There has been many times in my life when I get so eagerly consumed and hungry to hear God speak to me every single day to keep me strong in Him and in the power of His might. Obviously I desperately need a daily dose of spoken truth that keeps my heart constantly-injected and infused with what He has in mind for the day. But today, He made me pause and ponder to this greater truth that much more than the victories and overcoming moments in our daily lives, we are to be thankful for our eternal salvation.
The greatest miracle one could ever experience is when we come face to face with the love of our Heavenly Father fully and powerfully expressed in Christ. It is that moment when His liquid love is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit that finding words to describe it is next to impossible. It is simply incomprehensible. It is a no-eye-has-seen, nor-ear-heard, nor-mind-can-conceive divine moment of glorious encounter. How He does it is uniquely and remarkably crafted according to how He fearfully and wonderfully made you and me. It is so unusually special that there aren’t two identical divine encounters recorded. Truly we serve a one-of-a-kind God Who cares so deeply for His own that His eyes go to and fro looking for ways and means to connect and initiate an intimate relationship with His children and share what He has in His heart for us.
If you have experienced what I am talking about, there are no explanations needed what and how it happens. He just overwhelms, embraces and clothes us with Himself where an escape impossible. He corners us with His abounding love and mercy until all that is left with us is a heart of surrender, a reverent heart to worship Him.
If you haven’t experienced this yet, I’m issuing you an invitation to call upon the name of JESUS and you will be saved. Salvation to the utmost is His divine agenda. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:13) It is when the Blood of the Lamb of God washes us clean from all unrighteousness and remembering them no more, making us as white as snow and eternally beautiful before His very eyes. It is when He restores us to Himself as He breathes His life into ours. It is a kind of salvation that is immediate, fast and continuous to eternity. It means to be saved, delivered, rescued, revived, salvaged, protected safe and secure, provided for according to His riches in glory in Christ. It is a resuscitated life because NEW LIFE is breathed into us.
One of the most powerful demonstrations of the immediacy of our salvation was the theif who was crucified along side with Jesus at Calvary.
“Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, REMEMBER ME when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “ASSUREDLY, I say to you, TODAY you will be with Me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43)
Jesus’ response was confident with absolute certainty that the very time the thief asked, he entered in into eternal life, into His Kingdom, into His family, into Himself in an instant. Although the thief physically experienced death but his spirit lives on forever in the light of Jesus’ presence. What a glorious encounter to remember indeed! What glorious eternal life we have now at the same time is yet to come when we are assured to be in His presence forever.
More to this is the effect and fruit of righteousness in our lives when we come to make Jesus our Lord and Savior. In our daily living, He longs to be a part of. He is looking for those whom He can whisper with listening ears and a heart to obey what He speaks. When He speaks and we receive His witness expressed in obedience, we SEE. When He responds to our call, it is instant, prompt, speedy and flawlessly quick. It is a two-way communion. He gives, we receive. We call, He answers. This is the divine exchange that cannot be found anywhere else apart from Jesus.
When Peter cried out to Jesus when he walked on water and began to sink when fear gripped him, Jesus did not hesitate to reach out to Peter to save him. It was immediate.
“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” IMMEDIATELY Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.” (Matthew 14:29-31)
Blind Bartimaeus who sat by the side of the road and heard Jesus of Nazareth passing by, cried out and said, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And IMMEDIATELY he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” (Mark 1-:51-52)
Jesus performed countless miracles and all of them overrode time and I believe one of His agendas is to trigger our hearts to see this invitation that He issued of what life is to be like IN HIM. A testimony is a spirit of prophecy that causes us to change our options. It renews our minds and changes our perception. What a glorious reminder indeed is the fragility of our earthly lives but when entwined with His becomes eternal.
It is in this encounter where He made me remember the vitality of everlasting life against our short and earthly temporary lives. “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14) When my thoughts got captive by the superior reality of the finished work of Jesus Christ and the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside of us that sealed and marked us to be His and in His presence for eternity, gratefulness inevitably filled my heart that caused my arms to raise, my mouth to sing praises to the King of kings, and my heart to worship the One Who is worthy of it all, JESUS!
Our “consumed overwhelming moments” in His presence indeed displace, dislodge and disarm the reality of our challenges to defeat us. Indeed mountains melt like wax in His presence. (Psalm 97:5) What an overwhelming revelation to see beyond this temporary life and into the reality of being with Him forever. Now, we can boldly say, “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?” (1 Corinthians 15:55)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You, for giving me Your Beloved, Begotten Son that I, too, can be grafted in into Your family in Christ alone. Jesus, thank You for dying at the cross and setting me free from all my sin, guilt and shame. Because of Your blood, You made my slate clean and will remember my unrighteousness no more. Breathe into my heart, Lord Jesus, and awaken me into the truth of making You sit in the throne of my heart. Holy Spirit, teach me to acknowledge and recognize You in all of my ways that I may live this life in glory here and into eternity. Amen!