[CF Devotionals] 2011-08-06 - How Saved Am I?

Part 3

  1. With All Our Strength

    Strength comes from muscle moving. Getting deeper in salvation means going and doing.

    The word translated as strength here is ischus, which is translated elsewhere as might, power, and ability. Giving our strength means surrendering that which we are able to do

    Three times James tells us faith without works is dead. (James 2:17,20,26) If you're not growing, you're dying. If you're not going, you're not growing. Going forward in your new life, walking in your salvation journey as it were requires taking steps. A lot of people will lazily bob in the waters near the beach but fewer swim out, strap on scuba gear, and enjoy the beauties found in the depths.

    As we love him with all our strength we are resupplied with his strength. As we pour out, he pours in.

    "I love sweet tea. My parents love sweet tea. I asked my mom to make some tea and bring it here to church this morning. Mom, will you come here? Let me fix you some sweet tea." As I spoke I produced a glass mostly full of water and topped it off with tea out of the pitcher. "Take a sip. Please. Is that good sweet tea?" She wouldn't even take a sip.

    We are like that glass of water to start with. There's just a little sweet tea in us, just a little of God's spirit and strength in us. But as I'm poured out into something he can pour in and then you got good tea again. I poured almost all of the glass out into a bowl and filled it back from the pitcher. When I offered her the glass again she had no reservations drinking. Now is this better?

    Isaiah 12:2-3

    1. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
    2. 3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.

    Notice what Isaiah is saying. As God becomes our strength, he also becomes our salvation. The more we serve him with our strength and use it up the more he can give. I picture it like the Gatorade® commercials. We should use so much that his strength replenishes so fully that it starts oozing all neon colored out of us. In the commercial you'd see a pastor behind the pulpit turning neon green, a missionary in a small village turning orange, a Gideon handing out Bibles on a street corner turning red. Then would flash the logo and the question: God-ade - Is it in you?

  2. With All Our Mind

    This spring we went to Myrtle Beach. Jordan would get in the water and was fine as long as he could see and touch bottom. But he was too scared to go out any further. He didn't have the mind for swimming. He had not learned what the floats on his arms were for. He had not learned how to swim. Going out to the real depths requires some use of the mind as well.

    To really live and enjoy the salvation life and the relationship with Christ requires all of our mind. Going back to the Greek we find that this word translated mind means deep thought, understanding, or imagination. Yielding all our mind to him means spending deep time in his word and learning of God and all his ways. Psalms 1:1-2 says blessed is the man who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on it day and night. In order to give our mind all to God we must feast on Godly thoughts. That's why Paul stressed to the Philippians, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,a think on these things." (Philippians 4:8)

  3. Closing

    Giving it all to Jesus also means giving your all to those he gave his all for. He came not for the well or the well off but for those who needed him most - the lost. Are you saved enough in heart to care that there are lost all around on this street, in this community? Are you saved enough in your soul to hurt that there are lost? Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. Paul ached that his people rejected Jesus. Are you saved enough in strength to give your life for the lost? Jesus did as no other could but so did Paul and many, many others. What are you doing with all your strength? Are you saved enough in mind to share what you know to the lost? Tired and weary Jesus id never recorded as saying, "Nope not today. Can't help you today. Sorry, today the miracle store is closed." So how saved are you?

How saved are you? Salvation is like a river. Are you ankle deep shallow saved in the heart? Do you believe Christ died and went to hell that you might live and go to Heaven? Are you knee deep saved with all your soul? Do you yearn for things of God? Are you waist high deeply saved in knowing Christ?

Something else to ask: Are you wading in or out? Are you floating around or swimming on? My prayer is that when we each die we die of drowning - drowning in the river of salvation where much like Enoch we just walk on out with God until we can't be seen just the river of God's life surrounding us. How saved are you? How surrendered are you?


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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted