I struggle. I have struggles.
One of them is that I’m scared that I’m not in the “right religion”, or that “I didn’t do it right”, or “that I’m just not good enough”. I thought I had worked through this fear and had given it to God and worked past it, but apparently not. See, satan likes to pick up things we “THINK” we’ve worked through and say “hey, let’s rock the boat today!”
This last week was one of those times. Bringing all of this to the front. But God knew and reached down, giving me verses to His promises and how I can be confident.
First of all, Salvation is easy!! Seriously…. John 3:16-17 says it all…
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
That’s it? You just have to know Jesus is God’s son? And believe that He came to save the world? Really?
“to give his people the knowledge of salvation
through the forgiveness of their sins Luke 1:77“
“When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners. Mark 2:16-17“
Ok, confess our sins and know we are sinners? But still…. that’s it? (another good verse on this is Romans 10:8-11) but what about good works?
“Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:12,13“
So if we truly believed then our actions would show this by wanting to do good? But what is I mess up and stumble?
18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7:18-20
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
That’s it. You Believe, Confess, Repent, and Work to do Good for God. And there is nothing that can take our salvation away!
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that 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 us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39
That last one is just so powerful!! NOTHING…. NOTHING!!…can take away that peace, that love!
There are so many religions out there… I have to say that live off the fact you have to work crazy hard at being good enough, or you have to meet a “quota” in order to be accepted… I’d rather not do that. I don’t want to spend all my life wondering if I met that number or was good enough.
As I’ve told people before… I’d rather for the one that promises everything for just a little…that tells me no matter what I do I’m going to be loved and be held and be safe in this life and in the next….with no strings attached.
That… is why I love Faith Believers, not just “christians” but True 100% Followers of God. I’m not good enough, there are no gimmicks, no matter my past, I’m in. He wants me. I can’t loose it. I love that Peace!
I just wanted to share that. I don’t like being pushy of my Faith, because really, either you want it or not, but I wanted to share what it all means and how and so on.
And satan can take his tricks and stuff them!! God’s got this!!