We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him… After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:14, 17-18
Over the door of my heart
painted redemption red
is the Lord’s own signature
His promise for which He bled
One day I’ll leave this abode
to enter eternity’s gate
for all those who’ve said, “Yes!”
to the invitation that He gave
The cross proclaims forgiveness
as He paid our debts in full
He’s now risen to make a home
for all He’s chosen to go
No cost, no catch, no chivalry
just a confession of our sin
A turning from it to Christ instead
as his Spirit enters in
And as we yield to his control
our actions show that we’re true
empowered to win the fight by faith
in all we think, say, or do.
Salvation is a gift. Good works only demonstrate the results of the saving work and grace of God. The righteous deeds glorify (reveal/show) God’s attributes – but are not a payment for his mercy. They are the result of it and the evidence that a person is born-again.
When we’re invited into his round table we are clothed with his armor of righteousness. He made it and gave it. Under his coaching we show chivalry. But we did not earn our place as a King’s knight – we were invited. The glory is ALL his.
Redemption Blessings ~ Wendy
Dear King of Kings,
Help me to remember that there is no lesser than or greater than midst your knights. Each has been saved by grace. May I remain properly humble and grateful for this gift of salvation. You have an armor for me to wear into battle – not shame or condemnation.
a knight for the King’s service
But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to receive wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:8-9