wavesMatt. 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

God’s word is not only living but it is powerful! Jesus told the Sadducees that they were making a mistake because they didn’t know (understand) the scriptures! But Jesus did end there? No! He went on to say they didn’t know the power of God. God’s words have the power to save … His words are powerful and guide one to salvation.

There is nothing more miraculous than the change that occurs after a person accepts Jesus Christ as his/her Saviour! The Bible speaks of that change in 2 Corinthians 5:17.

2 Cor. 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Have you experienced this change in your life? Did you get saved only to keep living your life in the same way? There’s a problem if you did … you didn’t experience the power of God’s word! You read it, you heard it, you may have even had an “experience” that produced temporary elation. But what about the long-term effects? Were there any? Did that experience result in permanent change as it relates to sin in your life? If you were a shoplifter, did you stop? If you were a chronic liar, did you find yourself under great conviction afterwards? If you were addicted to pornography, did you stop? If not, you did not experience the true salvation spoken of in the scriptures. The scriptures say that those old sinful ways of yours pass away. Some pass away immediately … other sins are a challenge but God sees you through with the power of His Holy Spirit and the scriptures.

Your relationship with God is now new and alive – your old ways are gone and behold new thoughts and ideas have entered in. These thoughts and ideas come from God’s powerful words in the Bible. They produce a change – they produce a desire to change. They produce a new person!

You may not be sinless, Christian, but you will most certainly sin LESS!  Your desire will be to follow Christ, not your old life. AND when you DO sin, you fall under extreme conviction and desire to make things right with your Saviour! If you cannot say this is true in your life, then you did not repent of your sin. Repentance brings about the change.  Saying you’re sorry doesn’t necessarily come from repentance. A thief can say he’s sorry but if he continues to steal, he did NOT repent. A repentant thief will steal no more … an repentant adulterer will abandon his sin and become a faithful husband … a repentant liar will lie no more. THIS is change … this is truly the renewed life life that Jesus spoke of in John 3:3 – being born again is depicted in the old sinful man being saved from his sin and coming out a changed and renewed man!

Eph. 4:22-32 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

~2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

Salvation brings about change in a person’s life. The stealer steals no more. The curser curses no more, etc. 

It is not that we are “perfectly holy” at the time of salvation.  It is that we acknowledge our sin and we desire to be more like Christ.

~2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

The Holy Spirit convicted our hearts and our whole spiritual life goes from running with the world to being a child of the King!

Our old nature wants to sin but the new nature is now “in Christ” and no longer wants to sin. There is truly a battle.

~Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Before salvation, we do not care that we sin.

However, after salvation we become aware of that dirty sin in our lives and we do not have that same desire to continue in it.

The Holy Spirit convicts us and we continue to change into the image of our Lord and Saviour!   Many profess Christianity but do not change.  They sit in church pews and live their lives just as they did before with no convictions at all.  That was the way I was prior to salvation.

~Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

There IS a difference in a person’s life once they accept Christ as their Saviour… there SHOULD be a difference.

Psalms 21

~1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! ~2 Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah. ~3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. ~4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever. ~5 His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him. ~6 For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance. ~7 For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved. ~8 Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies: thy right hand shall find out those that hate thee. ~9 Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of thine anger: the LORD shall swallow them up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. ~10 Their fruit shalt thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men. ~11 For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. ~12 Therefore shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them. ~13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.

Salvation is of the Lord, the Bible says. It is His to provide, not for me to work for. I cannot just blab it and grab it as is the popular ‘gospel’ preached from the pulpits today. It is popular teaching but those who grab on to this teaching are lost as lost can be. No where is there preaching on repentance to be found.

Salvation is God’s part but the repentance is my part. I can’t expect to receive salvation if I’m just going to continue living in the same sinful way.

But I digress. Today’s Psalm speaks of salvation and how it belongs to God, not man. Verse 5 says that man’s (King David speaking) glory is in “thy salvation.” I began to meditate on this thought. Searching the Word for other verses dealing with salvation belonging to God was enlightening, to say the least! Let me share my discovery and let’s see if you can receive the same blessing as I.

~Exodus 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

~2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

~Psalms 21:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!

~Psalms 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

~Psalms 68:20 He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.

~Psalms 69:13 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O LORD, in an acceptable time: O God, in the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation.

~Psalms 78:22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:

~Psalms 98:2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

~Isaiah 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

~Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

~Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

~Revelation 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

Since salvation belongs to God and He is the provider thereof, it stands to reason that His Son would be the payment for that salvation and His Holy Spirit would the One to woo the lost soul to that salvation through the Word. Once I came to a realization that I needed to be saved or else I would spend eternity in Hell, I knew that there had to be a change. I could no longer live the way I had been living. Today’s gospel does not preach it in this manner. They leave out the repentance and just claim that all I have to do is believe, pray a prayer and I am saved. However, the devils believe but that does not make them saved. What is left out of this equation is repentance.

James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

The devils believe alright, and they tremble.  But does that make them saved?  The Book of James clearly outlines this salvation process in this next verse:

~James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

First we are convicted that we are sinners by the wooing of the Holy Spirit.  As a result, we realize we must repent from our filthiness.  Then we receive the Word of God which saves us.  It is the Word of God, that engrafted word, that saves the soul. I realized I was a sinner in need of God’s salvation and I needed to repent!

~Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

When I had been wooed by the Holy Spirit, my heart became ready to receive that engrafted word of God. I was then ready to hear the Gospel and understand it. The seed of truth took root in my heart and the Holy Spirit convicted me of my sins. It was then I knew that I could not continue to live as I had been living. Repentance was necessary for me to be changed. That seed has to take root in good soil – that prepared heart. Without it, I cannot grow and be changed into the image of Jesus Christ. I would still be that same old image that I was before.  If my heart was not ready to hear, I would not have the desire to repent.  In fact, I would be insulted to hear that I was a “sinner.”

Change can only be wrought if salvation is of the Lord and not of man. God finishes what He starts. He molds us, chastises us, and changes us into His image. God began the work with His salvation through Jesus Christ and will finish the work through His Holy Spirt.

~Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Jesus Christ – my God, the provider of my salvation, the author and finisher of my faith! Praise be to God!

~Proverbs 10:23 It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

The unsaved world does not think about living righteously. It is the furthest thing from their mind. In fact, and I speak from past experience, they cannot wait until the next moment they can do evil. Of course, at the time, I was not thinking that what I was doing was evil. All I cared about was that I had great pleasure in doing them!

The Word has so much to say on this subject. The wicked are explained with great accuracy in the Book of Proverbs. I did not think of myself as wicked prior to my salvation. In fact, I thought I was a pretty good person. But had I measured my life with the “yardstick of the Ten Commandments,” I would have seen that I did not measure up at all!

~Proverbs 4:16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.

I took great pleasure in my sin and loved it when I could partake with others! During the work week, we would be busy planning what we could do on the weekend. Our plans always led to sin!

~Proverbs 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

I am so thankful that one day a dear friend came to visit and told me the wonderful news about salvation. It was not something I had ever heard before. My religious experiences revolved around “being good” and the burden was too great because I could never be good enough! Christ’s salvation is free but we must be willing to repent from the lifestyle we are currently living. To blab a prayer-ette and remain in the same lifestyle does not salvation bring! Jesus said to “repent and believe the Gospel,” (~Mark 1:15). There must be a repentance or there will never be any change!

~2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

God formed us. Sin deforms us. School informs us. Christ transforms us.

What a great quote!! The Word supports it repeatedly!

~John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

~John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

~1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

~Colossians 3:9-10 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

~Galatians 3:26-27 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

~Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

~2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Have you changed since you claimed salvation? If you cannot read these verses and understand them, that should be a red flag because the born again Christian is given the ability to understand God’s Word. If you can understand them, then can you truly say you have changed? If you have not changed much from your previous life, you are quenching the Holy Spirit and not allowing Him to change you from within. Let Him be the Potter and you be the clay – let Him mold you into Christ’s image!

~Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Since the day of your salvation, have you changed from your old ways? Are you finding your friends not so attractive? Are you finding your pet sins offensive? Do you find yourself thinking about Christ and what He did for you on the cross? Are you more aware of your sin? Does your sin bother you? The Bible says in this verse that at the time of salvation, when you are “in Christ,” you are a new creature. Your old life and sinful ways pass away and your life is made new. You now have a desire for spiritual things. If you do not see these changes in your own personal life, something is not right. You may have spoken all the right words to accept Christ’s salvation and His work on the cross, but your heart may not have been sincere. There’s a difference. Jesus said,

~Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

There are many who profess Christianity but not so many possess true salvation. How can you know for sure? 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that you will be different – you will think differently – you will desire to be different. You won’t be changed overnight, but little by little you will find that you are very different from the day you first were saved.

~Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

My friend, many people are walking this earth thinking that they have said the right prayer or lived the right life or are a member of the right church. But Matthew 7:13-14 says that FEW will find the way that leads to eternal life. Are you certain you have? Don’t wait until it is too late. Find out now!

“What we mean by salvation is this—deliverance from the love of sin, rescue from the habit of sin, setting free from the desire to sin.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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