Further Clarity (added 12/16/2019)– My concern in this post I didn’t have the right words completely. There are many people who think they have accepted Christ and think they have salvation. But they are like the seeds Jesus talked about in His parable. They are choked, have no place to grow, etc. These people have not received true salvation, but had a taste of Christ as scripture says, however, they did not fully take up their cross, and their master is sin (the world/flesh).
Those who have true salvation because of the Holy Spirit given to us through the blood of Jesus Christ, we will constantly seek and work towards honoring and giving glory to Jesus in our lives by surrendering sin and leaving it at His feet. We will always be growing in Jesus and turning away from this world, its influences and its temptations.
Little Clarity: This is not to be confused about how we need to do this and do that (works) to have salvation. No. We receive salvation only through Christ. But it is needed for believers to understand not to take that for granted. If we are His servants, we will follow Him and be a light on the hill for others. Sin is tempting in this world. It can pull believers down. Our flesh will fight against our spirit. This is where the post’s message is focused on. We must make our life about Him! There’s a reason why He says most will not find the narrow path.
Salvation is completely different than believing as soon as one confesses the sinner’s prayer that they are saved and guaranteed a ticket into Heaven.
Salvation is the flowing blood of Christ. Living Waters which continue to flow forever. But these waters will have nothing to do with sin.
(NIV) Jeremiah 2:13, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.”
We either have salvation in Christ or we don’t. It is either our flesh we choose or Christ. Saying the “sinner’s prayer” is not enough. But absolutely the first step in having a relationship with Christ. Update: What I mean by this is picking up our cross, accepting that Jesus died for our sins and there is nothing we can do to deserve it, surrendering our life to Christ, etc. This is all part of the first step. It isn’t reading a paragraph and saying we believe in Christ. It is choosing to love Jesus, accept what He has done for us, and become Christlike. (Added: 12/16/2019)
We Can’t Have Salvation And Keep Sinning
Salvation is not an escape to erase all sin in our life IF we are not repenting (meaning we STOP exposing ourselves to unholiness and we stop pleasing our flesh). Salvation DOES wipe all sins when forgiveness is sought from Christ and we repent and leave sin at His feet.
Christ cannot mold us when we hold the clay. This is why complete surrendering to Christ is NEEDED. We need to make our life about Him and discipline our flesh.
Salvation is entering a relationship with Christ, Jesus. Let it be understood, if our relationship is weak with Him then that shows we are choosing ourselves over Christ. This allows us to be susceptible to being desensitized.
Remember, He has no part of sin. If we are sinning and not being Christlike, He will feel distant because we are distant from Him.
Christ saves us completely, don’t misunderstand, but if we are not giving Him our complete selves, He can’t save us. Giving Him pieces of our life and keeping others for ourselves easily makes us lukewarm, and He will not have any part of it! We can’t be a part of the world and a part of Christ.
(NLT) Revelation 3:15-16, “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth!”
Christ Is Our Intervener
In fact, scripture tells us both that Christ and the Holy Spirit are interveners on our behalf. On Judgement Day (and even now), we can be accused, rightfully, of everything we did wrong under the sun and when no one was looking, including our dark thoughts. If we have given all of these things to Christ, if our lives reflect Christ, He will be able to state He’s covered it because He knows us, as well as the Comforter who lives in us.
(NLT) Hebrews 9:24, “For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf.”
(NLT) Hebrews 7:25, “Therefore He is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.”
This is why it is so important to give up the things of the world. To stop delaying giving things up when we are “waiting for conviction” when we partake in acts of unholiness, including something considered small like gossip or certain television shows. We can easily be desensitized the more and more we saturate ourselves in accepting worldly things.
Through salvation in Christ, we are saved. It is because of Christ we should seek Him in all things and naturally want to become more like Him. We can’t accept His goodness while refusing to change from the inside out. I see many want to accept the amazing love of His salvation alongside the world.
This cannot be so, and God will not allow it.
Through Christ Only, We Can Become Righteous
Those who have true salvation will have the Savior in their heart and they will reflect Christ. If we do not have Christ in us, we have not tasted true salvation or worse have turned away. As scripture indicates, even the elect can be led away by this world.
Again, this is not meant to hinder anyone but to plead, beloved of Christ, please, OPEN UP YOUR EYES! Sometimes the truth is hard to hear especially when we are guilty. But we can’t run from the truth of God! I know I’ve slipped before, and praise Jesus for the prickings of the Spirit! Because feeling awkward about our sin and uncomfortable with what we are doing and feeling bad about our lack of a walk with Christ ALL are a form of His love for us.
(NLT) Hebrews 12:07, “As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?”
God does not neglect His children! He will teach us! Sometimes, it may feel stern but it is for our benefit.
(NIV) Revelation 3:19, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”
Have courage and understand that when we turn over to Him completely, He will help us! Praying to Him daily and being with Him in every moment, the Spirit will move on our behalf. He will guide us to the truth and His shelter! Take heart, we will not be overcome because HE IS NOT OVERCOME and He is living within us!
(NASB) Psalms 34:19, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.”
(NIV) 1 John 4:04, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
Salvation is powerful. It is everlasting, not only in the moment of when we first accept Christ. It is important we understand the truth of salvation and seek Him so that we can grow in Him every single day. Turning to Him not only when it is convenient for us or when we have trouble, but because we simply treasure and cherish time with Him.
This isn’t to say we won’t commit sins or struggle with some sins while still having salvation in Christ. The closer to God we are the more He reveals to us about things we need to give up to Him. It is when we choose our flesh over Him (cannot have two masters) that we walk away from the cross and into the grave of our rotting flesh. I hope that makes sense.
How has God changed you from the inside out and drawn you closer to Him?
Monthly Scripture- (NLT) 2 Corinthians 5:17, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
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