Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Do we have to work for salvation?

A lot of times I've been saying that we have to work for our salvation but I understand that God had already sent Jesus to save us. I know that salvation is free and that we just have to receive it.

Receiving salvation is not like receiving a candy from a friend. We receive it by heart and with all our soul and being. It sounds so easy but it's not. The other side doesn't want us to go to Jesus so they will distract our faith with all the good promises, leaving us with doubts that Jesus can save us.

You ask, "Why would not God stop the opposite side? If He is powerful then He can easily do that."

It's a way of testing our faith. God had given salvation for free but we have to get it our selves. Don't you think it's too much if He would hand it to us and take it for us? Just like the yin and yang, it says we need darkness to know what's light. We need sadness to know and feel the essence of being happy.

Working for our salvation means keeping our faith stronger until it becomes indestructible. We are saved by grace but I believe salvation will be given if we stop doubting.

So how will our faith be tested? There are a lot of ways, like doubting that praying can cure us, help us with our problems, feel bad for our failures, regret the things that we have done, being afraid and the list goes on.

I believe that faith can move mountains. I am working for my salvation through strengthening my faith and for preparing for the greatest challenge that the opposite side wants me to experience just to blame God for my sorrows and let go of Him. I don't want that to happen and that's what I am working for.


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rikkiBOi said...

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast"


We are saved by the grace of God through our faith... Good works cannot save us...
This salvation is a gift...

Romans 10:9 tells us that there are only two things needed to go to heaven and be with God.
Romans 10:9
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

penlighted said...

Thank you for sharing those verses rikkiboi...

"We are saved by the grace of God through our faith"

But it's not easy to have and keep a faith that is very strong enough to surpass all the trials...You need to contantly pray and ask for guidance...

People are very easy to deceive...

It's easy to confess by your mouth and say that you believe in your heart...

but as human we sometimes doubt...and doubting means our faith is not strong enough

I know salvation is free and it is a gift but I believe if your faith is not that strong it will be very easy for you to blame God and question Him when the greatest trial of your life will come...

I don't want that to happen that's why I am "working" to boost the intensity of my faith....

LoCTY said...

Hi Everyone,

As Rikkiboi quoted so aptly from Ephesians 2:8 Salvation is a free gift and then in verse 9 it says,"not by works,so that no one can boast.10. For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
We don't to things to earn our faith we do things for God out of love for Him and we can only do it the more we open up our hearts to His Holy Spirit. Also go read through James 2:14 - 26

penlighted said...

I agree but everyday our faith is constantly being tested. I do things because I love God but you can never love GOd until you know Him and have faith in Him.

James 2:14-26 said faith alone is not enough...God needs actions...but we do things because we love God..

we do good things because of our faith...If you have faith doing the right thing will just follow...

what I am pointing out is that of people are telling me that salvation is free and we just have to accept it...

but we need faith...the sincere meaning of faith...and actions will just follow with that sincere faith..

it is very easy to say that we have faith and that we already received salvation because we said we have faith...

The Bible is full of symbols that's why we need to reflect and pray for wisdom to understand it.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Anonymous said...

hi everyone! ^_^

alright.. alright..

to sum things up..

"YES we are saved through Faith,
but FAITH alone is not enough.

WORKS cannot save us.
but, FAITH without WORK is USELESS.."

did u get my point?

pls reflect on these statements:

=what's the purpose of the 10 commandments?

=if we are saved ONLY through faith, does that mean its okay to do bad/evil works?

=if I have this Faith, is it okay if i don't repent?

=if your faith is genuine, How can you prove it?

=If we are TRUE followers of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit is with us, then it should reflect on our works.

=There is none righteous, no, not one..(Romans 3:10)
We are all sinners..
That's why we need to confess and repent everyday..


think about it.. my friend..

may God bless us all..

thanks for reading.