Once Saved Always Saved?

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Once Saved Always Saved?

ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED

Once Saved Always Saved
Inspired by the notion that once we are saved, that is it, we are complete. 

We believe that this is only the beginning.

The most amazing thing in this world is this: Jesus not only saves us, which is in itself remarkable. He gives us purpose, restores us, redeems us & we become totally new. An ambassador of Christ..this is for anyone who wants to follow him. 
God has got an amazing plan for you to be used by him in this world.
What next after deciding to follow Jesus?

 

You’re not alone if you’ve ever asked yourself this question. Many of us didn’t know what came next after we received the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior.
We surely appreciate the tremendous steps God took to redeem us and impart His eternal life into us so that we could be born again. But believing in Jesus Christ is just the beginning of our Christian life. So much more lies ahead! Let’s look at some things that should occur after we first believe in the Lord.
 Be baptized
Believing in Jesus Christ is the inward aspect of our salvation, and being baptized is the outward affirmation of our salvation. So after we believe, the next step is baptism. These two go together.
Mark 16:16 says, “He who believes and is baptized shall be saved.” The second part of note 1 on believes in the New Testament Recovery Version helps us see why both believing and being baptized are necessary:

“To believe and to be so baptized are two parts of one complete step for receiving the full salvation of God. To be baptized without believing is merely an empty ritual; to believe without being baptized is to be saved only inwardly without an outward affirmation of the inward salvation. These two should go together. Moreover, water baptism should be accompanied by Spirit baptism, even as the children of Israel were baptized in the sea (water) and in the cloud (the Spirit)—1 Cor. 10:2; 12:13.”

By believing and by being baptized, we receive the full salvation of God!
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Consecrate yourself to the Lord

Another step we need to take after we’re saved is to consecrate ourselves to the Lord Jesus. 

To consecrate yourself

 means to give yourself to the Lord. Paul says in Romans 12:1:

 

“I exhort you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service.”

By consecrating ourselves to the Lord, we become a living sacrifice, putting ourselves completely in God’s hands. Previously, our lives were for ourselves; now, they’re for Him.Consecrating ourselves to God helps us walk in His way, grow in His life, and enjoy His salvation. It also allows God to work in us.

Be transformed: A lifelong process
After believing and being baptized, we begin to undergo a lifelong process of Christ spreading from our regenerated spirit into our entire being, filling us with Himself. This process is called transformation in the Bible.
Ephesians 3:17 says, “That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith.” When we believed in Him, Christ came to live in our spirit. But in this verse, we see a further step: Christ wants to spread from our spirit into our heart to make His home there. He wants to “settle down” in our heart, not as a guest but as its resident.
As Christ makes His home in our heart, we’re changed—that is, transformed—in our inward parts: our mind, our emotion, and our will. Of course, this doesn’t happen overnight, but gradually over time.
In Romans 12:2 the apostle Paul exhorts us to “be transformed.” Note 3 on this verse in the New Testament Recovery Version helps us see what transformation is and how it takes place:

“Transformation is the inward, metabolic process in which God works to spread His divine life and nature throughout every part of our being, particularly our soul, bringing Christ and His riches into our being as our new element and causing our old, natural element to be gradually discharged. As a result, we will be transformed into His image (2 Cor. 3:18), that is, conformed to the image of the firstborn Son of God as His many brothers (Rom. 8:29). Thus we will be suitable for the building up of His Body.”

Faith in Jesus

An excellent picture of transformation is a piece of petrified wood, which is the result of a process that takes millions of years. It begins when a branch is buried in soil with constant exposure to water. As the water flows around and through the branch, minerals in the water gradually replace the material of the wood. Over time, the wood is transformed into an object that has the color, texture, and weight of a stone.
As we allow God’s life as living water to saturate us and spread in us, we too are being transformed. But this incredible transformation takes place in our soul, with all the elements of who Christ is!
Cooperate with God to be transformed
Since God never forces Himself on us but allows us to exercise our free will, our transformation occurs only with our cooperation. So how can we cooperate with God to be transformed? Here are just a few ways:
  • Praying—as we speak to the Lord in prayer, we open our hearts to Him. This helps keep our hearts in a good condition toward Him.
  • Scheduling a daily time with the Lord—setting apart a dedicated amount of time with the Lord Jesus every day is critical to maintaining a healthy relationship with Him. We can spend that time talking to Himsinging to Him, and prayerfully reading His Word.
  • Calling on the name of the Lord—whether loudly or quietly, we can call on the Lord Jesus to contact and enjoy Him throughout the day.
  • Reading the Bible—a healthy habit of daily Bible reading is one of the best ways to receive the transforming elements of Christ. This is how we’re nourished with spiritual food. First Peter 2:2 says, “As newborn babes, long for the guileless milk of the word in order that by it you may grow unto salvation.” Just as a baby needs milk to grow, we need the Word of God as our spiritual nourishment so we can grow unto salvation.
  • Obeying the sense in our spirit from the Lord—now that the Lord dwells in us, we get a sense from Him concerning many matters in our daily life. For example, maybe we want to purchase a particular item, but we have an uneasy feeling from the Lord in our spirit about it. That’s an opportunity to obey Him. Obeying Him to not buy that item allows the Lord to spread a little more into our soul.
Meet with other Christians
God doesn’t intend for Christians to be alone. After we’re saved, we need to find other believers in Christ so we can meet, fellowship, and grow together. We can even pray, “Lord, lead me to others who love You and follow You.” Gathering together to fellowship with believers in Christ strengthens our faith and encourages us to experience more of Christ.
Additionally, when we gather with other believers to fellowship and praise the Lord, God can be expressed through a group of people, thus fulfilling His plan.
So much awaits us after we first believe in Christ! We’re now on a lifelong journey of enjoying Christ’s presence and experiencing His rich and full salvation that continues throughout our entire lives.
 

5 things you need to start doing!

1. Read the Bible 

God gave us the Bible as a way to get to know Him and as a way to know how we should live this new life. The Bible dictates for us our lifestyle and our world view. It is the final word for the Christian.
If you’re not sure where to start reading, here is a post I’ve written simply titled “Where to Start Reading in the Bible“.
Here is another post titled, “How to Read Your Bible {and get the most out of it}“.
One thing you need to realize is that doing any of these 5 things, including reading your Bible, doesn’t make God love you more.
He loves you just because He loves you! My dad has a great post on this titled, “5 Reasons Why Christians Should Not Read the Bible“. Don’t let these 5 things trip you up when you read the Bible each day!

2. Pray 

Prayer is how we speak to God. It is how we communicate with Him. It is also how we open up our hearts for Him to change us and to keep our hearts and minds focused on Him.
I believe a lot of people complicate the act of prayer, but there are three things you need to know about prayer:
Prayer is not reading other people’s prayers.
Just like your husband wouldn’t want you to recite Hallmark card greetings as a way to express your feelings to him, so God doesn’t want us to just read other people’s prayers. It’s not wrong to allow prayers such as the Serenity Prayer to inspire us to pray, but written prayers are not a replacement for us expressing our heart to God.
We can pray wherever we are.
In your bed, in your shower, in your car…you can pray anywhere and at anytime. Just like a parent is always ready to listen to whatever their child has to say, so God is eager to hear our prayers! You don’t have to be in a church to pray, and no one has to do the praying for you. God wants to hear your heart! Just start talking to Him as you would your best friend.
God cares about the small things.
You will never annoy God with your prayers and nothing is too small for God to care about. In fact, He cares about the small things in our lives as much as the big things. Are you thinking about buying a new car? Pray about it! Are you considering putting your children in a new school? Pray about it! In fact, James tells us that if we need wisdom for anything in life, all we need to do is ask God. He will give it to us.
Gods Plan

3. Go to church 

I know some people believe that this is optional, but it really isn’t.
The Bible says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” – Hebrews 10:24-25
While you may argue that the church is full of hypocrites, the fact is that there are hypocrites wherever you go.
This argument often makes me laugh because you wouldn’t say, “I’m quitting my job because it’s full of hypocrites.”
The truth is that the church is full of humans, and these humans are all on various levels of maturity – emotional and spiritual maturity. Each of these humans have come to Christ with baggage, and some of them have come with a lot of baggage.
And just because we come to Christ doesn’t mean that baggage just miraculously falls off. Instead, He takes us on a journey to resolving our past, step by step, and with each step we learn more about who Christ is and who we are in Him.
Are you unsure about how to find a church? In the next blog post I share 4 Tips to Find a Church, and a printable list you can download to help you!

4. Get baptized 

While some may believe that baptism is an unnecessary ritual, throughout the New Testament we see multiple commands, by both Jesus and the Apostles, for baptism.
As a matter of fact, baptism always immediately followed salvation. In every instance.
But what is baptism?
First of all, we need to understand that baptism does not save us. Baptism doesn’t not wash away our sins.
Baptism is a symbolic act that reflects what we read in Romans 6:4: “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
When the pastor lowers us down into the water, it symbolizes our old life being dead and buried – just as Jesus died and was buried in a tomb.
When he lifts us out of the water, it symbolizes Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and that through Him, we have new life, too!
Never underestimate the power of this symbolic act in your life as a new Christian!

5. Tell others 

There is just something very powerful about sharing your faith with others.
Telling other people about Jesus can feel scary and intimidating, but taking that first step to tell someone about your new faith in Christ is so powerful!
In fact, in Revelation 12:11 it says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb (this is Jesus and His sacrifice) and by the word of their testimony (this is you telling your friend about Jesus), and they did not love their lives to the death.”
If you’re unsure how to tell others about Jesus:
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