Do you wonder what it means to be saved from sin? Are you certain you will go to heaven when you die? Do you have or want eternal life? Are you asking yourself “Will I go to Hell when I die?”
If you are asking yourself any of these questions, then I have good news to share with you! God loves you so much, that He made a way for you to be adopted by Him now, and to spend a future with Him in Heaven!
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ then you should know this, no matter how much you feel unworthy, no matter how bad your past has been, no matter who you are, no matter what you have done, no matter how much sin you have committed in your life, God created you and He loves you, and wants to transform you into the image of His Son Jesus! He wants to remove all sin from your past, and teach you to walk so close to Him that you would no longer desire sin in your own life. Really, this I promise you is true! No matter where you live, no matter what religion you are, no matter what race you are, and no matter whether you are rich or poor, God stands at the door knocking, waiting for you to answer as He is saying “… but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
This is the good news of the Gospel that Jesus preached; that you can be forgiven and transformed into a new creation walking with Jesus. The bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God“. That means every one of us when born, fall short of His glory and are at enmity with God, unable to be adopted and saved from His wrath by our own “good works”. But God so loved us that He sent His Son that we may have a way to be adopted by our Father in Heaven, to be saved from His pending wrath as sinners of the world.
Yes, God found a way for you and me to become free from our past sins, become transformed into a “new creation” no longer a slave to sinful behaviors, and to be accepted into the beloved by the finished work of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection to life! The good news of the Gospel is found in John 3:16 “ 16 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. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned::”
So how do we become saved from eternal death in Hell?
Scripture tells us how we can be saved and it’s found in Romans 10:9-10. “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.”
There is a prayer often used for someone to come to the saving grace of Jesus known as “The Salvation Prayer”. There’s no magic in the specific words of this prayer, but it’s important to understand the power of this prayer comes from the intent of your heart. That is to say, if you will truly believe by faith that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for our sins and was raised from the dead, and truly believe by faith that He paid for all your past sins, and you desire to no longer be a slave to sin, and want Jesus to be the Lord of your life and follow Him, He will come to live in you by the Holy Spirit, and you will become a “new creation in Christ”.
Please understand, this prayer is NOT what saves anyone, it is faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who saves. I believe there are thousands of people who have “prayed the prayer of salvation”, (which technically isn’t even in the Bible) with no real desire to experience a change of thinking (repentance), and/or no desire to be free from sinful behaviors, and/or with no desire for Jesus to be their Lord, and/or with no desire to follow Him by renewing their minds through His word and follow His teachings – and that is a dangerous place to be when standing before Him on the day of Judgment..
This is the danger of so many who believe that simply saying the prayer of salvation saves/saved them. Many of these people (like me for many years) say they are Christian, or say they believe in Jesus, yet have no desire to follow Him and become transformed, and have not been “born again” in the Spirit. I used to get by with thinking “I’m a good person, God knows my heart”, but trust me, there is no salvation in those words! As a result of not having a true conversion, they see little or no fruit of the spirit being produced in their lives, because they in fact have not yielded to Jesus as Lord, and very likely have not been born again. That was me for the first 30 years of my life, and if this sounds like you as well, then today is the day of salvation to make a new choice for life as a son of God, following Jesus.
His grace truly is free and is that amazing! This gift from God, is not something you and I can earn. We can’t (and shouldn’t) try to “clean ourselves up” first before receiving this gift so we might become more worthy to receive His gift. If we do, we might never be ready or clean enough, so don’t even try! The point is that you and I could never be clean enough or holy enough to earn this gift of grace by our own merits or by our own deeds/actions. It’s precisely why it’s called “grace” and why it requires faith. Grace is something given that is not deserved by the person receiving it. Our job is to just receive the gift, through “Faith”. Scripture says we are born again through both “Grace, and Faith.” One part God, One part us!
God’s love is so great for us, that He sent His own Son to take on the wrath for our sins, so that we could live a renewed life here and an eternal life in heaven with Him, and not be doomed to eternal life in Hell. He paid a high price for us to be transformed from sinners into adopted sons of God and I promise you that God’s love is so great for you, that NOTHING you have done in your past could keep you from receiving His gift of eternal life through His Son Jesus. There is no crime great enough, no perpetual sin long enough, no person unworthy enough who can not receive this free gift! I promise you that no matter how bad it may seem to you, God’s love is a thousand times greater than any sin from your past and nothing can keep you from receiving His gift of salvation, if you are ready to change.
Again, there are no formulas with God but some of the most amazing testimonies of salvation that I have seen, are from people who were either atheists or were people who could not believe God would save anyone who lived such a terrible life of sin. If that is you, then maybe you should ask Him if He is real, and ask God to prove it to you? If you really want to make Jesus your Lord, then talk to Him. Time and time again I’ve seen people dramatically saved who simply said “God, if you are real, prove it to me and come into my life and show me right now! Scripture says “For the eyes of the Lord move over all the earth so that He may give strength to those whose whole heart is given to Him..” That means He’s looking for people like you and me who have a heart to discover Him.
There’s no formal prayer:
Can the salvation prayer work for me? Sure, many have used that prayer as a “contact point of faith” with a real desire to change their lives and follow Jesus. With such faith and desire, yes, you can be born again and filled with the Spirit, but with God, there are no formulas, only a desire to love Him and know Him more, and be made whole by Jesus.
So if you are really ready to change your life for the better, there is no formal prayer or system to follow. Simply speak with God in your own words, believe in Jesus and believe that by faith your sins are forgiven, confess your faith by being baptized in water, and ask Jesus to fill you with the baptism of the Holy Spirit (or ask a Spirit filled believer to pray for you to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit). It’s not complicated but what’s important is your intent and your faith, God does the rest whether you “feel” His presence in you or not, you need to start walking out your new life by faith in Jesus and He’ll start transforming you from the inside. That is the beginning of your new life as a believer, but please don’t stop there!
It’s super important to start reading and studying His word daily to transform your mind, and surrender your life daily to His purposes, believe that you are now the righteousness of Christ, and watch what fruit God’s grace will bring to your life as a new surrendered believer, growing into the image of Jesus! Spend time in secret prayer with The Lord, hang out and grow with other Spirit filled believers who are also growing in the gifts of His Spirit and hungry to reveal heaven on earth! It is a great privilege to be adopted into His family – make your life a legacy that speaks to generations to come as a testimony for His life.
Rejoice for you were once dead but now you live, for the Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed you for a price! The price was His death on the cross.
Once you are established, go and do what Jesus commanded of us, making disciples:
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
May God Bless You in Your New Life!
Scott E Levesque