Salvation starts with believing Jesus is Savior

KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN

Many years ago, I had a young lady ask me how one became a Christian,

namely how one got "saved." I explained to her that salvation was

about asking Jesus Christ into your heart as Lord and Savior. She

asked where that concept was in the Bible. At the time, I myself had

to look it up. But when I found the right scripture, I realized I had

a jewel -- one I have taught to people for years in ministry.

The precious scripture speaking of Jesus being the source of

salvation is Romans 10:9: "If confess with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord'

and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will

be saved." This is known as the sinner's prayer. Countless times I

have led individuals through this prayer and seen their lives

transformed by God's power before my very eyes.

Jesus tells us in John 14:6 that "I am the way and the truth and

the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 3:3

says "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless

he is born again." Do you and your family know how to lead someone to

the Lord? More important, have you said this prayer yourself?

Accepting Jesus Christ into your heart promises your salvation;

you accept as true that you are going to heaven when you leave this

Earth. I have often asked individuals when speaking, "If you left

this place today and were killed, do you know where you would go?" As

Christians we believe that if you have accepted Jesus Christ into

your heart as your Lord and Savior, your salvation is secure, and you

will be with him for eternity in Paradise.

Jesus wants all of us to be with him for eternity. He loves you so

very much. If you have not opened your Bible in a while, seek one

out. Find the above scriptures and really consider where you are in

your walk with God. It only takes one prayer to have Jesus in your

heart: Dear Jesus, I believe you are God. I believe you were

crucified and rose again for my sins. I ask you this day to come into

my heart as Lord and Savior. I ask for forgiveness for my sins.

Please change the way that I live. Amen.

If you have prayed this prayer, make sure your family knows how to

lead someone to the Lord. As Christians, it is the most priceless

gift we can grant another human being.

* The Rev. KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN'S column runs alternating Fridays.

Contact her by e-mail at holyhouse9 @aol.com; or by mail at Holy

House Ministries c/o the Rev. Kimberlie Zakarian, 9641 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042.

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