Thanks Lord for being there for me! How can I say thanks Lord God for the things You have done for me? I will take the cup of salvation and call upon the Name of God. Jesus is the Name above all Names, Beautiful Savior, Glorious Lord, Immanuel, God is with us. When I gave my heart to Christ I knew I'd be accused of being a goody-two-shoes but I determined I'd belong to God and His Kingdom I'd seek even as a lad in Grade School with all my heart.
I'd try to not let my left hand know what my right is doing as Christ said about giving but live within the confines of the conscience God gave me in giving my life for His service. Bondslaves of Christ and Knowing God at an early age, I tried to tell others about finding Christ inside and what that meant. I heard abuse from Jews and Catholics but I stayed the course and remembered to talk to God about everybody before I talked to anybody about God. I wanted to be a disciple of Jesus' in truth not just an outward Christian. I knew if I learned the Bible well and was taught all about the characters in it and the story of Redemption thereof I'd be building a good foundation against the storms of life to come. And it has been so.
Righteousness is what I long for. Righteousness is what I need (God's.) Stuff can take a back seat. Things and possessions just get in the way. But even as a child I wanted to tell others what I found in knowing God and it wasn't always easy. My godly parents took me to Church every Sunday and Wednesday. Twice on Sunday. And I went forward often to the altar to pray. I needed God and I was not a good sinner and I wanted to live for Christ determined.
By grace I've been saved, a certain salvation, and my anchor enters within the veil, and that by faith, not of myself nor any good works, lest any boast. It's not about me but what Christ has done in His Finished Work because of Who He is.
Almighty God Most Holy Lord, glorious Almighty God He is. I read tracts or little synopsises of the Gospel and I began to see the plan of God better as a kid. Seems like we won't soon forget that overdraft of Who He is (the Cross and what it stands for,) if we do that as a child. We need to keep in our minds eye that Price for which we were bought and paid and emotions will follow we being active and alert: re: our love for God fervent & foremost because this world would try to take that away. This world has an enemy, the devil and, satan is his other name.
Ephesians says, "Be filled with the Spirit." and "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." Put on Helmet, Sword, Shield, Belt, Shoes, Breastplate, and Prayer always with all supplication for all saints as that armor. May you see the Savior' Blood applied to your life and find your happiness and joy in belonging to Him if you haven't done so already!
It says in Hebrews, "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins." All it takes is a prayer to God and commitment to Christ to admit that you're a sinner, a falling short (of God's glory,) sinner, and confessing God's love, one accepts Christ as individual Savior and Lord from sin. You then follow Him abiding in Him bearing fruit, then being a witness for Him.
Love God and let Him know that you love Him and tell everyone else, proclaiming "release," "you're free! of this world: the lust if the eyes, lust of the flesh, and the pride of life." You're not in it for a problem-free life but a hallowed consecration to belong to Jesus more. Have that encounter with Him in God's sight.
Jesus is that Davidic Covenant Keeper, Messiah. He fulfilled the Law by actually keeping it thoroughly by love and obedience. He went beyond obeying to be pleasing also the Father God. He loved God and His fellow man perfectly. He is therefore able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them. He lives by the power of an indestructible life after His Resurrection. Sin's wage is death but death could not hold Him! We sit with Him, victors, not victims in the Heavenlies at the Throne.
As perfect Lamb of God sacrifice then, Jesus' Blood was (shed) so we could be free. Now I'm forgiven. Jesus keeps giving and giving. Love is not love until it goes through a test & until it is pure gold and dross is removed. God wants us to choose by faith and our will to belong to Him, but not by force.
It's a Gift, Eternal Life, and we must accept it. Make that prayer to know God and obey the Son. Justification happens. You begin to really live like your alive from the dead. The Holy Spirit is your gift when you do these things. In God's timing all things become beautiful. God is good. "Occupy until I come," Jesus said, on the offensive winnning battles on your knees.
"Trust him. And when you have done that, you are living the life of grace. No matter what happens to you in the course of that trusting — no matter how many waverings you may have, no matter how many suspicions that you have bought a poke with no pig in it, no matter how much heaviness and sadness your lapses, vices, indispositions, and bratty whining may cause you — you simply believe that Somebody Else,by his death and resurrection, has made it all right, and you just say thank you and shut up." - Rob Capon