“Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills and mountains is a deception; surely in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.” (Jeremiah 3:23)
Our salvation is not to be found in idols and/or the worship of false gods, but in a covenant relationship with the living God.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, our salvation was assured to us on the day Jesus was nailed to the cross for our sins. Even though John the Baptist didn’t feel worthy to even touch his sandals, Jesus asked him to baptize Him. Remember that Jesus had two criminals on either side of him, but the one on his left said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ Jesus answered him, ‘ will tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.’ We believe this Abba, that that man did indeed join Jesus in paradise. Be with all those who are hurting in body, mind, and/or spirit, that they might set aside their issues and let You deal with them on their behalf, and accept their humble repentance of their sins Abba. For those in conflicts around the world with wars and natural disasters, pour out an anointing upon them all, that they too, might feel You near them and take comfort in that knowledge. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Wisdom doesn’t ‘come with age’ – ‘it comes with the walk.’.”
“My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” (James 5:19-20)
Two marvelous things occur when one turns to God. First, that person is saved from death. Secondly, a multitude of sins are covered by the blood of Christ. In this light, to present the truth of our Lord to those who would turn from God is a vital and essential task.
God want the saved to warn sinners about their errors, because the wages of sin is death. One of the ways God takes the initiative in salvation is by providing saved persons who warn the lost. Some interpreters take the sins covered to be those of the warner, but this has no basis in Scriptures.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. And the child grew and became strong in spirit; and he lived in the desert until he appeared publicly to Israel.” (Luke 1:76-80)
God expresses salvation in many ways in individual lives—-deliverance, refuge, rest, hope, blessing. The basic expression of salvation brought through Jesus is forgiveness, the taking away of our load of guilt and giving us freedom to reach the potential God created in us. Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, connected the coming of Jesus Christ with the prophecies of Isaiah 9:2; 11:1. Christ is the Light of the world who delivers His people from the darkness of sin and evil.
As the Lenten Season has begun…
“Fast from hurting words and say kind words. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. Fast from anger and be filled with patience. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. Fast from worries and trust in God. Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity. Fast from pressures and be prayerful. Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others. Fast from grudges and be reconciled. Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.”