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Your Salvation - Do You Know The Story?
Are You Saved? You Got To Know.
Are you one hundred percent sure (about your salvation)? Have you crossed the line or are you just leaning or looking over the line wondering about your salvation? Do you know for yourself?
As the first question asks you have to be one hundred percent sure. This question refers to your relationship with God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. You have to know whether you have a relationship with God and his Son Jesus Christ. Do you know God is real or do you accept it because someone told you, or you read it some where, or worst want to believe he is real but just don’t know for sure yourself? You can be aware of something, believe in its existence, but not accept it.
Do you have a relationship with God or do you just know about God and his Son Jesus Christ? I ask this question because you got to know if you know God or just know about God. You have to know in your heart and mind. You cannot be close to the line or just leaning over the line. It’s one hundred percent or its nothing. You either do or you don’t. You are risking your life not knowing for sure.
As you are beginning to see or already know there is a line that divides these two points. Do you realize that your life is at risk if you do not know? There is a clear difference. I do not write this lightly or to judge you in whether you know God and his Son Jesus Christ. It does not matter what I or others think but it does matter what you know inside of you about this important relationship which is lifesaving. If you read carefully the above sentence again I did not say what you think, I said what you know. There is a distinct difference.
You have to know if you know God and his Son Jesus Christ or are you just deceiving yourself in to thinking you have a relationship (Matthew 24: 4-5). If you look in to a mirror what do you see? Do you see someone confident in knowing they have accepted Jesus Christ in to their lives as their Savior and know that nothing else has more meaning and importance, or do you see someone who has doubts about their relationship with God, the Word, or his Son Jesus Christ. Do you understand why you have any doubts?
The message herein is that we have to grow in maturity to reach the point where we know we have crossed the line in our own individual lives where we can actually see God’s hand in our lives, feel his presence, and accept it one hundred percent. At some point in your life you just come to know. I know I did not come to this point easily or quickly but I do know when I crossed over the line. It was during many times of trials in my life and after many prayers and seeing his hand move mountains in my life which created a stronger faith. For you the reader the answer will come as you define it some point in your life as you place your faith, prayers, and steps in Jesus Christ during your walk. At this point in your relationship you will no longer be able to explain it away with a humanistic explanation. You will know it at some point and you NOW know as you are reading these words if you have reached that point. If you do not know or are in doubt then you are still on your journey to completely accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and the gift of the Father. You have to reach a point within yourself where you know God is in control of this world, your life, and where you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior because of the sacrifice of his death for your sins on the cross, and where you accept God’s plan for your life because you realize it is the best way. The hearts of men and women are tried by Jesus Christ who gives them opportunities to manifest to others whether they love Him Jesus Christ. If they do and show their willingness to give up whatever is incompatible with his will they will greatly increase their present life and enjoyment. Each one of us should test his own actions and carry his own burden, then he can take pride in himself without comparing himself to someone else (Galatians 6:4-5).
God expects you to become one with his thoughts. You cannot have your thoughts (those thoughts not in agreement with the Bible) and his thoughts and not feel separated. We must continue to examine our lives for areas of correction and improvement. We must come to a point of total spiritual submission to God’s plan for our lives. The Lord will guide you always, satisfy your needs, and strengthen you. You will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail (Isaiah 58:11).
We all know God’s plan of salvation for you and me. God demonstrated his love for us by sending his Son Jesus Christ to die for us sinners. We are justified by his blood and will be saved from God’s wrath through him (Romans 5: 8-9). For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ in accordance with his will (Ephesians 1: 5). In him we have been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will (Ephesians 1:11). The Gospel that Paul preached tells us at 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 that we must accept and believe that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins on the cross with His blood, was buried, and rose from the dead after three days and nights. Do you accept the gift that you and everyone has received from God the Father and His son Jesus Christ with his death, burial, and resurrection?
To have a relationship with God and his Son means we must acknowledge that we are not a part of this world around us even though we still have to live in this world to some degree. We must withdraw from man’s imperfect system and recognize God’s perfect system and plan for our lives. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You will then be able to test and prove what God’s will is which is good, pleasing, and perfect (Romans 12:2). What does God want from us?
This is a question you must decide. You have seen God’s plan for your salvation. You got to know whether you have crossed the line or just leaning over the line. You have to be sure. When you know why you have a relationship and how it came to be you will know your story of salvation. As Paul Harvey use to say at the end of each of his broadcasts “and that’s the rest of the story.” Each one of us gets to write the rest of the story as it relates to our lives and salvation. The “Story of Your Salvation” will be written only by you. Do not be afraid to turn up the amps on your relationship. Will you accept Jesus Christ sacrifice on the cross for your sins with his blood and his resurrection from the dead after three days and three nights (Mathew 12:40 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
God chose us before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. He is seeking a relationship with you. Do not allow “your story” to go unwritten. Do not adopt a lukewarm approach to this relationship thinking it will be sufficient or acceptable to God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ. Life does not begin in my view if you do not know who you are in Jesus Christ. Do not fall in to the trap of complacency. Do not fall in to the habits of men and those whose hearts have run lukewarm. Do not place your salvation and hopes in the hands of men. Do not allow the traditions of men, church’s, or organizations become a substitute for a false relationship. Repent of your sins and look into that mirror often to see where you are and to be sure you are doing your best. You must know who you are in Jesus Christ and strive to keep your relationship with God the Father and his Son sharp and on pace for you individually.
May the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God be with you all in your decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior.
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