TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, March 21, 2018:
Deliverance from the power and the penalty of sin; redemption deliverance from danger or a difficulty.
How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Many non-believers in our Savior do not understand us when we ask them if they are saved. Their response will often be, “from what?” But we also understand that there are many that do understand what it means to be saved but they see no logical reason to “be saved.”
What non-believers evidently do not understand is that without “being saved” they face eternal separation from God because of their sin. But many non-believers will even tell you that they are not sinners. They obey the law and try to do what is right by the world’s standard. No matter how good we try to be the Bible tells us in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.” It also tells us in Romans 6:23, “the wages of sin is death.”
Salvation is a gift that only God can give. He has given this through His Son Jesus Christ. Salvation cannot be earned through good works as many think. Many people decide that they have no need for God because they are getting along fine on their own. No matter how good you think you are it does not get you to heaven. Our self-righteous standards can never measure up to God’s. God’s Word says, “There is no one righteous, not even one” (Romans 3:10). No one can earn right standing with God. We want to remind you that repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus as your Savior is the only way you will be able to spend an eternity with God. Right standing with God comes through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22).
In Matthew 4:17 when Jesus was beginning His ministry here on earth he said: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He did not say to do good works or lead a clean life. Without repentance for our sin there is no salvation. We must pay the penalty! The writer of Hebrews asks us the all-important question “How will you escape if you neglect so great a salvation.” Scripture tells us why it is so great a salvation.
It is from God and through His Son Jesus. Jesus paid the penalty of sin for us as was recorded in John 3:16.
It came at a great cost. Jesus gave His life for us.
It is complete and for all time. In I Peter 3:18 it reads “Jesus died for our sins once and for all.”
Salvation is the only way to God and eternity. John 14:6 reads “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.”
Our memory verse for this week is found in Hebrews 10:36.
For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.
Thank You for the great gift of Salvation that You have given me and the price You paid by dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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