Your Steps to salvation:
# 1. If you want to understand how to get saved, you must leave behind your old ways of thinking (the way you were trained, the way you learned to discern and analyzed the issues of life). Matthew18:3 says: “And He (Jesus) said: I tell you the truth, unless you change and become
like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven”. For so many years, you have learned to analyze things your own way by your own means, whether you are 50 years old, 18 years old, 42 years old, 12 years old, etc., you have made decisions during your life based on your own experiences and knowledge.
This time, this decision is not based on your experiences but on a deep desire that comes from deep inside you to be reconnected with your Creator. We all have that voice crying from our deepest inner being. It is like a newborn baby crying for “mama”. No wonder there are a lot of doctrines in the world taking advantage of this deep cry of people and offer different solutions to bring people close to their creator (Ezekiel 22:27).
# 2. Understand that God’s desire is to have fellowship with you. He wants you to have abundant life, and to enjoy His fellowship.
The Bible says: “..I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10). Giving you abundant life required the supreme sacrifice: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16). God desires fellowship and companionship with us. What a wonderful gift the Father has given, yet if God gave His own Son to provide an abundant and everlasting life, why don’t more people have what He has designed for us to receive? It is a question answered by this profound truth: God is Holy and our works/labor will never measure up as "The Perfect Arbitrator".
# 3. We must realize that we have been separated from God. There is a gap between God and mankind. But He has provided a way for us to receive an abundant and eternal life, even though people throughout the ages have made selfish choices to disobey God Almighty. These choices continue to cause separation from the Father. God’s Word shows us that the result of sin is death. He says in His Word: "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." (Pro.14:12). And God also said, "But your iniquities have separated you from your God, your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear." (Isaiah 59:2). As Paul the Apostle states in Romans 3:23, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." And in Romans 6:23 we read: "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." We must understand that every human being was created with the ability and need to know God and fellowship with Him, but every day we hear of people who are rich, famous, achievers, star athletes—people who seem to have the best life can offer— that they are still trying to fill that empty void in their lives with "material things." They even try good works, morality, religion, horoscopes, and other different doctrines. Yet they remain empty, for only God, through His Son, can fill that emptiness.
# 4. Accept the fact that God has provided THE ONLY ONE solution to sin and separation from Himself. Jesus Christ, His Son, is THE ONLY WAY TO GOD. Only He can reconcile us to God the Father. Mankind may seek other solutions and worship other gods, but Jesus Christ, alone, died on the Cross for our sins and rose in triumph over the grave and eternal death, ONLY HIM. AND ONLY He paid the penalty for our sin and bridged the gap between God and mankind. The Bible says: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8). We also read in the bible: "For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” (1Peter 3:18). Please understand that there is only one way provided: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5). For in John 14:6 we read: Jesus answered: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." God Almighty has provided THE ONLY WAY. Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin and rebellion against God by dying on the cross, shedding His blood, and rising from the dead to justify and reconcile you back to God the Father. Can you realize how much love He has for you? Can we embrace that ONLY HE was the one who paid the ultimate sacrife for us?
# 5. Received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. You can be brought back to God, and your relationship with Him can be restored by trusting in Christ alone to save your life from destruction. What an incredible exchange: Our worst for God’s best! We can’t go wrong! This step happens by asking Jesus Christ to take away our sin and to come into our hearts to be our Lord and Savior. God’s Word is very clear: "Here I am! I stand at the door, and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." (Revelation 3:20). The Bible explains to us: "That if we confess with our mouth, “JESUS IS LORD,” and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead, we will be saved." (Romans 10:9). Are you ready? Are you willing to receive Jesus Christ as your lord and Savior now?
# 6 If you are, you can pray by simply saying:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You came to earth more than 2000 years ago. I believe you died for me on the cross and shed Your blood for my salvation. I believe you rose from the dead and ascended on high. I believe You are coming back again to earth. Dear Jesus, I am a sinner. Forgive my sins. Cleanse me now with Your precious blood. Come into my heart. Save my soul right now. I give you my life. I receive You now as my Savior, my Lord, and my God. I am Yours forever, and I will serve You and follow You the rest of my days. From this moment on, I belong to You only. I no longer belong to this world, nor to the enemy of my soul. I belong to You, and I am born again.
By praying this prayer, confessing our sins, and receiving Jesus Christ into our hearts, God has given us the right to become His forgiven children. The Bible gives us this assurance: "But as many as received him, to them he gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them who believe on his name" (John 1:12).
If you have just received Jesus Christ into your life, we want to rejoice with you. Send me a comment. I would like to share more personal things with you.
CONGRATULATIONS ! We are in the same Band of Brothers! We are God's friends!!! We have become one of the greatest miracles. Every time a sinner accepts our Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior, there is joy all over in heaven
NOW......Walk with GOD:
What an honor to say: We are God’s Friends, but what much greater privilege than to be called SONS and DAUGHTERS of GOD.
How to enjoy our walks with God - Spring 2017
How can we walk with God on a regular (or daily) basis as if this practice (habit) was part of our daily dressing - what to wear? I have seen how some people have taken their trips to the gym as their daily religion, or drink coffee in the mornings as their daily devotion (as another example). I know we should see ourselves as Sons of God, before we think of ourselves as Friends of God. But how much greater pleasure is to see ourselves walking with our Father by His Spirit as it is described at the beginning in the Book of Genesis. But if we are going to accomplish this task, it must start at a level we can fully embrace by the Spirit. There are some earthly fathers/sons who cannot embrace their sons/fathers as friends, much difficult it would be for them to honor them as sons/fathers; so asking for any relationship to start as friends is not a bad foundation.
Abraham was called the Friend of God (James 2:23) because of his faithfulness (desire to be with God), but we must understand that such faithfulness wasn’t obtained by what we now know as the statement “faith comes from hearing, hearing the Word of God.”
Please understand that God brought Abraham from a land that worshiped other gods so you would think our type of faith cannot be compared to his type of faithfulness; yet, he is called the father of the faithful. Are we missing something? We are missing the main ingredient (the seed) - our own Faith is the same faith of Abraham, our faith and Abraham’s faith is not based on personal efforts, but on an intimate relationship. Abraham abandoned his gods in order to know a God he was not familiar to, but God didn’t unfold all His Splendor, all His glory to Abraham at once, or at one single occasion (instantly), Abraham was given this opportunity (or substance) in a seed form (the process that was done little by little).
Now imagine a man who was not acquainted with God nor aware of all His Splendor and glory how he became God’s friend; is like being a friend with a stranger, yet he was hungry enough to learn more about this relationship. So Abraham’s faithfulness was not based on personal efforts or abilities (to grow in faith) but on a personal desire to become more acquainted (aware, familiar, used to, and accustom to) to this Presence. Although Bible Commentaries may try to explain that in order to be a friend of God requires more devotion, obedience, faithfulness, etc., etc., there is one single basic requisite that is required to become friend to someone, and that is: the desire to be with that friend, the desire to desire intimacy (close relationship) with that friend, the desire to hear what that friend has to say (impart), and the desire to accept that friend’s priorities and requests.
We are all pilgrims and sojourners in this life, living in the world but not being of the world (John 15:19; I John 2:15-17).
Again, Abraham is a good example to us of living in a world that he was just passing through - get familiar with the seven (7) separations he did. Perhaps learning that being a Friend of God is not hard at all, we can easily embrace that being a son/daughter of God is the most rewarding, fulfilling, and gratifying experience in which we can sense His Presence and the fatherly guidance we all need in a regular basis without any hard labor or human struggle.
Author: Hiram Dorado
Never forget to have the mind of a LEADER every day, and you will become a LEADER God can use.
L…. Lift all of your burdens, requests, and desires unto God (Pray/Meditate regularly)
E…. Explore the Living Word of God (Study diligently)
A…. Act in what you learn (Obey His Voice)
D…. Demonstrate Accountability by (Fellowship with the brethren)
E…. Extend your arms in the Body of Christ (Bring a bridge of peace between extremes)
R…. Rest in Him (Wait upon Him)