“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” (Romans 1:16)
The “Gospel” is often referred to as the Good News. Why is that so? It is first of all the basic message that we have been set free from all the forces that are destructive in our life, usually referred to as “the big three” – the devil, the world systems, and our flesh / ego / self will. These are also referred to as the “kingdom of darkness”. Lucifer rules it. It’s within us. It’s a trap, a prison, a place of spiritual exile from the experience of the Presence of God. We put ourselves there when our wills are complicit with the allurements of the big three. This is where the work of Grace must begin.
The Good News is that the ransom note, the “bail” to get us out of there was the blood of Jesus Christ shed from the cross.
This basic message is mocked in derision by many, as their spirits are imprisoned in that darkness, so they don’t know any better. They cannot “see” it, so they don’t want anything to do with spiritual reality. It’s as if Jesus hands them a “get our of jail free card” signed in His blood, yet they wave it away and laugh, saying, “You’ve got to be kidding? Me? Believe that? No, I’m gonna let the good times roll.” And they do. For awhile.
There is no questioning of this until things get really rocky in life, and often we’re put in a no win situation, a situation of complete powerlessness where there are no human answers (however that may look in someone’s life). It’s really dismal. Then, just maybe, we might begin to look up. We might take out that little get out of jail free card, and then perhaps ask, “Can I cash in on this? Is this for real? There doesn’t seem to be another answer… God, are You there? Can You help me? Maybe I was wrong. What about this Jesus guy? Can You give me some wisdom? I don’t seem to be doing too well in a world of me, myself, and I.”
Along about that time, we begin to notice things changing. Our life may bring in some new friends who’ve cashed in on their get out of jail free cards. Or we may notice that someone we know, who used to grab for all the gusto and lived a wild unruly life, seems to be walking the straight and narrow – and loving it! Someone else shares their story about having received this gift of God’s grace through Jesus. Somehow, we begin to think, “I want this! I want this freedom, this new happiness I see in them, this… power… to live a whole new life.”
We notice that these people have something real, something we don’t have. We begin to feel a hunger and a thirst for it.
Then along comes Susie or Joe. We have a long chat about it, and they pray a simple prayer with us. Through that prayer the Holy Spirit takes control of us and our life, and we are removed from spiritual darkness and ushered into the marvelous Light of God.
The Light of Christ comes flooding in, a living, positively energizing, cleansing Light. Our hearts feel light and new. Life seems to turn around. There are new priorities, where “Number One” comes last instead of first, and it oddly makes us very, very happy!
There is much beyond this point, as we “grow in Grace” – the unfathomable Love of God our Heavenly Father. This Love guides us, renews us, strengthens us and shows us the way.
Beyond that it cleanses us from our sinful condition, empowering us through the Holy Spirit Who comes to live within us, to leave a godly and loving life, to put on the mind or attitude of Jesus Christ, and to walk on this Earth as He walked – in surrender to the Father’s will, directed by His Still Small Voice – fired up and empowered from “on high”.
And as we move through life thus divinely empowered, we experience spiritual transformation as sons and heirs of the heavenly kingdom.
I just wanted you to know – this is the truth that I’ve experienced through the blessing of the One Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His promises to deliver are real. No, I’m not a finished product yet, but it is well worth stepping onto His path and following the Way that leads to completion.
A simple prayer of committing yourself and you life to God now can begin this new life in God: “Lord Jesus, please take over my life. I surrender it to You now and always. Please evict all the forces of limitation, sin, worry and darkness from me and my life, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, so that I may always live in Your almighty blessing, love, peace, and power forever. Thank you. Amen.”
God’s peace be with you always.