Monday, August 26, 2013

Happy First Birthday!

One year ago, today, I gave up a lot. I handed over my heavy yoke I had taken upon myself through a man made religion. I gave up my righteousness. I gave up a false Jesus. I gave up a God who's spirit would leave me every time I sinned. I gave up family. I gave up close personal friends. I gave up my former life. Most of all I gave up my sins and my demons. I gave it all up for one thing. The Jesus spoken of in the bible. That day, August 26th 2012, I died. The person I use to be died.

That same day, I was also Re-born. I was willing to give up so much and all I wanted was for Jesus to be my personal Savior. He was all I wanted! I didn't care what else happened after that.

What did I unknowingly receive in return? What have I learned this last year?
~ I was washed clean in the shed blood of my Savior Jesus Christ and was re-born a new creation through him. 
~He gave me a deep love for his word, the Bible and opened my eyes to the truthfulness of it's authenticity.
~I gained HIS righteousness.
~I gained a God who lives in me and never, ever leaves me. 
~He healed me from a deep dark depression I've fought most of my life.
~He removed daily anxiety, panic attacks and despair. 
~He removed my want to take my own life.
~ He gave me the knowledge to know that I WILL go to heaven and be at his feet after this life. I no longer "hope" I will make it into heaven after I die.
~For every friend or family member I gave up for him, He filled that void with many of the body of Christ. His Church.

Today is my birthday! Today, I am a 1 year old baby Biblical Christian.

True Believers of the biblical Jesus, get to enjoy two births and one death. We are born of water at our birth from our mothers. That is the born of water spoken of in John 3:5. Through nothing that we personally do, we are born again through the fire of Jesus, then we become his Child and he becomes our Heavenly Father. We don't fear the death we will all one day face.  We look forward to our mortal death because we know we will be reunited with our God, Jesus Christ and live with him forever. 

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
- Romans 5:1-2

Those who choose to rely on their own good works and not fully on Jesus get one birth and two deaths. The birth is from their mother. From the womb. The first death is the death of the body and the second death of the spirit. Jesus warned that we are to fear the second death more than the first one. Revelation 20:14 tells us, "Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death." The second death is mentioned again in Revelation 21:8, which says, "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." The second death is hell.

If you can't answer the question, "Are you going to heaven to be at the feet of Jesus if you died today?" with anything but an unquestionable, undeniable, YES, you may want to reconsider what it is you truly believe. If your answer is, "I hope so" what's stopping you from giving your life to Jesus now!? How can you live your entire life in question when it's as simple as accepting Jesus and having a full and complete knowledge of your salvation? None of us knows when we will die. It could be today, in a car accident. It could be in some unforeseen natural disaster right after you read this. It may not be till old age finally takes you.

There is no denying it. We will all die. Why not make a decision today, right now, to accept Jesus and gain a full knowledge of where you will be going when you die. Having that peace and security the rest of your days?

Romans 10:9-10. "That 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."

How would you go about doing this? Some call it a Sinners prayer and other call it Salvation prayer. There is not a wrong or right way to do it. It is simply understanding and professing with your mouth, that you are a sinner. Romans 3:10 proclaims, "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one." The Bible makes it clear that we have all sinned. We are all sinners in need of mercy and forgiveness from God (Titus 3:5-7). Because of our sin, we deserve eternal punishment (Matthew 25:46). The sinner's prayer is a plea for grace instead of judgment. It is a request for mercy instead of wrath.

The second aspect of a sinner's prayer is knowing what God has done to remedy our lost and sinful condition. God took on flesh and became a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:1,14). Jesus taught us the truth about God and lived a perfectly righteous and sinless life (John 8:46; 2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus then died on the cross in our place, taking the punishment that we deserve (Romans 5:8). Jesus rose from the dead to prove His victory over sin, death, and hell (Colossians 2:15; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). Because of all of this, we can have our sins forgiven and be promised an eternal home in Heaven - if we will just place our faith in Jesus Christ. All we have to do is believe that He died in our place and rose from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). We can be saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8 declares, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."

You can choose to recite the following prayer out loud or pray your own from your heart, out loud, it makes no difference.

"Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.

I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.

You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.

Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.

Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.

Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.

If you prayed your prayer, with a sincere heart and truly believed everything in it, you have now been Born Again.

Remember, being born again is a spiritual phenomenon. You may have felt an emotional response to your commitment to Christ, but don’t be concerned if fireworks didn’t spark, bands didn’t march, sirens didn’t sound, or trumpets didn’t blast in the background at the time. There will be plenty of ticker-tape for us in heaven, which is where our rewards will be revealed. If you meant what you said, you can be assured God, Who sent His Son to be crucified on our behalf, overheard your every word. Even the angels in heaven are rejoicing.

“Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10

God Bless you!