Salvation by Belief Alone IS A LIE
Praise Jesus today everyone, it truly is a blessing to find our life in Jesus Christ, to find our happiness in Him, to find ourselves completely in His love. What I wanted to talk about for a minute here is how we are saved and our salvation. I remember when I was first coming to Jesus I had this dream, and I had it in a few different variations, but it had to do with this young boy who was walking on the edge of a cliff, and on the bottom of the cliff was just jagged, or rather it was just basically death to fall off the cliff. But as this boy walked along the edge of this cliff he realized that he kind of had a super-power, that he could fall off the edge of the cliff and be protected, GOD would protect him. (Luke 4:12/Deuteronomy 6:16 Don’t Put the Lord your God to the test.) And in my dream he fell a few times (or jumped intentionally) and he had a bubble of protection and when he fell he bounced to the bottom of the cliff but he was not mortally wounded, he may have been injured to some extent but he did not die. But another time he fell and he broke bones and then I see him again another time and he is all mangled up. And in this dream, when I was first coming to the Holy Spirit and understanding our salvation, the Holy Spirit was speaking to me about what our salvation was like.
When we walk on our path with the Lord, we stumble, we fall, and the Lord has grace on us, because He loves us and does not wish that even one of us fall into hell. But as we continue down that road and if we are PLAYING GAMES WITH GOD (watch the video here), and if we are purposely jumping off the cliff, and we continue to say; “Well, GOD will save us, His hedge of protection, the hedge of His Holy Spirit will still be around me… I know that I’m entitle to go to heaven!” and we have that kind of attitude, that we believe that we are entitled to heaven no matter WHAT (like Once Saved Always Saved doctrine), then we will keep on falling, but eventually we will end up FALLING TO OUR DEATH. Jesus Christ is ALIVE and His Holy Spirit KNOWS EACH OF US INTIMATELY. He sees the bottom of our heart. He sees what is in the SOUL of a man, and He divides between bone and marrow, soul and spirit (like Hebrews 4:12 says) He KNOWS WHO YOU ARE in your CORE, YOU CAN’T FOOL HIM. A lot of Christians are playing dangerous games with God. They continue to fall off the cliff, because they go, “I’ve fell off before, God picked me up, I had the hedge of protection, God is grace, God is love…” And they are right, but at some point, GRACE RUNS OUT, and that is why many people are actually in HELL who WERE CHRISTIANS! You have to ask yourself, why is ANYONE in HELL if that God loved? Why did He allow them to go there if God is love? And the answer is, there is a certain amount of time that we can walk with the LORD, reconcile with HIM, WORK OUT OUR SALVATION WITH HIM, and be SAVED! (Read John 11:9) There is a certain amount of time that we can repent and show by our works (like James 2:24-26 states) that we are in LOVE with Jesus Christ and mean business with HIM. (Like John said to the Jews in Matthew 3:8 to show fruit worthy of repentance)
People go around saying that salvation is NOT by works, it’s not by holiness and righteousness, it’s not by the things we do. And it’s true in the sense that by our OWN works alone we are not saved, BUT if we truly are with JESUS CHRIST, His HOLY SPIRIT IS IN US and He puts His Spirit of truth and RIGHTEOUSNESS and HOLINESS in us, and without those things in us WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE SAVED. (As written in Hebrews 12:14) You cannot enter into God’s Holy Kingdom without righteousness inside of you. (Compare Matt 6:33 with Matt 22:12) If you continue to say; “I am saved, I am entitled to heaven…” One day you are going to FALL and you will be as someone TESTING THE LORD, and you are gong to fall down that cliff, you are going to hit the bottom, you are going to break bones, maybe YOU WILL DIE, then you will stand before a HOLY GOD and we KNOW that God will say to MANY who believed that they were saved, Christians who cast out demons, who healed people in Jesus’s name… He will say to them; “Away from Me I NEVER KNEW YOU, YOU WORKERS OF INIQUITY!” (Matthew 7:31-23) Many Christians will say; “But that wasn’t me Lord, I had faith in you, I trusted you, I believed in YOU! ISN’T BELIEF ENOUGH??? Isn’t it enough to believe, I know John 3:16, I know the verses that say BY FAITH WE ARE SAVED, NOT BY WORKS SO NO ONE CAN BOAST, LORD, I HAVE YOU IN MY HEART!!!” Jesus will say to these people; “Away from Me, you who commit iniquity! I don’t know you!” That is an example of GOD’S GRACE NOT BEING GIVEN TO SOMEONE. That is a VERY scary thing. God is extremely gracious; He loves every single one of us. He sent His Son to die for the iniquity of the WORLD (John 3:16) that each of us can repent. (Acts 2:38) But if we continue to turn our backs on God and play games with God, and say it in our hearts; “I’m entitled to heaven, no matter what I do, God can’t love me any more or any less, I’m going to heaven, I can’t doubt my salvation…” That’s a VERY DANGEROUS place to be as a brother or sister in the LORD.
Now on the flipside of this, Satan is ALWAYS condemning the Children of God. Satan is always saying things like; “Well, you messed up, now you are going to hell…” Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) he accuses brothers and sisters in the Lord, day and night, he says; “You messed up, now you are going to hell…” That is also a lie from satan, because God’s grace DOES cover over us when we sin, BUT WE HAVE TO REPENT FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART. Remember how Jesus taught the disciples when they asked; “How many times should we forgive? Should we forgive up to 7 times?” (Matthew 18:21-22) Jesus did not say just forgive them 7 times and then tell them to go to hell, and Jesus doesn’t tell people to go to hell after 7 times either, but He says 70 times 7. Jesus was not talking about what 70 times 7 is actually is mathematically, but perpetually if someone actually askes for forgiveness from their HEART. (Read Luke 17:1-4 for more clarity)
The KEY here is DO WE MEAN BUSINESS WITH GOD from the bottom of our heart? Or are we playing games with God, believing that we are entitled, that no harm will ever come to us, that we can walk on the edge of the cliff (that is on the border of sin) and that God will always have his hedge of protection around us. Do we believe we are not going to hell just because we said a prayer when we were 8 years old?
The entitled mentality and that easy grace mentality that we don’t have to do anything is also a lie from satan. BOTH sides of this spectrum, the easy grace/ hyper grace and then also this condemnation side, that you are going to hell no matter what, BOTH sides of that are demonic. True salvation is found in Jesus Christ when you mean business with Him from the bottom of your heart, when you are praying and you say; “Lord please save me! I know that there is nothing that I can do to earn my salvation. Please put YOUR righteousness in me, change me, get everything that is ungodly out of my heart and out of my life. Purify me from ALL unrighteousness…” And as you start to get your eyes on HIM and off of the doctrines of men, He picks you up, He purifies you and He puts A NEW SPIRIT IN YOU, and He makes you HOLY and RIGHTEOUS. All the things that were defiling you He pulls OUT of your heart. And as you are changed, He leads you in the newness of life. So, I want to encourage people to not let condemnation fall on them. And also, that they/you don’t fall into lukewarm living, but that we get our eyes on Jesus Christ and that we don’t let ANYTHING stop us from entering the Kingdom of God. I hope this encourages someone to get their eyes on Jesus Christ, to REPENT of their sins and to follow Jesus Christ in complete holiness! May the grace of Jesus be with you.