Salvation

Let’s not forget what God has done for us


Sometimes we get carried away with the accolades and titles which the world bestowed upon us that we forget to tell God thanks for all he has done. He has pulled many of us out of mire clay, others from sinking sands. Let’s show Him our love and gratitude by surrendering our hearts and lives to follow Him.

King of my life, I crown Thee now,
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary. Refrain:
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.
Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.
Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.
May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me

James E. Hussey, 1921

There is only one way to Heaven


Recently the FBI busted more than 40 American citizens, some well-known, in a college admissions cheating scheme.

According to news reports children of deep pocket parents, would bypass the standard admission process for entrance into top Ivy league schools, so long as their parents pay between US$250, 000 and $400,000. Some parents even paid as much as $6.5,000,000.

I scratched my head vigorously after reading the disturbing story. Then I started to imagine what I think would have happened if salvation was something money could buy. I saw all the rich people in heaven and all the poor people in hell. But thanks be to the God of the just as well as the unjust, Salvation is free because He sent His only Son to die as a ransom for our sins.

Jesus’ death and resurrection have made it possible so that nobody has to go to hell, but everybody can go to heaven

Folks, I am glad Jesus paid the ultimate price for my salvation. Because if I had to pay cash, I couldn’t afford it. And the way to heaven is not through some loopholes or back doors. It is through Jesus Christ.

Jesus closed all loopholes and back doors when He said the following:

John 10:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 I am at the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.

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Further, He made it crystal clear that status and notoriety would not be a factor:

John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 …, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 

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Perseverance


The strength we need to persevere and grow comes from God through the Holy spirit. But only if we allow Him to guide and direct our lives.


James 1:12-16 New International Version (NIV)
12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

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What love is this?


What love it this. Kari Jobe

God’s love is authentic and unfailing

John 15:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

Lord your love is authentic and unfailing. You sent your Son, a man without sin to die as a ransom for the sins of others. You have been patient with us through the ages. Still, yet we often take you for granted. But the time will come when you say enough is enough.

Help us to realize that we are on a collision course. And, unless we make an about turn, we are on track to make the same mistake the people made during Noah’s time.

Open our eyes that we may see the danger that lies ahead. And remove the spirit of complacency from within us.

Increase our knowledge and understanding. And guide our footsteps toward the path Jesus walked when He was on earth.

Give us the spirit of boldness and help us to be steadfast in our commitment to serve you. Steer us from distractions and anything that will beset us. Amen