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Saved and You Know It

February 6th, 2018

God made salvation simple and certain; confess and believe.

 “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

My thoughts and comments today are about, “saved and you know it.”

As a child I learned a simple truth from a few words in a children’s song, “If you’re saved and you know it, then your life will surely show it. If you’re saved and you know it, say Amen.” Matters of eternal salvation must not be left to speculation.

On this matter, you cannot afford to be wrong. The Bible is clear, “He who has the Son has life. He who does not have the son does not have life. These things have I written unto you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:12-13 NIV.

There are many people, good people, who have wrongly assumed that being good is all that is required to go to Heaven. They have trusted in their good works, such as: being moral, honest, good neighbors, charitable, or religious, but according to the Bible those are just not good enough. I recall someone observing that, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in a garage can make you a car.” The Bible is clear. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV.

How good is good enough? How many good works make you good enough for Heaven? Would God be fair and just if He left anything as important as your eternal soul to personal assumption or speculation? If I asked you, “What are you trusting right now to allow you into Heaven?” How would you answer? People offer diverse but wrong answers to such a simple question. But it is not what you think that matters, or sincerely believe, or prefer the answer would be, nor anyone else’s opinion that will make Heaven certain as your eternal home.

There is one standard alone for every person in every generation and nation, and that single standard is God’s Word. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 NIV. Who else could you trust to make this eternally consequential matter clear and specific for you? Exclusive? Unfair?

Some people may think so, but a single standard is inclusive, both equally fair and just to one and all. If it will not be adjusted to include someone who fails to meet that righteous standard, then neither could it be adjusted to exclude someone who does. Anyone who accepts God’s Son as their Savior can and will be included – whatever their nationality, language, origin of birth, personal history, or circumstance of life.

The Apostle Paul’s words were unequivocal, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved!” Romans 10:13 NKJV. No wonder it is called the Good News. No one – absolutely no one – can or will be refused. Here is the simple answer from God’s Word. “For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Anyone who believes in Him will not be disappointed.’” Romans 10:9-11 NLT. It is important that you know how to make Heaven your eternal home. God made salvation simple and certain. Confess and believe.

In the Greek language in which the New Testament was written, the word for confess – homologeo – literally means, “to say the same thing as.” The Bible is clear, certain, and unalterable, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NKJV. When from your heart, you say the same things about your sins that God says, about Jesus dying on the cross as redemption for your sins, and inviting Jesus to be your Savior, you receive complete forgiveness and confidence to embrace His promise of eternal salvation. God’s promise is specific and sure.

Here is how you are saved. Ask Jesus to forgive every disobedience and sin, place your faith and trust in Him as your Savior, and listen for the Holy Spirit’s confirming whisper in your heart that you are His and He is yours. Then believe and rejoice that God has done exactly what He promised He would do. You experience no greater joy than knowing your sins are forgiven forever. “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12 NKJV. God will forget your sins. He will never forget you.

The Gospel is simple, clear, certain, true, and powerful to save. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-18 NIV.

Reading that phrase, “to save the world though Him,” are you amazed by the expansive scale and global scope of God’s heart and eternal agenda for the whole world? His love, grace, and passion was and remains as broad as to transform every nation, as far reaching as to redeem every generation, and yet as specific and personal as to redeem each single individual – “to save the world though Him.”

I love the sentiment of the aging apostle John when he wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” 3 John 2 NIV. That is my sentiment, my joy, and my prayer for you.

Today, I pray for you to be certain about your salvation, never leaving eternity to chance.

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Choices and Changes

February 6th, 2012

“A man of two minds [is] . . unreliable and uncertain about everything.” James 1:8 Amplified

“Life requires both the ability to choose and the willingness to change.”

My thoughts today are about “choices and changes.”

Some people’s minds are like a teenager’s bed; it seldom gets made up. Not everything about life is definitive, but if you are certain about nothing, you are in trouble. I wonder if this very practical area of daily life is not made more complicated because of the myriad options and choices that our high-tech, low touch, 21st century life affords in every category – clothing, architecture, travel, technology, entertainment, communication, occupations, acquaintances (how many Facebook friends did you say you have?), and on and on the list goes.

All choices are not of equal importance. Some choices are short-term and changeable; others are unchangeable, therefore life-long. A few are even eternal. Some options are just cosmetic and superficial; others are about character and are consequential. The Bible says, “A man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), is unstable, unreliable, and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, and decides.]” James 1:8 Amplified Bible. That describes such an unhealthy and unholy way to live.

As in most things, there are opposite extremes. The first extreme is a person who is unable to choose. Afraid to make any mistake, they make a bigger mistake – choosing not to choose at all. They live by default – a victim of whim, circumstance, or others’ choices – a life best described Biblically as flotsam “unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6 NLT. It is hard for others to relate to a person uncertain in God or themselves. At the other extreme is a person refusing to ever change; they are foolish, either afraid or too stubborn to adjust. Life and meaningful relationships are difficult for them as those require adaptability to others.

The question is this: of what are you certain? Let’s look at a few areas where certainty is crucial and change is necessary. Let me suggest some things, not an exhaustive list but representative of things about which to be deliberate. Be certain about the kind of person you want to become, which involves the kind of friends you will and will not have now and later. Be certain about the kind of spouse you chose, lest you fall prey to infatuation and momentary, superficial feelings.

Be certain about family and friends, for those are people God places in your life for a lifetime. Be certain about stewardship because that governs how you handle possessions, how you value people, and how you relate to God. Be certain about direction in life now because that determines your destiny ultimately.

Of supreme importance, you absolutely must be certain about faith and salvation. Salvation is not about feelings; it is solely about your trust in the faithfulness of God and His Word. Salvation is by choice and through faith in Jesus Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. With your heart you believe you are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved. The Scripture says, ‘Anyone who puts His trust in Him will never be ashamed. (disappointed, TEV).’” Romans 10:9-11 NIV.

Do not assume this eternally consequential matter; be certain! The Bible says you can know you are saved. “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:11-13 NIV. Are you sure about your salvation? You can, and should, be!

My prayer for you today is that you are sure of truth that is certain and eternal.

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