Be Certain You and Your Lovd Ones are Saved

By Angela Peterson

Please notice that we are responsible for the underlined sections, God is responsible for the rest when we obey and perform our part. Unless otherwise stated, all scriptures are from the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible.

John 3:15-18 (Jesus talking) So that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it. There is no judgement awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God.

II Peter 3: 9 The Lord isn't really being slow about his return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent. (Peter was a disciple of Jesus)

John 5:24 (The speaker here is Jesus) I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.

Romans 10:8, 9, 10 Salvation that comes from trusting Christ - which is the message we preach - is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, "The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart." For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 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. (This was taught by Paul, the first to teach Christianity to a non-Jewish audience.)

There is something very important to God about the words we choose to speak every day. God made this planet with words - not deeds (Genesis 1) God's world works on words and faith and love. Say these scriptures out loud so you hear yourself saying them, and your faith will be greatly increased in a shorter amount of time. Faith and words work in the same way for salvation as they do for healing. Read Romans 10:, 8, 9, 10 again.

Ephesians 2:8 & 9 God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (This was also shared by Paul the Apostle)

Proverbs 3:5, 6, 7 & 8. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear (reverence and worship) the Lord and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.

II Corinthians 5:17 What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore in their hearts, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun! Now you must replace old bad habits with good habits that strengthen your heart/spirit with the knowledge/wisdom God gives us in the Bible. (This is also a message from Paul the Apostle)

The basics are that God loves you, sin separates you from God, and Jesus died for your sins so you can receive Jesus and experience God's love and forgiveness. This is how you are saved and go to heaven when you die rather than eternal torment in hell for denying Jesus.

Confession - Prayer for Salvation or Renewed Commitment to Jesus: Pray this out loud - Heavenly Father, In Jesus' name I repent of my sins and ask Jesus to come inside my heart. Jesus, you are my Lord and Savior. I believe you are the Son of God, and that you died for my sins and you were raised from the dead. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank you, Father, for saving me in Jesus' name. - 30540

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