Step 1: Declare God's Grace as Insufficient

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Reagan, David

DECLARE GOD’S GRACE AS INSUFFICIENT

This first step involves the basis of your salvation. When you accept Jesus Christ as Saviour, you are saved totally by the grace of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches:

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Grace is defined as God’s unmerited favor. It is God doing for you what you cannot do for yourself. Since you cannot save yourself, God offers His gift of grace as the basis of your salvation. This means you cannot save yourself by good works. Water baptism, church membership, church confirmation, loving your neighbor, and even the keeping of the ten commandments are all unable to give you or anyone else a place in heaven.

Romans 3:20 states:

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Titus 3:5 declares:

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Now, since good works can do nothing to earn salvation (see also Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9), then evil works can do nothing to remove salvation. You are saved in spite of your sins; you cannot become lost because of your sins. Since you are saved by grace, you can only become lost by declaring God’s grace as insufficient for you. That is the first step.

David Reagan