Message ♡

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23

Message ♡

 
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:23

Ah, you say. Another message on salvation. You may be tempted to stop reading now because you have already accepted this gift of eternal life, and you are good to go. But before you go I want to share something with you. Contrary to popular belief, and what has been taught to many, salvation is not a one time confession of belief and you’re done – it’s a process! (Hebrews 12:1-14). When we confess that we are sinners and that we believe that Jesus died to save us, and we invite Him into our hearts, we are born again (our spirits), but we’ve only taken the first step. We must continue to show our belief in Him and what He did for us in our daily walk with Him. Salvation is the process that occurs as we allow God to change and transform us (our flesh) from the inside out. The process of changing our thoughts, our minds and our hearts until we are the likeness of Him. It is a lifelong process. A process where we die to our will, just as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane, and our focus is living a holy life for God; to become what he predestined us to become. As soon as we are not actively seeking Him in this transformation, we have stopped the process of being saved. God’s work will not be finished and we will not be worthy or fit to reign with Him; a holy God, in eternity (Luke 9:62).  This process of change takes a lifetime and is completed only when He calls us home.

Some believe that God sacrificed His only Son so that we can say “I believe Jesus died for me” and leave it at that. That nothing else is required of us, other than to make a symbolic gesture by water baptism. If this is where our belief in salvation ends, then we cannot go forward in the salvation process. If we believe the Word of God that tells us that Jesus died to save us, then we must also believe the Word of God that tells us we owe Him our minds and our bodies, (Romans 12:1-2) that tells us we can have abundant life, (John 10:10) and faith to move mountains, (Mark 11:23) and that we have power over the enemy (Luke 10:19). We must believe that there is power in His Word and that we have access to that power through His Word (Hebrews 4:12).

Many Christians believe there is a God but they don’t really believe His Word can change us or the circumstances in our lives. What we believe is always evident by our actions. Our actions speak much louder than our words do, and if there is no action connected with a belief then the belief, in all reality is not there. (James 2:17) Let’s say someone told you they deposited an unlimited amount of funds in a bank account for you and handed you a debit card and told you that you could not check the balance (verify the funds) but you can use the card to make purchases. Much like God’s Word – too good to believe, right? You may start off with a couple of small purchases just to test it out, but when you realize there is actually money in the account, your purchases become bigger and bigger. You are taking action based on your belief. The point, if we believe we have something at our disposal (like His Word) to use that can change our lives, we will use it. That is how God knows if we believe what it says in His Word or not. Because even though we have no proof for ourselves that it is true when we start this walk – we test it, then as He shows Himself real and true – which He will, over time, we draw on it more and more until no one can tell us that it is not true because we have experienced it for ourselves. So even when things don’t happen as we would like, or prayers go unanswered, we continue with Him because we know He and His Word are true.

(add paragraph that focuses on “should Jesus bare the price alone and all the world go free.  That God is expecting more from us.) 

There is a song by Casting Crowns which contains the lyrics “So I’ll stop living off of how I feel and start standing on Your truth revealed.” If what you have read here is ringing true in your Spirit and you are ready for the kind of change stated in those lyrics – let Him know. Whether this is your first time or you are re-dedicating your life, in your own words, confess and pour out what’s in your heart. Tell God that you believe He gave His Son Jesus to die for your sins (John 3:16) Tell Him that you know He paid a mighty high price for your salvation and you are ready to live your life intimately connected to Him and His Word. A life that honors the sacrifice that He made for all of us. Your heart-felt words are all that is required. God’s arms are open wide! You will find that this gift of salvation is not a free gift. It will cost you everything – your will, your way, your plans, your life. But because what you will gain in return is so much more valuable – in the end it doesn’t cost anything at all! Read here about how the apostle Paul felt about all he gave up to follow Christ. 

If you made the decision just now to follow Christ for the first time or to re-dedicate your life as a born again Christian, and you do not belong to a church family, I admonish you to begin praying so that God will lead you to one. The right one. As soon as you made the decision to follow Christ, Satan was already busy with a plan to destroy you and to thwart any spiritual growth in you. Not every church will teach you bible principals and how to live a life pleasing to God. (add that some are man pleasers – keep congregation happy – do not preach on sin – whatever will keep the people happy so they keep giving) Please, prayerfully seek God about where to attend. He will lead you to the right place if you are honestly seeking Him. The decision made today is just the first step in a lifelong journey of faith and trusting God and you will need support and teaching in order to grow in the Spirit so that you can begin to live a victorious, fruit-bearing life, and so that God may use you to be a blessing to others! If you live in, or are visiting Indianapolis IN, you will certainly be most welcome at Greater Love International Church and Revival Center. See below for church address and details.

Greater Love Int’l. Church and Revival Center

6443 E Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219

Pastor – Bishop Perry E. Jackson 

 Sunday Morning Prayer – 8am ◼︎ Sunday Worship – 10:30am

Tues. Prayer & Bible Study – 6pm ◼︎ Thurs. Phone Prayer – 5am

Phone Prayer # 1 774-220-4000 (CID 537-877)

Saturday Prayer & Communion – 7am

Ah, you say. Another message on salvation. You may be tempted to stop reading now because you have already accepted this gift of eternal life, and you are good to go. But before you go I want to share something with you. Contrary to popular belief, and what has been taught to many, salvation is not a one time confession of belief and you’re done – it’s a process! (Hebrews 12:1-14). When we confess that we are sinners and that we believe that Jesus died to save us, and we invite Him into our hearts, we are born again (our spirits), but we’ve only taken the first step. We must continue to show our belief in Him and what He did for us in our daily walk with Him. Salvation is the process that occurs as we allow God to change and transform us (our flesh) from the inside out. The process of changing our thoughts, our minds and our hearts until we are the likeness of Him. It is a lifelong process. A process where we die to our will, just as Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane, and our focus is living a holy life for God; to become what he predestined us to become. As soon as we are not actively seeking Him in this transformation, we have stopped the process of being saved. God’s work will not be finished and we will not be worthy or fit to reign with Him; a holy God, in eternity (Luke 9:62).  This process of change takes a lifetime and is completed only when He calls us home.

Some believe that God sacrificed His only Son so that we can say “I believe Jesus died for me” and leave it at that. That nothing else is required of us, other than to make a symbolic gesture by water baptism. If this is where our belief in salvation ends, then we cannot go forward in the salvation process. If we believe the Word of God that tells us that Jesus died to save us, then we must also believe the Word of God that says we owe Him our minds and our bodies, (Romans 12:1-2) that says we can have abundant life, (John 10:10) and faith to move mountains, (Mark 11:23) and that we have power over the enemy (Luke 10:19). We must believe that there is power in His Word and that we have access to that power through His Word (Hebrews 4:12).

Many Christians believe there is a God but they don’t really believe His Word can change us or the circumstances in our lives. What we believe is always evident by our actions. Our actions speak much louder than our words do, and if there is no action connected with a belief then the belief, in all reality is not there. (James 2:17) Let’s say someone told you they deposited an unlimited amount of funds in a bank account for you and handed you a debit card and told you that you could not check the balance (verify the funds) but you can use the card to make purchases. Much like God’s Word – too good to believe, right? You may start off with a couple of small purchases just to test it out, but when you realize there is actually money in the account, your purchases become bigger and bigger. You are taking action based on your belief. The point, if we believe we have something at our disposal (like His Word) to use that can change our lives, we will use it. That is how God knows if we believe what it says in His Word or not. Because even though we have no proof for ourselves that it is true when we start this walk – we test it, then as He shows Himself real and true – which He will, over time, we draw on it more and more until no one can tell us that it is not true because we have experienced it for ourselves. So even when things don’t happen as we would like, or prayers go unanswered, we continue with Him because we know He and His Word are true.

(add paragraph that focuses on “should Jesus bare the price alone and all the world go free.  That God is expecting more from us.) 

There is a song by Casting Crowns which contains the lyrics “So I’ll stop living off of how I feel and start standing on Your truth revealed.” If what you have read here is ringing true in your Spirit and you are ready for the kind of change stated in those lyrics – let Him know. Whether this is your first time or you are re-dedicating your life, in your own words, confess and pour out what’s in your heart. Tell God that you believe He gave His Son Jesus to die for your sins (John 3:16) Tell Him that you know He paid a mighty high price for your salvation and you are ready to live your life intimately connected to Him and His Word. A life that honors the sacrifice that He made for all of us. Your heart-felt words are all that is required. God’s arms are open wide! You will find that this gift of salvation is not a free gift. It will cost you everything – your will, your way, your plans, your life. But because what you will gain in return is so much more valuable – in the end it doesn’t cost anything at all! Read here about how the apostle Paul felt about all he gave up to follow Christ. 

If you made the decision just now to follow Christ for the first time or to re-dedicate your life as a born again Christian, and you do not belong to a church family, I admonish you to begin praying so that God will lead you to one. The right one. As soon as you made the decision to follow Christ, Satan was already busy with a plan to destroy you and to thwart any spiritual growth in you. Not every church will teach you bible principals and how to live a life pleasing to God. (add that some are man pleasers – keep congregation happy – do not preach on sin – whatever will keep the people happy so they keep giving) Please, prayerfully seek God about where to attend. He will lead you to the right place if you are honestly seeking Him. The decision made today is just the first step in a lifelong journey of faith and trusting God and you will need support and teaching in order to grow in the Spirit so that you can begin to live a victorious, fruit-bearing life, and so that God may use you to be a blessing to others! If you live in, or are visiting Indianapolis IN, you will certainly be most welcome at Greater Love International Church and Revival Center. See below for church address and details.

Greater Love Int’l. Church and Revival Center

6443 E Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46219

Bishop Perry E. Jackson

Sunday Morning Prayer – 8am

Sunday Worship – 10:30am

Tues. Prayer & Bible Study – 6pm

Thursday Phone Prayer – 5am

1 774-220-4000 (CID 537-877)

Sat. Prayer & Communion – 7am

Greater Love International Church and Revival Center (located same bldg. as Indy Phone Repair)

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