UPDATE: 02/13/2020– I have since changed my position on the “sinner’s prayer.” To learn more about salvation, in-depth, please view this post – I Used To Believe In The Sinner’s Prayer…I Do Not Anymore… the post below is more of a watered-down summary.
I find it fitting this gets published on Valentines Day. The greatest gift we could ever receive from Someone loving us so much. I am so thankful for how God led me writing the post and putting a creative twist on looking at salvation.
Written July 6th, 2017 (I did add some more clarity, especially on the heart)
*After covering why salvation is needed it is important to know how you and I can accept Christ. It is more than saying a few words of believing in Christ. It’s more than simply admitting we are a sinner.
Be ready to examine your heart.
*What Does The Heart Represent?
Is Christ in your heart?
(NIV) 1 Samuel 16:07, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Why the heart? Why do people say ask Christ into your heart? The heart is talked about both in the Old Testament and the New Testament.
(ESV) Ezekiel 11:19, “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh.”
The heart is referenced as the place we repent or do not repent.
(NIV) Romans 2:05, “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when His righteous judgment will be revealed.”
I think this is why many say ask Christ into our heart. In the same way, the blood of Christ represents His life, our heart is our core, our life.
The heart is a place we store things.
(NIV) Proverbs 3:01, “My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart.”
(NIV) Luke 6:45, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
(NIV) Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Now that this is understood, let’s cover how to ask Christ into our heart (life).
Recipe Of Salvation
2 Parts Of Admission Of Self
1. Admit That You Are A Sinner
2. Admit That You Cannot Save Yourself
(NIV) Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
We have to realize we are a sinner. We have sin in our life we need to get rid of. We need to understand in order to become a believer and follower of Christ, we must be willing to give up our old life. Things that we did for ourselves and our own wants, may have to go. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. We need Someone stronger than us to help and cleanse our heart.
2 Parts Of Belief In Grace
1. Believe That Jesus Christ Died For Your Sins, and God resurrected Him
2. Have Faith In Believing Christ Will FORGIVE You
(NIV) Ephesians 2:08, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith,and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
Wanting Jesus in our life is not enough. We must BELIEVE He died for us. We must trust in God Almighty that He will forgive us. We must be ready to step out in faith, but beloved know this as well, Christ is waiting for us. He loves us. He wants us so much, that even if it was just you or me on this earth, He would die for us. His love is not of this world, but of our eternal home. This is His gift to us.
This is grace. Grace is to show mercy and love when it is not earned and deserved to the one being shown it.
1 Part Confession
1. Confess Your Sins To Jesus
(BS) Romans 10:09, “That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
2 Parts Request
1. Ask Jesus Christ To Forgive You
2. Ask Jesus Christ Into Your Heart
(BS) Romans 3:24, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.”
(NLT) Romans 10:10, “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”
Salvation, once we accept, opens our heart to the Holy Spirit. Once we decide to walk with Christ, our relationship with Him begins.
(BS) Hebrews 9:15, “Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”
While sin is death, through Jesus salvation is the gift of life. Salvation is forgiveness of our sins and the start of a relationship with Christ. But salvation is the beginning of our foundation in Christ. Just because we have been saved does NOT mean that is all we need to do.
We need to become Christlike and know His word. What we proclaim to believe in, we must have knowledge of. Through our relationship with Christ, talking to Him, and growing in Him, we will be given wisdom and experience as He continues to work in our life.
Salvation is Christ coming to us now.
*- added to the previously written post
Monthly Scripture – (NLT) 1 Timothy 1:19, “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their conscience and as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”
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