Benefits of Our Salvation

Benefits of Our Salvation

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  (Ps 23:6)

We determine that we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever and that goodness and mercy shall follow us by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.  With that one decision, we also decide to accept all of the benefits and blessings of our salvation—which are unlimited!

Of course, the Bible also informs us that there will be persecution for our faith for which we must be prepared.  (Mt 5:44; 10:23; Lk 21:12)  But we can and should expect both, especially God’s blessings.

The blessings of salvation are many, varied, and unlimited.  You truly need to study the Bible to locate all of the promised blessings, but I love to list at least some of them for people to meditate upon and to rejoice over!

  • God is our shield and surpassingly great reward (Gen 15:1)
  • The Lord is our healer (Ex 15:26)
  • His joy is our strength (Neh 8:10)
  • Jesus is our Open Heaven (Joh 1:51)
  • All of God’s promises to us are answered “Yes” and “So be it” through Jesus, our Lord (2 Cor. 1:20)
  • The Lord gives us a long life (Ps 91:16)
  • God gives us good things to eat and renews our youth (Ps 103:5)
  • God gives us an incorruptible inheritance (1 Pet 1:3-4)
  • God give us eternal life.  (Joh 3:15)

These are just a small handful of the benefits of trusting in God and accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.  Meditate on how much God loves you, and how very much He wants to bless you every single day of your life!  Hallelujah!

No God is Like Our God

No God is Like Our God

I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.  I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
that there is none besides Me.  I am the Lord, and there is no other . . .
(Isa 45:4-6 NKJV)

There is none like unto thee among the gods, O Lord; neither [are there any works] like unto thy works.  (Ps 86:8 ASV)

There is none like You, O Lord. You are great, and Your name is mighty in power.  (Jer 10:6 BSB)

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides Me there is no god.  (Isa 44:6 ESV)

From the rising of the sun even to the place where it sets, ALL WILL KNOW that there is no God like the Lord!  (Isa 45:4-6)  This is a scriptural statement of truth. 

There is no other God who loves mankind and has provided a clear and simple salvation for mankind—for which He has already paid!  Jesus is the door to our salvation.

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.  (Act 4:12)

Our God is the God of signs, wonders, and miracles.  (Act 2:22; Heb 2:4)  Our God says about Himself that He is our healer.  (Ex 15:26; Lk 5:17)  The Bible says that “by His stripes, we were healed.”  (Isa 53:5; 1 Pet 2:24)  Notice that is past tense:  “we WERE healed.”  Hallelujah!

Other blessings that we believers enjoy that demonstrate the uniqueness of our God:

  • He gives us abundant life. (Joh 10:10) 
  • He gives us the desires of our heart. (Ps 37:4)
  • ALL things are possible with our God. (Mt 19:26)
  • He does not withhold ANY good thing from us. (Ps 34:10b; 84:11)

Let us confess, along with the Psalmist: 

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.  (Ps 34:2) 

Have Confidence in the Lord

It is vital for us to have confidence in the Lord.  I’m talking about having the kind of confidence in the Lord that Paul had when he wrote this verse:

But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.  (Rom 15:29)

Paul could make this bold statement because he knew who he was in Christ.  He had confidence in the Word of God, and he had confidence in his relationship with Jesus, our Savior.  This is the same confidence that each and every one of us may have.  All we need to do is to nurture our confidence!

Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, 31 preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.  (Ac 28:30-31)

For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught.  (Pro 3:26)

But “he who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”  (2 Cor 10:17)  Another word for “glories” is boasts.  So this verse reminds us to boast in the Lord.  Paul knew how to do that.

We know that when signs, wonders, and miracles take place in our ministry, it is the Lord who performs those wonders!  We know that He alone is the Healer and Deliverer.  Paul knew that it was natural and normal to expect good things from the God who is good all the time.  This is the kind of confidence that we want to nurture in our hearts.

We nurture our confidence in the Lord by reading and meditating upon the Scriptures.  We do it with praise and worship of our God on a regular and ongoing basis.  As our relationship with the Lord stands the test of time, we mature and grow in our faith as well as in our confidence.

Trust the Lord and His Word.  Rely upon His Word and believe it when it says of itself:

Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. (Josh 21:45)

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.  (Mat 24:35)

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1 Cor 1:18)

Feed your confidence! 

Food for Meditation

Food for Meditation

Our last article was on the topic of meditation, which included a biblical promise with it.  Today, I’m going to give you suggested food or topics for meditation.  I hope that they will bless you.

The Lord is my:

  • Exceedingly great reward (Gen 15:1)
  • Rock (Ps 18:2; 31:3; 71:3)
  • Rock that is Higher than I (Ps 61:2)
  • High Tower (Ps 144:2)
  • Hiding Place (Ps 32:7;119:114)
  • Very present help in the time of trouble (Ps 46:1)
  • Intercessor (Job 16:19-21 NIV1984; Isa 59:16-17)
  • Mediator (1 Tim 2:5; Heb 8:6; 9:15; 12:24)
  • Advocate (1 Joh 2:1)
  • Teacher (Lk 12:12; Joh 14:26; 1 Cor 2:13)
  • Healer (Ex 15:26; Ps 103:3; Mt 4:23)
  • Open Heaven (Joh 1:51)
  • Comfort, Comforter (Ps 86:17; 2 Cor 1:3-4)
  • Strength (Ps 18:1; 32)
  • Fortress (Ps 18:2; 31:3; 71:3; 144:2)
  • Deliverer (Ps 18:2; 40:17; 70:5)
  • Shield (Ps 3:3; 18:2; 28:7; 144:2)
  • Horn of my salvation (Ps 18:2)
  • Stronghold (Ps 18:2)
  • Redeemer (Ps 19:14; 78:35; Pro 23:11)
  • Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6)
  • Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2)
  • Bright, Morning Star (Rev 22:16)

May God bless your meditations.

God Heals the Brokenhearted

God Heals the Brokenhearted

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.  (Ps 34:18)

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  (Ps 147:3)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed . . .  (Lk 4:18, emphasis added – see also Isa 61:1)

In the verse above, a “contrite spirit” means someone who is crushed in spirit; emotionally beaten down; or someone who has had all hope taken away from them.  The term brokenhearted would truly apply to someone like that.  The Word of God says that God heals people who are brokenhearted!

When the Scripture says that the Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (bandages the wound), this in itself is a source of comfort and encouragement.  For when the Lord gives a person a “bandage,” it is not the stuff of flesh and blood.  His bandage contains the healing balm of His presence and the supernatural power of God!  He is the Lord our Healer (Ex 15:26d)!  Hallelujah!

He, alone, is able to heal every condition, and every complaint.  Jesus is the balm of Gilead who miraculously heals all who come to Him.  (Ps 30:2; Mal 4:2a; Mat 8:17; 1 Pet 2:24)   He repairs and redeems every situation to the glory of God.  All that we need to do is to invite Him into the situation through prayer.

The Lord has the power and the desire to heal physical illnesses; mental conditions; financial shortages; and even relationships.  Just look to the One who says:  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  (Mat 7:7)

Here are some other Bible verses that will encourage your faith and sustain you in times of trial, pain, or difficulties.  These passages testify that Jesus is able to resolve every challenge, trial, and situation.  He protects us and strengthens us, and gives us His Word to rely upon.

  • The Lord is our shield and our reward. (Gen 15:1)
  • The Lord is our strength. (Ps 18:1, 32)
  • When we seek the Lord, we shall not lack any good thing. (Ps 34:10b; 84:11)
  • With God all things are possible. (Mat 19:26; Mk 10:27 – emphasis added)
  • All things are possible to the one who believes. (Mk 9:23 NASB)
  • All of God’s promises in Christ to us are “Yes” and “Amen.” (1 Cor 1:20)
  • The Lord has pleasure in our prosperity. (Ps 35:27)
  • He brings out those who are bound into prosperity. (Ps 68:6)
  • Those who trust in the Lord will be prospered. (Prov 28:25b)
  • Is ANYTHING too hard for the Lord? (Gen 18:14; Jer 32:27 – emphasis added)
  • God’s blessings upon us make us prosperous and He adds no sorrow to it. (Prov 10:22)
  • The Lord is our reconciler, mediator, and peacemaker. (1 Tim 2:5; Heb 8:6; 9:15; 12:24)

The 7 Redemptive Names of God

The 7 Redemptive Names of God

Here are the seven redemptive names of the Lord, their meanings, and where they can be found in the Bible.

  • Jehovah-Rapha, The Lord our Healer – (Ex 15:26; Isa 1:5-6; Jer 17:9; Lk 5:31)
  • Jehovah-Nissi, the Lord our Banner [or Refuge] – (Ex 17:8-15; Ps 20:5)
  • Jehovah-Shammah, the Lord (who) is Present – (Ezek 48:35; Ex 33:14-15; 1 Chr 16:27; Ps 16:11; 97:5)
  • Jehovah-Tsidkenu, the Lord our Righteousness – (Jer 23:5-6; Ps 11:7; 89:14; 1 Cor 1:30)
  • Jehovah-Shalom, the Lord our Peace – (Judges 6:24; Isa 9:6; Lk 1:78-79)
  • Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord our Provider – (Gen 22:8-14; Joh 1:29; Gal 3:8; 1 Cor 2:7)
  • Jehovah-Ra’ah, the Lord our Shepherd – (Gen 48:15; Ps 23:1; 80:1; Isa 40:10-11; 1 Pet 2:25)

As our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ operates with mighty power in each and every one of these offices of salvation and redemption.  He is the Lord who never leaves us and never fails us.  Hallelujah!