walk in the word
31So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” —John 8:31-32
I want to talk to you several times this month about—without question—the most important subject in the universe to you. I want to talk to you about your salvation. My goal is not to make you think you don’t have it if you do, but it’s definitely to let you know that you don’t have it if in fact you don’t. This is something you can’t afford to roll the dice on. Right? You can have some real clarity on this subject. The Bible calls it your “salvation.”
If a doctor were to do surgery on you and remove a terminal tumor, you would say that he had “saved” you. If a fireman were to pull you out of a burning building that was about to collapse, you would say that he had “saved” you. The Bible teaches that you have terminal tumor called sin. And that you are headed toward flames that never cease but that God, in His mercy, sent His Son to die for your sin so that you could be saved.
Now, the fact is that everybody’s not saved. There are many people (the Bible uses the word “many” a lot in this regard) who think they are saved, but they are not. Are you sure that you’re saved? And do you have a biblical reason for saying that you are saved? You’re not saved because you say so. And you’re not saved because you know how to be saved any more than you are in Cincinnati because you know how to get there.
Genuine disciples (saved people) abide in Jesus’ words. If I were to ask you, “Are you saved?” I think you would say, “Yes, I am.” But then I’ll ask, “How do you know you are?” If you’re like, “Well, in Awana in 1974 . . .” I’d be like, “Eenk! Wrong answer!” Don’t tell me how it happened, give me evidence.
When you know you’re saved you say something like, “I’m abiding in Jesus and in His words.” I asked my daughter-in-law today, “Are you saved?” She said, “Yes.” I said, “How do you know?” And she said, “Because I have a growing hunger and desire for God’s Word.” Great answer!
Prayer: Father in heaven, thank You for salvation—especially mine! Thank You for interrupting my life and showing me I need a Savior. Thank You for giving to me not only a future hope but a present awareness of Your work in my life, “both to will and work for Your good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). Help me love Your Word and daily abide in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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