Something happened in church on Sunday that got me thinking deep:
The pastor asked how many people were saved; some hands were lifted up and I was one of those who kept my hands down. The previous Sunday, I took part in taking the holy communion so why oh why were my hands down if I have received Christ as my savior and been baptized; why didn’t I think I’d been saved 🤔. Next thing that happens, this bible verse comes into mind
“Therefore, everyone who acknowledges Me before men and confesses Me [out of a state of oneness with Me], I will also acknowledge him before My Father Who is in heaven and confess [that I am abiding in] him.
But whoever denies and disowns Me before men, I also will deny and disown him before My Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 10:32-33 AMPC
Right then I got scared that I will be denied before God and it got me thinking and wanting to raise my hand because of this. Hmmm by this time I’m not listening to the sermon as I should be. After a while, the thought vanishes and yes I ended up not raising my hand and this is the reason – I wasn’t sure I was saved.
I didn’t even know I was thinking a lot about this until these verses came to mind. I’m not in any way saying that the first verse I shared isn’t true, it definitely is.
“For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]”
Ephesians 2:8-9 AMPC
“For we hold that a man is justified and made upright by faith independent of and distinctly apart from good deeds (works of the Law). [The observance of the Law has nothing to do with justification.]”
Romans 3:28 AMPC
For a minute I forgot what salvation is, I did not remember/understand that once you’ve been made right with God, right you are. I forgot about GRACE.
I’m glad now that I did not raise my hand up out of fear, I’m glad that I have been made to understand my standing with God and I just want to let y’all know this too. It’s has never been and will never be about you, it’s about God.
Hope you are having a nice week already. October is in a couple of days; the year is nearing its end. I pray for God to continually keep us in His peace, Amen. Have a lovely rest of the week and remember WE’VE BEEN SAVED BY GRACE.