Making Jesus Lord of Your Life

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Making Jesus Lord of Your LifeThe Love Commandment

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If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

If you have never made Jesus Lord of your life, I urge you to do it today. It’s the most important thing you will ever do in your life. Because, it determines your eternal destiny—whether you will spend eternity in Heaven or Hell.

When Adam gave Satan control of his life, he sold us (his descendants) into slavery too; and, everyone is born spiritually dead, or separated from God. And all of us were born into Satan’s kingdom—except for Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus is not descended from Adam, because God is his father. He’s not subject to the law of sin and death, because he never sinned. He is the Second Adam. He made a way for us to escape from sin, death, and hell. His obedience to God has reversed the effect of Adam’s disobedience for everyone who belongs to him.

Redemption and Salvation are only available by grace (the unmerited favor of God.) And they can only be received through faith in Jesus Christ. (Faith is belief in action.) “For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, lest any man should boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

Jesus is your Redeemer. He made it possible for you to be born again into the Kingdom of God. Jesus is your Savior. He paid the penalty of death for your sins. He took your place and he died so that you can live. You are buried with him in baptism and raised to walk in newness of life.

When Jesus is your Lord, you belong to him. You have God as your spiritual Father, because “whoever has the Son has the Father also,” and the Holy Spirit comes to live in you forever. He is the same Spirit that raised up Jesus from the dead.

The Holy Spirit baptizes you into the body of believers. He seals you until the Day of Redemption. He regenerates your spirit, causing you to be born again. He gives you a new heart, a heart full of love for God and man. He gives you joy, peace, faith, and self-control. He empowers you to do the things that please God.

All of this is yours when you make Jesus Lord of your life; and, you do that by praying a simple heart-felt prayer, like this one: “Heavenly Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord, and that you raised him from the dead. I make him Lord of my life right now. Thank you for saving me. Please send your Holy Spirit to live in me forever. In Jesus Name, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God. You have Eternal Life. Your sins are forgiven. God has declared you to be righteous (in right-standing with him,)  and made you a part of his own family. Your citizenship is in Heaven and you are a joint-heir with Jesus.

All of these blessings are yours because Jesus did you a favor (grace). And you received it through faith, (believing that God’s word is true.)  “Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed . . .” Romans 4:16

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