The word salvation comes from the Greek word soteria, which means "deliverance, preservation and safety." It primarily involves deliverance from the bondage of sin (Galatians 5:1), but also includes deliverance from enemies (Luke 1:71) and from sickness and disease (Isaiah 53:4 AMP; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
Salvation is a gift made available to those who repent, believe and confess their belief that Jesus is Lord and that He died and rose from the dead to save mankind (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10). The gift cannot be earned through good deeds or by simply being a "good person" (Ephesians 2:8-9). It is a matter of faith (acting out on what you believe according to God's Word concerning salvation). Furthermore, salvation involves a process that will not only guarantee you entrance into heaven, but will also position you to experience a complete life on earth.
Steps to Salvation
1. Recognize and admit that you are a sinner.
When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden, his sin separated him from God. Now all of his descendants inherited the curse of sin and death (Romans 5:12-14; Psalm 51:5). As a result every human being is born a sinner, not because of any wrong they've done but because of Adam's decision. It is therefore necessary to become saved.
2. Repent of your sins.
To repent simply means to "change one's mind or direction; to have a change of heart." It involves making a 180-degree turn away from sin and leading a life pleasing to God. Repentance does not mean "I'm sorry." It is a quality decision to ask for forgiveness of your sins and to be cleansed from unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
3. Confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Confession is verbally declaring that Jesus is the ultimate authority over your life. It is to say out loud that He is your Lord and believe that He lived, died and was raised from the dead for the forgiveness of your sins.
4. Be Baptized in Water and Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Water baptism is a symbolic representation of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection. Just as He was baptized, so must you be baptized (Matthew 3:6). You go down into the water, carrying your old man (lifestyle) with you, and die to yourself and your old way of living (Romans 6:3-11). When you come up out of the water, you are a "new" person.
When you become born again, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in your heart to become your Teacher, Comforter and Guide through life (John 14:15-17, 23, 26). When you receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8), you are covered with and able to tap into (activate) the burden-removing, yoke-destroying power of God -- the anointing (Isaiah 10:27). The evidence of this power lies in your speaking in tongues, or in an unknown, spiritual language (Acts 2:1-4). The purpose for this prayer language is to help you pray the perfect will of God, overcome areas of weakness (Romans 8:26) and build you up in faith and love (Jude 1:20-21). Praying in tongues is effective, because it bypasses the soul (the place where your mind, will and emotions reside) and, consequently, any fear, doubt or unbelief you may have. Speaking in tongues is spirit-to-Spirit communication: you speak directly from your spirit to God's (1 Corinthians 14:2).
5. Obey the Word of God.
Maintaining your salvation and enjoying its benefits is done by living according to God's Word (Proverbs 3:1-4; 1 John 5:3). Make His Word the final authority by which you live. Make sure every decision you make in life is biblically based. The Word must be your foundation.
Pray This Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I recognize and admit that I am a sinner. I turn away from my sins, confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus is Lord. I believe that He lived, died and was raised from the dead for my salvation. I receive my salvation and all of its benefits right now. Lord, thank You for saving me this day. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen!
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Steps to Receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
The key to being baptized in the Holy Spirit is to realize that you do the speaking while He gives you the utterance (the words to say). It's not about what you can do, but what the Holy Spirit wants to do through you.
1. Understand that the Holy Spirit is a gift that was given on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).
2. Realize that salvation is the only qualification necessary for receiving the Holy Spirit
3. Know that the laying on of hands is scriptural (Acts 8:17; 19:6).
4. Expect to speak in tongues when hands are laid on you (1 Corinthians 14:13-14).
5. Disregard all fears or false teaching about receiving a counterfeit (Luke 11:11-13).
6. Open your mouth as an act of faith (Romans 8:26; Ephesians 6:18).
7. Receive the gift of speaking in tongues in an atmosphere of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33).