Our salvation is secure in Christ alone who is our firm foundation, but what we do with our lives after that will determine our rewards.
"Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done." - Revelation 22:12
God wants us to be fruitful and bear much fruit for His glory. We do good works as a result of having been saved, not in order to earn salvation.
we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.' - Ephesians 2:10.
When we put our faith in Jesus and
what He did for us on the cross to be sufficient alone for our salvation, God gives our heart new desires. We become born again which is a supernatural transformation only God can do. If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. We become dead
to sin but alive in Christ.
Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments" - John
Jesus' greatest commandments are:
"You shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart, with all your soul, and will all your mind"
"Love your neighbour as yourself"
Although we may still sin from time to time as Christian's, we will feel conviction and have to confess it to God. God helps us to overcome any sin in increasing measures. The big difference is that we don't have a lifestyle of sin, Jesus
not only takes away our past sin; He does a supernatural transformation in our hearts so that we no longer will desire it (Colossians 2:13-14).
The Holy Spirit inside of us helps us
to live holy lives which are pleasing to God. Paul asked, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6:1-2).
Although Christians will still sin after being saved, the heart change that the Holy Spirit brings will result in a new attitude toward sin. Sin cannot continue being a lifestyle choice if we
have surrendered our lives to Jesus. That’s what it means to say that Jesus is Lord of our life. (Romans 10:9; Colossians 2:6).
Todd White, a former drug addict and atheist
radically transformed by Jesus, said
"Grace isn't a licence to sin. Grace is the ability to walk holy."
We cannot be followers of Christ and follow sin at the same time. They go in opposite directions (Luke 9:23; 14:33). Romans 12:12 tells us, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This is a process which changes
There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain. Command and take authority over any sickness or addiction you may have. In the powerful name of Jesus Christ,
command it to leave. Believers have been given the authority to lay hands on the sick, set the captives free, cast out demons and raise the dead!
'In the same way, count yourselves
dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus' - Romans 6:11
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. - James 2:17
This is because true saving faith will produce fruit in our lives. When we have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, our lives will demonstrate that new life. Give thanks to God for His glorious gift!