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!

Whoever Assails You Will Fall

Whoever Assails You Will Fall

If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me.  Whoever assails you will fall because of you.  (Isa 54:15 NASB, emphasis added)

The Lord is declaring Himself as our protector and defender in this verse!  What a promise—what a breathtaking gift!  He says this many times in various ways in the Bible.

Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored; those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.  (Isa 41:11 NASB)

For I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.  (Isa 49:25b NKJV)

Contend means to resist, oppose, or challenge.  The Lord says that when someone opposes or challenges one of His children, HE will be the One to deal with them.  Not only will He save us, but He’ll save our children. 

These are wonderful, powerful and precious promises to rely upon.  Don’t think that they’re only in the Bible to encourage us and to reassure us.  They are provided to us as weapons of our spiritual warfare!  (2 Cor 10:4; Eph 6:17 NKJV)

The Bible teaches us that the Word of God is living and powerful—active.  It goes on to say that it is sharper than any two-edged sword, able to perceive (detect) the thoughts and purposes of a person’s heart!

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  (Heb 4:12 NKJV)

Use the Word of God as the weapon that it truly is.  Meditate upon it; speak with the Lord about it; and let Him know that you not only believe it but you depend up it to come to pass in your life.  Believe the Word and stand upon it by faith.

Your faith and trust in Him and in His Word will please the Lord as well as improve your life immeasurably.

Wisdom of this World

Wisdom of this World

Is there any true wisdom in this world?  Here’s what the Bible has to say about worldly wisdom: 

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness;” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”  (1 Cor 3:19-20)

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  (1 Cor 1:20)

According to the Word, there is no true wisdom that exists in this world, apart from Godly wisdom.  How do we, as believers and disciples of Jesus, obtain God’s wisdom?

  1. Ask the Lord for it. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  (Jas 1:5)
  2. Grow up into Christ—speak the truth in love. So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ . . . (Eph 4:14-15)
  3. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  (Rom 12:2)
  4. Study the wisdom from above. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  (Jas 3:17)
  5. Understand and come to know the Lord—then boast in Him! Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”  (Jer 9:23-24)
  6. Set your minds on things that are above. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  (Col 3:2)  That means we need to think about heavenly, godly things.  Meditate upon the Scriptures and the goodness of God.
  7. Do not love the world or the things of the world. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.  (1 Joh 2:15-17)
  8. Fear the Lord. By “fear,” I mean to respect and reverence the Lord.  When we fear the Lord, we put His opinion about everything and His instruction to us in first place in our lives. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is  (Pro 9:10)  This fear of the Lord will establish us securely on the path to learning of and receiving the wisdom of God.

Hear Him! Part 1

Hear Him! Part 1

These verses encourage us to hear Jesus:

And a voice came out of the cloud saying, “This is My beloved Son.  Hear Him!”  (Lk 9:35)

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock . . . (Mt 7:24)

He who has ears to hear, let him hear!  (Mt 11:15; 13:9)

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”  (Mt 17:5)

The Lord hears us, as demonstrated by these verses:

But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; the Lord will hear when I call to Him.  (Ps 4:3)

In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.  (Ps 18:6)

This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.  (Ps 34:6)

He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.  (Ps 145:19)

Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.  (Joh 9:31)

These Scriptures are excellent spiritual food upon which to meditate for the next couple of days.  The next article will study what it may be that God would like us to hear.

Pray the Word, Part 2

Pray the Word, Part 2

This is the conclusion of our meditation on prayer.

Pray in agreement with the Word of God.  Locate several verses of Scripture that reveal God’s will to you in the area where you need help or deliverance.  Meditate upon these verses in order to renew your mind in this area12 and to build faith in your heart.12a  Then pray (decree, declare, command) according to the Scriptures you have meditated upon.

The Word of God is a firm foundation for our faith, because we know that God is trustworthy and will perform His Word.  Many verses in the Bible address this truth and verify it:  Joshua 23:14; 2 Chron. 6:10a; Isaiah 55:11; Jeremiah 1:12; Ezekiel 12:25; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Mark 16:20; Luke 21:33; Romans 4:21; 2 Corinthians 1:20.

Jesus said that we should LIVE by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!13   In Him (who is called the Word of God), we live and move and have our being!  (Acts 17:28)

Jesus said, If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  (John 15:7)  Allowing God’s Word to dwell in us richly will draw all of the benefits and blessings of salvation to us.

Faith comes through the Word of God,14 so praying in agreement with the Word will inspire faith to arise in our hearts.

The Word is our sword.15 Let us wield the one offensive weapon that we’ve been given, and wield it with courage, authority, and precision!

The Word is alive, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.16  The Word can divide soul and spirit, and will discern the thoughts and intents of the heart!  The Word teaches us how to pray with wisdom and understanding.

The Word of God lives and abides forever!17 We should honor the Lord by honoring His Word.

Jesus, Himself, is called The Word of God in Revelations 19:13.  As we pray according to the Scriptures, we are invoking (appealing to, calling upon, summoning) Jesus, our Savior!

We’ve been given POWER.18 In prayer, access the power that you have been given.

We’ve been given the KEYS of the Kingdom.19 Use these keys of binding and loosing in prayer.

We’ve been given the NAME that is above every name—the Name of Jesus.20  Use the authority of the Name of Jesus in all of your prayers.

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1 Matthew 14:23       2 Matt. 21:22             3 Luke 9:29               4 Luke 18:1

5 John 17:15               6 John 17:20              7 Acts 6:4                   8 Romans 8:26; 12:12

9 Philippians 4:6       10 1 Thess. 5:17        11 John 19:30           12 Romans 12:2

12a Romans 10:17                                         13 Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4

14 Romans 10:17       15 Ephesians 6:17    16 Hebrews 4:12       17 1 Peter 1:23

18 Acts 1:8; Matthew 10:1, 7, 8                    19 Matthew 16:19     20 John 14:13, 14

Do You Want Wisdom?

Do You Want Wisdom?

Who is wise?  Let him understand these things.  Who is prudent?  Let him know them.  For the ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them.  But transgressors stumble in them.  (Hos 14:9)

To be wise, we must seek to understand God’s precepts and ways.  Understand means to perceive the intended meaning of His Words and His ways.  Another definition states that to understand means to apprehend clearly the character, nature, or subtleties of something. 

Therefore, in order to be wise in God’s sight, we will clearly apprehend the character, nature, and subtleties of God’s Words and His ways—and His personality. 

If you don’t feel that you’ve arrived just yet at that place, then study passages from the Bible every single day.  Meditate upon what you’ve read.  Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten your understanding and to give you wisdom.  He will answer your prayers.

He will open the eyes of your understanding and give you revelations into the Word of God and into God’s loving nature.  Hallelujah!