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A Refresher Concerning Our Salvation

Psalm 51:12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

RayMcDCan we remember the moment we received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior – the moment of our salvation? Some of us experienced a sudden conversion. Some of us experienced a more subtle conversion – where God works on us for a period of time and we finally yield to His Spirit’s tugging. However we come to Christ there must be a change and that change – the moment of our salvation – brings a great deal of joy.

I remember a man who was caught in all sorts of sin in his life. He came to the church almost out of desperation – trying to find something that would give him a reason to live. When the moment of his salvation came – months after he arrived at the church (God loved him into His arms) there was a dramatic shift in his behavior. Sin no longer had a strangle hold on his life – oh he still fell from time to time but sin didn’t rule their life any longer. He would stand before the church – often – and celebrate the new found freedom that he had found in Christ. He had a new purpose in his life. He was free from sin and had great joy.

I remember another person who had a more gradual conversion. This person grew up in the church. They went to Sunday School and other ministries as they grew up. Taking a bit of wording from John Wesley – one night at a revival service the church held their heart was strangely warmed. It wasn’t as dramatic a change in their life as the previous person I mentioned. They were basically a good person to begin with – they were chronologically younger – and although sin was present in their life – it didn’t have a strangle hold. Yet even though they felt like they grew into their salvation – there was that moment when their faith became theirs and not their parent’s faith. They were filled with joy and excitement as they felt this change in their life.

I’d like to say that both of these persons lived happily ever after and sinned no more – but I can’t. They still battled with sin in their lives. The older man had to continue to battle the memory of sin – either it’s temptations or the residue of the evil that he lived before his conversion. The young person had to go through the trying times know to us all as the teenage years.

Salvation doesn’t mean we will not sin anymore. Salvation means that our sins are forgiven – that Christ on the Cross of Calvary has made the full payment for our sins. Salvation means that we have turned from sin and turned to God – and even when our turning fails us – God is ever present to help pick us up and place us back on the right path. His grace is sufficient to cover our sins. Salvation is our relationship with God – a deep abiding relationship that is perfect on God’s part and a work in progress from our point of view.

But knowing that we are not perfect – simply forgiven – brings great joy – great peace. So when we are down – beaten on by sin in our life – circumstances in our life – let us remember our salvation and be joyous. Because we are a child of God – forgiven and blessed.

Psalm 51:12 – Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

And if we have yet to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior – do so today. Let us confess that we are a sinner – lost without hope. Let us ask Christ for the free gift of His grace – the forgiveness of our sins. Let us ask Christ to enter our life – our heart – and to become our Lord and Savior – the Master of our life – the Savior of our eternity. See if our heart is strangely warmed – or even a dramatic shift in our life as we come into Christ’s loving arms.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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October 20, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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