How To Become A Christian

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If you have gone to the altar time and again to get saved expecting to feel something, yet felt nothing, you are operating on the wrong wavelength. You are looking to feelings instead of reasoning to become saved. Salvation is never dependent upon how one feels, but upon what one believes. You see salvation is a gift, and it does not depend upon you. It all depends upon God and what He has said in His unchangeable Word about how to get saved: "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began" (Titus 1:2).

Romans 10:13 states: "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved," -- the Lord here being Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Romans 10:9-10 just before this says, "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." You believe in your heart, which is your spirit man. Never does the Bible anywhere say you must feel something to be saved. You may or may not feel anything. The key is to believe. "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him (John 3:36). You believe in the spirit of your mind, for the Bible says we must..."be renewed in the spirit of our mind(s)" (Ephesians 4:23). Renewing implies a change.

Feelings react to what one thinks. One has to know he is insulted to get angry or one has to know there was a goof-up to feel foolish. One has to understand he is blessed to feel joy, and one has to understand he is a sinner or has sinned to feel remorseful or repentant with a desire to change. It is what you believe or think that counts. We must know we are sinners and are in need of being saved. "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and Jehovah hath laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all" (Isaiah 53:6), and "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23), and again, "for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).

You may have been told that you must do something, or give up some things, in order to get saved. That is not what the Bible teaches. You probably will want to get rid of a few shackles after getting saved but that is after the fact. It isn't what you do, it is what you receive. Salvation is a gift given freely to all who will receive it. Note Ephesians 2:8,9: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." And again in John 1:12, "But as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." From the two scriptures above (and there are many more) you can see that salvation is a gift to be received. If one must do anything except receive or accept the gift, the concept of "gift" has been nullified. God said, "come now, and let us reason together, (notice it does not say emote together)...though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18). We need to use our reasoning faculties to determine what it takes to get saved.

It takes no effort to have faith. A little child has faith and that is why Jesus said unless we come as little children we cannot enter the Kingdom of God. "...Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3). The Father in heaven has made it so simple that oftentimes the learned stumble at salvation. It is tempting to want to do something or add to what Jesus has already done on the cross. Jesus has already paid the penalty for the sins of the world (I John 2:2) and has already reconciled mankind to Himself. We can't even leave a tip. God's justice has been satisfied in that what He determined, that the wages of sin is death, was fully accomplished by the death of Jesus on the cross. All we can do now is accept His work by faith. "All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation" (II Corinthians 5:18,19). Moreover, through this accomplished reconciliation we can receive the righteousness of God in our spirit man. Note, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" ( II Corinthians 5:21).

Because the work of reconciliation has already been accomplished, every person alive now has the opportunity, yes responsibility, to receive salvation, to become a member of the family of God, and to become a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. You say what do I have to do? Just confess with your mouth as noted before that you want to be born into the family of Jehovah God the Almighty, the one, and only God. If you have trouble knowing how to put it in words, following is a simple prayer, which if spoken sincerely and truthfully, will get you born again. (Read Chapter 3 of the Gospel of John to understand the necessity of being born again.)

A Word of warning...The Bible says in Proverbs 29:1, "He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." God now stands ready to pity you. In this day of mercy you have hope. There is coming a day, however, when the unsaved will be totally lost, abandoned by God, and without hope of neither heaven nor eternal life.

 

The Bible teaches that death and misery is the final abode of the unregenerate. Read Proverbs 1:24-33 for a vivid account of the fierceness of God's wrath in that day for those who refuse His grace now. He will not pity nor have mercy because His counsel was refused. Jesus said not once but twice in Luke 13:3 and 5, "except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." If the matchless love of God on a cross whereby He laid down His very own incarnated life so that you could be saved doesn't move you to repentance, then, perhaps the dreadful thought of an endless life separated from all vestige of grace and love, and weighted down by omnipotent unrestrained wrath, will.

Luke 2 :30-32
 

Dear reader, awaken to the danger of a careless life. Consider the Lord's stern warnings revealed in the visions and dreams on this web site, and don't put off calling upon Jesus to save you. But also be aware that repentance costs. Changing kingdoms -- moving from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light -- means that there are different protocols and standards. It's worth it. Remember that each of us is only one breath away from eternity. Life literally hangs by a thread. It can snap at any moment. We urge and invite you to repeat the prayer that follows and we will look forward to meeting you in heaven one day.

 

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

I call upon you to save me. You said,"him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37) and "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved" (Romans 10:13). So I believe that you will not refuse to allow me to come into your Kingdom. I am taking you at your Word because I know you cannot lie (Titus 1:2).

I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ is your Son, and I believe that He died on the cross for my sins. I also believe that He was raised from the dead for my justification so that I might have eternal life. I am now calling upon Jesus to save me from the requirement that I pay for my own sins. I understand that I am a sinner and need to be saved. I accept your Word that says salvation is a free gift received by faith. I receive it now in the privacy of my own home.

I accept your Word that salvation is not a question of how I feel, but a question of what I believe. Thank you Father for making it so simple. Thank you Jesus for loving me enough to die in my place. I now confess you, Jesus, as my Lord. I renounce all attachment to Satan and his kingdom, and I fully believe that I am now a child of the living God.

I ask you to help me learn to walk as a new person having your righteousness and making right choices. I don't want to sin any longer, and I want to be ready to meet Jesus when He comes to take His bride in the rapture. Please cleanse me and give me a desire for the things that are eternal. I know you will because you are now my Father and I know you want the best for me. Thank you for making it possible for my name to be written in heaven not only as a citizen of your Kingdom but also and more importantly as a child of the living God. Praise God, I'm saved.

I pray this prayer in Jesus' name.

Amen,

Signed:

© Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D. 1998

 

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