1. Believe and receive the deep and unchanging love that God has for you. His love for you never changes regardless of your ability or inability to "keep the rules."
2. Receive God's forgiveness for all of your sins and let Him remove shame from your life. Jesus died for your sins at the cross and He was raised from the dead by God the Father to show that His work of forgiveness and salvation was accepted in heaven. You are clean because of what Jesus did at the cross. Never let shame rule your life again. There is no condemnation for followers of Jesus.
3. Get quiet and learn to listen for God's voice. He will speak to you through thoughts and pictures in your mind. Everything he says will be consistent with what Jesus says and does in the New Testament.
4. Find other people who are following God and spend time with them in small groups. Walking with God is a family activity - it can't be done alone.
In our previous two studies we found that the word “salvation” in the Old and New Testaments simply means “rescue." We realized that the
context of the Bible passage tells us what someone or some group of people is
being rescued from. Many times in
Scripture the people were being rescued by God from physical enemies. Other times God was rescuing people from
their sins and sometimes from sicknesses or from spiritual oppression.
As we move now to our final study let’s look at the use of
the word “salvation” in the writings of Paul the apostle. We don’t have time to cover each time that
Paul uses the Greek word soterion or one of its derivatives in his writings,
but let’s look at three key passages in his letter to the believers at Rome. (All Bible quotations are from the New American Standard Bible
translation, NASB) Romans 1:16,
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel , for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to
the Jew first and also to the Greek.”Ro…