THE LIFE PRESERVER
Colossians 1:13-14 For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
In most movies or works of literature, there is usually a hero and a villain, a good guy and bad guy, protagonist and antagonist. They fight against each other until hopefully, good ultimately conquers evil and saves the day. In real life, there is a real battle going on that can not be seen with human eyes, because it is an invisible war. The true and good news in this story of life is that there is a supreme hero that conquers the evil one, and all wickedness, forever.
I want you to be aware of who your real enemy is. His name is satan (also known as the devil) and he is out to steal, to kill and to destroy you. He hates you.
He hates the work of God in your life. He hates righteousness, goodness and love. The devil knows that he is a defeated foe, yet he still tries to defeat others, including people of faith who proclaim God’s eternal truths.
He wants to silence you. He likes it when Christians are quiet about the gospel message. He likes it when Christians blend in with the world to the point of cowering in fear and timidity. He likes it when believers in Jesus shrink back, afraid of what people will think and say. He loves insecurity. I made the devil happy for too long stuck in an awful cycle of fear, pondering “what will they think of me if I share the gospel?”
The devil is a liar and the Bible says that he is the “father of lies.” He hates it when Christians are surrendered to the Holy Spirit and filled with His love. He hates it when Christians are bold and fearless with the power of God.
“For lo…his doom is sure.” Satan will be spending eternity in the lake of fire with his demons, which are those unclean, nasty workers of iniquity. Evil loses!
The wonderful news is that Jesus has all ready won the battle at the cross. He is victorious. Think about that for a moment. Jesus Christ has won the eternal battle over sin, over death and over evil. He rules and He reigns! Hallelujah!
There is no one like Him. He is excellent, Almighty and worthy of eternal praises!
May we realize the invisible war that we are in the midst of. The war is not of flesh and blood. It can not be seen with our natural eyes, but it is very real. There is wickedness in high places with principalities and evil powers involved. It is a spiritual battle over the hearts and souls of mankind.
In the Bible, it says that “we do not struggle against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
A powerful quote by Martin Luther King Jr. says, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
The light of the world is Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth and the life. He is the only one who can illuminate minds and deliver people out of darkness. He is the only one who can truly change the heart of a person. Jesus can soften the hardest of hearts. His forgiveness reaches into the depths of the heart to bring freedom and deliverance to the captive. He gives sight to the blind and healing for the hurting. He gives liberty to those who are in bondage to sin. He is the rescuer. He truly is the “life preserver given to the drowning soul.”
The love of God heals to the core. External, outwardly-focused things like behavior modification, do not deal with the deep core-heart issues within. Love heals to the core. God’s love wins! His truth reigns supremely. He is powerful and mighty. He is strong. The solutions to man’s ills are not found in the things of this world. The solution to the problem of sin is not found in education, government, politics, self-awareness, or self-actualization. The solution to the problem of sin is found in God. The solution is found through Jesus Christ and the love that He demonstrated for all by laying down His life. He did this so that we would be able to have a relationship with Him. He loves us so much!
This new life is a gift of grace that we receive by faith alone. There is nothing that we did, and nothing that we do or can do, to earn this gift. This is something that must be received by faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. In the book of Hebrews, it says, Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11: 1-3) The Bible also says, For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
If you have not taken the important step of faith to be rescued and saved from sin, please do it today. Acknowledge that you are a sinner and have sinned. God is holy and perfect and there is no sin in Him. Put your faith and trust in what Jesus did on the cross for you. He died for your sins. He nailed them to the cross when He died there. He did it because of love. He did it because He loves you!
The only way to know God personally is through the one perfect, complete sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. He died on that cross and rose again on the third day and is alive forevermore. He is seated at God’s right hand, praying for you.
He loves you so much that He left His throne of glory and came down to this earth. He became a man, who was tempted, like we are, yet He did not sin. Jesus, the perfect Son of God, became sin for us. The One who knew no sin, did this so that we would become the righteousness of God. He did it for love’s sake. He did it for me and He did it for you!
Please take a step of faith right now and pray this prayer in your heart to God.
I am a sinner. I believe that you sent Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I place my faith and trust in what you did on the cross so that I can be forgiven and spend eternity with you. I receive your forgiveness and your free gift of salvation. Thank you for demonstrating your love for me by dying on the cross and rising from the dead. Thank you for saving me. Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer and sincerely meant it, then congratulations! You are now a child of God! You have gone from being a creation of God to becoming His child. You are now a member of His family and are now “saved.” It will now take a lifetime for you to discover the spiritual wealth and riches that have now entered into your life. As you grow in your faith, you will have beautiful new discoveries about God’s loving nature. You’ll learn about His faithfulness, compassion and grace. You’ll behold treasures of His mercy, truth, along with His steadfast and unwavering love for you. New life has begun!
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