Friday, March 09, 2007

I believe

For those that don't know me, or think they know me:

I believe in God.
I believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, 100% man, 100% God.
I believe Jesus Christ died on a cross for the remission of our sin. And I believe it worked.
I believe in the infilling of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
I believe that you can be saved even if you haven't been filled with the Holy Spirit.
I believe that if somewhere in my walk of serving Christ, I decide to stop serving Christ, that when I die, He will honor my decision, and not force His presence upon me.
I believe in doing so, my salvation, so painfully bought, can be lost.

I believe God has a plan for my life. A good plan.
I believe every sorrow I've been through has had a purpose. Whether to create in me the person He wants me to be in order to fulfill His plan for me, or to remind me that my actions have consequences.
I believe that even when it's my own foolish actions that bring me pain, God will use that for a good purpose as well. Whether I ever have the privilege of seeing the result or not. I believe it.
I believe that I have no right to feel anything but sincere and utter gratitude that one such as He, would draw to Him one such as me.

I believe that the Bible is the very Word of God.
I believe it is 100% true, even if the translation passed to us throughout the generations have not been 100% accurate.
I believe there is a Heaven and that, by His saving grace, I can go there.
I believe there is a Hell, and that by refusing His saving grace, I can go there as well.
I believe there is a Devil, who seeks to destroy this world, and turn every person away from the love of Christ.
I believe that very devil has demons, who walk this earth doing the bidding of their master.
I believe that there are such beings as Angels.
I believe that Angels do daily warfare against the demons of this world.
I believe that Angels have done and daily do miraculous signs and wonders. We just aren't always aware.

I believe that I am saved by Gods grace, not by works.
I believe that as a growing, and passionate Christian, that I am enabled by Christ to do works, and should do them.
I believe in the fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control.
I believe that if my life shows none of those fruits, you have reason to doubt my salvation.

And I believe, that if God had not intervened in my life, I would have chosen to end my life. I believe He was gracious to me, patient with me, and that I can trust Him with everything every single thing that is in me. He's changed my life, and given me hope, and a future. He's made my life worth living, worth fighting for, if for no other reason but that every minute I'm alive is one more minute I might be able to do something for Him.

I believe
He can do the same for you.


One Sided said...

Now how am I to discuss with you the fact that you can not loose your salvation? If you already believe that you can only refuse it.

flyawaynet said...

I had to go back and read what I wrote to make sure of what I specifically said.
My belief is that if I walk with God, then decide to no longer walk with God, my salvation will become null and void / lost.
Your comment could be interpreted several ways and so I want to make certain I understand exactly what you are saying.
Do you believe it is not possible to refuse, OR lose your salvation in any way, due to any thing?
Do you believe it is possible to make a solid decision to refuse your salvation (after having been saved at one point), but cannot, by some strange event "lose" salvation?
Some other interpretation that I haven't thought of...

One Sided said...

I guess I must start off with the fact that I would have strong doubts that a salvation experience ever took place if a person were to knowingly give back the gift of salvation.
Saying that, I now say, one of the first freedoms given to us humans by God is the freedom of choice, I do not believe God would take that freedom from us.
So in theory it seems possible that we could return the gift of salvation.
I do not believe that we can commit a sin that is more powerful than God and thus pull us from the safety of His grip. So in holding with that last statement, If your salvation experience was REAL, then; no you can not give it back, not even if you were to deny knowing him three times.

Nate said...

An impressive list. If it were mine I would probably have an item concerning the invisibility/ transcendence of God. That particular is very important to me just now. I'm finding that, in my own understanding as a finite being in need of incarnations, that all the other truths I can arrive at come through an understanding(however small) of God as undefinable, or "ineffable." Of course that isn't to negate anything you've said, but just to understand it all in a larger context.