Trust that you have been led here by divine appointment. Trust that God loves you and He desires nothing more than to call you his own. Unequivocally the most important decision a person will ever make over the course of his or her life is whether or not to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. This is a decision that affects the direction of our eternity as well as the quality of our life right here on earth.
Let us briefly look at the need for salvation before we will look at God’s solution: The Bible makes it very clear that every single one of us has been born into a fallen world. “Fallen” means that this is a world that has become separated from the goodness and provision of God through sin. This is why there is sickness, suffering and death in this world. This was not God’s original design. Sin, which separates us from God and His kingdom, is the reason for death: “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned;” (Romans 5:12)
Friend, it is crucial to realize that—contrary what many people believe—having a sin nature has nothing to do with our individual actions; and similarly, being saved has nothing to do with how good we may have been in our own estimation.
What I mean by being a sinner not having to do with our own individual actions is that every one of us—as a result of sin having already entered into the world—has been born into a natural state of spiritual deadness to the things of God. And so being a sinner (or having a sin nature) means to be spiritually dead towards God. Being spiritually dead towards God means we are unable to fellowship with Him, we are unable to come before Him free from a sense of guilt and unworthiness.
Salvation, on the other hand, is the free gift of God to all of us: “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)” (Ephesians 2:4-5)
Being quickened together means that in salvation He makes us spiritually alive together with Christ. How glorious our God is! See here: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not by works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Friend, this is the glorious news of the Gospel. Here is God’s solution: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Jesus Christ—the only begotten Son of God—died on the Cross for your sins and mine so that we could have eternal life!
The moment we receive Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord, we receive nothing less than the very life of Jesus into our spirits. In other words, we become brand-new creations. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
And so how do we receive the Lord Jesus? The Bible tells us that we must confess with our mouth and believe in our heart. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)
And so you see there are two elements involved in our salvation: confess and believe. It has nothing to do with our actions. It does not matter how many mistakes we may have made or what our background may have been; if we will simply confess and believe we will be saved.
Friend, I would like to walk you through this process.
Simply say this following prayer out loud, directing it with faith in your heart towards God, and believe that what you are saying is true:
“Dear God, I admit that I have not been living right. But your Word says that if I believe in my heart and confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, I will be saved. Thank You, God, for sending Your Son Jesus into the world to die on the Cross for my sins. Thank You, Jesus, for dying for me and rising again on the third day. Jesus, I now give you my life: I surrender myself fully and completely to You—spirit, soul and body—and I confess that from this day forward You are the Lord of my life. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for suffering spiritual torment for my sins, mental distress for my worries and anxieties, and physical pain for my sicknesses and diseases. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Friend, if you have prayed this prayer to God with faith in your heart—congratulations! You have just been born again! There are angels that are celebrating in heaven right now!
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A few things to keep in mind as you embark on this new journey. Realize that when we get saved through receiving Jesus as our personal Savior and Lord, it is our spirit—the innermost part of who we are—that has been born again, or recreated. In other words, sometimes people will wonder whether or not they are truly saved based on whether or not they feel anything emotionally. But please understand that salvation is a spiritual occurence, and it may or may not affect you emotionally.
I want to also encourage you to stay plugged in with Graceway Christian Center Ministries through our website and Living Victory Podcast. Also, if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, please feel free to join us for one of our Saturday Bible Studies. Realize that being a Christian brings with it so many benenfits that are to touch and affect your life in a positive way right here and right now, and it would be my joy and privilidge to teach you the Word of God and to minister to you in these areas. But for now, here are three things I want to encourage you to work into your life as a follower of the Lord Jesus:
1) Read the Bible every day. The moment we are in Christ, the Bible becomes our guide for day to day life. The Bible is God’s written Word to us. In it He not only reveals His nature to us, He also lets us know who we are in Him. And so every day take some time to read, beginning in the New Testament. Start small. Perhaps a verse a day, eventually a chapter a day. Notice all the promises that have become available to you as a result of being a child of God! Then, gradually, allow your own ways of thinking to come into alignment with God’s Word and will for you: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
2) Pray every day. While there are many different forms of prayer which you will learn about, realize that prayer in its simplest form is to talk to God. This is an act of faith. When you talk to God—pray—you must believe that God hears you because He does. The more that you practice this along with reading the Bible, the more will you develop a sense of God’s presense. The more will you be able to sense in your spirit that He is right where you are, that He loves you, and that He desires to guide you.
3) Join a local Christ-centered, Bible-believing church. While Graceway Christian Center Ministries is here to help meet your spiritual needs, realize that we in no way intend to take the place of your local church. It is important that we surround ourselves with like-minded believers because as the church we are called to encourage each other and build each other up. If you are having difficulty finding the right kind of church for you, pray that the Lord lead you in this area.
Friend, I pray that you would richly experience God’s grace and love for you. Realize that you are now embarking on a journey, the greatest journey you can ever take: that of walking in this present world as a modern day disciple and follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. He has a glorious plan and purpose for your life!
May you be blessed exceedingly and abundantly!
In service of the King,
Alex R. Rubit