I feel like we may have been misled. Most of us were told that all we had to do was repeat the sinner’s prayer and we would be saved. After saying the sinner’s prayer most of us were led to believe that living for Jesus was going to be easy. But it ain’t.
As a nine year old boy, I repeated the sinner’s prayer and was saved. Yet it was not the words I prayed that saved me, it was my faith in Jesus. At the time I did not understand much about Jesus, but I trusted Him. The amazing thing is He understood everything about me, yet He still trusted me with the gift of salvation.
Yes it is easy to receive salvation. You don’t have to do anything or say anything. All you have to do is trust Jesus and surrender your life to Him. However, regardless of what you may have been led to believe, it ain’t easy to live for Jesus after you’re saved. I know. I am sixty five years old. I have been saved since I was nine. Yet I still struggle with the same sins I struggled with as a teenager. I thought it would get easier, but it didn’t.
Jesus never promised that walking with Him would be easy. He told us that in this world we would have trials and tribulations. But He he did promise that His grace would be sufficient. The perfection of His power is revealed when we are weak. So when I struggle with sin, I know the Lord God helps me and I will never be disgraced. For this reason I am determined to be hardheaded as I face the world and I know I will never be put to shame. It is Jesus Christ who has vindicated me and He will never be far from me. Together with Him I will stand. because life in this world ain’t easy.
Douglas & Deborah Huff
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