Monday, June 17, 2013

How many times must this be said??

For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves:
[it is] the gift of God: 
Not of works, lest any man should boast.   
Ephesians 2:8-9

The more you listen to preachers the more I am convinced that many of them are high on themselves.  They will brag about what "they" do and if "you" are not doing the same things, then you must not be saved.  The problem is that the things they say that they do are no where to be found in the bible.  I pray that you all understand that by grace, the ultimate love of God for His creations, the acknowledgment of us not being worthy on our own merits, that we might be saved through faith and NOT by works, why?  Lest any man should boast!
Are you saved?  If you are, then there are some things that you should be doing.  You should be displaying the fruits of the spirit.  You should be helping the homeless, the widows, the unloved.  You should be the light that shines in the darkness.  You should not be doing those things because you think it will get you to heaven. NO.  You do them because you are a saved Christian, who understands the price that Jesus paid on your behalf!
Many people will quote the above scripture and say, "By grace are you saved, not by works lest any man should boast."
The problem is what has been left out.  THROUGH FAITH.  When we truly understand that it is through faith in Jesus Christ that we are saved, then we will experience the wonderful GIFT OF GOD!
My prayer for you today is that you submit yourself to the One who paid for your punishment by shedding His blood on the cross.  Bow down to Jesus Christ and submit to Him as your Lord and Saviour.  For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son (his unique Son, the one and only Son of God), that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
Please do not fall for the works mentality of many preachers today.  We serve a God that is 100% Love and 100% Wrath.  If you know Jesus as Lord and Saviour and you have repented of your sins, then you will experience the 100% Love.  If you are trying to "earn" your way to heaven by way of works, then you have missed the mark.  You will ultimately see Jesus as 100% Wrath. 
Humble yourself today.  Submit to Him.  Repent of your sins and know that it is through faith in Jesus that God has extended His grace towards you.  You then, will truly be blessed.
Don't we serve and awesome God?

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