Category Archives: Daily Devotional

Salvation – How do you know you have eternal life?

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. (1 John 5:11-13 NIV)

Many people wonder if they will be saved.  How can we be good enough?  If you have the Son you have life.  If you do not have the Son you do not have life.  The Bible makes it plain.  We can know if we have eternal life.  It is not based on our good works.  We would never make it our works were the determining factor.  How do we know we have eternal life today?  If you are a child of God, if you have accepted Jesus as your personal savior, you have eternal life.  We can have assurance today that we DO have eternal life because we have accepted Jesus.


Salvation – What do we become when we receive Jesus?

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– (John 1:12 NIV)

We have a decision to make.  Was Jesus just a very very good man who lived 2,000 years ago?  Or was He the son of God that came to this world to show us the love of the Father and die for our sins?  Is He the Messiah or not?  What do you believe?  Believing He is the Messiah gives you the greatest privilege ever – to become a child of God.


Salvation – Do we earn salvation by our own good works? 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV)

It’s free!  Salvation is free!  Through the grace and mercy of God He offers us the gift of salvation.  All we have to do is accept it.  It is of no use unless we accept the gift.  If someone offered you a million dollars it would do you no good unless you accepted it.  Same with salvation.  We have to accept it.  There is nothing we can do on our own.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t go a whole day without sinning.  I am not perfect.  God is still working on me.  I accept His offer of salvation.  What about you?


Salvation – Receiving Jesus, we are no longer condemned

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, (Romans 8:1 NIV)

When you give your heart to Jesus you receive the gift of peace and freedom from the condemnation of sin because we have confessed our sins and they are no longer there.  Jesus has thrown them into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19).  What a relief!  Does this mean we will never sin?  I wish that were true.  As 1 John 1:9 tells us, He is faithful to forgive us and removes the condemnation that sin puts on us.  Jesus came to condemn sin, not sinners.  That is the good news of the Gospel.


Salvation – As we confess, He pardons

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NKJV)

This verse has special meaning to me.  Growing up I was told if I didn’t obey Jesus would not love me.  This verse along with Jeremiah 31:3 tells me that Jesus loves me very much.  If I sin and confess it, Jesus will forgive me and not only that, He will cleanse me from it.  He doesn’t always remove the tendency toward a particular sin over night, but I have found that over time I am doing it less and less because He is removing it from me as I confess it.  What about following Jesus’ example and forgiving others?  Don’t carry unconfessed sins or unforgiven sins around with you.  They will weigh you down.  Release them by confession and having a forgiving heart to others.


Salvation – As we repent, He forgives

Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, (Acts 3:19 NIV)

The underlying theme throughout the Bible is repent and turn to God.  Through His prophets, God called people to repent and return to Him.  John the Baptist preached repentance.  Jesus preached repentance.  What does repentance mean?  It means to change your mind.  Everything starts in the mind.  Repentance means to decide to leave behind the world and its pleasures to follow Jesus.  He has a lot more to offer. He is asking us to make a U-turn in our lives.  He forgives and our sins will be blotted out.  As long as you have breath it is never too late to repent and turn to the Lord.