FAITH THAT SAVES
Dear reader, are you a christian? If so, do you have the assurance of eternal life? Does CHRIST manifest Himself presently in your life? If not, seek for the real faith founded only in the Word of GOD.
According Hebrews 11, 1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. It is therefore necessary for you to know if your faith is the true one for “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1, 9).
The Lord GOD said to Abraham: “Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee” (Genesis 12, 1 to 4) It is convenient to mention that Abraham did not know beforehand the Promised Land. By faith, he obeyed GOD: “So Abraham departed, as the Lord has spoken unto him”.
The Lord GOD said once more to Abraham: “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou loveth, and get thee into the land of Moriah: and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of” (Genesis 22, 1 to 19). Once more Abraham obeyed without any resistance. He knows the faithfulness of GOD.
Apostle Paul confirms that: “Abraham believed in GOD and that was imputed unto him as righteousness” (Romans 4, 3 to 25). He was fully convinced that what GOD promises He accomplishes. That is why, he is the father of all those who walk in the same track of his faith.
Dear reader, let us altogether agree that the true christian is the one who firmly believes in the Word of GOD, without any restriction. He has full faith in it since “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of GOD” (Romans 10, 17). He obeys him because “Obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15, 22).
This implies that you can consider yourself to be a christian and you obey without fault all the dogma of your religion but if you do not obey the Word of GOD your faith is vain. In fact, “Pure religion and undefiled before GOD and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world”. (James 1, 27). And JESUS said: “If you love Me keep My commandments” (John 14, 15).
However, you cannot be able by your personal efforts. Without JESUS you can do nothing (John 15,5). It is necessary therefore that you be born again as so to give CHRIST access into your life. He will transform your entire being if you accept Him as your personal Saviour.
Therefore, recognise that you are a sinner. The Bible declares that: “All have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD” (Romans 3, 23). Confess to him all the sins you have committed: evil thoughts, theft, lies, adultery, murder, pride, jealousy, hatred, idolatry, drunkesness, etc with a firm decision to forsake all these evil actions. You will obtain mercy (Proberbs 28, 13). CHRIST will then come to your help for your conversion. Accept the same baptism as JESUS did.
You will become a new creature. You will then know that you have the true faith through the accomplishment of the promises of GOD in your life. The Lord JESUS-CHRIST made this promise to all those who will believe in Him: “In my name, they shall cast out demons, they shall speak in new tongues, they shall pick up serpents, if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not harm them, they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall get well” (Mark 16, 17 to 18).
Thus when a man is converted, CHRIST baptises him the HOLY SPIRIT whose initial sign is the distinct speaking in new tongues that were not learnt previously (Acts 2, 7 to 15). So this Spirit which is the seal unto the day of redemption gives him assurance of eternal life (Ephesians 1, 13 to 14).
We see Apostle Peter who, filled with HOLY SPIRIT and by faith in the name of JESUS healed the lame man who was carried and laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful (Acts 3, 1 to 16). That is again one of the manifestations of the faith that saves. Now, Peter was a man subject to like passions as we are.
Consequently, if you abandon all evil life and you follow the Lord like Peter, you will experience divine healing on yourself and others, because “JESUS-CHRIST is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13, 8).
Dear reader, you have at times had to fear at night in your sleep, to be haunted by evil spirits, to look into the future with despair, to be afraid of the dark infernal actions of the wicked. If you believe, CHRIST will make you dwell in safety and His angels will encamp round about you to deliver you from any danger (Psalms 4, 8 and 34, 7). Your enemies will be His enemies and your adversaries His (Exodus 23, 22).
This establishes the difference between the true christian who entirely abandons himself to GOD and obeys all things that come from Him and the fake christian who pretends to trust in GOD also but helps himself by consulting witches, wizards, sorcerers and other soothsayers for his protection.
It is by ignorance that you have often condemned the accomplishment of these divine promises in the life of children of GOD. Now if these works do not manifest in you in this present life, or during your residence here on earth, how can you believe that JESUS will save you on the last day ?
JESUS wants to save you : accept His love and He will keep you. You have often asked GOD precious things without any answer: it is because of your disobedience. Sometimes, your personal conscience has rebuked you of many wrong deeds, how much more GOD who is greater than your heart? (1 John 3, 20). This Word is certain: if you keep His commandments and do what pleases Him, whatsoever that you ask Him, you will receive it from Him.
Why would you rebel against such a tender and mild voice of your Saviour ? Harden not your heart. Do not put off your salvation to tomorrow (Hebrews 3, 7 to 8). Instead, come to JESUS CHRIST as you are and you will benefit from His grace and blessings.
JESUS is speaking to you as to Martha: “If you believe, you will see the glory of GOD” (John 11, 40). Deny yourself: if you used to steal, steal no more ; speak the truth to your neighbour ; keep your body pure ; put hypocrisy away from you ; do not corrupt the spirit of your fellowmen by filthy lucre. GOD will then receive you into His kingdom.
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