Ezekiel 14:17-18 Only One Allows For Salvation

“Or if I bring a sword against that country and say, ‘Let the sword pass throughout the land,’ and I kill its people and their animals, as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, even if these three men were in it, they could not save their own sons or daughters. They alone would be saved.” Ezekiel 14:17-18

God was telling Ezekiel who could be saved during the judgment against a nation. He lists Daniel, Noah, and Job as the three men, who were known to be righteous, God-fearing men, whom God listened to. These men would be saved, but they would not be able to save any of their children. They would be saved on their own merit alone.

There are people who grow up in homes with parents who believe in God. They grow up being brought to church, but do not have a relationship with God. It is just something that they do, not who they are. They go because mom and dad told them that they must go.

Many of these very same people go to church believing that they are saved. The parents believe that they are saved also. Yet, they do not have a relationship with God. They have never asked for forgiveness for their sins and are not really following God. There is no real salvation.

People cannot be saved on the merit of someone else. It is an individual thing for each person. There will be a day when Jesus returns to judge the world. Those who have chosen to not believe in Him, will be destroyed and cast into hell, separated from God for all eternity.

Jesus had even said that there would be many who claimed to know Him, but that He never knew them. The reason He does not know them is because they never did His will.

You are not saved by what you do, it is only by faith in Jesus that you are saved. However, you prove your faith in Jesus by what you do. You cannot hang onto what your parents or someone else has done to get saved.

What would Jesus say about you or to you if He was to return today?

Would you be found true and faithful to Him?

Or would He say He does not know you?

I pray today that you will know Jesus in a personal way; that you will prove your faith by serving Him; that you will not rely on salvation because of another person; and that you will be His witness in this world.

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Genesis 6:22 Do Everything God Commands

“Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” Genesis 6:22

God was upset with the people of the world. As a whole, the entire population of earth was extremely corrupt and sinful. He chose to destroy the world by a flood. At the same time God chose to save Noah and his family and some of the animals.

Think a little about what God was telling Noah. First, that He would destroy the world by a flood. Up to this point in history of the world there had been no floods. The earth was being watered by the dew and water coming up out of the ground Noah probably could not comprehend rain, much less the flooding of everything.

Then, God tells him to build a very large boat. The dimensions are about 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. That is a very large boat and God told Noah to build it with his three sons. Again, Noah most likely was unable to fully understand the size of that boat.

What God was telling Noah would happen and what he was to do did not make sense. Nothing like it had ever happened before. Why would it happen now?

Yet, Noah did exactly everything God told him to do and in the way He told him to do it. In this way God had preserved mankind from being completely destroyed from the earth. Through Noah, He saved mankind.

Since Noah fully obeyed God, you are here today.

Now, several thousand years later, God may be asking you to do something. He will not ask you to build a large boat to save mankind, since He promised to never to destroy the world by a flood again.

However, God may ask you to do something that does not make sense. It may be something simple, such as talking to someone, who hates Christians, about Jesus. Or asking you to give more to a mission than ever before.

Or it could be larger things, such as picking up to move somewhere to start ministry. Or to go on a missions trip.

The list of what God could ask you to do is unlimited. Are you going to do what He asks you to do? Are you going to trust that He is with you in it?

Or will you decline in fear?

I pray today that you will hear what God is telling you; that God will reveal to you what He wants you to do; that God will give you strength to do His will; and that you will do what ever God asks of you.

Genesis 6:8-9 Finding Favor With God

“But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.” Genesis 6:8-9

People were multiplying on the earth and spreading across the earth. They were learning to do more and more. Along with that, however, the people also started to sin more. The Bible does not say what they were doing, but it was enough to make God angry. He chose to destroy everyone and everything on the earth.

But, Noah had found favor with God. He did not live in the sin like all the other people were doing. Noah had walked with God faithfully each day. He was described as righteous and blameless.

Being called righteous by God and blameless by the people is a very large thing. For a person to be righteous, he must do the right thing all the time. Noah was known for following and obeying God. He chose to do the correct thing every time. This was so much so that the people could not find anything to blame him for.

The Bible tells us that in the end times the world will be just like Noah’s time. People will be living in sin and very few will be found to be righteous and blameless.

Look around you, how many people can you find that live righteous lives? How many live blameless lives? How many live faithfully for God? Now add all three of these characteristics together and how few meet all three.

When God looks at your life what does He see?

Just like Noah and the people of his time, you have a choice on how to live. You can live like the majority of the world does–in sin. Or you can choose to live like the few who are true followers of Jesus.

Live in the righteousness of Jesus and choose to do the right thing all the time, every time. Live your life in a way that the world cannot find any fault with you in anything. In living this way, you will be living faithfully for God.

Have you found favor in the eyes of God today?

I pray today that you will trust in the righteousness of Jesus; that you will live a blameless life; that you will be faithful to God in everything you do; and that you will find favor in the eyes of God.