An elderly man was sitting quietly in his rocking chair speaking softly to his beloved grandson. “It took me forty years,” he said, “to learn three simple truths. I would like you to learn them this afternoon while you are young. One – I could do nothing by myself to get rid of my sins. Two – that God did not expect me to. And three – that Jesus did it all for me.”
David taught those three simple truths centuries ago in one short, significant, simple verse: “Victory comes from You, oh Lord.”
A story is told of a prisoner, who with the help of his friends, planned an escape. Through careful planning they smuggled a gun into the prison yard and hid it carefully from others. They informed him that a ladder would be set up against the wall where the searchlight would not expose it. And they told him that a vehicle would be awaiting him at a certain hour.
“But,” he asked, “How do I get out of my cell?” “That’s up to you,” they said. Obviously, he did not escape. He remained in his cell because He could not take the first step.
Our Lord has taken the first step to release us from our sins through His one and only Son to be our Savior. Now, we must take the second step: toward Him or away from Him.
Our Lord is a seeking Lord who will save us from our sin through His salvation but we must take that second step is we want His salvation. His freedom is available if we take that step.
Prayer: We thank You, Heavenly Father, for Your freedom that is ours if we take “that step.” Help us, in faith believing, to walk toward You so we can be with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people. Psalm 3:8
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