“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”(Matthew 11:28)
“Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away.” (John 6:37)
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD.“Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)
“But everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved, for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape, just as the LORD has said. These will be among the survivors whom the LORD has called.” (Joel 2:32)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
There is an old hymn we used to sing when I was growing up called “Just as I am.” That song used to always tug at my heartstrings and bring tears to my eyes. It is humbling to know that someone will accept you just as you are. To know that the Creator is perfectly willing to take me ‘as is’, shows just a glimpse of the great love He has for us.
What I have come to realize is that there is nothing I can do in and of myself to be “good enough” to qualify for His kingdom. My righteousness is as filthy rags just as the Bible says it is in Isaiah 64:6. He has bought my entrance fee with His blood. But it isn’t just about getting into the kingdom of God. His primary purpose for dying for us is to have an intimate one-on-one relationship with us. That is all He has ever wanted with human beings. He wants our hearts and love in return.
In all actuality, we can’t come to Him any other way but just as we are. We can’t clean up our lives enough to be worthy in our own righteousness. He has made the decision to clean us up Himself because once we give our lives to Him, we then belong to Him. We are placed right in the palm of His hand and that is such a wonderful place to be!
We come to Jesus, just as we are, and He accepts us as we are. He pays for our sins and iniquities with His blood. They are forever wiped away. We become a new creature. Our old life must die. This is a crossroads for all believers. To submit to His Lordship and let Him clean us up OR swallow the false teaching of greasy grace that says He accepts you to continue to live in your sin because “grace” allows it. That is not true. That is a deception that has been embraced in these last days. God requires holiness from His people.
It is a journey. It is a work in progress where His grace does cover us while we allow Him to clean us up and make Him the Lord and Master of our lives. It is like doing your laundry. You put your dirty clothes into the washing machine, add the soap and turn it on. There is a thing called an “agitator” that removes the dirt and grime from the clothes. The machine applies the soap and agitates the clothes and then they are rinsed and spun out. It is a whole process. God does “agitate” us too as He is cleaning us up. He will convict our hearts of behaviors that we have that don’t agree with His Word. Suddenly we “feel bad” about it. That is the conviction of the Holy Spirit, gently guiding us towards holiness.
What is holiness? Holiness is simply being set apart for God’s uses. We are cleaned up and polished and set apart from the world’s system of living. We are now living in the earth ready for God to use to bring someone else “just as they are” into His kingdom!
Greasy grace says “God is cool with my current lifestyle and I don’t need to change.” Sorry, that is a lie from the enemy. He wants you to stay in your sinful lifestyle because he knows where it leads. When you actually meet Jesus Christ. I’m talking about a real encounter with Him, you will NEVER be the same. It is impossible to spend even one second in the presence of God and not be changed.
A real encounter with Jesus is so wonderful, you just can’t resist that love! There is no drug or pleasure the world has that can remotely compare to time spent in His presence. I have tried all kinds of drugs and pleasures in the world, and I can tell you that nothing compares–absolutely nothing. And because His presence is so powerful, it really becomes easy to let Him clean you up.
When you fall in love with someone, you will do anything to please that person right? That is the way it is with Jesus. When you have been in His presence, you WILL fall head over heels in love with Him and willing to let Him do whatever He wants to with your life.
We’ve all heard the old saying “people change.” People do change when their lives truly meet the Lord. When a person says they “got saved” yet is perfectly fine clubbing, drugging, and drinking like they have always done, they did not really meet Jesus Christ. They are deceived. The most dangerous teaching today is “once saved always saved” because it lulls people into a false sense of security if they have not REALLY met Jesus!
A person who has truly received Jesus Christ will do a complete 180-degree turn in their lifestyle. They won’t go to the clubs anymore because Jesus isn’t there. They won’t get high because Jesus is their high. They won’t sleep with lovers because Jesus is now the lover of their soul. He becomes everything to them. This person is one hundred percent sure of their salvation. No one can pluck them out of the Father’s hand. They are truly saved from destruction.
On the other hand, a person who says the sinner’s prayer without a real encounter is just saying words and they leave the same way they came. It is a matter of the heart. It is a transaction of the heart. Your HEART is given to Him to become His special possession. He must be Savior AND Lord. The Savior saves us, but the Lord is our Master. We serve Him and our lives MUST show it. A Christian is supposed to be light and salt in an evil world to show others the way to life.
The debate about the “once saved always saved” doctrine isn’t about a true Christian losing their salvation. It is really about this: did they meet Jesus at all in the first place? If they didn’t, then they aren’t saved but rather deceived into thinking they have their ticket to heaven. That is when Jesus’ prophecy will become a reality to them when on that day, He says “I never knew you.” We MUST have a true encounter and a heart transaction with Him. We must truly meet Him. A life that is truly saved will show the fruit of it. It is that simple.
Today, if you are reading this and you realize that you have never really met Jesus Christ. You may have said the sinner’s prayer years ago, but there has been no real change in your life, you can change that right now. You can truly come just as you are and give Him your heart. Go to the link below “Meet Jesus Here…” and pray that prayer for the first time or once again, and mean it in your heart. He WILL come to you instantly. Remember it is a matter of the heart…