Essentials for Salvation, Part II

A Christian wakes up in the morning and prays to God, “Oh God, I thank You so much for this new day. Yesterday was good. Today is going to be even better. I know it, because I know that because of my faith, God is with me, and will never leave me, and causes all things to work together for the good to those that love Him.” (Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8:28).

A Christian has confidence because his God is a God of wonders and amazing things. A Christian believes with firm conviction and without doubt in his heart that God can, and will do most “exceeding abundantly beyond all that [he] asks or thinks” because of the great “power that works within [him]” (Ephesians 3:20). That power, the Christian knows, is the blessed Holy Spirit, whom God gives to all who believe in Him. (Ephesians 1:13-14).

The Christian does not “contest” what he knows to be a clear teachings of Scripture. Never, never, would the Christian say that “the Bible has mistakes.” This would be one definite sign that this person was NOT a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Because, when God calls a man, and enables a man to believe in Christ for the forgiveness of his sins (past, present, and future), He also, by necessity, enables him to believe that the “word of God” is true and 100% reliable. “Thy word is truth,” Jesus said (John 17:17). The true Christian knows this, and does not have a problem with this.

A Christian knows that he has nothing to fear, because God is with him (Romans 8:15). He knows that he is cleansed by Jesus’s blood (Hebrews 13:12), has been given all of the armor and weapons necessary to fight in the warfare that he is engaged in (Ephesians 6:10-18), and is going to heaven when he dies (John 5:24). So why then should he fear? The real Christian does not fear, and is not a coward — for no coward shall be found in heaven (Revelation 21:8).

When the onslaught of the enemy comes, a Christian “holds fast” to his confession. (Luke 8:15). “I will not be shaken. I am child of God. I am child of the living, eternal King. I cannot be moved.” This is the Christian’s resolve. This is his steadfast confession. The Christian is firm in his convictions, and does not waver in his faith, because he knows that “the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6). Should he doubt, he knows that he would receive nothing from the Lord — his faith would be useless. (James 1:7).

The real Christian prays, “believing that he has received already,” and he prays consistently, fervently, in this same manner, time and time again, “believing in his heart that he has received already from the Lord.” This is really is “faith in action” and deserving — in God’s way of dealing with things — of a great reward. (Hebrews 11:1-2, Matthew 7:7-11, Luke 18:7, Mark 11:24). A Christian holds no bitterness or grudge against his neighbor, knowing that such a sin would incur judgment upon himself, and cause his prayers to be made “null and void” in God’s eyes. (Psalm 66:18, Mark 11:25-26, Matthew 6:14-15, etc.).

A Christian laughs at adversity, and says, “Ha! Do you think that can make me renounce my faith in a loving, awesome, and completely wonderful God? You are wrong!” The real Christian knows that through his faith — and vulnerability before God — he has complete victory. (1 John 5:4, Hebrews 5:7). A Christian stands strong in the face of adversity, and does not “buckle under,” even when things get heavy. He can cry, but he does not cry in despair (that would be self-pity, which is sin). No! Indeed, he cannot, for it would be a renunciation of his faith to move in the realm of despair, which a child of God ought never to know — because Jesus has done so much for him. “Why so downcast, Oh my soul? Put your faith in God!” (Psalm 42:5).