Plan of Salvation
Are you sure you will go to Heaven when you die? God says in order to go to Heaven, you must be born again. In John 3:7, Jesus said to Nicodemus, Ye must be born again. In the Bible God gives us the plan of how to be born again which means to be saved. His plan is simple! You can be saved today. How? First, realize you are a sinner. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
Because you are a sinner, you are condemned to death. For the wages [payment] of sin is death (Romans 6:23). This includes eternal separation from God in Hell. . . . it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27).
But God loved you so much He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, to bear your sin and die in your place. . . . He hath made Him [Jesus, Who knew no sin ] to be sin for us . . . that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus had to shed His blood and die. For the life of the flesh is in the blood (Lev. 17:11). . . . without shedding of blood is no remission [pardon] (Hebrews 9:22) . . . God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Although we cannot understand how, God said my sins and your sins were laid upon Jesus and He died in our place. He became our substitute. It is true. God cannot lie. Simply believe on Him as the one who bore your sin, died in your place, was buried, and whom God resurrected. His resurrection powerfully assures that the believer can claim everlasting life when Jesus is received as Savior. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13). Whosoever includes you. Shall be saved means not maybe, nor can, but shall be saved. Surely, you realize you are a sinner. Right now, wherever you are, repenting, lift your heart to God in prayer.
In Luke 18:13, the sinner prayed: God be merciful to me a sinner. Just pray: Oh God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus was my substitute when He died on the Cross. I believe His shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection were for me. I now repent and receive Him as my Savior. I thank You for the forgiveness of my sins, the gift of salvation and everlasting life, because of Your merciful grace. Amen.
Just take God at His word and claim His salvation by faith. Believe, and you will be saved. No church, no lodge, no good works can save you. Remember, God does the saving. All of it! Do not trust your feelings. They change. Stand on God's promises. They never change.
After you are saved, there are three things to practice daily for spiritual growth:
- Pray -- you talk to God.
- Read your Bible -- God talks to you.
- Witness -- you talk for God.
HOW TO GROW IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD!
1) Talk to God about everything -
This is PRAYER (Philippians 4:6-7)
2) Listen to God by reading the Bible -
This is BIBLE STUDY (Hebrews 4:12)
3) Spend time with others who know God personally -
This is FELLOWSHIP (Hebrews 10:25)
4) Help others to know God personally -
This is DISCIPLE-MAKING (Matthew 28:19-20)
5) Let God daily direct your life -
This is OBEDIENCE (John 14:15)