One to One: Day 31
By Tracey Armstrong
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (NKJV)
God has reserved salvation for everyone who will believe. The gospel or the good news is God’s plan for you and the opportunity to live better than you have ever lived. The gospel is more than news or gossip; it is an effect on your lifestyle and eternity. The gospel of Christ has to be more than just some news. It has to be more than just information about someone’s history. The story of Buddha is just news, the story of Muhammad is just news, but the news about Jesus is different. Jesus’ story is about more than who He was, it is about what He did and the effect that has on us now. The good news of Jesus is the fact that He has paid the price for you and me to be rescued and delivered.
Have you ever had someone pay for your dinner? It is much different than hearing of someone paying for someone else’s dinner, isn’t it? If someone else got his or her dinner paid for, it is nice, but it is not necessarily good news. But when someone pays for you, then that’s good news. Buddha didn’t pay anything for us; Muhammad didn’t pay anything for us either. They have not done anything life-altering for us, so their stories are not good news.
What has Jesus done? He has accomplished something that actually has the power to change you, change your future, change the effects of your past, change your eternity, change your body, change your mind, and change whatever needs changing. The power of God to salvation! This word “salvation” is the word “soteria” (so-tay-ree’-ah); in the Greek, meaning, “rescue or safety.” Glory! God wants to keep you safe and if you happen to get into a place where you are not safe, then He will rescue you so that you can stay in safety. We don’t have to be vulnerable to anyone except God. We are not to be vulnerable to the devil, to sickness, to poverty, to failure, or any other plot of the devil.
Jesus did not work the works of salvation so that we can be vulnerable to God’s enemy. What kind of champion of salvation would Jesus be if He allowed the enemy to do whatever he desired to us and with us? God’s plan is to save us and keep us safe.
Father, I thank you that I am completely safe in you. Jesus is my salvation. Jesus is my shield and my buckler. I receive all that Jesus has paid for me to have. I receive it in my family, in my body, in my finances, and in my future.
Allow God to show you any area of your life where you are not experiencing salvation. Then declare that you have been rescued and saved in that area of your life. If you need healing, go to a secluded room and verbally declare that you are healed by the stripes of Christ because Jesus did something amazing for you; He has rescued you from sickness! If you need financial healing, then go into a secluded room and confess that you are blessed and that you will receive supernatural increase and supernatural supply, because Jesus was made poor so that we could be made rich. Apply His promises this way to any area of your life that you have not received salvation in and start enjoying life more abundantly.