Weekend Inspiration


This week ‘Weekend Inspiration, was written by our good friend John H, he and OFJ make it a point, to regularly meet together for devotions. John H has written, a great article on ‘Works and Salvation’ so here is that article.

Lets look at the well known salvation scripture reference: Ephesians 2 v 8 and 9:

“For by grace have you been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not works, lest anyone should boast.”

Even our saving faith comes from Him. “and that [faith] not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”.

Actually, there are other Bible verses that say our faith is a gift, for example, Romans 12 verse 3:

“We have been given a measure of faith”.

Romans 10 verse 17:

“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God”.

In this latter regard, a 19th century hymn, “I know not how the Spirit moves convicting men of sin, revealing Jesus through The Word, creating faith in Him”.

Repentance is also a gift of God. One example concerns the Gentile Cornelius and his household coming to the Lord as described in Acts 11 v 1 to 18: After Peter had finished describing to the Jews what had happened, they were astounded, and said, “What! Then God has also granted repentance unto life to the Gentiles!”

Our repentance and saving faith are not things {works] we can contribute to God for our salvation, and are not the result of efforts {works} we can do to earn our salvation. Salvation is God given. His grace alone enables us to recognize ourselves as helpless, hopeless sinners, and to trust Christ alone to save us.

God will always answer a heart’s cry — whether it is desperation in hating what we are doing and cannot stop doing, pr whether it be, say, despair in the emptiness of life, or whether it be earnestly seeking what is the reality of truth and righteousness, and whether this involves the existence of a God.

This gift cost God a huge price. He gave His only begotten Son Jesus. Jesus was tortured and died a horrible death on the Cross  for us. It is a gift. There is no other way for our sins to be taken off us. We can’t earn it, we’re just not good enough, and we don’t deserve it. It is God’s love gift of Grace. Grace means undeserved, unmerited favor. Our Salvation involves coming humbly empty handed to God, and taking what He gives us. We have nothing to give Him.

Be Blessed Today and Everyday,

From Your Friends at mylordmyfriend.com

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