Posts Tagged ‘Salvation’

Quit Being Subtle About It

March 5, 2014 6 comments

A few months ago there was a rash of apartment fires in Knoxville.  By rash, I mean two or three is a month’s time.  It seemed highly unusual, and the pain each family faced was compounded by the fact that Christmastime was upon everyone.  Tragically, there was even death involved in one of them.

I don’t know about you, but the idea of dying due to fire especially terrifies me.  There are other ways I don’t want to go, but fire is near the top of the list.

A few years ago, Andrew and I were burning some boxes and other paper trash out in our driveway.  We live out in the country and can get away with that a little bit better than those of you who are city dwellers.

The fire got a little hot, a little too hot.  A piece of burning paper floated off and landed in the hayfield.  It was December or January, so the hay wasn’t growing yet, but it was dry.  A fire started in the field and quickly began growing.

Panic took over as I imagined a five acre field burning up or worse.  Armed with a tarp, a ten-year old boy and our dog’s water bucket, I set out to put the fire out.  I won the battle, but I was afraid that I wouldn’t for a bit.

A black circle was a reminder for a while of what might have happened and how fortunate we were.

I’m sure that some people drive by the apartments I mentioned and are reminded of the same thing.

One thing I feel confident in saying.  When the fires started, no one took their time telling others to get out.

No one is subtle about telling people to get out of a burning building.

I wasn’t subtle in telling my son what to do in helping me battle the field fire.

Why?  We don’t want anyone to die.  We don’t wish for danger to truly affect anyone.  And let’s be honest, we wouldn’t want anyone to subtly tell us about the danger around us.

So, subtleness is out the door and the window at this point.  You need to know something.

The wages of sin is death.  If you’re human, you have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.  You are slaves to sin.  You only have one way out.  The Way.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe that He rose from the dead, you will be saved.

You need to be saved if you don’t know Him.

If you do know Him, you need to quit being subtle.  You need to pull the fire alarm.  You need to bang on doors and alert people to the danger they are in.

You need to arm yourself with everything you can to help put the fire out.

Quit being subtle about it. 

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God’s Math

July 30, 2013 7 comments

You might, at some point, have heard of critic’s math from Jon Acuff.  In Jon’s mind he says something like this: One thousand compliments plus one criticism equals one criticism.  Jon has this tendency to completely forget about the thousand people who love his work and focus entirely on the one person who doesn’t.

I don’t think he is unique.  I think many of us are like that.  We worry and are anxious about that one person who hates us or our work instead of the many who love us.

Unfortunately, we also flip this around a bit.  Take someone who is a fantastic.  They make some sort of error and that is what they are known for.  A lifetime of positives plus one mistake equals one mistake.

We look at the recovering alcoholic who has been sober for three years.  Three years of sobriety plus one relapse equals one relapse.

What about God?  How does He view things?

Many of us would assume that God looks at us the same way.  After all, we are made in His image, right?  Well,  a very flawed image at this point that is tainted by sin.  We don’t look at things the way the Lord does.  He flips our math around.

We turn to Him.  We repent and accept the free gift of salvation.  His math becomes the opposite of ours.

A lifetime of sin plus one act of grace equals one act of grace.

God doesn’t focus on our sin anymore.  Instead, His focus is on what His Son has does for us.  He no longer sees a sinner standing there.  He sees someone saved by grace.  Instead of mistakes, He sees His child.

What can we do?  Instead of keeping on using the same old math, we need to turn to a new math book.  Rather than using old math, we need to turn to new math.  We need to use God’s math.  We can flip our script.  Change our own way of doing math.

What kind of math are you using in life?

Repaying God

I recently heard someone thank God in a prayer recently.  I don’t think that is unusual, but it was what they said next that caused me to pause.

They brought up trying to repay God for His goodness to us.

I didn’t quite do a Linda Blair head spin, but I did immediately wonder about what this person believed about God.

Don’t get me wrong.  I think many people think this way.  I think we all have at some point in our lives.

I just think it’s wrong.

Thinking that we have repay God for his goodness and grace is simply not Biblical.  Here’s what I mean.

If we believe, like Paul writes, that salvation is the free gift of God then there is no way that we can repay Him.  If we believe that we can repay God, then salvation quits being a gift and becomes something that we can buy.  You and I cannot buy salvation.  Only Christ could do that for us.  Our wages are death.  The only thing we can buy is an eternal punishment.

I understand that this flies in the face of how we are wired.  We simply don’t want something for nothing.

The fact is, though, that we cannot repay God.  He doesn’t want us to and we don’t have the ability.

Have you ever thought about repaying God?  Do you realize that you can’t?

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3 Do I’s To Ask Ourselves

April 11, 2012 7 comments

Most of my posts are based on questions that I ask myself.  I don’t consider myself all that different from most people, so I believe that these questions are applicable to everyone else.  Here are three questions that I think we should all ask ourself from time to time and perhaps ask others.

Do I want to be saved from my sins or the penalty of my sins?

Too often we trample the gift of salvation that God has given us through His Son.

We accept His free gift of salvation, but we don’t want anything to change in our lives.  We want to say, “Thank you, Lord.  Now, I’ll go about my business.”

We want to be saved from the penalty of our sins.  However, we don’t want to be saved from our sins themselves.  After all, we’re forgiven, right?

Do I love God or the life He has given me?

Which is more important to us?  God Himself?  Or the life He has given us?

Do we simply want this special life where we are blessed by marriage, family, job and whatever else we can think of?  Or is God our ultimate aim?

Do I love life or the Life?

There is an old Country song that says,”Everyone wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to die.”

Jesus said that He is the Life.

Paul said that to live is Christ, to die is gain.

The question is are we holding so tight to this life that we don’t want to truly know Life?

I Never Had “A” Salvation Experience

January 29, 2012 6 comments

Ask most folks about their salvation experience and what will they say?

Most will refer to some time when they were a kid and walked down an aisle during the invitation.  Perhaps they will refer to a night during VBS when they were in elementary school.  Maybe they are referring to going one night to a revival meeting.

It could be any point in the past.

How about you?  Do you look back to your salvation experience?

I don’t.

I refer to my salvation experience as now.

Now, if you want to refer to a specific point when I was born again and justified, I’m with you.  That happened when I was twenty-four.

Salvation hasn’t ended though.

Salvation is a continuous event.  I continue to benefit from that moment.  I have life.  Not just any kind of life.  It’s abundant life.  It’s eternal life.

He continues to sanctify me.  That is part of salvation.

One day He will glorify me.  That is part of salvation.

You want to say that your salvation experience is in the past?  I’ll argue that point with you.

If you know Christ, salvation is a continual experience.

I never had “a” salvation experience.  It’s still going on.

Tell me about your salvation experience.

140 Words (More or Less) About Thanksgiving

November 24, 2011 2 comments

It’s Twitterific Thursday and it’s Thanksgiving.  You probably know the drill by now.  I write a post in 140 words, more or less.

Today is Thanksgiving.  I’m not sure what I should write about today.

Should I write about all of the things that I am thankful for today? Christ, Salvation, Marriage, Children, Family, Health, Job and more?

Should it be that I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart?

Should it be about my prayer life and how I should not be anxious for anything, but by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let my requests be made known to God?

What is the answer to what my blog post should be about today?

The answer is yes.  Yes to all of these.

I am thankful for all of this and more.  I need to strive to come to God with thanksgiving in my heart.  I need to lay down any anxiety and trust Him through prayer.

How about you?  What does Thanksgiving mean to you today?

The Saturday Roundup

Another week over and done with.  This week was officially the slowest week ever.  Why?  Because, after tweeting and blogging about it, I am on, drumroll please, VACATION.  I’m sure I’ll blog about my doings on vacation in a week or so, but I am looking forward to some relaxation.

If you caught Deuceology this week, the most read blog post of the week was A-B-C…Easy As 1-2-3.  It seems that the question of salvation having a formula proved popular.

I asked the question Is Your Church Safe? this week.  Many of you liked that one as well.

Spiritual Sleep Apnea was my least read post of the week.  I kind of liked that one, but it fell a bit short in readership.   If you kind readers would give it a little extra love today, I would appreciate it.

I may have some special treats for you folks this week.  I  may take some posts from my previous blogs and rework them.  I think I’ve improved as a writer and I think I can improve some of those earlier attempts from two or three years ago.

Thanks to all of you who visit Deuceology daily and weekly.  Please comment, especially if you disagree.  I would love to hear from more of you.

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