Posts Tagged ‘salvation’

Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. Christ’s death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever. And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation. ~ Hebrews 9:28 (The message)

Are you ready to greet Jesus when he next appears on earth?

Are you ready to receive salvation – deliverance from sin and its consequences? If you have faith in Christ, you are well prepared for Christ’s second coming.

The darkness

Posted: November 8, 2014 in depression, life, love, music, poverty, prayer, religion, stress
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There is a great darkness which has spread throughout the world. A darkness which stems from a lack of knowledge or acceptance of God. Our job is therefore to stop the darkness from spreading, and stop this hopeless despair from spreading.

Let’s spread some light in this dark world by telling the world about Jesus. Come Lord Jesus, and pour your spirit on us today.

Great is the darkness
That covers the earth
Oppression, injustice and pain
Nations are slipping
In hopeless despair
Though many have come in Your name
Watching while sanity dies
Touched by the madness and lies

Come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus
Pour out Your spirit we pray
Come Lord Jesus, come Lord Jesus
Pour out Your spirit on us today

May now Your church rise
With power and love
This glorious gospel proclaim
In every nation
Salvation will come
To those who believe in Your name
Help us bring light to this world
That we might speed Your return

Great celebrations
On that final day
When out of the heavens You come
Darkness will vanish
All sorrow will end
And rulers will bow at Your throne
Our great commission complete
Then face to face we shall meet

What is the most common religious symbol in the world? In our part of the world, the most common religious symbol is the cross. You see the cross on churches. You see the cross in jewellery. Athletes cross themselves sometimes during sporting events. What does the cross mean to you?

cross_light_bronzeIt wasn’t always such a popular symbol. During the days of Jesus, the cross was a symbol of shame and embarrassment, a symbol of warning and terror. The Roman empire used the cross as a means of execution. A pole would be sunk into the ground, and if you were sentenced to crucifixion, you would be fastened to a crossbar and hung onto that pole. The cross was only reserved for slaves and robbers and assassins and rebels. As a general rule, Roman citizens wouldn’t be executed on a cross, because it was too shameful of a way to die.

What does the cross symbolize to you? For one man in the early first century, the cross began as a symbol of death, but became a symbol of life and forgiveness and relief, and that man was Jesus!

When Jesus was hung on the cross, he was lowered to the level of a criminal. He was brought down to the same level the 2 criminals he was being crucified with. Many people mocked Christ, including the two criminals. asking Christ why he didn’t get himself out of the situation. Why did Christ not prove to them then and there that He was God’s Son?

He didn’t, because he didn’t have to. Christ had been preaching for years by this time and had demonstrated on many occasions that he was God’s son. Christ had to die on the cross because we, God’s people had sinned, and had rebelled against Him. Christ was punished for our sins.

Even to the end Christ was willing to offer forgiveness to those who repented and sought forgiveness – One of the criminal who was crucified with Christ confessed his sins to Christ. Even though Jesus was being crucified he  showed mercy to that criminal as he said, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Jesus gives to this man an unconditional pardon, completely forgiving him, and gave him the hope of eternal life. Why? Because, at that very moment, Jesus was dying for that criminal’s sins, and every other person’s sins on the cross.

What amazing love, that as Jesus suffers for this man, but still offers him forgiveness, an unconditional pardon, the sure hope of eternal life. It’s even more amazing than that, because Jesus does the same thing for you!

So what does the cross mean to you? I hope by focusing on the criminal who sought forgiveness from Christ during his last hours, and was unconditionally offered pardon and eternal life, shows you just how forgiving God is, and ultimately just how much He wants you to seek Him.

I pray that whenever you think of the cross, it will always remind you of Jesus Christ, his sacrifice for you, and the salvation that is yours because of him.

 

saved – rescued; especially from the power and consequences of sin; “a saved soul”

Do you believe God has saved you?

I do! I believe Jesus died on the cross all those years ago, so that my sins were forgiven.

As a Christian and a soldier in the Salvation Army, I believe I have been saved by God so that I can help spread His message to those who have not yet accepted Christ as their Saviour. Not only to I believe I can help spread God’s message through my soldiership in the Salvation Army, but I believe God can help me to witness for Him in all situations and circumstances I find myself in.

You do not need to be a soldier or member of the Salvation Army to be saved. And you definitely do not need to a soldier or member of the Salvation Army to save others. At the end of the day, where or how we worship God is not the important thing, what is important is that we are saved and as such we do our best to save others too.

God, you have saved us!

1 Peter 4:12-13 (The Message)

Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.

I know it can be very difficult sometime to remember that God is still there with you, because sometimes He can seem strangely quiet and seems not to be answering your prayers. However God is there, and He will answer your prayers.

The difficulties of life help us to grow in our worldly experiences. Without difficulties we could never have any understanding of life and in turn of God’s greatness.

You Are Love by Laura Story

You are justice for every oppression
You’re forgiveness for every confession
You are beauty, goodness, blessing
You are love

You are healing for every sickness
You are power in every weakness
You are mighty, holy, faithful,
You are love

O God of the Heavens
You descended from your throne
Gave Your Son for our ransom
And by this all men will know that You are love.

We were thirsty, you gave us water
We were orphans, now you are our Father
We were desperate, hungry, seeking
You are love

[Bridge:]
Everlasting, Never ending
All consuming, You are love

Have you heard the message of the cross?

Whether you have heard the message of the cross before, or you’ve never heard it before, please listen and watch the following video which tells the message of the cross in a way I hope you can understand.

The Message of the Cross by Delirious

This is the message of the cross, that we can be free,
To live in the victory, and turn from our sin,
My precious Lord Jesus, with sinners you died,
For there you revealed your love and you laid down your life.

This is the message of the cross, that we can be free,
To lay all our burdens here, at the foot of the tree,
The cross was the shame of the world,
but the glory of God,
For Jesus you conquered sin and you gave us new life!

You set me free when I came to the cross,
Poured out your blood for I was broken and lost,
There I was healed and you covered my sin,
It’s there you saved me, this is the message of the cross.

This is the message of the cross, that we can be free,
To hunger for heaven, to hunger for Thee,
“The cross is such foolishness to the perishing,
But to us who are being saved, it is the power of God!”

You set us free when we come to the cross,
You pour out your blood for we are broken and lost.
Here we are healed and you cover our sin,
It’s here you save us,

You set me free when I come to the cross,
Pour out your blood for I am broken and lost
Here I am healed and you cover my sin,
It’s here you save me, this is the message of the cross.

Let us rejoice at the foot of the cross,
We can be free, glory to God.

Thank you Lord, thank you Lord,
You’ve set us free, glory to God.

On Calvary‘s tree the King of Glory languished,
Hel, not by nails, but by undying love,
Sin’s debt to pay, the sting of death remove.
Boundless cleansing to provide,
Mercy’s gate open wide.
 
From that sacred hill
Hope is gleaming still;
Thy shame and grief he bore;
Go in peace, sin no more.
 
His purple robe is parted ‘mong the soldiers,
that sceptre-reed discarded where it fell;
Yet, meekly borne, that crown of cruel thorn
Still attests his royal might,
Fears to quell, wrongs to right.
 
Darkness descends, the cross in mystery veiling,
Deep thunders roll and lightnings rend the skies
As jesus dies, a willing sacrifice;
God’s own word, by blood is sealed;
By his stripes we are healed.
 
His tender touch can heal the broken-hearted,
his word dispel the darkness of despair;
Come, bring thy sin, thy sorrow, pain and care,
And, believing, thou shalt prove
All the strength of his love.

Can you believe that Jesus died on a cross, just so we could be forgiven of our sins? I personally find that awesome – I don’t think there’s a better was to describe how it makes me feel.

Can you imagine sending someone you love to visit a particular location, knowing that they would be killed there? I can’t! But that’s exactly what God did, he sent Jesus down to earth knowing that he was  going to be killed. Wow!

Why did God allow his only son to be killed?…because He loves us…he loves you and he loves me. If ever someone showed us how much they loved us, surely it was God that day all those years ago when his son died on a cross.

I love the song From That Sacred Hill, I always have. However the trombone feature of the same name, has made this song come alive for me once again. I include here the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army playing this arrangement, please follow the words above…

My favourite verse of this song is the very last one…

His tender touch can heal the broken-hearted,
his word dispel the darkness of despair;
Come, bring thy sin, thy sorrow, pain and care,
And, believing, thou shalt prove
All the strength of his love.

…why? Because it reminds me that no matter what life has thrown my way, all I have to do is believe in God and he will show his love for me in ways I could never imagine.

Remember believe in God because he does love YOU!

Have you ever been asked by someone, “Do you love me?” Did you answer honestly?

What if God asks you “Do you love me?”, what would you answer? Would you be truthful?

Well God does ask that question of each of us – he did so in the bible when he questioned Simon in John 21:15 (The Message):

After breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Master, you know I love you.”

When I was commissioned as a senior soldier at Rutherglen Salvation Army, our junior choir sang the following song, which is based around these verses from scripture:

Lord, thou art questioning: Lovest thou me?
Yea, Lord, thou knowest , my answer must be;
But since love’s value is proved by loves’ test,
Jesus, I’ll give thee the dearest and best.
 
All in my heart, Lord, thou canst read;
Master, thou knowest I love thee indeed.
Ask what thou wilt my devotion to test,
I will surrender the dearest and best.
 
How could thou smile on me if, in my heart,
I were unwilling from treasures to part?
Since my redemption cost thee such a price,
Utmost surrender alone will suffice.
 
Down at they feet all my fears I let go,
Back on thy strength all my weakness I throw;
Lord, in my life thou shalt have thine own way,
Speak but the word, and thy child will obey.

This song still means a lot to mean, as whenever I need reminded that I must love God more than any other, I think about the words of this song. It’s hard at times to live up to God’s expectations of us, as we are after all only human. However I know that if I love God more than anyone, or anything else, that’s a good first step to being the person God wants me to be!

Heaven’s Grocery Store

I was walking down life’s highway a long time ago. 
One day I saw a sign that read “Heaven’s Grocery Store”. 
As I got a little closer, the door came open wide.
When I came to myself, I was standing just inside.
I saw a host of angels.  They were standing everywhere. 
One handed me a basket and said, “My child, please shop with care”.
Everything a Christian needed was in that Grocery Store.
All you couldn’t carry, you could come back the next day for.
First, I got some PATIENCE; LOVE was in the very same row.
Further down was UNDERSTANDING, you needed it wherever you go.
I got a box or two of WISDOM, a bag or two of FAITH.
I just couldn’t miss the HOLY SPIRIT, for He was all over the place!!
I stopped to get some STRENGTH and COURAGE to help me run this race.
By then my basket was getting full but…I remembered I needed some GRACE!
I didn’t forget SALVATION, for SALVATION was free.
So I tried to get enough of that to save both you and me.
Then I started up to the counter to pay my grocery bill,
for I thought I had everything to do my Master’s will.
As I wind up the aisle I saw PRAYER and I just had to put that in.
For I knew when I stepped outside, I would run right into sin.
PEACE and JOY were plentiful; they were on the last shelf.
SONGS and PRAISES were hanging near, so I just helped myself.
Then I said to the angel, “How much do I owe?”
He just smiled and said, “Just take them everywhere you go.”
Again I smiled at him and said, “How much do I owe?”
He smiled again and said……
“My child, JESUS PAID YOUR BILL A LONG TIME AGO!”

Heaven’s Grocery Store

It’s Free!

Posted: November 22, 2009 in pray, religion
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Do you believe you can get something for nothing?
Are you sceptical when someone tells you you can have something for nothing?

It’s true I’m sure that there are some things in life that you can get free of charge. Well that includes salvation, as God tells us:

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
Revelation 22:17 (NIV)
Please do not be sceptical, although eternal life does not come to us for free, it simply means that someone has to pay the price…and that someone was Jesus! He has paid the ultimate price for us on the cross – “He paid a debt he did not owe; I owed a debt I could not pay”.

When we accept Jesus as our saviour, God transferred our sins to his account. In other words our debt is taken from us because Jesus paid our debt in full! And that is why He can offer us eternal life free of charge!

So stop trying to pay the debt yourself, just come to God.


Come is such a simply word but it’s the only one required to invite you to God…Come!

I found this simply prayer on the internet, please use it to invite God into your life today:
Lord, I’m coming, I’m coming to Christ. I’m coming to say I’m sorry that you had to die to pay the punishment for sins you didn’t commit – mine! Thank you, Lord Jesus. Lord, I’m coming. I’m coming to say I’m done with trying to “buy” influence with you. I’ve run out of currency – I’m bankrupt. “nothing in my hands I bring. Simply to your cross I cling”. Jesus, I’ve come – here I am – forgive me, come into my heart, enter my life, and give me eternal life. Thank you Lord Jesus! Amen

Everything God has done was just so you would come to Him…