The Pressing Question

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“With friends like that, who needs enemies?” No, that isn’t the pressing question, but it is one we all have experienced or seen someone experience. Job had suffered more in his life than anyone of his day. Not only did he suffer loss of possessions, he walked through the death of his children, and because of his loss, he knew the sting of being accused of sinful behavior by his well-meaning but tactless, uncompassionate friends. Job’s suffering encompassed the physical, mental, and spiritual realms to the extent he asked,

“But how can a man be in the right before God?”

We have been there or know someone who has.

The pillows propped behind Mabel’s head helped her sit up so she could see out her bedroom window. “I enjoy watching the birds, especially the humming birds. They fight worse than my kids ever did.” She smiled.

Cancer had not diminished the beauty my mother-in-law knew as a young woman, or the loving spirit I had always known her to have.

Then, as Mabel picked up a letter from a friend like Job’s friends, laying in her lap, her expression grew solemn. “Do you believe it’s because of my sin, I’m dying? Do you see unforgiveness in me? This person says, if I’d confess my sin, and if I had faith I would be healed.”

Others I’ve known persecute themselves when trials come their way, wondering what they have done and even doubting their salvation. They were much like Job when he stated he could not answer for himself before God. Job had lived right before God—he knew it but didn’t know if it was enough. His dilemma wasn’t unlike the rich young ruler, who lived keeping the commandments but needed to ask Jesus,

“what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”

Or the Philippian jailer who asked Paul and Silas,

Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

Job believed he had no mediator to stand in for him. The rich young ruler didn’t receive the mediator’s answer, and the jailer—he heard of the mediator—

“And they said,

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,

and thou shalt be saved, and thy house …

For there is one God,

and one mediator between God and men,

the man Christ Jesus:

Who gave himself a ransom for all,

to be testified in due time …

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost

that come unto God by him,

seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Acts 16:31; 1 Timothy 2:5-6,Hebrews7: 25, KJV

Job didn’t have the full revelation of our mediator. The rich young ruler refused the mediator standing before him. The jailer believed Jesus to be his mediator and was saved.

My mother-in-law had believed and received Jesus as her mediator many years before she lay in her bed facing death. Not many days later, her mediator received her. She was healed inside and out.

To answer Job’s question, “But how can a man be in the right before God?”

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved,”

When Jesus is the mediator between you and God, you can stand before the Father in Christ’s righteousness and know all is well. He is your best friend and the only one who makes you acceptable to God. Choose your friends carefully. And answer the most pressing question of your life. How can you be righteous before a holy, just, all-powerful, all-knowing God? It’s best to know the true answer before the testing comes.

Helmet of Salvation

Helmet of Salvation

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“Stand therefore … with truth … righteousness … the gospel of peace … the shield of faith …

And take the helmet of salvation …”

Ephesians 6:14-17a, KJV

Many today identify with the lamenting found in Psalm 42, where the psalmist’s tears  of despair flowed freely day and night, where the world mocked the existence of his God, and his enemies oppressed him. In the psalmist’s time of discouragement, he chided himself, and renewed his hope in the help/or salvation of the Lord. He set his mind straight and covered his soul with the helmet of salvation.

  • “Why art thou cast down, O my soul?
  • And why art thou disquieted in me?

hope thou in God:

for I shall yet praise him

for the help of his countenance.”

Psalm 42:5, KJV

The Lord God gives us protection against the discouragement and despair filling the world. If we listen to the news there is plenty to bring us down— if we don’t have on the helmet of salvation—the hope found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love;

and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath,

but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

who died for us,

that, whether we wake or sleep,

we should live together with him.

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11, KJV

The helmet of salvation is our assurance of an everlasting future with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, a present salvation we take comfort in, no matter what we face here—world events, personal tragedy and loss, sickness—we are anchored in hope.

A sure hope—

“Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul,

both sure and stedfast,

and which entereth into that within the veil:”

(Jesus’s death opened the holy place of God to all who will enter in.) Hebrews 6:19

A living hope—

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy

hath begotten us again unto a lively hope

by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled,

and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,”

I Peter 1:3,4

Doctors, counselors, pastors, and others can help us on the road to a life of hope through their medication, words, and prayers. But only One can bring full recovery from discouragement, depression, or despair by covering our soul with the helmet of salvation.

As the doctors, counselors, and pastors can’t help unless we go to them, neither does the heavenly Father’s help come without the asking. When Jesus delivers us from the power and penalty of sin by grace through faith in his death, He becomes our helmet of salvation—our soul’s covering against the downward spiral of discouragement.

The process of recovery begins with looking up, setting our mind—

“on things above, not on things on the earth.”

And asking ourselves the same questions and affirmations the psalmist wrote about—

  • Why am I down or discouraged?
  • Why should I worry about things I have no control over?
  • Then remember—God is my God.
  • Jesus Christ is my helmet of salvation.
  • I have reason to hope.

Then we can say—

I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

Finally, Stand in the truth … Walk in righteousness … Rest in the gospel of peace … Trust in your shield of faith … Wear hope as your helmet of salvation.

His Presence in us is our help, our helmet of salvation.


How do you handle discouragement?

Completing Plans

christmas-1913650__340“Finally brethren, rejoice,

be made complete, be comforted,

be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11, NASB

Are your plans for Christmas completed? Shopping all done? Meals, family time, and worship all coordinated? Most importantly, have you received God’s completed plan for your salvation? Jesus’ birth promised to bring your completion.

Be made complete—The Savior has come.

“for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord …

He came to His own,

and those who were His own

did not receive Him.

But as many as received Him,

to them He gave the right to become children of God,

even to those who believe in His name

who were born not of blood,

nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,

but of God …

For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form,

and in Him you have been made complete,

and He is the head over all rule and authority;”

Luke 2:11; John 1:11-13; Colossians 2:9,10; NASB

Be comfortedJesus, God the Son, was—

The God who comforted the psalmist David. Sin twisted his heart, haunted his mind, and separated him from the fellowship of the God he sought, until David received the comfort that comes from forgiveness.

“How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,

whose sin is covered!

How blessed is the man

to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,

and in whose spirit there is no deceit …

Be glad in the LORD and rejoice you righteous ones,

And shout for joy all you who are upright in heart.”

Psalm 32:1,2,11; NASB

He is our comfort now as we live in a world opposed to him, a world filled with trouble, and sin.

“For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance,

so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.”

2Corinthians 1:5; NASB

His comfort is to come, and it will be forever.

“And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes;

and there shall no longer be any death;

there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain;

the first things have passed away.

And He who sits on the throne said,

‘Behold, I am making all things new.’

And He said,

‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.’”

Revelation 21: 4,5, NASB

Christmas is He who was, stepping into the world that is—to bring us comfort from sin and complete the work of salvation in us.

Christmas is He who is to come and take us to our forever home with him.

For Thought: Have the troubles of life overshadowed the joy and comfort of your salvation? Keep your eyes on Jesus, who was, is, and is to come. Maybe you’ve never received salvation’s comfort through faith in Jesus. Today is the day of salvation. It is available for the receiving. Just ask and know the comfort and joy of Christmas—of being complete in Christ.

Our Prayer: Heavenly Father, keep our hearts and minds wrapped in the complete story of Christmas—the story of Jesus who is our salvation, our joy, and comfort. And may we all rejoice and bring you praise now and forever.

Salvation’s Midnight Story

DSCF0328“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many;

and unto them that look for him

shall he appear the second time

without sin unto salvation.”

Hebrews 9:28

As with any good story, Salvation has a beginning, a middle, and an ending, which we looked at in our previous post. But today we want to look at the end of the story of which we are told Jesus is the–

“author and finisher of our faith…”

A faith which looks for the coming of the Lord for his church. I believe that event is the beginning of the ending, and finds its climax when He brings his saints with him to set up his kingdom.

A Story:

“Everybody ready?”

The dozen teens nodded, but they darted their eyes from one to the other then back to me before scrambling into the van. We drove about 5 miles into the darkening hues of the sky. The nervous chatter hushed as the teens exited the van to discover a graveyard would be our meeting place – in the dark.

“Grab the blankets to sit on and the flashlights,” I called. With blankets, flashlights, and bibles in hand we trekked to the back side of the cemetery, away from the road and encircled by woods.

“Why here?” asked one teen.

”There is no better place to learn about what we call the rapture of the church than a graveyard,” I answered as I opened my bible to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. I began dramatically reading the events. I began in a hushed voice growing in volume–When I got to the middle of verse 17 it happened.

“For the Lord himself shall descend with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God…” Suddenly, bodies jerked in unison as a siren blared its warning filling the night with its eerie sound. Our eyes grew as round as the shadowed moon. The teens glanced at me and I read –

“and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”

That was one lesson I don’t believe I or the teens will ever forget. And no, I didn’t plan the siren. But such will be the coming of the Lord for the salvation of his church.

Jesus’ first advent brought him to suffer –

“for sins, the just for the unjust,

that he might bring us to God,

being put to death in the flesh,

but quickened by the Spirit:”

1 Peter 3:18

When Christ comes for his church, he will come not to suffer sin but to consummate our salvation, for which we have waited –

“we ourselves groan within ourselves,

waiting for the adoption, to wit,

the redemption of our body.”

Romans 8:23.

We don’t know when this event will happen, but we know it will. And it will be sudden. The disciples expected Jesus’ return at any moment. I believe we should live in that expectancy, in a state of readiness.

“Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…”

Hebrews 12:2

Jesus told his own story concerning 10 virgins who went to meet the bridegroom. Five foolish ones didn’t have oil in their lamps, the wise did. When the bridegroom came at the midnight hour, the foolish weren’t ready. But the wise –

“went in with him to the marriage:

and the door was shut.

Afterward came also the other virgins, saying,

Lord, Lord, open to us.

But he answered and said,

Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”

Matthew 25:10-12

The moral of the story –

“Watch therefore,

for ye know neither the day nor the hour

wherein the Son of man cometh.”

(Matthew25:13)

The Promise:

“In my Father’s house are many mansions:

if it were not so, I would have told you.

I go to prepare a place for you.

And if I go and prepare a place for you,

I will come again, and receive you unto myself;

that where I am, there ye may be also.”

John 14:2,3

Are you ready should Jesus come for his church at the midnight hour? Don’t go to sleep without being ready.

Christ’s First Word of the Gospel

blogdesperate-2676556__340“For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription,

TO THE UNKNOWN GOD,

whom therefore ye ignorantly worship

him declare I unto you …

And the times of this ignorance

God winked at;

but now commandeth all men every where to repent;”

Acts 17:23,20

If I asked my family to repeat a saying their dad uses often, I would be surprised if no one answered, “I am not stubborn. I am steadfast.” In many respects being steadfast can be good – steadfast in the truth; steadfast in walking with God; steadfast in loving others. These are good things, which do belong to my husband. But other things i.e. refusing to ask for help, refusing to read directions when the project before you lies in a shambles, or refusing to turn around when you’ve traveled miles in the wrong direction. Many of us identify with these things and the frustration accompanying them. Until, as a last resort, we turn from our own thinking and seek the help we need.

Many people hang on to a belief system they steadfastly refuse to turn from even when a mountain of proof shows they are going the wrong way, and they need to seek a different way. I read once, and I believe it was in David Guzik’s comments found on the Blue Letter Bible website, that the first word of the Gospel Jesus came preaching was, “repent.”

We don’t hear that word preached much anymore. It is one of those old time words, but it is where the Gospel begins.

“Repent; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand …

Now after that John was put in prison,

Jesus came into Galilee,

preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,

and saying,

The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God is at hand:

repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:14,15

When the Lord God spoke to the prophet Ezekiel, He left us a good definition for repentance.

“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God.

  • Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions;
  • so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
  • Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed:
  • and make you a new heart and a new spirit:
  • for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
  • For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God:wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”(18:30-32)

Repentance turns from an old way of life –  to a new life due to a change in of the mind and heart. It is a turning away from a life filled with self to a life filled with Christ. Godly repentance is demonstrated in a new life found in turning away from the ways of the world, the lies of the world, and the ultimate death of the world and turning to –

Jesus Christ who says:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

John 14:6

 Jesus began his earthly ministry preaching repentance. He gave instructions to his followers to continue preaching it.

“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. And said unto them,

Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer,

and to rise from the dead the third day:

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached

in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

Luke 24:45-47

After Christ’s ascension he appeared to John and preached repentance to five of the seven churches in Revelation. Also, in the last chapter of Revelation an angel says the call to repent stops when Christ returns. He tells the apostle John.

“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still;

and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still:

and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:

and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

Jesus then interjects the reason why:

“And, behold, I come quickly;

and my reward is with me,

to give every man according as his work shall be.”

There will not be time to repent when Jesus returns. Our eternity is sealed.

How do you define repentance?

 

Salvation’s Story

pexels-photo-891607.jpeg“For the Son of man is come

to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Luke 19:10

How far will Jesus’ search take him to find and save the lost – those who are separated from the light of life and wander in sin’s darkness of death – ?

It first brought him from the Father in heaven to earth as the Son of man.

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world;

but that the world through him might be saved.”

John 3:17

His search is for all but is aimed at the one – the one who knows he is lost. Jesus told a story, a parable, to illustrate his and heaven’s concern for the lost.

“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”

He even calls his neighbors in to celebrate with him and concludes the story with this truth –

“I say unto you,

that likewise joy shall be in heaven

over one sinner that repenteth,

more than over ninety and nine just persons,

which need no repentance.”

Luke 15:4,5,7

Each one of us are born the lost sheep. He sought me in a church gathering. He has sought others through years of trials and sinful lifestyles. He sought one in the lost world of dementia.

“I’ve done too many bad things. There is no hope for me.” I would have sworn there were tears in my father-in-law’s eyes. But I had never seen him cry, not even at the death of two of his sons. He may have cried, but not publicly. And always there seemed to be a sadness and pain dwelling in him.

Years of praying for him passed. No change – not spiritually anyway. Subtly mental changes surfaced. We kept praying. As dementia stole his mind something else was happening. God opened his heart.

On the way home from church, our family decided to stop at my in-laws. We were surprised to see one of my husband’s sisters and her husband already there, seated in the living room with my father-in-law.

With a smile spread across her face, Tom’s sister reported, “Dad, has been saved.” Her husband filled in the details of praying with Tom’s dad. I have to admit, I doubted. I wanted to believe. But could Jesus’ love have pursued and found this man in the unknown world of dementia?

Claud turned to me where I sat across from him. The deep sadness seemed gone but…

I smiled and asked, “Did Jesus save you?”

“Yes.”

One word. One word the Holy Spirit used to verify in my heart the work of Christ had been done in this one pursued for so long by the love of Christ. We all rejoiced with the angels in heaven.

How far will Christ go to seek the lost? He sought Zacchaeus in a tree, the thief on the cross, and the spirits in prison – those that were dead(see 1Peter 3:19; 4:6)

Jesus told another parable in Luke 18:1-18 about an unjust judge and a widow. He explained the meaning before he began.

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

If you believe you have done too much for the love of Christ to pursue you, remember the thief, remember Saul who persecuted the early church, remember we have all –

“sinned and come come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 3:10

God’s Promise:

If you have a friend or loved one you have prayed for keep praying for we know God is –

“not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance …

And this is the confidence we have in him, that,

if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask,

we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

2 Peter 3:9; I John 5:14-15

If you would like for me to include your friends or love ones in prayer for salvation, leave a comment. No need to leave a name unless you want to. Or if the Lord is seeking you, we can add you to the list too. Only one thing, when the Lord answers share the joy with us.

Remember the love of God sent his Son and delivered him to our death. He pursued each of us to the cross. He won’t stop pursuing the lost until the last breath is taken.

Great Passages and Promises of Salvation

christmas-2874137__340“And she shall bring forth a son,

and thou shalt call his name

JESUS:

for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21

In the spirit of this month’s theme of salvation, and today’s post of Great Passages and Promises, I am sharing the following post from Lily. You can find her website at tblsite.me. Be sure to check out her pictures and devotions. Thank you, Lily for sharing. The passages are before you and I have underlined the promises in them.

Salvation is His Name

Posted on 7 May 2021 by lily

Reflecting on my Lord & Saviour Christ Jesus..

Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

Mc 7:7

The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Exo 15:2

The Lord Is My Strength and My Song; A Song of Thanksgiving

And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

And in that day shall ye say,

Praise the LORD, call upon his name,

declare his doings among the people,

make mention that his name is exalted.

Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things:

this is known in all the earth

. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion:

for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

Isa 12

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earthfor I AM God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.

Isa 45:22-23

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Joh 3:16-17


Donna’s Comments:

John 3:16-17 would have to be my choice of the greatest passage among the others shared. For it embodies the fulfillment of the rest. It’s promise for the believing to be saved from death and given eternal life gives flesh to the word salvation – and his name is JESUS.

“Neither is there salvation in any other.

for there is none other name under heaven

given among men,

whereby we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

With God’s great and wonderful gift our hearts should be filled with the Song of Thanksgiving. Which passage and promise resonated with your spirit today?

Prayer and Praise for His Precious Gift

His Plea:

Consider the One who pleas for all to – 

“Come now, and let us reason together,

saith the LORD:

though your sins be as scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool …

I, even I, am

he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake,

and will not remember thy sins …

Come unto me,

all ye that labour and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;

for I am meek and lowly in heart:

and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

Isaiah 1:18; 43:25; Matthew 11:28-29

Our Provision:

The plea has gone out from the Lord God and God the Son, Jesus Christ. He is our provision. The invitation is available to all who will receive it.

By Christ –

  • “we have redemption through his blood,
  • the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace …
  • by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place,
  • having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12

Christ bought forgiveness with his blood for all. It’s available to all. But all do not receive it. To those who do, we have –

His Promise:

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the scripture saith,

WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH ON HIM SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

FOR WHOSOEVER SHALL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD

SHALL BE SAVED.”

Romans 10:9-13

If you have not yet received God’s promise agree with God and know the peace of being forgiven and cleansed. 

Our Prayer:

Heavenly Father,

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

If we confess our sins,

You are –

faithful and just to forgive us our sins,

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness…

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness:

according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies

blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.”

1John 1:8,9; Psalm 51:1-2

Now it’s time to give –

Him Praise:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings

in heavenly places in Christ …

To the praise of the glory of his grace,

wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved …

with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot …

O give thanks unto the LORD,

for he is good:

for his mercy endureth for ever.

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,

whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy …

Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness,

and for his wonderful works to the children of men …

In God is my salvation and my glory:

the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.”

Ephesians 1:3,6; 1Peter 1:19;Psalm 107:1,2,8; Psalm 62:7

We the redeemed by the blood of Christ heard the Father’s plea, received his provision in Jesus Christ through faith, and rest in his promises. May we rejoice together in praise of his precious gift and pray for those yet to receive it. Have a blessed weekend.

Salvation’s Story

“And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them,

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:

for of such is the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:13-14

“Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” I love to sing but God did not give me a talent for it. As a young child, it didn’t matter. The junior choir at my church let any child who could speak, and some who weren’t yet fluent in speech,  join. Our mouths moved, sometimes with the right words but more often not, and  our hands mimicked our leader’s motions. “Jesus Loves Me” was and still is my favorite.

Among the great stories of salvation, mine would rank normal by most. But each person’s salvation story is the greatest one ever told by that one person. And to think it all began with God promising Abraham he would be a blessing to all(as we discovered in Monday’s post). Jesus brought the fulfillment of God’s promise to all – including children.

I squirmed in my pew the last night of our church revival. It wasn’t because this ten-year-old was board. With every word the visiting evangelist spoke, he looked at me. Why me? I wanted out – some place to hide from his eyes. I didn’t realize it wasn’t him looking into my heart but the Holy Spirit. There would have been no place to hide.

Some say a person can’t receive salvation from fear. I’m here to tell you, “Yes, you can.” The evangelist presented the two choices from God’s word.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

He made hell real and eternal life real. As the final song, “Just As I Am” was sung I “walked the aisle” as it was called back then and found freedom from fear and hope of eternal life through Jesus Christ at the church’s altar.

That’s the beginning of my salvation story. To those who have come to the Lord from what the world and even Christians call the depths of sin –addictions, sinful lifestyles, murderers, etc. – my story doesn’t sound fantastic. But I came at ten the same as they come at whatever age or background they come from. I came a sinner doomed to suffer death. But Jesus raised me to new life. I am fortunate and blessed not to have experienced the heartaches and regrets that some experience. This privilege places a great responsibility upon life.

Jesus told his disciples several times to be ready for his coming again. They heard his words and followed him from the beginning. Then in a parable, He says,

  • “And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
  • But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.
  • For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:
  • and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:47-48

My common story is unique to me. For as the invitation goes out to all the world, it came to me personally through the Holy Spirit, on the day of my salvation. Salvation comes to each in the person of the Holy Spirit of Christ wherever He finds one ready to receive him. And it can come at any age understanding begins.

“And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation

both of men and women,

and all that could hear with understanding,

upon the first day of the seventh month.

And he read therein … from the morning until midday …”

Ezra 8:2,3

The Apostle Paul writes in Romans that faith comes by hearing God’s word. It is never to late to teach our children the word of God nor never too early. Their hearts are eager to receive.

Ours is to be faithful to –

  • “Preach the word;
  • be instant in season, out of season;
  • reprove, rebuke, exhort
  • with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2

Remembering – “Today is the day of salvation.”

Jesus’ Promise:  “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” John 6:37


Brenda writes, “I was a child and I was with my mom when I accepted Christ as my Savior”

There is no greater blessing than coming to the Lord early in life. I hope you will visit Brenda’s web site at becominghistapestry.com. You will be blessed. Thank you, for sharing.

What about you, have you accepted the Lord’s salvation? If so, as a child or adult? If not, why? It’s not too late.

Take the First Step

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“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:

for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth,

to the Jew first, and to the Greek.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:

as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Rom. 1:16-17.

Faith is only as good as the object or person it is placed in. Another person will fail you. Faith placed in faith will fail you. Only One is worthy of complete faith, and He invites us to try Him.

“O taste and see that the LORD is good:

blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8

The Lord also tells us,

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:

for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,

and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

Life is a series of steps taken in faith, faith in something or someone. If placed in anything other than our creator God and redeemer, Jesus Christ, faith will ultimately disappoint. Placed in the great “I Am” faith leads to reward and God is the reward. He takes us from faith to faith until the goal is reached.

The first step is to believe the gospel,

“For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,

but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Take the first step. Our heavenly Father is there and will take you step by step from faith to faith to the journey’s end, no matter how long or hard the journey may be.

Have you taken that first step? Where has your faith journey with God taken you? If you haven’t begun won’t you today?