Posted by: clevsea | January 4, 2008

Short Accounts with God

Someone emailed questioning their salvation. She had converted as a young child, and always believed in “Once saved, always saved” but she had come to point of doubting her salvation. I answered her with the email below. She told me she was greatly helped by it, so I decided to share it here:

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I am a once saved-always-saved kind of Christian too. I don’t demand
agreement, btw. I can see how the other side of that debate arrived
at their doctrine. All that to say your question is dependant on
doctrine.

But what if……

we made it easier …

what if…..

we didn’t have to have it all figured out to get you to a place of
assurance?

Have you heard the saying “short accounts with God?” It’s a quickie
saying that puts I John into action. Remember the part of the Bible
where it says — “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I
John 1:9

Short accounts refers to the habit of going to the Lord often and
confessing our sins. If you confess and ask that the Lord Jesus
Christ’s death on the cross would be enough and be suffient to pay
the price for your sins…then you’d be saved right then. If you do
that often during the day you would be “forgiven” as you lived your
life.

Whether you were truly saved at 5 or at 25 it doesn’t matter. You’re
alive right now and it’s not too late to get right with the Lord. You
are not sin-free and God will either have to punish you for your sins
or you will be forgiven due to Jesus’ finish work on the Cross.

Then pray and ask for help to “walk in a manner worthy of gospel of
peace.” Ask to be faithful and obedient. Ask to be a vine who is
abiding in Jesus and being fed by Him.

Look at Eph 2:8,9,10—very famous verse—-

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Look at the VERY next verse, not so famous:

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good
works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

God ordained BEFOREhand good works for you to walk in. He did that
for me too. Maybe this is one of them…writing this now. I don’t
know. I know I’m available right now and I saw your post and these
Biblical answers are coming to me faster than I can type them.

Be of good Cheer—the Lord Jesus Christ came to save sinners.

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