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Thread: What Does It Mean to Believe in Jesus?

  1. #41
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    Dec 2007

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    For this testimony.

  2. #42
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    Oct 2016
    Phoenix, AZ

    Default Reminded today why Grace is Eternal and not of works

    About 4 days ago I got into a heated debate with a post triber. I felt my point was clear however the poison in the carrot threw my sinful flesh into a tale spin. I remember the day I was saved but Satan made me freak out with his work tool. Someone had mentioned Lordship salvation and it wasn't sitting right. I had to go back and read every single verse about grace and not of works again and again and every verse where it's made clear Grace is Eternal. There's no conditions.

    I am still but a babe in Christ and as many know came from a salvation/works background into occult,drugs,sex,gambling etc. til I was truly saved. I believe God has been trying to get me to focus a lot on Him and my house first without rushing out to do "works in His name" as it was such a horrible part of my life. No food drives or anything but just trusting Him He will put me where He wants me. Listen to His voice. So others would say I bare no fruit but they don't know the Works He does in me in areas I REALLY struggled with like porno (I stopped watching without effort) and cursing violent behavior dramatically decreased.

    Today I was almost back to fully normal with salvation by faith alone when a delivery driver cut me off on a heavily rainy day, stopped an inch in front of my car and had a bad episode of road rage. I had such a fast amount of thoughts at first I can't recall everything that went through my head and I realized why not trusting fully on Jesus is a bad idea.

    I don't remember everything I thought. If I had to repent of every single thing I did what if I missed something?? I'm not saying never repent but what if that was part of salvation? Can anyone seriously say they remember EVERYTHING they did wrong??

    The Sermon on the Mount also reminds us how vastly different our standards of an incident are as opposed to God's. What if I repented and didn't grasp the extremes of what I had done?

    So now I don't remember all of what thoughts ran through my head and I don't know how exactly God views it other than it's sin and He hates sin.

    I should have been judged along time ago. I never deserved the kingdom of God. So justice means I am to go to the eternal Lake of Fire.

    But God is LOVE! He became flesh and suffered and paid the price for the worlds sins. He asks but one thing. Confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and Savior. He sends the Holy Spirit to help develop you even though it would be the equivalent of buying a money pit home on the lip of a volcano.

    If God lives outside of our concepts of time then He already knew everything I was going to do after my salvation moment. And yet, my love for Jesus washed me anew in His Righteousness.

    I was reminded again today how thorough His Work on the cross was and why Jesus rightfully proclaimed "It is finished". The right moment in life came today and He used it as a learning experience to remind me how great He is!!

    Matthew 22:36-40

    36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

    37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
    God's love for you is the greatest love story ever!!
    1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

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