Saved….or not? A lesson on salvation.

Quick lesson on salvation from book of Romans

Romans 5:9-10 KJV

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Vs 9 says we SHALL be saved (future); vs 10 says we WERE reconciled (past), but we SHALL be saved (future); Romans 13:11 says NOW is our salvation nearer than WHEN we believed. So, are we saved or not?
PAST at the cross (I Peter 1)
PRESENT in daily life (II Cor 4:16; I Cor 1:18)
FUTURE eternity (Romans 5:9; 8:23)

A. The saint was delivered from the PENALTY of sin at Calvary

B. The saint is being saved (delivered) from the POWER of sin in his daily life

C. The saint shall be saved (delivered) forever from the very PRESENCE of sin at the coming of Christ.

Paul summed it up nicely in 2 Corinthians 1:10 KJV

“Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;”

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My prayer is that all who may read this have made that decision and given their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ.

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Water to wine

Once again I have been very busy with family, work and church. My life leaves me very little time for social media and blogging but after my morning devotions I figured it was about time to write a little something. This morning my reading led me to the passage of Scripture in John 2:1-11 which talks about Jesus’ first documented miracle of turning the water into wine at the marriage feast. Now I’m certain that thousands of more learned men than me have written about this passage of scripture with clarity and insight, so I’ll refrain from takin up too much of your time here. But as I was reading this story I was thinkin to myself, “how can I fit this into daily application for my life?”. I mean come on, we read sometimes just fer the sake of reading and never take anything away from it that we can actually use in our daily walk with God. But as I was thinkin about it something that one of my youth group members had said to me just flooded back into my brainpan and I wanted to share it with y’all.

 

What I’m gonna say likely has no doctrinal backing it’s simply the views of a Southern raised Hawaiian livin in Texas. I feel like that disclaimer must be given when presenting personal ideas so as not to be construed as solid facts. It’s just what i happened to take away from my devotions. OK, here we go. I still haven’t decided upon what is the most important part of this story. Was it the water, the wine, the miracle, or the vessels which contained the water? My opinion is that while obviously the miracle that Jesus performed was the focal point of the whole story, very little thought is given to the pots which contained the water to begin with. Now if my limited memory serves me correctly the Bible calls us vessels.
(II Tim 2:20-21

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.)

See, those pots that contained the water which Jesus used also contained something else. And that something else was a message of the power of God. And much like those pots we also contain a message which we are instructed to carry to the world. The same message of God’s power and eternal greatness. But unlike those stone urns we have a choice, are we willing to be used? Can God take our very ordinary ‘water’ and turn it into something useful like the wine? Can he prove His power through us or will we allow ourselves to be placed on a shelf as little more than decorations? As Christians we have a duty to perform and that is to spread the message of God’s holiness, love, forgiveness and power to a lost and dying world.

WILL YOU BE A VESSEL FIT FOR GOD’S SERVICE?

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H/T wolfiehowls.com for the graphic.

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THE PEN

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This pen it writes all by itself

This song it sings..Alone it swells.

The words create a lonesome verse

Its speech is pure and not perverse.

It writes of God, his grace and peace

The words they flow they never cease.

For when it’s done and done I say,

Will you be ready for that day?

How does it cease, for you end well?

Two choices alone, Heaven or Hell.

To wait till death will never do,

This pen writes NOW, make all things new.

This ink it flows across this page,

Like Jesus’ blood to cleanse all age.

I cannot stop the pen has chose,

Of Jesus love the words compose.

But now lay down this pen is done,

The work complete like God’s own Son.

This pen writes words all by itself,

Its choice is Jesus and eternity’s wealth.

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Political correct hypocrisy in the Body of Christ

OK I know this dog has been hunted a bazillion times but I reckon it’s my turn. I am sick to death of Christians being politically correct

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We have allowed society to dictate our religious views to the point where we’re scared to place a big fat label on sin. We proudly display and wear the badge of Christian on our sleeves yet I don’t think we honestly know what that word even means anymore. Well I’m a youth minister so I’m gonna explain it to ya like I’d tell a youngster cause obviously we ain’t getting it. To be a Christian means to be Christlike. And what was Jesus’ response to sin and hypocrisy?  Or I pose a better question, what was Jesus’ response to sin in the local church? Did He hemhaw around the subject and send his followers home feeling good about themselves?  NO HE DID NOT!!!
Let’s look into the book of Matthew chapter 23 fer just a moment and see how he responded to the “religious” leaders of His time.
In verse 3 Jesus accuses the scribes and Pharisees (I’ll call them S&P from hereon) of maintaining a profession w/out a practice. (“For they say and do not”) 
In verse 4 Jesus tells the folks that the S&P were unwilling to share the burden. (“they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be born,….. they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers”) How many of these TV preachers demand we do something whilst their rear ends remain firmly planted in their $2,000 dollar lazy boy?
In verse 5 Jesus challenges the S&P of having the wrong motivation fer religious service (“all their works they do to be seen of men”) So many preachers are in the business of numbers instead of service to their flocks? Their claim to fame is that they seat 10,000 folks on any given Sunday.
In verses 6-12 Jesus slammed the S&P fer only wanting recognition and prominence (“love the uppermost rooms at feasts….. “) The Bible tells us as Christians to “beware when all men speak well of you” If the world thinks you’re the greatest thing since sliced bread and peanut butter then there’s a chance you’re doing something wrong.
In verses 13-15 Jesus truthfully accuses the S&P of being complete and total hypocrites (“Woe unto you, S&P, hypocrites” three times the same accusation ) ya see, the S&P were deliberately pretending to love God. I can’t imagine what the Heavenly reward is fer talkin-the-talk, but I don’t reckon it’s a shiny crown.

Jesus held nothing back as he vocally criticized the S&P in public before the multitude as well as His disciples. And yet he did this out of a spirit of love. You see Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost, and that included the very confused and legalistic leaders of His time. And as  he described the  S&P I get a feeling that most of these accusations fit most “ministers” of God’s word today. Our “Christian” leadership is in it fer glory and self adulation. Church had become nothing more than a money making scheme led by hypocrites and blind guides and true Christians stand aside, we say and do nothing like the proverbial ostrich with our heads buried in the sand.

WE NEED TO STOP LETTIN SOCIETY AND FEAR OF OTHERS DICTATE WHAT WE’RE GOING TO PROCLAIM TO THE WORLD. AND THAT’S THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL AND THAT JESUS IS COMING SOON.

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