From the moment Adam and Eve bit the fruit from the forbidden tree sin entered the world. God gave Adam and Eve anything they could ever want or desire, He hid no good thing from them. Yet, as a father He warned them about the tree of knowledge for their protection in order to save them from the thief (Satan) who only comes to steal, kill and destroy. God told Adam, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden- except the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die (Genesis 2:15-17 NLT). Afterwards, God created Eve to be Adam’s helper and in Genesis chapter 3, the serpent (Satan) tempts Eve by convincing her to take a fruit from the Forbidden tree. As a result, Eve shares the fruit with her husband they both experience shame from seeing their nakedness and attempt to hide from God. God curses the serpent, but he also curses Adam and Eve for their disobedience. Finally, God kicks Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden to guard the tree of life.
Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience mankind became tarnished. The curses Adam and Eve obtained were not only for them, but for every generation after them. The cycle of generational curses was birthed from their defiance towards God. As we continue to read the book of Genesis, we learn that things got even more difficult and twisted. Eve gave birth to two boys Cain and Abel; Abel pleased God, but Cain was disobedient and evil (the generational curse manifests into disobedience, rebellion, manipulation, hate, greed, envy, jealousy, dishonesty, etc.). Cain murdered Abel and was banished from the land and God’s presence. Over the year’s mankind multiplied, therefore sin multiplied, and the hearts of mankind became extremely cold. God was frustrated so He caused a raging flood to wipe out the corrupt people on earth sparing Noah, his wife, sons and animals. Still, generation after generation sin perverted its way into our hearts and the cycle of habitual sin which results in eternal damnation seeped into our lives.
God knew we needed someone to show us the way. To not only tell us about righteousness or write down the law or demonstrate sacrificing to God for cleansing, but someone who would walk in total surrender and obedience to God so we could learn and do the same. Someone without spots, blemishes, nor wrinkles. This is where the Messiah Jesus Christ came in and paved the way for our souls to be saved, set free, and delivered from the wages of sin.
According to Dictionary.com,
1. Salvation is the preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.
2. Deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.”
What are we saved from? & Who are we saved by?
Jesus (God’s son) made a sacrifice by departing from His throne room in heaven to dwell amongst us in the flesh to teach us about our father (God) in heaven. By laying down His life as a living sacrifice to bear the weight of our sinful nature on the cross, Jesus chose to do this because He wanted us to live and not die, to have life and have it more abundantly. A life without curses, cycles, strongholds, shame, guilt, pain, abandonment, rejection, abuse, poverty, lack, mental illness and so many more ungodly diseases and evil brought about from sin. Because of God’s merciful and unfailing love towards us Jesus shed His blood willingly on Calvary to save us. “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission (Hebrews 9:22 KJV). Jesus was mocked, ridiculed, bruised, beaten and spat on, but with every nail pierced on His body as He hung on the cross He committed to redeeming our souls back from the enemy who sought to destroy our lives since Adam and Eve’s existence in The Garden of Eden.
Therefore, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior it means we acknowledge that He died on the cross for our sins and we make Him Lord king, and ruler over our lives which cancels all ties and access from Satan. We become saved from eternal damnation and a lifestyle of habitual sin.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6 NIV).
For us to receive salvation we MUST accept Jesus.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved (Romans 10:9-10 NIV).
How do we receive salvation?
We receive salvation by repenting of our sins and asking God to come into our hearts and then reciting the sinner’s prayer.
I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness.
I believe Jesus Christ is your son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life.
I want to trust Him as my savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward.
Guide my life and help me to do your will.
I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.”
Please do note that accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior does not mean you are exempt from hard times, test and trials. This is not a quick fix. Even Jesus was tested on earth, but with God He overcame them all and so will you if you keep God first. Also, understand it is not your will, but God’s will to be established in your life. When you accept Jesus into your heart you must build a personal relationship with Him. Jesus is always ready and available, but you must make room for Him in your life, otherwise you will end up in bondage again. To grow as a disciple in Christ it is imperative to pray and ask God for a church home with Pastors and leaders who will encourage, equip and empower you with the word of God. Also, who will be able to take you through Inner Healing and Deliverance so everything that whatever is holding you back from freedom flees in Jesus name.
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