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Duluth, GA 30097

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The Only Savior

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“I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from Me there is no savior.”  Isaiah 43:11

Life is hard.  There is no way around this truth.  As long as we walk on this earth, we will deal with heartache, suffering, catastrophe, death, sickness, and countless other struggles.  Many people use this truth as a reason to reject God.  They reason, “How could a loving God allow such pain?”  If most of us were honest, we would have to admit to wondering the same thing. 

In Isaiah 43:11, God makes a bold statement about Himself…”Apart from Me there is no savior.”  God is the only savior.  He is not “a savior,” He is the Savior.  Many Christians know God as our Savior from sin, but what about as our Savior from the hardships of life?  Do we look to Him as our Savior from suffering?  From death and sickness?  From disaster and evil? 

Many will rhetorically ask the question, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?”  But here in Isaiah 43:11 God has told us something important about Himself.  He wants us to know that He is our only hope.  He is the only One who can save.  And without hardship, would we really know Him as Savior on this side of heaven?  God wants us to experience Him as Savior now.  He does not want us to wait until heaven. 

In the midst of sin, suffering, and the many hardships that this life entails, He wants the world to know that there is no salvation apart from Him.  There is no joy in suffering without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.  There is no comfort in sickness without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.  There is no hope in death without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.  There is no glory in catastrophe without Him…because apart from Him there is no savior.

He is our comfort, our joy, our hope, and our glory – because He is the only Savior.  This does not mean that He will always save us from hardship; but it does mean that He will walk with us through it.  Do you know Him as your Savior?  Choose today to allow trials, struggles or hardships to bring you to your knees at the feet of this glorious Savior. 

Father, I praise You because You are the only Savior.  You save me from my sins, and from the effects of sin.  No matter what happens, I have hope in You.  Help me to remember this in times of trouble.  Help me to share this truth with others who need You.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen. 

Free to Love God

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“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…We love because He first loved us.”  1 John 4:10, 19

In his book, Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand wrote: “Without fear we sang in prisons 30 feet beneath the earth.  We were terribly hungry, beaten and tortured.  The Communists were good at torturing us.  We would say to each other, ‘the Communists beat us very well—let us do our work well.  Let us sing well.’”

Wurmbrand, a man of Jewish decent, spent 14 years in Communist Romanian prisons for His faith in Christ.  He was physically tortured and placed in solitary confinement for several years because of his unwavering love for Jesus Christ.  He refused to stop spreading the Gospel, despite the cost.  He refused to stop worshiping his Lord… even in prison.

Richard Wurmbrand understood true freedom.  He knew firsthand the glorious freedom of loving God.  From behind steel bars and within the confines of chains, he was free.  Free to believe. Free to hope. Free to pray.  Free to sing. Free to die for Christ. Because God loved him, he was free to love God.

God is love; therefore, He is the initiator of all love.  Our love for God is always in response to His love for us.  And the ultimate demonstration of His love is seen in His Son, Jesus.  Whatever happens in life, if we look to the cross, we can know we are loved.  Our risen Savior, the Lord over all creation, is our invitation to love God.  And in loving Him, we are free to enjoy Him.  We are free to love Him because He is worthy… to seek His face and not only His hands. 

Have you paused lately to consider the freedom you have in Christ if you believe in Him?  You are free to know and to love your Creator. The God who counts the stars and knows them by name loves you and knows the number of hairs on your head.  You are free to talk to Him and ask Him questions. You are free to worship Him, even in chains, like Richard Wurmbrand did. You can love Him wholeheartedly, because He first loved you.  What glorious freedom! 

Holy Father, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for sending Jesus as the sacrifice for my sins so that I can love You, too.  Without forgiveness I could not have a relationship with You at all.  Lord, help me to be steadfast and firm in my faith.  I want others to know that You love them.  Use Me to accomplish Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Forgetful and Focused

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One of the first lessons we learn as children is to always watch where we are going.  It’s dangerous not to.  The same is true spiritually. 

“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…”  Philippians 3:13

Have you ever tried to run forward while looking backward?  If so, you likely fell down or bumped into something.  One of the first lessons we learn as children is to always watch where we are going.  It’s dangerous not to.  The same is true spiritually. 

 While our eyes cannot see Jesus, our hearts can.  The problem is that our minds try to hijack our hearts, pulling us towards past mistakes, disappointments, betrayals and failed attempts.  The flesh whispers, “What’s the use?” into the ears of the heart, tempting us to give up and settle for a mediocre and ineffective relationship with Christ…robbing us of the abundant life that is ours in Christ.

But God reminds us through Paul’s letter to the Philippians that giving up is not an option.  Have we failed in the past?  Of course we have.  We have messed up and broken promises and said one thing and done another…but that doesn’t have to be the end of the story.  We have a risen Savior who has given us the power and the opportunity to repent and do things differently.  He became sin and tasted death for us, conquering both when He rose from the grave. In Him there is always hope!

 “Repent” means to turn from one thing to another…from sin to Jesus Christ.  Paul says he forgets the past and strains towards the future.  If you are stuck in the past, it is time to turn the eyes of your heart forward and let go in faith.  Focus on God’s goodness and grace.  If there is unconfessed sin in your past, repent and turn to Jesus.

I truly believe that if we could see into the spiritual realm…if we could see what lies ahead for us in Christ, forgetting the past and focusing on the prize would not be hard at all. But since we cannot see with physical eyes, we must trust the Word of God and the promises contained in it.  We don’t have to fear the past or the future. After all, we are running in, through, for, and towards the One who holds all things together.   

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross.  I know that without the shedding of Your blood my sins could not be forgiven.  Because I have forgiveness, I am able to let go of past mistakes, hurts and disappointments. Help me to remember today that my hope is in You alone.  It is in Your name I pray.  Amen.