“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raise him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10, NIV)
Have you read the book or watched the move The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg? It tells the story of a young boy who’s near the age where he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.
On Christmas Eve he is awakened by a train that has pulled up in his front yard. The conductor steps out and tells him to get aboard. He gets on the train to find other pajama clad children questioning just like him.
The train stops in a magical city which turns out to be the North Pole. Santa appears and hands out gifts. The little boy receives and silver bell from Santa’s reindeer harness. One catch…he has to believe in order to hear the bell. Santa takes off on his rounds and the children load back up on the train for their trip home. The boy reaches in his pocket for his bell realizing it has fallen through a hole in his coat pocket.
He wakes Christmas morn with all the packages under the tree but his eye catches a small box. Inside is the bell and a note from Santa telling him to fix the hole in his pocket.
The last line of the book reads…“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them.”
It looks like to me that you have to believe for the spirit to work!
Scripture tell us “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” (I Thessalonians 2:13, NIV)
Hmm, you have to believe before the word of God can be at work inyou. Maybe you are a non believer and don’t understand the ways of God or maybe you are like Santa’s friends and believed at one time but His voice has been silent.
It is never too late! It doesn’t matter what you’ve done. Say you’re sorry and Believe!! ~Deb
Do you ever question if faith in Jesus in the only way to be saved? Satan is very crafty. He lies and twists God’s word to confuse us! He would have everyone believe that sooner or later everyone will make it to heaven. Is that what scripture tells us? We have a choice to reject or accept Christ’s gift of salvation. “God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believe in the name of the only begotten Sod of God” (John 3:17-18, NIV) The scripture clearly states that …“whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV). We only have this time on earth to make that choice. There are no second chances after death!
Why not make sure of your salvation today, and ask Jesus into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior. God promises eternity for those who make that decision and wrath to those who don’t. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; but whoever rejects the son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him. “ (John 3:36, NIV) Do not be fooled by the lure of a second chance. Remember, there are no second chances after death. We have this life to accept or reject Christ! What is your decision? Deb~