Seeking True Salvation

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8) You’ve repented and accepted Jesus as your Savior. You’ve done a water baptism. That’s it, you’re saved, done deal, right? Well, not exactly. What you’ve done is life changing. You’ve taken the most important step to eternal salvation. But it’s not the end goal. Instead, it’s the beginning of a fantastic journey of growing in your relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We aren’t asked to navigate this relationship blindly. God’s Word gives us everything we need to live as followers of Jesus and children of God. The Bible serves as our guide, our rule book, and a special Word from God to each of us. Matthew 7:7-8 speaks of three things we should do as we approach and learn from God. We are to ask, seek, and knock. Our heavenly Father tells us to ask. Isn’t that amazing? He WANTS to know the desires of our hearts! This verse in Matthew is not the only verse that speaks of God wanting to bless us by answering our prayers. Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Mark 11:24 says, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." God also tells us to seek. Notice that all three commands require US to take action. We need to seek so we can find. But what are we seeking? Matthew 6:33 says, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." The last command our Lord gives us is to knock. We knock so the door will open for us. The question we must ask is what door are we to knock on? Romans 8:38-39 tells us to ask with a pure heart, seek God's Kingdom and His righteousness with zeal, and knock on Heaven's door through our faith in Jesus. So how do we move toward TRUE Salvation? We ask for the desires of our heart. How? We are to delight ourselves in the Lord, ask in prayer, and believe we will receive. This is the first step in our relationship with God. We’ve already asked for His forgiveness and freely received it. Now we ask Him to guide us, bless us, and cover us with protection. We seek His kingdom and His righteousness, and He will give us those as well! God wants us to be with Him, in His kingdom, and He wants us to possess His righteousness. He wants us to seek Him out and seek His will for our lives. Finally, we knock. We are to knock on doors and they will open. This may be the door to a new or better relationship, a new job, financial security, or renewed health. If what’s on the other side of that door moves us forward and into the life God desires for us, a life of wonder and relationship with Him, then those doors will open. The one door that will always open is God’s door. The door to heaven. The door to true salvation. That, friend, is the door I am knocking on with all of my heart today.
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