This is intense, as my heart is so exercised about this, to try to give good, solid meat of the Word in my understanding to stimulate, challenge, encourage and support you as you search for His truth for your life. As we go through school, the books, knowledge and teaching there tell us ‘how to earn a living.’ The Bible, as we study it, tells us ‘how to live.’ It is your responsibility to take what I say and sift it and compare it to Scripture to glean what is true.
We need ‘to keep it real’ about our life and our faith.’ Too many try – and so many desire – to have a ‘nice, neat little bow’ tied around their lives about their faith – about ‘Christianity’ – about being a ‘follower of Christ’ – and about ‘knowing exactly when they were saved’ – the exact moment – and ‘some feel’ that if you don’t ‘know it’ you ‘probably were not really saved.’
Conversely, I do not remember the date of when I ‘was saved’ (when I received Christ’s salvation through faith in Him as my Savior) – I was a young boy whose parents raised me in the church – and I loved Jesus as far back as I can remember. This did not ‘prevent me’ during my high school years from first drifting, then eventually completely ‘turning my back’ on Him for almost 30 years as I went into total rebellion – and my lifestyle embraced the ‘world.’ But, I know I was saved as a young boy – and also baptized at the First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
Also to some degree, many of those who do not claim to be Christians, feel that those of us who ‘do claim to be Christians’ – should ‘live a perfect life’ (as they envision it) – and really become ‘holier than thou’ so to speak (instead of just having that attitude projecting through our pride, like many of us do) – or else this thing called ‘being a Christian’ – or ‘being saved’ – or ‘being reborn’ – just doesn’t work, and is therefore, ‘not real.’
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Peace with God underlies all peace—–and without it, there is no true internal peace and tranquility that can allow us to have peace even over riding all circumstances—-eternal peace.
All across the world, there are people living in fear and doubt—–concerning this extreme sin, the unpardonable sin, and its damnation eternally as the consequence——even believing they may have committed it as outlined in Matthew 12:30-32. He who is not with Me, is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shalt not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or the age to come.
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I found this devotional very stimulating spiritually. I thank God, and His precious Son, Jesus Christ, that I am saved through faith by grace, (without any merit or favor of my own—I could not and did not “earn it”) and that I can cling to His love, and His righteousness; as mine is so fallible, inconsistent, conditional, and human. I also praise Him, that “once saved, always saved” , and that I cannot lose my salvation—thus although I will continue to sin, no matter how hard I try to ‘not sin’ — but as long as I’m in this body of flesh. But, praise the Lord, I’m free from its penalty (and its curse) for which He has paid—he took my place, and paid my price—He satisfied The Father’s righteousness and holiness in that respect. In that, I can rest, and have the peace that I am reconciled to God the Father through His Son. (To ever again think that I would ever have to deal with sin in relation to the salvation He has freely given me, would be in effect “me re-crucifying Him”, and that will never be! Praise Him, I am saved!) I hope this lets you reflect upon Him, and upon your own life in relation to Him.
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