The Blue Mountain Shepherd

~Then he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19)~

     Path to Salvation           

By this point, maybe you have read the contents of this website - or you have stumbled upon it looking for answers.  Maybe you have begun to feel a nagging uneasiness in the pit of your stomach, and you feel that something is missing from your life.  Maybe you are being pulled to do something about the things that don't feel right in your life.  If that is the case, you have come to the right place!  There is good news!  The next step will change your life forever.  If you are having these feelings, it means that you are being convicted by the Holy Spirit to turn to God.  Now that you have a name to call what you're feeling, let's go on to the next step.  Read on!

We are all sinners because of Adam and Eve's disobedience to God (the "fall of man") back in the Garden of Eden.  Not one person is born "saved," not one person can say they are blameless.  Romans 3:10 says about this: "As it is written, 'There is none righteous, no, not one.' "  The Bible also says "For we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). 

When someone has done something wrong, they are generally punished.  How are we punished by God for our sins?  Romans 6:23 gives us an answer:  "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."  This is pretty clear.  If we sin, and if we are never cleared of this sin, we will die.  We will never be given the gift of eternal life with God if we allow sin to remain in our lives - instead, we will find ourselves in Hell with our sins.

Is there any way out of this?  There has to be something we can do to stop this, right?  Well, there is.  Romans 5:8 says "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  Really?  Is this possible?  Would someone actually do that for us?  Why would anyone do that?  Well, John 3:16 has that answer:  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." 

If this is true, what do we need to do in order to know that we, to, will have everlasting life?  Romans 10:9 tells us "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."  What does this mean?  Because Jesus died for us, what we need to do to be saved from an eternity in Hell is to believe in Him with our whole hearts, and to confess verbally that we believe He is our Lord and He died for us.  Romans 10:13 restates this point, making quite clear what we need to do to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are saved. "For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Salvation, the forgiveness of our sins, is the free gift that is available to anyone who will trust that Jesus is their Savior and make it known that they believe this with their whole heart.

Part of this is our need to believe that God raised Him from the dead.  We can see this in Matthew 28:5-8, which says "But the angel answered and said to the women, 'Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here, for He is risen, as He said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him.  Behold, I have told you.'  So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His discples word." 

After we have accepted Jesus into our hearts and lives as our Savior, what can we look forward to?  Romans 5:1 has this reassurance for us:  "Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."  This tells us that because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can know that we are at peace with God.  Romans 8:1 goes further with this:  "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."  Because we believed and confessed that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we can KNOW that we are no longer doomed in our sin!  It is an amazing feeling, knowing that we are finally free to really learn what pure joy and peace is.

The most incredible reassurance we could be given is found in Romans 8:38-39.  This passage says "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."  This tells us that if Christ Jesus is really our Lord, if we are saved (and free to experience peace with God because we are saved), there is NOTHING that will keep us from God's love - nothing. 

So how do I become saved?  If you are still reading this, and if you feel like there's something missing from your life, we can help.  The first step is to believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is your Lord and your Savior, and that he died for your sins and did in fact rise again.  You must first believe that He died to cleanse you and free you from your sin.  Are you ready to take this first step?  Take a moment and think about this - think about your past, and how it led you here, and then think about what you've just learned.  This is not a decision you should ever make lightly, because it is the most life changing decision you will make.  You're either all in, or you're not.  However, it's also the most important step you will ever take.

At this point, you might find you need more proof.  We have more information that you can read for yourself.  These pages may be useful.  Click the links below and read the information carefully:

What Does God's Law Say?

What Did Jesus Do?

What Do I Do Now?

If you feel that you need to take the second step right now, we can help you there too.  You need to confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Savior, that you acknowledge your sinful past and don't want to live that way anymore.  You need to ask Jesus into your heart, you need to thank Him for making that huge sacrifice for YOU.  If you like, you can word this however you wish.  If you need help forming the words, here is a prayer you can say when you are ready:

"God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness - the gift of eternal life! Amen!"

It really is that easy, but this is something you must do with your whole heart for it to be true and lasting.  If you have just prayed that prayer, we are so happy for you!  Please write us at [email protected] and tell us what just happened in your life.  We would love to hear from you and we will be happy to encourage you and pray with you further! 

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