Are You Saved?
“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”
(Rom. 3:23) which condemns us to death “to be cast in the lake of fire forever” ( Rom. 6:23) “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (John 3:16 – 18 ). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Salvation is a gift – it cannot be earned or bought – but is given by the grace of God. “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph 2:8-9)
Salvation is the result of a new or 2nd birth. “Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again.” (John 3:7) That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:6) Your first birth is of the flesh – from your mother’s womb. Your second birth is of the spirit – when the Spirit of Jesus Christ comes into you and produces a new birth. “If you have not the Spirit of Christ you are not of His.” (Rom 8:9)
If you are convinced that you are a sinner condemned to an eternal Hell and that Jesus Christ died for your sins as a gift to you and you are ready to receive that gift by asking Him to come live in you as your Lord and become your savior then Rom. 10:8-13 tells us how this comes about. But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith which we preach); that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If you are now ready to receive Jesus Christ into your heart – I want to pray for you – and then you pray to receive this new birth. We will lead you in this simple prayer to receive this new birth and also ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. (Eph 5:18)
(Our prayer for you) Dear heavenly Father, we pray for this one to receive Jesus Christ into his/her life by faith. You said in Your Word that if we ask You to come into our heart You would do so and make us born again. We ask You to do this for this dear soul who is honestly and earnestly seeking You. We also ask You to fill this precious person with Your Spirit giving them a hunger for Your Word and a good understanding of it, and to lead them to a good Bible believing church where they can grow in their new life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
You too can be saved, “for God desires that all men be saved.”
1 Timothy 2:4
PRAYER AND STEPS TO SALVATION!
Now with your eyes closed I want you to picture a heart in your mind.
Now picture a door in that heart with Jesus or a bright light standing at that door knocking.
Now picture yourself on the inside taking the door knob and opening that door wide.
Now you should see Jesus or that light standing there waiting for you to invite Him in… Pray out loud.
“Dear Jesus, please come into my heart just as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that You died for my sins and that God raised You from the dead. I confess and I believe that Jesus died for my sins and that He is risen from the grave. Right now Jesus, I ask You to come through that door of faith in my heart and save me. And, dear Holy Spirit, come in and fill me and empower me in this new life. I thank You, dear Jesus for, coming in and saving me. And dear Holy Spirit, I thank You for filling me and I thank You dear Heavenly Father that when I die I will go to heaven just as You promised in Your Word .
(Now continue in your own prayer, out loud) Start thanking your new Father for all that comes to your mind and if God shows you anyone that you need to forgive just as He has forgiven you then you freely forgive them.
Now: Write in the inside front cover of your Bible or on something that you will always keep the following: I received Jesus Christ into my heart by faith and was born again on (date)_____________at (time)____________.
If you e-mail your decision with the date and time we will e-mail a certificate and other information that will be helpful in your new adventure as a Christian.
Prayer for God’s Blessing I Chronicles 4:10; “‘Oh Lord, that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted Jabez what he requested.” Use this prayer daily and don’t be surprised what God will do in you and through you.
Rev. Paul Ritchie
Bethel Colony of Mercy, Inc.