Monthly Archives: September 2013

Salvation, and Denying It’s Power

Believe and call upon the name of the Lord, and you shall be saved. Nothing else is required.

But be not deceived: Salvation isn’t a mere notion or idea. To be saved means to be pulled out of the current state, the current place, the current circumstances, mindset, and turmoil your in. It is to be pulled from Egypt by power!

How is it salvation, if you remain as you are and in the current state you are in? I tell you, that isn’t salvation. That is treason, blaspheme, and denial of God’s power.

Know this as well: Calling upon God is no simple thing. It takes belief, which comes from hearing about God and who He is and what He has done. Fear and tremble! For many will proclaim “Come you weak and weary to the fountain of god!” And without you knowing, they are selling you a god that is not God.

Many atheists attack gods of human creation, rightly so. What is Thor or Zues but a mere super human? Who is Santa but a story turned into fanciful legend?

But God is no super human. Anyone who put’s the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob on the same grounds as the other gods has made a grave mistake. They have turned God into that which isn’t God. And I won’t worship a super human.

Mere understanding of God and accepting that understanding to be true is not salvation. That is just having the knowledge of the truth. But, God’s power is not knowledge. God’s power is power. God’s salvation is power. And that power changes, transforms, and molds people.

Jesus spoke about it in John 15.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:1-5)

 

Someone is apart of Christ, who has been grafted into Christ, who has been grafted into the Salvation of man, will bear fruit. They will change.

A dead branch is, to point out the obvious, dead. It has no life in itself. But a dead branch, when grafted into a tree, will begin to have life, and that life will produce fruit.

In the same way, someone who is “saved” (which is an ambiguous term used by many people today) is grafted into life, and produces life. There cannot be anything else. A dead branch cannot be grafted in and then do nothing. If it does nothing, it will be cut off.

When someone who, claims to have been saved, but are not transformed, we can safely say they have not been saved. For God is a God of power. God is a God of life. To say you can be saved without transformation is to deny God and His power, and that is unbelief.

A person who is saved generally does these things: repent and walk in the truth and light of Christ. When you abide in Christ, by daily nourishing in the vine of His word, His commands, His law, His statutes, His book, then you will be changed. You cannot be grafted into a tree and pull from its nutrients without getting life in yourself.

Do NOT deny God’s power. Do NOT deceive yourself or others by pretending you have come into the light of salvation. God changes. God will convict and change you. God will transform you. You cannot be who you were when you truly abide in Christ. That’s impossible.

Trust in God. Trust in Jesus. Abide. Remain. Nourish on the vine of Christ.

You will be changed.

Salvation is no candy you suck on for a delightful taste. It’s the very soil and ground that you grow up in. It’s the air you breathe, and the lungs you use to breathe air with.

When the Hebrew nation was saved, they were plucked out of Egypt. They were torn away from slavery. They were brought into freedom, even though it was a difficult journey.

So believe upon God, and call upon the name of the Lord, and you will be saved. You will be plucked up from your circumstances. But that doesn’t mean the journey away from your current situation is easy.


A Challenge

“There never has been an era when too many people thought too deeply about God or knew him too well.” -John Piper in the preface to his book The Pleasures of God.

Will you rise to the challenge?

Will you step up your devotion to God the Father? Will you plead with Him so that you may know Him more? Will you read His word more, and think more deeply about it?

Has anyone ever seen God? Even Job, who said, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you,” still had not come to fully recognize God. How could he? He only encountered the living God once, by the very words we are able to read. And even as we read, we do not obtain the fullness of God in them.

God is the supreme being, with who when we fellowship with Him, and commune with Him, we obtain a satisfaction that no relationship, person, being, animal, material object, or philosophical thought can fill us. God is so utterly ultimate and valuable, that to value anything else, above or even close to Him, is sin.

How honorable is it to say to God that both He and a dog give the same amount of satisfaction?

Or that a car provides the same joy He does?

Or that a relationship with a friend, spouse, child, or family member that springs in you more or the same passion He does?

 

Our passions for God are weak. But God, rich in mercy, has given us Christ. We must look to Him. We must set our gaze upon Him, and not let go. Our hearts will beat again for Him, if they are dry. Our minds will soar on the wings of His robe, if they think no lofty thought of Him.

Will you rise to the challenge? To know your creator and king? To set your eyes upon Christ, who perfectly loved, had a passion for, knew God in His fullness, by being the fullness?

Will you think and know God more deeply and richly than you do now?

 

Or will you let your soul starve?


Jessie Blas on: God’s Will

Jessie Blas is a youth pastor for Christ Fellowship en Espanol. His love for God, and pursuit of being obedient, faithful, and diligent is an inspiration to those around him. I asked him the question, “How does someone determine God’s Will?” And this was his response.

Q: How does someone determine God’s will?

What a great question that we will all come across at some point in our lives or another.

I love the fact someone is interested in this question in the first place because it may mean that you are already in mist of God’s will for your life.

Now, this question can be very complex, so please remember that these are just a few thoughts on the topic.

And, I’m still asking this question over and over again in my own life and still continue to receive illumination on this topic.

With that said, when it comes to God’s will for our lives I’ve seen two types will’s at work in a believer’s life… God’s Sovereign Will & God’s Personal will.

A1: DISCOVERING GOD’S SOVEREIGN WILL – “Seeking the Kingdom of God”

God’s sovereign will for our lives are the things that God is going to do no matter what.

No matter what we or anybody does or does not decide to do, God will do what he has planned to do ever since the creation of the world (Proverbs 19:21,Psalms 115:3, Ephesians 1:11. Romans 9:18-20). 

The number one way that we can discover God’s sovereign Will is through God’s sovereign word.

These are the things in the bible that God has been doing in the past, keeps doing even today and will continue to do in the future until all of what He has said comes to pass.

I like to call them ongoing themes of the bible…

One of many themes that we see is God restoring humanity back to himself. God has always, is always and will always be in the business of saving lives (John 3:16, Psalm 68:20, Ephesians 2:8-9).

Another theme that we see is God building His kingdom. (Matthew 6:10, Isaiah 55:11, Mark 1:14-15, Acts 28:31, Revelations 21:1-4)

And there are many more themes all throughout the bible that reveal  God’s sovereign will.

And if we first understand God’s sovereign will over our lives, it will be easier to understand God’s personal will over our lives.

Once we have a clearer picture of God’s sovereign will; the easier it’ll be for us to determine if our lives are supporting or working against what God whats to do.

“Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” ~ Matthew 12:30

A2: DISCOVERING GOD’S PERSONAL WILL – “Living Righteously” 

God’s personal will for our lives are the things that God wants to do specifically through us.

It only make sense that God’s sovereign will and God’s personal will over our lives would have something to do with each other.

Now when we think of God’s personal will normally we only think of things such as: Should we move? Where should we work? What school should we attend? Should we be in a relationship with that person?

But, just like God’s sovereign will, there are things we must first know and pay closer attention too. Once we know those, then everything else will fall into place.

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” ~ Matthew 6:33 

For example: too often we focus on these monumental things but don’t put forward enough time and energy towards living righteously.

But, God’s personal will for our lives is not so much about what we will do or not do, but rather who we will be or not be.

Take for example “Knowing Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.” This is God’s number one personal will for your life, that you may believe in the Father and in the Son.

“For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life,and I will raise them up at the last day.” ~ John 6:40

Another example of God’s personal will for you is holiness. As a Christian you are called to “be holy” just as Christ is holy.

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” ~ 1 Peter 1:15-16

This is because one of God’s personal will’s for you is to be more like Him. And most of the time, His personal will for you will have to do with who He is personally.

These are just a few examples of God’s personal will for your life. The rest you’ll have to discover for yourself as you discover who God is and who He’s called you to be.

Just remember God’s personal will for your life is not so much one major event, but more so a series of smaller events of obedience to Him throughout the course of your life.

And more than that, God’s personal will for your life is not so much what we will do or not do, but rather who we will be. Whether we’re more and more like Him!

Once you are aware of God’s sovereign will and are living out God’s personal will (found in the person of Christ), everything else is just that; everything else!

In other words, keep the main thing, the main thing! That always has been and always will be the main thing!

All other things such as: Where you should move? Where you should work? What school you should attend? Who you should marry? Will be made clear to you as you follow Christ, as you trust God and as His Holy Spirit communicates directly to you!

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.” ~ John 16:13-14