Archives For Salvation

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Isaiah 55:1 (ESV) “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

In Isaiah 54, God has offered forgiveness and now in chapter 55 the call to walk in forgiveness is given. It is not enough to be free; we must live free. We don’t have to order our lives around the axis of a world system that begs for us to dance as its puppets. We don’t have to order our lives around a fragmented social system that includes only those with more power.

In God’s order, everyone is included. We have a Christ centered alternative to be fully human and live fully human in Him and His redeemed order of justice. We have been given the choice of the one that choose us. In Christ, we are the tribe of Revelation 7:9-10

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (NKJV)

We are His redeemed community living a life of radical love in a sea of hatefulness. We render not evil for evil, but we love our way through this age until the age to come overtakes us, and death is swallowed up forever.

We need not use violence to fight for our rights, but instead as one writer has so eloquently put it, “Our violent ways find an end in the wounds of Christ, and in his forgiveness we are offered healing from our self-inflicted pain.”

For now, death remains but soon death will be swallowed up forever.

Isaiah 25:6-9 (ESV) 6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. 7 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

 

NOTHING

August 16, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Nothing! Nothing is the greatest gift God can bless you with.  The gift of nothing is yours to discover…Think on it.

 

Romans 8:38-39 (NLT)

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing truly is a gift of God.

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Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

If you are a Christ follower, you were found and rescued by God. The moment you gave your life to Christ, He started a remarkable work of salvation in your life for His glory. Scripture assures us that what He has started in your life, He will complete in your life as you walk in obedience to Him.

Salvation is bigger than just a heaven or hell issue. You do an injustice to the working of God through you if you limit the work of salvation to just heaven and hell issues. Salvation involves so much more than where you will spend eternity.

God rescued more than your soul. He rescued your whole life and He is and will rescue all of nature and the universe also.  He rescued all of you and wants to use ALL of you to reflect His glory to the world around you. Your entire life must point to His perfect future made complete at His second coming.

He wants to use you in the future, but not at the exclusion of the present. We are called by virtue of His gift of salvation to bring as much of the future into every area of this world as we can. For example, in the future there will be no more injustices. Therefore, where you see injustices taking place, you can act to correct them as much as possible. When you live in such a manner, you are living the future in the now and you are living salvation in its fullest sense.

Salvation is so much more than the working of God inside of you.  Salvation also includes God working through you. Think on that today and I will promise you that He will speak to you and open your eyes to see more than just yourself in this world. The gift of salvation is to be shared beyond a heaven and hell issue. We are called to live salvation in its fullest sense.

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Only one person drank the cup of God’s wrath against the sin of all humanity. Only one person was worthy and qualified of doing so. Only one person ever loved the world that much. Only one person loved you that much. There was only one person that was and is perfect, in order to take your place and mine-that person was 100% man and 100% God.

Jesus drank the cup of wrath that you might have eternal life through His payment for sin. In His incarnation, He deliberately, knowingly, and with great love for the world paid the cost our sins called for.

The Gospel is the good news sent from the Father to an undeserving world. God sent His son into the world. Christ was fully human, and he was fully God, divine. He lived among us in perfection. He never sinned. He fulfilled all of the law and took the place of fallen humanity on the cross.

He took the wrath for all our sin and offers us forgiveness if we believe upon Him. He conquered the grave beating death forever. He then ascended and rules with complete power. He waits to return to give unto us who believe eternal life. Heaven and earth will come together, and we will live with Him forever.

I hope you know Him. Do you? If not you can. Right where you are because He is just a prayer of repentance away. He watches for your heart to turn toward Him.

I end today with a quote.

“He [God] offers you the privilege to know Him, to enter into a relationship with Him, and to follow Him with everything!” ~Paul Washer

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A turkey can’t repent and turn to Christ but you can.  I repented and turned to Christ August the 24, 1988 and I’ve been thankful ever since.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”

I have much to be thankful for. You have much to be thankful for. As Christ followers, we have much to be thankful for. However, the greatest thing to be thankful for is the gift of Christ for our salvation.

Jesus paid our sin debt, and through Him, we are rescued. Of all of God’s gifts, Jesus Christ is above them all. Through believing on Christ, we have forgiveness of our sins and can embrace the gift of eternal life.

I’m thankful today that this gift is available to anyone that will call on His name in true and sincere faith. God’s gift of salvation through His son Jesus, meets the deepest need of our lives, the need to be reconciled to Him.

Augustine once said, “Salvation is God’s way of making us real people.” We must always remember that without God it is impossible to be fully human the way He intended us to be.

Do you have a relationship with Christ? If not, you can make it right today. Right where you are, surrender your heart to Him, and invite Him to be the Lord of your life.

Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Salvation day if you accepted Christ

doubt

If you have ever had a friend, or a family member doubt the faith, you know how disheartening that can be. It cuts your very soul. In some cases, your friend or family member simply doubts something in the bible, but in other cases, they may even depart from the faith altogether. It hurts to see this happen, and it give rise to many emotions inside of you. In fact, many of those emotions, if not submitted to the Lord, can damage the one doubting, if unleashed on them improperly by you.

Here, are some things to do when doubt has captured your friend or family member.

1. Keep your emotions on the altar

Take all your angry feelings, and leave them on the altar of God. He can handle your pain better than you can. Worship Him until the feelings of hurt, anger, and betrayal slip away.

2. Trust that God is still asking questions through them

Even John the Baptist doubted at one point in his life, and sent word asking if Jesus was really the one. Once He heard the right answer, he was unchained from doubt, and moved on in His faith. All great men and women of God have doubted at some point in their walk with Christ.

3. When they become unfaithful, God doesn’t

2 Timothy 2:13 tells us, “if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” God is faithful and will continue to work in their lives, even when they have stopped moving forward with God. You must remember, God loves your friend or family member more than you ever can.

4. God can move mountains

What is impossible for man is never impossible for God. He can move doubt over the cliff in their life in a moment of time. Mighty to Save by Hillsong says this,
Savior
He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Forever
Author of Salvation
He rose & conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

5. Finally, my favorite verse that many forget about.

MERCY! Jude 1:22 tells us, “22 And have mercy on those who doubt;” You must never forget that mercy wins over judgment. When you want to give judgement to the one you love…GIVE MERCY

God bless you
Pastor Steve