What is the Worth of Salvation?
I am amazed these days at how unloving people can be, or better, how ignorant they are. Billy Graham was a great Evangelist and a true Preacher of the Word of God. Billy loved the Lord and it showed with every action of his life, yet he was still a human. He had imperfections just like the rest of us. The ONLY difference is, his imperfections were covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ. So now the question is, are your sins covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ…as well?
Billy Graham was not better than any of us; it is simply that he dedicated his life to Jesus Christ and expounded the Holy Word of God. There is no way that anyone can fault him for that! So that is my view on that subject matter.
As I have stated before, I remember those days as a kid at the “Tent Revivals” my Mom and Dad would go to. Those days are forever etched in my mind; and yet today, the sermons even more so. I cannot emphasize it more, the importance of speaking to others for the Lord. And yet, it is important to fully understand what the Word of God is saying to us. It is not a matter of “Carte-Blanche” to say what you or I THINK, but better to research and Pray for the Wisdom of the Lord.
Salvation through the Blood of Jesus Christ is simple, and yet there are some that bastardize what they read and then endeavor to tell others…it is truth! How far are they from the Lord and HIS precious Word?
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
Expound what you read; don’t try and think more of it, or (Horrors) to speak less of it. The Lord God is very capable of reaching anyone’s heart with HIS Holy Word. I have read and watched people say many things about Billy Graham, where he is right now, and I know they do not understand the Word of God. Otherwise, they would realize that Salvation is available to each and every one of us, IF we choose to ask for it. Having said that, they would quickly KNOW where Billy Graham is at this Eternal moment!
Looking back at those Tent Revivals, watching in my mind the waves of heat across the fields, I cherish the “Old Preachers” of that time for their witness of the Lord and HIS Salvation. I cherish the Word of God and the old hymns we sang. I can still feel the Lord moving among us in that Tent. I still feel today…HIS Presence and I know HIS Love. Like Billy Graham, one day I will go and live with My Lord and Savior for Eternity…is there anything more to be concerned about than that?
I know that there are some that will not read my articles. There are far too many that will never know the Word of God. That, my friends…is their choice. I write for no other reason than to please my Lord and Savior. I have learned that I owe HIM more Thank You’s than I could ever say. The Lord is deserving!
To that end, I would like for all to remember this passage of Scripture:
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
And also another very important passage:
John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.“
Do these passages of Scripture spell out anything important to you? It is very simple: NO JESUS, no life in Eternity, only continuous Death in Hell and the Lake of Fire. It IS that simple. As a matter of fact, you do NOT get the next Breath of Air or the next Heartbeat without the Lord God allowing it; and again, it is that simple. If you think anything otherwise, then you do not understand the Holy Word of God.
You need to pray earnestly for the Wisdom of the Lord to lead you as you read HIS Holy Word. Continually, I fail to understand how people miss this part so many times. And then they wonder how can the world hate the Holy Word of God or that of Salvation?
Treat others as you would like to be treated. Don’t browbeat them. Don’t come across as…more Holy than thou. You are no better than any of them…Thank the Lord for your Salvation through HIS Blood. It IS the Will of the Lord…NOT you. It IS HIS Love for all of us…it is NOT all about YOU. The Lord God is the one that saves…anyone…it is NOT you. As the Holy Word of God says…SHARE…how the Lord has worked with you. Profess how the Lord God has Blessed you! Then shut up and go about your business…Let the Lord touch their heart.
1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
Such a word to the Wise in the Lord! My friends…please take this passage to Heart. It IS as the Lord would have it. If you are not sure, please re-read that passage until you are sure, and then give it to others. That IS our job…as being Born-Again to the Lord. Please do not allow your stumbling to affect others.
Psalms 37:3-8 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.”
Do you see and read, “TRUST, DELIGHT, COMMIT, REST…IN THE LORD?” It is always about the LORD; it is NOT about you. We are all a part of the human race; we are all of this Fallen Species. There is none better than the other. For some…we are simply SAVED by HIS GRACE. Our sin is covered by HIS Blood, from HIS Cross at Calvary. YOU and I are simply messengers, and that is the end to it.
Luke 18:10-14 “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
THAT…my friends, is how you and I should be. How do you think you will be as you stand before the Lord God…as a self-righteous bigot…or as a humbled servant? Yes, I know, I’m saying things in a very hard manner; but there are many that just don’t get that concept through their thick heads. They love to PREACH to others as if they are better than others.
Every single one of us is equally fallen before the Lord. It does not matter if you have sinned once or every moment of your life. Once the Lord covers your sin with HIS Blood…you belong to the Lord. You must understand this…it is YOUR choice…Jesus Christ…or not!
It does not matter if my article is read by many or just one. If one person reads this, and the Lord touches their heart, and they come to the Lord honestly…THAT IS ENOUGH. I have done what the Lord has asked me to do…be a messenger.
Did you get that? BE a messenger. Share what the Lord has done for you. Tell others of HIS amazing LOVE for each of us. Follow the Lord; let others see how HE has changed your life. Give the Glory to the Lord.
Remember what I said about the Next Breath of air or the next Heartbeat…it ain’t YOU. We have enough problems as it is, to simply follow the Lord in every moment of our lives. Why would we choose to complicate things? Instead, make it easy on yourself…let the Lord lead you. After all, HE knew you and your life long before he ever created the Universe.
Ephesians 1:4-6 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.“
For each and every one of us, Salvation…is a choice, our personal choice. So look back and remember sitting in that Tent Revival; feel the heat again, but remember the sermon. Hear that “Hell-fire Preacher” once again! Be thankful to the Lord for every single Blessing in your life…and that Preacher! Remember…the Lord…is deserving of our Thankfulness and Praise. Shouldn’t we be willing to give that…willingly?
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.“
All Scripture comes from the King James Version of the Bible
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