For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8
A lot of the rebellion in our lives comes from the fact that we want to have control. We don’t like someone telling us what to do. It may have started as a child not wanting your parents to “boss” you around. Then it easily transferred to a work boss you didn’t like or the relationship that was quickly going south. In the world we have spent a great deal of time and a lot of effort controlling the things in our lives. Even though a “take charge” attitude will help us in the “work world”, Satan can easily use this trait against us. Salvation is about letting God have control of our lives and submitting to His Will.
There is really nothing you can do to gain entrance into Heaven. No religious activity, no group to belong to or list of good deeds that will open the gates of Heaven for you. You can’t force your way in or control the situation to gain entrance.
The Bible tells us we are saved through faith. Faith is what we believe. Faith is trusting the work of Christ on the cross. Faith is believing with your heart. The one place that no one but God can see. You can say you believe. You can go to church and act like you believe but God knows the intentions of our heart.
Grace is a gift given to us by God. Grace is power to enable us to resist sin. Grace is spiritual healing through Christ’s love. Grace is unearned favor. For by grace you have been saved through faith…
Do we really believe? It truly is that simple.
Believe Jesus is God’s Son
Believe Jesus died on the cross for your sin
Believe Jesus rose again and is living in Heaven
Believe Jesus is preparing a place for you in Heaven
Believe Jesus is coming back for you.
All you have to do is put your trust in God alone. That is what faith is, complete trust in someone. Have faith in God. He is on His Throne! Our salvation depends on our faith in Jesus Christ.