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Accepting the Savior in Our Life

Saji George
Epiphany MTC, NY
4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”

In life, we are presented with many choices and decisions.  We have a choice in the career path we choose, we have a choice in choosing our spouse, we have a choice in the university we attend, etc.  But the most important decision one will make is where he or she will spend eternity.  That depends on his or her choice to accept Jesus as Savior. 

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life and no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” Jesus says He is the way signifying that He is the path to heaven.  He did not say He was “a” way but “the” way; He was clear in that message- “no one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Accepting the Savior into your life means to give Him the reins to your life, allowing Him to guide and lead you.  We are to march to His drumbeat, but that is a decision that we make. 

The more you get to know Jesus the safer you feel placing your life and all that is important into His hands.  We must be assured that He holds us in the palm of His hands. 

When we come to an understanding that Jesus died on that Cross so that the sins- both mine and yours- could not be held against us and that He bore our sins and punishment so that we can spend eternity with Him, we have a decision to make.  God has given us free will to choose, we can accept or reject Christ as Savior.  If we accept Him as Savior, eternity in heaven is ours.

To accept Christ as Savior, First you must repent of your sins.  In repentance, there must be a knowledge of sin, the Bible says, "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God".  When Isaiah was convicted of his sins he said, "Woe is me, I am a man of unclean lips".  When Paul was convicted of his sins he said, "I am the chief of sinners". When Peter was convicted he said, "I am a sinful man". 

It is The Holy Spirit who brings about this conviction.  Repentance cannot take place without first there being a movement of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind.  The Holy Spirit may use a mother' prayer, a preacher's sermon, a song on the radio; the choice remains yours; you can be convicted and still not repent.

There are also emotions involved in repentance just as there are in all genuine experiences.  Paul says there is a Godly sorrow that builds towards repentance.  Repentance is validated through the state of your heart; it cannot be just lip service.

There are skeptics of emotionalism and there are dangers of false emotionalism. A genuine repentance will include a Godly sorrow.

Repentance also involves the will; it is only when we come to the will that we find the heart of repentance.  There must be a determination to forsake sin, and only the Holy Spirit can help you with that determination.  To repent is a conscious decision we make to turn away from our current path. 

The danger of sin is that it causes you to doubt, it causes you to fear; sin can blur our vision of who God really is- sin blinds us to see His true character.  And His character is love, mercy, grace and forgiveness. 

Second, by faith accept that the Lord has forgiven you of your sins.  Your punishment was placed upon Jesus at Calvary.

Third, commit your ways to Jesus as you move forward.  Commit can also mean surrender- surrender yourself to Jesus, it will not be easy.  There will be times of failure but Jesus is there to pick you up and place you back on your feet.  


Lord, thank you for allowing us sinners the opportunity to accept your gift of grace and surrender our loves to you. Amen.

It is a walk, a relationship, and a journey to which the Savior waits for you with open arms to say yes, I belong to Jesus.  

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