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Great Salvation (Part 2)

Beth Jones

"How shall we escape [appropriate retribution] if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation [as is now offered to us, letting it drift past us forever]?" Hebrews 2:3, AMP

Yesterday, we discovered that if we believe God, His Word and give attention to the salvation Jesus purchased for us -- we will experience the greatness of our salvation! (If you missed yesterday’s devo, I encourage you to go back and take a look!)

So, just how great is our salvation? 

Some people think to be “saved” simply means that they are saved from their sins and an eternity in hell. Our great salvation certainly does include that – and that is great – but there’s more!

Salvation, by definition, also includes such blessings as divine healing, deliverance, preservation, and more! The word “saved” comes from the Greek word “sozo” and it includes the classic meaning of being forgiven and saved from our sins. It also includes being: rescued, delivered, kept safe, preserved, healed and similar words that refer to being made completely well. We see the Greek word “sozo” being used to describe forgiveness, healing and preservation throughout the New Testament.

Today, let’s not neglect or drift from the Lord and our great salvation. If you need the power of God for salvation to be manifested in your life in any area – go ahead – believe and receive it! Then, let’s share the good news of this great salvation with everyone in our sphere of influence!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, 'The just shall live by faith.'" (Romans 1:16-17, NKJV)

Say This: Father I thank you for my great salvation that Jesus purchased – the forgiveness of my sins, being rescued, delivered, kept safe, preserved and healed from anything that would come against my life. Today, I receive it and believe it! In Jesus’ Name. Amen."

Great Salvation (Part 1)

Beth Jones

"How shall we escape [appropriate retribution] if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation [as is now offered to us, letting it drift past us forever]?" Hebrews 2:3, AMP

Have you considered the greatness of your "great salvation" lately?

A lot of us haven't. And because we often think God is mad at us, when we read this passage in Hebrews we might view it in a negative light at first glance. We think that we better pay attention to our great salvation, because if we don’t – God’s gonna get us! Is that what this passage is telling us or, are we missing something?

After all, God is love. He’s a good God. He’s not a schizophrenic Father who blesses and hurts His own children at the same time. He’s not a God who uses fear to motivate us. No, He’s a good Father who gives us His Word and inspires His children to have faith in Him as the loving Father He is. When we choose to believe Him, we experience His grace and goodness. When we neglect His Word, we experience difficulties He never intended for us to experience.

In the Old Testament, the children of Israel didn’t experience judgment, punishment or retribution as random events from an “unpredictable” God. They experienced exactly what the Lord told them would happen if they neglected His commands. When they went their own way and neglected God’s instructions – they suffered. Clearly, it wasn’t the Lord’s will that they suffer – but when they didn’t believe His Word, when they drifted and went their own way – they faced the consequences of their neglect.

I wonder if the Holy Spirit, through the writer of Hebrews, is trying to encourage us to not be like the Old Testament believers who doubted and neglected God and His Word, but rather – we are encouraged to believe God, His Word and the great salvation He’s purchased for us! Because of the price Jesus paid for us to experience this great salvation, the Lord wants us to believe and give it the attention it deserves. When we do – we will experience the greatness of our salvation!

So, how great is our salvation? We’ll pick up this thought in tomorrow’s Daily Devo...

Say This: "Father, I thank You for Your great salvation! You are such a good God – I will not neglect or drift from You or Your Word. Today, I receive the gift of this great salvation. In Jesus’ Name. Amen."

All That I Have Is Yours

Beth Jones

"But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!' 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.'" Luke 15:29-31, NIV

Ever felt like the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son? You know—you’ve been the “good son.” You’ve faithfully served God, been responsible and loyal. You've used wisdom and discretion and honored your Father the best you've known how.

You haven’t been like the rebellious prodigal son -- you’re the good brother! When your wild brother came to his senses and had this heartfelt, repentant meltdown—you were happy to see him come home, but you felt like the father went overboard with the party, gold ring, slippers, fatted calf and all. It seemed a little extreme; you thought instead your father should have given that kid a "talking to" and put him on probation for a while.

Until, you heard what your father said to you. He almost seemed to say it in passing. He assumed you knew it when he said, “Son, all that I have is yours.” What? Everything you have is and has already belonged to me? All this time?

Here’s the thing: you don’t have to backslide to experience the Father's blessings! You just need to meditate on the truth of what already belongs to you. “All that the Father has is already yours.” So, have you asked Him for anything lately? Have you received and partaken of the blessings that are already yours?

Notice the father didn't say, “All that I have is going to be yours, could be yours, might be yours or will be yours one day.” He said, “All that I have is yours.” It’s yours now…it has been yours and you can access it any time of day.
 
So, what does the Father mean? When He says “all”—He must mean all! What does the Father have? He has everything. He’s loaded. He’s got connections. He’s got stuff. If there is something you want, He’s got it and it’s already yours. Today, all you “older brother, good Christians”—let’s receive all that belongs to us!

Say This: "Father, today I thank You that all that You have already belongs to me. Instead of being jealous of Your blessings in other people’s lives, I am going to partake of all the things that You have so richly provided for me. I thank You that Your provision and blessing already belongs to me. I receive it with a grateful heart. In Jesus’ Name. Amen."
 

Praying For You!

Beth Jones

Happy Monday!

Today, we wanted to let you know that our team is praying this basic prayer from the Word of God for YOU! There's a lot of good stuff in Colossians 1 -- and it’s just as true and alive now as it was when the Apostle Paul penned these words. Here's what we're praying for you...

"Our PRAYERS for you are always spilling over into thanksgivings. We can’t quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you! We keep getting reports on your steady faith in Christ, our Jesus, and the love you continuously extend to all Christians. The lines of purpose in your lives never grow slack, tightly tied as they are to your future in heaven, kept taut by hope. The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. It’s the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. From the very first day you heard and recognized the truth of what God is doing, you’ve been hungry for more. It’s as vigorous in you now as when you learned it from our friend and close associate Epaphras. He is one reliable worker for Christ! I could always depend on him. He’s the one who told us how thoroughly love had been worked into your lives by the Spirit. Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped PRAYING for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We PRAY that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We PRAY that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us." Colossians 1, (Emphasis mine)

We LOVE you and are believing you'll have a great week ahead!

P.s. this is a great prayer to pray for the peeps in your life too -- your friends, neighbors, staff, coworkers, church leaders, kids, family, you name it! 

New Podcast: LIVING FREE - A Basic Interview With Andi Andrew

Beth Jones

Okay everybody -- you have GOT to listen to today’s basic podcast interview with the one and only Andi Andrew! She pastors Liberty Church in NYC with her Aussie husband, Paul, while raising their four beautiful children. She also leads an amazing women’s conference: She Is Free, and she’s working on a book of the same title set to release this fall (you can pre-order on Amazon now)!  

Today’s conversation is all about the basics of living free. How can we live in the freedom that Jesus purchased for us? How can we live free from anger, shame, control, fear -- and so much more that the world throws our way? Andi shares her personal story of how she came to know Jesus in a radical way and how she’s on a continued journey of experiencing her own freedom. 

Andi is full of the Word of God, anointed to do exactly what she’s doing to build the Church in NYC and around the globe -- and she’s a TON of fun. She even shares some fun insights into what it’s like raising kids and pastoring a church in the “Big Apple.”

You will love, love, love hearing from Andi today -- I am sure of it. 

To listen, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or find it on our website!