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THE GOODNEWS OF SALVATION..........And its many Blessings for You!



Understanding Salvation and Steps After!

1. The time we are - Perilous Times
2. Salvation Package from God
3. Benefits of Salvation
4. Steps to take after Salvation


INTRODUCTION:

It gives me great pleasure to bring you good news from the word of God.  

Beloved, let us welcome the Holy Spirit into our lives afresh, and continue to give thanks to the Father in heaven for His love and mercy.

We are living in the last days and the signs are everywhere - Natural disaster, mechanical disaster, bloodshed. As I write this piece, there is Hurricane Florence? causing heavy over-flooding in Carolina, USA; typhoon in Asia, Ferry capsizing in Tanzania, and killing 209 people.  

There is Boko Haram in Nigeria still fighting and killing civilians in the guise that they are fighting the Nigerian Government.

Yet, the word of God must be fulfilled.  The bible said perilous time will come, when men shall be lovers of themselves, proud, covetous and unholy.  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.

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts.  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  2 Tim 3:1-7, 13

Perilous times will test people's faith, their love for God, purity of heart and zeal for God.  There will be turbulence, crisis, earthquake in diverse places and yet the end has not come. All these things are happening today in every nation.

Take for instance the prophesy that in the end-times, men shall be ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Is it not happening now, even among men and women of God.  Many  have first, second, third and fourth degrees, and many have three P.hds from different universities and on different subjects Why? -  They want to be the best in their field.  Are they fulfilling scriptures or not? - of course, they are!

What to do in view of Perilous Times:

Jesus said many will come in His name to deceive people. Nations shall rise against nations, kingdom against kingdom.  There shall be pestilence, famine and earthquake in diverse places, yet all these are the beginning of sorrow... 

The Lord says "Do not be troubled, only believe.  He says I have overcome the world for you". 

Believe in God, in His word and be reconciled back to God through Jesus Christ.
Your reconciliation with God, your Father will also restore the fellowship that  we are expected to have with God, just like Adam and Eve had with God.

God created man for companionship.  He created heaven and earth and gave authority over the earth to man (Adam), telling him to have dominion over it.  However, Adam did not understand the importance of the dominion God gave him, and so could not guide it wittingly. 

His wife, Eve cared little about the dominion and so the devil came with deceit unto the woman and deceived her to eat the forbidden fruit.  The fall of the woman paved way for the easy fall of the man and the dominion was gone.  The devil, that crafty serpent was now in control with the dominion over the world and man became his slave as it were.  

The devil rules a person until he or she repents and accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. When a person reject Satan, he should also reject every demonic alternatives, then will the Lord be enthroned as "Master" of such life.  

People who live outside of Christ think they are living their own life and doing their own thing, but this is not true because without Christ, you belong to the sinful side and under the automatic and subtle control of the devil.  This is why some people say they just feel like dressing this way or that way, not knowing the voice advising them is of the devil.

The Salvation and its Benefits:

God then had to devised a salvation plan to reconcile man back to his original position of dominion on earth. He sent His only son Jesus Christ and put His Spirit in Him to come to the earth in the form of a man, to experience man's world in it's fullness and redeem man from sin and death.

God loved us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to wrestle the 'Dominion mandate' from the devil, so that whosoever believes in Christ are separated from the grip of the devil back to the kingdom of God, from where he can exercise authority over Satan and his agents.

Salvation comes with:
1. Forgiveness of Sins
2. Deliverance from Sin
3. Healing and divine health

Whoever that is coming to Christ should know what He did for us on the cross.  Healing is part of the salvation Jesus purchased with His blood and so a believer who is sick or falls sick is required to do one thing...REJECT THE SICKNESS AND DUMP IT ON JESUS CHRIST.  

Don't tolerate sickness, neither manage it - if you do so, it will kill you. Drop the sickness with Jesus and believe. Jesus took away your sickness, disease and poverty, all you need to do is to believe in God, His words and His son Jesus Christ.  Whosoever cometh to God must believe He is who He said He is, the rewarder of them that seek Him diligently.  

After Salvation:

1. Follow Jesus, obey His word and serve Him in truth and spirit.
2. Establish a lasting relationship with God the Father and learn to be in His presence.
3. Know the person of the Holy Spirit.

The important steps after salvation are very critical to our eternal glory in Christ. After giving your heart to Christ, you should follow Him along the way, learning and being renewed daily by the World of God.  This is what the bible means by 'working out your salvation with fear and trembling'. 

Following Christ is important to your soul being saved.  If your soul is tied down in the world, or sold to the devil or tied to worldly things and pleasure, such a believer will hardly think and walk in the spirit and the soul may be lost.

The salvation experience itself is only complete in death.  This is why the bible says you are saved, being saved, and you will be saved. Mathew 24:13 says "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved". 

If you repent of your sins and give your heart to Jesus Christ at the point of death, you are saved and goes home to be with the Lord.  But, if you repent and continue to live, though your spirit is changed, your soul will have be redeemed also.  Your soul will be saved if you obey the word of God, forsake the world, carry your cross and follow Jesus Christ every day till the end.

I believe that it is for the sake of our soul that God advised us not to love the world and the things in the world.  If we love the world so passionately, the love of the Father will not be in us and our soul will be lost, though our spirit may have been saved at one point.

After salvation, we will have to make a choice  between the Kingdom of God and the world.  The salvation of the spirit being the beginning our our faith walk, we should seek to overcome the world and sin.

Here comes the irony of the christian walk.  So many has given their heart to Jesus, but their soul is still in the world and they find it difficult to let go the world.  So they continue with their old Adamic nature simply because the love of the world is still intact in their lives.  

Taking your heart out of the grip of worldly things is a task that must be done. 

Seeking God - Then you have to deliberately seek the Lord God to know Him closely. God the Father created you for companionship and He is your Father and always around you to help. You know God the Father through His word in the bible.  If you make it a duty to study the bible daily at a quite time and place, the Spirit of God will help you understand he scriptures better and know the Lord deeper.

Holy Spirit - You also need to develop a wonderful friendship with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person in Trinity and He is simply the Spirit of God, He knows all things.  

When the Holy Spirit is leading you, you cannot miss your way and it shall be well with you. The Comforter is waiting for your friendship and love. He is the only Godhead in the earth right now, God the Father and God the Son are both in heaven.

The Holy Spirit is the head of God's operation on earth and no one can serve God and please Him without the help of the Holy Spirit.

WHAT WE SHOULD DO...Continually include the following:

1. Studying and meditating on the word of God daily.

2. Pray to God everyday

3. Have faith in God.  Have an abiding faith in Christ Jesus despite all the challenges and troubles of life.

4. Embrace LoveIt's also time to embrace love, so we can be bold to assist  others as the grace of God upon our lives makes possible.  We should learn to love people like never before. Jesus said that in the last days the love of many will grow cold.

5. Demonstrate and Practice love - We must be willing to love those who don't love us back. We have to move from just loving people who agree with us to loving people even when their faith and styles do not agree with us.

6. Be apt to preach the gospel - which is a good news in a dark world. The Gospel of Jesus Christ changes people! We need to be sharing our faith and our testimony of His goodness, especially what Christ did for us at the cross.  People need to hear about Jesus! Jesus is love, Jesus is hope, Jesus is peace! 

Friends, you must believe that God is who He said He is. Believe that Jesus died for your sins, He took your sins and poverty away.  You should have faith in God's ability to fulfill His promises made to you.  Remember that without faith, no one can please God.  God loves you and knows exactly what you are passing through.  He is near you to help you.  

He created you and has kept you alive till now. He knows how to turn every situation around for better for you.  What is impossible with man is possible with God and what He did for someone else, He can do for you, if you believe.

I appeal to you to receive Jesus as Lord and saviour today, if you have not known Him.  He has been knocking on the door of your heart for long, and tomorrow may be too late.

Repent of your sins, believe the word of God and accept His Son Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord of your life.   In a world that is full of trouble, Jesus will give you peace, victory and eternal life. Will you accept Him today?

Say this Prayer: 
Lord Jesus I come to you as a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.
I believe you died for my sins, and was raised for my justification. 
Come into my heart be my Lord and Saviour, 
Give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. 
Thank You for saving my soul - I am born again!

His grace be with you all. 


FIRE...



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