Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?

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10926268_915873368431708_5186166446508399169_o(1)Psalms 27:1 – ([A Psalm] of David.) The LORD [is] my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD [is] the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

The person who is not truly born again cannot possibly have the peace that comes with salvation. Salvation is not all about what we do but what God has done for us! (John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9)  Now that would bring fear to the unsaved person’s heart … or at least, it should!

Each day brings greater and greater uncertainty. I hate to think that someone would be purposefully delaying their decision to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He is truly our only hope in this world gone mad. It is only through Christ that we can have this peace.

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

John 14:27 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.

Without Christ, there is no peace on this earth. Nor in the life to come after. Upon death, the unbeliever will be waiting to experience the second death: going from Hell to the lake of fire for all eternity. Now that is surely something to fear! Please, unbeliever, don’t delay your decision! Please, I beg of you!

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Christ died for your sins and paid the penalty so you would not have to pay it. That was the only way because mankind could not live a sinless life and all mankind would be spending eternity in this lake of fire. Wake up! You can’t be assured of tomorrow!

Fear’s Results

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

When I was a youngster, I was Daddy’s little girl.  I loved my father so much and wanted to please him. When I did things I shouldn’t, all he had to do was to look at me in a certain way and I knew that I was in trouble.  I feared my father but not in a way where I was afraid of him. I respected him – I knew that he was the head of our home and when he spoke, I listened. I also knew that if I misbehaved, I would suffer the consequences.  I learned to follow my father’s directions and to live by his standards.

So it is, or at least it should be, with our Heavenly Father.  God’s Word provides us with all that we need to live for Him. First and foremost, we must be born again (John 3:3) and become a child of the King. Then, we learn to hate what God hates and love what He loves. It’s not rocket science! :) Today’s verse tells us what God hates and, therefore, we should hate those things as well.

One can park on those four items for a while and do a study on them. :)  The word fear int he Scriptures is not always necessarily being afraid. It also means reverencing God and recognizing/respecting who He is. When you love someone, you strive to please that person. If only we kept that foremost in our minds when it came to serving Him!

Peace of Mind

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

Peace of mind … commercials speak of life insurance providing peace of mind. But does insurance really provide peace? In today’s chaotic, busy and noisy world, one is hard pressed to find peace and quiet unless he retreats to some favorite spot, and even then, it is merely an outward peace.

True inner peace can only come when one is guilt-free. Sin permeates our lives every day. Praise the Lord that the penalty for that sin has already been paid by Jesus Christ – what joy that brings to the forgiven sinner! To the one who is not born again, there is no peace – there is only “fear of the unknown.” The unsaved do not have the peaceful assurance that they will spend eternity in Heaven.

Total peace can only be achieved if one is truly born again. The born-again child of God has been set free from spending an eternity in Hell. That alone lifts an enormous weight from his shoulders, amen?

The uncertainties of life are replaced with peace knowing that God is in control. As we make our requests known unto Him (Phil. 4:6), God gives us peace knowing our prayers will be answered. This is not so for the unbeliever.

(Pro 15:29) The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

Oh what a blessing to be able to go to our Father, crawl up on His lap and whisper our needs into His ear! Thank You, Lord!

Fear of the Unknown

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77508_10151935547354077_1857118933_oProverbs 14:27 – The fear of the LORD [is] a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

If people are honest, they will admit that the fear of death weighs on their minds from time to time. But to the true born-again believer, the fear is removed because the believer knows where he is going once he dies. It is like walking through a door from one room to another. God has promised us that the sting of death (the fear and the feeling of being alone) will be removed!

1 Cor. 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

But to the unsaved, it is not so. The unsaved does not know the outcome after he dies. He has no assurance of peace but only one of doubt.

To the one who has been “religious” his whole life still has no assurance.  He can only “hope” that all the good he has done will out weight the bad. It just does not work that way friend! If good works could earn you a place in Heaven, then why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Jesus was sent as a gift to us to receive. He is the one that paid the price for our sins. Just as you would gladly make bail for someone you love who has been arrested, Jesus did just that. He paid the penalty so you could be free from eternal damnation in a burning Hell. It’s not your deeds that will count. What will count on the judgment day is what you did with God’s gift, Jesus Christ.

Eph. 2:5-9 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Can you imagine if one could go to Heaven because of what he did on this earth? It would no longer be a gift, as the Bible clearly states (Romans 3:23 is another verse). One would boast of his accomplishments and it would be all about the person’s abilities and not about God at all. Friend, your good works are all for nothing if you are not born again. God compares them as filthy rags!

Is. 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

If by reading this, you have seen the error of your ways, read the Gospel of John three times and read about the goodness of God and His precious gift to you, Jesus Christ, and what He has done for you. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sin. Repentance brings a change in one’s life. (2 Cor. 5:17) The old sinful nature will be replaced with a new nature that wants to please God. Write to me and let me know of your decision! :)

Established

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Proverbs 16:3 – Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

When reading today’s verse, I think of those times that I plowed ahead in life in my own abilities only to come crashing down to reality. I had not committed those tasks to the Lord nor did I pray about them. My flesh desires to sin and live a worldly life but my spirit desires to live a godly life according to the Father’s will for me. It’s a daily battle but not one fought alone!

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

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

Our Heavenly Father wants us to focus not only our thoughts on Him but every area of our lives as well. The battle is His, after all. (1 Samuel 17:47)

This is what today’s verse refers to as “established.” It’s as if we take a step from a wobbling trampoline to standing firmly on land. Spiritually speaking, we go from bouncing around aimlessly to walking on solid ground. God does not desire to have us rocking back and forth on the waves of life with no stability. He has given us His Word to guide and direct us. The bible provides us with answers – the Father speaks to us through it – we have a guide through the Holy Spirit who Christ has promised will teach us all things we need to know. I feel that the Holy Spirit is a gift from Christ to us – a gift that never leaves us but resides within us. We are able to “pull” from His resources and encourage ourselves through what the Spirit teaches. What a comfort for the believer! We are not alone but have the Lord walking each step with us!

In these uncertain times, the Word gives us assurance that nothing is happening without the Father’s knowledge. We have nothing to fear because God knows what’s up ahead and is working to steady our foot. Committing our every action and thought to Him assures us that the Lord will establish our thoughts and remove doubts and fears. What a wonderful Father we have!

Unmovable!

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Psalms 16:8 – I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Indecision … doubt … fears … all stem from a heart that is not planted firm on God’s Word. When I fear what life is throwing my way, my eyes have gone from looking up to looking to myself.

The Psalmist knew this as well. Did you notice the cause and effect here? David kept his eyes on the Lord and the effect was spiritual stability. All things in life can be going wrong, but when our eyes are on the Lord, we know that there’s no need to fear. He is our strength. Look at the lighthouse in the picture above. It’s as if it’s roots are firmly planted in the sea and the storms of life cannot shake it. So are we when we fix our eyes on the Lord and rely solely on Him.

2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

The Shadows

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Psalms 23:4 – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou [art] with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

I think the worse fear a human being can have is the fear of death. To the Christian who knows where he will spend eternity, the fear is removed and replaced with anticipation; or at least, it should be.

Notice that the Psalmist said that the Lord was with him during that time? God promises to never leave us! Isn’t that comforting to you? It is to me! I know that I am never alone in this world, even though I as though I am.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

If you are not born again today, Reader, then you cannot feel the comfort from these verses… you cannot feel the assurance that God is there walking with you through the mountains and valleys. How very sad that one would choose to feel so alone! My Heavenly Father never leaves my side! His Holy Spirit resides within me and is there every step of the way!

What a comfort this brings! I am not alone – no matter what shadows are lurking, the Lord is with me! He is my Shepherd and He watches over me!  Praise Him!

Nothing is Impossible

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Luke 1:37 – For with God nothing shall be impossible.

There are times when a problem appears to be impossible to overcome. But we serve the Master of impossible situations! He who calms the raging storms (Mark 4:39). Think about it for a moment, Christian … Jesus calmed that storm completely.

Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Not only did the wind stop blowing but Jesus calmed the raging sea! Just how calm did Jesus make it? He made it a great calm!  Think of the calmest waters you’ve ever seen, where you can drop a pebble and the rings seem to go out to infinity – that’s how calm the sea was.

This same Jesus can calm your storms so what is there to fear? Nothing is too hard for Him.

Genesis 18:14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

God told His people three times that nothing was too hard for Him! How wonderful this is for the Christian to grasp … what seems impossible to us is a “piece of cake” to the Lord. The one he calms the raging sea has things under control! :) Stop trying to take control – be still and let Him take the reins. :)

Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

A Constant Companion

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Joshua 1:9 – Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.

There’s nothing like calling a friend on the phone at the last minute and make plans for an outing. That friend is ready at the drop of a hat to go anywhere with you.  I had a sweet friend in Oregon who was always ready to go for a hike along the beautiful Oregon coast or up in the woods near Heceta Head Lighthouse. It never took any coaxing! :)

The Lord doesn’t need any coaxing either. In fact, He is always with you, Christian. The precious Holy Spirit, whom Christ gave to us at the time of salvation, is there all the time. There is no period during our Christian walk where He is not present. Just think about it, the Creator of the Universe has given us a “part of Him,” the Holy Spirit, and He resides within us. He’s right there – ready to encourage, to help, to listen, to teach, to discipline. Where we go, He goes! We are never alone!

The unbeliever does not have the Holy Spirit living within him. He walks alone and it is no wonder that the unsaved lives in a dark place in his heart. But the Christian, the child of the King, has a light shining brightly within! :) What is there to fear? Amen?

Life’s Rudder

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Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Going through the storms of life can be difficult for anyone. But to the Christian, that storm is no longer raging out of control. Today’s verses teach us to trust in the Lord rather than our own hearts. What makes absolutely no sense to us makes perfect sense to God. He has seen the future and is working things out to reach that goal. What’s even better for the Christian is that God always has our best interest in heart. He would never put us through something that we can’t handle!

What produces that trust in God? It’s seeing how He has helped you through all those difficult storms of life along the way. Each one builds on your foundation of trust in Him … The stronger the foundation, the deeper the trust. Look at the last part of verse 6 – … and he shall direct thy paths.  When you accept the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is at the helm of your ship and you are allowing Him to control the rudder, then you can be assured that He will direct your path!

Even through the raging seas, Jesus is still at the helm and He will still bring you through the storms of your life. :) He will never leave you nor forsake you!

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
1 Chronicles 28:20 And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Overwhelming Times

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Psalm 29 A Psalm of David. 1 Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. 2 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. 3 The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. 4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. 5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. 6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. 7 The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire. 8 The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. 9 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. 10 The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever. 11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

There are days when I am overwhelmed by life’s storms. Each day flows into the next and I find no reprieve from the trial at hand. Today’s Psalm is such an encouragement to my heart because no matter how tumultuous my storm is, the Creator of all is right there beside me helping me to endure and overcome! He allowed this storm in my life so I could experience His goodness!

No matter what the trial, my spirit is lifted up when I begin to praise Him! David said that his Lord and Saviour was powerful and full of majesty! This is my Lord and Saviour! This is my Creator, my Shepherd, my God! The all powerful, the Almighty is also the One who has promised to never leave me or forsake me!

~Hebrews 13:5b … for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

My God is not a man that He should forget about me and abandon me. When the Lord says that He will never leave me or forsake me, He means just that. I am His child now that I am born again. That means that I hold a special position with Him. His precious Son, Jesus Christ, gave His life so that I could have this position! It was a huge price to pay for my salvation. Therefore, I need to encourage myself in the Lord and know that no matter what I am going through, He will be there to help me through this storm.

~Numbers 23:19 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?

As I meditate on today’s Psalm, my heart is overwhelmed by God’s power and might. I may feel small and insignificant, but I feel blessed that this same God loves me personally and will lift me up as I walk through this storm! Oh that He finds me praising His name through it all!

God is Personal

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Psalms 18:2 The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower.

Can you imagine yourself being pursued by a predator, running in fear for your life, and not having anywhere to hide? The Bible says that Satan is like a lion who seeks to eat you alive!

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

If that doesn’t frighten you, it should! Satan is not just a cartoon with a tail, horns and a pitch fork. The Lord gave us precise words in the Bible – God refers to him as a lion who looks to devour you!

But we are so blessed as Christians.  We are children of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Today’s verse tells us that we can run to Him with our cares and worries and He will deliver us from our fears!  Look how personal a God our Father is! Eight times in this one verse, the personal pronoun “my” is used. God emphasizes how personal He is to us – He is our Heavenly Father – there’s nothing to fear – He loves us and will be with us every step of the way! :-)

Psalms 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Can you or can’t you?

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Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

This is probably one of the most popular verses among Christians today.  The Apostle Paul’s state of contentment (verse 11) is the focal point here.  Paul had learned that it did not matter what his circumstances were, he was content because he know that Christ would strengthen him throughout it all.

How about you? If you’re saved, this is an area that we all can stand to approve. For the one who is not born again, they don’t have the Lord to lean on during those difficult times. How can the unsaved do it in today’s world without the Lord to help them and strengthen them in times of need?

These promises may not seem like much to the unbeliever but to the born-again child of the King, they are the source of their strength! Knowing that the Lord is there to help relieves the soul of fear and provides comfort!

Absence of Fear

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1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

When you love someone beyond a shadow of doubt, you trust that person explicitly, amen? In our finite minds, we equate love and trust.  Do you trust the Lord? Do you love Him? Notice in today’s verse, John points out that perfect love casts out fear. Jesus died for our sins – past, present and future. Our condemnation has been eliminated – totally obliterated – because of Christ’s shed blood, my friend. Once we have believed on Christ and received a new life (2 Cor. 5:17), we have received eternal life.  That eternal life with Him will never be taken away.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Romans 5:16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Having no condemnation luring over us, why should we be fearful? Christ’s perfect love has been shown to us – given to us in the perfect gift of salvation! Why should we not love Him with the same fervor? The Christian is so loved by the Lord and that love should cast out any fears that we have. Any uncertainties should be replaced with assurance that no matter what, our salvation is not based on anything that we do or don’t do.  It is based on Christ’s blood and only His shed blood.

Now granted, as believers we will be “spanked” for continuing in sin. Our salvation depends on what Christ did – but if we want fear to be removed and peace to follow, we must remember that this is totally dependent on what we do with our salvation. When we live according to His will, we have peace.  It is when we rebel and fall into sin that this peace is replaced with fear and uncertainty.

Wouldn’t you rather live with peace, Christian? I know I would! :-)

When I Am Afraid

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Psalms 56:3-4 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Most people trust in something else or someone else when it comes to trouble in their lives. If you’re married, you trust that your spouse will help you through these troubles. If you’re not, you may trust in your family. You could be one of those who trust in money or your job.

We can learn so much from the Scriptures when it comes to fear. One fears because one is uncertain about the outcome, correct? I can’t tell you how many times I have heard of a woman thinking that her marriage was secure, only to find out her husband was being unfaithful. In whom did she place her trust? Even still, I’ve heard how people trusted that Enron’s retirement plan and 401k were excellent! People trusted in their employer only to have dishonest people steal and bankrupt the company. Where was that trust placed?

God’s words never fail, reader! NEVER! Not one promise has been forgotten – not one prophecy (except for those waiting still to be fulfilled) has failed. Not one! We can rely on God’s constant love for us. One who loves us won’t lie – one who loves us won’t leave us.

Hebrews 13:5b …for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Praise His Word!! Put your trust where it will never fail!  Don’t put your trust in your religion – don’t put your trust in family – put your trust in God, who’s words are recorded in the Scriptures in order to encourage you, save you, and strengthen you!

Fear Thou Not

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Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Isaiah 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

As you can see, God is speaking to Jacob (Israel) here.  Although the Christian Church is not modern-day Israel, we certainly can glean from these beautiful verses. What can we glean? We most certainly can see how compassionate and loving the Father is toward His children! Just as my earthly parent’s heart is held tightly by my children, so much so is the Father’s heart toward His children!

The unsaved don’t have that wonderful privilege. The Ten Commandments teaches a person just what a sinner he is. When a person reads the Ten Commandments, he cannot help but see how many of them he has broken. A person cannot help but break them because we all have a sin nature because of the sin Adam and Eve committed in the Garden of Eden.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Once one begins to realize that he is a sinner, he then can realize that he needs a Saviour. Christ is the ONLY Saviour for the world.

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

There are not many roads to God (through Buddhism, Islam, etc.), there is ONE road and that is through Jesus Christ alone. Once a person repents and accepts the work of Christ’s shed blood on the cross for his sins and ONLY this, then is this person born again.

After salvation, a change in that person’s life should occur. This is where you can separate those who are truly saved from those who “profess” to be saved. The Bible says that we are supposed to change AFTER salvation. We can’t change before … if we could, we would not need the Ten Commandments nor would we need Jesus’ shed blood, amen?

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

Salvation brings about such a relief! What relief, you might ask? It’s a relief to know that we are no longer headed for eternity in Hell but we are now a child of the King of Kings and will spend eternity with Jesus Christ. Our faith in Him and His work on the cross secures our position in Him. He holds us in the palm of His hand and we do not have to wonder where we will spend eternity, amen?

John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Oh what security that provides us! It removes all fear of where we will spend eternity! :) But make no mistake, it is only by faith in Christ that brings this security!

Galatians 3:24-27 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Have you “put on Christ,” dear reader? No religion will get you into Heaven – no church – no traditions – nothing but repentance and faith in Christ.

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.