The end result of salvation, is, that you are accepted by God. = Heaven is gained.
Salvation, Grace, the Blood Atonement, (same) is the sole and singular method and entire means that God uses and provides, to accept you, and keep you as His, forever.
Some, who are very self righteous, have the misconception that God saves them, and then they keep themselves saved. (Legalism).
Of course all religion including Christian heretics would argue that man has some part in saving themselves..... But how can this be so? After all, what can you possibly offer God that would compete with or equal the Shed Blood of Jesus?
If you are saved, you came to the Cross a sinner, and from the Cross Jesus Himself redeemed you. And your part in that is what? What is it? To RECEIVE WHAT GOD has provided for you thru the Cross, is your part.
But what about living holy later? Well, that is what comes later, AFTER what SAVED YOU< Saved you FIRST.
God did it, you get it, and you dont get any credit for it, unless you have nail holes in your wrists and rose from the dead after dying for the sin of the world.
Is that you? No. There is only One.
So, some who are very self righteous, have the idea that after Jesus's blood ALONE has redeemed them, then their "holy lifestyle" kicks in as THEIR 2nd part of God's salvation plan. And of course, think......= if God didnt accept you or your lifestyle before He saved you, do you think He will accept your lifestyle later, along with the Blood of Jesus to save you and keep you saved?
Funny how people can be so religious and so self righteous and try to take some of the credit for their salvation, instead of giving God and Christ all the credit for what they did, and they did, only.
So what is it exactly that God did to save us and keep us saved? What is another way to look at Redemption, as there are many, and i'll offer you one now....
Well, to find an answer, you have to know the problem, first.. And so, what is the only problem that an unsaved human being has, that is keeping God from accepting them and taking them into His family?
Its only one problem = Sin. This little word has great implication into eternity, as if this word, .. if what it means regarding each and everyone is not dealt with while you are breathing, then you will be dealing with the end result from the day you die until ............. Never ends. John 3:36 is the current situation facing every person who is not a believer in Christ and has NOT been born again. And God is not Joking. Look at the shed blood on the Cross and realize how serious God is about sin and the consequences of unforgiven sin, in eternity. Reader, if you are not saved then ......understand this.....Your SIN, cost Jesus His sinless life, and if you do not come to the Cross, then your sin is going to cost you your eternity, and there will be no second chance after you are dead. Christ died on the EARTH, and you take Him as your own savior on the EARTH, or not.. You do not get a redo, or a "take 2", after you die, and realize then the TRUTH, that im telling you right now.
So, what did God do for you, that resolves your sin issue, and mine, so that He can accept us, on HIS TERMS< and keep us, based on HIS FINAL SOLUTION> ?
Very simple. He , God, is merciful to our UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, AND THEREFOR..... OUR SIN ONCE FORGIVEN at the CROSS, HE WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. For the born again, Its as if we never sinned. And this position "in Christ" continues from the moment of our new birth, until forever., as that is the effect of eternal justification that is given as the "free gift of salvation", "the gift of Righteousness", that is created and kept by the Blood Atonement.
God deals with our unrighteousness, our sin, by Jesus becoming sin on the cross and taking the judgement for it all. Our entire lifetime of sinning, the eternal judgement due each of us for this....= This is the "cup" that Jesus spoke about that He was about to face. = The whipping and then the Cross and Death.
This is HOW God dealt with the unrighteousness of the entire world. He died for it. John 3:16 And this Death, is the mercy and grace of God giving righteousness in place of our unrighteousness.
This is Salvation.
This is Grace.
This is the "Gift of Righteousness", and we dont earn it, and we dont keep it, as it is given and kept by the same Holy One who provided it, for free.
Some born again believers have the idea that to please God you are to "carry your cross" and "endure to the end"..
This is their idea of how to please God.
Let me assure you, Saint.... that is not how you please God. You do not please God by working out your salvation with fear and trembling. You do not please God by confessing all your sins. You do not please God by your behavior, tho you can displease Him by your lifestyle and your purpose in life.
See and understand that doing what is right, (personal Holiness)..... all of this is defined in the New Testament as your "reasonable service". Romans 12:1
This is sort like the idea of a professional Olympic athlete doing a serious workout every day. IT's the idea of "well of course, what else would i and should I be doing".
So, you are not "pleasing" God, by doing what you should be doing ..... You are just doing the work that you are supposed to be doing, given the situation.
This is "discipleship", and you are expected to do it. And it actually has nothing to do with pleasing God.
So, if doing what is expected of you, as a servant of the Most High is not what gives God pleasure, then what do you do to give Him Pleasure?
Do you want to?
Then here you go....
Well, its like anything else that you learn to do. You have to know, first, what to do, and then the rest follows....... if you are willing.
So, what is it that you are created for, that gives God Pleasure. ??? And so... once you know this<> then you can do it. And perhaps you are doing it, but there are many believers who don't know the answer, so how can they perform what Gives the Most High, pleasure, if they don't know how, or what to do?
Here are some scriptures that will help you to see. ..
Isaiah 43:21 : "this people have i formed FOR MYSELF, = they, you, the born again, all.....shall show forth my PRAISE".
John 4:23 : "true worshipers shall WORSHIP the Father in Spirit and in Truth"..
I Peter 2:9 : "But the BORN AGAIN are a chosen generation, a Royal Priesthood, that the SAVED should show forth their PRAISES to GOD who has has called you out of darkness and into His marvelous LIGHT".
Hebrews 13:15 : "let us offer the sacrifice of Worship & PRAISE = the FRUIT of our Lips"...as with such sacrifices GOD IS WELL = PLEASED.
Now, do you see that?
Let me give it to you again, crystal clear, so that you can see it and see it more clearly.
In this world of born again believers, you have types... And one type is Martha... And one type is Mary..
Do you remember Lazarus and his sisters? Do you remember when Jesus Wept ? Do you remember what he told Martha? ????? He told her " you are too busy doing nothing that pleases me". "you are working, working, busy, busy, busy, striving, self effort, and all THIS its not to me pleasure you are giving".. But MARY........See her? She was giving the Master "pleasure". She wasn't working. SHE was in awe of being with Him, and in a complete state of worshipful praise sitting at Jesus's FEET.
Martha is the Legalist. She is the one who is trying to work her way into the presence of Jesus and is failing to get there. While Mary is in awe of the Grace of God's Son, who IS Grace, and she just wants to LOVE HIM WITH HER PRAISE and worship Him in His presence.
= Answer.) This is how you Give God pleasure. This is how you do it the way HE wants you to do it.
So, are you a Mary? or are you a Martha?
The specific type you are determines if you are giving your Father and your Savior , pleasure............or not.
the Christian life isn't meant to be ordinary think of wat the apostles did and achieved
we read in the bible about great men doing great things and God performing miracles but we don't believe such things are possible today. but why not has God left us as orphans and forgotten his promises
just have faith in not only God but yourself too
everything is possible with God and nothing is impossible for us to achieve through him
By Serenity Jay
Hey everyone, I just posted my first welcome post. So I know I have to post a few before posting in a designated forum. I wanted to share a dream with you all, but first I should start with what happened to me a week ago. It was kind of quiet in my house and I heard a voice say that I need to prepare myself because my health is going to take a turn. At the time, I wasn't sure of the voice. So I prayed and asked God to show me in a dream if it was him talking to me.
(God called me to prophecy about 6 years ago; I am just now learning to fully walk in it; and he shows me things in dreams which I know for sure because many of my dreams have come true over the years). So
Fast forward to the dream. About 3 or 4 days after hearing about my health. I had a dream about earthworms. They were surrounding me. I remember it being at the job I work, and I believe my dad was in it (I'm not sure). They never touched me. I remembered almost stepping on one. So I decided to look up what it meant. I found quite a few things. There are several meanings, but when I first researched it there are a few things that caught my attention (these are snips of what I found):
It also warns that there is sickness around you Sometimes dream of worms can be related to cancer, which could be disastrous to your health. When this happens it shows that you are likely to experience stubborn infirmities that money can't cure. If this is true on your part, you may start rebuking such evil effects. Portend a deterioration of health Expressed as facing sorrow regarding dreamer's health (biblical meaning I found) It may warn that your physical health may come under attack from an illness It may indicate that you may have health problems in the future period. There were other things I found, but I did not want to overload the topic at hand. Anybody every experience this kind of dream or similar? Any thoughts on this as well?
Thanks, Serenity Jay!!