Believed and accepted

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” ‭‭John‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Believed and accepted. Two key words for salvation. We need to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died on the cross to pay the price for our sin and He rose to life again. Then we need to accept Him as our Lord and Saviour. This means He is our King and Ruler and we follow Him. When we do these two things, we have the right to become God’s children. We are adopted into His eternal family. We live our lives now for Christ and when we die we spend eternity with God.

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, I want to believe and accept You now. I believe You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross to pay the price for my sin. Right now I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Please help me to live for you from this day forward. Amen.

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Close to the broken hearted

Psalm 34:17-18 NLT – The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. [18] The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

I really love these two verses and what they say. Firstly, it says God hears us when we call out for help. That gives me great comfort knowing God is always there when I need help. Next it says that God rescues us from our troubles and when our spirits are crushed. Not only does He hear us, but He rescues us when we desperately need Him. Lastly, it says He is close to the brokenhearted. Again that gives me great comfort in knowing this.

Prayer

Dear God, thank You that You are close to the brokenhearted and when our spirits are crushed. I am thankful that I can call out to You wherever I am and You will hear me and answer. Thank You that You are always there to rescue me from my troubles. Amen

My very first memory verse

I became a Christian back in July of 1989. One of the first things I was taught in a discipleship book was to memorise Bible verses.

My very first memory verse was Psalm 119:11. From memory it says, “I keep Your Word hidden in my heart, so I won’t sin against You”.

Memorising Scripture changed my life and helped to renew my mind. I have lost track of the times when I have been able to share a verse from memory with someone who was in need.

The way I learned to do it was to write the verse reference on one side of a card and then write the verse text on the other. That way I could see the reference and try to quote the verse from memory. Then I could turn over the card and see if I got it correct.

I can remember having about 50 cards in a pile and being able to do them all in my first year as a Christian. Looking back I am so glad I took the time and effort to do it.

Seeing this verse as the verse of the day reminded me afresh of the importance of memorising Scripture. Maybe you could give it a go? It will change your life!

Transformed to be like Jesus

2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NLT – But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. [17] For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. [18] So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord-who is the Spirit-makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

I was going to write some thoughts about this passage today and then I saw the notes for verse 18 in my Life Application Study Bible. It said it better than I could…

The Holy Spirit’s way of transformation works better and lasts longer than even Moses’ glorious experience. With the freedom the Holy Spirit gives, our false beliefs and misconceptions fall away. We can clearly see what God wants and better reflect it to others. The Spirit works progressively in us to point out where we need to change. Step-by-step, he gives us insights on how to do it and empowers us with his love. Some change happens quickly, but God works in his own timing. The process may be slow in some areas, so never give up if you don’t see the spiritual progress you desire. God will work it out (Philippians 1:6).

The truth at the right time

Titus 1:2-3 NLT says, “ This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God-who does not lie-promised them before the world began. [3] And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Saviour that I have been entrusted with this work for him.”

God reveal His truth that Jesus Christ saves at the right time. We can be confident we have eternal life because of Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection for us. God promised this salvation long ago and He does not lie. Like the Apostle Paul, it is our job to reveal the message of salvation to everyone. It is the work we are entrusted to. Jesus told us this when He told us to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20).

Dear God, thank You for Jesus dying for my sin on the cross. I pray You will forgive my sins. I want Jesus to be the Lord and Saviour of my life. I want to live my life for Your Kingdom. Help me to share my faith with those around me. I pray they will trust Jesus too. Amen.