IN TERMS OF SALVATION, all of us fall into one of four categories: We are saved and we know it; we think we’re saved; but we’re not; we don’t claim to be saved; or we’re not saved but would like to be. In which category do you find yourself?
Salvation is God’s deliverance of the believer—through Jesus Christ—from the effects of sin. It is God’s work in the human heart and is accompanied by all the benefits He bestows on us now and forever.
We need to know beyond a shadow of a doubt where we are going to spend eternity. And God has made sure that through His word, such certainty is available to every one of us (1 John5:13). Do you have that kind of assurance? If you are not confident that you have eternal salvation, I urge you to settle this most important decision of your life right now.
First, realize that God desires to save everyone (1 Timothy 2:4). Not only that, but He also provided the way to salvation through His Son (John 3:16). He has told us we must believe in Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31) and confess Him before men. As Scripture explains, it is “with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Roman 10:10).
Our heavenly Father is faithful to keep every one of His promises. If you trust in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, God will save you from your sin and welcome you into His family (1 John 1:12)—without regard to merit or worth on your part. Eternal life will be yours. And He offers this gift freely to all who believe in His Son. Will you receive it?
—Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries
This Month's Scripture
Scripture Reading Psalm 146:
In football, coaches are always concerned about turnovers. With each fumble or interception, the team goes from playing in the offensive mode to the defensive mode. Unfortunately, many Christians are playing in the spiritual defensive. Although they may have a clear profession of faith, they are no longer progressing but regressing.
When the church at Galatia began judging spiritual maturity by how well Christian duties were performed, Paul called them to task. Paul reminded them that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. At the point of salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells in every believer to empower us and produce fruit in our lives.
Christians must never lose sight of the power of the cross, which is also the abiding expression of God's provision. You have the Holy Spirit's powerful indwelling presence to help you accomplish God's powerful Kingdom agenda.