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Eternal Salvation

We humans like to be in control. We want that control to cover everything, even Godís domain. We like to think that it is up to us to maintain our salvation like we maintain our house. We are positive we must keep working at being good and more importantly, looking good.

As believers, we have the Holy Spirit, who comes to reside in us when we truly accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the only valid payment for our sins. Because of his presence, we can expect to become increasingly more godly in our thoughts and actions. This does take a little work on our part. We are expected to develop new and better habits, while we study Godís word, but this has nothing to do with whether we keep our salvation. It is because God wants us to act like a saved people.

When I see believers, I expect to see these things. But if good works and right living are not evident to me, I know that it is not my place to judge their salvation. There is only one who knows all hearts and he will be the ultimate judge.

Belonging to Christ is not a free pass to sin. The Holy Spirit will let us know when we go wrong and ultimately, Christ will judge us according to our actions, because we belong to him.

I know who I trust with my salvation and I try to make it known in my daily life. My greatest hope will be to stand at the judgment seat of Christ and hear Jesus say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."(Matthew 25:14-31)

If life gets hard and, for some strange reason, I would try to turn my back on Christ, I know his hold on me is much stronger than my strength to pull away. You see, he promised me eternal life and eternal means forever. God keeps his promises.

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