THE ABC'S OF SALVATION

Why Do I Need Salvation?
Have you ever been to a place in your life where nothing seemed to be going right?  During these difficult times, you may have felt lost, hopeless and somewhat confused.  You may have even felt like giving up on everyone and everything.  You may have thought that, if there was a God, He seemed distant and unresponsive.  You may have wondered if the God your grandmother spoke about, prayed to and went to church to worship really existed.  And, if He did exist, where is He?  Did He really care?   How can I get His attention?   
15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. (Psalm 34:15)

          In Psalm 34:15, the Psalmist David shares a life-changing kingdom secret which reveals that God hears and answers those who have accepted Him and are in right standing with Him.  The first step to getting God's attention is accepting Him as Lord and personal Savior.   Once you accept His as your Savior and Ruler, you are saved.   You are now a Christian, submitted to God and on your way to heaven.    However, while you are waiting to go to heaven your salvation also qualifies you for all of the benefits which come along with being led by Him while you are here on earth, just as a parent would lead his child.    One you accept this eternal covenant, you are saying that He is now in control of your life and it is His will, as your Heavenly Father, that you will seek to fulfill.

WHAT IS SALVATION?
Salvation means to be saved from the consequences of sin.  Sin causes you to be separated from God, which ultimately leads to spiritual death.  Sin causes you to disobey God’s commandments and laws.   Man’s sin in the Garden of Eden separated all of humanity from God.  Although God had to judge the sin, He still loved man and wanted to restore His relationship with mankind.

4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (Galatians 4:4 – 5)

The Word of God says that in the fullness of time, God sent His Son, Jesus to shed His blood and die on the cross so that man’s soul could be redeemed and bought back from a judgment of eternal death.
When we make the bold confession to accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross, and declare His Lordship over our lives, our sins are forgiven, we are reconciled back to God and we are saved from the consequences of sin – which is death (Romans 6:23). 

The Process Of Salvation
Whenever you hear and are convicted by the message of the gospel of the Cross and how Jesus gave His life for you, the process of salvation has begun.   As you continue to understand that you have missed the mark of holiness and His standard for your life the feelings of wrongdoings generally leads you to repentance.  This conviction and repentance takes place because the Holy Spirit of God is now upon you.  Conviction means to feel sorry in your heart for what you have done wrong and godly sorrow leads you to repentance.  Repentance is the act of seeking God’s forgiveness by changing your mindset, your way of believing, your way of living, and asking Jesus Christ to show you the way of pleasing the Father.  Your salvation is then sealed in the blood of Jesus Christ as you denounce the ruler ship of Satan.   

This daily commitment to live according to the precepts of God causes you to develop a holy and godly lifestyle.  The life that you are now living by faith in what God says you should do, how God says you should live and His plan for your life causes you to come into right standing with God.  You position yourself for His unmerited favor and blessing which causes you to lead an abundant life.

The ABC’s of Salvation:
Acknowledge that you are a sinner.
Believe that Jesus shed His blood and died for you. 
Confess that God has raised Jesus from the grave and He is Lord of your life. 

 

Prayer of Salvation
If you are not saved, open your mouth and pray the following prayer aloud:
Father God, have mercy upon me this day according to your loving kindness and your tender mercies; blot out my transgressions and my iniquities (Psalm 51:1).  Lord Jesus, I repent of every sin in my life.  P lease forgive me, wash me with your blood from the inside out, and cleanse me from ALL unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Jesus I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Y ou died and rose from the dead that I might be saved (Romans 10:9).  Jesus, I accept and declare that you are Lord and Savior over my life.  I denounce Satan as lord over my life and take back
ALL of the power over my life that I had given to him , in Jesus’ name.

 Lord Jesus come into my heart today and baptize me with your Holy Spirit and fire so that I may come into the knowledge of who You are.  Form yourself in me, Lord Jesus.  I thank Y ou that You are saving me, even as I cry out to You for Your W ord says that they that call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2:21). Father, I thank you that it is by Your grace that I am saved this day ( Acts 15:11), in Jesus’ precious and Holy name I pray AMEN.   
Now that you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are a now a child of God.

 

YOU ARE SAVED…NOW WHAT?
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).Now that you are saved, denounce your ties to Satan and declare that he is no longer Lord of your life but that Jesus is now your Lord and Savior.   You must realize that you are a new person with new goals, responsibilities, standards and a new outlook on life.  You can no longer live, act and function as others in the world do.  You must realize that as a Christian you are not your own you were bought with a price.  You now belong to God and you have given Christ full authority over your life (Ephesians 1:7; Matthew 26:28).  You must also realize that as a Christian your focus is on heavenly and spiritual matters.  You should begin to ponder on things that are true, honest, just, pure, and of good report and on making going to heaven your primary concern (Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:1-4).
As you begin your new life in Christ, you will need to pray a prayer of deliverance; a prayer to break generational curses, ungodly soul ties, and strongholds over your life.  (A “Prayer for Deliverance” by Dr. Mattie Nottage can be found in the Breaking The Chains, From Worship To Warfare)  Speak this prayer out loud with authority!

 


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