SECURE YOUR SALVATION – By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memory Verse: Philippians 2:16“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
Read: Philippians 2:12-16
John 15:1-5:“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. ”
If you are born-again, go further to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and thereafter, walk in the Spirit. Do everything possible to retain the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. Several years ago, I used to preach to my mother to give her life to Jesus, but she would tell me she was among the early Christians in her village and that she had been a Christian before she was married to my father. Yet, I would ask her: “Are you really born-again?” When she could no longer stand the pressure, she asked me what I wanted her to do, so I led her to Christ. After this, I was worried about the genuineness of her salvation, so I told God that I needed to see the evidence of her conversion especially because she was advanced in age; I wanted God to baptise her with the Holy Spirit before she dies, so that I can be certain she is born-again.
During a visit one afternoon, while praying for God’s help so that she would be baptised with the Holy Spirit that same day, I fell asleep. Two of my daughters visited and met me sleeping, so they went to ask mama whether she had been baptised with the Holy Spirit. They took some time with her and mama received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It was the noise that woke me. Have you received the baptism of the Holy Spirit? If you have, are members of your nuclear and extended families saved? If they are, praise God, but don’t stop at that; help them to receive the Holy Spirit. Luke 24:49 says,
“And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.”
The presence of the Holy Spirit will be a witness of conversion to Christ as well as make them witnesses of the power of the Gospel according to Romans 8:9 and Acts 1:8. Do not take for granted that you are saved or that your loved ones have given his or her life to Christ, take further steps to secure that salvation by having more of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
- If you have not experienced the baptism of the Holy Ghost, pray that the Lord will baptise you with His fire. You can also see your pastor to pray with you.
Bible in one year: Deuteronomy 20-22.