My purpose for publishing a daily two-minute Bible reading summary is:
1) To encourage born-again worshipers of Jesus to allow the Holy Spirit of God to sanctify them and to continuously develop an ever closer relationship with God. *
2) To interest readers to take the time to read the whole passage for themselves,
3) To help some that have fallen behind or are starting late to catch up,
4) To help the readers' comprehension of the passage, and
5) To motivate me to remain active in my personal Bible studying.
* Salvation comes before sanctification.
To become a "born-again" worshiper of Jesus (also called becoming "saved" from eternal damnation) a person must first be called by God. A person will know he/she is being called when he/she senses a deep desire in his/her soul to be right with God. (Sinners are not naturally drawn to God on their own, in fact, sinners, by nature always run from God.)
To be "saved" means that a soul calls on the mercy of God for salvation, knowing that he/she could never be good enough, sacrifice enough, or pay enough to be saved.
Receiving Jesus' salvation is a miraculous simultaneous process of:
-a sinner's admission of total wretchedness,
-the inability to save himself/herself,
-his/her need for a merciful Savior,
-his/her recognition and declaration that Jesus is the Son of God who became the sacrifice to redeem all who would believe,
-repentance of his/her sinful ways, and
-his/her making a conscientious yielding of his/her will to His control for life.
There is no exact prayer required for salvation. Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved. However, a model prayer for salvation could be something like this:
"Father in heaven, I admit that I am a sinner. I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God that came to earth, lived a sinless life, and suffered a sacrificial death to pay for my sins. I believe that You raised Him from the dead on the third day, that He ascended to heaven and is sitting at Your right hand. Upon this confession, I ask You to please forgive me of all my sins and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray, amen."
Following this step the Holy Spirit will begin a sanctification process with the ultimate goal being to make you Christlike. This process will not end until you arrive in heaven.
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