Salvation’s Yearning

June 6, 2013

Luke 19:10
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Salvation’s Yearning

God’s heart is for your soul. His passion is for your salvation. His cry is for man to come to repentance and to be reconciled back to Him. His love is so fervent for us and yet restrained by His own hand to not violate our will and choice. He hates sin, but so loves the sinner that has been taken captive by sin’s perversion of truth and the lies that bind men’s hearts.
God went over the top when He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ to us. “For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:7-11)”
God’s justice and wrath demands at some point He has to flush and purge all of the sewage that sin and death have brought into His creation, but before He does, His heart is to save everyone out of that cesspool that will respond to Him. He gave His own Son as the standard and prototype of love and salvation and then He stamped that image and prototype of His Son upon all of us who would believe, with His Holy Spirit, so that we could then become the expression and continuance of what He completed through His Son. Proclamation was made in Jesus Christ. Dispensation of that proclamation comes through us; his believers and disciples. We are the embodiment of His divine expression and love.
We are the embodiment of what Christ died for, to liberate creation from sin and the devil.
We are not here to simply fill a building and warm a pew once of twice a week. We are here to manifest Him who lives within us, who has redeemed us by His very own blood and life, so that LIFE could now dwell within us in power and authority.
Even we have become watered down, diluted and compromised by the world we live in. We have all allowed ourselves to become less than what we were redeemed to be.
“God arise in us your people and set us completely free from the love of sin we still harbor in our hearts and lives. Cause us to hate what You hate and love what You love. Purify us as Your bride, without spot or wrinkle. Help us that we would not just do church, be truly be the church, the divine expression of You in the earth. That is our destiny and calling. Holy Spirit help us, empower us to embrace it and carry it forth with dedication and commitment. Father God, be glorified through us, Your people. Exalt the name of Your Son through us as we live lives empowered by You to exemplify Your nature and Your love. Raise us up as Your Sons to set creation free! Amen”

Blessings,
kent

Take a Moment to Appreciate

Romans 1:21
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified [him] not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

We have one day a year we set aside to be thankful and acknowledge God’s goodness, but our thankfulness and appreciation of God should be a daily continual occurrence. When we fail to acknowledge Him in all of our ways, our ways begin to become perverted and distorted. In America we live with such abundance and blessing that we take so much for granted. Our level of expectation is very high and we often complain or are discontent when it is not met. We most likely don’t really want to view the conditions and lifestyle of third world countries. Maybe somehow we feel we are more deserving of the wealth and abundance that we enjoy because we are a “Christian” nation. It is evident that we richly enjoy God’s blessing and bountiful provisions, but it is becoming continually more evident that many have failed to see and acknowledge where those blessing have come from. More and more there is pressure and movement to rid godly influence from education, government and the public in general. Many are failing to acknowledge and appreciate that we are great for one reason only, because God’s blessing and goodness alone has made us great.
Our scripture today points to a passage that tells about humanity when they fail to recognize, appreciate and acknowledge the Lord in all of their ways. They follow after their vain imaginations and their foolish hearts become darkened. They embrace homosexuality, idolatry, fornication and all manner of perverse things. Is that what we are becoming today as a nation and as a people?
It is so important that we do acknowledge the Lord in all of our ways and that we maintain a continual attitude of humility and thankfulness toward the Lord. What the Lord has given He can take away. We have what we have because of the godly heritage that established this country and did acknowledge the Lord in its founding. The Lord must always be the foundation of all that we do and of all of our ways. Without Him all is lost.
Let us be mindful to not become so busy and full of ourselves that we forget the great and awesome God that has provided all that we enjoy and so often take for granted. If we acknowledge and appreciate the Lord in all of our ways He will direct our path and keep it from perversion and corruption. Take time and with great frequency, acknowledge and appreciate the Lord, for He is so worthy and deserving of all our praise and thanksgiving.
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

Blessings,
kent

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