"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" Romans 10.9
Are you saved?
Have you heard someone say ? "I hope so." " I hope I am good enough."
Some people think, "well, I have not killed anyone or committed adultery".
And others think, I have prayed, gone to church and been good . . . . .
Anyway, some people have believed a lie. That we must 'earn' our way there or 'do stuff' '.
We could never be good enough to earn it and we will never be good enough to get in. That is why Jesus gave HIS life . . HE paid that price. Praise God.
So many are trying to earn what they already have. And it is the lie of performance-based acceptance that keeps woman and men -- bound.
The word 'saved' has been tossed about so much -- it may of lost its wonder and mystery. The word salvation is used five times in Romans and the verb form, saved, occurs eight. It means, "deliverance" or "rescue".
From Sharon Jaynes . . Through Jeus Christ we are saved from lostness ( matt 18.11), the wrath of God (romans 5.9), the penalty of sin, the realm of darkness ( colossians 1.13), eternal separation from God, and eternal punishment in hell( rev 20.6) . WE are saved from the penalty of sin the moment we believe. WE are being saved from the power of sin as we continue to live on this earth and become more and more confirmed to the image of Christ. And we will be saved from the presence of sin when we leave this earthly body to spend eternity with God.
Am I saved?
Yes I am . . .I know that I know, my name is written there -- cause I am now considered a saint in HIS eyes .. . my sins . even future ones .are forgiven because HIS blood washed them away. Never to be remembered. ... that is a concept that one can have a hard time believing.
Thank you Lord.
Is the one who habitually sins over and over saved?
Is the one that has denied God buy once claimed his miracles saved?
Is the one who deny's what God has asked him to do saved?
Can you lose your salvation?
Do you have free will to walk away from God?
Can you deny Jesus?
Or perhaps even though you walked an aside -- did you really become born again? Did behaviors change? Was there fruit from You as You continued to grow?
BIG questions -- BIG thoughts. This is my opinion -- when my husband and I were separated -- I did pray for his salvation . You see, I DID believe that he had to of hardened his heart THAT much -- that could be the ONLY way he would hurt his family and me THIS bad.
I had seen him walk with God - but in the years building up to the crisis of faith -- I had watched a man walk away from God and question God. I watched and witnessed a man who used to pray and read his bible before be -- now it had dust on it on the night stand. I watched a man who would listen to Christian music with me - turn and put hard rock n roll on and jam out to songs that would not let my teenager listen to.
But I also knew a woman who had idols and unforgiveness and such a religious spirit that I also believe that I could of had a very hard heart!!
So, in my thoughts and in my opinion -- he 'must have' hardened his heart towards God and me. In fact, I heard God impress that to me, "he can't love you until he loves me".
So tonight -- of you are praying for a husband or loved one that seems to have a hard heart -- just seek God. I won't debate the notion of eternal security but there is SO much in the bible where I read -- "if you remain in me". "If"....
I know NO one can take me out of my Father's hand -- but I do believe I have free will -- free will to deny my Lord.
It is a thought -- my father -n - law always says, "let's not major in minors"....the point is -- does your life show the fruit of Spirit? Do the ones around you know that they know -- Your name is in the Lamb's Book of Life?
Let's pray --
Lord, this blog was an EXTRA one today -- May it be used by You -- and I pray for that one who totally hurt another today -- may this couple each seek You and Your will be done! In Jesus name - Amen.