If you’ve stumbled across this website it was by no accident. God brought you here and has a message for you.
If you’ve been hurt, wronged, abused, mistreated, confused, hopeless, lost, searching for a reason to live…take heart. There is hope for you! Don’t give up! But the first step in being set free from all that haunts you is knowing for certain you are secure. And by “secure” I mean you know beyond a shadow of a doubt you belong to Jesus. Unless you are sure of this fact, you will continue to struggle in life. The Bible won’t make much sense, and you’ll be easily tempted to walk away from your faith.
If you are not sure of your security in Jesus–that when you die you will be forever with Him in heaven–then I encourage you to continue reading.
1) Is the Bible true?
Over the centuries, there have been hundreds, if not thousands of ways the Bible has been proven true. Through Science, Archaeology, History…and more. If you have doubts about whether or not the Bible is true, being secure in your salvation will never be possible. Decide today whether you will believe the Bible once and for all–or refuse it and walk away. Think about this:
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.”—Jesus (John 14:6)
If Jesus was, say, just a good teacher with good ideas, then the whole Bible must be tossed aside as crazy talk from a crazy man. Someone saying they are the Son of God when in fact, they are not, is not a person we should trust. Either Jesus was 100% who he said, or 0%. There is no room for an in-between.
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
2) I believe the Bible is true. I believe that Jesus is who He said He is. Now what?
Congratulations! That is the hardest choice to make for most people. But once you make it, choose to move forward and never look back. We promise you it will be well worth it!
Being “saved” is not complicated. When a man named Nicodemus asked Jesus what to do to be saved, Jesus did not give him a list of rules, or a long explanation. Here is their conversation (taken from John 3):
Jesus: “No one can see God’s kingdom (heaven) unless he is first born again (saved).”
Nic: “Wait a minute, how can a person be born again? Can we go back into our mother’s womb and come out again?”
Jesus: “You are born once from your mother (the flesh) but you must also be born in the Spirit (saved).”
Nic: “I still don’t get it. How is this possible?”
Jesus: “Moses lifted up a serpent in the wilderness so the Israelites could be healed as they looked upon it. In the same way, the Son of Man (Jesus) must be lifted up (on the cross), so that anyone who believes in Him can have eternal life. God loved the world so much that He sacrificed His only Son, that whoever believes in him will never die, but have life that lasts forever. God did not send Jesus to condemn the world, but to save the world.”
3) That’s a great story, but what does that mean for me?
If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and everything else He claimed to be throughout the Bible, the next step is to simply tell God you agree with Him about Jesus. You see, no amount of good things you do can earn you the right to enter heaven. In his conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus never mentioned anything about being good enough, or doing enough good things. That’s because even our best doesn’t measure up to God’s perfect standard.
Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
In other words, no one can meet God’s standard. But God, in His great love for you and me, sent Jesus to earth to live as a flesh-and-blood human and take our place. By dying on the cross, the weight of your sin and my sin, and every sin ever committed in the past, present, and future, was placed on Jesus’ shoulder so we could escape the consequence of an eternal separation from God.
But Jesus dying in and of itself wouldn’t have been enough to pay for the sins of the world. Jesus had to show that He was not only a sacrifice, but a worthy sacrifice. The only way to prove this was to show that He was indeed the Son of God, and was all-powerful. Even more powerful than death itself.
“The angel said, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.’” Matthew 28:5-6
Jesus proved once and for all that He was everything He said he was. He conquered death so that you and I would not have to die forever separated from Him. Instead, we get to spend not only a few years on earth with Jesus by our side, but the rest of forever with Him! And not only for us, but for all who believe this truth.
4) I do believe Jesus is the Son of God, and that He paid the price for my sin. How do I tell God I believe this?
If you are ready and feel compelled to do so, please pray the following prayer out loud or in your head, wherever you are reading this:
“Jesus, I believe your word, the Bible is true. I know that without you I can not earn my way into heaven. And that on my own, I could never be good enough or do enough to make up for my sin. Thank you for sacrificing your life to give me a life that will last forever. I choose now to accept this truth and surrender my life to you. I now rest on the promise of your words that I am saved forever, and nothing can separate me from you. I never need to doubt again, because I know you have rescued me from death. Thank you for saving me and promising me a place in heaven. Teach me how to love You and share that love with the world. Amen.”
You don’t need to pray this word for word, this is simply a guideline. There is no right or wrong way to pray. God looks at your heart, and knows if you believe as you say you do. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9
5) I’ve just trusted Jesus as my Savior. How do I know I will stay saved? What if I sin again?
As long as we are here on earth, we will mess up. We are not perfect and we won’t be until we are in heaven with Jesus, but the Bible is clear that we can never be separated from God.
“Neither death, nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate YOU from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 (Not even YOU can separate you from God!)
“He has rescued you from the dominion of darkness and brought you into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14 (You are now already considered a member of God’s family and kingdom. It is a done deal!)
“You were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked with the Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing your inheritance.” Ephesians 1:13-14 (The Holy Spirit put His seal on you, and not even you have the power to remove that mark.)
So, I can do whatever I want, then?
NO! The Bible is clear that you are saved once and for all, and not even your biggest screw up can separate you from that salvation. Not even choosing to walk away from God can out-power God’s hold on you. Your question is valid, though, and even the people in “Bible times” wondered the same thing. Paul responded to their concerns:
“Shall we go on sinning that grace may abound? By no means! We died to sin!” Romans 6:1
In short, when we were “rescued from the dominion of darkness” we were freed once and for all from the power of sin. God gave us grace instead of punishment. But we don’t demonstrate God’s great grace to the world by continuing to sin. In fact, it’s a slap in God’s face to continue living as if we are “dead” spiritually. Knowing how much Jesus sacrificed for us should compel us to want to love Him more, not sin more. If our heart says, “Now I can go do whatever I want” we don’t understand God’s grace at all, and we need to re-examine our motives behind asking Jesus to “save” us.
6) I want to do what’s right, but I still mess up. Is God disappointed in me? Am I failing Him? Sometimes it’s so hard to do what’s right!
I’ve got good news for you! Even the “best” Christians in the Bible messed up in some major ways. We all mess up, but God loves us anyways. Remember, nothing can separate you from His love, not even your mistakes. When you mess up (and you will), simply confess it to God (that means agree with Him that you were wrong) and move forward. God will not condemn you (remember what Jesus said in John 3?) but His Spirit will convict you when you’ve made a mistake so that you can make a better choice next time. God wants to protect us from hurt and pain, not stifle us with rules and regulations. He gave us His word to protect us. That is why we are told:
“Do not let sin reign in your body (control you) so that you obey its evil desires.” Romans 6:12
Even though you are now secure in God’s hand, you still have a choice every day. You can choose God’s way (the safest and best way) or your own way, or even the devil’s way. Only one way will lead to joy, happiness, peace, and real purpose in life. Yes, you will mess up, but Jesus will still be with you, waiting for you to grab his hand, stand up, and keep going. Your choices will have consequences, so look in God’s word first to make sure your choices are the right ones, ones that won’t cause future pain and regret for you and the ones you love.
“Do not be deceived, God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7
Every choice you make is planting a seed. What grows from that seed will depend on what kind of seed you planted. Yes, you are secure in your salvation, so never doubt that. But your choices will always have consequences, so choose God’s way and trust that He knows what is best for you.
So if you fall, get up, and “Go and sin no more.” Thank God for His great grace, and live to show those you love and care for the grace of God so that they also can have a life that lasts forever!
Once you are secure in your salvation, the rest of the content on this website will make more sense and be easier to apply to your life. If you trusted Jesus today, please let me know so I can help you move forward and grow in your faith! If nothing else, I simply want to celebrate your “new birth” and new life that lasts forever. You can contact me at: RebeccaAarup@mail.com
If you have any other questions about salvation or what steps to take next in your faith/spiritual growth, please don’t hesitate to ask! Above all, remain in the TRUTH, and the TRUTH will continue to set you free each and every day. This is the type of freedom Christ died to give you, the type of freedom that results in daily peace, joy, purpose, and contentment in life. Remember, “The thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy, but [Jesus] came to give [you] life, an abundant and full life!” (John 10:10)