Steps to Salvation
Salvation is offered to us as a free gift, out of the mercy and grace of God. We are incapable of standing before His holiness while carrying our own sins in a fallen state.
Out of immeasurable love and desire that we should not be separated from Him, God has presented His Son Jesus to permanently fulfill the laws of sacrifice and holy acceptance that were set forth by the Lord God and written about in the Old Testament (The O.T. is from The Tanakh - the holy scriptures of the Jews. They also contains over 300 prophecies related to the Messiah... the Christ).
Turning to Christ can be the simplest of actions, and also, the hardest of decisions... in giving up our self-determination to His will and His authority in our life.
Our prayer, our acknowledgement that Jesus is our salvation, can be plain and to the point. This is shown in the Bible's New Testament when one of the thieves being crucified alongside Christ realized the significance of the moment: ""And he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.""(Luke 23:42,43 ESV).
The only thing that was required of the thief was trust, the trust that Jesus was sent of God to provide our entrance to heaven from our sins on earth... And today we are able to see the full scale of God's redemptive work through Christ in the Gospel of Christ's life, death, and resurrection.
Our acceptance of the Christ Jesus, as atonement for our sins, brings us the saving grace God offers us out of His deep love as our Heavenly Father.
The following steps are a guide to receiving salvation, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life through Jesus Christ (steps 1-4), followed by steps to walk closer with Him (steps 5-7).
- Recognize man is sinful and can not save himself in a fallen world.
- Recognize Jesus Christ as the Son of God, who died and who is resurrected to wash away our sinful nature.
- Believe on Christ to redeem your life and ask Him to cover you as Savior and Lord. (Confess He is Lord. Ask His forgiveness)
- Give yourself to him as a repented, confessed sinner who needs His intercession.
- Ask for His help to turn you away from wrongful ways.
- Open your heart to the work he wants to do in you.
- Continue to grow in His Spirit through prayer, reading the Bible, and Christian fellowship.
Here are two examples of salvation prayers. You can take these thoughts and put them into your own words. God knows our thoughts and feeling. Reciting words of prayer as if a magic formula is inadequate. He answers from the depths of our heart's sincerity.
Lord Jesus, I am a sinner who needs your help. I turn to you as the Son of God, who died and rose that I may be saved. Please forgive me. Amen.
My Lord Jesus,
I thank You for dying for me by Your suffering on the cross. I ask for the promise of eternal life given through Your resurrection. I am sorry for my sins, and ask that you would, as my Lord and Savior, forgive me. Release me from my sins and keep me from returning to them. Help me to know Your truth better, to walk in Your ways, and to serve the honor and glory of the Father and His will, through You, and by the Holy Spirit...
God knows who you are and what you are asking. He knows your pride and He knows your desperation. When you accept His gift, you'll discover the beauty and joy of what life can be when lived in His grace.