Ephesians 2:8-9 How To Be Saved

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Although many people like to talk about the idea of liking getting something for free, most people also like to earn what they get. They want to know that they had a part in getting whatever it is that they have. It gives them self value and worth.

This type of feeling is highest in religious circles. People want to earn favor with God or a god.

Paul describes how a person is saved. Salvation comes from God, by His grace and only through faith, which was also given by God. He stops all boasting by not allowing salvation by works.

After mankind had fallen away from God and into sin, God set up a plan to save everyone. He provided the means to be saved, but it was to only be done by faith, not works. There was no list of things a person must do or not do in order to become saved, it was all by faith.

Faith is just believing and trusting God for what cannot be seen. In this case it is faith for salvation, to be saved from sin. Salvation is something that cannot be physically seen or touched, nor it is it immediately complete. This faith was also something that God gave to every person.

While the majority of the world works to please God and be saved, God did not do it that way. He did not want one person to boast because he did ‘more’ than another person. It is completely by faith a gift given by God. It is believing that Jesus died for all sin and will remove all sin from one who believes in Him.

If you have not done so already, today it the day to believe in Jesus, repent of your sins and be saved. God has this great gift ready for you to utilize.

Stop striving to work to try and please God so that He will save you. You are unable to do enough. Just repent and believe in what Jesus did for you already.

God has already given you a measure of faith that you use day to day in other things. Use it today to believe in Jesus and be saved.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will use the faith God has given you to believe in Jesus; that you will trust God completely for your salvation; and that you will stop working to earn God’s favor or love.

Galatians 2:16 It Is Faith, Not Works, That Saves

know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. Galatians 2:16

Every day people are doing good things to look good. They are trying to please someone else and often to cover their mistakes.

People put their trust in what they are doing and so they continue to strive to do more and more or to require more and more of themselves.

Paul points out that no one is justified by the law, but by faith in Jesus. Doing works of the law will not justify or save anyone.

In many Christian groups there are often a variety of things that people are expected to do or not do to be a believer. The focus of these rules are on the law, rather than on the relationship with God and others.

Individuals that are in groups like this, then often tend to do good things in order to please God, so that they may be saved. They want to ensure that they are saved. As this is done, they are not saved, but trusting in their own works, which will fail in the end.

Doing these good things does not make a person more or less saved. Only faith in Jesus will save a person. Once saved, a person does good works and obeys the law, because of God’s love for him and the salvation given to him.

The focus has changed from doing good things to be saved, to doing good things because one is saved.

The only way you can be saved from your sins, is by repentance and trusting in Jesus for your salvation. He provides salvation by faith and faith alone.

Do not allow yourself to be caught up in the ways of the world in trusting yourself to earn your salvation. It will not happen. Believe in what Jesus has done for you. Then, as a believer, choose to obey the law out of love for God and what Jesus has done for you.

God has great works for you to do, but not to be done for salvation, but out of love for God and for others.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will believe in what Jesus has done for you for your salvation; that you will obey the law out of love for God and others; and that you will know you are justified before God by faith in Jesus.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Are You Ready For Battle?

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Very few people like the idea of going into a battle. Fewer yet prepare themselves for any type of battle. They sit back believing that they will never have to go into any battle or that the battle will never come to them.

Others are naive or will turn coward and run away fleeing any type of battle. Some will go into battle, but will lack the strength or wisdom in how to fight the battle.

As Paul closes out his first letter to the Corinthian church he gives them some guidelines to live by and be ready for. He tells them to be on their guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous and be strong.

Any soldier who is in a war zone must always be on his guard. He never knows when, where or how the enemy will attempt to attack. He needs to use all of his senses to remain alert.

Every believer is a soldier in God’s army. There is a battle going on for his soul and the all the souls of every other person. All of his senses, along with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, must be used to keep him alert and on guard as to what the enemy is trying to do.

Along with being alert, all throughout the bible believers are told to have faith, be courageous and be strong.

The faith is in God’s word, abilities and strength. The courage is that God is on his side and as long as he does what God leads, he cannot fail. The strength is found in what God gives him the ability to do by His Holy Spirit–to do the impossible.

As a believer, you are enlisted into God’s army and are in the battle for your life and soul. The world does not care about you, nor love you in any way. All the world wants is to see your destruction.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to open all of your senses to be on your guard for the enemies attacks in your mind, physical and spiritual realms.

Trust and have faith that God will give you what you need in the time of battle. Don’t back down, but go in with the courage and strength of the Lord. With God, all things are possible and God never fails.

Are you ready for battle?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to keep you alert to the tactics of the enemy; that you will have faith in God’s abilities; that you will have God’s courage to stand and fight the battle; and that you will have God’s strength to continue the battle until it is won.