Tuesday, March 31, 2009

2009 Lenten Devotional and Prayer Guide

March 31

 

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”   (1 John 5:13)

 

It used to be said: if one is unsure of their salvation, there must be a reason.  The standard answer became that the person had mistakenly put feelings in front of faith.  What if the real answer was in the separating power of sin instead of the sanctifying power that naturally accompanies salvation?  Continual sin will separate us from the experience of God’s love and eventually our assurance of salvation.  Continual sin will place us in the precarious position of not knowing.  I propose feeling the lack of assurance of salvation is “good.”

 

If or when we reach such a place, it is a good time to back off and look at ourselves from another perspective.  This view is difficult, because most of us have not had much experience with seeing ourselves objectively.  See, one of the problems of sin is that it makes us think we are right when we are not and keeps us from the pain of the surgery of truth.  At some point we were awakened from our sin and intellectually accepted the salvation provided in and through Jesus.  However, instead of spiritual growth we began to coast in a false sense of security.  We never achieved the transformation promised in salvation through sanctification.  Our lives were lived in constant carnality (NIV: “worldly”) rather than being instep with the Spirit of God.  It is a horrible place to be, living according to our desires instead of the will of God.  Yet, it can be a place of decision.  What is yours?  [Written by: Pastor Dan]

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