This morning I asked the boys, “What must we do to be saved? The jailer asked Paul and Silas the same question when he thought Paul and Silas escaped from prison. He was going to kill himself when Paul shouted, ‘Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!’ The jailer said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ What did Paul and Silas say? ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved – you and your household.’ Paul and Silas did not tell them to do good works or say a prayer, they said, ‘Believe.’
“It is our desire that all of you to be saved. We have been studying who Jesus is and how He is God’s gift to all of us. However, it is not based on knowledge of the facts, but rather on belief. We have to confess and believe. Romans 10:8-13, ‘But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, or “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”’
“The word is near you. The gospel is the power of God for salvation. Romans 1:16, ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.’ Salvation for who? Everyone. How? Believe. What do you believe? Do you believe that Jesus is Lord? Do you believe that He died on the cross for us for the forgiveness of our sins? Do you believe that He was buried and raised from the dead after three days? Do you believe that He is with our Heavenly Father and will return one day?
“Why don’t many believe? Maybe it is because they are comfortable with their life. Are you comfortable? Remember the movie, ‘God’s Not Dead?’ The mother told her son, ‘Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late.’
“All of us have sinned against God. All of us are sinners in need of repentance and salvation. If you don’t believe that you are a sinner, then you won’t have a desire to be saved. You must believe that you are a sinner in need of a Savior…our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. You must believe in God…THE true God who loves us and desires that we trust Him, love Him and live for Him. You must believe that we are under judgment. The wrath of God is real. John 3:36, ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.’
“Our sins have separated us from God. Isaiah 59:1-2, ‘Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.’ The wages of our sin is what? Death.
“What must we do to be saved? Believe, Confess, Trust and call on the name of the Lord. He is worthy!!!”
Today was the last day of activities for Independence Day. The academic winners for math and spelling contests were presented and afterwards the winners of the dance and exercise routines performed one last time. In the afternoon, the band and the winners of Mr. and Miss Aleluya, went to San Bartolomé. It was a great week. We are thankful to Billy and the teachers for preparing the children for the program. It was an act of love that was displayed through the children. Casa is blessed with a wonderful teaching staff.
Lee and Candy