cross_thornsWould you like to live FREE? True freedom comes from only one source, the Creator of the Universe, the Giver of all Life, and it is called Salvation. God’s desire from the very beginning was to be with the people He created. Throughout His book, The Bible, we see a God who is filled with unfailing love. This love drove Him to make the ultimate sacrifice to have us with Him forever.  “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT)

Salvation, therefore, comes through only one source, the Son of the Living God, Jesus Christ. “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) The Bible also makes it very clear on how one obtains this salvation. Romans 10:8-10 (NKJV) tells us:

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Salvation comes from the Greek word “sótéria” and literally means deliverance from the molestation of enemies. Here, though, our enemies are not flesh and blood. Rather, they are spiritual forces in high places who hate our very existence. Jesus came to save us from the enemy of our soul, Satan, whose main objective is to separate us from our Creator. Jesus, however, in the greatest act of love the world has ever known, bridged the gap between man and God when He willingly gave His life on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Salvation is the greatest gift ever given to man, but it isn’t limited to a place or a time. Rather, it is an abiding relationship with Jesus and it can begin the moment we ask for His forgiveness (“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23) and fully give Him our heart.  Jesus spoke about this in John 17:3 when He said “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”

The word “know” literally means to have an intimate understanding of.  When we seek God, to know Him and to know His Son Jesus, we will begin to see all that salvation truly entails. It is a journey that has a definite beginning (Most people remember with joy the moment they asked Jesus to be their Lord) but this journey will have no end, as we will for all of eternity be growing in the grace to know Him more. When we choose to make KNOWING Him our life’s pursuit, then we will also know peace, rest, joy, hope and a life filled with purpose and excitement.

ArmsOpenWideSalvation will not take the tribulations away from our life, but it will literally transform us so that tribulations no longer overcome our heart. In other words, Jesus shows us how to respond to those trials that come to test our faith.  How we respond to trials will determine the amount of internal tribulation in our life. We cannot always control the situations around us, but through the power of Christ we can control how we are affected by them.  We can overcome the obstacles and allow them to become stepping stones or we can be overcome by them and die.

If you abide in Him and He abides in you, ask what you will and it will be given unto you (John 15:7).  His power makes all the difference in the world to the life that abandons the control tower of their life and chooses instead to trust in God’s ability to lead, provide and protect.

Salvation . . . there’s no greater answer to life’s problems.

And it is only the beginning . . .