Behind the Process

 

I am writing this because I believe there are people who will read this that wonít go to church even if somebody invites them. They donít care to know anything about Jesus or getting saved or anything else which they consider to be faith or even church related.

 

I had a friend show this to me in a logical way. Donít get me wrong, I love emotions. But, once the emotions subside you start to question whether the decision you made was just based on Ďthe spur of the momentí or not. If you go on emotions then there are Christians whoíll be happy to follow behind and beat you up with a little guilt to make you more confused. The Devil is a slick one.

 

There are several things you have to know, understand and believe to be saved, to become a Christian.

 

The one thing that everything is based upon is summed up in one verse, John 3:16. It says ďFor God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but, will have eternal life.Ē

 

The only begotten son is Jesus. If you believe this then you can have eternal life. Thatís the first step.

 

Next, you have to recognize where you are Ďatí. Romans 3:23 explains this in simple terms. It says ďFor all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.Ē Do you recognize that you are a sinner? If you do, then you are on the way to being saved. This is the 2nd step.

 

Another really good verse to consider is Romans 6:23. It says that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Being bad doesnít send you to hell. Being an unrepentant, unbelieving sinner does.

 

First, it tells you that you will Ďdieí as a result of your sin. In other words, you will Ďdieí in that you wonít be going to heaven. Second it says that this salvation, this eternal life, is a gift.

 

Salvation is a gift. I can you a gift, but, I canít give you this gift. You can accept my gift, but, this gift you have to accept from God. Do you think you would like to have this gift? Will you accept this gift? If so, this is the 3rd step.

 

How do you accept this gift? Romans 10:9 says, If thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shall be saved. Romans 10:13 reinforces that by saying Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

Thatís it. Kinda scary that itís not harder. All you have to do is 1) believe in Jesus, that he is the son of God, 2) recognize that you are a sinner, that your sin will ultimately lead to death and not eternal life, and 3) call upon the name of the Lord and be saved.

 

Did you know that Revelation 3:20 says, Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 

The question is, Do you Ďhearí his voice? Do you feel like you are being called? If so, then, you need to respond.

 

ďBut, wait, I canítĒ, you may say. Why not? You just donít understand me. I canít give up my sin. I canít stop. It just wonít work.

 

Well, it can. And it will work.

 

Did you notice anything up above that says you have to stop doing the sins that you are doing in order to be saved? No. Of course, once you are saved you can change. Thatís the whole premise. Itís a process. Donít feel like you have to change immediately and give up all your sinsÖ when you know you canít do that to begin with.

 

Let me give an example. Letís say you like to drink and get drunk. But, you feel like you want to get saved. What do you do?Pray and ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart and save you. Then, be straight up and say, Lord, I canít stop this drinking. I donít even have the desire to stop. I like drinking. But, I know that I need to stop.

 

Hereís how you pray. Lord, give me the desire to stop drinking. Do you know what? It may not happen immediately. It may not happen next week. But, it will happen. If you ask the Lord each day to give you the desire to stop drinking he will give it to you.

 

So, why not do it? I hope you will.

 

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