What is your understanding of your salvation? Have you ever thought about what it really means for you when you accepted Christ as your Savior? Or, if you haven’t accepted Him as your Savior, have you ever had thoughts about what you think it means for you and your life?
Recently at our home, we had a beautiful couple days of soft snow fall. I loved looking out my cabin windows, which run all the way around my cabin, and watching the snow. Everything is covered in a blanket of clean, white snow. The Holy Spirit reminded me of how Jesus covers our sin through His death on the cross, and we are washed as white as snow. I had just been reading something that came to mind as I watched that falling snow. The thought was that our life changes at the moment we accept Christ. It isn’t just about sin. It means, that as an example, a new JoAnn is created at the time I accepted Christ, and now God has a relationship with that new JoAnn. So.. it isn’t just about being forgiven of sins. It is also about a brand new relationship as this new person. As this new person, I now have a relationship with Him; not as the old me, but as the new me. He relates to the new me!
I love the snow. Always have. But the snow is temporary. His love for me is eternal. What a great reminder for me as I looked out my windows to watch the falling snow, and have it teach me a lesson at the same time! Hearing Him speak to me brings a whole new level of excitement for me in my relationship with Jesus.
Along these same lines, I have been leading a study on prayer. Boy! We are seeing some great changes happening in the lives of those taking part. We have been given nuggets of knowledge that we grab onto as life rafts in what can sometimes be choppy seas. I am constantly amazed at what God will teach us through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, IF we are willing to spend time in His presence. It’s kind of like looking in on a genealogy of relationship, and seeing answers to prayer.
- If we are in His presence,
- we are in His Word,
- then, we are learning to know Him better,
- which means we are learning to discern His voice,
- which in turn means we trust Him more,
- and that means we will become more obedient,
- and we WILL see big prayers answered.
We have also talked in this study about taking steps of faith. I have been thinking about the idea of stepping in to the water before I see the waters part. We want Jesus to part the waters so we can go in. God wants us to step into the water in faith, and then see Him part the waters and bring us through.
It is my hope that you are beginning to change the culture of your life with Jesus through some of the posts here on the blog. This certainly isn’t me writing about these topics. This idea of snow and relationship, and what prayer will do, along with stepping into the water, are all thoughts I believe God wanted me to share with you. Challenge yourself to make the changes you need, to have the results you want.
May God help you to this end.
To your place of heart and soul escapes…