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The Scripture That Saved My Life

THE SCRIPTURE THAT SAVED MY LIFE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 NKJV

I’m not going to heaven? I read it again. When I was twelve, they said I would go to heaven! Momma told me that. The church told me that. “Do not be deceived.” Had I been deceived? My future mother-in-law asked me if I had been saved. Was getting saved the same as joining the church? No, it is not. Had I been lied to all these years? The Holy Spirit prodded me, making me realize what a depraved sinner I really was. What guilty sinners we all are.

Does that sound harsh? Let us look at the gospel truth. I love my missionary friend’s approach to witnessing. You may find it helpful too.

He starts with this question: are you a good person? The typical response is yes. I pay my taxes, keep my lawn clean, give to charity, and I attend church. Yes, I am a good person.

His next questions are as follows: have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen anything, even as a child? Have you ever hated someone or lusted after a man or a woman? Even if we were talking to King David, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), his answers would be yes. King David was guilty on all counts, and so are we.

Lying and stealing are prohibited in the Ten Commandments. According to Jesus Christ, lust is equal to committing adultery (Matt. 5:27-28), and hatred is synonymous with murder (Matt. 5:21-22). Now our good person is a lying, thieving, adulterous murderer, just like David.

There is none who does good, no, not one. Rom. 3:12b

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Rom. 3:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 6:23

We are all sinners, and we all must die, but Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, died for us. His never-ending love, that love you read about earlier, was so strong that He went to the cross to pay, make atonement, for our sins. Heaven and hell are real. Once we realize our path leads to hell, we know we need a Savior. We can pray, asking God for forgiveness, mercy, and His saving grace. That is genuine salvation, not signing a card, walking the aisle, or shaking a preacher’s hand.

I long to see people come to Christ and spend eternity with Him in heaven. If I did not love them, I would write a popular message.

My prayer is that one of two things happened as you read this; either you found a new witnessing tool or you found your need for a Savior.

Lord God, I realize I am a sinner. I seek Your forgiveness. Jesus paid my sin debt, and I trust in Him as Savior and Master over my life. I turn from my sins, and now I want to live my life for You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 3:1-21.

HIKING THE TRAIL

If you have trusted in anything except Jesus Christ for salvation, you are trusting in the wrong thing. Today can be your day of salvation.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Free From Sin

FREE FROM SIN

By Carolyn Dale Newell

But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God,

you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.

Rom. 6:22 (NKJV)

There I sat at my first Gaither concert. It was not a memory, but more of a knowing that I had been there before. Over thirty years ago, I had been in that very same civic center for a rock concert. I was highly intoxicated and with the wrong people. As a young woman, I was trapped by sin in a life that was headed for destruction and hell.

Throughout the evening, one word kept standing out – “free”. Now I am free, set free through the blood of Jesus. Satan’s chains had been broken, and I was free. I began praising God for liberating me, nearly twenty years ago.

We can get so busy serving God, doing our Bible studies, praying for the lost and the many needs of people that we forget the past. Many of us would like to totally forget our former lives, but that night God took me to the place where I was reminded. I remembered the horrible sinner I was, and I was filled with such joy to sit there now in the same place praising my Savior.

Christian, let’s not lose sight of what a miracle occurred when God set us free from our sin. We are no longer in bondage to Satan.

Perhaps you are still in that life of sin. You don’t consider yourself a slave to disobedience, but you are. Sin can be pleasurable for a season, but it only brings sorrow. Jesus Christ loves you, and He died on the cross so that sinners may trust in Him and be set free. Free from sin and hell. Free to live an abundant life eternally.

How amazing is the love of Jesus who paid the high price for our freedom!

Heavenly Father,

We fail to praise You enough for what You did for us when You saved us. What we once called freedom was really slavery. Thank You for true freedom in Christ. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 8:31-36.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Recall your life prior to salvation and give God the glory for setting you free. Who can you tell about Christ today?

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.