INTRODUCTION

This poem has been on my mind to write for a long time.  The idea came one day, as my pastor preached a sermon on the importance of making Christ your own personal Savior, and how there are many who sit in churches everywhere who have a said faith, but not a saving faith.  They may believe Jesus is God, and that He died for our sins, but they have never really embraced Him personally with their whole hearts to live for Him and make Him Lord of their lives.  Many come to church Sunday after Sunday, and bring their Bibles, and listen to the sermons, but then they go out into the world, and live their lives just as all those who do not know Him.   As my pastor says,  “If your faith hasn’t changed you, it hasn’t saved you.”  (I believe Paul Washer also says that.  Paul Washer is one of very few good pastors remaining who I am aware of these days, among so many who preach a false or watered down gospel.)

We can come to the realization of who Christ really is…God in the flesh, who died in our place to take the wrath God intended for each of us upon Himself to satisfy God’s anger that He has towards us because of our sin…but until we come to the point of having true sorrow over our sin enough to turn from it, and fully surrender our lives to Him, it is not true belief.  God’s Word reveals to us that ‘the demons believe in God, and they tremble!’  (James 2:19)  In their belief, they even know who Jesus is, (Mark 1:24,34, Mark 5:7,  Luke 4:34, 41) and yet they are in complete rebellion against Him! 

True belief requires trusting completely in Christ’s atoning sacrifice as full payment for our sins; relying upon His shed blood alone, as our only hope and assurance of salvation, and not in our ‘good works.’  Our ‘good works’ and changed lives then become the evidence of true saving faith.

(I want to add more to the introduction of this poem, but the message of this poem is weighing on my heart, so I just want to post it now to share it with all who may stop by to read my poems.)

 Please reflect upon the message of the following poem, and especially upon the following Scriptures, and please consider watching this video by Paul Washer…

More importantly, please read all five chapters of the book of 1 John.  Truly examine yourself in the light of God’s Word to see if you really are a believer… according to the Word of God.  Please…your eternal life depends upon it!

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my poems and posts!

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT UPON

“Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God-children born not of natural descent nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” (John 1:12,13)

“…Jesus declared,  “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”  “You should not be surprised at My saying ,  ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:3,7)

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” (1 Peter 1:23)

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Romans 5:1)

“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” (Matthew 3:8)

“Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…” (Acts 3:19)

“I preached that they should repent and turn to God, and  prove their repentance by their deeds.” (Acts 26:20)

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)

“The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and,  “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord, must turn away from wickedness.”                   (2 Timothy 2:19)

“You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature…”  (Galatians 5:13)

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.” (1 Timothy 1:13-16)

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar, and His Word has no place in our lives.  My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.  We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.  The man who says,  “I know Him,”  but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But if anyone obeys His Word, God’s love is truly made complete in Him.  This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 1:8-10, 2:1-6)

Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.  Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.  But you know that He appeared so that He might take away our sins.  And in Him is no sin.  No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning.  No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” (1 John 3:3-6)

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)

“God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.  I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:11-13)

I BELIEVE

“I believe in God,” you may say,

“I believe Jesus is the Christ, and the only true way,”

But how do you live your life day by day?

Do you turn from sin, read God’s Word, and do you pray?

Satan believes Jesus is the Christ, Scripture shows this to be true,

So there must be a difference then, between him, and me and you,

The proof comes from a changed heart affecting all that we do,

Our trust will be in Christ alone, and with sin we must be through,

We’ll never be perfect, no matter how hard we may try,

This was the reason Jesus Christ had to die,

He lived the sinless, perfect life impossible for you and I,

To give His life, make peace with God, and our hearts He could

then sanctify,

Belief  goes beyond just knowing the truth in your mind,

It must go to your heart, as God opens spiritual eyes that are blind,

Joy fills your soul when His truth you then find,

And godly sorrow will cause you to leave sinful behavior behind,

His strength He will give you, where you find yourself weak,

So you can break sinful patterns of behavior, when it’s Him you do seek,

Turning from every temptation, when you hear His Spirit speak,

To declare your love and commitment to Him who is all powerful yet meek,

Examine yourself, do you really believe?

Have you been born from above, is it Christ whom you have truly received?

Have you turned from sin with godly sorrow, or are you self-deceived?

Has your knowledge about Christ transformed your life, or is it just

a truth you have only perceived?

There is a deep love in your heart for all Christ has done,

Yes, but with sin do you still flirt with?  A new life have you truly begun?

Be broken, turning from sin with sorrow before a Holy God, rejoice for the

victory Christ has won,

Choose to live your life from this moment on, bringing glory to our God,

the risen Son.

Copyright©2010 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.

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