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Really Saved

We are saved by what God has done for us in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ. When a person believes that Jesus died for their sins and then receives His free gift of salvation, they are saved. God forgives us of all our sins and makes us His child. We are given everlasting life… immediately!

How do I know that I have everlasting life? I know because God says so in His Word… and God cannot lie!

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life…” (1 Jn. 5:13).

Whose word is this? It is God’s Word, so we know that it is true.

God said it! – I believe it! – That settles it!

Being a Child of God is the most wonderful thing in all the world, but let me tell you a secret… The Christian life is not an easy life here on earth. Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation [trouble]; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33). It may be tough, and we may fall from time to time, but we have someone on our side, an Advocate before the Father, who stands with us. Jesus is like a personal spokesman who pleads our case, because of our confession of faith in His personal sacrifice for us on the Cross. He now stands in heaven for us, before the Throne of God and declares our rights to all the benefits of salvation… peace, forgiveness, righteousness and power in the Presence of God. All that we need is available in Christ… and all we do is walk by faith.

We will have troubles and trials will chase us, but the goodness of God will follow us and His blessings will never end. This is the life, when we make our heart Christ’s home. If the Lord Jesus is living in our heart, we do not have to be afraid. He has promised, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5). We can feel confident in His powerful work in our lives.

So Are You Really Saved?

If you have taken the Lord Jesus as your Savior, please tell someone near you who can encourage and pray with you. This life is about the wonderful journey of knowing Christ as your friend and allowing God to be “father” to you in every choice you make. Expect God to speak to your heart often, as the Holy Spirit will confirm to you that you… are really saved (Rom. 8:16).

Jesus said, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” (Mk. 8:36).

Called By God?

 I am beginning to think that the concept of being ”called by God” is being applied to anything and everything that is difficult. I hear folks use the word called for things like: parenting, teaching, downsizing your house or car, volunteering at the food bank, giving some bread to a struggling family, letting a friend live with you, or quitting your job.  The fact of the matter is that you actually can be called to do any of these things and more! But it raises the question…

 What does “Called By God” mean?

It creates a bit of confusion when any of these things require a call in order to be done. You see, by saying that God has to call you to help a person in need, unintentionally sends the wrong message about God’s specific and unique call upon a person’s life. God’s call is specific and unique to each individual based upon their gifts and personality, but we are all involved generally in loving others and discipling the nations. 

“You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mk 12:31). 

What makes the Christian life so satisfying is its opportunity to embrace the purposes of God and feel a deeply shared responsibility to reach out to all of the people in our path. Its the message we carry that moves us beyond what most of the world considers normal. You and I really need no special call to meet the needs of those around us, we simply must be aware and available. Our daily responsibility before God is to live self-less lives; to give our lives away. Jesus clearly expected us to live compassionate lives that reflected His heartbeat.

 ”Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me” (Mt 25:40).

 I will be the first to confess that adopting an orphan is somewhat abnormal. It doesn’t seem like many have embraced this opportunity (I haven’t), but we have to ask if this is the way it should be?  Should it be that in order for someone to care for another person who has nobody to care for them, they need a call from God? We must allow our hearts to feel rather than only believe what our head tells us. So much of what God has asked of us gets explained away by our comfort or convenience.

 Could it be that compassion itself, is the inner voice of God calling us to move with His purpose in mind? 

God delights in us and wants to use whoever will respond. Every Christian should live with a confidence that they are called by God and with that call, experience daily personal encounters that enlarge their heart toward His purposes in the Earth. These moments become our points of contact that establish our belief in destiny… God’s destiny. I have heard many stories from very common, yet incredible people describing the call of God as a visible bright light, audible voice, visit from an angel or a dream. However it comes, God calls us to serve Him and then reveals Himself to us, so that the purposes He has in mind can be accomplished. It amazes me still that God uses frail humanity; wears us like a glove and expects to transform whatever He touches through us.

 His promise to the trusting heart is that He watches over His Word and delights in performing His will…  (Jer 1:12).

Tap into the Wells

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Living Water

In our experience with the love of God we shift and move according to a spiritual current felt deeply in our inner man. The Bible speaks about this in a variety of ways.

Paul said “in Him we live and move and have our very being” (Acts 17:28); also he said God would give us His glory “…to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man” (Eph 3:16).

Peter said “though now you do not see Him, yet believing you rejoice with joy inexpressable and full of glory” (1 Pe 1:8) and finally Jesus proclaimed that “he who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (Jn 7:38).

It’s this “under-current” that stablizes a flow of God’s presence in our lives and offers a resource of “living water” that quenches our spiritual thirst. I have often imagined this flow of spiritual vitality as the wells of salvation that Isaiah speaks about:

“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation” (Isa 12:3).

I have found that these wells are available to every believer and can be discovered and tapped into by a nurtured lifestyle of prayer and worship. Some folks ignore this wonderful experience and find their “christian” life more of a drudgery than a release of joy and fruitfulness. I would like to suggest that this is truly where the life of God is found.

David said, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Ps 16:11).

David was a worshiper who dug deeply into these wells to release the under-current of life giving water that could offer peace and joy and strength in the midst of battles, storms or seasons of weariness. We are to be filled with the joy of the Lord and reflect a life that is abundant and spiritually fruitful… even in the midst of trials. So tap into the wells that reside within your inner man and mine those supernatural resources God has made available to you. I can almost hear a gushing spring coming forth from your inner man. Remind yourself that your Heavenly Father wants to release to you the Kingdom… “on Earth as it is in Heaven”.

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