People mockingly say, “You’re not one of those born agains are you?”
Or they say, “Well yeah I’m a Christian but I’m not one of those crazy born agains.”
John 3:3 NKJV  Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Matthew 16:24-26 NKJV  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
We can’t rely on our belief to save us if that belief has not lead to the denial of ourselves and the surrender to Him as Lord. Not just the acknowledgement that He is Lord, but surrender. He must be Lord over our lives and everything we do.
James 2:19-20 NKJV  You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe-and tremble!  But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
The demons know who Jesus is. They know all about the Bible and believe and know every Word as truth. They’re still condemned to hell because they have rejected Him as their Lord and rebelled against Him.
A question we all need to ask ourselves is, do we have demon faith, or true surrendered faith?
Jesus says in Matthew 7 that not all who say to Him, “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven but those who do the will of His Father in Heaven.
The Bible is clear in Romans 3 and many other passages that we are saved by faith alone. But it is also perfectly clear that the faith we rely on for our salvation must have substance to it. We must be surrendered to Him AS Lord! That means we humbly bend our will to His. We obey Him. He is Lord and we follow and obey His commands as such.
Jesus Himself is perfectly clear. If He is to be our savior, He must be our Lord. If He’s not truly your Lord, He cannot be your savior. You can’t get to heaven without being reconciled to God and you can’t be reconciled to God without Jesus and you can’t follow Jesus as Lord without first coming to Him in repentance and surrendering to Him as Lord and God over your life.
John 14:6 NKJV  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
I’m not writing this to pick on or pass judgement on anyone. I am writing this as a warning to those who may think they are saved and are not because of a shallow religious belief or a prayer they said at an altar call but have not really surrendered their will to the obedient following of Jesus Christ whom they call Lord.
We are definitely in the last days here folks and it’s time to take stock of our faith and make sure it’s true.
2 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV  Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?-unless indeed you are disqualified.
Take this seriously. The Lord could call His church home at any moment or you could pass into eternity at any moment by death.
Are you sure you are ready???
If you’re not “one of those born agains”, you better become one through true faith in Jesus Christ.