Meditation

09/10/2021

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ‘All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not ind them. Those who wage war against you will be a nothing at all. Do not be afraid, O worm Jacob, O little Israel, for I myself will help you,’ declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 41:10-12, 14)

Salvation is redemption by God the Redeemer. God is with His people in exile and suffering. He knows our fears, speaks words of comfort, and promises to help. Salvation is no bed of roses. Being saved involves struggle, suffering, and growth. The good news is that we can count on God to help us with our fears and heartaches, to deliver us from our failures, and to strengthen us in our weaknesses. We call this process sanctification.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You offer us salvation by acceptance of Him through His Son Jesus. It also requires us to make a commitment to our relationship with Him; though we may find ourselves struggling and/or suffering, we may take comfort that He will delivers us from our sins and weaknesses, but we will become strong in Him and in this process of sanctification, we will find favor from our God. It is in Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Why do some people chain up their dogs, but let their children run wild?”

KNOWING GOD:

But if you do not warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself. ‘Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before him, he will die. Since you did not warn him, he will die for his sin. The righteous things he did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.’ But if you do warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he will surely live because he took warning, and you will have saved yourself.” (Ezekiel 3:19-21)

The apostle Paul took this passage seriously (Acts 18:6, 20:26). God’s people are to watch over themselves and others and warn persons o the dire consequences of their sins. We cannot save ourselves, nor can we we save others through warnings or any other good work. God will use our warnings to turn us and others from wickedness and sin (Ephesians 1*:10). Persons are free to accept or reject salvation. Failure to let other people knowing the “wages of sin” (Romans 6:23) is sin.

I AM:

He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.’” (Revelation 21:6)

The eternal God has always and will always have ultimate control over our world. He wants to use His power too meet our basic needs, not to destroy us. The precious promise of salvation rests in God’s sovereign authority and power. God our Savior is the beginning and the end of our salvation. He continues to offer His salvation freely to all who thirst for the water of eternal life.

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.” (Matthew 19:13-15)

Beloved God offers salvation to all persons able to respond to Him, to children as well as to adults. The Bible teaches that if children become Christians, they so so just as adults do: by conversion. In early years children cannot consciously confess Christ as Lord and thus be converted. In our church, children are allowed to be baptized as babies, with parents and family confess for them, and then later they joined the church @ age 13 on and take the vows spoken for them at baptism. The choice, through person faith, trusting God’s grace, then takes on the title as Christian. Their choice is made by the child’s individual conscience. This is true because every person sins and becomes alienated from God. God’s provision of salvation in Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, no matter what their age.

Each one of us must make a decision on our own, to become a Christian. During the pandemic, I have talked with a number of people, some life long friends, and I asked each one, if they were a Christian. Most answered affirmatively. The others led us to a discussion about God, about Jesus, and if it was too late to accept them. I answered each one that it is never too late, and then led each one through a confession of sin and a desire to accept God through His Son, our Savor. I don’t tell you this to pat myself on the back, I tell you this because it is the most significant decision of your lives. Jesus died for our sins on the cross, to wipe our sins out and to reveal His power over Satan. Satan found out that He could no long claim to be true savior. He is a liar and will tell people anything to take their souls with him to the lake of fire. Satan has no more power than we choose to give him. In truth, he will try to take people away from the kingdom of heaven, even at death’s door. God loves you and wants all His people to be in the kingdom of heaven. It you haven’t made your decision, do so now or at least go to yours or a church and ask if you can enter the kingdom and how they bring people to the Lord. It’s that important. You are that important, to God.

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