There is a lot of controversy about what happens when you are saved after you say the prayer of salvation and become a child of God. Some think you must follow strict religious doctrines, some think its OK to just keep living life the way they were. Some even go back and forth.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
I was “saved” about 5 times in my life, but I didn’t get what it really meant until this past year. I never cared much about my walk with God, but that I did what I wanted and God just kind of “followed” me and I would talk to him when I needed something. Other than that, and the occasional Sunday I would go to church and act like a good girl, I didn’t bother changing the lifestyle I was living, I was happy keeping my “faith” to myself, I didn’t really get worked up about the things of this world that God hates. In fact, I was doing quite a few of those without a care in the world, and this watered down Idea that because I said that prayer, I’m going to heaven anyways. Yeah I was in youth group at church, and I would worship with the rest of them, but all while doing that I was committing fornication with my boyfriend, I was listening to music that slandered our God, and I was using his name in vain, along with many a curse word to boot. I could go on for days and list the sins I committed while I was busy living for myself. I bet you all could identify with most of them yourselves at some point in your lives.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
Then God came into the picture and convicted me against almost all of the things that I once loved. He says to me, ” That’s enough Amy, you know this is not my will. Come do my will and I will bless you and your whole family”. My heart shook with many a word and feeling from God as he changed my very NATURE. I still make mistakes, but now when I sin against y father, it breaks my heart and I do whatever it is that I can to not do it again. My heart breaks for what breaks his! Its only something you will feel if you allow it.
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.
however, I have seen the power that my obedience to God has brought me. When I was TRULY saved, I died to myself. God took OVER in my life and made it his. Now I have seen blessings overflowing for us. Financially the lord is providing beyond anything we expected. Anything we receive in abundance, we give away. The more we give away, the more we receive in abundance. the cycle is amazing. We obey God, we follow his word, and we make him our one and only priority, and he makes us his children, he spoils us, and helps us become people that can love the world and the world can be drawn into Christ through us. None can get to the father except through the son.
What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. …
Think about it!!!! How could our work be done at that prayer when there are so many out there who need our prayers, guidance, and support. There are Christians who do not read the word every day and do not live as God wants for them! Its up to us to help them change that. This is much bigger than our “self”, this is the kingdom! This is a whole earth full of eternal lives we are talking about. One day, judgment will fall on us and we will have to account for our lives and what we have done with our God given gifts and talents. What have you done for him? what have you done FOR HIM, and for those around you that you love? Christ does command us to love one another more than ourselves.
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, …
My prayer for you all today is that you will learn to die to yourself, and live for Christ. I pray that his ways will be your ways, and that his words will be your words. I pray that we will all be renewed in spirit daily so that we are less likely to falter, and faster to get back on track when we do. I pray that we will allow God to be our strength and rock during times of trials and sorrow. i pray that we can be an encouragement and blessing to others through our faith and love for Christ. in Jesus name, amen.
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