after believing in Jesus Christ.
“And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God,
that you may know that you have eternal life,
and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:11-13 NKJV.
The enemy satan will try to sow seeds of doubt in the mind of a child of God.
Have I really been forgiven?
Am I approved by God?
Do I have right standing with Him?
Has my name been written in the Book of Life?
If I die today will I make it to heaven?
When you have believed on the name of Jesus Christ, that He was God incarnate sent to redeem you from your sin,
you believe that God raised Him from the dead and you have asked Him,
or called upon His name to be Lord of your life,
to come into your heart and to make you a child of God, know that you have received eternal life.
In the process of this you need to turn to God, to agree with His word as to what is right and wrong.
This process is called repentance.
Part of this is a feeling of remorse or being sorry that you have lived a life of rebellion to God all this time
and being sorry for the mistakes you know you made while living in rebellion to God.
His word says in 2 Corinthians 7:10-11 (NKJV):
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted;
but the sorrow of the world produces death.
For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner:
What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves,
what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication!
In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”
Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation.
It helps you draw a line between your past life and your new life now in Christ.
Godly sorrow also produces diligence for the new life in Christ,
helps you to make a resolution to God that you will live for Him,
it makes you to have the reverential and obedient fear of God.
Out of this sorrow will arise a true zeal for God, a vehement desire to serve Him
and a true vindication that indeed Jesus Christ died for your sin.
Out of that vindication comes a feeling of peace and joy of His salvation.
Point of reflection:
Believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, repenting of your past life and mistakes
and having godly sorrow over it is then followed by calling on His name.
The scriptures declare that whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10:13).
Having done that His word want to give you assurance that you have been saved.
This is the testimony- God has given you eternal life and that life is in His Son,
you who have the Son has eternal life and He who does not have the Son does not have eternal life.
He goes further to say "I write these things to you who believe on the name of the Son of God
so that you may know you have eternal life
and will continue to believe on the name of the Son of God". (1 John 5:11-13)
God wants you to know you have eternal life.
When you know you can approach God with confidence.
That is also why His word says in Titus 1:2 (NKJV):
"In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began."
The God who promised you eternal life through Jesus Christ cannot lie.
When you are ready-
Prayer of consecration:
Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I thank you for sending Jesus Christ to suffer and die for my sin.
I am sorry that I have lived in rebellion to your word,
I am sorry about my past mistakes but today I turn back to you and repent of my sin.
I believe Jesus Christ died for me and rose again.
I open my life to you Lord Jesus, I ask you to be my Lord from today I will live for you.
Thank you for hearing me, thank you for forgiving my sin and for writing my name in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Thank you for giving me the power, the right and the privilege to be a child of God.
I receive your assurance that I have eternal life as I have received Jesus Christ to be Lord of my life.
In Jesus Christ's name I pray. Amen.
Wishing you a joyous and prosperous Year 2021, the year in which Almighty God is calling you to become a chosen of Almighty God. God is calling us all- but we need to choose God,
it is you who chooses Almighty God to partner with Him in His agenda on the Earth. (Matthew 22:14). Choose to be a person seeking His will and His agenda on the earth, to be a person who is focused on performing His purpose.
As you do you join Moses, David the son of Jesse, the Apostles and other brethren who have gone before us. As you do Almighty God calls you a person after His own heart.(Acts 13:22).
As you seek the heart of Almighty God, He promises 1) to show you His mercies that are new every morning, 2) He promises to show you His faithfulness, 3) He promises to give you help from the sanctuary,
4) He promises to anoint you with His Holy Spirit, 5) He promises to answer you when you call upon Him, 6) He promises to increase your capacity to influence people (your horn), 7) He promises to prosper you,
8) He promises to give you victory over the enemy satan, 9) He promises to make a covenant with you (to be coupled and bonded to you as you fulfil His agenda on the Earth),
10) He promises never to fail you or leave you and more (Psalms 89:1-37).
You need to continue to seek Him in his word and as you do, His good hand will manifest upon your life. (Hosea 4:6; Ezra 7:6, 10) He will give you His burden to pray for salvation of souls across Planet Earth,
to be a faithful witness for Jesus Christ as well as being a faithful steward of what He has entrusted to you- the time, the mysteries of God and substance.
You also need to continue to seek His face in prayer as He promises to reveal to you hidden things of Almighty God. (Jeremiah 33:3)
As you do the Almighty God who foreknew you before you entered your mother's womb, who predestined you (that is wrote a script about your life),who is now calling you,
will now justify you through the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ on the cross and show you His glory and His goodness in Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:29-30).
We love you as we invite you to choose to be a person after the heart of Almighty God who will accomplish His will and His purpose on the Earth.
We are praying for you.
Apostle Dr Max and Joyce Matonhodze.