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Our Journey Online - April 2, 2012

  • 2012 Apr 02
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Are You Saved?

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” —John 8:31-32

I want to talk to you several times this month about—without question—the most important subject in the universe to you. I want to talk to you about your salvation. My goal is not to make you think you don’t have it if you do, but it’s definitely to let you know that you don’t have it if in fact you don’t. This is something you can’t afford to roll the dice on. Right? You can have some real clarity on this subject. The Bible calls it your “salvation.” 

If a doctor were to do surgery on you and remove a terminal tumor, you would say that he had “saved” you. If a fireman were to pull you out of a burning building that was about to collapse, you would say that he had “saved” you. The Bible teaches that you have terminal tumor called sin. And that you are headed toward flames that never cease but that God, in His mercy, sent His Son to die for your sin so that you could be saved. 

Now, the fact is that everybody’s not saved. There are many people (the Bible uses the word “many” a lot in this regard) who think they are saved, but they are not. Are you sure that you’re saved? And do you have a biblical reason for saying that you are saved? You’re not saved because you say so. And you’re not saved because you know how to be saved any more than you are in Cincinnati because you know how to get there.

Genuine disciples (saved people) abide in Jesus’ words. If I were to ask you, “Are you saved?” I think you would say, “Yes, I am.” But then I’ll ask, “How do you know you are?” If you’re like, “Well, in Awana in 1974 . . .” I’d be like, “Eenk! Wrong answer!” Don’t tell me how it happened, give me evidence. 

When you know you’re saved you say something like, “I’m abiding in Jesus and in His words.” I asked my daughter-in-law today, “Are you saved?” She said, “Yes.” I said, “How do you know?” And she said, “Because I have a growing hunger and desire for God’s Word.” Great answer! —James MacDonald

Journal

·         What are the most apparent clues in my life right now that indicate I am saved?

·         How would I explain salvation as both a decision and a life?

Prayer

Father in heaven, thank You for salvation—especially mine! Thank You for interrupting my life and showing me I need a Savior. Thank You for giving to me not only a future hope but a present awareness of Your work in my life, “both to will and work for Your good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Help me love Your Word and daily abide in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True&#58; 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.
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