There was a time in my life when I walked the aisle and prayed the prayer and "got saved". I was 11.
I *thought* I got saved.
There was no fruit. John 15:5
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in
him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
Matthew 7:17,20 "Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. Thus by their fruit you will recognize them"
High School: no fruit
College: no fruit (actually, BAD fruit)
Young married life: no fruit (living for what pleases LAINE)
After Rob and I got married, and had Katie Lyn, we realized "Hey, we've got this little person to raise in this big bad world. We need to get back in church."
So we did.
I taught Sunday School.
I taught VBS.
I had another baby (Colby).
And I joined a Bible Study. That happened to be on the book of Revelation.
One Wednesday night at a prayer meeting, I was overcome with the Holy Spirit...convicting me of my unrighteousness and wickedness in my heart. Luke 5:32 "I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” All the good things I had started doing in church was not worth a hill of beans!!!! Ephesians 2:8 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast." I sobbed at the table and confessed, "Yes, I've been baptized. But it wasn't a Believer's Baptism. I need Jesus!" I turned away from sin and turned to the Lord. And He washed me whiter than snow.
That night I knew. I would be baptized again. And THIS time, praise God, it would be because I have repented of my sins and have been adopted into Christ's family!
With little Clay still in my belly, I was baptized on April 27, 1999.
I guess I'm writing all this because I'm afraid of how many people have "prayed the prayer", or even been baptized, and think they're safe from Hell. They think they can go ahead and live their life how they want to, and they'll be alright in the end.
I've sinned in leading my children to "pray the prayer" probably before they really understood. Praise God that in the past year, Rob and I have had many talks with each of our children about repentance and salvation. God is so faithful to forgive our sins and help us have wisdom raising our children!
The sinner's prayer does not save you. Jesus is who saves you and me. It is because of His death for our sins, He imparts His righteousness to us. We are washed clean by His blood shed on the cross. CLEAN! NEW LIFE! We are NEW CREATIONS!!!!!
And once we are saved, we are on a journey of sanctification...always pressing on to serve Him and love Him and glorify Him. It is a daily journey of confessing our sins and humbling ourselves before our Maker, acknowledging that He is the giver of this life!
I just have to ask you this, with the love of Christ. Are you saved? Have you been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb? Even if you THOUGHT you were saved...examine yourself before God. It is a GOOD thing to ask yourself "Am I really saved?" Because HE will show you. His Holy Spirit in us is His seal of redemption!!!!! Do we still sin? Yes! But because of Christ we are not condemned! We can confess our sins and He is faithful and just to forgive them and cleanse us of ALL unrighteousness! (1 John 1:9) Praise God we can walk in freedom. Free to love. Free to give. Free to serve. Free from the sin that entangles us.
If you are saved, then REJOICE SISTER OR BROTHER! 'Cause you are FREE INDEED!!!