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I Do Not Serve God For His Blessings.
I Serve God For His Love And Mercy.
I Am Blessed. Blessed With His Mercy And Forgiveness.

         

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In Acts 16:30 the Philippian Jailer asked Paul and Silas, sirs what must I do to be saved?
They said in verse 31, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.

What does it mean to be saved?
What is salvation?
The Bible says in Romans 3:23, For ALL have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.

Who is God?
God The Father, God The Son (Yeshua or Jesus) and God The Holy Spirit, the Trinity who created the heavens and the earth and created man in the image God.

What is the glory of God?
God is a righteous God in whom there is no sin. Nor can God look upon sin. Ezra 9:15, Psalms 119:137, 142, Psalms 71:19, Psalms 97:6, Revelation 16:7, Romans 3:21, Habakkuk 1:13
God is eternal in His righteousness.

We are separate from God and His glory because of our sin.
Our righteousness is as filthy rags.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

God cannot even look upon us because of our sins.
We are separated from the glory of God and His eternal righteousness because we are sinners.
Without God separated from His eternal righteousness we are condemned to death. The wages of sin is death, Romans 6:23.

How did we come to this sinful state?
We are the descendants of Adam.
You know the story how God told Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis that of every tree in the garden that bear fruit you can eat but of the tree of knowledge of good and evil you cannot eat. For in the day that thou eat of that tree you shall surely die.
Then satan in the form of a serpent came to Eve and asked her, why can you not eat of the fruit of that particular tree?
Eve said, God told us not to eat of that tree nor are we to even touch it lest we die.
Satan said to Eve tempting her, you will not die. For God knows if you eat the fruit of that tree you will be as a god.
So Eve took of the fruit and did eat and immediately her eyes were open to know right from wrong, good and evil.
She made a choice to disobey God.
Then she gave the fruit to Adam and he did eat and his eyes were immediately open.
He also made a choice to disobey God.
In their choice to disobeyed God sin entered into the world.
Disobedience is sin. The sin of rebellion. They had rebelled against God and His will.
Romans 5:12 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 6:23 For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life.
God said, you will die if you disobey.

Immediately their eyes were opened, their innocence was gone and they realized they were naked and they were ashamed.
Sin bears the fruit of shame.
Then God took an innocent animal and killed it spilling itís innocent blood and clothed their shame and nakedness.
The blood of the innocent animal that covered their shame represented the gift of God when he would send his son Jesus (Yeshua) to shed his innocent blood to cover the sin and shame of the world.

Can man be redeemed unto God?
Yes through the blood of Jesus.
(Ephesians 1:6-7)

How can man be redeemed to have eternal life?
John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

God does not condemn man.
Mans sin condemns man.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Daddy)
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are saved to do the will of the Father and by their fruit ye shall know them if you keep my commandments.
Matthew 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

How do we know we are of Christ if we accept Him as our savior?
Jesus said, if you love me keep my commandments.
What are the commandments of Jesus?
Love God and love your fellow man. For in these commandments is the law of God fulfilled.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Does that mean if I do good works and keep the commandments I am saved?
No, God forbid.
Keeping the commandments and doing good works does not save you but rather is the result of salvation.
An unsaved person does not keep Christís commandments or do good works until he or she comes to Christ and is saved.
You must first be saved before you walk with Jesus in the Spirit and then you keep His commandments to do good works.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We are saved by Godís Grace through Faith.
What is Grace? Grace is Godís love and mercy when we didnít deserve mercy and were unworthy of his forgiveness. Yet God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross that through the shedding of His blood we are redeemed unto God.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

What is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith is believing in Jesus whom you have not seen.
The evidence of your faith and salvation are the good works you do in his name.

James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

Therefore Salvation is not the result of works but rather works are the result of faith through believing.
Works are the testimony of salvation and faith. Just as we cannot be saved by baptism alone but rather baptism is the testimony of our commitment to salvation in obedience to our Lordís command.

James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
We are saved to do the will of the Father and good works keeping Christís commandments because we are saved.

I John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

What is the will of God.
II Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Godís will is that all come to repentance.

Romans 12:1. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
I Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
Godís will is that we shall live unto righteousness.

We are all sinners, Romans 3:23.
Without shame there is no conviction. Without conviction there is no repentance. Without repentance there is no forgiveness. Without forgiveness there is no salvation. Without salvation there is no hope for eternal life.

What do I have to do to be saved?
Realize the shame of your sins and that you are a sinner.
Repent of your sins which means to turn away from your sins. Accept Jesus (Yeshua) as your Lord and savior and ask him to forgive you of your sins and to come into your heart and cleanse you of your sins by washing you in His blood that he shed upon the cross.

No man comes unto salvation except by hearing the word of God and being drawn to Jesus by the Father through the Holy Spirit. (Romans 10:17, John 6:44, John 16:7-8)
If you are even now feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit to repent of your sins and come to Jesus, you will be saved.
Today is the day of salvation (II Corinthians 6:2).
Itís your decision to make.
Will you repent of your sins and accept Jesus (Yeshua) and be saved?

To Receive salvation you must realize that God is a holy God.
That you are a sinner and have sinnes against God and worthy of death for your sins.
You must believe in your heart (not your mind) that God loves you and sent His son Jesus (Yeshua) to die on the cross, to shed his innocent blood paying the debt for your sins to redeem (save) you from your sins and death.
You must have faith and believe that Jesus (Yeshua) was burried and rose again on the third day to give you hope for eternal life when you die.
You must repent of your sins which means to turn away from your sins and accept Jesus (Yeshua) into your heart, asking Jesus (Yeshua) to forgive you of your sins and to change your heart and life to walk in the spirit of a new life in Jesus by the Holy Spirit to do the will of the Heavenly Father.

The Sinners Prayer.
Heavenly Father And Blessed Lord Jesus (Yeshua)
I am a sinner. I have sinned against you Lord Jesus (Yeshua) and the Heavenly Father.
I believe in my heart that you Lord Jesus (Yeshua) came to die on the cross and to shed your blood for my sins because you love me.
I believe that you arose again on the third day to give me hope for eternal life.
I believe and have faith that you are the son of God. I confess my sins and that you are Lord and able to forgive my sins. I repent of my sins to turn away from my sins and to accept your love and forgiveness. Be merciful to me a sinner Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus (Yeshua). Forgive me Heavenly Father and Lord Jesus (Yeshua) of my sins and come into my heart Lord Jesus (Yeshua) now and save me. I accept you Lord Jesus (Yeshua) now into my heart and life as my personal savior to live my life for you in the spirit. Give me a new life with you and bless me with your Holy Spirit and the courage to walk in the Spirit to do the Heavenly Fatherís will . Change my heart to love you. Thank you for your love, forgiveness and salvation.
In Jesus (Yeshuaís) name I pray, Amen

Like 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Praise Be To God If You Prayed That Prayer To Be Saved.
Psalms 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

If you prayed that prayer and were sincere in your heart to believe on Jesus to forgive you of your sins and you have faith that he came into your heart and saved you. You are now a son or daughter of God and the Holy Spirit dwells inside you to walk in the newness of life.
II Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.
That means to bring others to Christ.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Now that you are a Christian walking in faith you will want to start reading your Bible to know, understand and accept Godís will for your life. You will want to know what it is to be a Christian.
The very best place to start is to read the book of Ephesians and then the book of I John.
Then begin in the Gospel of Matthew to learn about Jesus your savior.
The next book to read is the book of Romans.

The next step in your new Christian walk is to be baptized as a testimony of your faith in Christ.
Find a good local Bible believing church to join in fellowship with other born again believers and profess your faith in Jesus Christ and be baptized of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Christ gave the example when he was baptized of John.
Matthew 3:1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14 But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15 And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

The angels rejoice for every lost soul that comes to Jesus (Yeshua) and is saved. (Luke 15:7)

Amen.