Salvation~ Are you really saved?
The time is now to be really sure you understand your position with God. For the unsaved there is a death sentence (Romans 8:1-3). You have already been tried, convicted, and sentenced. You are, in the eyes of the Lord, the walking dead. You have the same eternal sentence as satan. This remains the truth until you accept that Jesus Christ is Lord. Unless you have been broken, emptied, and stripped of all your worldly beliefs. You are not saved. It is only those who choose to have an intimate relationship with God are saved. You must be willing to go through the birthing process of salvation Jesus talked to Nicodemus about. You can be in the church working faithfully and still go to hell (Matthew 7: 21-23). Many are hearing the voice of salvation but few will be chosen (Matthew 22:14). You are not choosing God, He has chosen you (Romans 8:27-29). Many of you believe with all your heart that you are saved. Salvation in the Hebrew “Yeshuah” means deliverance. You must be totally delivered from every single connection to the natural realm in order to have true salvation. Salvation in the Greek means deliverance as well. The bloodshed of Jesus enhanced the meaning of salvation in the New Testament from what it meant in the Old Testament. Salvation or Soteria in Greek means to health and well being. This is not referring to the flesh (John 3:2-5) but the spirit. You must understand that true salvation through Jesus Christ is deliverance form the world system, health in your spirit, soul and body, and wellbeing in the spirit realm. We have been somewhat deceived in our thinking that if you believe in Jesus Christ that is my salvation. That is only the very beginning. It is like conception of a baby.
When a baby is first conceived it is not prepared to talk. You know that you have conceived the baby but the baby is not ready to talk until it has been broken down on the molecular level, shaped, and formed into its human form. When the process of being broken is completed they are emptied out of the womb (comfort zone) into the world. Even though the child starts to speak baby talk soon that is stripped away for a new understanding of communication. It is at this point that he child begins to understand true salvation or deliverance. They become self sufficient or independent in some area to show that they understand your directions of guidance. We must understand that God is Spirit and He deals with us spiritually only. When the time comes for God to receive us unto Himself it will only be the spiritual things that He will accept (Ephesians 1:10) into His Kingdom. No unrighteous, worldly ways will be able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. When you accept Jesus as your Savior in the Spirit you have only been conceived you must go through the Spiritual birthing process. In the birthing process you must be broken, emptied, and stripped. This process is only for the chosen, the ones who pursue an intimate relationship with God.
Broken ~ When you are being broken God allows you to be placed in situations that will take you to the edge of yourself. You get to the point in your life that you say “Lord, I cannot do this without you, I yield to your will, not my will Lord but your will be done”. You are no longer interested in conforming to the world’s standard you are after the will of God for your life. You at this point recognize His greatness and you yield. This is the very beginning of your salvation.
Emptied ~ The process of being emptied comes only after you have been broken. God is a God of order and this is the process; there is no way around this process. When you are being emptied all of your old ways, mindsets, habits, and additions are removed by God. You come to the place where you have no desire to associate with people who are not going in the same direction you are. You lose your desire to live the life you where living and begin to seek out the ways of the Lord (Matthews 6:33). When you have been emptied, God begins to pour Himself in you (through the Word). You develop an unquenchable hunger for the Word of God. God begins to slowly reveal revelation of who you are in Him. Many people get to this portion of the process not understanding what God is doing and try to live on the fence. This is not possible with God and unbeneficial to you because you are stuck here. You never advance to the place where God can strip you. You in this place can have the tendency to go back and forth about letting go of some habits, addictions, and old ways that you thought was a part of your character.
Stripped ~ The final part of the salvation birthing process is stripping. This is the part of the process that can literally drive you to God or away from Him. This process strips you from every soul tie to the natural realm. In the natural realm you develop ties to your family, houses, cars, jobs or careers and money. In this process God is allowing the adversary to test you to see who will separate you from the Love of God (Romans 8:35-39). When you have gone through this portion of the birthing process you don’t care if you life in a house or on the street, you still serve God. You can have much or very little and still you will speak the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is only at the end of this process you are saved. You are now one of God’s sons. You have been conformed in the likeness of Jesus Christ and you go about doing the will of God. No matter what, you do what you have to tell people about Jesus. You are now in the position of loving God unconditionally just as He Loves you.
Don’t fight the process, go through it for the Glory on the other side cannot be compared to the process you when through to get there. Hold on to God for He knows just where you are. He has not left you alone. Be strengthened in the fact that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness there of and He will not ever allow you to beg. Take God at His word and remind Him of it. He is faithful to you be faithful to Him in this process. The time is now for you to be sure that you are saved.