Romans 10 9-10 If you confess with your mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God Raised him from the dead you will be saved.” One believes with the heart resulting in righteousness, and one confess’s with the mouth resulting in Salvation.
Someone told you this verse or maybe another, then proceeded to tell you that if you accept Jesus Christ as your savior you will have internal life with him and you will not aspen eternity in hell. So you said the prayer and went on with your life. You even go to church, except when your football team plays at noon. Or if you didn’t tie one on too hard the night before.
Well I have news for you. Who ever told you that you were not going to hell lied to you. Because there is no such thing as a get out of hell free card. You said that magical prayer but turned around the next weekend and went right back to what you were doing before you got saved. If nothing has changed in your heart, mind, or life you were not saved to begin with. i am speaking this to you to plead to you to please repent. Because without repentance you have no salvation.
Isiah tells us in Isiah 55 6-7 Seek the Lord while he may be found, Call to him while he is near. Let the wicked one abandon his way and the sinful one his thoughts. Let him return to the Lord. So he may have compassion on him and to our God, for he will freely Forgive.
We must repent which means to turn away or abandon what you are doing. I know this because i lived that for 7 years. Get out of church rush home crack open the beer, and plop down in my recliner to watch my boys play. Oh yes I thought I was a Christian, at least I claimed I was. Shoot I even read my bible while drank a beer, but hey at least I was reading my bible right?
Then one day God slapped me upside the head with a 2×4 and woke me up. I realized that I was the furthest thing from the Child of God that I claimed to be. Try saying that you are a Child of God. The word Christian is so used in today’s day and age its almost watered down. So you claim you are a Christian along with 85% of America today but do you claim to be a Child of God or do you at least act like you are a Child of God?
You see when we ask Christ to be in our lives and accept him as our LORD and SAVIOR it does come with a cost. Now you will not hear that from Joel Osteen, or Benny Hinn, or any of those prosperity preachers. But Jesus himself turned people away from him. Now picture Joel Osteen saying to his congregation what Jesus did in Luke 14 25-27. So he turned to the great crowds and said. ” If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brother and sisters, and yes even yourself and yes even himself.. He can not be my disciple. Whoever does not bare his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”
So God keeps laying on my heart that this is the year for repentance. And I am asking you to truly repent and turn to Christ as your Lord and Savior. Let him be Lord and ruler over your life. But he wants all of you. He wants the good better, and the bad into greatness. But make sure you count the cost, and are willing to allow him to change you. If you are will to change, and want to change, you want the peace, the love, and the ability to spend eternity in heaven. I promise the Blood of Jesus Christ will transform you just as it did me. But are willing to give it all to him? I hope so because time is running out.
Grace of the King