Everyone has sinned and is in need of salvation; no one is perfect.
1. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Romans 3:22-24
2. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. James 2:10
Jesus came and died on the cross, taking the punishment for our sins.
3. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit. I Peter 3:18
4. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. I Peter 2:24
5. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. II Corinthians 5:21
The gift of salvation is freely available to everyone, but we must claim it.
6. That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:9-10
7. The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
8. I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake and remember your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25
9. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9
10. Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:12-14
11. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5
Many people reject salvation because they are deceived by the devil.
12. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. II Timothy 2:24-26
13. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. II Corinthians 4:3-4
14. The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop--thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown. Mark 4:14-20
Once we are saved, we belong to God, having been redeemed or purchased by the blood of Jesus.
15. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
16. Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3:10-14
17. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 1 Peter 1:18-19
18. For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman; similarly, he who was a free men when he was called is Christ's slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 1 Corinthians 7:22-23
19. You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:9
Since Jesus purchased us, we are not our own and need to be obedient to Jesus who is the head of the church which is His body.
20. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Ephesians 1:22-23
21. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Ephesians 5:23
22. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice. John 10:4-5
23. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Romans 8:13-14
The part or function we have in the body of Christ is determined by Jesus. We need each other and we must work together as a unit. That is why it is so important to be obedient, responding to what the Lord indicates we are to do.
24. The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Prayer: Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I recognize that You love me and You sent your son Jesus to die in my place, taking the punishment for all my sins. I repent of all sin in my life and I ask that you forgive me and cleanse me, body, soul and spirit, by the blood of Jesus. I submit to Jesus as my savior and the lord of my life. I renounce any hold or influence that the devil has in any area of my life. I confess that I am saved and redeemed by the blood of Jesus. I now have a new Heavenly Father and I am now able to receive all the blessings and promises that come by being a child of God. Amen.
Prayer: Lord, I ask that You baptize me with the Holy Spirit and Fire. I claim by faith that I have access to the power of the Holy Spirit and the right to operate in whatever spiritual gifts the Holy Spirit gives me. Teach me how to live the spirit-filled life that you intended for me to have. In Jesus' name. Amen.