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Daily Reading: Joshua 16:1-18:28 ESV, Luke 19:1-27 ESV, Psalm 87:1-7 ESV, Proverbs 13:11 ESV

Daily Verse: “And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.” (Luke 9:9 ESV)


SOTERIA (4991): “Rescue or safety.  Denotes deliverance, preservation, salvation.  Used in the NT of material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension.  Of the spiritual and eternal deliverance granted immediately by God to those who accept His condition of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus, in whom alone it is to be obtained. Acts 4:12 and upon confession of Him as Lord, Rom. 10:10.  Of the Present experience of God’s power to deliver from the bondage of sin.  Occasionally, as standing virtually for the Savoir, e.g., Luke 19:9.”[i]

Fire insurance.

One of my friends, when describing salvation, sums it up in two words, fire insurance.  Placing faith in Christ means a one-way ticket to heaven, not into hell’s fiery depths.  Jesus rescues us from the flames when we put our trust in Him.

However, salvation begins now, the moment we start following Jesus.  Instead of doing life alone, we have a Saviour who wants to do it with us.  We have guidelines on every aspect of life in God’s word, helping us live each day to the fullest.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30 ESV)

Lighten your load.

Placing faith in Jesus lightens your load now.  Instead of navigating life on your strength, you have His.  Jesus wants to take your burdens from you, giving you His peace in exchange.

The things of this world won’t last for eternity, but God’s peace does.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 ESV)

Place your faith in Jesus.  Get to know Him through God’s word.  Apply Christ’s teaching to your lives.  Discover the peace that surpasses all understanding as You accept Jesus’s saving grace.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (pp. 245-6) Thomas Nelson

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