Gaining salvation in Jesus Christ is the ultimate experience any human could have. It is the only true freedom that we can obtain. It is not of this world and could never be. Some of the things we call freedom are nothing of the kind. How about the freedom to smoke? Are we really free when smoking can lead to the bondage of cancer, lung disease, and death? How about abortion? Does the freedom to murder babies in the womb really bring freedom for the woman who doesn't want the baby? Or does it bring to her the bondage of knowing that she did indeed murder a baby that, years later, she regrets getting rid of when she is not able to have children of her own due to a botched abortion? Whatever happened to the freedom to live? What about the bondage of homosexuality? God created sexual relations, and marriage, to be between one man and one woman. How else can children be brought into this world? A homosexual couple cannot do it together. Sure, they can raise a child, but God made it so that a child could only be brought up in a balanced way with a man and woman as parents. If one of those is missing in the relationship then the child will suffer greatly as he or she goes through life confused as how they are to be and act as a man or woman. If two men raise a child together, then the female aspect of the child's life will be missing. The same for women, the male aspect won't be there. Let's face it: a man cannot teach a girl how to be a woman, and a woman cannot teach a boy how to be a man.
Ah, but that is the wonderful thing about finding salvation in Jesus Christ. I am a firm believer that homosexuality is a choice, not inherited. For whatever reason, a boy or girl chooses to be homosexual whether they realize it or not. But when you give your life to Jesus, He can bring you into wholeness again, and change you back into the person He created you to be. Now that's real freedom. We all want to be who we were made to be. We all long for a reason and a purpose for living. We all have this hope that, someday, we will find that certain something we are looking for to make our lives complete.
That completeness can only come by the salvation of Jesus Christ. There is no other way in this universe to find the real freedom we are all searching for. Once you allow Jesus into your life things will begin to change. You will surely become more peaceful, more hopeful of the future. The things from your past that haunt now will slowly diminish to a memory. I had a very bad past due to being sexually abused. For 36 years I buried it down inside, not realizing that the way I was acting outwardly was a reflection of that abuse. When it surfaced again, I tried to kill myself 5 times without success. When Jesus came along a called me to Him, things began to change quickly. I was able to look at the abuse from His eyes and see that, without it, I couldn't have become the man I am today. That's not to say that Jesus wanted it to happen. No. But He allowed it to happen because He knew my future. He knew that I would one day become the man He created me to be. I'm not all there yet, but I can see the changes being made to get me there, and the journey is fantastic. It's not always easy, but it is fantastic. Give Him your heart and you will see just how fantastic it is and feels.
I will praise Him for his grace of salvation
Isaiah 12:1-2 says that: In that day you will say: "I will praise you, O LORD. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have comforted me. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation" (NIV).
When Jesus saves us, He begins the journey to completeness. Before we let Him into our lives, God was angry at us. Not angry as in violent: angry as in, "I love you so much that I wish you wouldn't do the things that you know will ultimately bring you harm." But after we accept His Son, Jesus, God's anger falls away as easily as the rain falls from the sky. God loves us immensely because He created us. God has promised us that, if we believe in His Son, He would give us a life worth living with meaning and purpose. He promised us that we would, someday, be with Him in Heaven for all of eternity. He promised us through His Holy Spirit that He would guide us through our day to day lives. If you trust in what Jesus has said He will do for you (His Words can be found in Bible) He will never let you fall or fail. Trust in His strength and not your own to get through each day as you give up bad habits and create new ones. We call salvation the "Grace" of God. Grace is an extended favor or kindness to one who doesn't deserve it and can never earn it. We can't work hard enough or do enough good deeds to earn God's love; He gives it to us freely through Jesus.
I will take refuge in His love and faithfulness
Psalm 57:1-3 says: Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me; God sends his love and his faithfulness (NIV).
No matter who is pursuing you, God has your back if you accept His Son, Jesus, as your Lord and Savior. When problems arise we can find refuge in God. That means that whenever we have a problem, no matter how great or small, God will take care of you until the trouble has passed. Remember, Jesus never said He would keep you free from trouble, but that He would help you in your time of need. Without trouble or problems we wouldn't grow as people, we would stay stuck in "infancy" and not grow into adulthood. Unfortunately, there are a lot of adults walking around that are still children on the inside. That's how I was with the abuse in my life until I gave it to Jesus. And not until we do give it all to Jesus will we grow up to be the kind of adults we are supposed to be. Go to God if you have a problem. Fall upon His mercy to see you through the hard times, and He will faithfully help you as He said He would always do.
I will show others what He has done for me, and will tell them of His love for me
In Psalm 40:1-3, David said, "I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the LORD (NLT).
After Jesus takes over our lives, and begins to bring us true freedom, others will see the changes in us and want to know how we did it. They will see that our attitudes have softened. They will see behaviors like smoking, drinking, premarital sex, cursing, the kind of movies we watch, and the way we conduct ourselves, among other things, change. When we are so far down and mired in what seems like a hopeless situation, God will come through and help you get back up again. He will make your paths straight again, and, if you let Him, will take your worries upon Himself, and give you the peace that you will need to see the situation through. God will not always take away your problems, but He will give you the wisdom, peace, and faith to help you overcome them.
As Christians, we are to be a light to this world. If we are truly walking with the Lord others will see it and want to know what's happened to us. Some will be amazed at the changes they see in you, and some will be angry at you for becoming a "Jesus Freak." Your old bar friends won't be happy when you tell them that you won't go out with them Fridays after work anymore to get drunk and watch baseball. They will think you are a pansy because you won't want to see any R rated movies anymore; and especially when you tell them that even some of the PG-13 movies are questionable. These friends may abandon you and that's okay because you will have gained a new family in your new church friends. But, still, there may be a couple of friends that may want to know about Jesus, and that's what it's all about.
It's all about freedom: freedom to live right, freedom to live with a purpose, and freedom to enjoy life...period.
"Scripture Marked (NIV) taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION . Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved."
Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.
Copyright 2013 by Robert W. Bruno
Bobby Bruno was saved 14 years ago in a way that left him no doubt that Jesus wanted him to reach others with His great and abounding love. He started writing at the age of 12 and hasn't stopped since.
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