Further Down the Roman Road

It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—”Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”

The above is from the Message Bible. If there’s anything handy about a computer its checking out a Bible verse in a few different translations with the simple click of a mouse! Personally, I use Bible Gateway and its a really good resource for me. Now, the verse or verses above are from Roman’s 10:9 and a few verses before and after, the Message Bible runs em together a little bit, kinda like the way the Bible was originally written. In the New King James the verse goes like this;

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Back to all of that in a moment. Today,being Saturday was a catch up day around here plus in the later afternoon I did allot of feeding for tomorrow morning so I can get to church on time. Just open some gates and let them at the silage bunks.Fire up the wood boilers outside and hopefully have an uneventful Sunday morning around here. Last evening was the church’s Christmas show, a kid thing.It was really enjoyable and the fellowship afterwords was great.I loaded up heavily on coffee and figured I’d never fall asleep but the Lord put me right under when I hit the bed. The last few evenings I started re-reading a book I got as a gift around a year ago, called The Tozer Pulpit, vol. 5. This book is really good!

If anyone knows about these writing, they know they are very level and right on. The fact that they can make a person uncomfortable shows that they aren’t written to tickle our ears. They are written to help us on our journey. One thing that stuck, the only thing I’ll mention tonight but there are so many things in this book it just amazes me. The only point I will write about tonight is being “half saved”. In other words, not really saved. This got me dwelling a bit. This is serious stuff. Some might ask, what do you mean half saved?  Well, this is where a person wants Jesus to be their Saviour. Nothing wrong with that, but if that’s it, oh, by this I mean if a person is trying to get out of going to hell by accepting Jesus as Saviour, he or she hasn’t been born again. There, let the bullets fly!

What’s missing? Some works we must do? Heaven forbid, no! There’s nothing we can do on our own power to please the Lord enough to earn our way to Him. A thing that’s missing in this day and age in the countries where folks really don’t have to rely on God day to day just to survive is coming to Jesus with a broken heart, giving up all of ourselves and calling Him our Lord, our Master. Think about this a little bit. How often does one hear this emphasized in churches nowadays? We hear the accepting Jesus as our Saviour part all the time, but what about the other half of the equation, accepting Him as our Master, our Lord in everything in our life?

There’s two sides to the coin, one is Saviour and the other is Lord. One cannot have the salvation side without the Lordship side taking over our lives. In this day and age this is not popular saying this, I know. But its the only way to salvation. In reality its rather simple. When a person goes up during an altar call, all emotional after a durn good sermon, not wanting to get their skin cooked in hell, what is sometimes preached is one side of the coin. The accept Jesus, say this little prayer and you won’t get burned thing. But so many times the submitting to Christ as Lord part is left out. Thus as time goes on the folks that go up to an altar call such as that haven’t changed one single bit. The world is their lord yet, as it always was. Some might decide to go to church and thankfully some grow in Christ, gradually handing everything over to the Lord. But the sad fact is, the majority have this false sense of eternal security. They say that a pastor told them they were saved because they came up during that altar call. Well, first of all, no pastor on this earth knows if a person is saved or not during an altar call. That’s between the person coming up and God. Secondly, there’s no change in “masters”.

This is not being  judgmental, or self righteous. This is the very foundation of becoming a Christian. This is what must be preached and never strayed from. This is what the ministry will be judged for. Just read Roman’s 10:9, read it over and over. I’ve read it countless times and the revelations, the truth of it all is awesome! Christianity is simple. True Christianity is a change of Lordship, a change from the devil being our lord to Jesus Christ being Lord over everything in our lives.

The oldtimers of the faith knew this. Over the years its been watered down until there’s a simple formula that says if a person repeats after me this prayer then you don’t have to worry about going to hell. Some get saved this way, but not from the prayer, in fact I do believe its in spite of the prayer. The ones that truly get saved during a moment like this came with broken hearts, realized their sinful nature and died to themselves, to become reborn in the Heavenly Kingdom because of this broken spirit. Because they confessed Jesus as their Lord. As their Master over their broken lives, He became their Saviour.

This is the Gospel, this is the Good News! One doesn’t have to do anything but call on the Lord! This is the Gospel that can heal a broken heart. This is the Gospel that can take any situation and change it forever. And I mean forever! To call on the Lord in faith is a call that will never go unanswered!


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  1. Amen, brother! praying you, the family, Rev. Josh & the others who fellowship around this wonderful website are doing well in the Lord!

    You summed it up with talking about calling on the Lord in faith…and the Word says that “as we have received Christ (by faith), so walk in Him”…it’s all of faith! So, here’s the latest from Angus Buchan’s newsletter…most of us have probably already read it, but it bears repeating! 🙂
    _____________________
    I have been to the mountain peaks and I have been to the depths of the valleys this year and one thing comes through very clearly to me and that is that God always honours faith! Be encouraged with that. In fact, this very morning during my quiet time the Lord laid on my heart Luke 7:7 about the Roman centurion, a Gentile and an unbeliever. The Jewish people loved him because he had built a synagogue for them and they asked Jesus to come and lay hands on the centurion’s servant who was very sick. Jesus was on His way and before He got there the centurion sent a message that he was not worthy for Jesus to come to his house, but said ‘Lord, just say the word and my servant will be healed’. Jesus said the word and the servant was healed immediately. Jesus said He had never before seen such faith in all Israel. I want to exhort you at this Christmas time to really trust the Lord with all of your heart and God will answer every one of your requests – He has never failed us yet. In fact, He says in Matt.7:7, ‘Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened unto you’. Many of us do not have because we do not ask. I am not talking about asking men and manipulating men with fancy requests, I am talking about going to God and seeking from God. He will answer your prayers.

  2. Afternoon Nina Ruth!

    Just dwelling here, thinking about walking in faith. A key word is walking. Not standing still with faith inside of us, stagnating, but flowing out like a river. Faith that can take us through the deepest, darkest valley.

    This is just the greatest adventure anyone could ever ask for in life, walking in faith. What a terrible life it would be to stagnate and not walk in God! A nightmare of huge proportions.

    Thanks for the read here!

    God Bless!

  3. Amen.

  4. Not sure where that bigcornmaze comes from! Art K. here.

    • Hey Art!

      Well,I followed that big corn maze all season and I was quite impressed! For those not in the know we’re talking about Green Pastures Farm,the link is over on the side bar. Stay warm up there 🙂

      God Bless!

  5. Hi Tom!

    I never understood the parable of the tower (Luke 14:28-30) where Jesus tells us that no one begins to build a tower without calculating the cost. Can he afford to finish? Finally, I looked at the context (and my study Bible’s notes 🙂 ) I realized Jesus was reminding his listeners that there following Him has a cost also. Make sure you realize there’s a cost before you start following Him! But, the cost is well worth the reward.

    Thanks for another great post. Lots to think about.

    Matt

    • Hey Matt!

      Luke 14:28-30 (King James Version)

      28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

      29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

      30Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

      Luke 14:28-30 (New Living Translation)

      28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’

      Ok, I’m in a verse study mood 🙂 That’s one of those often overlooked verses, read it a hundred times and barely notice it. But an important lesson in it, just as all His parables had.

      There is a cost in following the Lord, the cost is everything. To die to self means everything. But what a replacement to the self that died!! To have our God dwelling in us! To have Him leading the way to an eternity that we cannot even begin to imagine! The early Christians knew this, this is what drove them. This is what drives Christians around the world today. We live in a dangerous society where we think that we’re somebody special, that our own self is important, that we deserve things.But that isn’t Christianity,not biblical Christianity.

      To me there is nothing more exciting than submitting to God, cause I know that I’ll screw everything up when I do it my way. He says don’t do this or that, well, then don’t do it. If He says to do something, then do it!

      Yep, there is a cost, its called everything!

      Thanks! God Bless!

      Hey, cough,… P.S. …..In a couple of months I’ll let you know if we’re having a special weekend event over this way in case you all decide to take a little drive over to our neck of the woods. First I gotta start getting things organized! I’ll keep you informed!

  6. Hi Tom & Family! Thanks for the reminder, Tom, that it’s WALKING in faith! That reminds me of Isaiah 50:9-10…sometimes as Christians we will be in darkness (not of sin, or even oppression, but a God-ordained season of “winter”) but the key is that we are still WALKING! 🙂

    • Hi Nina Ruth!

      Thanks! And if I can find a few minutes here in the very near future I gotta testimony that just showed me how God does arrange things when a person is willing to step out in faith.

      God Bless!


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