Over the course of the past five years I experienced a shift in my thinking in terms of what I thought I knew about salvation. I knew that my belief in Jesus Christ’s blood sacrifice saved me from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death in hell, but I was always taught at church from the time I was a little girl that you could lose your salvation because of sin. For days, months, and years of my life I was always on sin patrol and constantly asking God for forgiveness of anything I said or did because I never knew when it would be my time to die and I wanted to be sure I would go where He is. Looking back I can see how this was not the way to live in the freedoms that God made available to those that believe, but that is not the understanding that I had up to 2010.
One pastor in particular helped me in my understanding of this and that pastor is Dr. Creflo Dollar of World Changers International Church in College Park, Georgia. I have never attended the ministry in person, but thanks to the internet I was able to view the sermons and Bible studies via the ministry’s website. I remember listening to one of his messages on grace and feeling uncomfortable with some of the things he was saying about being saved once and for all time and about us receiving the free gift instead of trying to work to earn the free gift of salvation. However, when he read and explained the scriptures, the truth concerning salvation was plainly in red, black, and white. I had never personally taken the time to read the scriptures with comprehension with new covenant lenses. When I read the very same scriptures prior to this new revelation, I read them with previous incorrect information that did not line up with the Word of God. I even have places in my Bible where I wrote the words “I need clarity on this” because I could not comprehend that God loves me so much that He would not allow sin to separate me from Him again once I accept Christ’s sacrifice.
Since that pivotal point in my life, I am confident that God loves me no matter what, I know my home after I leave this earth is with God the Father, and my mission is to help others that are unsure where they will spend eternity know for sure before leaving this earth. Over the next several weeks, I will share with you the truths I have come to understand and believe through spending time with God and His Word.