The Lord of our salvation gives us two welcoming gifts when we are born into His kingdom. The gift of peace that passes all understanding and the gift of joy that is our strength.
The peace that He gives us truly is beyond understanding. In a place in the center of your heart and soul is a strange zone that you don't even realize that it is an area of turbulence.
The Lord Jesus, who has one royal title of " Prince of Peace", places His peace in your heart and calms a storm you didn't even know was raging. You suddenly find a stillness deep inside that is indescribable to any person who has not experienced it. It is like explaining music to a person born deaf.
The other gift is joy. This gift seems to bubble out of experience with the Lord. When you encounter Him and grasp how immediate and how personal He is, you find joying welling up in your heart almost as an involuntary response to His drawing near to you.
For these two wonderful gifts, give thanks to the Lord.
If you have not experienced these two things, the Lord will save you first by your belief in Him and your belief that He died on a cross to pay for your sins.
The Lord will save you and from there, peace and joy.
We all know we are not in good standing with our creator.
We know that we are lost and heading to darkness and damnation.
We can't help but feel that there is something wrong and that there must be something we can do but we never can figure it out. Most of the time, we just put it out of our minds and occupy ourselves with busy activities to distract us.
Sometimes, we medicate ourselves to numb that nagging feeling that constantly gnaws at our hearts.
That feeling will never go away as long as we live. It is our human condition of being separate from God and trying to make do in a world system that does not seem made for us.
The sensitivities of our hearts to the cruelties and absurdities of our world are a hint that there is a mismatch between our world system and our hearts.
The good news is that the God who made us has paid the price to redeem us from this fallen world and into the kingdom of light.
This good news is designed to work in a straightforward way: We hear the good news that we have a redeemer who paid the costly price for us to cover our condemnation.
We, by hearing this news, then believe the words and because these words are the very power of God unto salvation, find ourselves transformed into children of God. Things that we have never felt before, like true peace, suddenly fill our hearts and we become new creations in Jesus.
This is the only way we can be saved. Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for us and paid for us to move from condemnation to righteousness.
The Lord our God is from everlasting to everlasting.
There is nothing that can escape His notice. He knows when every sparrow falls.
In His knowledge of all things, the Lord works in wisdom to perform His purposes.
He undertakes insurmountable tasks ( like the salvation of men ) and devises plans to accomplish them. For example, He, being perfect and loving, incorporated plans of great sacrifice of Himself by dying on a cross to accomplish His goal which was to save those He loves.
This daunting sacrifice of His life made possible the gift of redemption which He offers to all men. All that we have to do is to be humble and believe in His gift of sacrifice and accept His matchless gift.
This offer by God is wonderful news to to those who are repentant of their sins and is the power of salvation to those who believe.
The bible admonishes us not to overlook so great a salvation for there is no other way under heaven that the souls of mankind might be saved.