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Posts tagged ‘salvation’

God doesn’t need you.

It’s true.

If He did, He wouldn’t be God.

The minute we think we are indispensable to the kingdom of God is the minute we think too highly of ourselves, and too lowly of the God we serve.

That’s why this whole thing is so amazing!

The fact that He wants to use us… it’s mind-blowing!

I have done nothing to deserve being a part of the story God is writing, yet, He says, “Come, follow me… I will grant you salvation, set you free, restore your heart back to mine, transform your mind, and equip you with my power to reach the world with this same message… the message of hope.” (That’s the one-sentence Steve paraphrase of the New Testament… sort of.)

The only ones indispensable are the Triune Godhead: Father, Son , and Holy Spirit. Everyone else must sign on and walk in obedience.

Today, I know many people doing great works for the kingdom of God that feel strongly they were the second choice. Yes, the ones before them gave up, or were disqualified due to disobedience, moral failure, selfish gain, etc.

Let’s walk humbly before the Lord (Micah 6:8), not think too highly of ourselves (Philippians 2:4), and remember that if it were not for the grace of God, I would still be on the outside looking in.

Less of me, more of Him

Steve

Victory was only one day away!

Imagine how the disciples felt today?
Confused, hurt, scared…
What was going through their minds?

Their Messiah is dead.
He was supposed to conquer!

It wasn’t supposed to end like this…

Have you ever felt that way?

Maybe you’re jaded because God didn’t do what you thought he was going to do.

Jesus told them what was going to happen.

“For as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights.”
Matthew 12:40

Over and over he said that he would be dying, but they weren’t really listening.

Sometimes we do that, don’t we?
We ask God a question, or present a specific need to Him, and we have a preconceived idea on how He is to answer it.
We have expectations about who He is and what He will do, and they are not based on anything He said; but more on what we think He said, or on selfish expectations.

Jesus was not the Savior they expected.
He came as a spiritual Savior… to bridge the gap between God and man created by sin!

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Luke 19:10

What the disciples didn’t see at this moment was what was going to happen tomorrow.
Everything was going to change!

But very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus. As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. The women were terrified and bowed with their faces to the ground. Then the men asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”
Luke 24:1-7

If you find yourself in a difficult, confusing, painful place, I would encourage you to not get jaded.
Victory may only be one day away!

His Word gives us promises of victory, healing, provision, and life.
Fight through the selfish feelings and false ideas about God, and hold fast to what He did say.

He came to give us life!

Steve

*[I know it is an insignificant number but... I think it's awesome that my 100th blog is written on the day between Good Friday and Resurrection Day. I would not want to be blogging about anything else on this day except Christ and His work on the cross!]

John 3:16

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For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 NLT)

THANKFUL.

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