The Gift of Salvation

God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this, it is a gift from God. – (Ephesians 2:8, NLT)

I mean that you have been saved by grace because you believed. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. – (Ephesians 2:8, ERV)

Saving is all His idea, and all His work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish. – (Ephesians 2:8, MSG)

 

Salvation is a gift that God freely gives to us, if only we choose to place our trust in Him. We cannot do enough, nor be enough, but rather it is a matter of making the choice to believe that God is who He says He is, and that He is true to His word. There is no prerequisite to have a certain depth of knowledge in biblical studies or theology, instead, we simply need to have a heart that is open and willing to allow God to be God, because we are not. For those who trust in the Lord, let us give thanks for the gracious gift that He has given; for those who are searching – He is always available and at the ready to hear our heart and love us to life.

 

God saves us by grace,

Rejoice Always

Not by what we do;

It’s all about love,

For His word is true.

What the Lord offers,

Is a gift that’s free;

It’s given to all,

Who choose to believe.

Rise up and have faith,

In God You can trust;

For He alone saves,

God’s loving and just.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You save us by Your grace if only we choose to believe. Thank You that we do not have to do “enough” or be “enough” to somehow earn Your favor, but rather You love us where we are and accept us because we are Your created. Forgive us for thinking that we have to somehow get ourselves cleaned up or do things a certain way before we can approach You. Teach us to trust You in all things and at all times, as Your grace is greater than all of our shortcomings and failures. Show us how to love without limits, all those whom You place in our charge, so that they too, may come to know the greatness of the gift of Your grace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for the gift of salvation, and trust You with all that we are. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14

Speaking to Signal of His Strength

“At that time your mouth will be opened; you will speak with him and will no longer be silent.  So you will be a sign to them, and they will know that I am the Lord.” – Ezekiel 24:27

photo by Carolyn Watts

These words of the Lord were spoken to Ezekiel after his wife had died, and the people of Israel were about to be punished for their ongoing sin against God, despite multiple warnings and words of redirection.  These things spoken to him were a promise of prophecy for him to again warn the people of the wrath that would come if they did not turn from their wicked ways.

God does this for us still today.  When we are meant to speak, to no longer stay silent, the words rise up.  However, we must be willing to release our own filter, and let His heart be heard.  He uses people to deliver direction, correction, and exhortation, as we make ourselves available vessels.  When we hear a word from Him, it is our responsibility to ask Him what we are appointed to do, and what we are meant to dismiss.  The purpose of speaking the words He gives us to say, is to demonstrate the deity of the living God.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You use people to present an audible voice to announce the words You want us to hear.  Please help our ears and hearts to be open, so that we are certain of when You are asking us to speak, and when we are meant to stay silent.  Equip us to discern the difference.  May our mouths move in ways that make Your presence and power known.  Protect us from presenting anything other than what You supply us to speak.  Use our words to show people the way into Your loving arms of goodness and grace.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present