The first step is to have faith in God. The Bible teaches, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). Faith is not a mere intellectual acceptance of the fact that Christ died for man’s sin but it is the state that leads the soul to follow the Lord wholeheartedly.
The second step is to remove sin from the heart. The Bible states that sin cuts the connection between the believer and God. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). When a believer confesses his sins and repent, the Lord promises forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Jesus doesn’t save us in sin but from sin.
Study of God’s Word
The third step is listen to God’s voice daily through the Bible. When the believer studies the scriptures, he will hear God speaking to him by His Spirit. The Lord will convict him of his sins and show him the right path. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). He who has this light to lead him will not fall even though his path is surrounded by evil (2 Peter 1:19).
The fourth step is to speak to the Lord continually through prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Jesus gives us the model for prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.”
The fifth step is to be baptized into the body of Christ. “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16). Believing is the inward acceptance of the salvation provided by the vicarious death of the world’s Savior. Getting baptized is the outward sign of an inward change of life (Romans 6:3-6).
The seventh step is to witness of how the Lord has saved us to others. Jesus gave the great commission: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).
The good news is that Jesus gives the believer the will and desire to want Him: “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). The Lord enables the believer to make the decision to attain salvation, and He also supplies him with the energy to make the decision effective so that salvation is accomplished in his life. Thus, redemption is a cooperative work between God and the believer, with God furnishing all the needful powers for the use of the believer (Philippians 4:13).
In His service,
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