Saturday, April 11, 2009

Total Salvation

Romans 1:16 (NLT) For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes- the Jew first and also the Gentile.

Too many of us initially at the time of our being "born again" thought salvation only meant NOT going to hell and NOT committing sin. Before and even after salvation too much is being said about sin and hell and NOT enough is being taught redemption and righteousness. The message that God wanted to send through His son Jesus Christ is that He loves us. The word tells us that NOTHING can ever separate us from His love. The message of His salvation is that He loves us and wants us saved from all the threats of hell and the enemy. In his victory at the cross He has given us authority over all the powers of the enemy. When you get a tight grip on that kind of message then you will want to honor HIM by the way that you live out your life.

My prayer for our churches today is we do the JOB of presenting the gospel in the way that non-believers want to be saved. Again I say, I want people to understand the message of Jesus Christ means deliverance, healing, wholeness. Salvation means protection, peace and prosperity. Salvation doesn't means that trials and tribulation won't come your way BUT it does mean that you through your faith in Jesus Christ you will overcome them all.

As you read thru the four gospels you see the masses flocking and crowding Jesus Christ to be get from HIM what they needed. Jesus said it himself that it is the sick that need a doctor. Yet today the church presents itself as so polish and put together that the very ONES that need God the most are the ones that are turned off and turned away. We have made salvation look so boring and legalistic. We need to get people to understand that the commandments are there to HELP and KEEP us. What looks like freedom in having premaritial sex, using drugs and drinking alcohol is really bondage. Christianity is not a religion it is a relationship with Jesus Christ. Our living Saviour.

Acts 4:11-13 (NLT) For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, 'The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.' There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under the heaven by which we must be saved."

Be Blessed, Manie