|KHANDIE'S KORNER - July 18, 2004|
|Timely Insights into God's Word from Khandielese Reyes|
This Weeks Message- (scripture taken from King James Version)
SALVATION AND THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Therefore let all the house of
the church world today, there appears to be much debate and misunderstanding
on the subject of Salvation and The Gift of
The Holy Spirit. Many, through false
teachings and misinterpretation of scripture, have various different beliefs on how an
individual receives and maintains the gifts of salvation and the Holy Ghost. Thus, it is of EXTREME IMPORTANCE that we
fully understand from a scriptural stand point the life changing power of these gifts and
exactly what must be done to obtain them, that we are not misled into believing we have
something that we may truly lack. For some are led to believe that by simply reciting what
is known today as the sinners prayer,
this alone would seal their eternal destination.
However, a prayer without spiritual understanding is meaningless. If one speaks while the heart remains unrepentant,
then the words uttered becomes as such
mere words uttered, having no spiritual effect
on the life of the one speaking as he/she walks away unchanged and thus return back to
their former ways. Salvation is not something one obtain based upon an emotional one time,
spur of the moment reaction only to return back to your former way of living, but is a
conscious decision moved by a heart of true repentance and thus becomes a way of life. Not a one time event and then back to business as
usual, but from that moment forward that believers life is transformed in that OLD
things are passed away, behold ALL things have become new.
These old things indicates not only past sins committed that are
now forgiven, but also our old way of life in that the road we once tread upon
which led to destruction because of sin, would then become rejected by the new
man who would choose to begin walking upon the road which leads to life leaving ALL
former things behind. If one is still lugging
around sins of the past, making such present in his/her life today and yet have confessed
Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives, such a person has not truly repented of their
sins from the heart and have not received enough GODLY SORROW which leads to repentance,
which then leads to salvation. Lets look
at the above scripture reference for a moment. The
multitude whom Peter preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to, after hearing were crushed to
heart and so moved by Godly sorrow that they asked Peter What
shall we do? The very first
thing that came forth from Peters mouth was not
Recite a prayer and all will be well with you, afterwards you will receive
salvation, etc. The FIRST word Peter
replied to them was
. REPENT! Now, keep in mind there is nothing wrong at all
with one praying a prayer, however WITHOUT TRUE REPENTANCE the prayer then becomes
null and void as it is more important what your heart says rather than your mouth.
There are also those who believe that a lifetime of good works or simply being a good person will ensure them of salvation and earn them a place in the kingdom of heaven. However, no amount of good works can purchase salvation for it is a GIFT. If it were something that could be earned, it would no longer be considered a gift and the crucifixion of our Lord would have been in vain, for he paid the price for us with his blood. No amount of good works could surpass nor outweigh his precious blood. Therefore, we do good out of obedience, but salvation is received THROUGH faith and repentance. Not by works, lest any man should boast.
Salvation and the gift of The Holy Spirit, is received when one first HEARS the message of Christ; BELIEVES that which he has heard to be the truth in his heart; confess and REPENT of his sins and be baptized, and SURRENDERS his life to The Lord thus allowing the Holy Spirit to begin a magnificent inward change that would then manifest itself outwardly. There is NO other way except through Jesus Christ our Lord. The promise of salvation is available to all whos ready to HEAR, BELIEVE, REPENT AND SURRENDER This is the way to RECEIVE. Remember that salvation, being a believer on the Lord Jesus Christ is a way of life. It is not something that is confessed today and forgotten tomorrow, but should be lived out every moment of every day of our lives.
I Love you all so very much. Have a blessed week in the Lord and remember: Whatever we do, do ALL for the GLORY of GOD, who ALONE is worthy of the GLORY and the PRAISE!
The Lord be with you this day and always! Shalom Uvracha (Peace and Blessings) ..
Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh,
Holy, Holy, Holy
May the peace of the Lord be with you today and alwaysKhandielese
Daughter & Servant
of the Lord God
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