Salvation by the Grace of God – Titus 2: 11-14

Titus 2: 11-14

Grace is something God gives us freely. We don’t deserve it, we can’t earn it, it’s not something that we will receive if we pray for it. We receive it unexpectedly from God. It’s a divine assistance given by God.

Salvation is one of those wonderful graces that God offers to all people. Every person who has or will ever live will be offered the gift of salvation.

Once taken, it will change us! Every time we do something or attempt to do or say something that would not be pleasing to God, we will feel the conviction from the Holy Spirit. It is not that we will be made to act accordingly, nor will we be pressured into giving up our wordily lusts. With the acceptance of Jesus in our lives, we will want to change.

Some people are instantly changed and with others it’s a slower process, but regardless of the time frame, every person who truly accepts the gift of salvation will change for the better.

When we become God’s children, the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross will become real to us. We will begin to understand, with our minds and our hearts, that Jesus took all of our sins to the grave with Him.

Jesus’ part for our salvation was horrific. Our part is easy and free. It’s simple; believe with faith that God is our Father who sent his Son for our salvation and that Jesus willingly accepted.

Christians are blessed to be children of God, through Jesus and also blessed that the Holy Spirit lives in us, convicting us every time we start to wander off the narrow path that leads to God.

Jesus will be coming one day soon to gather up his followers, it will be a time when Christians will see that glorious appearing and go to be with Jesus.

Glory to you Father

Thank you for bringing salvation to me and offering salvation to every person on earth.

Originally I thought that I came to you and asked you to accept me into Heaven but now, as a Christian, I know I did not seek you but you called out to me and I had the option to either accept or refuse.

Jesus gave up His life for our salvation and our redemption. He himself became our sacrificial Lamb, so that we could be redeemed from our sins and He purifies those who are your children.

Thank you Father that I am now counted as your child and I pray that others will also accept the gift of life, that Jesus made possible.

As a Christian it is both my privilege and my duty to stay away from ungodly things and worldly lusts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way. As a human being, I fail many times, in many ways.

However, with your grace and forgiveness, I do step right back up and am encouraged to live a life in a righteous and godly manner, the way You intended.

May I always live with the zeal for you Father. May others see the wonderful love I have for you, possibly encouraging them that they too will want you in their lives.

Thank you Father, that I now have the Holy Spirit living inside me, to be my helper, to gently guide me and advise me. To be my inner voice, reminding me of right and wrong, and always encouraging me to take the best way.

I look forward to the glorious appearance of Jesus.

I will praise your name, now and forever.

In the mighty name of The Lord Jesus Christ I pray.

Amen

I look forward to the day when Jesus, our Saviour will come back for Christians. Are you ready? If you want to know about salvation, please read this.

Hallelujah

Make a Joyful Noise – Psalm 66: 1-4

Psalm 66: 1-4

Make a joyful noise… all of the people from different parts of the Babylonian empire are now on return to their own lands and the author is telling them to sing to God with joy in their hearts.

The honour of His name… the author is saying to let God’s grace and his merciful acts be the subject of your songs.

All ye lands… it is believed that this Psalmist was speaking of the call to the Gentiles to come into the fold alongside the Hebrew. At that time only the people of Judaea knew of God and so the author prophesies that one day all nations will know of Him.

Thine enemies submit themselves unto thee…this part of the song would remind the Jews of how the Pharaoh would give his word about releasing them and then not live up to that promise. People had thought that the Father’s anger brought the plagues upon Egypt. In fact, the Pharaoh brought the plagues upon his people by not living up to his word. So the Pharaoh and all of his followers suffered God’s wrath.

The next three verses were most likely a prophecy; when everyone will bow down to the Lord, at the second coming.

All the earth shall worship thee…

And shall sing unto thee…

They shall sing to thy name…

The faithful will obey God willingly (singing and praising his name) but some will only pretend they are faithful and some will reject God completely.

These verses tell us that one day ALL the earth WILL worship the Heavenly Father.

Adonai (Lord Master)

I rejoice in you! I love to sing praises to you and to your name because I enjoy honouring and praising you.

Father, I know you are mighty and powerful and I also know that you are a just God. Everything that happens to me is seen by you, allowed by you and is perfect (whether I agree with it or not).

One day when I see the entire picture of my life, not only will I see why certain events happened in my life, but I will agree that the right choices were made.

Whatever timeframe this Psalm speaks of, (when the tribes of Israel were leaving the Babylonian captivity as they all worshipped God at that time) or at the second coming of Jesus, your Word tells us that one day every knee will bow in reverence to you and you alone, regardless of our beliefs.

I thank you Father that I know you and love you. I am blessed that my name is already written in the Lambs Book of Life and I am secured a spot with you forever.

It is my honour and pleasure to sing my praises to you and give my love to you and you alone, the one and only true God; my heavenly Father.

All for your glory.

In The name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Amen

Side note: Some might find it cruel that people lost their first born sons/livestock, etc. but every person had the free will choice to make (follow Pharaoh or God). It was a conscious choice made by each individual to continue to follow Pharaoh. By doing so, they suffered the plagues along with him. Their choice!

Jesus is coming soon. Jesus has placed a free will choice to each and every person – to be with or against him. Your choice!

Please think carefully about that choice.

WHAT IS SALVATION

The Many Ways of Prayer – Ephesians 6:18

Ephesians 6: 18

Paul had just finished giving the instructions of how a soldier should dress for a spiritual fight. Following that, (once suited up) came the time for prayer. So according to Paul, you put on the armour and then you pray. Prayer is a very important part of a spiritual fight, not to be missed.

The main job of the enemy (satan, devil, deceiver) and his host of demons (fallen angels) are to stop Christians from ascending to heaven and to obstruct our relationships with Jesus.

Satan is the prince of this world (for now) and his power is strong, so staying close to God and keeping our eyes open and prayers on our lips is a must. Although it seems as if Satan is in control, he is not in total control. God limits satan’s powers. However he and his army can still do much spiritual harm.

These enemies are unseen and come attacking Christians at any and all times. They are said to be in heavenly places which could possibly mean that they have all of the area between the stars (the heavens) and the earth in which to move around easily..

Paul warns us to be always suited up, ready for their attacks. How should we fight back? Paul says with prayer.

  1. Be ever ready at “all times” for prayer that may be needed.
  2. A) Public
  3. B) Private
  4. C) Meditational – meditating on God’s word
  5. D) Quick Prayer – as one author said “you hurl a prayer as a spear and then, it is done.”
  6. E) Emergency type of prayer – a forced prayer immediately comes from you, brought out by stress or circumstances.
  7. What is “praying in the Spirit?

It means pray in, with or by the means of the Spirit. It is to pray being led by the Holy Spirit when we need help (possibly when we need to be drawn closer to God). It could also be a time when we need the Holy Spirit’s guidance in what or how to pray (sometimes we are so flustered that our minds go blank). Also there are times when the situation requires that the Holy Spirit intercede for us.

  1. “With all prayers” refers to different kinds – pray alone, pray with family, in business, on the way to or from somewhere, in the heart without a voice or spoken with a voice from your heart and many, many other ways.
  2. “Supplication” is petitioning God earnestly for something (to plead humbly for another or yourself). This means to be continually in an attitude of prayer. Be observant of everything – what or who needs prayer. Be ready at any moment, anywhere prayer is needed. Many times Christians will pray in supplication when facing a temptation.
  3. “Make supplication for all saints” Pray for Christians
  4. “Preservation” watching. Being on guard, watch for the enemy to attempt to take your attention off God.

Heavenly Father;

I worship you Lord, today and every day. You are the almighty who is always in total control, thank you Lord that I never have to worry.

I love this verse! It tells me that I don’t have to be smart, I don’t have to have money, I don’t have to have an abundant of friends or giftings. Much like salvation, as long as I love you Lord, believe in You and ask you for direction, I am blessed with the gift of righteous prayer.

There are times that I need to use my own words to speak to you Father, but then there are times when the Holy Spirit speaks for me instead.

When I can’t seem to find the right words to pray (for a person or a situation), the Holy Spirit helps me. I can relax and be comforted that I have just prayed the perfect prayer for that person and/or situation.

On the other hand, I could feel a nudge to pray in the Spirit and be praying for a person or situation halfway around the world and I don’t even know who or what I am praying for, but you do.

There are so many facets to prayer. Father please help me to remain open, keep alert and ready to pray at any given time for any situation, whenever prayer is needed.

Thank you Father. May I always pray according to your will..

In the name of your son, Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen