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How to Be a Better Sinner

March 18, 2011

We are all sinners. There is no escaping it. We are all at varying stages of our life journey, and our Christian walk. We all stand behind an ‘under construction’ sign at any time, even when we are on our knees worshiping God from the heart.

This fact is being lost in today’s multi-god, multi-religion, ‘pick and choose’ Christianity. We pick out what we want, ignore what we don’t, and then get angry at God when he doesn’t give us everything we want or answer our prayers. None of this is biblical.

Romans 3: 9-10 “…. for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin…”

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

I Believe in Jesus. I think.p>

What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Not just believing He existed. Even the demons believe in Jesus, yet their belief will not incite grace and forgiveness from God.

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)

It doesn’t mean that we can say a sinner’s prayer and then receive a ‘Get Out of Hell Card Free’ from God, as we go living our lives anyway we want. We need to look at our hearts, for that is where salvation grows. This belief answers the question ‘Am I Saved?’ It is important, because no one can be saved without going through Jesus. The following answeres “What doe sthe bible say about Salvation, and are we saved by grace alone?” Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5; Ephesians 4:4; John 10:9. All these verses attest to the fact that we need to believe in Jesus.

    But there is more: The following verses have more to say.

  1. John 3:3b Except a man be born again, he cannot see Kingdom

    Matthew 18:3 Be converted and become as little children

    John 1:13 Born, not of blood, nor of the will of man, but of God

    Romans 12:2a Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind

    2Corinthians 5:17 If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature

    1Peter 1:23 Born again, not of corruptible seed, but…by the Word of God

    2 Peter 3:9 Not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

    Romans 10:9; 10-12 Confess with your mouth. For wohoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

    Acts 3:19 Repent Therefore and be converted’

    1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins

    John 14:15 If you love me, you will obey what I command and I will ask the father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever

    1 Peter 3:21 baptism that now saves you

    Acts 2:38 Repent and be baptized

We notice that there is a pattern: Belief, Repentance; Confession; Baptism; Conversion into a new person.

The crutch of the message is that we are converted into God’s righteousness. We change. We act different. This doesn’t happen instantly. It is a life long journey. God is working on us – we are under construction. This is why Jesus said that you can tell a Christian by their love. They are a new person. God is love. God’s children love.

There are other testimonies to salvation. Faith is a strong one. Trust in God is a strong one. Action, not just sitting in church but continuing God’s kingdom, or being someone who does, not thinks about doing. These are all testaments to God’s presence in a person’s life.

We will all be sinners until the day that we die. However, we can work to become better sinners by working out our salvation on a daily basis by letting God and the Holy Spirit convert us into the righteousness and obedience that ignites God’s love within our hearts.

Saved By Grace

March 2, 2010

The church learned, some time back, that we are saved by grace and not by works. This understanding has made a tremendous impact on today’s church. But there is more to it than that–there are conditions that go with grace and for good reason.

(Jude: 1:4: For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.)

In order to be reconciled to God a person must repent of their ways and turn to God’s ways, because Adam and Eve chose to do their own thing. Their choice was the initial big mistake that started all the suffering in the earth. Their choice separated mankind from the Father God. (Ps: 81:13, 95:10, Prov: 8:32, 23:26, Isa: 58:2, Mal: 2:9, Matt: 7:14, 21:32, 22:16, Acts: 14:15-17, 18:25)

Jesus came to fix what Adam and Eve ruined. Therefore He chose to obey God the Father. Jesus’ choices made a way for us to be reconciled to the Father God. Our choices either reconcile us to Father God or alienate us from Him.

If you receive Jesus into your heart, His blood will wash away your sins, past, present, and future. Grace is for those who want to be reconciled to Father God not to those who merely wish to escape hell after they have lived here by their own rules.

It is written: 1Jn: 5:11: that God gave us eternal life and this life is in His Son and Col: 1:27 says that Jesus in us is our hope of glory.

Rom: 8:1-14: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2: For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3: For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5: For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6: For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8: So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9: But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 10: And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11: But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 12: Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 13: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. 14: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

It goes like this:

GRACE: unmerited love and favor with God was bought for the believer by Jesus Christ.

Eph: 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

His shed BLOOD washes away the believer’s sin.

Heb: 9:14: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Heb: 9:22: And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

FAITH in the finished work will give us the victory. Read all of Heb. 11.

Gal: 2:16: Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Eph: 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

Col: 1:21-23: And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22: In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

It is the WORD put to work in our lives that will save our soul.

Jas: 1:21-22: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23: For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

To be ADOPTED back as a child of God a person must repent, that is turn from doing things their way and turn to doing things God’s way and they must choose Jesus as their Lord. You can choose the Adam way or the Jesus way. The Adam way leads to death. The Jesus way is eternal life.

2Cor: 5:19: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Eph: 1:5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

How it works:

Hear, Believe, Repent, Receive, Learn, Apply, Overcome

The objective of this article is to declare that you must have Jesus in your heart to be saved from hell and go to heaven. Your works or deeds will show whether you have Him in your heart or not.

Rom: 2:6-8: Who will render to every man according to his deeds: 7: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: 8: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

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