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Steps To Peace With God

1. God's Plan: Peace and Life ~ God loves you and wants you to experience life with His fullness of peace and joy.

     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. John 3:16

2. Our Problem: Separation ~ Being at peace with God is not automatic, because by nature you are separated from God.

     For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

3. God's Remedy: The Cross ~ God's love bridges the gap of separation between God and you. When Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from he grave, He paid the penalty for your sins.

     He personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross. 1 Peter 2:24

4. Our Response: Receive Christ ~ You cross the bridge into God's family when you receive Christ by personal invitation.

     But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name. John 1:12

 

To Receive Jesus Christ as Your Lord and Savior:

        1. ADMIT you are a sinner.

        2. REPENT and be willing to turn from your sin.

        3. BELIEVE Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross.

        4. RECEIVE, through prayer, Christ into your heart.

 

Prayer of Salvation:

            O God, I am a sinner. I am sorry for my sin. I am willing to turn from my sin. I receive Jesus as my Savior; I confess Him as my Lord. From now on I want to follow Him in the fellowship of His Church. In Jesus' name. Amen.

 

 

    Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.  Revelation 3:20

                                                                            

                                            

                              Assurance of Salvation      

     Assurance of salvation is the awareness of belonging to Christ and having complete confidence that He has given us everlasting life. Another way of saying, being FULLY PERSUADED! If you have  ambivalence about your relationship with Christ, you really don't experience the full and complete joy of the Lord. This uncertainty can stem from any of the following:

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Not being truly converted. A Christian is a person who has trusted in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, totally and completely surrendered his life. As Paul eloquently states: 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 to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation Romans 10:9-10  

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Trusting feelings rather than God's Word. Some people, especially new Christians, expect a sustained, emotional elation related to their salvation; when this elation diminishes, even slightly, doubts creep in. Our eternal relationship with God cannot be based only on emotion. We must rest on facts based on His written word. We are to commit ourselves to the finished work of Christ on the Cross. Having trusted Him, we continue in this relationship, with a sure confidence which Paul expresses: He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

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Sin and disobedience in the life of the Christian. Either or both of these operating in the Christian's life will always result in ambivalence and uncertainty about your salvation. Sin must be avoided at all times; if sin is committed, it must be acknowledged, confessed and repented in order to maintain unbroken fellowship and communion with God.

 

  

       The Christian who does not nurture his life in the Word of God, prayer, Christian fellowship and witness will dry up in the Spirit, opening the door to uncertainty, doubts and worst of all, sin and disobedience. The Biblical verse from the Apostle Peter: grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is not just an idle, good sounding phrase. We grow in God's Word and fellowship or we die spiritually.

 

Some helpful strategy in dealing with the concept of assurance of salvation include:

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Read and Study the Holy Bible

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Pray Unceasingly

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Develop Christian friendships and relationships

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Go to a Bible-preaching Church

 

It is vital to emphasize the necessity of actively pursuing a dedicated spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ. This can be aided by going to Billy Graham's website for more inspirational material.  Click Here!

 

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