Son, and Holy Spirit
I am Rich
I might look poor; but I am truly rich.
How To Go From Rags to Riches
When I was at my lowest point I found out
how to get rich quick. Not the riches of the
world, but the riches that are even MORE
valuable during times of trouble. Those riches
are in Jesus.
The Bible tells us "For you know the grace of
our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was
rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so
that you through his poverty might become
rich."(2 Cor. 8:9)
One thing that I learned was to keep my life
free from the love of material things and to be
content with what I have. Why? The Bible tells
me this. "Never will I leave you; never will I
forsake you." So we can say with confidence
"The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?" (Heb. 13:5-6)
If you're in a sorry situation I'm not going to
tell you that Jesus will take away your problems.
I WILL tell you that Jesus will make it
bearable. But you need to understand that you
can't serve both the world and God and expect
the payoff! The payoff is eternal life through
Jesus Christ and it's FREE!! (Eph. 2:8-9) The
alternative is eternal damnation, but it's NOT
free. We earn it. Even though we don't want it,
we are earning it. How? By being sinners. All
have sinned and come short of the glory of
What is sin? It's rebellion against God (lying,
lust, cheating, deceit, anger, evil thoughts,
immoral behavior, etc. I'll bet your feeling one
or more of these right now! I know, I been
there. Anger and bitterness tore me up!)
Our problem is that we can't earn our salvation.
Even if we tried to be perfect we would fail.
God doesn't want to punish us, but He is the
author of justice and MUST punish sin. So
what do we do?
It has already been done in Jesus!! He came to
this earth to die for us, as a sacrificial offering
to God to atone for our sins, and then rose from
the grave to make a place for us in heaven. He
bore our sins and now offers us eternal life as a
How Do We Get This Free Gift?
Repent (Luke 13:3, 5) This means to have a
change of mind that results in a change of action.
(forsaking sin and turning toward God)
Believe in Him (John 6:29; 8:24) To believe is
more than having a head knowledge or temporary
faith during a crisis. Believe that He
rose from the dead and confess that He is the
Son of God. To believe is to obey Him (2
thes.1:8-10). A disobedient faith is a dead faith
that saves no one. (James 2:14-26)
Receive and confess Jesus as Lord.
(Romans 10:9-10) This is an aspect of
believing. We give Jesus the control of our
life and take a back seat.
And after that, remain faithful (Rev.
2:10) You will hear sermons and teachers
abound telling you that your salvation is
irrevocable. Carefully study scripture to
see if they are being sincere. The Bible
tells us that some Christians will depart
from the faith, giving heed to deceiving
spirits and doctrines of demons. (1 Tim.
4:1-3), some turned away after Satan (1
We must always be aware, lest we fall
away from our steadfastness, being led
away with the error of the wicked. (2 Peter
At this point most people will tell you to
say a "sinners prayer". This isn't in the
Bible!! God knows the heart. If you are
sincere and truly want to live a life with
God, He knows. Actually He knew before
But, go to Him in prayer and confess your
sins and repent of them to clear your
conscience, then at the first opportunity,
be baptized in a Bible believing church.
Baptism will not save you, but it is one of
your first acts of obedience.
Today Is The Day Of Salvation
The day of the Lord will come like a thief in
the night and the world will be destroyed (2
Peter 3:10) We must be ready for this at ALL
times (2 Peter 3:10-14) and be ready for the
judgement (2 Cor. 5:10; Heb. 9:27)
Now is the day of salvation (2 Cor. 6:2). It may
be your last chance to obey God.
A Word About Works
Even though you
can't earn salvation, your faith should manifest
itself in good deeds. These 'works' (works of
faith, not merit) are Jesus working through you
and you will be rewarded for them at the
judgement. In fact, it is these 'works' that God
judges us on. To those that seek righteousness,
eternal life. To those that seek evil, damnation.
Don't let ANYONE tell you that you don't
need to have good works manifested in your
life to be saved. They are your assurance that
you have the Holy Spirit working inside you
and the Holy Spirit is our 'earnest' that God
will hold to His promises. What is an earnest?
God gives this to us to show just how faithful
He is about our salvation, but an earnest
doesn't guarantee that we will continue in the
faith. In other words, you have full assurance
that God will carry through on His end of the
offer, but you don't have to continue to receive
it. If you don't want it, your heart will tell Him.
(Remember what we said before about God
knowing your heart?)
Where Do We Go From Here?
After you've been through their 'sinner's
prayer', many professors will leave you hanging
and tell you that you are forever saved.
Many of these professors DON'T KNOW what
to do! Here, from our best understanding, is
what to do from here.
First - Find a good Bible-believing church to
attend. This is where you should receive your
Baptism. Don't make the mistake of thinking
that one church is as good as another. Jesus
Christ must be worshiped and preached as the
only way to salvation. Be cautious of any
church that professes irrevocable security, allowing
you to put faith in their teachings rather
than in Jesus only!
Second - Study your Bible. Begin by reading
John, 1 John and Acts. Then read the rest of the
New Testament, asking God to show you His
Third - Keep this saying in mind, "If you are
BELIEVING IT, you will BE LIVING IT!".