Originally Posted by BamaGrits84
I don't know why this has been on my heart so much lately, but I am starting to pondered if a lot of people who say they are Christians actually understands what that means. I hear so many people say the believe in God and accepting Jesus as their Savior is the only way to heaven, but I can't help but wonder if they actually believe in Jesus with their heart. I think if you have Jesus in your heart you suffer from conviction when you sin. You detest sin, you suffer remorse when you sin, and you desire deeply to remove it from your life. Do you think anyone who truely has Jesus in them could be any other way? I hear so many people say "I know it is wrong, but..." The "but" kills me if it is not followed by how they are trying to removed the sin. I know none of us are perfect, but I think it is the desire to be pleasing to the Lord that pulls at my heart so much. It just makes me wonder when I see someone living in a way that displays their lack conviction for their sin that makes me wonder the content of their hearts. I guess I wonder if people falsely believe they are saved because their actions do not reflect Jesus in their hearts.
Well, you are missing a key third step. Salvation requires us to confess AND believe AND submit.
We have to submit ourselves to GOD's Will and give up our own free will or else our conversion is false. As Christians we are no longer free (in the world's understanding of freedom), we are GOD's property
- slaves of GOD who have been purchased with the blood of Christ. Thus, as slaves, our lives become about doing nothing but the will of our Master.