Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Word of the Day... March 19, 2013

 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:9

  The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"

The answer Paul and Silas gave him is very important: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved . . ." (Acts 16:31). When I read this I thought to myself that it is so much more than to just believe.  Even the demons believe in Jesus and tremble.  But they aren’t saved or going to heaven.  So what does it really mean to believe?

I really liked how Greg Laurie explained it when he said that to believe means to hold on to or cling to.  But it also means to let go.  I am in the car driving and listening to this and I am like huh?   So then he goes on to say that in the Bible, belief speaks of both letting go of one thing and taking hold of another. We let go of our sin and take hold of Christ, and Christ alone, to save us. It is not Christ—plus good works that we do—that saves us. Rather, it is just Christ. I really love how simple the Lord made salvation.  Everyone can understand it.

I think the word “saved” says it all.  I love that word.  Saved from the fear of tomorrow, I am saved from the guilt of my past. I live in Hawaii and we have some of the strongest and most powerful waves in the world.  One time my son was out at Makapuu  boogie boarding and he didn’t have even though he had fins on, the current was so strong that it pulled him out to sea where the water was so deep, it was no longer blue.  My daughter who was also there noticed he was in trouble so she jumped in the water, dived under the waves and swam to go save him.  

Though she is a strong swimmer, as hard as she pushed and fast she kicked, she was not equipped to save him.  She told me that when she came up for air from diving under the waves, against the current she saw a lifeguard who was a much stronger swimmer than she, swimming through the water like it was nothing.  He was equipped to save my son and he did.  My daughter, though she tried her best and was a strong swimmer was not equipped to save my son.  Without that lifeguard, my son would be dead.

That is what Jesus does for each and every one of us if we allow Him to.  He took all of our sin at the cross.  We were all headed for eternal judgment until Jesus paid it all at the cross.  So when we say that He “saved” us it is the perfect word.  Without Jesus' saving Grace, we all would die a spiritual death which is much worse than a physical death because spiritual death damns us to hell for all eternity.  Though other religions and doctrines and gurus may have some really relevant beliefs, though some may have good intentions and healthy practices, NONE OF THEM  are equipped to save you.  Only JESUS SAVES. 

What a Simply Heavenly way to start my day.  I am so thankful that I am “saved”!!!  


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