Monthly Archives: April 2015

Grace makes Salvation a Possibility

images-1Quick riches runs through the veins of America.

Some people search endlessly for ways to get rich quick in hopes of bettering their lives.  One way they do this is by playing the lottery, as large sums of money dangles in front of their eyes.   They play in hopes of winning the top prize.

However, playing the lottery always involves a risk.  The money that is invested will not ensure a win.  It doesn’t even come close to one.  It’s been estimated that only one individual out of 300 million will win a mega million jackpot.  And yet, in light of these odds, many will take a chance that maybe…there’s a possibility.

What if God regulated His riches like the lottery system – when only one soul out of 300 million could secure eternal life?  How would it affect our desire for Him?  The truth of the matter is God’s salvation and the riches of His grace is available to everyone – not just a few.

Let’s Read Ephesians 1:7-8a.  

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.  

This scripture reveals that God’s salvation grace is available only through Jesus.  God lavishes His grace on us, abundantly pour His grace over us, and His grace will never come to an end…if we are in Christ Jesus.

What are God’s riches?  Well, first of all, we’ve been redeemed – freed from sin’s penalty and its enslaving power. Jesus’ death and His sacrifice paid the price for our sins and released us to experience true freedom in Him.

We also have complete forgiveness of our sins as a result of the Lord’s sacrifice.  Only Jesus has the ability to:

Pardon us, 

Release us, and

Dismiss us from all evidence of wrongdoing

He does this when we willingly give our life to Him.  This is the abundant blessings of God’s saving grace that is showered on us.

Salvation is a definite possibility and grace will secure it for anyone who wants it.

When we surrender to Jesus, we don’t have to wonder, Did I win the rewards of eternal life, restful peace, and unconditional love?  God’s word says it is so …and generously more through Jesus Christ.  

Praise God for His rich abundant Grace!

Be Still and Move Forward

be stillRemember the ageless childhood game “Mother May I”?

One player is designated “Mother” and the other players are called “Children.”  The “children” stand far away from “Mother” and ask her permission to move forward.  The “child’s” ultimate goal is to move when “Mother” says to and be still until she calls you.

This entertaining game is a great picture of how God helped the Israelites escape their enemies.

Let’s read Exodus 14:13-16 (NIV)

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid … The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.  Lift up your staff, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, that the people of Israel may go through the sea on dry ground.

The Israelites were trapped.  Their fierce enemies were behind them and the enormous Red Sea was before them.  Their limited strength was no match for their powerful enemy and they feared that their end had come.

It was in this vulnerable moment that Moses profoundly said:

Be still and watch God fight for you.”

What a powerful statement!  They were to be still before God in complete trust and watch His power fall down from heaven.  Amazingly, God gave them a way of escape and by faith they moved on the path He provided.

Sometimes circumstances, sins, or false beliefs make us feel trapped.  Our limited power is no match for the enormous road before us.  Instead of fearing that we may never come out, God encourages us to be still and watch as He fights for us.   He will surely open the path for us to move on regardless of our present circumstance.

Too often we remain stuck in our current pain of lost and forget that God has strengthen us to move forward with the power of His Spirit.   As we grow spiritually, let’s have courage to be still, watch the salvation of the Lord fight for us, and have the confidence to move from our place of bondage to everlasting freedom.

After you have prayed about your situation, are you moving forward in complete trust in God?