"For His Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God's children." Romans 8:16 NLT
I know we have always heard, "If you just believe that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again for your sins, you WILL be saved."
After all, John 3:16 tells us that, "For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life."
That's VERY true.
There is just one other thing... you've got to ACCEPT it as well.
Here is a Scripture about that: "But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God." John 1:12
We must believe AND accept it.
I think a lot of people are walking around, BELIEVING who God is, and maybe even what Jesus did on the cross, but they haven't accepted it fully.
They might even attend church, or read their Bible.
It's my prayer that they will not just believe, but accept too. Part of that acceptance comes when you know who you are in Christ. If you need to read that, check out my post from the other day: http://javawithjill.com/what-you-think-matters/
Once you believed and accepted, and the Holy Spirit is living in you, start walking in the Spirit.
You can't continue to let your sinful nature rule your mind. I just read a Scripture about that this morning too. Romans 8: 1-17 is all about living in the Spirit.
Romans 8:6 says, "So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace."
I don't know about you, but I'll take life and peace any day over death!
I pray that whoever might need this revelation in their life today, that it jumps out at it you so big you know it's for you. It's my prayer that everyone who loves God, believes in God, will accept Him fully too and live by the Spirit.