faith in us saying to our Father 'give him another chance, I know he can get it right, l know it is within him to do this, for I am within him and I will give him my strength to overcome this evil.' And rejoicing with our Father each time a prodigal son comes back to the family.
Hebrews 9 v 27- 28: Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
If we die, it is to judgment, for that is what awaits us, he died to take away our sin and bring salvation, so that when we face judgment, though there are many tears of remorse and shame for so many wrong doings and wasted opportunities, we are forgiven and set free to enter eternal life.
He is coming, are you ready?
CONDITIONS OF SALVATION
Salvation is a mission, are you ready to accept it? It has conditions that you must accept, they can't be bent to your fancy, you must bend and change to meet them, you must see it through, you can't quit when the going gets tough, those are your finest hours, where God is truly glorified, salvation means life stops being about YOU, it becomes focused on you seeing to it that OTHERS are saved through Jesus Christ by His word from YOUR lips and those of others bound for glory, God's glory.
Everyone will be brought through trials regardless.
Ok, here we go, do not be discourage by what you read, because we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength and with Him we are never alone.
Matthew 10 v 22: All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
It takes endurance, whether you live one minute or one hundred years past the point of accepting of Christ- you must endure, you must stand, you must study Gods word and be in prayer, for this will help you through many a tough time.
Romans 10 v 8- 10: But what does it say? "The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart," that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
You must know this and do it. These are just for starters, the things to work on; for it is hard to get out of the rut of sin your life was in, without determination it is hard to break free, but He can and will help you.
James 1 v 21- 25: Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

Clean house, clean yourself out and humbly accept the word planted within you that can save.
2 Peter 1 v 5- 11: For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He calls for spiritual diligence and a willingness to allow God to do the work, it hurts to remove a thorn from your finger, and it hurts to remove that which is unacceptable and undesirable in Gods eyes for he is the master plastic surgeon, he works in the unseen, removing the warts and pimples and scars of sin from within to bring forth a beautiful creature, which brings to mind the old adage, 'it has to hurt if it is to heal,' it hurts to change the way we have lived our lives for many years, withdrawals from years of substance abuse is an agony you can't even imagine till you've been there, I have been blessed to only witness it, not experience it. The shame of a foul mouth drawing attention whilst God draws out the poison from your language is painful, but the joy of being a new creation awaits you on the other side, leaving you pure and with nothing to be ashamed of as long as you continue is the way he has laid out for you.
Revelation 22 v 14- 15: "Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
Earn your right to the tree of life and the ability to go through gates as a most welcome child of God, by simply laying yourself down on the alter and offer yourself up to the one who created you perfectly, allow Him to refashion and remold you into what He always destined you to be. There are many more things that God requires of you and they will come up as we continue.
SALVATION IS BY FAITH
How do we believe? By faith.
Hebrews 11 v 6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
You can't come to Him if you don't believe he exists- He's not Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny- He is eternal, not seasonal. He is either absolutely almighty God all the time or you're wasting His time; too many of us have what I call a seasonal walk with God (and yes this is a bad thing) it's a never-ending cycle and He hates it. SPRING: we are either springing to life or coming back to life, SUMMER: we are hot on fire for God, FALL: falling away from GOD, WINTER: away completely from God's light and love, in a sense we are dead, at least spiritually, careful your body doesn't catch on and pack it in too. And then right back to SPRING.
James 1 v 5- 8: If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
You don't turn on the tap to get a glass of water and expect nothing to come out, you just always expect the water; in fact we are confounded when nothing happens, we look in the tap, we bang on it, we turn it off and on again to make sure we didn't make a mistake and not get it right the first time, you just always expect the water. It's the same principal with God, don't go and talk to God and ask of Him and not expect him to answer or ask him to do something without expecting him to act, one way or another, He will respond. If you aren't hearing or seeing anything happen, you either do not believe he will do what you asked or answer you, meaning you are faithless, or you don't like His answer or didn't get what you wanted and you are in sin. If you seek the Lord in any way shape or form and have doubt in your heart, you are useless and if you do not do something about your attitude of heart you will severely jeopardize your salvation.
The very essence of our salvation, at it's conception was our BELIEVING with our hearts and confessing with our mouths that Jesus Christ is Lord, you can not believe of Him (the common generalization being “ I believe there is a god' my question is 'and who might that be?' 'With some 40,000 plus false religions and cults worldwide, of whom do you speak?'), you must believe IN HIM (the truth being “I believe in God, my Father in heaven, creator of all things, seen and unseen, nothing is too difficult for Him and He loves me, He sent His son to die for me, and by the blood of His son my life's debt to sin is paid and I am rescued from Hell. He is the true God, the one and only God there is none like He). He commands us to make our calling (those called by His name to service) and election (the job those who are called have to do) sure, we are to believe and have faith, and with out this we have nothing.
1 John 3 v 21- 24: Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
We should be united as one in love.
Habakkuk 2 v 4: "See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous will live by his faith.
Evil builds itself up with importance and ungodly desires to fill the void that only one can fill. But the righteous, they are full and lack nothing; therefore they will live by their faith, which is well founded (Hebrews 10 v38-39 & Hebrews 11). They have found the truth, believed and received, they are filled up with the peace of God about their eternal existence and they have met and personally know the faithful one. They know He cannot lie and He will supply all their needs minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour and day by day- they will have no reason to doubt. Therefore, they WILL live by their faith in God.
Romans 5 v 1- 5: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Justified through faith and at peace with God through Jesus Christ
Galatians 3 v 6: Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness."
Abraham was credited with righteousness about something he never even saw for it happened long after he was dead, he simply believed on the promises of God and rested on it, if you cannot believe God or that the promises he makes from His word are trustworthy and good, you are lost and in serious trouble.
SALVATION IS FREE
Isaiah 55 v 1- 3: "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.

It is free to all –just come everlastingly! Come fully the first time and don't try to walk away.

Romans 3 v 22- 24: This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

All have sinned and all that believe upon His precious name are justified freely by His grace.

Revelation 22 v 17: The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.

God's continual message, Come. Come it is free to all who thirst after it like the desert for the rain. You must want it in you and around you, overflowing and all consuming, for our God He is a consuming fire and the flame burns deep, it consumes you until you end and only Christ within you remains, only Him and His will.

Oh how I love Jesus because He first loved me, I want the whole world to know of my love for Him, it causes me to fly to dizzying heights of joy in moments of triumph in His spirit as He conquers more of my life each day and carries me through the valleys of sorrow and suffering for His namesake and to His glory

SALVATION IS OF GOD

Psalm 27 v 1: The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

Halleluiah, Praise Jesus for He is our light and Salvation, of whom shall WE be afraid.

Psalm 37 v 39: The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; he is their stronghold in time of trouble.

Psalm 62 v 1- 2: My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Isaiah 12 v 2: Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."

Isaiah 25 v 9: In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."

1 Timothy 4 v 9- 10: This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe.

Put your hope and trust in the Living God –He is a Savior to those who believe.

All of the above scriptures are an outward and defiantly joyful manifestation of genuine salvations. They show true joy, real peace and freedom from earthly bondage and they show people willingly unable to cease from praying, people continually in a state of thanksgiving, praise and worship.

SALVATION IS GOD'S GIFT

John 3 v 16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

The gift of His LOVE awaits you.

John 4 v 10: Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

If you know truly of the gift- Salvation, you would ask for it. And if you knew of him who wished to partake of you-, Jesus you would not need to be asked, you would have offered yourself up with eager expectation of all that He is and has promised He would do in you and with you.

Romans 6 v 23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You can't out give God. He's not after your money! He is after you, the more you give of yourself, the more He will open Himself up to you, you will see more of His wonders as you become more of the example that Jesus set in His life on earth, as the servant, humble and lowly in spirit that He may raise you up in spirit and in truth and in that day you will be glorified in Christ Jesus as an heir with Him in His reward, His heavenly kingdom. No longer cursed to Hell and a Christ less eternity, with a void between you and your Father that not even He can cross, but a child of the promise, the promise that He will never leave you nor forsake you and that your momentary trials and sufferings draw you ever near to peace and rest eternal at the bosom of the Father.

Romans 8 v 32: He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all –how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

You can't out give God.

2 Corinthians 9 v 13 -15: Because of the service by which you have proven yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies you confession of the gospel of Christ, and your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.

I do thank you Jesus for your indescribable gift, for a blameless life lain down in place of mine, I am redeemed, how may I serve you my King?

Ephesians 2 v 4 - 10: But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions –it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith –and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

To us He gives the gift of GRACE, for it is by grace we are saved –through faith. Not of ourselves for it is a gift, freely given, once you lay hold of it, don't make the mistake of giving it up, the cost is too great and you could never pay it.

SALVATION IS GRACE

Titus 2 v 11- 14: For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope –the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

The grace that brings salvation HAS appeared, He HAS opened the way, NOW is the time to reach out and take Him by the hand, don't miss this opportunity for it may not ever be offered again, this could be the last in a long line of many opportunities passed by, be the wise man and not the fool.

NOW IS THE TIME FOR SALVATION

The time is favorable for seeking God.

Psalm 32 v 5 - 6: Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”- and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may yet be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.

Pray to Him while He may yet be found –He is the hiding place, in Him there is no fear, for none can reach you unless you deliver yourself into your enemies own hand, for when you are in Christ, the enemy can kill the body, but not the spirit, for He is the hiding place and the place of rest and protection.

Psalm 69 v 13: But I pray to you, O Lord, in the time of your favor; in your great love, O God, answer me with your sure salvation.

Don't wait until it is too late and you are answered with great and justifiable wrath instead of mercy and salvation.

Isaiah 49 v 8 - 10: This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and make you to be a covenant for the people to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, 'Come out,' and to those in darkness, 'Be free!' “they will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them beside springs of water.

2 Corinthians 6 v 1- 2: As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.

In the time of favor He will hear and answer you, do not lightly pass this up, the time of His favor. On the day of your Salvation He will help you, He has promised it, He is God and not a man that He should lie, if He has said He will do something, it will be done, just be sure to do that which is required of you!

SALVATION IS POSSIBLE FOR ALL.

Luke 3 v 6: And all mankind will see God's salvation.

It says ALL will see God's salvation, it does not say all will accept God's salvation; it is possible for all, but still a choice for all to make.

Acts 2 v 21: And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

You have to choose to call out to him, for it does indeed say all who (genuinely and life alteringly) call upon the name of the Lord will be saved

Romans 10 v 13: For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 5 v 18 – 19: Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man the many will be made righteous.

It was one act of sin on mans part to condemn us all to death, it was one righteous act by an innocent man to make it possible for us to be free from the penalty of sin, who's righteous act? It was Jesus Christ's, not ours, but his. Our calling upon the name of the Lord is an act of guilt and confession, of admitting that without Him paying the price for our own sin that we were too weak to stand up and atone for ourselves, we would be in hell and rightfully so.

1 Timothy 2 v 4 – 6: Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of truth. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men –the testimony given in it's proper time.

You must come TO the knowledge –like the old saying goes, 'You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.' How many times have you been lead to the living water and refused to drink, refused to get that knowledge, refused to find out about Him intimately like you would get to know the person you were going to marry, because the relationships He wants from you and with you is deeper than any earthly relationship we can contrive. Why would you not want to know the one who gave Himself up in your place to a most horrible and gruesome death that you would have the chance to really live, the gift He intended for us to have from the time of creation but had to revoke before He could even give it because sin came in.

The testimony spoken of is the one you are hearing right now, go to your bible, read the gospels, the appointed time of God's favor is NOW, after this there is only one appointed time left that scripture speaks of, and it's certainly has nothing to do with God's favor but His cup of wrath spilling over unto the destruction of the world and all it's unsaved inhabitants, the revealing return of Christ in the day of the Lord.

Please turn again to Titus 2 v 11 – 14.

The grace of God has appeared to all men. In some way or another, He has revealed himself to you; do not deny it for he is doing it even now. The testimony of Christ is the gospels, and they teach us to say 'NO!' to ungodliness. Also, as we read them and as we hear them we are being taught what kind of life it is that we are accepting, it's not something that comes as a great shock afterwards, it is a life we walk into with eyes wide open, we should be aware that his way is better, why else would we choose to follow him if we have not admitted that we're screw ups? The word of God (the bible) is also encouraging us to want nothing to do with evil, which at salvation (genuine) we should begin to shun naturally anyway, being involved in evil sinful practices should be to us like the idea of bathing in trash can juices makes us recoil, so should having anything to do with sin. At your salvation, you even begin wanting to be with God physically, not just spiritually and knowing that you must be clean inside and out to do so, you begin waiting for the day He comes for you. You want to meet face to face with the one who gave himself up for you and bought you the opportunity to be purified and to know your Father. You become filled with an overwhelming desire to do what is good- the perfect and pleasing will of God, you want to share Him with all the world and want to found being about the Fathers business when He comes that you might be doing His perfect and pleasing will when He returns, you want to be doing that which satisfies your God.

2 Peter 3 v 9: the Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

Romans 2 v 4 – 11: Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God's kindness leads you towards repentance? But because of you stubbornness and unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will give to each person according to what he has done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For God does not show favoritism.

SALVATION IS PROMISED

Psalm 91 v 14 – 16: “because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Mark 16 v 16: Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Luke 19 v 9 – 10: Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

Acts 11 v 14: 'He will bring you a message through which you and all your house will be saved.'

Our beloved word of God, the wondrous message through which we are saved.

Acts 16 v 30 – 31: He brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved –you and your household.”

Please note that they are not saying that if he believes and follows after God that the rest of his family is free to do what they want and will still receive a heavenly reward, that is not just and God is a God of justice, it means that they too must believe and choose God's way over their own, then, they too will be saved.

NO CONDEMNATION FOR THE RIGHTEOUS IS ALSO PROMISED

The lord does not bring guilt and condemnation; instead He brings conviction and a spirit of repentance, which is the Holy Spirit. For guilt only causes us to feel bad about what we have done, how you feel when you are caught in the act, ashamed and embarrassed and pride kicks in with self-preservation, and even at that it really only affects us if it was something personally related to us. And condemnation, is like a judge sentencing you with the death penalty, you feel horrible, without hope and unable to escape what you have done, you wallow in the misery of your actions till you are about half crazed.

But oh the gifts of the Lord they are so good, His conviction brings you to a place within yourself where you are eager to search yourself, where you desire to see that which is within you that is unfit for a servant of the Most High God, be it greed or pride, or a murderess heart, what ever it may, you want to see it and of your own free will acknowledge it and that it is there in your life because you have allowed it to be, and that your deeds reflect the true attitude of your heart, and in the midst of all this, the deeper you dig to reach the truth about yourself, and the worse the things are that you expose and confess openly before man, even if they are shameful to you, you are left with a feeling of such freedom you almost feel as if you could fly, and that sweet spirit of repentance, the knowledge it brings that as you confess your sins before God and man, leaving no room for pride of what others might think, that as you confess your deeds, that like water on a ducks back, the filth and grime rolls off. Like being pulled out of quicksand, when you arrive on solid ground there is not a grain of sand to be found on you anywhere, no mark is left of the ordeal or of the old person that dies more and more with each passing day, but what remains shines like the sun in the light of Gods glory and grace to the edification of His blessed name. To quote that lame song from the 80's 'Oh what a feeling, when you're dancing on the ceiling.'

John 5 v 24: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

If you believe and have invited Jesus Christ into your heart to be Lord and Savior of your live, you now have eternal life and are not condemned for your debt is paid, unlike those who had the chance and turned and walked away, you have gone from life to death.

Isaiah 55 v 7: Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord and he will have mercy on him, and to our God for he will freely pardon.

You can't be condemned and run over the coals for that which from which you have already been forgiven and freely pardoned.

1 John 1 v 9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

We MUST do our part in order for Him to fulfill His part, God is a God of order and it is us who must change for He changes not, it is the fact that He is the same yesterday, today and forever that gives us a firm foundation for our faith, He is not emotionally swayed like a hormonal woman, we never have to wonder how He is going to be today, He is always a rock and fortress for He is steady and unswerving in His plan, He loves us and all that matters is that we please Him by giving every single bit of ourselves to Him for Him to use while there is time left for something to be done through us by Him before the cup of His wrath overflows.

SALVATION IS BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, THE LAMB OF GOD.

Hebrews 9 v 22: In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Matthew 26 v 28: This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Romans 3 v 25 – 26: God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished – he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

1 John 2 v 2: He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 4 v 9 - 10: This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

SALVATION REQUIRES HIS MERCY AND US SEEKING HIS MERCY

2 Samuel 22 v 26 – 27: “To the faithful you show yourself faithful. To the blameless you show yourself blameless, to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd.

Psalm 103 v 8: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Isaiah 55 v 7: Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God for he will freely pardon.

Deuteronomy 4 v 31: For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath.

A good example of an oath made to our forefathers, scripture example being Hebrews 13 v 5 – 6.

Psalm 108 v 4: For great is your love, higher than the heavens, your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Psalm 27 v 7: Hear my voice when I call, O Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.

Psalm 51 v 1 – 6: Have mercy on me, O God according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Simply put, 'have mercy for I am sinful and only you can save me'.

Psalm 85 v 7: Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.

Psalm 119 v 76 – 77: May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.

Habakkuk 3 v 2: Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

Luke 18 v 13 – 14: “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' “I tell you that this man, rather than the other went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbles and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

SALVATION REQUIRES YOU TO CRY OUT TO GOD.

Psalm 34 v 4 – 6: I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.

Seek the Lord for He answers; cry out to Him for He saves.

Psalm 61 v 1 – 2: Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Be willing to accept that God really knows better- that you really know nothing. To accept that your way of doing things is not as perfect as Gods, and be willing right from the beginning to set aside your ways of doing thinking and doing –choosing rather to lean to Gods understanding, His power.

To have this attitude –that you, all alone without God have completely screwed your life up and now you want to let God have a turn –not with your input, but with your submission. Knowing He can't possibly do as bad of a job as you did, that if you let Him, He can bring about a great change and a new way of life to you, that any changes and improvements He can bring about have got to be better than going on another day in the misery you are already in.

I saw a woman ask God into her heart and try to put right something terrible she had done. She was prepared to lose everything, her home, her family and even her freedom, but try as she might to turn herself in, by calling the police on herself and attorneys from several states to see what else she had to do, nothing worked, not one person ever called her back, that statute of limitations had expired and there was nothing she could do about it, they just simply didn't care, why? You might ask! Because God had a different plan for this woman, not only did He set her free from the wages of sin, He freed her from having to go to prison –a true miracle for this mother of two young children who had made a stupid mistake as a young woman because He has a different plan. Now this young woman is struggling with other areas in her life that need to be dealt with and changed –but she has seen the faithfulness of God. I just pray she will hang on to that and fight through this.

Please note that God will not rescue everyone from prison who is headed there, someone has to minister the gospel to the sinners on the inside and the apostle Paul spent almost 75% of his ministry in prison, being beaten and transported from one prison facility to another, in a time when if you did have family close by to bring you food every day of your time in jail, you starved! Not quite so cushy as the prison systems of today, and yet with the same dangers that prison always has, the rapes and gang rivalry, still he survived to go on for the Lord to glorify His name and allowed himself to used of God to open the door that we, the gentiles might have a chance at true life and salvation.

If we could all hand it all over, our will, our worldly way of thinking and feeling –greed, pride, jealousy and anger, hate etc. and our way of doing things and from the very beginning and choose once and for all to walk on the path laid before us, to speak the words given us by God and to do as the spirit leads us, to live as Jesus did, what an awesome walk, relationship and life we would have with our Savior, it would be beyond description.

But many choose sadly to take years to come to the realization that the creator of the entire universe can actually do a better job of leading our lives and guiding our steps than we can because of one thing– pride. We don't like to admit we're screw ups and because of that we miss out on so much that when judgment comes there will be much weeping when we see what we should have been and what was lost because we had to do it our way –we knew better –don't make the mistake of so many others. You can't jump into a cold pool and change you mind mid jump, you can't reverse your direction; it's impossible. In the same respect you can't get saved and give your life to God to fully take control and then say to Him 'here let me show you how to do it.' It's God's way or the highway.

THROUGH SALVATION YOU OBTAIN GOD'S GRACE AND MERCY

1 Peter 5 v 5: Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.

2 Corinthians 8 v 9: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 12 v 9 - 10: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

1 Timothy 1 v 12 – 13: I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful appointing me to His service. Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.

SALVATION IS BY GRACE

Acts 15 v 11: No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.

Romans 3 v 22 – 24: This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Please keep in mind that the gift of Salvation is freely given, but it has requirements that must be fulfilled to make it a real and valid salvation, such as a genuine relationship with your heavenly father, a desire to change your ways, to throw your way of doing things out and by totally adopting Jesus ways, etc. Yes! Salvation is for all, all who want it, if you don't want it, make your trip to hell worth it's while, don't go there to suffer eternal torment for 'being a good person!' Good people DON'T go to heaven, only those that are saved, sealed and called by His name, those that live by faith in Christ Jesus, that He is who He says He is, the Savior of all man kind and that He did what He said He did in His holy word.

Romans 5 v 15: But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many.

The trespass: committed by Adam, his sin caused his children, us, to be born in sin, in this sinful state we are dead, we have no chance, God knowing this and sent His willing Son, Jesus to save us from ourselves.

The Gift: unlike sin, which is passed from generation to generation like a disease, one man, the Son of God, Jesus Christ –to whoever is willing to receive it, gives the gift. As we grow and mature by the worlds standards from childhood innocence to being able to grasp the consequences of right and wrong, of how what we do affects others, the pain caused by malicious words, how it feels to have something stolen from you etc, we are able to accept for ourselves the gift of God's salvation (not because your mom or dad, husband or wife accepted Christ and we want a free ride on the back of the service they dedicate to God), admitting that our lives until that point were lived in total 100% selfishness and the satisfying of our own desires, that even our good deeds were done purely to receive praise from those around us etc. putting that behind us we take up the ways of Jesus and follow his example, live the way He lived as he walked this earth in the flesh.

Basically put, the sins of one man caused many to die, but the gift of grace through the death of one innocent man freely offered up caused many to live.

Titus 3 v 3 - 7: At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of the things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out in us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Please open your bible at this point to ROMANS chapter 2, and read about the law of love, look into it and try to see the comparisons made between our ways of doing things and Gods way, that his is perfect and just, even when He judges us, there is no fault or bias in Him, unlike our way of judging, that He sees the whole picture, not just what is said and presented on the outside, but also what goes on in the heart and in the head. It will show you that it doesn't matter what you do or don't have or what your physical appearance is, what's important is whether or not you have Christ within you, and no, there is nothing wrong with circumcision for health reasons, but when it comes to spiritual things, it is more important to circumcise or cut out of your life the things that are damning you to hell than it is to base the security of your life on the fact that you nipped the tip (you will read in my other articles how circumcision has been transformed from a necessary physical act to a necessary spiritual act, but that it is also still Ok to circumcise your sons if you so wish).

Ephesians 1 v 7 - 8: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

Ephesians 2 v 4 - 10: But because of his great love for is, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions –it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith –and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Romans 11 v 6: And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

1 Timothy 1 v 4 - 5: nor devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. These promote controversies rather than God's work – which is by faith. The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

Romans 9 v 16: It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.

Titus 3 v 5: he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

SALVATION GIVES US HIS MERCY

Psalm 103 v 17: But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children's children.

Psalm 108 v 4: For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Lamentations 3 v 22 – 23: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Joel 2 v 13: Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

Micah 7 v 18: Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.

Luke 1 v 50: His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

Please read again EPHEASIANS 2 v 4 – 5.

SALVATION GIVES US FORGIVENESS FOR OUR SINS AND WE ARE ABLE TO FORGIVE OTHERS

Titus 3 v 3- 5: At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.

Micah 6 v 8: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

His word is good, his ways are just, He is quick to forgive and expects the same from you, that you forgive those who have wronged you regardless of whether they repent or not, for the Lord is judge of the both the wicked and the righteous, his command is love, not for only those that you like, but for all man kind, for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and without that love, none of us would care enough about our fellow man to share with them the mysteries of God and His saving power. To remember that Jesus came for the weak and the sickly, the poor and the down trodden, if you're saved, it's not because you are a stellar human being who has it all together, but because YOU NEED GOD! You were like a paraplegic without a wheelchair, and not the other way around, only HE can save, there is no other God and no other name by which you can be saved from an eternity in HELL. Only He who has paid the price for your sins can forgive you for them, only He has the right to save and forgive and only He can wash the stains of sin off and He requires that you forgive others.

Matthew 5 v 7: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Luke 6 v 35 - 36: But love your enemies, to good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Exodus 34 v 6 – 9: And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.” Moses bowed to the ground at once and worshipped. “O Lord, is I have found favor in your eyes,” he said, “then let the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, forgive our wickedness and our sin, and take us as your inheritance.”

2 Samuel 22 v 31: “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.”

2 Samuel 22 v 26: To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless.

FORGIVENESS THROUGH SALVATION IS DIVINE

Psalm 103 v 1 – 4: Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits –who forgives all your sins and heals your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion.

Psalm 130 v 3 – 4: If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared.

Acts 13 v 38 – 39 & 47 – 48: “Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.' When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.

Ephesians 1 v 7: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace.

James 5 v 15: And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned he will be forgiven.

1 John 1 v 9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 78 v 38: Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.

Psalm 85 v 2 – 3: You forgave the iniquity or your people and covered all their sins. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.

Mark chapter 2 (please read the entire chapter, speaks of the paralytic who was forgiven and healed).

Admission of guilt in regards to sin is useless if there is no remorse, no desire to change or to try with all your might to not fall into that sin again, and admission of guilt is nothing more than that. It is not life changing, you have not fully accepted the gravity of the effect your sin has upon you and those around you, and when you admit to sin because it has been exposed by others rather than confessing it before God and man of your own free will, it simply means you have been caught in the act rather than accepting the conviction of the Holy Spirit and allowing the Holy Spirit to purge you of all that makes you unfit for the kingdom of God and you are unable to claim your heavenly inheritance. When you offer up excuses for your actions rather than revealing your true motives behind the sins you commit, you are trying to justify yourself, when the word of God clearly states that it is by faith in Christ Jesus that we are justified and made righteous, by His grace and mercy, the blood debt that he paid in our place, NOT EXCUSES.

Confess your sin, tell the truth the first time so that you don't get yourself into deeper sin that you later have to repent for also, the thing that stops us from being truthful about the selfish motives we have and that cause us to sin is pride, concern for what those around you will think, don't let pride and care of the thoughts of mere men deter you from drawing near to God and from being set free, 'for ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God' we have all committed the same sins, just from different angles, same dog, different leg if you follow my meaning. Moving on, there is also no point in a genuine heartfelt repentance if you do not truly believe by faith that you will be and are forgiven, if you set in your heart to try to the death if needs be; not to fall into that sin again and earnestly repent, but if you allow Satan to fill you with ungodly guilt and condemnation, it's not a repentance at all, when you repent, the burden of sin is lifted and you should be walking ten feet tall and full of joy at the fact that once again your merciful Savior has set you free from an eternity in hell.

As a child of God who has genuinely repented, He will not leave you groveling on the ground in uncertainty. So strengthen your faith, for no sin is too great for Him to forgive for the unsaved. For the saved, those of you who are supposed to be studying God's word to show yourselves approved and by now should have sought out in God's word as to whether there are things that when done cannot be undone, you would know that there are two sins that are unforgivable, the sin of blaspheming the Holy Spirit and the sin of Eli's sons. But for you, the unsaved, who up until now have never known God, you could not possibly be aware of these sins that are an abhorrent abomination to God that cannot be forgiven, for you are still learning about God, and He will not rob you, who are considered a precious and helpless babe in His eyes of your chance at salvation.

Repent and confess the sins of your worldly life, and believe that your Father in heaven forgives you. (For those of you that are saved and are concerned that you have committed the unforgivable sins, PLEASE write to us and we will explain them to you so that you can go before God with a full understanding of what the unforgivable sins are and allow Him to examine you and see if you truly have committed them, do not burden yourself down with condemnation which we know is of Satan when you can be filled with the merciful conviction of the Holy Spirit. I can pretty much guarantee you that you will know if you have committed them, for you will feel so far from God, and out of His Spirit that you walk with Him will be obsolete, so please write to us as soon as you can if you are worried about where you stand before the Lord in this area. And again to the unsaved, you cannot commit these sins at all as you have no knowledge of them and they would have been committed in ignorance).

Colossians 2 v 13: When you were dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins.

Circumcision is cutting away of that which may lead to infection, (not of the penis in this case) if you do not remove flesh that is infected with gangrene, it can consume the whole body and lead to death, if you do not cut yourself off from your sinful nature with Gods help, that sin can cause you to fall away from God like rotting flesh and you can lose your salvation, the Lord is the one who will reveal what is in your life that needs removing before it turns into a full blown infection, for one sin leads to another in an effort to hide the truth of how you really are and who you really are, if you give the God chance, He will remove whatever it is that will cause you to end up in hell.

SALVATION REQUIRES REPENTENCE

Isaiah 22 v 12: The Lord, the Lord almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.

Ezekiel 18 v 31 – 32: Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, O house of Israel. For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live.

Hosea 14 v 2: Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.”

Joel 2 v 12: “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting weeping and mourning.”

Matthew 3 v 2: and saying, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Luke 13 v 2 – 3: Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

Acts 3 v 19: Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out.

Acts 8 v 22: Repent of this wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.

Acts 17 v 30: In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

Proverbs 28 v 13: He who conceals his sin does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Finally….

Salvation requires repentance, for without our open confession of our sins, which allows us to live freely; and without shame, we would remain in darkness and fear, and God does not give us a spirit of fear. Repentance tells the world that we only care about what God thinks of us, not what they think. Repentance at your salvation is like the pinnacle of a mountain, it's a long hard climb to get to that point, but it's all down hill from there, once you get the ball rolling, the changes in you really start to happen, you will still have good times and hard times, but they take on a different meaning, they are what temper and refine you, the good times give you the opportunity to praise God for His goodness and the hard times allow you to draw closer to God and increase your faith, and allow you to see even more of the goodness of God, how He protects you from circumstances being worse that what they are, where you can actually see Him answer your prayers in your hours of need. But without repentance, you have not fully cut yourself off from your old life, you have not made a full separation and you become like a conjoined twin whose other half has died and you are still waiting for the same fate to take you over, when a very simple procedure, the act of open repentance can cut you cleanly away from bondage and death.

Very simply put, now that you have heard the truth you have two choices, you can accept the truth and believe in the word of God and God Himself, ask Jesus into your heart and to be Lord of your life and REPENT or you can say 'No thank you' and continue on the wide road to hell. Make your choice and either be blessed or eternally damned, the rest is up to you. If you choose to accept Christ Jesus, then I urge you to read the follow up articles I have prepared and find out what comes next for you in your salvation, what happens at the point of salvation and what you are to do next, along with reading the articles on this website prepared by fellow believers and brothers and sisters in the Lord that have put much prayer and time into explaining the things of God for you that you, people who have opened up their personal lives and poured their hearts out online for all the world to see the goodness of God and His working in theirs lives, wanting you to know that He can and will do the same for you. But most importantly, get a bible and read it, seek out His truths for yourselves, he will open up His word to you that you might have a full understanding of Him for He has promised He will and He is faithful and true.

If you want to be saved but you don't know how to pray, I have placed below a version of the sinners prayer, but I urge you to read it and have your prayer come from the heart, the prayer I have written includes the fundamental things you have to confess with you mouth and believe in your heart, but you are welcome to add your own personal touches and take as long as you need to pray, to be sure when you get up off of your knees that you are without a doubt totally and 100% saved and that you have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb, by the precious split blood of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, that by His act of love you are able to fall in love with Him as we all at Into the Light Ministries are in love with Him and are filled with His joy and peace, peace that our eternity is secure and that our faith in Him is well founded, you too can have what we have, for in mans eyes we are nothing special either, but we are special in Christ's eyes and that is all that counts. Please… Do NOT forget to repent of your sins, out loud not caring who hears you, and don't allow pride or shame to rob you of the most wonderful gift, which you are about to receive.


The Sinner's Prayer
The sinner's prayer must come from your heart and we hope this will help you to invite Jesus into yours. This prayer is here only as a guide. I urge you to pour out your heart to Jesus in your own words.
"Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless. I believe in my heart that you Lord God raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today, I need you to be my Father and my friend.I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ."Amen


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