Tag Archive | gift of salvation

Psalm 60:11 ” Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.”

Psalm 146:3 puts it another way, “Don’t put your trust in mortal men who cannot save.”  Anytime we put more confidence in another human being rather than God…we’re headed for trouble.  For no matter how powerful, charismatic, or appealing someone is…they’re still a mortal being…full of a fallen nature just like us.   So we need to be very careful not to get sucked into worshiping man… and not God.  For no man can offer us deliverance from sin and eternal salvation.  Only God can do that through His Son Jesus Christ.

Romans 6: 23 “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I know your day is busy with lots of last-minute things to do before Christmas.  But I have a present for you…so will you take a moment from your hectic schedule?  Now I know this present isn’t very pretty, in fact it’s very battered looking with red stains on the outside.  And to the world it would seem very old fashion and out of date.  But this present could literally change your life for the better…with joy, peace, and wholeness.  This gift is actually from God, and He, Himself, is offering it to you..  For this wonderful gift is His Son, Jesus Christ…and the whole reason why we celebrate Christmas tomorrow.  So please receive this gift of hope, called the Good News…for Jesus came and died for your sins that you may have eternal life.

Titus 2:11-12 ” For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present Age…”

I Timothy 2:3-4 tells us that God wants all men to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.  But it also tells us in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature –  have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  So whether we want to admit it or not – we know what’s right and wrong.  God’s unearned and unmerited favor is for all.  But when we reject God’s truth, we become estranged from Him, having no excuse except our selfish Will.

Ezekiel 37:4 ” Then He said to me, ‘Prophesy to these bones and say to them, Dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord!’ “

Ezekiel was in a valley covered with the remains of a vast army.  As far as he could see, there were skeletons lying in piles.  So when God told him to speak to these corpses, Ezekiel probably thought to himself,  “You want me to preach to the dead?”  In a word, Yes!   And God wants us to preach to the dead also!  He wants us to speak life and hope into people’s lives that are perishing because of sin.  He wants us to share the Message of the Good News of Jesus to those who have never heard it.  For anytime we declare the Word of God to the world around us,  His Word is set free to work and give life to those listening…even if they seem to be ignoring us!  Ezekiel probably thought preaching to the dead would be a total waste of time…but he didn’t realize the life-giving power in God’s Word.  And so he watched in amazement as that vast army took a collective breath and rose to its feet.

Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”

Paul is thought to have written this letter to the Philippians during his first Roman imprisonment.  He wanted them to be encouraged whether they ever saw him again or not.  Paul especially exhorted them to stand firm in one spirit…something that the modern-day Church should take heed of.  When there is infighting, discord, and division,  the Church cannot function as it should.  For when we are not standing firmly together in unity…contending for the Gospel as one…the message of Salvation through Jesus Christ is lost in the muck and mire and turmoil within the Church walls.  Paul reminds the Philippians, and us, to lead our lives in a manner deserving of the Gospel of Peace.

Psalm 33:11 ” But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.”

Everyday God is using us for His purposes…just as He used Jesus Christ in the supreme purpose of our salvation.  But if we seek greatness for ourselves…we stop God from using us.  As long as we have personal interests and ambitions…as long as we attach “I” or “Mine” to our work…we can’t be completely aligned and identified with God.  It’s not until we can  honestly say,  “My purpose in life is now God’s purpose.” that the Lord can pour into us divine thoughts, plans and intentions that will further His Kingdom.

Psalm 69:29 ” I am in pain and distress; may Your salvation, O God, protect me.”

Suffering, grief, troubles, and pain are all part of the human experience.  No one is exempt.  So if we know this will happen in our life…why does it sometimes take a while to give these burdens to the Lord rather than shouldering them alone?  The Psalmist here is crying out to the Lord for protection and deliverance…realizing, that only God can help him.    The time to give our troubles  to the Lord is long before we’ve come to the end of ourselves…when desperation, hopelessness, and despair have taken over our life.  If you’re in this place today,  I pray Psalm 20:1-5  over you now,  “May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.  May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.  May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings.  May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.  May the Lord grant all your requests.”   Amen.