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After Salvation

This is a Bible study on After Salvation.     Click here for a printable Bible Study Guide.

 

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

Congratulations!!  To all who are saved by God. 

You have made the most important decision of your entire life.

Welcome to the family of God!!

 


 

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.  2 Peter 3:18

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:  2 Corinthians 9:8

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  Titus 2:11-14

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:10-11

 


Please Note:  This page is for the saved in Christ Jesus, relating to the life we as faithful believers have after we are born again.

If you are NOT saved, please see first - SALVATION


 

 


I'm saved, now what?

All the instructions for living in faith to God (salvation) is found in His word.  The Word of God is the greatest tool for new believers, and for all believers.  Answers to everything about God and about you are found in the Word of God.

It is imperative to all believers to seek God every day, read God's word every day, pray to God every day, praise God every day, worship God every day, and fellowship with Jesus every day.

 

There is More

Many people are led to salvation, but they are never instructed what happens after salvation

Many people believe that salvation is the day one is saved, the actual minute of conversion, a moment of time that they are saved. 

Many people do nothing after salvation, because they never knew that there is more after salvation, much, much more.

Many believers do not instruct new believers, because they themselves do not know  the will of God for the believer after salvation.

The Scriptures are very clear in the Word of God and gives us all plain, easy to follow instructions, lessons from God Himself, as to what we are to be doing after salvation.

There is more after salvation, much more that God wants us all to know about.  There are countless gifts and endless blessings that God wants to give all of His children after salvation.

 

New Beginning

Salvation is a new beginning, a new life with God.  Receiving the salvation of God is not an end, but a beginning.  Receiving the salvation of God is the beginning of life with God

We are all born from the womb of our mothers.  This is our natural human birth.

When we receive the salvation of God we are spiritual born again, by the Word of God, who is Jesus Christ, adopted into the family of God by the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:23).

Salvation gives new life, and this new life, this new birth, being born again is required by God, so that we can be reconciled to God, so that we can enter and see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3).

New beginning means change, the old way is replaced with a new way, a better way, Christ's way.  The Scriptures tell us all that the old man is passed away, forsaken and forgotten, so that the new man can live. 

Our past sins, past transgressions, past iniquities against God are forgiven when we ask for and accept the salvation of God through faith and repentance (Psalm 103:12). 

We must forget what is in the past, in order to move forward in Christ.  And we can forget the past through Christ, with the power of Christ given to every faithful believer at conversion, salvation.  When we are born again into the Spirit of God, into the body of Christ, into the family of God, we are given the power of God to change our lives, power to conform our lives to Christ, power to follow Christ's ways, instead of our past sinful, self centered ways.

Salvation is death and life.  When we receive the salvation of God we are dead with Christ.

 

Journey

Salvation is not a moment in time, the hour you are saved, but salvation is our journey to God.  The salvation journey begins after you receive God's gift of love, the gift of eternal life.  The salvation journey is lived out every day of your life until you receive the end of your faith, the eternal salvation of your soul (1 Peter 1:9).  The salvation journey ends when you see Jesus face to face.

Your salvation is your life lived for God through Christ Jesus.

Salvation is eternal life.  Salvation is life lived through God, with God, in God, and for God.  Salvation is not one moment in time but eternal life, life lived out to God every day of our lives.

Salvation is the gift of God, received from God Himself, the Creator of all things.  How wonderful it is to be saved by God! 

God promises to help us along our journey of salvation to Him, to our final home, which He has prepared for us in Heaven.

 

Love God

The Scriptures teach us all that the first and greatest commandment is to love the Lord God with all our hear, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength (Mark 12:30).

Loving God is the desire of God's heart for all His creation.  God desires that we be where He created us to be, which is with Him for all eternity.  Why? So that He can love us for eternity.  Love is why we were created.  We were created by God's love for God's love.

God gave every living person love.  We are all born searching for love, a love that only God Himself can fill.  Nothing in this world can fill the void in our hearts, only the love of God can complete us and make us whole.

We are given the knowledge of God's love through salvation.  We will be given the full knowledge of God's love when we see Him one day face to face.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. 1 Corinthians 13:12-13

The love of God is not the love found in this world, through things of this world.

God is love (1 John 4:16).  When we receive the salvation of God we are given true understanding into the depth of God's love.

Oh, how I love Jesus!

We show God exactly how much we love Him by what we do, by keeping His Word, by obeying His commandments, by doing His word.   We obey God, not because we have to, not because we want something from Him, but because we love Him with all our heart.  1 John 5:3

Loving God is our choice, before and after salvation.  God does not force anyone to love Him, or to stay in love with Him.

We remain in the love of God, we remain in love with God, by continuous fellowship with God, through daily prayer, worship, by seeking God every day. 

We remain in God's love by loving God today and every day (Jude 1:21).

 

Love One Another

God loves us and God desires that we love one another, because God is love and we are His creation.  God teaches us to love one another (1 Thessalonians 4:9).  If God so loved us, we ought to love one another (1 John 4:11).

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  John 15:12

We show God our love for Him by how we love each other (John 14:15).  We give God joy when we love one another.

God is serious about loving one another.  God says that if we do not love one another, that we do not love Him. (1 John 3:15, 4:7, 20).

Love is not an option with God, because God is love.  To remove love from your life is to remove God from your life, because God is love.

We are to love one another, not as the world loves, but as God loves, with a pure heart fervently (1 Peter 1:22).  We are to love not with words, but with actions (1 John 3:18).

Love has been God's message from the beginning of mankind, that God loves us, and we should love Him, and that we should love one another (1 John 3:11; 2 John 1:5).

 

Seek God

After salvation we are to seek God.  God promises to be available to all His children 24/7 every day of the year.  Morning, noon, or night God is there.  Where His children is, God is there. 

God promises to be with us always.  How wonderful and amazing is our GOD!  After salvation we are never alone, we are never without God, that God Himself promises to be with us always.

God does not force us to seek Him.  Seeking God is our choice before salvation and after salvation.

 

Work Out

The Scriptures tell us all that we are all to work out our own salvation, our salvation is to be worked out, used, every day of our lives by us, until we are with God for eternity.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  Philippians 2:12

Salvation is alive through faith.  We work out our own salvation by living in faith to God every day, by loving God every day, seeking God every day, pursuing the things of God, learning about God through prayer, worship, and studying His Word every day.

Every child of God must participate in their salvation by living in faith every day.  We each must work out our own salvation.  Your mother, a religious leader, your church, your family, your spouse, your child, no one can work out your salvation, except you - you must work out your own salvation.

God instructs each of His children to work out their own salvation.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17

The saved swim upstream in this life every day, always against the current of the world, and if we stop swimming against the current, we will drift back to where we were before.

 

Duties

Salvation gives us inheritance to the things of God, the authority, the rights to enter into the Kingdom of God after our death here on this earth.

We become the children of God through salvation, received by the grace of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:26).

Becoming the children of God we are adopted into the family of God through Christ Jesus.  We become joint-heirs with Christ to all the things of God and His Kingdom (Romans 8:17).

We must participate in our life with God.  God never says in His Word that we are to do nothing after we receive His gift of eternal life.  There are inherited duties attached to our inheritance.  These duties are not a burden, but are a privilege, gifted only to those who have mercifully received the gift of God, the salvation of Christ, those who are heirs of God, made the children of God through salvation.

...Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  Ecclesiastes 12:13

Fearing God is not being afraid of God, but is believing that He is God and all that He says that He is in His word, accepting Him as supreme authority over all things, acknowledging God as the One True Living Lord God, knowing God alone is worthy of our praise and worship, knowing He alone holds our life in His hands, and by His love, mercy and grace we are given the gift of salvation, the privilege to love Him and live with Him for all eternity.

 

Thanksgiving

We must never forget the price that was paid by God Himself, so that we could receive His salvation, so that we could be reconciled to God, and receive eternal life with Him.

The act of salvation is a miracle.  When the children of God die, we will pass from death to life!  We will be taken immediately to Jesus, and there we will be forever with the LORD!

Every day we should thank God for His gift of salvation.  We should never forget the price that was paid for us.  The love of God, a love so great and massive, an unspeakable love, an imaginable love, an endless love, a love so powerful and wonderful that it includes every person ever created, that through acceptance of this love, we, you and me, the whole world could experience this great love of all time, and live in this love forever.

 

Learn

The Word of God is mankind's instruction book on life today and in the world to come, eternity.  God gave us His Book, His Word so that we could know Him and learn from Him.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

You were given the gift of God, His gift of salvation to you (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8).  As with all gifts from God, we are to take care of them, guard them, by learning from God.  True wisdom and knowledge come only from God above (James 1:17, 3:17).

We learn from God through communication with Him, through daily prayer, daily praise and worship, and through daily meditation and study of His Holy word.

We must earnestly seek God, in order to learn from God (Deuteronomy 4:29; 1 Chronicles 16:10-11; Psalm 105:3). 

God promises to always be available for us anytime of the day or night that we call upon Him (Acts 17:27).

Salvation opens the door to the Kingdom of God, we must embrace our new gift of God as the good stewards of Christ (1 Peter 4:10), we have been chosen to become, follow through, never give up and complete our journey to God.

Growing in Christ is our privilege as ambassadors of the Most High God (2 Corinthians 5:20).  The greatest honor is to be called a child of God.  Nothing is bigger than God, no one is more important in this world than His children (1 John 4:4).  We are the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus!! Hallelujah!!  Praise the Lord!!  (Galatians 3:26)

God has a specific and special plan laid out for each of us to complete, during our human existence, here on this small planet (Jeremiah 29:11; 2 Corinthians 9:8).  

By loving God today and every day, by seeking God and growing in Christ and working out our own salvation (Philippians 2:12), devoting our life to Him, God will love us and will reveal Himself to us (Romans 1:19).

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.  John 14:21

We are never to stop learning from God.  There is no one on this planet who knows everything that there is to know about God, because His ways are past finding out.

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;   And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.   2 Timothy 3:14-17

Growing in the knowledge of God, learning God's way, and God's will comes from God Himself.  Yes, there are many good biblical teachers in this world today, but there are many false teachers also.  It is paramount that we receive the core of our teaching, the majority of our learning from God Himself.  God is true and we can trust every one of His Words, given to us through prayer and found throughout the Word of God.

 

Serve

God not only wants us to learn His ways, but to follow His ways, by doing His Word.

Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.  Philippians 4:9

Salvation allows us to serve God.  We become the servants of God through salvation.

There are many ways that we serve God.  We serve God by loving Him and loving one another.  We serve God by obeying and doing His word.  We serve God by serving others. 

The children of God serve God.  Being a servant of God, serving God, is the privilege of all of God's faithful children.

God sees our heart, our motives of service.  Our attitude of service must be correct when serving the Lord.  We do not serve the Lord to be seen of others for our good deeds, to be well thought of by men, or to receive acclamation from men or rewards, money or fame.  We do not serve the Lord to get something in return but out of our genuine love for Jesus.  We do not serve the Lord according to the law, but according to our love for Christ.  Service for God done for self promoting reasons will receive their just reward.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.  But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.  Colossians 3:23-25

 

Overcome

After we are saved, we are to continue in the faith and through Christ we overcome temptation and sin.  We are not to sin after salvation. 

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.  1 Corinthians 15:34

Christ Jesus paid the price for our salvation on His cross, so that we might receive the gift of salvation from God and be set free from sin and death (1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23; Romans 6:18, 22).

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  John 8:31-36

God never said that He removes sin from the lives of His children.  When we are saved, we do not automatically become immune to sin.  God says He will help believers overcome sin, but He never said He would remove sin from our lives.

In fact, God tells us in His Word that we will be tempted and that we will suffer (2 timothy 3:12), but that we are given the power of God to overcome temptation and sin through Christ Jesus.  The power of God is greater than any other power anywhere.  If we abide in Christ and He abides in us, then we have the power of God in us to overcome all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13).

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.  1 John 4:4

The power to overcome temptation and sin is not automatic after salvation.  God says that we must submit ourselves to Him before we are given His power to overcome sin.  The power of God is not given to everyone.  The power of God is not given to those who reject Jesus Christ, who refuse to follow God's will, who forsake God and choose to live life their own way.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  John 1:12

Submission to God is required to receive the protection, promises, and power of God.  We must humble ourselves before our Lord God, seek Him, seek His wisdom, seek His ways, depart from sin and evil, and then we will be able to resist sin (James 4:6-11).

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  Revelation 21:7

We must beware of temptation and sin, know how to avoid it at all costs. 

 

Rejoice

After salvation we are to rejoice.  Besides loving God, I believe this area is forgotten about most after salvation.

We are all been around gloomy, sad Christians.  Who would want to have what they have?  We do not serve a God of sadness but a God of Joy and Wonder.

After salvation, we are to show the light of Christ inside of us to the whole world.  Jesus Christ is the Light of the world.  When we receive Christ through salvation, we are given His light.  His light is to shine through us, out into the world.

Joy and rejoicing is habit forming, the more you joy and rejoice in the Lord, the more it will become intertwined into your personality and daily life.

The children of God have so many blessings from God to be joyous and rejoicing about.  We have been saved, we have been forgiven, we have been reconciled to God, we receive the blessings from the One True Jehovah Lord God Almighty every day!

We are given the blessing of joy from God Himself!  We rejoice because we have Jesus abiding in us, walking with us every day!  We are guided, taught, and kept safe every day by the Holy Spirit!

We must live in faith to God on purpose every day, and we must purposefully rejoice in the Lord every day!  The more times we rejoice in the Lord the more often we will not have to think about it, it will become natural, and be part of our life, just like breathing.  We must breathe to stay alive, but we do not think about it every minute, we breathe without thinking.  This is the point, we must get to in our rejoicing, like breathing.

The turning point in believer's lives is when we come to the knowledge that it is all about Jesus.  When we realize that it is all about God, that God is enough, that we are nothing and the things of this world hold little meaning and no real value, then we can let go of holding on to the things of this earth, we realize that our joy is not based on things but on Christ Jesus, then we can experience true joy, experience true rejoicing in the Lord, we can turn off the world and turn on God in our hearts, in our mind, in our souls, in every part of our lives.

But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:  Philippians 3:7-9

Life changes.  We have many seasons in this life that we must pass through, many difficult times, but it does not matter as long as we have Jesus, for whatever season I am in, whatever state of life I am going through, I have learned to be content, and rejoice in the Lord.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  Philippians 4:11

Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.  Habakkuk 3:18

 

Hold On

After salvation, we are to hold on to God, hold onto our salvation, hold onto our faith, hold onto Jesus.

Holding on, remaining in the faith, being stead fast requires our participation.  God warns us to be careful with our salvation, guard our hearts, abide in Him.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  Galatians 5:1

God did not force us to receive His gift of salvation and He does not force us to remain.  God does not chain us to His salvation. 

God does not force us to fellowship with Him, to pray to Him, to worship Him, to praise Him, to seek Him, to follow Him, to learn His Word, to do His will, to obey Him, or to do His word.

Salvation is a choice every person must make for themselves.  How we live after salvation is a choice every believer must make for themselves, also.

God will not force sanctification upon us, we must choose to remain holy, because He is holy.

There are consequences for all of our decisions, based on the Word of God.

 

Wait

After salvation, we are to wait on the Lord.

Praise the Lord! That we are given patience by God Himself to wait, as long as we abide in Christ. 

No one likes to wait for anything or anyone.  Human beings are born demanding attention now. 

The children of God are to wait upon the Lord for His blessings, for renewed strength to persevere in our walk with Him.

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.  Psalm 27:14

The children of God are given instruction to wait.  Before making a decision in this life, we are to ask God's will for it and wait on His answer. 

God asked us to wait for our benefit, so that we come behind in no gift (1 Corinthians 1:7).

Waiting on the Lord, was created and designed by God for our benefit, to help us and keep us out of trouble, and prevent unneeded pain and suffering.  How many times would we have avoided heartache and pain, if we had just waited on God to direct our paths, instead of doing things our own way.  I can think of many times in my life, when I should have waited on the Lord.

The children of God are waiting for Christ, who promised to come again.  Jesus said, "I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also". (John 14:3).  And Jesus promises to come quickly (Revelation 22:20).

The children of God are waiting and watching, because no one knows when Jesus will come again (Matthew 24:42, 25:13).

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.  Mark 13:32-33

 


What am I supposed to do after salvation?

Salvation is NOT an end - but a beginning.  Salvation is the beginning of life, abundant life, eternal life.

Salvation is the beginning of your new life in Christ Jesus. 

Through salvation you are born again.  Your journey to heaven does not end at salvation, but just begins.

Salvation is your first step toward your eternity, your eternal life with the Creator, your God, your Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Salvation is your first step of faith, walking in the Spirit of God for the rest of your life and beyond, throughout eternity, which is never ending, without end.

Salvation is not temporary, salvation is eternal.

Salvation is for eternity.

The moment you receive the free gift from God of salvation, is the same moment you receive eternal life.

Eternal life does not happen after you die.  Salvation, eternal life happens the moment you accept Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal Lord and Saviour over your life. 

Salvation is eternal life.  Your eternal life with God begins the day you accept salvation. 

Too many people stop after salvation.  They think that since they are saved, that's all they are required to do by God, which is very wrong.

 

Salvation is the very beginning of life.

The word of God tells us that receiving salvation is just the beginning of our life with God.

The word of God tells us we must work out our own salvation.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  Philippians 2:12

We only receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ by the grace of Jesus.

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

 

Salvation faith is the key - to the door of Jesus Christ - though which we enter into the kingdom of God. 

Now that we have unlocked the door, through our faith in Jesus, to the kingdom of God, we need to walk through the door and start our journey toward our eternal life in heaven.

A lot of people receive salvation, unlock their door and just sit down.  You can't get anywhere by sitting down!!  Get up!!

It is NOT God's plan for our life to stop, after we receive His gift of love, which is the gift of eternal life, which is salvation.  God doesn't want us to just sit down.  God wants us to get busy, start living!

God says, don't stop after salvation.  Salvation is just the beginning

So many believers miss out on what it really means to be saved, to be a follower of Christ, to receive eternal life

So many believers never receive all the gifts from God, because they stop after salvation and never follow after Jesus.

 

God wants to give special gifts to all of His children.

God wants to love us and God wants to give to us so many things.

God wants believers to:

  • Love Him  
  • Take the narrow path to righteousness  
  • Follow Christ and Walk in His ways  
  • Grow in our Faith  
  • Receive ALL the gifts of God  
  • Endure until the end  
  • Receive our prize, our rewards, our crown of life, in the kingdom of God

 

Love God, Love everyone, Live in Love

Love is the way to God because God is love. 

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  1 John 4:8-11

Love is the first step toward the kingdom of God.

Love is NOT an option with God

Without love - God cannot know you, and you cannot know God without love.

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; this is the first commandment.  Mark 12:30

For more information see - LOVE

 

Choose the narrow path

The wide gate and broad road is the way of the world, the road to hell.

The way of the world is following the lusts of the flesh, following the sinful ways of the world, living in sin and unrighteousness.

Following the ways of the world leads to separation from God.  We must follow the ways of Christ to enter into heaven.

The way of the world, wide gate and broad road, this path leads to destruction and death and separation from God.

The strait gate and narrow path is the way to life, the way to righteousness and leads to the kingdom of God and eternal life.

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.   Matthew 7:13-14

For more information on choosing the right path see - CHOICES

 

Are you one of the few that found the strait and narrow path and stay on the narrow path of righteousness to God?

 

 

Follow Jesus Christ

Follow Jesus and walk in His ways of righteousness. 

In order to follow Christ, we must deny ourselves, we must put away our selfish ways and look toward Jesus.

Salvation is denying our selfish sinful pleasures of the flesh and putting on the righteousness of Christ Jesus.

Salvation is following the ways of Christ, not following our ways.

Salvation is obeying the rules of God, not our own rules.

Salvation is saying YES to righteousness, and saying NO to sin.

Salvation is living a holy and godly life, not a life of sin and unrighteousness.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.   Matthew 16:24

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  Mark 8:34

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

And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.   Luke 14:27

 

Walk in His ways

God tells us time and time again in His scriptures that He wants us to walk in His ways.   And to do that we must get up and follow Christ.

Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.   Deuteronomy 8:6

Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:   Deuteronomy 26:17

The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.   Deuteronomy 28:9

In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.   Deuteronomy 30:16

And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, and it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:  1 Kings 2:3

They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.   Psalm 119:3

To walk in the ways of Christ, means not to sin, to live the way Christ lived, to be like Christ.

How can we walk in the ways of the Lord?  We must study the word of God to know how to live the will of God, in the ways of the Lord.  We must pray to learn the will of God.  We must keep our focus on Jesus to walk in the ways of the Lord.


What happens after Salvation?

When we are saved, when we believe in Jesus Christ, and we ask Jesus into our lives to be our Lord and Savior, something beautiful happens inside our heart and inside our soul. 

Salvation is a heart condition, a heart transplant, salvation transforms your heart.

A peace fills your soul and your heart is changed forever with the love of God.  It is a wonderful, amazing transformation.

Salvation changes people.  Salvation turns us into a new person.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   2 Corinthians 5:17

The scriptures of God do NOT say that you might be changed, God says YOU WILL BE CHANGED

God says that ALL PEOPLE who receive salvation become new creatures.

 

We are crucified with Christ

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  Galatians 2:20

Salvation enables people to put on Christ, Christ lives in believers, we live by faith in the Son of God, Jesus, who loved us so much that He died, gave Himself for all of us.

Just as Christ was crucified on a cross, when we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Saviour over all of our life, we are also crucified to sin.  We die to sin and live IN Christ.  We repent of sin and put sin away from our lives and live for God and follow Jesus for the rest of our lives.

 


How do I know that I am saved?

Believers in Christ Jesus can have assurance of their salvation because they have:

  1. Confessed their sin
  2. Believe the Son of God is Jesus Christ and only He can forgive all their sins
  3. Asked Jesus to forgive all their sin and ask Jesus to come into their heart and to be their personal Lord and Saviour over all of their life
  4. Repented (turned away from all sin) and follow Christ.

 

How do I know that I am saved?  Because:

  • I confessed that I am a sinner to God and need His forgiveness.  
  • I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who came to earth from God to be born in the flesh as man, suffer as man, crucified and died on a cross at Calvary for the sins of the world, for my sins.  By the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, my sins are forgiven, redeemed because I have faith in God and I put all my trust in Jesus Christ.  
  • I know that Jesus died and rose from the grave.  And since Jesus was resurrected so I will be resurrected into eternal life into the kingdom of God one day.  
  • I ask Jesus Christ to forgive my sins and be my personal Lord and Saviour.  I surrender all my life to God.  
  • I turn from my sins, I repent with all my heart and promise to follow in the ways of Christ for the rest of my life.

Salvation is confessing we are a sinner, believing in Jesus Christ, having faith that Jesus Christ alone washes away our sins, repenting from all sin, turning from our sins and turning to God, promising to follow Christ for the rest of our lives, is denying ourselves to take up the cross of Christ and follow Him.

Confessing, believing, repenting and following is the assurance that you are saved, assurance of your salvation.

Christ Jesus sets us free from sin and death.

For more information see - Salvation ASSURANCE

 

The Spirit itself beareth witness

The Spirit of God assures our own spirit inside us, that we are saved, that we are a child of God.

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:   Romans 8:16

Our spirit confirms our salvation.

Our spirit, that each saved, child of God has in them, assures us of our salvation. 

Our spirit speaks to us and tells us we are saved.

Unless you are born again, through faith in Christ Jesus, you do NOT have the Spirit of God living inside of you.

 


What happens to me, when I am saved?

 

When a person is saved:

  • We become born-again, a new creature, a new being, old things are passed away and all things become new, through Christ Jesus  
  • We receive the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost  
  • We walk in newness of life  
  • Eternal death is not our future, Eternal life is our future  
  • We receive forgiveness for all our sins  
  • Sin does not rule our lives, Jesus Christ rules our lives  
  • We serve Christ, we are not a servant of sin anymore  
  • Satan has no control over our lives, Jesus has full control  
  • We belong to Christ, we do not belong to the world  
  • Christ lives in us, Jesus abides in us and we abide in Him  
  • We are of God  
  • We are crucified, buried and raised into life by Christ  
  • There is Joy in Heaven because we are saved  
  • We become the children of God  
  • We become heirs to the kingdom of God  
  • We choose to sin no more  
  • We become followers of God, not followers of the world  
  • We receive the blessings of God  
  • We worship and praise the only true living God  
  • We obey the word of God  
  • We abandon unrighteousness for righteousness  
  • We live by faith and obedience to God  
  • We live for God, not for ourselves, not for the world  
  • We receive the crown of life, eternal, everlasting life in the presence of God Almighty forever and ever

When we are saved, we become born again.  Our "old self" is dead, we choose to sin no more, we are a new creature, reborn, renewed, regenerated, we have a new life with Christ.

 

Salvation brings new life, we are born again.

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.   1 Peter 1:23

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   2 Corinthians 5:17

To be in Christ, abide in Christ, live in Christ, is to be a new creature.  We abandon, turn away from our old habits of sin, because of our new life in Christ Jesus.

 

Believers receive the Holy Ghost

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.   Acts 2:38

Believers have God living inside of them.  We are the temple of God, where God abides.  A child of God is the ambassador of God, the representative of Christ Jesus.

The Holy Ghost of God is our Comforter, promised to all people who receive salvation and who have faith in God.

 

Believers of Christ walk in newness of life

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.   Romans 6:4

 

Eternal life with God is our new destiny

He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  John 12:25

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  John 17:3

 

Believers receive forgiveness for all sins confessed

To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. Acts 10:43

All past sins of a true believer of Christ Jesus have all been erased, never to be remembered again by God.

Any new sins a believer of Christ Jesus commits must be repented of.  As a child of God we must repent of any new sin we commit against God. 

For more information see - SIN AFTER

 

Jesus Christ rules our lives, NOT sin

Sin does NOT rule the life of a child of God.  Through salvation, through Christ, we are set free from sin in our life.  Christ Jesus cuts the ties, the chains of the bondage of sin. 

Through salvation we are released, by Jesus, from the bondage of sin and death.

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.   Romans 6:9-14

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  Romans 8:21

If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.   John 8:36

 

Believers belong to Christ

And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.   1 Corinthians 3:23

We are Christ's and Christ is God's.   We are God's children through Christ Jesus. 

What a beautiful and powerful scripture!

We belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.  We belong to God, because we belong to Christ.

Without being Christ's, belonging to Christ, we cannot belong to God.  To belong to God, we must go through Christ.

To see God, to be with God the Father in Heaven for eternity, we must go through His Son, Christ Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.   John 14:6

By being saved we become Christ's.  All that we are belongs to Him, we belong to Jesus.  We own nothing, all we have is Christ's.

Christ gave His life for us, and now we give our life to Christ; to follow Christ, to serve Christ, and to worship Christ.

AND NOTHING can separate you from the love of CHRIST.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.   Romans 8:38-39

As long as we as believers in Christ Jesus hold onto our faith, are steadfast until the end, nothing in this world, no person, no thing, no event, no circumstance, no war, no prison, no power, no suffering, no pain, no illness, no disease, nothing can separate you from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Believers serve Christ

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.   Colossians 3:23-24

And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,   Deuteronomy 10:12

The servants of sin, the unrighteous, the ungodly, those who do not cease from sin, those who serve sin, will NOT inherit the kingdom of God, are not saved and will NOT receive the reward of the inheritance.  The wages of sin is death and eternal separation away from God for eternity.

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.  John 8:34-35

All who live in sin after the flesh are not of God.

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.  Romans 8:13

 

Satan has NO dominion, NO rule over a Believer's life, Jesus has complete reign

Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  Romans 6:9

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.   Hebrews 2:14-15

 

Believers resist the devil and submit to God

Neither give place to the devil.   Ephesians 4:27

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.   Ephesians 6:11

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.   James 4:7

God promises, if we resist the devil and submit ourselves to God, that the devil will flee from us.

 

Christ lives in us

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. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.   Romans 8:9-12

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.   Galatians 2:20

Our debt is to Christ Jesus, to God alone, no one else.  God saved us from sin and death, we are not to live after the flesh and sin, but live for Christ Jesus, our Saviour and our Lord God.

 

We are of God

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.  1 John 4:4-6

Believers of Christ are not of this world any more.  We are separated unto God and made heirs to the Kingdom of God, we are of God.

We are of GodHow powerful is this truth!!  How amazing!! What a miracle it is to be a child of God!!   None of us are worthy to be called the children of God, but we are, by His grace we are!!  Halleluiah!!  Praise the Lord!!

 

Believers are crucified with Christ

Christ lives in all born again believers.

Believers cannot live their old life of sin because we are crucified with Christ.

We are to live by faith through Christ Jesus.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.   Galatians 2:20

Believers old body of sin is destroyed and our new body should not serve sin.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.   Romans 6:6

 

Believers are buried with Christ and raised up from the dead

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  Romans 6:4

 

Heaven rejoices when one is saved

I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.  Luke 15:7

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.  Luke 15:10

What a beautiful thought!  The angels of God have joy when I was saved!

 

Believers in Christ are the children of God

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

Through faith in Christ Jesus we are the children of God.

 

Believers are heirs of God

As believers we become the children of God, heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God.

And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.   Romans 8:17

 

Believers sin no more

Believers of Christ are set free from sin and death through salvation, belief in God. 

Believers choose not to sin anymore.  Believers in Christ are separated unto God and are separated from living a sinful, worldly, lustful, life anymore.  Believers in Christ are not to think about sin or seek sin out.  If you submit yourself to God and resist the devil, God promises that the devil will depart from you.

By abiding in Jesus, staying in Christ, close to Jesus, focused on heavenly things and not earthly things we can stay away from sin.  When we walk with Christ, He will protect us from the evils of the world.

When we walk with Christ, the Holy Ghost in our hearts will convict us of every sin.  No one is able to live in Christ and live in sin.

When believers inadvertently sin, we are to confess and repent immediately, and ask forgiveness with all our heart.  If we confess and repent, with godly sorrow, we have assurance that Christ Jesus will forgive us our sins.

When we are made whole, through salvation, Jesus said we are to sin no more.

He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  1 John 3:8-9

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.  John 5:14

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  1 John 2:1

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance2 Peter 3:9

 

Believers follow God, not the world

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.  1 John 2:15-17

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.  Mark 8:34-35

 

Believers receive the blessings of God

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  James 1:12

 

Believers worship and praise only one true living God

For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 1 Timothy 4:10

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.  John 17:3

 

Believers obey the word of God

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  James 1:22

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  Acts 5:29

And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  Hebrews 5:9

And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.  Luke 8:21

But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. Luke 11:28

 

Believers live righteously

Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.   1 John 3:7,10

 

Believers live their lives by faith

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.  Galatians 3:11

Believers have no confidence in this world or in the people of this world, our faith is no in ourselves or our flesh; but our faith is in God alone for our salvation.

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.  Philippians 3:3

 

Believers live for Christ, not the world

According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  Philippians 1:20-21

 

Believers have received the crown of life, everlasting life with God Almighty

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.  Revelation 2:10-11

 


When do I receive Eternal Life?

Eternal Life is salvation.  Salvation is the gift of God, and the gift of God is eternal life.  The gift from God to all people who believe in His Son, Jesus Christ.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

The gift of God is eternal life.  Eternal life is given to us by God.  Eternal life is in Jesus Christ.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.     1 John 5:11-13

Jesus Christ is the true God and eternal life.  Jesus Christ is eternal life.

And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.  1 John 5:20

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  Jude 1:21

 


Am I a Christian now?

When I am saved by Jesus, when do I then become a "Christian"?  A Christian is one who belongs to Christ Jesus; a Christian is a person who is "of Christ", a Christian is Christ's, a Christian lives for Christ, a Christian serves Jesus Christ.

A Christian is one who has received the free gift of God, eternal salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.

A Christian is one who denies themselves, who takes up their cross and follows Christ Jesus, follows the ways of Christ Jesus.

A Christian is one who obeys the word of God, and seeks to know God more and more with every day.

A Christian is one who endures until the end, through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord of their life. 

A Christian is who has overcome sin, through faith in Jesus Christ.

I have accepted Jesus Christ into my heart and asked him to forgive my sins and I repent and turn from sinI obey the word of God.  I believe Jesus is the Son of God, the Almighty Creator of the world, and Jesus will come to earth one day to receive all His followers up with Him into the glory of God, everlasting life in the kingdom of God, Heaven.

 

Yes, I am a Christian a follower, a servant of Christ.

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.   Romans 6:4

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.  Acts 11:26

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  1 Peter 4:16

 

For more information see - CHRISTIAN

 

Jesus said we are to be His followers, as His disciples.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  Matthew 16:24

To follow Christ Jesus we must give Him our whole life, we must surrender all our life to Jesus.  We must give control over our life to Jesus, we must give Christ the reigns of our life.  Only by losing our old way of life, forsaking our old life of sin, can we find true life, eternal life in Christ Jesus.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25

If we hold onto our sinful, worldly life, we cannot follow Christ Jesus and we cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  Matthew 16:26

We must deny ourselves, we must forsake "our way" of living, for "the way" of Christ Jesus.

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.   Mark 8:34-38

Without forsaking our "own way" of living, without denying ourselves, without losing our old life, we cannot be saved, we cannot inherit everlasting life.

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. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.   Luke 9:23-26

If you have never fully given all of yourself to Christ, if you have never denied yourself, gave your whole life to Christ Jesus, if you are reading this you still have time.

After you die it is too late for salvation, there will be NO second chance to give your life to Christ Jesus after you die, so you must do it today, while there is still time.

Pray to Jesus and tell Him you are a sinner, confess you sins, turn from your sins, ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, tell Him you know He is the Son of God and you want to make Him ruler over your life.  Give your life to Him.  Ask Jesus into your heart to be the Lord and Saviour over all of your life.  Don't hold any part of your life from Him.  Surrender all your life to Jesus.

If you pray with all your heart, Jesus will forgive you of all your sins and save your soul from sin and death in hell for eternity.

For more information see - SALVATION

 


Who are NOT Christians?

 

  • Anyone who has NOT accepted Jesus Christ into their heart and life as their Lord and Saviour of their life is not a Christian.
  • Anyone who does NOT follow Jesus Christ in their lives is not a Christian.
  • Anyone who is lost and not saved by the blood Jesus shed on the cross is not a Christian.
  • Anyone who is NOT the children of the Resurrection is not a Christian.
  • Anyone who does NOT love God the Father and God the Son is not a Christian. 
  • Anyone who hates any person is NOT a Christian.
  • Anyone who does NOT have the Spirit of God dwelling inside of them is not a Christian.
  • Anyone who has NOT given their life completely to Christ Jesus is NOT a Christian.
  • Anyone who does NOT confess JESUS IS LORD.

 

What doesn't make you a Christian?

The following things do NOT make anyone a Christian:

  • Owning a bible
  • Reading a bible
  • Going to church
  • Working in a church
  • Having a friend or relative who is a Christian
  • Praying
  • Being prayed to
  • Being prayed over
  • Being prayed for
  • Being good
  • Being nice
  • Doing good deeds, charitable works
  • Loving everyone
  • Tithing; giving money
  • Giving to the poor
  • Being a member of a church, pastor, teacher, missionary, evangelist
  • Being sprinkled with holy water; or anointed with oil
  • Being baptized
  • Saying you are a Christian

Salvation is received from God through faith in Jesus Christ.  We are all saved the exact same way, by the grace of God through faith in God.

The only way to be a Christian is to have a current and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, where Jesus alone is the Lord of your life.  All your faith and trust and belief is in Jesus Christ.

Only by the grace of God are we are saved and become a Christian through faith in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.

Only through faith in Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and make us whole and holy in the sight of God by giving our whole heart, soul, mind, strength, our life to Him.

Only through faith in Jesus Christ our Redeemer and our Salvation, we know by trusting Him we will receive everlasting life in the kingdom of God, and we will be with God the Father and the Son for eternity.

Through godly sorrow and repentance (turning away from all sin) and obedience to God, only by doing the will of God are we saved and receive eternal life.

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.   1 John 2:17

 

 


What are the names of the saved?

Most people only know the saved as 'Christians' but the Word of God gives many names for God's children.

The word of God calls those who are saved by many names:

  • Saved
  • Believers
  • The children of God
    • The children of your Father
    • The children of the Highest
    • The children of the resurrection
    • The children of the light
    • The children of the day
    • The children of the living God
    • The children of promise
    • The sons of God
    • The sons and daughters of God
  • Heirs to the Kingdom of God
  • Joint-Heirs with Christ
  • Fellow heirs
  • The circumcision
  • The elect
  • The saints of God
  • Christians
  • Followers of Christ
  • Disciples
  • The just; the justified
  • The body of Christ
  • Overcomer
  • Sanctified
  • Converted

When you read through the word of God and see one of these words, God is speaking about YOU!  The saved, the elect of Christ Jesus.

 

Saved

We are all saved by the grace of God through faith in God.

But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.  Acts 15:11

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  Romans 10:13

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  Mark 16:16

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  Romans 5:8-9

For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.  Matthew 18:11

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  John 3:17

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

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  Hebrews 7:25

 

The saved are believers of Christ

Believers of Christ have belief in the word of God that says:

  • God the Father and Jesus the Son of God are one God
  • God was manifested in the flesh as Jesus
  • Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God
  • Jesus came to earth to save the world from sin and death
  • Jesus came to earth to destroy sin and death
  • Jesus was crucified on a cross
  • Jesus died for the sins of the world
  • Jesus paid the ransom for our souls
  • Jesus was resurrected from death and lives forever
  • Jesus lives in His Glorified Body
  • Jesus is God, the Word, and Eternal Life
  • Jesus will return one day to this earth and receive up with Him his followers
  • Jesus will judge the world, the living and the dead
  • Jesus will reign forever in the Kingdom of God with all his followers

That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:15-16

And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)  Acts 5:14

 

Believers are both men and women.  The believers of Christ Jesus are the sons and daughters of God.

And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.  2 Corinthians 6:18

 

We become children of God

By faith in Christ Jesus, believing with all your heart, all you mind, all you soul that Jesus is the Son of God and only Jesus can save your soul from hell, you are saved.

Salvation is an exchange of heart and soul and spirit.  You give your sinful worldly heart, soul and spirit to God and He give you a new regenerated, sinless, pure heart, clean soul and renewed spirit. 

Salvation changes you into a new person, you are completely born again into the Spirit of Christ Jesus.

Once you believe, give your life to Christ, ask Jesus to be your LORD and direct your life, you become a child of God.  

After you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and are saved, you have answered the most important question in your life, Who am I?  I am a child of God

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  Galatians 3:26

Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.  Luke 20:36

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  Romans 8:16

 

So being the children of God we must act like it and live according to God's will and purpose.

Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant, insecure, remember who you belong to - you are a member of the family of God

The family of God is enormous, including those past, present and future believers of God.

Belonging to the family of God is the Highest Honor and Greatest Privilege we will ever receive.  NOTHING else comes close!

Be thankful and show your gratitude to God for His wonderful, free gift of salvation He gave to you by showing others you belong to the family of God by the way you live your life.

Show others who God really is through your righteous living for God.

Let others see God in you!!

 

The children of your Father

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 5:45

 

The children of the Highest

But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.  Luke 6:35

 

The children of the resurrection

Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.  Luke 20:36

 

The children of the light

While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.  John 12:36

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  1 Thessalonians 5:5

 

The children of the day

Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  1 Thessalonians 5:5

 

The children of the living God

And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.  Romans 9:26

 

The children of promise

Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.  Galatians 4:28

 

The sons of God

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  John 1:12-13

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  Romans 8:14-16

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.  Philippians 2:15-16

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  1 John 3:1

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.        1 John 3:2

 

The man of God

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.  1 Timothy 6:11-12

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

 

Heirs to the kingdom of God

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.  Romans 8:16-17

Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through ChristGalatians 4:7

Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;  That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:  Ephesians 3:5-6

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;  That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:5-7

 

The circumcision

For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Philippians 3:3

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  Colossians 2:8-12

 

The elect of God

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  Colossians 3:12-13

 

The saints of the most High

But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.  Daniel 7:18

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  Romans 8:26-27

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  Ephesians 2:19

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  Colossians 1:12-13

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  Revelation 14:12

 

Christians

And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.   And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Acts 11:26

 

Followers of Christ

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Matthew 16:24

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  Mark 8:34

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

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  John 10:27-28

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.  John 12:26

 

Disciples

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. John 15:8

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:24-25

 

The just

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.  Galatians 3:11

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  Hebrews 10:38

That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.  Matthew 5:45

 

The body of Christ

God says that the believers of Christ, the followers of Christ, the saved are all members of the body of Christ.

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  1 Corinthians 12:27

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:  Ephesians 4:12-13

 

Overcomer

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  1 John 4:4

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  1 John 5:4-5

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.   Revelation 2:7

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.  Revelation 2:11

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.  Revelation 2:17

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.  Revelation 3:5

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.  Revelation 3:21

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  Revelation 21:7

 

Sanctified

And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.  1 Corinthians 6:11

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  Hebrews 10:10

 

Converted

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.  Psalm 51:13

For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.  Matthew 13:15

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Matthew 18:3-4

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;  Acts 3:19

 

The sheep of the Lamb of God

Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.  I and my Father are one. John 10:25-30

 


Do people who are saved become angels or gods?

 

The word of God reads that NO person becomes angels or gods because they are saved.  The children of God never become angels or gods.

 

Equal to angels, as the angels, but not angels

The word of God reads that the children of God, believers of Christ, the saved are equal to the angels, but not actual angels.

Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.  Luke 20:36

The saved in Christ are as the angels of God, but are not angels.

For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.  Matthew 22:30

For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.  Mark 12:25

God created humankind and God created the angels.

 

God is not a man; man is not god

God created man in His image, but God is NOT a man, like we are.   A created man cannot become God.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?  Numbers 23:19

The scriptures tell us that God is not a man and man is not god or a god, or little gods.

There is nowhere in the word of God that states that man is god or a god or can become god or will ever become god.

No one is God, except the one true Lord God Almighty.

The word of God does say that satan claimed to be god and that is why God cast him out of heaven. 

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.  2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

 


What does Jesus ask of His believers?

 

Love the Lord thy God

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37

 

Jesus asks to have faith in God forever

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.  Mark 9:23

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.  1 Timothy 6:12

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  Hebrews 10:38

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.  Mark 11:22-26

 

Grow in grace and knowledge of the truth of God

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.  2 Peter 3:18

 

Jesus asks us to trust and believe in Him

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.  John 6:35

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She said unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.  John 11:25-27

To receive eternal life we believe in Christ Jesus, we put all our trust and our life in the hands of the one true living God, the Creator of all things.

 

Walk in the ways of Christ

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  Hebrews 12:14

And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.  Matthew 4:19

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  Matthew 16:24

Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.  Matthew 19:21

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  Mark 8:34

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.  Mark 10:21

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

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  John 10:27

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.  John 12:26

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye my prophesy.  1 Corinthians 14:1

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  Ephesians 5:1

We are saved by the grace of God through faith in God, not by our works.  Nothing that we could ever do in our lifetime could ever save us, we are NOT saved by ourselves, we are NOT saved by our own works.

Following Christ, walking in the ways of Christ is what believers do because of salvation, not to gain it.

 

What happens if we do NOT follow Christ?

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.  Matthew 10:38

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  John 8:12

 

Deny ourselves

The only way we can follow Christ is to deny ourselves, meaning to give up our selfish ways, and to place Christ before ourselves.

To deny ourselves is to forget about "me" and "I", believers no longer do things for themselves, or live for "me", live for self, believers live for Christ and deny self.  It is no longer about 'us' it is all about Jesus

Believers are no longer 'first' in their life, Jesus is first, Jesus is number one in our lives now and forever. 

Before we were saved, our life is revolved around our self, our needs and our wants, our sinful flesh desires

After salvation, the life of the believer revolves around Christ, living for Christ, being like Christ, serving Christ, doing the will of God.

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  Matthew 16:24

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  Mark 8:34

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

The word of God specifically states that no one can serve two gods, you cannot serve the world, serve the sin of the flesh, serve self and serve God.  God says we either serve God, or we serve the devil, we can't serve both.

 

Endure until the end

As believers in Christ, we are to endure until the end

Salvation is not temporary and neither is living our lives for Christ.  We are to overcome sin, turn our backs to sin, live righteously all the days of our lives. 

Enduring until the end is abiding in Christ Jesus all the days of our lives.

We are to live godly, righteous lives, follow God's commandments, follow in the ways of Christ, not live like the world, every day of our lives until the end.

As born-again believers we are never to stop following Christ.

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  James 1:12

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  2 Timothy 2:3

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  1 Corinthians 13:7

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Matthew 10:22

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  Matthew 24:13

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  Mark 13:13

Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.  2 Timothy 2:10

..let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 3:14

As believers, we should all press toward the mark for the prize of the high call of God in Christ Jesus, this should be our pledge to God every morning when we wake up.

Our faith in Jesus Christ pleases God.  Without faith it is impossible to please God.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  Hebrews 11:6

 

Jesus prophesied His second coming

But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.  Mark 14:61-62

 

Watching, waiting, and hoping for the return of Jesus

Watch  and looking for Christ's return

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.  Matthew 24:42

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.  Matthew 25:13

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  Matthew 26:41

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.  Mark 13:32-33

And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.  Mark 13:37

Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.  Luke 12:37-40

Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  Luke 21:36

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  1 Peter 4:7

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Revelation 3:3

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  Titus 2:13

 

Waiting on Christ

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;  Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:  So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 1:4-8

For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  Galatians 5:5

And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.  1 Thessalonians 1:10

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.  2 Thessalonians 3:5

Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he received the early and latter rain.  James 5:7

 

Hoping for Christ

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;  Titus 1:2

That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  Titus 3:7

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.  Psalm 31:24

But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.  Psalm 71:14

I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  Psalm 130:5

Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God:  Psalm 146:5

Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  Jeremiah 17:7

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.  Lamentations 3:26

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Romans 15:13

 

 


What is my purpose?

Every life that God created has purpose.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  Ecclesiastes 3:1

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.  Acts 11:23

 

Believers belong to God

We must realize that now we belong to God

Believers of God are no longer of the world.

And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.  1 Corinthians 3:23

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Godís.  1 Corinthians 6:20

We were bought with the ultimate price, the life of Jesus Christ, the life of the only begotten Son of God. 

Jesus died on a cross, so we might live.  Jesus rose from the dead, so we all might also be resurrected into everlasting life.  All this was done to glorify God.  All this was done to fulfill the word of God, to fulfill the promises of God.

We are to glorify God in our body and in our spirit, which belong to God.

 

Our purpose is to glorify God

Do all to the glory of God.  Whatsoever we do, do all to the glory of God.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31

We are to glorify God in our body and in our spirit, which belong to God.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

 

Our prayers are answered to glorify God

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  John 14:13

 

God is glorified when we are fruitful

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  John 15:8

 

We are to glorify God in our body and spirit

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Godís.  1 Corinthians 6:20

 

We are chosen by God

Did you know that you were chosen by God before the foundation of the world?

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  Ephesians 1:4-6

 

God has plans to give us hope and a future

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.  Jeremiah 29:11-14

 

After we are saved, we become a new person.

When we are saved, we have Christ in us.  We have put on Christ.

For as many of you have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  Galatians 3:27

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.  Ephesians 4:24

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Colossians 3:10

 

God is our armor against evil.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Ephesians 6:11

 

When we are saved by Jesus, all things are new.

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  Colossians 3:10

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  Romans 6:4

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  Colossians 3:12-17

After we are saved, and cleansed by the blood of Jesus, we are to walk in a new way.   Our old lives will not work for us anymore.  We will be refreshed and renewed.  We will want to follow Godís will for our lives.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17

 

We will have found our purpose, to love God.

By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.  1 John 5:2

 

Our purpose is to be a light in the world

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  Philippians 2:15

 

Our purpose is to witness

All believers are called by God to be a witness of Jesus Christ, to share the plan of salvation with those lost in the world.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.  1 Peter 3:15-16

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  Acts 1:8

 

We are all witnesses

This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Acts 2:32

And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.  Acts 5:32

 


How to live after Salvation?

Life with God does not stop 'after' salvation.

A new life with God begins after salvation.

Salvation is the beginning of life.  Salvation is a relationship with God through Christ Jesus.

Some people think all they need in their life is to be saved, and nothing else.  This is not what God says in His word. 

After we receive salvation, there is so much more that God has for us all.

Don't stop at salvation, receive all the gifts that God has waiting for you.

Salvation is just the beginning of your new life with God.

Jesus Christ is the door to salvation and the kingdom of God.  You need to walk through the door and get to know God and receive all the many, many treasures and gifts that He has waiting to give you.

Faith is the key which unlocks the door of salvation.  We enter the door, which is Jesus Christ, to God.  By the grace of God through Jesus we are saved.  The will of God is to obtain salvation.  Salvation is obtained by faith in God.

By faith we are saved through Jesus Christ

We need to grow our faith and continue our walk, our journey with Christ every day

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

Discipleship is for all people, "He said to them all..".

Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  1 Timothy 4:16

God says we are to work out our own salvation.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  Philippians 2:12

Are you working out your own salvation?

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Work out your own salvation.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  Philippians 2:12

We are not to stop at salvation, salvation is the beginning of our life not the end.  We are to take up our cross daily and follow Jesus every day and work out our own salvation every day.

This is done by building our faith by studying God's word and through fellowship with God every day.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17

The word of God is His Holy scriptures and His Holy voice that we hear when we pray to Him and fellowship with Him.

 

Live according to God in the spirit.

For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.  1 Peter 4:6

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  Romans 12:1

 

Keep yourselves in the love of God

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  Jude 1:20-21

 

Separate from the world.

The children of God are separated to God and separated from this world.

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.  2 Corinthians 7:1

Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  John 14:17

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.  James 1:27

 

Boasting

Don't boast of yourself, boast only in the Lord.  2 Corinthians 10:17,18

 

Beatitudes

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousnessí sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.   Matthew 5:1-12

 

You are the temple of God

Did you know that after you are saved, you are the temple of God

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  1 Corinthians 3:16

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  1 Corinthians 3:17

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  2 Corinthians 6:16

And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.  1 Corinthians 3:23

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.  Ephesians 2:19-22

 

Keep God's laws and Commandments

Keep therefore the word of this covenant, and do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do.  Deuteronomy 29:9

Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the LORD.  Leviticus 22:31

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.  Deuteronomy 4:2

 

What are the Ten Commandments?

The Ten Commandments are laws which God gave us to instruct us how we should live. The Ten Commandments are instruction on how we should live.  Every commandment is relevant to us today. 

God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, who wrote them down on stone tablets, and gave them to all the people.

And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's. Exodus 20:1-17

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How to live for GOD?

 

No one can know God without love.

Before we can start living our life the way God wants us to, our life must be based on love, grounded and rooted in love.

If you can only understand one thing about God, know this - GOD IS LOVE.

Love has everything to do with God.

God is Love. Love is of God.  No one can know God without love.

If you cannot love, you cannot be with God, and God cannot be with you.

If you do not know love, you cannot know God, and God will not know you.

If you do not live in love, God cannot live with you.

Love is the essence of God.  Love is the spirit of God. 

Love is everything to God.

Love is not an option with God.

 

Living for God starts with Loving God

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  Deuteronomy 6:5

Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.  Deuteronomy 11:1

In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.  Deuteronomy 30:16

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  Matthew 22:37

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  Mark 12:30

And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  Luke 10:27

 

Living for God is to Love everyone

Since God is love, and we are to be perfect like him, we should also be loving. 

And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.  1 John 4:21

God should be the center of us and love should be in everything that we do in life.  We need to make sure everything we say and do comes from love.

And above all things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  Colossians 3:14

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Who is the family of GOD?

Believers become adopted into the family of God.  We become children of God, we become his family.

God's only begotten Son is Jesus Christ.  We as followers of Christ, the saved, are not begotten of God, but we are his children through adoption. 

By having faith and believing in his only begotten Son, Jesus, we become his sons and daughters, the children of God.

And as children of God we are heirs, co-heirs with Christ, to the kingdom of God.  We as the children of God inherit the kingdom of God along with Jesus Christ.

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. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 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. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. 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. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  Romans 8:9-18

All believers of Jesus Christ are God's children.  We are to act like a family, the family of God and love each other.

Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.  Romans 15:7

 


What is love?

 

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed upDoth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 13:4-13

 

I am nothing without love

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  1 Corinthians 13:2

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.  1 Corinthians 13:13

 

Truth shall set you free

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.  John 8:31-32

One bad thought can bind you for life.  Break free from whatever the devil is binding you with, Jesus breaks the bondage of satan. 

You, as a believer, know the truth now.  You are free.  Jesus is the truth and he has set you free.  Claim your freedom and live it.

The truth of God found through Christ Jesus shall make you free.

 

Pride

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.  Ecclesiastes 7:8

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.  Psalm 10:4

Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.  Psalm 73:6

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.  Proverbs 8:13

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.  Proverbs 11:2

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.  Proverbs 13:10

In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.  Proverbs 14:3

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.  Proverbs 16:18

A manís pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.  Proverbs 29:23

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.  Mark 7:21,22,23

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.  1 Timothy 3:6

For all that is in this world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of this world.  1 John 2:16

Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 1 Samuel 2:3

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:  Psalm 12:3

Blessed is the man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.  Psalm 40:4

Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.  Psalm 119:21

The proud had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.  Psalm 119:51

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.  Proverbs 15:25

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.  Proverbs 16:5

Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.  Proverbs 16:19

An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.  Proverbs 21:4

He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.  Proverbs 28:25

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.  Ecclesiastes 7:8

For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:  Isaiah 2:12

Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD that spoken.  Jeremiah 13:15

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, and the LORD of hosts, and it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  Malachi 4:1

Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  Romans 1:30

He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,  1 Timothy 6:4

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 
2 Timothy 3:2-5,7

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  James 4:6

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.  1 Peter 5:5

 

Peace

The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.  Psalm 29:11

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.  Psalm 34:14

But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.  Psalm 37:11

He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.  Psalm 55:18

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  Psalm 119:165

Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counselors of peace is joy.  Proverbs 12:20

When a manís ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.  Proverbs 16:7

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.  Isaiah 32:17

There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.  Isaiah 48:22

For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.  Isaiah 54:10

And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.  Isaiah 54:13

There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.  Isaiah 57:21

The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: thy have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.  Isaiah 59:8

These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:  Zechariah 8:16

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  Matthew 5:9

Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.  Mark 9:50

To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.  Luke 1:79

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  Luke 2:14

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  John 16:33

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:  Romans 5:1

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Romans 8:6

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  Romans 14:17

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  Romans 14:19

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.  Romans 15:13

Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.  Romans 15:33

And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.  Romans 16:20

Grace by unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 1:3

But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.  1 Corinthians 7:15

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  1 Corinthians 14:33

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Galatians 5:22

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Colossians 3:15

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.  2 Thessalonians 3:16

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  2 Timothy 2:22

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  Hebrews 12:14

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  James 3:17

And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.  James 3:18

Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.  1 Peter 3:11

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  2 Peter 3:14

 

God is angry with the wicked

God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.  Psalm 7:11

 

Follow after righteousness

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  1 Timothy 6:11

 


What is wisdom?

We are to seek God's wisdom.

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.  Job 28:28

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!  Romans 11:33

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.  1 Corinthians 1:30,31

 

The world's wisdom is foolishness

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.  1 Corinthians 3:19

 


How to speak?

Do not say negative things to people.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  Ephesians 4:29

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.  James 1:26

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:11

As believers of the Most High God, we should filter ALL our words, that they contain above all else the love of Christ Jesus, and that they may glorify our Great Creator God Almighty. 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

We are to edify God, glorify God, bring glory to God in all our deeds and in our words.  We are to glorify God in all that we say and do  We are to do all things to the glory of God.

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.  1 Corinthians 6:20

 

Do not judge

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  Matthew 7:1,2

Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:  Luke 6:37

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?  Romans 2:1-3

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brotherís way.  Romans 14:13

Speak not evil one of another, brethren.  He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.  James 4:11

There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?  James 4:12

 

Wicked people judge

But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.  1 Corinthians 5:13

 

Depart from Evil

And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.  Job 28:28

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.  Psalm 34:14

Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.  Psalm 37:27

Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.  Proverbs 3:7

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. Proverbs 13:19

By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.  Proverbs 16:6

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.  Proverbs 16:17

 

Don't hold a grudge

Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.  James 5:9

 

Faith

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.  Galatians 3:11

Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  Hebrews 10:38

For more information see - FAITH

 

 

Works

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.  James 2:26

For more see - Works

 

Be fruitful

Surrender your life to Christ and be fruitful to the kingdom of Heaven.

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Colossians 1:10

For more see - Fruit

 

We are the temple of God

If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  1 Corinthians 3:17

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.  2 Corinthians 7:1

Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.  3 John 1:11

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Philippians 4:8

 

Donít speak evil

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:  1 Peter 3:10

 

Abstain from all appearance of evil

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from the all appearance of evil.  1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

Put away bitterness

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, will all malice:  Ephesians 4:31

 

Be kind to one another

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  Ephesians 4:32

 

Always have a conscience void of offence toward God

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.  Acts 24:16

 


Why do believers suffer?

The Scriptures tell us that believers will suffer, not that they suffer, or can suffer, but that we will suffer.  Because we are now part of God's family all suffering is bearable and has great reward.  As a born again believer all things become new.  Our hearts, mind, spirit, all of us is changed.  We must put away the past, the old way of thinking, the secular world's definitions of love, grace, and suffering do not apply to us anymore.  God's love is not the same as the world's love.

Believers are branded by Christ, we are a new creature, the rules and thoughts of the world do not apply to us anymore.  Yes, we are still in the world, but like Christ we are not of the world.

Love, grace, suffering have a new definition, a Christ centered meaning, that only believers, only the children of God can see.

The joy to come makes everything worth it.

(This is one of my favorite scriptures)

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2

Our precious Lord, Jesus Christ, who is the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him - joy he knew that was coming, He endured the torture, the pain, the humility, and the shame of the cross, and He is now seated down at the right hand of the throne of God!!

Jesus knew the will of God, Jesus knew He would suffer on the cross, Jesus knew He would die for the sins of the world, but Jesus also knew the joy that was at the end of His suffering, the joy of being set down at the right hand throne of God!!

What would you endure, if you knew in the end, the joy of being set on the right hand of the throne of God?  Well, believers do know the end!

We, as believers, do know the joy that is set before us - the promises that God gives us - we do know we will have eternal life with God and His only begotten Son, Jesus.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  John 14:2-3

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  1 Corinthians 2:9

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  James 1:12

 

No suffering can be compared to the glory we will have with God.

This is another favorite scripture - one that I can hold onto when things aren't quite going the way I think they should.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  Romans 8:18

Because there are no sufferings of this present time that are worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us!

We do know the joy that is waiting for us, so we, like Christ, should endure anything that this pitiful world has to throw at us.

Halleluiah! We know the joy set before us! 

We need to remember that we know the joy! 

We need to act like believers of Christ Jesus and show our joy, believe in our joy!

We should be so full of the joy of what we know, that no one who met us could help but ask about our joy!  We should be contagious with joy!!

We as believers have the joy of knowing what is set before us is the kingdom of God, everlasting life with Jesus, our Lord and Saviour!

Is it hard for believers to suffer?  No, because:

  • Believers know we have everlasting life in the kingdom of God, forever to be in the presence of God Almighty  
  • Believers know that this world we live in today will not last very much longer  
  • Believers know that this is not our true home  
  • Believers know that Jesus is returning to take all believers home to the kingdom of God our Father.  
  • Believers know we have everlasting life, where God will wipe away our tears, where there will be no more pain or suffering, where we will all be one body of Christ forever  
  • Believers know that the sufferings of this present time cannot be compared to the glory we shall see and live in.

 

Believers suffer because we are children of God

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:16-18

 

Because Christ suffered

Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  1 Timothy 1:16

Jesus is our pattern.  Believers are promised to suffer by the word of God.  Believers suffer because Christ suffered.

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  1 Peter 2:21

 

To glorify God

All things are to glorify God, even suffering.

Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  1 Peter 4:16

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.  1 Corinthians 6:20

 

To grow in faith

Through our suffering we grow in our faith.

And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.  Mark 11:22

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  Romans 10:17

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  2 Corinthians 5:7

 

To grow in Christ

Through our suffering we grow in Christ.

Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. 2 Corinthians 8:7

 

To grow in patience

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;  Romans 5:3

 

God will not let us suffer more than we can bear

God gives his children assurance that we will never be given more than we can bear.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  1 Corinthians 10:13

 

The world says that suffering is bad, but GOD says it is important for us.  Let's believe in GOD about this. 

We should never be discouraged by suffering, we should embrace it and thank GOD for it, because of it we have our part in the Kingdom of Christ.

And remember, the pain and suffering of the children of God ends totally different than the pain and suffering of the lost.  We have hope of a greater tomorrow, we have God's promises that it will not remain forever because we have Jesus!

 


Why are believers to endure until the end?

Believers of Christ Jesus are to endure to the end.

To the end of what? Believers of Jesus are to keep the faith, follow Christ daily, until the end of our life.

Believers of Christ are not just to be saved, but remain in the faith, righteous, godly, following Christ, blameless until the end of this world.

Believers of Jesus are to endure to the end, which is until we die, or endure until Jesus comes again, whichever comes first!

As a believer of Christ Jesus, we are to hold onto our faith, live by faith, cherish it, strengthen it, grow it, until we pass from this life into our eternal life with our eternal King.

 

Those who endure to the end shall be saved

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.   Matthew 10:22

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.   Matthew 24:13

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.    Mark 13:13

 

Work for that which endureth unto everlasting life

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.  John 6:27

 

Endure all things for Christ

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  1 Corinthians 13:7

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  2 Timothy 2:3

Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.  2 Timothy 2:10

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  James 1:12

 

Be Blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Corinthians 1:8

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.  1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

 

Stedfast unto the end

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.   Hebrews 3:6

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;   Hebrews 3:14

And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:  Hebrews 6:11

Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  1 Peter 1:13

 


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