The Bible tells us: “Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him. Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. . . Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” [John 3: 1-3 & 5]
When we are born into this world, our spirit man is dormant. In order for our spirit man to come alive, or to be “born again,” we need to come into a relationship with Father God, through His Son, Jesus Christ. Under the new Grace covenant, the Apostle Paul tells us HOW:
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” [Romans 10: 9-10].
To confess in the Greek here means to agree or concede, and the word Lord in the Greek means to give someone deciding power over your life. In other words, the plan of salvation requires that a person both believe in the shed blood of Jesus Christ to cover their sins, AND he/she must come into agreement with the Lord Jesus Christ, surrendering his/her life to His Lordship, His leading and guiding from that point forward. Jesus said, “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” [Luke 9:23]
This means that a Believer/Follower of the Lord Jesus Christ is willing to deny his/her flesh [sin] DAILY in order to embrace the Lord’s agenda. It is not easy, but it is worth it. And the Lord has supplied us with a provision of power, His Grace, to enable us to live the life He calls us to. It is not by our own works or power that we come into salvation in Christ Jesus, but by His shed blood alone, and our willingness to surrender our lives to Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul explains, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not from yourselves. It is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.” [Ephesians 2: 8-9]
So, do you want to know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
It is not the words you pray that will save you, but it is the attitude of your heart. Do you admit that you are a sinner in need of God’s forgiveness? Do you believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, and that He was raised from the dead in order to make a blood atonement for your sins? Are you ready to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, laying down your own will and agenda to embrace the will of the Lord Jesus Christ? If you have answered YES to all of these questions, then I encourage you to pray a prayer now, something like this. . .
Father God, I recognize that I am sinner in need of forgiveness. I ask that you would cover my sins now with the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. I ask that Jesus would come into my life now. I surrender my life to Jesus and acknowledge that He is now Lord of my life. I ask that you would guide me into your perfect will and plan for my life from this day forward. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Salvation is free, but it was not cheap. And choosing to follow Jesus is simple, but it is not easy. And anyone who claims otherwise is a liar.
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