I write a lot. I write things for fun, I write on envelopes for bills, I write grocery shopping lists and memos to myself for later. And I am oh-so-grateful for that messy stinky white stuff called “White-Out”. Except now, they make the dry kind that comes in what looks almost like a tape dispenser, and it smoothly rolls across the paper. Instantly dry! Instantly ready for me to start over again, and write what I intended but misspelled or messed up.
God has a heaven-sized dispenser of White-Out. It’s called salvation.
When I first heard that I could be saved as a Christian, I didn’t understand the term. I didn’t think I could just be saved one time, and BOOM, I was going to heaven. I grew up learning that I had to repent often and do a whole laundry list of things to get to a kingdom comparable with heaven for the purposes of this blog.
After hearing and researching more about being saved, I understood that it was a one time action to invite God to be my personal savior, but that my lifestyle should be wrapped around the word of God to have an intimate relationship with him.
I kneeled at the edge of my bed on a chilly desert night in Arizona, with my bible and a box of tissues. I prayed a prayer asking God to come into my life and be my savior. When I was finished praying, I opened my eyes and thought, “That’s it? No thunder? No electricity flickering wildly?” But now I know that when I prayed the prayer, angels celebrated in the heavens! My old life had just been whited-out. I was born again. I kneeled down as one person, and stood up as an entirely different woman.
Now I can be called a “believer”. That means that I believe in God, and I’m actively participating in my relationship with him. It is the most beautiful relationship I’ve ever had.
Today I thank you, dear Lord, for your heavenly White-Out. Thank you for dying on the cross so I can be born again and have this life with you.
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To give proper credit, the following is an excerpt from http://www.christianmilitarywives.com. But you don’t need to be a woman, a wife, or have any connection to the military to read and do this. If you have never asked God to be the personal savior of your life, to walk with you so you can live in his image, now is the perfect time!
The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven
Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”(John 14:6) KJV
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”(Ephesians 2:8-9)
Trust Jesus Christ today! Here’s what you must do:
- Admit you are a sinner.“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”(Romans 3:23)“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”(Romans 5:12)“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”(1 John 1:10)
- Be willing to turn from sin (repent).Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”(Luke 13:5)“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:”(Acts 17:30)
- Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16)“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8)“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”(Romans 10:9)
- Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Savior.“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”(Romans 10:10)“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”(Romans 10:13)
What to pray:
Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Savior.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”(John 1:12)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”(2 Corinthians 5:17)
That’s it! Wasn’t it easy? Don’t worry if you have a “That’s it?” moment, with time and faith, you will feel all of God’s goodness. You have been forgiven for your old life, for your sins. You are saved to dance with the angels some day. In Christ there is no death. But there is eternal life.