Flames of Truth Ministries
Thursday, November 23, 2017

Steps to a Savior


 Why do I need a savior? Do you daily feel lost and alone even when you are with people? Do you feel that you have no control over your life and how the events in your life are developing? Do you try to find encouragement and acceptance in people, activities or even medications or health supplements only to find that it doesn’t last? Do you feel that people are constantly letting you down and hurting you?  Do you look at the world and believe that there is no hope for the future? Do you wonder if anyone would love you if they really knew everything about you?  Do you feel that your past is so bad that you can never be forgiven? 
If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you are in need of a Savior whose love and grace and mercy goes far beyond all of your pain and hurt and reaches to the depths of your heart and cleanses you and gives you a spirit of peace and joy and hope.
2 Samuel 9 tells a story that will help us see a picture of Jesus Christ.
                Then David said, “Is there yet anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David; and the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” And the king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.” So the king said to him, “Where is he?” and Ziba said to the king, “Behold he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel in Lo-debar.” Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. And Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, “Mephibosheth.” And he said, “Here is your servant!” And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly.” Again he prostrated himself and said, “What is your servant, that you should regard a dead dog like me?” Then the king called Saul’s servant Ziba and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his house I have given to your master’s grandson. And you and your sons and your servants shall cultivate the land for him, and you shall bring in the produce so that your master’s grandson shall eat at my table regularly.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant so your servant will do.” So Mephibosheth ate at David’s table as one of the king’s sons. And Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. And all who lived in the house of Ziba were servants to Mephibosheth. So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet.
This is a beautiful picture of the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. 
The first step we need to take is to see how we should look in God’s eyes and how Mephibosheth should have looked in David’s eyes.
                Prior to this encounter, Saul (Mephibosheth’s grandfather) was king. He turned away from God and started ruling in his own power. God brought David to the king’s court first to play the harp for Saul as this calmed Saul’s spirit. During this time, David and Jonathan (Saul’s son) became best of friend’s. They were so close that they made a blood bond to always be friends and to care for each other. As time moved on, God chose David to replace Saul as king. Through long periods of battles and trials, God removed both Saul and Jonathan and placed David as king. This is where chapter 9 of 2 Samuel begins. David is asking if there is anyone of Saul's or Jonathan’s family left in the land. His right as king was to kill any family members who were left. This was common in that day to prevent them from trying to recapture the throne. David had the right to have all of Saul’s family put to death.
But we see a different picture here. David first of all went to Mephibosheth. He didn’t wait for him to come to the palace. As a matter of fact, it would have been completely impossible for Mephibosheth to come to the palace where the king is since he was lame in both feet. David didn’t just save his life, he provided for the rest of his life. He told him of the blood bond that he had with his father and that Mephibosheth and Ziba and their sons and daughters and their servants would all eat at the king’s table and that Mephibosheth would have the land and possessions restored to him and his household.
Now let’s compare this story to how God has planned and cared for us. 
Let’s start all the way back in Genesis with Adam and Eve. When Adam and Eve sinned through disobedience, they had to hide from God in shame. A holy God cannot associate with sin nor can He look upon the one who has sin and guilt and shame in their heart. God killed an innocent lamb to clothe them physically so that they could walk before God. The lamb was completely innocent and had nothing to do with their sin.
What does the Bible, God’s Holy Word, say about our sins?
                Hebrews 9:22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.
                Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
                Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So let’s look at the facts. 1st – all of us are sinners. There is no human on the face of the earth that does not sin. ALL in Romans 3:23 means all of us. Every single one of us humans has sinned and does sin.     2nd – Because of our sins we deserve death. Not just an earthly death but an eternal death in the lake of fire called Hell. Hell is a real place with real fire for real people. Those who die without salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ will spend eternity there. Just as Mephibosheth deserved to die because of his relationship to the king, so we deserve to die due to our sin.   3rd – There is no forgiveness of sins without the shedding of blood.
Here’s where we get to the good news. During the period of the Old Testament, God required a sacrifice of an innocent animal to show repentance for sins. In God’s perfect wisdom, He knew there would never be enough innocent animals to cover the sins of man. He had a perfect plan.
                John 3:16 For God so loved the world (you) that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes on Him should not perish, but have eternal life.
                Romans 5:28 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
                2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
God did His part of the plan. He didn’t wait for us to be good enough and to perform earthly rituals. He sent His only Son who was a perfect picture of innocence to die on an old rugged cross and shed His blood as a sacrifice for your sins and my sins. He did this while we were still sinners. He did it for you and for me. God provide the sacrifice for our sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.
The next step is up to you. 
                Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
                Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.
                Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
So what do you do?
1.        You have to come to the understanding that you agree with God that you are a sinner and that with sin there is no way to get to God or to His eternal home in heaven.
2.       You have to make an intelligent decision that you believe that God is real, that He sent His son Jesus, who was all God and all man at the same time, to die on a cross as an innocent sacrifice for your sins and that there is no one else nor anything else that can cover your sins.
3.       You have to confess Jesus as Lord. It is not enough to simply believe that Jesus can save you. You must give Him complete Lord-ship of your life. This means giving Him the authority and power over your life. You have to submit your will completely to Him. 
               a.       Matthew 7:13-14 Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and  many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life and few are those who find it.
               b.      Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on the day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?” and then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; DEPART from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”
Many say they believe in Jesus but have never made Him Lord. His word says those who do the will of the Father, those who submit to His Lord-ship, will be the ones who enter into heaven to spend eternity with our precious Lord.
4.       Confess with your mouth. If you really believe that Jesus is your Savior and Lord, you must tell someone. If it simply stays in your head then you are not very sure of yourself. When true belief and submission come, you will want to tell everyone you see about the change that has taken place in your life. YOU have a savior. You will have an eternity waiting for you in heaven.
5.       Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  You need to be baptized with a local group of believers. Baptism doesn’t save you but is in obedience to the Lord’s command.   It represents that you are allowing your old sinful nature to be buried with Christ (immersed under the water) and to rise again (out of the water) as a new creation in Christ Jesus ready to serve Him as Lord.
6.       2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the WORD OF TRUTH. Study the word of God with such diligence that no one can lead you astray with false teachings. You can use the Bible study on this web site but you need to find a group of believers with whom you can study and fellowship on a regular basis. Make sure that it is a group of believers who teach and preach with passion and truth about the Word of God.
7.       1 John 1:8 – 2:2 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.  You need to daily confess your sins to God and ask for a Holy cleansing. Accepting Christ and salvation through Him does not prevent us from sinning. We live in a sinful world. What it does is to make us not want to sin as we submit to the Lordship of Christ. However, as the verses in 1 John state we are sinners and we need to confess our sins each and every day so that we can have a pure heart from which we can communicate with a Holy God.
8.       In Luke 9:23 Jesus says, “ And He was saying to them all, “ If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”   You must recognize that salvation doesn’t take away trials and tribulations. Jesus’ call is to come to Him and take up our cross. The cross is a symbol of suffering and continuous self-denial. Your life is now His and He can use your trials for His glory. We must be willing to sacrifice all of us to His service and His glory.
9.       Rest in His perfect peace even in the daily trials that you face.
a.       Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
b.      James 1:2-12 Consider it all joy brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything form the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. But let the brother of humble circumstances glory in his high position; and let the rich man glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with a scorching wind, and withers the grass; and its flower falls off, and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will fade away. Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial: for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
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